Category Archives: PCO Events

May 11 – Scavenger Hunt

The ECS PCO will host a fun, free, family-friendly Scavenger Hunt on Friday May 11 at 12:30, after the half-day. We’ll gather at the Falls Ravine Pavilion (where Falls Ravine Trail and Tranquil Trail meet, close to the Lower Frick parking lot). Teams will hunt the trails for clues and a chance to win a prize. We’ll start gathering and registering teams at 12:30, and the hunt will begin at 1:00. At 2:00, we’ll meet back at the pavilion for snacks and the raffle. Hope to see you there! Contact with any questions.

Meet at Falls Ravine Pavilion (click to enlarge):

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.

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!

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.

January 27: PCO Winter Chill

You’re invited to the Winter Chill!
7-10pm on Saturday January 27th at the Wilkins School Community Center

Same chili and fun as the Autumn Chill but NEW location in Regent Square. This free event is sponsored by the PCO and open to all adult members of the ECS community. We’ll have delicious chili for you to sample and vote on, a great chance to meet new friends and connect with old, a fun place to spend a dreary winter night, and lots more! Book your sitter and plan to attend.

RSVPs are a must due to capacity limitations.

If you can make it, please sign up to bring an item. We obviously need chili! Several vegetarian ones would be great. Don’t forget: the less the event costs the PCO, the more money we have to support the teachers via things like staff appreciation and mini-grants!

2017 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 9-10. 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.

Dec. 2: Gingerbread House Building Workshop

Gingerbread House Building fun returns on Saturday, December 2 in the Upper School Cafe. This is a great annual family event! $10 includes everything you need to build your dream house. We supply the graham crackers, candy and icing; you provide the creativity!

This year we have two different times for families to build their gingerbread houses:

  • Morning session is 10am-12pm
  • Afternoon session is 1-3pm

Look for the green registration form coming home in your kids’ folders. Please submit your form and check made out to ECS PCO by November 22 to save your place.

For questions or to volunteer, email