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ECS 5th Grade Winter Coat Drive

With holiday spirit and kindness in mind, fifth grade is collecting new or gently used coats, gloves, blankets, and comforters to donate to Free Store Wilkinsburg. We have talked a lot about gratitude, and are collecting in order to show kindness and share with our community. Our collection window is December 3-17 at the ECS Intermediate School.

Lost and Found items

Wondering where your kid’s sweatshirt, left shoe, or jacket ended up? Check the Lost & Found! Each ECS building has a system for collecting lost and found items.

Primary School: Check the large bin (deck box) on the 2nd floor. You or your student can check anytime (make sure you sign in at the office). Every few weeks, items are displayed in the 1st floor foyer.

Intermediate School: Check the collection in the main office. Every few weeks, items are displayed onstage in the cafe so that students can retrieve their lost belongings.

Middle School: Lost & found items are currently collected on the stage, behind the curtain. This will likely change – stay tuned for details.

Our amazing, hardworking volunteers often post photo displays of sorted items on the ECS Parent Facebook page HERE.

Unclaimed items are donated to the ECS uniform re-use sale, or to local charities.

Efforts are made to reunite owners with lost items that are labeled with full names. Please label your belongings of all sorts with full names. Might we suggest Emily Press Labels? They can be affixed to most any surface – even tagless shirts. Any purchase benefits the PCO, too! More information HERE.

K-5 Yearbook Cover Contest

Primary and Intermediate School Students, submit your original design for the K-5 yearbook! The winning designs will be on the front and back covers of the 2019-2020 yearbook!

1. Keep text and images within a 1/2″ border of the page so nothing is cut off.
2. You can use markers, paints, crayons, or colored pencils.
3. Use white 8.5 x 11″ computer paper only.
4. Be neat, and more importantly, BE CREATIVE!
5. Turn it in to the office by December 16.
6. Make sure you include the school name (ECS or Environmental Charter School), 2019-2020, and K-5 Yearbook in your cover design.
7. Don’t forget to put your name on the back in pencil!

Questions? Email yearbook@ecspco.org

2019 Fair Trade Marketplace

fairtrade_square_facebookEach year, the PCO brings the Fair Trade Marketplace to ECS. This holiday gift shop will be open in the ECS Intermediate School Cafe on December 7-8. You will find a selection of fair trade, sustainable, affordable gifts for socially and environmentally responsible holiday gift giving. We invite children to the Chickadee’s Nest where they can shop independently for gifts under $10. All items are made by artisans around the world who are paid fairly for their work. Enjoy some soup and baked goods after you shop. Open to the public!

Saturday, December 7, 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday, December 8, 12-4 pm

Want to know more? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Volunteers needed! Sign up here.

Like Fair Trade Marketplace on Facebook | RSVP on our FB event page

Questions? Contact marketplace@ecspco.org

PCO Meeting – November 14

Did you know that babysitting and pizza is provided for all at general PCO meetings? Join us at the Middle School Cafe on Thursday, November 14 to discuss the status of our activities, ask questions, and learn how you can get involved. The meeting will include reports on our PCO budget, fundraising efforts, and community support activities including staff appreciation, mini-grants funding, and support for specials (like athletics, Music, Edible Schoolyard, and Thinking Lab). All parents, grandparents, guardians, staff, and community members are welcome.

Meeting Agenda

Thursday, November 14, 6-8 PM
Middle School – 5525 Columbo St.

2019 Holiday Plant Sale

The PCO is offering beautiful poinsettias, winter flowers, and winter greenery for sale this holiday season!

Deadline for pre-orders is Saturday, November 23, 2019.

Order online.

All orders must be picked up during the Fair Trade Marketplace at the Intermediate School: Saturday, December 7 (10 am-4 pm) or Sunday December 8 (12pm-4pm). Mark your calendar! We cannot hold plants after this date.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle at plants@ecspco.org

Election Day Hot Food and Bake Sale

We are hosting an always-popular Hot Food and Bake Sale on Tuesday, November 5 at the Intermediate School Cafe. There is always a lot of foot traffic from hungry voters, parents attending conferences, and hardworking staff members. We need plenty of food and help! Donuts, muffins, soup, chili, and pulled pork are the most-requested items.

Tuesday, November 5
8 am – 1:30 pm

Sign up HERE or contact volunteer@ecspco.org for more information.

Box Tops Challenge Winner

We are pleased to announce that classroom 2C has won a pizza party for collecting the most Box Tops during our Box Tops Challenge! Congratulations! We will be in contact with your home base teacher to coordinate details. Thank you to everyone who participated. Due to your hard work, we have earned over $500 for the PCO general fund. This money will go towards funding mini-grants, teacher appreciation, middle school dances and family game night, and other PCO activities.