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Scavenger Hunt

Join the ECS PCO for a fun, free Scavenger Hunt in Frick Park after the half day on Friday, September 24. Walk the trails, find answers to clues, and enter to win a prize!

Hike the trails to find answers to clues and a chance to win a prize! This year, to help with social distancing, teams will preregister online by Thurs, Sept 22 by clicking here. Teams can begin their hunt by picking up a map and clue sheet at the picnic table by the Tennis Courts parking lot between 11:45-12:15 (staggered starts). Come back to the pavilion an hour after you started for snacks, and the raffle will be at 1:15 or shortly after. Please bring a mask and water bottle, and maintain space when not masked. Hope to see you there! Contact with any questions or to volunteer to help.

2021 Fall Plant Sale

The PCO is excited to offer a revamped fall plant sale featuring mums, fall décor, and bulbs! We’re excited to partner with a local, woman-owned business to bring you these new selections.


Garden Guardians

We need volunteers to help care for the gardens during the spring, summer and early fall. Volunteers will get the first pick of available produce: herbs, peas, berries, beans, carrots, beets, greens, and tomatoes. No garden experience is necessary and we welcome new volunteers.

Please sign up for a week or multiple week slots. If you sign up, we ask that you try to visit the garden about 3 times during the week that you sign up for. The main things that the garden needs are watering, weeding, harvesting, and keeping an eye out for pests like cabbage worms.

More detail about pests, weeds etc. will be provided in the training and accompanying materials.

Garden Guardian Sign Up (Primary School Page 1, Intermediate School Page 2, Pollinator Gardens Page 3)

Training Dates
In Person Primary: Wednesday June 16th 4:30
In Person Intermediate: Wednesday June 16th 5:15>
Virtual Training (Primary and Intermediate) June 15th 6:30

Zoom Link for Virtual Training

Contact: Deirdre Keller

2nd 2020-2021 Yearbook Pick up Date

We would like to offer a 2nd pick up date: Saturday, May 15th from 1-4pm at the Intermediate School. If it is bad weather Jill Farringdon will be in her car (orange Subaru forester) in the front of the school, otherwise look for her sitting out front.

If you cannot make this second pickup, please let Jill Farringdon know at

Getting your COVID vaccine at RiteAid?

ECS PCO can earn money if you are part of the RiteAid Wellness Program and have it linked to ECS. See below how to link your RiteAid Wellness card so ECS starts earning money with each of your purchases. Not a Wellness member, you can sign up for a new card too.

Then when you get your shot make sure your check-in with your Wellness card. Do you have a Rite Aid Wellness + card? Link it to RXfundraising and earn money for ECS every time you use your card at Rite Aid. Go HERE for details and to sign up.

You’ll enter your name, phone #, and e-mail address. After you click the “Support Your Cause” button, your card will be linked to ECS PCO or you can sign up for a Wellness + card right there if you don’t have one. ECS PCO will receive a percentage of all purchases, including prescriptions.

Ongoing Fundraising

Capitalize upon things you already do! It’s easy!

2021 Spring Plant Sale

This year’s sale has ended. Thank you for your support.

ECS’s annual Spring Flower & Plant Sale is back in time for Mother’s Day and Spring planting with a bonus this year – contactless curbside pickup! Annual bedding flowers, a variety of beautiful hanging baskets, and patio planters will be available from the same vendor that Phipps Conservatory uses. We are also offering organic vegetable, herb, milkweed, and native pollinator seedlings from Grow Pittsburgh.

Order here:

Order deadline: Sunday, April 18, 2021

Plants will be available for contactless curbside pick-up ONLY: Friday, May 7, 2021 between 1:00pm and 6:30pm at the ECS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (829 Milton Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15218). There will only be one day to pick up the plants so please mark this day on your calendar. Your online order confirmation may list your address as the “shipping address,” but plants will not be shipped. All plants must be picked up on May 7. We ask that you pull up to the curb in front of Turtle Park (just past the Intermediate School), stay in your car, inform the volunteer of your name through your car window, and pop your trunk. The volunteer will load your items into your trunk.

Lots of volunteers are needed on May 7 to pull this off! We have designed a safety plan to ensure compliance with government orders and to keep our valued volunteers safe. See more details on the sign-up sheet. Sign up here.

If you have any questions, please email Michelle at

Recording Available – February 17 General PCO Meeting

Thank you to all parents, teachers, and staff (over 150 of you!) who attended the 2/17/2021 General PCO Meeting. It was wonderful to hear from many voices, hear important perspectives, and see many faces in one place.

Please remember that ALL PCO meetings are open to our entire community. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. We plan to keep a virtual component to meetings in the future, even when we are able to safely meet again in person.

We are pleased to share a full recording of the meeting here.

ECS K-9 2020-2021 Yearbook

What: ECS K-9 Yearbook
Order Deadline: March 19, 2021
Price: $17.00 per book
Pick Up Date: May 7th (1- 6 pm) at the ECS PCO Plant Sale pickup at the Intermediate School

There are two ways to order:
  1. Check: Please make checks payable to “ECS PCO” and return with the order form (linked here) to the attention of Jill Farringdon, 5539 Pocusset Street, Pgh PA, 15217. Important, if you pay by check please look for a confirmation email from Jill Farringdon. If you don’t receive an order confirmation email by Friday, 3/19, please contact Jill at immediately.
  2. Online (preferred): You may also order yearbooks online here.
ECS PCO would like to ensure that every family at ECS has the opportunity to have a yearbook. If you cannot afford the price of a yearbook, you may request one free per family at

To help ensure that every student at ECS has the opportunity to have a yearbook, add a donation amount to your order. (Thank you!)

Please contact with any questions.

Moderator Help Needed! – ECS Transportation Connections Facebook group

Last school year, the PCO set up the private ECS Transportation Connections Facebook group, a forum where caregivers and staff can share and discuss school-related transportation information and questions.

We need to transition the group to some parent volunteers willing to moderate it, and keep tabs on transportation issues. The time commitment is minimal, especially if there are a few moderators to check in once in a while, and approve new members as needed. As we transition to in-person learning, we anticipate an increased need for and interest in transportation communication.

If you can step up to help, please send a message via the PCO Facebook page, or e-mail You can find the private group here: New members must answer a few quick questions before being approved.

Calling all Artists! Submit your yearbook cover design!

Students are invited to submit a yearbook cover design by Sunday, Feb.28. It must be 8.5 x 11″ in portrait orientation and contain the text “ECS 2020-2021”. Take a clear picture of your design, or save it as a .pdf, and send it to No scanner or phone, you can also mail it to ECS PCO, 5539 Pocusset St, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Please hold onto the original. If we choose their design, we will need it to do a high quality scan. We want their artwork in the best possible presentation.