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2019 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 Intermediate School Cafe on December 7-8. 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!

Saturday, December 7, 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday, December 8, 12-4 pm

Want to know more? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Volunteers needed! Sign up here.

Like Fair Trade Marketplace on Facebook | RSVP on our FB event page

Questions? Contact

PCO Meeting – November 14

Did you know that babysitting and pizza is provided for all at general PCO meetings? Join us at the Middle School Cafe on Thursday, November 14 to discuss the status of our activities, ask questions, and learn how you can get involved. The meeting will include reports on our PCO budget, fundraising efforts, and community support activities including staff appreciation, mini-grants funding, and support for specials (like athletics, Music, Edible Schoolyard, and Thinking Lab). All parents, grandparents, guardians, staff, and community members are welcome.

Meeting Agenda

Thursday, November 14, 6-8 PM
Middle School – 5525 Columbo St.

2019 Holiday Plant Sale

The PCO is offering beautiful poinsettias, winter flowers, and winter greenery for sale this holiday season!

Deadline for pre-orders is Saturday, November 23, 2019.

Order online.

All orders must be picked up during the Fair Trade Marketplace at the Intermediate School: Saturday, December 7 (10 am-4 pm) or Sunday December 8 (12pm-4pm). Mark your calendar! We cannot hold plants after this date.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle at

Election Day Hot Food and Bake Sale

We are hosting an always-popular Hot Food and Bake Sale on Tuesday, November 5 at the Intermediate School Cafe. There is always a lot of foot traffic from hungry voters, parents attending conferences, and hardworking staff members. We need plenty of food and help! Donuts, muffins, soup, chili, and pulled pork are the most-requested items.

Tuesday, November 5
8 am – 1:30 pm

Sign up HERE or contact for more information.

Box Tops Challenge Winner

We are pleased to announce that classroom 2C has won a pizza party for collecting the most Box Tops during our Box Tops Challenge! Congratulations! We will be in contact with your home base teacher to coordinate details. Thank you to everyone who participated. Due to your hard work, we have earned over $500 for the PCO general fund. This money will go towards funding mini-grants, teacher appreciation, middle school dances and family game night, and other PCO activities.

October 31 Sub Sale

The PCO is having a hoagie/sub sale!

Pre-order deadline: October 20 extended to Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 4pm
Delivery date: October 31

Peppi’s Famous Subs are served on the best bread in the city, Mancini’s, which is a 10-inch roll that melts in your mouth. All sandwiches include lettuce, tomato and an Italian dressing packet. Choose from: Italian Subs, Turkey Subs, Ham Subs, or Provolone Subs.

The delivery date is October 31! That’s right — you don’t have to worry about making dinner while your getting your kiddos ready for Halloween!

Subs can be sent home with children (if you order 5 or fewer), or picked up at the Intermediate School or Middle School between 2:45 and 4:30pm.

Place your pre-order now!

ECS Athletics

The FanCloth Athletic Fundraiser has returned for ECS Athletics. Please check out our exclusive catalog with over 20 items. All sales will take place online and the fundraiser will end of October 31. Please include student name and grade in order form. Order here.

Middle School Winter Sports – ECS Athletics will compete in the Coed CitiSports League for Futsal and Basketball. All games will take place at the Arlington Rec Center. All information is regarding tryouts and rosters are in the links below.

ECS Middle School CoEd Futsalsign up here to try out or see futsal flyer for more info

ECS Middle School CoEd Basketballsign up here to try out or see basketball flyer for more info

Box Tops Challenge

The PCO-sponsored Box Tops Challenge in K-5 classrooms is in its final two weeks!

Please bring in Box Tops (digital and/or paper) in an envelope or bag labeled with your classroom number or teacher name before Wednesday, October 16. The classroom that collects the most Box Tops will get a pizza party! Each Box Top earns 10 cents for ECS! Families raised hundreds of dollars last year through the Box Tops program! Read about collection details, and how the Box Tops program is going digital here. Find a handy document outlining how to print digital activity here. More questions?

Middle School Staff Lounge DONATIONS NEEDED

The PCO Staff Appreciation Committee is asking for donations from families to help get the new middle school staff lounge fully stocked and ready to go!

Donations can be new or gently used (such as plates, mugs and silverware) and can be sent into the middle school labeled ‘For lounge from the PCO’. Any help is greatly appreciated! Sign up here. Questions? Contact