Thanksgiving Pie Sale

Introducing the PCO’s first ever pie fundraiser! We are selling four varieties of pies from The Bakery Society Pittsburgh: apple, pumpkin, cherry, and chocolate cream. The deadline for ordering is November 9, 2018. Pick-up date is November 19, 2018 — just in time for Thanksgiving! Order here.

Fall Family Game Night

This year, the PCO is hosting TWO Family Game Nights! The first will be held on Friday, November 2.

Join ECS families for an evening of board games and FREE PIZZA. We will have some board games available for all ages, and we encourage you to also bring your own games to enjoy. Bring some cash for the bake sale and the game raffle.

Friday, November 2, 6-8pm
Upper School Cafe

Sign up to volunteer or donate to the bake sale.

Mini-Grants Awarded

The ECS PCO and ECS Mini-Grants Committee are excited to announce the following recipients of Mini-Grants for the first of four Mini-Grant cycles this school year:

  • Drum Circles for Lower School ($495) requested by Martin Reidell (Lower School Music)
  • Books for Character Education ($300) requested by Beth Flynn, et al (Lower School)
  • Flexible Seating Classroom ($400) requested by Jodi Chen and Chelsea Knetzer (Grade 2)
  • Building a Multicultural Library ($400) requested by Abbie Yasika (Lower School)
  • Bike ECS ($405) requested by Corey Vasbinder, at al (Upper School)

The next Mini-Grant deadline is December 7. More information on how to apply.

Box Tops Challenge

The PCO is sponsoring a Box Tops Challenge! All families are encouraged to bring your Box Tops in an envelope or bag labelled with your classroom number or teacher name before October 15. Please place them in the bucket in your classroom so your classroom gets credit for them. The classroom collecting the most Box Tops will get a pizza party! Contact with any questions.

Volunteer & Activity Fair

Thank you to everyone that came to the PCO’s first ever Volunteer and Activity Fair! It was great to see both new faces and really connect with all of the committees that make our school hum! I feel honored to work alongside so many dedicated volunteers! Thank you to ECS’s Ali Rendulic, Kristan Abeshouse and Aaron Coleman for taking the time to connect with us! Here are a few of the committees that didn’t get much or any love for you to consider:

Yearbook – would you like ECS to have a yearbook next year? If so, we need you! The school can help with some photo wrangling but they really need the PCO volunteers to put it all together. Work with the manufacturer, take orders, distribute… it will be a fun, year round project!

Bike ECS – come join the 6th grade on their bike rides every morning (except Wednesdays) from 10:15-11:15. Be an extra set of eyes to keep them safe! Email to learn more and sign up!

Lost and Found – both schools. Help out when you can by sorting the massive collection of stuff, look for labeled items, return those items (with the help of our great office managers) and periodically display the non-labeled items for easy collection.

Grade Level Reps – k and middle school reps need. Meetings are held 9am-10:15am on the 1st Wed. of the month in the ECS US Cafe. Learn more here.

Winter Chill – Jan. 12. Looking for a few people to help plan the grown up only social event/ chili cook off event!

Edible School Yard – year round help on a weekly basis with grades 2 and 3. Contact Deirdre Keller to learn more!

Plant Sales – learn the ropes to keep these great plant sales running at ECS as our past chairs no longer have kiddos at ECS. Support will be readily available to help you succeed! We have one new chair and could use another!

Room Parents – these classes would like a co-room parent: 5A, 5C, 6A, 7A, 7B and 7C.

Book Fair – leaders needed! The school is looking to expand their available book selections for our middle schoolers and to do that they need volunteers to run a book fair! Sell books to make money for new books! Last year’s Scholastic book fair raised $1800. The date is November 6 (set up on the 5th) and would be held at the Upper School during conferences.

Full descriptions of all committees are available here.

There are a lot of other great committees at ECS that would love to have you! Please consider joining us!
Beth Lott, PCO Volunteer Coordinator

2018 Fall Festival

Connect to your ECS community at the Fall Festival!

Friday, October 12, 2018, 5-7:30 p.m.

Join the fun at the Fall Festival as we build community and celebrate the ECS community’s cultural diversity with demonstrations, games, and activities from around the world. Also, don’t miss pick-up sports, face painting, uniform reuse sale, bake sale, food trucks, and more!

Volunteers needed:
Interactive tables: Please consider sharing your cultural heritage with our school community by planning an interactive table for Fall Festival! If you would like to participate, please fill out this form by October 1.

Day-of Volunteers: Sign up now!

For more info, contact

PCO Volunteer & Activity Fair

The PCO will hold a Volunteer & Activity Fair on Thursday, September 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Upper School Cafe. All K-8 parents, guardians, and ECS staff are invited to join us learn how both parents and students can get involved at ECS. We are inviting representatives from:

  • ECS Athletics
  • ECS After-school Clubs
  • Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts
  • ECS Room Parents
  • ECS Grade Representatives
  • ECS Parent Ambassadors
  • PCO Event Committees
  • PCO Fundraising Committees
  • Staff Appreciation
  • and more!

This meeting is geared toward parents, but we’ll provide free childcare for school-aged children and free pizza for parents and children. We will also be giving away some fun door prizes! Whether or nor you plan to attend, please fill out our Volunteer Form. Contact with any questions.

Apples for the Students

Shop. Scan. Support Our School. Apples for the Students starts again September 2. This program is a great way for our school to earn funds. Is your Giant Eagle Advantage Card® registered? Now’s the time to check. All you need is our school code #5305 to verify a card or register a new card.

1. Visit
2. Enter your Giant Eagle Advantage Card® number (which appears under the bar code).
3. Enter the school code #5305.
4. Done! Please encourage your extended family and friends to register too.

Join the PCO Facebook Group

All PCO members are invited to join the PCO’s discussion group on Facebook. The PCO Facebook group was developed as an online forum for parents and caregivers of students at the Environmental Charter School to connect, share information, find understanding, and build community. We are committed to maintaining a welcoming environment for all, and creating a positive experience which enhances our relationship with and commitment to ECS. Please be sure to answer the required questions about your role in the ECS community when joining the group. Join the Facebook group.