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*NEW* ECS T-Shirts and Sweatshirts for Sale

FOR SALE: ECS t-shirts and sweatshirts with the new ECS logo. All orders placed by July 28, 2017 will be available for pick-up at the Meet & Greet on August 15. All orders placed by September 1, 2017 will be delivered to classrooms by September 20. After September, a limited number of sizes and colors will be stocked by the PCO and available for purchase. Order now.

The PCO would like to ensure that every student at ECS has the opportunity to have an ECS t-shirt. If you can not afford the price of a t-shirt, you may request one free t-shirt per student.

New Family Welcome Event

All families new to ECS this year are invited to a New Family Welcome Event on the first day of school! Please join us to meet other ECS parents after you drop your kiddos off on their first day at ECS. All veteran families are encouraged to stop by to meet and welcome new families.

Lower School: 8:45-9:15 am, meet in Lower School side yard
Upper School: 8:30-9:00 am, meet in Turtle Park, the field to the left of the Upper School, next to Frick Park

Uniform Sale

The PCO’s Uniform Re-Use Market will be held at the Lower School only (all sizes available in one location, all ECS families welcome to shop). Gently used uniform shirts, pants, shorts, skirts and jumpers are all $2 each.

Summer Playground Dates

K-5 students are invited to bring their families to the playground at Forbes & Braddock for ECS Lower School Playdates on July 16 and August 13. The pavilion has been reserved and snacks will be available. Meet up with classmates and make new friends before school starts in August! Volunteer to help plan by contacting Leslie at
Sunday, July 16, 1-3pm
Sunday, August 13, 1-3pm

Summer Volunteer Needs

Several volunteer opportunities happen before the school year begins and we need you for a few key positions:

  • The Lamination Squad – learn to laminate and then provide ongoing assistance with lamination throughout the school year.
  • Busy Bees – we need someone to lead the Busy Bees and help the staff with tasks over the summer to help get ready for the new school year! We also need more Bees!
  • Staff Appreciation – put together welcome letters and treats for the staff and distribute before school starts. The letter info will be given to you so you just need to get it copied. Treats will need to be purchased.

Other opportunities for volunteering are listed on the PCO sign-up page.

Contact Beth at with questions.

Volunteer for these Fall Events

There are two great fall events that are in need of someone to organize and run them. One is an adult-only mixer for ECS parents and staff. It’s a great way to build community relationships. We’ve hosted the free Autumn Chill chili cook-off the past 5 years with success and someone could plug into that model… or create their own! Our second event is the Frick Park Scavenger Hunt. This one is easy, but it needs a leader, planner and volunteers. If you want to help keep events like this going, we’d love to chat with you! Contact Beth at and we can discuss further. We don’t want to lose these events but we need someone to take them on.

Save the Date! ECS 2017 Fall Festival

ECS 2017 Fall Festival will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017

Next year’s Fall Festival will celebrate the ECS community’s cultural diversity with demonstrations and activities representing our families from around the world. 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. If you have questions, please contact Kathryn at

Thank you!
-Fall Festival Planning Committee (Corinne, Kathryn, Gila, and Patrick)

June 17 – ECS Urban Ecostewards

ECS Urban Ecostewards needs your help keeping Frick Park healthy for future enjoyment! Saturday, June 17th, 10 am – noon. As always, we will meet at the parking lot next to the tennis courts. Bring footwear that can get muddy and a water bottle – we provide tools, gloves, and explanations.This is a fun way for the entire family to contribute to our natural environment! Questions? Email or call/text Ilona at 412-726-5969.