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Election Day BAKE SALE

The PCO has an opportunity to make some $$ on Election Day by hosting a hot food + bake sale! Hungry voters, teachers and families will be around that day to purchase. We need food donations and volunteers! We made the shifts pretty short so hopefully they won’t eat into your day too much.
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Poinsettia Sale

The PCO is offering poinsettias and other plants for sale this holiday season. Deadline for pre-orders is Friday, November 16, 2018. Order online or pick up an order form in the school office. All orders must be picked up during the Fair Trade Marketplace at the Upper School: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10am – 4 pm or Sunday, Dec. 2, 12 – 4 pm. Questions? Email plants@ecspco.org

Box Tops Challenge Winner!

In October 2018, the PCO held our first ever Box Tops Challenge. The classroom with the most collected Box Tops wins a pizza party, and we are excited to announce that Homebase 2C had the most Box Tops with 531 total! Overall, the school collected over $500 in Box Tops this fall. Way to go!

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.
Contact: gamenight@ecspco.org

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 boxtops@ecspco.org 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 bikeECS@ecspgh.org 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!
Thanks,
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 fallfestival@ecspco.org