This year’s Fair Trade Marketplace is online! Shop for your holiday gifts from the comfort of your home, and a percentage of all orders will support ECS. You’ll find thousands of unique items made by artisans around the world. Click here for shopping links and instructions for purchasing to ensure that a percentage of your order is donated to ECS PCO.
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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 http://www.zumantra.org/masks and enter promo code “CHARTER” on the shopping cart page.
Summer Camps (updated June 2020)
In January 2020, ECS PCO volunteers compiled a list of summer camps in the Pittsburgh area. It has been updated to reflect cancellations and modifications that have been made as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. See our Updated Summer Camp 2020 List.
Your PCO donations at work!
Every time we raise money through our community, we turn it right back around and invest it all across our three schools in ways big and small. We are pleased to share below our Mini-Grants awarded this year, Specialist Fund requests fulfilled, and some of the many things we have provided funding for.
Mini-Grants Awarded 2019-2020 Academic Year:
– Parent Resource Center (housed in Middle School)
– Battle of the Books (Middle School)
– Culturally Diverse Picture Books to Read and Share
– Spanish Class Resources (K-5)
– Tourniquets/Clotting gauze for Staff (all grades)
– Flexible Seating (4A)
– Children’s Grief Awareness Day (35 students in 3 schools)
– 6th Grade Literacy grant request
– 8th Grade Literacy grant request
– Kindergarten Grade Literacy grant request
– Stars of Hope (Middle School)
– Speed Stacking Cups (Middle School PE)
– GSSU Gender Sexuality Student Union
– Sustainable & Safe Edible School Yards
– Lower School Garden & Apple Tree Guild (1st & 2nd grade)
– Chess Club (23 first graders)
– New Calculators for 6th Grade Math
– ECS Ecostewards Rain Garden Rehab
– Middle School Project Fair (“Museum of Student Work”)
– Nature looms for all 3 campuses (access at recess)
– 3rd Grade Literacy – Mystery Series Books
– Lighting for All Occasions (school-wide events – Mr. R.)
– Shelves for PE (intermediate school)
K-5 Music: Let the Creativity Begin!
K-5 Health/PE: Goals in Intermediate PE
K-5 ESY: Season Extension
K-5 Discovery: Discovery Block Imaginative Play
K-5 Thinking Lab: Supplies
K-5 Spanish: Bilingual Books
Athletics: Additional Basketball & Futsal Uniforms (Middle School ECS athletes)
Special gift to Middle School: Gaga Ball Pit
– Directory Printing
– Calendar Printing
– K-5 Yearbook
– Garden Fund
– Health/Nurse Fund
– Helping Hands Fund
– Specialist Fund
– Classroom party kits
– Room parent funding (budget given for each classroom)
– Special Programming/Enrichment
– Teacher Book Fund expenses
– Staff Appreciation Gifts
– Staff Coffee Supplies
– Staff snacks, treats and sweets
PCO Community Events
– Fall Festival
– New Families Welcome
– Scavenger Hunt
– School Summer Events
– Summer Play Dates
– Gingerbread House Decorating
– Field Days
– Middle School Social Events
PCO COVID-19 Relief Fund
Staff Appreciation Gift Card Fund Collection
Thank you for all the wonderful photos, drawings, messages, and videos that were posted on the grade-level Padlets and to the ECS Facebook video during Staff Appreciation Week. It really meant the world to our teachers and staff members.
We’d like to extend our show of gratitude for all the hard work they’ve done this year (especially in the last few months!) with an end-of-the-year Staff Appreciation gift card fund collection. We understand this is a difficult time for many families and do not want to put any additional stress on anyone, but if you are able to and want to give any amount, please do. The funds will be used to purchase local restaurant gift cards to help buoy the Pittsburgh area economy. We will be collecting donations until the end of the day on Sunday, June 7. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ECS PCO Staff Appreciation Committee
Order your K-5 Yearbook
What: 2019-2020 K-5 Yearbook
Order Deadline: May 29
Price: $17.00 per book
The order deadline has passed.
Delivery will be attempted this summer if it is allowed and safe, otherwise we will deliver to your child’s homebase in the Fall. You will be contacted when we know more information about our options for delivery. More info
Staff Appreciation Week
This week is Staff Appreciation Week. Sadly, we are not able to do all the fun and interactive events that we usually do for our beloved teachers and staff at ECS. We are postponing our staff gift card donation fund until the end of the year due to the more pressing and immediate need to help our fellow families due to COVID-19. But stay tuned!
To show appreciation from our families, we set up grade-level Padlets (virtual bulletin boards) where you and your kiddos can show your appreciation through a quick note of thanks, a drawing, a photo – whatever you like! Just click the + circle on the bottom-right corner of the Padlet page to post onto the board.
This should fun and easy—please do not feel obligated if this adds too much to your plate. Maybe this could be a distance learning brain break for kids!
To participate, please follow the link below for your child’s grade level. Each Padlet will reach homebase teachers, specials teachers, paraeducators, counselors, and administrators. You can customize your message any way you want—for someone specific, or for everyone who helps shape your child.
Send a note to email@example.com if you need a hand or have any questions.
THANK YOU to all the parents and caretakers who are a HUGE part of the education process now. Give yourselves loads of gratitude because you’ve earned it, and this stuff isn’t easy!
Blooming Bash 2020 ONLINE AUCTION
UPDATE: Auction winners announced here
The Blooming Bash, ECS’s annual adults-only party, is the most important PCO fundraiser of the year. Proceeds support the PCO general fund, which provides critical funds for community events, school programming and projects, mini-grants, classroom support, and so much more. In light of the Covid-19 related event cancellation, the Blooming Bash auction is moving to an online portal. This format is new to all of us, but we are hopeful participants will be able to bid, have fun, and support our wonderful ECS PCO! Bid on auction items and buy raffle tickets here.
ECS PCO COVID-19 Relief Fund
Our goal is to raise $4,000 by Sunday, May 3.
After May 3, we will have further information about how funds will be distributed to ECS families in need, and how to confidentially request assistance. The fund will remain open for contributions until the end of May.
Any amount contributed is most welcome and appreciated. Thank you for your kind support! We have closed the donation link at this time.
ECS at Home: Photos Requested
We hope everyone is doing well! First off, we miss all the smiling faces of our ECS community. Really, really miss them.
Secondly, the K-5 Yearbook Committee would love to see those smiling faces of “ECS at Home”. We will be filling some of the pages of the K-5 Yearbook with your lovely smiling faces while you are at home.
Please send a photo of your kiddos to firstname.lastname@example.org. For classification and sorting purposes, please put name(s) and home base(s) in the email.
Finally, you are doing a fantastic job. Keep it up ECS!
– K-5 Yearbook Committee