Meeting Minutes – August 25, 2022

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend our August 25 meeting!

You can review the video recording here. Some of the audio cuts out, and minutes are here for you to get the TL;DR.

Meeting Minutes

  1. Welcome
  2. Introductions
    • In attendance: Marie, Lou, Tia, Liz, Lauren, Margot, Alexis, Molly, Anne Marie, Becky, Kevin, Addy, Jill, Sarah Bartholomew Fisher, Bradley, Jennifer, Carol Ann (a chance I’ve left someone off!)
  3. Activity
    • An Ideal School & Community
      • We went through an activity together where we listed what attributes make up an ideal school, or what we like about ECS
      • After making that list we sorted through all the suggestions and organized them (see photo 1)
    • Barriers from making that School & Community
      • Then we went through a similar process, this time listing what barriers exist to seeing the ideal school.
      • Again, we organized them (photo 2).
    • How we can help address those barriers, or where PCO can step in
      • We began discussion on how we can help, including asking teachers what effective help would look like, how we used Grade Reps in the past, possibly providing spaces for support to families who require accessing special needs, and having quarterly all-school-sessions.
    • note: this activity was intended for full participation, but without enough planning to do a great job of incorporating remote attendees. We will make more concrete plans in the future to ensure we can include all attendees.
  4. We reviewed current and vacant positions on Steering Committee, members in bold volunteered to fill the positions during the meeting:
    • Chair: Kevin Chung
    • Secretary: Addy Lord
    • Treasurer: Anne Marie Rizaldy (pending)
    • Vice Chair, Intermediate School: Becky Marinov
    • Vice Chair, Primary School: Molly Watterworth
    • Vice Chair, Middle School: Vacant
    • Vice Chair, High School: Vacant
    • DEI: Tania Green
    • Board Representative: Heather Szabo Rogers
    • Communications: Vacant
    • Volunteer Coordinator: Becky Marinov
    • Fundraising Events: Lauren Thompson
    • Non-Fundraising Events: Vacant
    • Community Appreciation: Carol Ann Welsh
    • Members at Large: Sarah Bartholomew-Fisher, Margot Haden, Tia Chutz
  5. Went through committee reports
    • Fundraising Events
      • School wide fundraiser (Friendsgiving) will be the Month of October
      • Beginning to think of Blooming Bash for next spring
      • Was a comment or ask about the Holiday market like Montessori does (volunteer families make gifts to be sold in the market, no item is more than $5
    • Volunteer Coordinator
      • Volunteer lists are filling up
      • Need Mum Sale Volunteers for September 23
      • we have an Ice Skating Chair, those in attendance suggested two separate days for Primary and Intermediate and another for Middle and High School
      • Have parents looking to plan a fall social
      • Volunteer Fair will be paired with Uniform Sale, Bake Sale on Sept. 7 in the Intermediate School Back Lot.
        • Collection for Uniforms August 31
    • Intermediate School Vice Chair
      • Date for Fall Festival will Be in October, After school, working with Mrs. Williams
    • Primary School Vice Chair
      • Planning to meet with Mrs. Bergman
  6. Other Questions & Business
    • Should future meetings have pizza/childcare? We say yes to pizza and if possible, childcare. When we can, could be good for steering committee to bring our kids, even with an activity on the side, to normalize having kids at these meetings.
  7. Next Meetings
    • Volunteer Fair, September 7, 6:00pm — Intermediate School Back Parking Lot — Pizza Provided
    • October 18, 6:30pm — Middle School & Virtual — Pizza and Conversation between 6:00pm and 6:30pm

Questions & Answers

I’ll try to list questions asked in each meeting to provide answers for anyone with similar questions in the future. Please feel free to send an email to meetings@ecspco.org or parents@ecspco.org with questions prior to the October meeting.

Question: How does the Gifted Program Work?
Answer: Students are selected to be screened for a Gifted IEP in 3rd grade, largely as studies have shown that by 3rd grade, many external factors from early childhood begin to equalize. Parents are encouraged to speak to their teachers with questions.

Question: How are meetings typically organized, what sets the Steering Committee apart?
Answer: Meetings have historically been organized where 5 of the annual meetings are for Steering, and 4 are for the entire PCO. Last year, we merged the two. Often we have time for open comment, and then we will go through Steering Committee business. All of this is open to changing in order to meet the community needs.

Question: How do I find another way to get involved in the PCO?
Answer: You may sign up for other volunteer opportunities at this sign up sheet. And we’ll be aiming to communicate as well as we can in the future about new opportunities.

PCO Meeting – Aug 25, 2022

We have our first PCO meeting of the new school year tonight!

Intermediate School & Google Meet
6:00pm–8:00pm
meeting starts at 6:30pm, from 6:00–6:30 is social time

Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Intros
    Name, relationship(s) to the school—parent, teacher, PCO, board member, etc.
    • Steering Committee Members
      • Chair: Kevin Chung
      • Secretary: Addy Lord
      • Vice Chair, Intermediate School: Becky Marinov
      • Vice Chair, Primary School: Molly Watterworth
      • DEI: Tania Green
      • Board Representative: Heather Szabo Rogers
      • Volunteer Coordinator: Becky Marinov
      • Fundraising Events: Lauren Thompson
      • Community Appreciation: Carol Ann Welsh
    • Other Participants, Addy to call on folks online & in person
  • Current Steering Committee Vacancies & Interested Folks
    nomination and vote at end of meeting after discussion and questions are answered
    • What is the Steering Committee? What sets us apart from other PCO work? Co-leading a position is a possibility!
      • Treasurer
      • Middle School Vice Chair
      • Communications Vice Chair
      • Non-Fundraising Events
      • 2 At-Large Members
  • Discussion: Hopes & Intentions for the PCO
    • How would you like to get involved?
    • What do you need to feel included and engaged?
    • What do you hope PCO is able to do for the community?
    • How can you help make that happen?
  • Steering Committee Member Reports & Question/Answer – for any updates
  • Nominations & Votes for Vacancie
  • Additional Information:
    • Jumping In Throughout the year: send email to volunteer@ecspco.org for opportunities
    • Next Meeting: September 7, Volunteer Fair @ Intermediate School

ECS Kennywood Day

Friday, June 17 —Tickets are available NOW!

ECS discounted tickets are:

$31.00 each in-person on the dates/times below
OR
$29.99 each + processing fee online  — promo code: ECS

For online ticket purchase:

  •  Go to kennywood.com with promo code ECS.  Tickets are $29.99 + processing fee.  Tickets can be downloaded to mobile device or printed for admission.
  • Click the BUY TICKETS link on the top of the home page
  • Select TICKETS from the drop down menu
  • Click the orange BUY NOW at the top of the page
  • In the top left corner click MENU, in the drop down menu, enter the PROMO CODE “ECS” then search.
  • Select the number of tickets to purchase
  • Click NEXT, Select the date to visit – 6/17/22 –  then NEXT to continue to purchase tickets.
  • IMPORTANT: School picnic tickets may be used now through June 30. After June 30, an additional $35 per ticket charge will apply to use tickets.

For in-person ticket purchase:

  • Checks and credit cards accepted in person on the following dates. We cannot accept cash.
  • It is strongly recommended that an adult purchase tickets. ECS PCO is not responsible for lost tickets or money.
  • Tickets are $31 each in person. If the dates below are not available to you and you still need to purchase tickets, please contact Jill at kennywood@ecspco.org.
    • Primary School after-school sales back lot by tables:
      Tuesday, June 7 (3:15-4:10) & Thursday, June 16 (11:00-12:00 )
    • Intermediate School after-school sales side lot by monument:
      Tuesday, June 7 (3:05-4:40) & Wednesday, June15 (3:00-4:00)
    • Middle School after-school sales back lot:
      Thursday, June 9 (3:30-4:10)
    • High School after-school sales pickup area:
      Thursday, June 9 (2:45-3:20)

All ECS families are responsible for their own transportation, food and beverages.

Questions? Email kennywood@ecspco.org.

Staff Appreciation Gift Collection

Thank you for your contribution! Our collection is complete.

We’d like to extend our show of gratitude for all the hard work the staff has done this year with an end-of-the-year Staff Appreciation gift collection!

A suggested donation is $15-$20 per student attending ECS (remember, this is to be split among approximately 190 staff members), but we are so very grateful for any amount you can comfortably give; no amount is too little (or too much)!

Questions? Contact staffappreciation@ecspco.org.

2021-2022 K-5 Yearbook


Order Deadline: April 6, 2022

Price: $15.00 per book

Delivery Date: 1st-2nd week in June.
Yearbooks will be delivered to the home bases.
Click here for more information.

ECS Book Fair with Amazing Books and Records

Shop for the holidays, raise money for ECS, support a local business, and reuse responsibly!

From 6 p.m. on Saturday 12/11 through 10 p.m. on Tuesday 12/14, AB&R will give ECS 15% of all in-person purchases of used books and records and 10% of all online new book purchases at https://bookshop.org/shop/amazingbookspgh (be sure to mention this at checkout for in-person shopping).

Bookstore hours and locations:
  • Squirrel Hill (2030 Murray Ave): Saturday 6 p.m. –12 a.m. (adults can enjoy a free beer or spritzer while you browse and there will be juice and snacks for the kids!) and Sunday-Tuesday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Downtown (929 Liberty Ave): Sunday 12-4 p.m., Monday-Tuesday 12-6 p.m.

    Reach out to bookfair@ecspco.org with any questions!
  • Election Day Events at the Intermediate School

    The back lot at the Intermediate School is the place to be on 11/2. Shop our great selection of uniforms from the Uniform ReUse Sale and get a snack from our Bake Sale. Your support benefits the PCO’s general fund.

    We need volunteers to help run both sales and we need bakers/shoppers for the Bake Sale. If you might be able to help, check out our sign ups here and here.

    Contact volunteer@ecspco.org with any questions

    Look for updated hours in the Pulse and the ECS PCO Facebook page.