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2018 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 Upper School Cafe on December 1-2. 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! Sign up to volunteer.

2018 Gingerbread House event

The PCO’s annual Gingerbread House event will take place on Saturday, Dec 8. There will be two sessions, 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. This is a fun activity for the whole family. We provide the supplies, you bring your imagination! Register now.

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.
Sign up now!

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

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.

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 with any questions.