Category Archives: PCO Events

ECS Movie Day at Waterworks Cinemas

Please join the ECS PCO for a day at the movies! We’re thrilled to offer a private showing of Mulan at the Waterworks Cinemas in Fox Chapel. The first 100 people registered will have access to our private theater. After that, ECS families will be placed in the general showing around 2:20pm. A parent or guardian must stay with your child/children for the duration of the film. Please register below by Tuesday, March 24th.

Movie: Mulan (opening day!)
Rating: PG-13*** (see below)
Runtime: 1 hour and 55 minutes
PRIVATE SHOWING FOR ECS FAMILIES (first 100 people registered)

Date: Friday, March 27, 2020
Time: 2pm
Where: Waterworks Cinemas (NOT the Waterfront)
930 Fox Chapel Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Cost: Tickets are $8.50/adult, $8/child* and concession specials (small popcorn/drink) will be available at the door for $5.

You may add quantities on the following page.

Donate to our Movie Day Angel Fund to ensure that all ECS families have a chance to participate:
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*Please note that financial assistance is available. Contact

** Note that the ticket price includes Paypal service fee

*** Mulan is rated PG-13 for “sequences of violence” – namely martial arts and battle sequences with no bloodshed or gratuitous violence. You can watch a trailer here. Synopsis: To save her ailing father from serving in the Imperial Army, a fearless young woman disguises herself as a man to battle northern invaders in China. Waterworks will also be showing a PG or G rated film (like the movie Onward) to the general public around the same time, if parents prefer.

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.

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.

Scavenger Hunt Fun!

The PCO held its Scavenger Hunt after the half day on September 13, and 40 ECS teams participated! It was a beautiful day for young naturalists to hike the 1.5-mile or the 2.5-mile course and find all the clues for the chance to win a raffle prize. Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy nature with our school community – and especially to Jeanne and the volunteers who made this a special event!