We need volunteers to help care for the gardens during the spring, summer and early fall. Volunteers will get the first pick of available produce: herbs, peas, berries, beans, carrots, beets, greens, and tomatoes. No garden experience is necessary and we welcome new volunteers.
Please sign up for a week or multiple week slots. If you sign up, we ask that you try to visit the garden about 3 times during the week that you sign up for. The main things that the garden needs are watering, weeding, harvesting, and keeping an eye out for pests like cabbage worms.
More detail about pests, weeds etc. will be provided in the training and accompanying materials.
Garden Guardian Sign Up (Primary School Page 1, Intermediate School Page 2, Pollinator Gardens Page 3)
In Person Primary: Wednesday June 16th 4:30
In Person Intermediate: Wednesday June 16th 5:15>
Virtual Training (Primary and Intermediate) June 15th 6:30
Zoom Link for Virtual Training
Contact: Deirdre Keller
We would like to offer a 2nd pick up date: Saturday, May 15th from 1-4pm at the Intermediate School. If it is bad weather Jill Farringdon will be in her car (orange Subaru forester) in the front of the school, otherwise look for her sitting out front.
If you cannot make this second pickup, please let Jill Farringdon know at firstname.lastname@example.org
ECS PCO can earn money if you are part of the RiteAid Wellness Program and have it linked to ECS. See below how to link your RiteAid Wellness card so ECS starts earning money with each of your purchases. Not a Wellness member, you can sign up for a new card too.
Then when you get your shot make sure your check-in with your Wellness card.
Do you have a Rite Aid Wellness + card? Link it to RXfundraising and earn money for ECS every time you use your card at Rite Aid. Go HERE
for details and to sign up.
You’ll enter your name, phone #, and e-mail address. After you click the “Support Your Cause” button, your card will be linked to ECS PCO or you can sign up for a Wellness + card right there if you don’t have one. ECS PCO will receive a percentage of all purchases, including prescriptions.
Capitalize upon things you already do! It’s easy!
This year’s sale has ended. Thank you for your support.
ECS’s annual Spring Flower & Plant Sale
is back in time for Mother’s Day and Spring planting with a bonus this year – contactless curbside pickup
! Annual bedding flowers, a variety of beautiful hanging baskets, and patio planters will be available from the same vendor that Phipps Conservatory uses. We are also offering organic vegetable, herb, milkweed, and native pollinator seedlings from Grow Pittsburgh.
Order here: https://ecspco.square.site/shop/plant-sale/29
Order deadline: Sunday, April 18, 2021
Plants will be available for contactless curbside pick-up ONLY: Friday, May 7, 2021 between 1:00pm and 6:30pm at the ECS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
(829 Milton Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15218). There will only be one day to pick up the plants so please mark this day on your calendar. Your online order confirmation may list your address as the “shipping address,” but plants will not be shipped. All plants must be picked up on May 7
. We ask that you pull up to the curb in front of Turtle Park (just past the Intermediate School), stay in your car, inform the volunteer of your name through your car window, and pop your trunk. The volunteer will load your items into your trunk.
Lots of volunteers are needed on May 7 to pull this off! We have designed a safety plan to ensure compliance with government orders and to keep our valued volunteers safe. See more details on the sign-up sheet. Sign up here
If you have any questions, please email Michelle at email@example.com.
Thank you to all parents, teachers, and staff (over 150 of you!) who attended the 2/17/2021 General PCO Meeting.
It was wonderful to hear from many voices, hear important perspectives, and see many faces in one place.
Please remember that ALL PCO meetings are open to our entire community. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
We plan to keep a virtual component to meetings in the future, even when we are able to safely meet again in person.
We are pleased to share a full recording of the meeting here
What: ECS K-9 Yearbook
Order Deadline: March 19, 2021
Price: $17.00 per book
Pick Up Date: May 7th (1- 6 pm) at the ECS PCO Plant Sale pickup at the Intermediate School
There are two ways to order:
- Check: Please make checks payable to “ECS PCO” and return with the order form (linked here) to the attention of Jill Farringdon, 5539 Pocusset Street, Pgh PA, 15217. Important, if you pay by check please look for a confirmation email from Jill Farringdon. If you don’t receive an order confirmation email by Friday, 3/19, please contact Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.
- Online (preferred): You may also order yearbooks online here.
ECS PCO would like to ensure that every family at ECS has the opportunity to have a yearbook. If you cannot afford the price of a yearbook, you may request one free per family at email@example.com
To help ensure that every student at ECS has the opportunity to have a yearbook, add a donation amount to your order. (Thank you!)
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions.
Last school year, the PCO set up the private ECS Transportation Connections Facebook group, a forum where caregivers and staff can share and discuss school-related transportation information and questions.
We need to transition the group to some parent volunteers willing to moderate it, and keep tabs on transportation issues. The time commitment is minimal, especially if there are a few moderators to check in once in a while, and approve new members as needed. As we transition to in-person learning, we anticipate an increased need for and interest in transportation communication.
If you can step up to help, please send a message via the PCO Facebook page, or e-mail email@example.com. You can find the private group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ecstransportation. New members must answer a few quick questions before being approved.
Students are invited to submit a yearbook cover design by Sunday, Feb.28
. It must be 8.5 x 11″ in portrait orientation and contain the text “ECS 2020-2021”. Take a clear picture of your design, or save it as a .pdf, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
. No scanner or phone, you can also mail it to ECS PCO, 5539 Pocusset St, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.
Please hold onto the original. If we choose their design, we will need it to do a high quality scan. We want their artwork in the best possible presentation.
Sign up today at https://rxfundraising.com/s/?id=ECSPCO
and the PCO will receive a portion of all purchases, even prescriptions. If you already have a card, then you just need to link the card. If you don’t have a wellness card then you can sign up for one here to and it is automatically linked. See the Fundraising page
for this and other fundraising options.
Remember we need your student’s photos for the yearbook by February 8th. We have created a one page sheet
for you. It includes the photo guidelines and instructions on how to submit the photos. Without enough student photos we won’t be able to publish the yearbook this year. So, please submit as soon as possible. Click here
for further details.