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Earth Nite at ECS

Earth Nite is April 20, 5-8pm at the ECS Upper School. We expect this to be our biggest Earth Nite yet with over 30 partners coming to display, food trucks, face painting, a student carnival, and much more! The PCO is participating in this event in several ways:

BAKE SALE Bake and/or buy some delicious treats! We are also again requesting packs of juice/milk boxes if you don’t bake. Sign up to donate. Look for us in the cafeteria during the event and buy some yummy treats!

UNIFORM REUSE MARKET The PCO’s Uniform Re-Use Market will be held at Earth Nite. Gently used uniform shirts, pants, shorts, skirts and jumpers are all $2 each.

SPRING FAIR TRADE MARKET For the first time, the Fair Trade Marketplace will have a SPRING SALE at Earth Nite. Look for summer dresses, skirts and shirts, along with some new fair trade products!

PCO Presents: Cyber Safety & Youth Technology Trends

Please join us for Cyber Safety & Youth Technology Trends: Creating Responsible Kids on Smartphones through Adult Awareness and Behaviors on Wednesday, May 23rd from 6:00 to 8:30 in the Upper School Cafe.

Ryan Klingensmith, as the founder of Shape the Sky, has brought together a network of concerned parents, educators, clinicians and media for a common cause: to enrich the online experience for our children through better education and more effective communication.

There will be limited space so reservations are encouraged. Please reserve your spot now. This is an adult only event. Pizza and childcare will be provided for school-aged children of ECS families. For more information, please contact Jill at

Children are born into an online world where they often believe they’re all on their own. They don’t think parents have the understanding to help. Or worse, that parents may overreact to requests for guidance. So kids don’t ask, parents don’t get involved—and the conversation never starts.

The truth is, children have the knowledge to navigate the Web, but lack the wisdom of an adult’s experience to do so safely.

At Shape the Sky, bring knowledge and wisdom together. Get an inside view of the online world our children live in. So you’ll know how to “talk the talk.”

Then, we’ll help you start the conversation with your children. So you can connect, share and learn together. We want to help you create responsible kids on smartphones effective communication.

2018 Spring Flower and Plant Sale

plantsale-fbECS’s annual Spring Flower & Plant Sale is back in time for Mother’s Day and Spring planting! Annual bedding flowers, a variety of beautiful hanging baskets, and patio planters will be available from the same vendor that Phipps Conservatory uses (so the plants will be fantastic!). We are also offering organic vegetable and herbs from Garden Dreams, an urban farm and nursery in Wilkinsburg. Deadline for ordering is April 18, 2018 extended to APRIL 24, 2018.

ECS Movie Day

Friday, March 23rd; 2:00 PM

The ECS PCO is hosting a private screening of Sherlock Gnomes at the Waterworks Cinemas on opening day! Please note that due to seating limitations, registration is required by Monday, March 19th. This theater will also be screening A Wrinkle in Time for those families who prefer that film.

Please visit for more information and to register.

Email with any questions about Movie Day. See you at the movies!

Join the PCO Steering Committee!

The PCO Steering Committee is looking for additional members. The PCO is organized and operated by a Steering Committee. We are looking for up to seven new members to help shape the rest of this school year and beyond… to work together to plan and organize meetings, brainstorm ideas, spear-head fundraising efforts, plan fun events, and much more. The Steering Committee currently has the following openings available. We’d love to welcome some new faces to this friendly team.

Chair – lead the group in meetings, help plan meetings and be the point person for communication between the PCO and the school.

Members at Large – participate in activities of the Steering Committee including meetings, participate in PCO events, vote on important PCO decisions, and share thoughts and ideas.

This is an open, friendly, and welcoming team and we hope you will consider joining us as we continue our work in making ECS a great place for our kids, staff, and families.

More information about Steering Committee responsibilities.


February 2: ECS Ice Skating Day

Looking for something to do with the kids in the afternoon of the ECS half-day on February 2nd? Then please join us for an afternoon of ice-skating fun at the Schenley Park ice rink! The ECS PCO has rented the rink from 1-3pm for ECS family and guests. The PCO will be collecting $2 per person entry fee at the door, and ice skate rentals are available (for an additional $3). Please bring CASH ONLY, and exact change is appreciated. The snack bar will also be open during our session.