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Order ECS Shirts and Sweatshirts by February 7

We’ve launched another pre-order window for ECS T-SHIRTS and SWEATSHIRTS. Pre-order deadline is Friday, February 7. Shirts will be delivered to classrooms by the end of February. Order now.

NEW: we are offering 2T-6T toddler sizes in the navy and light blue t-shirt options.

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 — and you haven’t requested a free t-shirt this school year yet — you may request one free t-shirt per student.

Please consider making a donation to help ensure that every ECS student has an ECS t-shirt.

Contact with any questions.

Family Game Night – January 31

Please join the PCO and the staff of ECS for a fun-filled evening of games, awesome prizes, pizza, and friendly competition! Whether you’re a fierce competitor or a novice beginner, there will be something for your family! We will have some board games available for all ages, and we encourage you to also bring your own games to enjoy. Don’t forget to buy a couple of delicious goodies from the bake sale between games in addition to enjoying your free pizza (limit: 2-3 slices per person). The event is open to all ECS families, however, please RSVP by Wednesday, January 29 as the Intermediate School cafeteria has limited space. We hope to see you there!

Friday, January 31, 2020, 6-8pm
Intermediate School Cafe

NOTE: We have closed the RSVPs for Family Game Night. We have reached capacity. If you would like to be put on the wait list, please sign up here.

If you reserved a spot and know you cannot attend anymore, or if the number of rsvps has changed, please contact We can then contact people on the wait list.

Volunteers are still needed. Please consider signing up.


ECS Ski Days

We are very excited to be offering two options to get ECS family and friends out on the slopes this winter: ECS Middle School Ski Club (7th and 8th grade only) and ECS Family Ski Days. This is a parent run initiative and club. Click here for more information.

If you have any questions, please email Molly Bennett

Save the Date for the 2020 Blooming Bash!

Join us on March 21 for the Blooming Bash, the ECS PCO’s adult-only fundraising and social event and biggest fundraiser! This year’s event will support the PCO general fund so we are able to provide wonderful family programming and support our ECS staff. Enjoy a night out with drinks, munchies, dancing, games, silent auctions, raffles, and more.

Tickets available now!

While you are out shopping this holiday season (or receive a gift that you might not need), please keep the Blooming Bash in mind! When school resumes in January, we will start collecting items to fill themed gift baskets to be auctioned off during the event. We’ll share collection logistics in the new year. Our baskets will all be built around two larger themes: Family Fun and Get Outdoors. More info.

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