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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 info coming soon!

For more info, contact fallfestival@ecspco.org

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 parents@ecspco.org 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 www.gianteagle.com/AFTS.
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.

PCO’s Important Back-to-School Dates

August 12: Join ECS Families at the Playground
K-5 students are invited to bring their families to the playground at Forbes & Braddock on August 12th at 1-3pm. The pavilion has been reserved and snacks will be available. Meet up with classmates and make new friends before school starts in August! Questions? Volunteer to help? Contact Jill at play@ecspco.org.

August 16: Uniform Sale at Lower School Meet & Greet
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) at 5:30-7:30pm. Gently used uniform shirts, pants, shorts, skirts and jumpers are all $2 each. Contact uniform@ecspco.org with any questions.

August 20: Upper School Welcome Coffee
All ECS Upper School families 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. Upper School: 8:30-9:00 am, meet in Turtle Park, the field to the left of the Upper School, next to Frick Park. Contact welcome@ecspco.org with any questions.

August 22: Lower School Welcome Coffee
All ECS Lower School families are invited to a New Family Welcome Event on the first day of kindergarten! Please join us to meet other ECS parents after you drop your kiddos off on their first day of kindergarten at ECS (third day of school for 1st-3rd). 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. Contact welcome@ecspco.org with any questions.

September 7: ECS Shirt Order Deadline
Pre-order ECS t-shirts and sweatshirts by September 7. Place your order here.

September 13: 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. You’ll hear about sports at ECS, after-school clubs, events, and volunteer opportunities. This meeting is geared toward parents, but we’ll provide free childcare for school-aged children and free pizza for parents and children. Contact parents@ecspco.org with any questions.

ECS Shirt Sale


For the 2018-2019 school year, the PCO is offering three types of ECS shirts for sale:

  • T-shirts with ECS school logo in forest green, sapphire blue and purple
  • 3/4 sleeve raglan shirts with ECS Hawks logo in navy
  • Sweatshirts (full-zip hoodies and pullover hoodies) with ECS school logo in navy

Pre-order by September 7. All shirts will be delivered to classrooms by the end of September.