Category Archives: PCO Events

Feb. 10: Family Game Night

kidsplayingchess-smallJoin ECS families of every grade level (K-8) for an evening of board games and pizza. We will have some board games available for all ages, and we encourage you to also bring your own games to enjoy. Pizza will be served for $1.50/slice, along with a bake sale. Bring some extra cash for the board game raffle. We have 20 games to give away to lucky winners!

Friday, February 10, 6-8pm
Upper School Cafe

Sign up to volunteer or donate to the bake sale.

2017 Blooming Bash

The Blooming Bash is back! The ECS PCO’s 5th Blooming Bash is coming up on March 18th at the Children’s Museum. This is an adult-only fundraising and social event which will benefit the Lower School Beautification Project.

We need your help to make the Blooming Bash a success! Learn how you can support the event by contributing an item, hosting your own bash, soliciting donations, buying a brick, volunteering, and attending the event! More info here.

*** Buy Your Tickets Today or Make A Gift of Support ***

Sign up to volunteer at the event.

We really hope that you will support the Blooming Bash. We can’t wait to reach our fundraising goal and bring the Lower School Beautification Project to reality! Most of all, we really want you to attend the event! The PCO strives to build strong community connections and welcomes everyone to be involved! Questions or ideas? Contact

Thank you to our donors!

February 3: ECS Ice Skating Day

ECS Families, are you looking for something to do with the kids in the afternoon of the ECS half-day on February 3rd? Please join us for an afternoon of ice skating fun at the Schenley Park ice rink! ECS PCO has rented the rink from 1-3pm for ECS family and guests.

The PCO will be collecting $2 per person at the door and ice skate rentals are available from the rink (for an additional $3). Please bring CASH ONLY. The snack bar will also be open during our session.

Please let us know you are coming by January 25th by signing up here. We hope to see you at the rink on February 3!

January 12 – PCO Meeting

Come to the next Parent Community Organization Meeting to hear about the work that Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) is doing with ECS’s 4th-8th grades. Gail Brown, PAAR’s Manager of Prevention and Outreach Services, will present to parents.

We will also learn more about how ECS is faring academically relative to other public schools in the city. James Fogarty, Executive Director of A+ Schools, will present on ECS’s data collected for the A+ Schools Report to the Community.

Join us on Thursday, January 12 at 7-8:30pm in the Upper School Cafe. Free childcare will be provided for school-aged children, and we’ll also have pizza available to accommodate families’ busy after-school schedules. Questions? Email

2016 Fair Trade Marketplace

Each 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 10-11. You’ll find a selection of fair trade, sustainable, affordable gifts. We also offer the Chickadee’s Nest where children can shop independently for gifts under $10. Open to the public! More info.

December PCO Meeting

PCO Meeting Topic: Choosing a High School/Are ECS students prepared for high school? We will invite some ECS graduates to share their experiences transitioning from ECS to high school. Join us for a discussion among parents, staff and students.

We will also have a preview of the Fair Trade Marketplace which opens to the public on Dec. 10. Be the first to shop at this preview event starting at 6:30pm before the meeting.

Join us on Thursday, December 8 at 6:30-8:30pm (meeting and childcare start at 7) in the Upper School Cafe. Free childcare will be provided for school-aged children, and we’ll also have pizza available to accommodate families’ busy after-school schedules.

Questions? Have an ECS grad who would like to share their experience? Email

December 3: 2016 Gingerbread House Workshop

Saturday December 3, 2016
With two sessions this year! 11:00a-1:00p & 2:00p-4:00p

Cookies and Icing and Candy! Oh my! Join us for this annual event in the Upper School Cafe for an afternoon of creative family fun! $10 includes everything you need to build your dream house. RSVP by Nov. 23. It’s not too late to sign up for this sweet family event! We’ve extended the deadline to Tuesday Nov 29th, so get those forms in to your child’s teacher with a check made out to ECSPCO. If you’ve misplaced your form or if you didn’t get one, download it here.

Please consider volunteering to deck the café, help families check in, keep the candy bowls full or sling icing! We can’t do this without your help. Sign up here.

Contact Jamie Miller or Jaime Horst at with questions. It’s going to be a wonderful afternoon!

November PCO Meeting

PCO Meeting Topic: Charter Schools. What does it mean to have a child in a charter school? How does our school fit in the public school system alongside other charters, magnets, and traditional schools? Are there ways that we should be advocating for our school and for charters as a whole? Rachel Amankulor from PennCan will lead us in a discussion about how our school fits in the public system and what we can do to support our school and charters in general.

Join us on Thursday, November 10 at 7-8:30pm in the Upper School Cafe. Free childcare will be provided for school-aged children, and we’ll also have pizza available to accommodate families’ busy after-school schedules. Questions? Email

Fall Festival Thank You and Winners

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Fall Festival. We had a wonderful time. Thank you to all the volunteers who did a fantastic job! Thank you to Abby Gross for the musical performance and Katie Lockley for helping with the logistics of the event. If you lent any supplies, contact us and we will let you know where everything is.

The winner of the big pumpkin is Devan M!

4th Grade Guessing Game Activity
The winning guesses were the closest without going over. Winners won the contents of the jars they guessed on. Guessers who tied shared their winnings…
Hair ties (Actual = 33) winning guess = 33 by Bella S. and Alex M.
Eyeballs (Actual = 53) winning guess = 50 by Benjy M. and Stella R.
Pom Poms (Actual = 136) winning guess = 117 by Simon P.
Legos (Actual = 574) winning guess = 560 by Laith D.

October 21: Fall Festival 2016

The FALL FESTIVAL is FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 4:30-7:30 PM in Turtle Park, next to the ECS Upper School. So many fun activities are in the works for the ECS community. There will be hay slides, a walk with lanterns, music and more. In addition there will also be a hoagie sale, bake sale and uniform reuse sale. IN CASE OF RAIN, the event will still go on! Most activities will be set up inside. Please do attend, no matter what the weather is!

Every year each grade level also sponsors an activity or craft. Sign up to volunteer and/or provide supplies. You don’t have to be limited to your child’s grade only. All grades need volunteers!

  • General sign-up – we need slides, pumpkins, hay bales, exercise balls, and volunteers!
  • Bake Sale – we need baked goods, apple cider, and volunteers!
  • Kindergarten – we’re making decorative walking sticks! We need supplies and volunteers.
  • 1st grade – we’re making fairy doors! We need supplies and volunteers.
  • 2nd grade – we’re running a fishing game! We need supplies and volunteers.
  • 3rd grade – we’re making paper lanterns! We need supplies and volunteers.
  • 4th grade – we’re running a guessing game! We need volunteers.
  • 5th grade – we’re running a sensory game! We need supplies and volunteers.
  • 6th-8th grade – we’re running mini sports games and face painting! We need volunteers (adults and middle schoolers).