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.

2017-2018 Wall Calendars Available

Printed wall calendars were produced by the PCO and delivered to students’ classrooms on Friday, Sept. 1. Each family should receive one calendar. If you don’t receive a calendar by Wednesday, Sept. 6, or if you need an additional calendar for a second household, you may request one by filling out this form. (Note – please wait until your student comes home from school on Sept. 6 before requesting your first calendar to give the homebase teachers plenty of time to distribute them.)

ECS PCO Mini-Grants Doubled for 2017-2018 School Year

For this school year, the Parent Community Organization has doubled the total amount of money available for mini-grants. As a result of this, we have also increased the maximum amount for mini-grants from $250 to $500. If you have an innovative idea for a project you would like to see implemented at the school, consider applying for a mini-grant. The next deadline is September 29. More information here.

Connect to your ECS community at the 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.

Please consider sharing your cultural heritage with our school community by planning an interactive table for Fall Festival! If you would like to participate, please fill out this form by September 12.

For more info, contact fallfestival@ecspco.org

Join us!

All parents and guardians of current ECS students are automatically members of the Parent Community Organization (PCO), as are all school employees and Board of Trustees members. We have no membership dues. We hope you will join us at PCO meetings and events and as a volunteer. And we also invite you to join our discussions online at the PCO Facebook Group.

Upcoming Events:
Aug. 13 – K-5 Playground Date at Frick Park – students, families, and friends welcome!
Aug. 17 – New Family Welcome – new and veteran families welcome!

2017-2018 School Directory

Extended Deadline: Friday, September 15

Every year the PCO collects student and parent contact information to include in the school directory. This is a great resource for birthday parties, play dates, carpools, and connecting with the school community. Please fill out this quick online form by September 8th September 15 to be added to the 2017-18 directory. If you have any questions, please email directory@ecspco.org.

ECS T-Shirts and Sweatshirts for Sale


FOR SALE: ECS t-shirts and sweatshirts with the new ECS logo. All orders placed by September 1, 2017 will be delivered to classrooms by mid- to late-September. After September, a limited number of sizes and colors will be stocked by the PCO and available for purchase. Order now.

The PCO would like to ensure that every student at ECS has the opportunity to have an ECS t-shirt. If you can not afford the price of a t-shirt, you may request one free t-shirt per student.

New Family Welcome Event

All families new to ECS this year are invited to a New Family Welcome Event on the first day of school! Please join us to meet other ECS parents after you drop your kiddos off on their first day at ECS. All veteran families are encouraged to stop by to meet and welcome new families.

Lower School: 8:45-9:15 am, meet in Lower School side yard
Upper School: 8:30-9:00 am, meet in Turtle Park, the field to the left of the Upper School, next to Frick Park

Uniform Sale

The PCO’s Uniform Re-Use Market will be held at the Lower School only (all sizes available in one location, all ECS families welcome to shop). Gently used uniform shirts, pants, shorts, skirts and jumpers are all $2 each.