Moderator Help Needed! – ECS Transportation Connections Facebook group

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 You can find the private group here: New members must answer a few quick questions before being approved.

Calling all Artists! Submit your yearbook cover design!

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 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.

2020-2021 PCO School Directory

We are collecting information for the 2020-21 PCO School Directory. Families must opt-in via the ECS SchoolMint online registration packet.

The PCO is working on our school-wide directory to help parents connect to ECS and each other during this disconnected year. You should be receiving your SchoolMint online registration packet from ECS now. If you want to have your student’s name published in this year’s directory, please answer “Yes” to the registration question “Would you like your child to be included in the directory”. After choosing “yes”, you can then opt-in or opt-out of all additional contact information. Include as much or little contact info as you like! PDF copies of the directory will be emailed to everyone who shares their email address (no print versions this year). If you have any questions, please reach out to Thanks!

Fair Trade Marketplace ONLINE in 2020

The Fair Trade Marketplace will be happening in a new and different way this year. Instead of an in-person event in the ECS school building, we’ll be asking supporters to purchase their fair trade gifts online through our vendors’ websites. In return, ECS will receive a percentage of the sales we send to these vendors so we can continue to raise critical funds for the school and support fair trade artisans around the world at the same time.

We will be announcing these opportunities now through December 2020, so keep an eye on this page!

Our first partnership is with an organization whose artisans quickly switched gears to making face masks during lockdown in India. ZuMantra is a Pittsburgh-based company working with artisan cooperatives in South Asia. They are offering 10% of all sales with this promo code: “CHARTER” to ECS. All profits from these masks will go back to the women artisans. In addition, they are also donating a mask for each mask bought to Pittsburgh non-profit 412 Food Rescue! To place an order, go to and enter promo code “CHARTER” on the shopping cart page.