PCO Meeting – November 9

All ECS families are invited to the next PCO meeting on Thursday, November 9 at 7-8:30pm in the Upper School Cafe. 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. Free childcare will be provided for school-aged children, and we’ll also have pizza available for all. Questions? Email parents@ecspco.org.

Donate to the ECS Harvest Feast

The 2017 Harvest Feast is going to be a wonderful community event! The Harvest Feast is a chance for the students to relax and enjoy a Thanksgiving inspired meal with their classmates on Tuesday 11/21. Here’s how you can help!

1. Contribute decorations, serving bowls, pie, cider, and/or your volunteer time. Get details and sign up: Lower School and Upper School

2. Make a donation instead of shopping for pie or apple cider.

Thank you for all of the generous contributions!

Scholastic Book Fair at ECS

We’re bringing a Scholastic Book Fair to ECS! Stop by for a book and a treat in the main foyer of the Lower School. There will be a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Though the fair is hosted at the lower School, we will have titles for older readers available as well.

ECS Lower School
Monday, November 6, 5:30-7:30 pm
Tuesday, November 7, 8:30 am-7 pm

Our Online Fair is available from November 1-14
If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/environmentalcharterschool.

Volunteers Needed
Because all of us would like to attend parent teacher conferences, we have to have enough volunteer coverage so we can slip out as needed for these meetings. Kids are welcome to help. Grades 6-8 can work without an adult, under grade 6 requires parental supervision. Sign up to volunteer!

October is the Month of Treats!

The Month of Treats for our wonderful staff is underway, and the PCO Staff Appreciation Committee encourages all ECS families to sign up to surprise a staff member with their favorite snack/coffee/soda/etc at your convenience during the month of October. Some staff members most value a little extra TIME, and have identified a task or two that a parent could help out with this month– so those are on the list, too! We are continuing to add staff names to the list as we gather more information about their favorite goodies, so stay tuned as the list evolves over the next few weeks. Our hope is to hit each of our 100+ awesome staff members before the month is over, so help us show them some love by clicking the link and signing up now!

Fall Festival

This year’s Fall Festival will celebrate the ECS community’s cultural diversity with demonstrations and activities representing our families from around the world. Also, don’t miss pick-up sports, uniform reuse sale, bake sale, food trucks, and more!

Friday, October 6, 2017, 5-8 p.m. at the Upper School

Sign up to volunteer here.

For more info, contact fallfestival@ecspco.org

PCO Kick-Off Meeting

The first PCO Meeting of the year will be held on Thursday, September 28 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Upper School Cafe. All K-8 parents, guardians, and ECS staff are invited to join us to kick off the school year with the PCO. You’ll hear from ECS leaders about ECS expansion efforts and ECS’s work on diversity and equity in our organization.

We would like to know what questions YOU have about the Parent Community Organization and what YOU want from the PCO this year. Submit your questions or comments about the PCO and then come to the meeting to hear more and be part of the discussion.

ALL PCO MEETINGS include free childcare for school-aged children and free pizza for parents and children.

We want all ECS families to feel involved, connected, informed, and valued within the PCO community. If you plan to attend a PCO meeting, please reach out to another ECS family in your community to offer a ride or share information about the meeting.

Read our PCO Welcome Letter for more information about the PCO.


PCO Volunteer Needs

Volunteering your time with the PCO is an inexpensive way to meet the needs of our school, make an effective contribution to your child’s school experience, and show your child that you value their interests. There are opportunities to fit everyone’s interests and schedules. Some committees that especially need help this year are:

Staff Appreciation – Help is needed both year-round and for Staff Appreciation week (May).

Gingerbread House Event – Help plan, shop or volunteer at the event on December 2 so families can enjoy a day of creativity and merriment.

Blooming Bash – We are currently assessing whether we have adequate volunteer commitments and availability to hold this fun adults-only fundraising event next spring.

Mini Grants – Help us review mini-grant submissions four times a year and decide what to recommend for approval.

Urban Ecostewards – This group of volunteers maintains a Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy site in Frick Park and keeps it free of invasive plants. Training provided; kids and adults welcome during our after-school or weekend sessions.

To sign up, fill out the volunteer form.

We are always open to great new ideas! Email volunteer@ecspco.org.