Category Archives: PCO Business

K-5 Yearbook Cover Contest

Primary and Intermediate School Students, submit your original design for the K-5 yearbook! The winning designs will be on the front and back covers of the 2019-2020 yearbook!

1. Keep text and images within a 1/2″ border of the page so nothing is cut off.
2. You can use markers, paints, crayons, or colored pencils.
3. Use white 8.5 x 11″ computer paper only.
4. Be neat, and more importantly, BE CREATIVE!
5. Turn it in to the office by December 16.
6. Make sure you include the school name (ECS or Environmental Charter School), 2019-2020, and K-5 Yearbook in your cover design.
7. Don’t forget to put your name on the back in pencil!

Questions? Email

PCO Meeting – November 14

Did you know that babysitting and pizza is provided for all at general PCO meetings? Join us at the Middle School Cafe on Thursday, November 14 to discuss the status of our activities, ask questions, and learn how you can get involved. The meeting will include reports on our PCO budget, fundraising efforts, and community support activities including staff appreciation, mini-grants funding, and support for specials (like athletics, Music, Edible Schoolyard, and Thinking Lab). All parents, grandparents, guardians, staff, and community members are welcome.

Meeting Agenda

Thursday, November 14, 6-8 PM
Middle School – 5525 Columbo St.

PCO Volunteer and Activity Fair

Wednesday, September 11, 6-8 p.m.
Intermediate School Cafe

All K-8 parents, guardians, and ECS staff are invited to join us and learn how parents and students can get involved at ECS. We will also give away some fun door prizes! We’ve invited representatives from ECS Hawks sports, community sports groups, ECS Room Parents, ECS Fall Festival, Girl Scouts, Blooming Bash, ECS Edible Schoolyard, PCO Staff Appreciation, PCO fundraising, K-5 Yearbook, and more. The meeting is geared toward parents, with free childcare provided for school-aged children. We’ll also have pizza for attendees. Questions? Whether or not you can attend, please explore opportunities here.

Subscribe to the PCO Pulse

We have a brand-new Parent Community Organization e-mail newsletter this year – The PCO Pulse – issued every Wednesday. Click here to subscribe to weekly news about ECS events and activities, PCO meetings, ECS gear, community opportunities, and more!

Join the PCO Steering Committee!

The PCO is organized and operated by a Steering Committee. We are looking for new members to help shape the rest of this school year and beyond… to work together to plan and organize meetings, brainstorm ideas, spearhead fundraising efforts, plan fun events, and much more. We’d love to welcome some new faces to this friendly team. The Steering Committee currently has the following openings available:

Vice Chairs (one for each school building) – Work directly with the principals as a main point of contact between the school and the PCO and collaborate with the Chair and rest of the Steering Committee to ensure that all PCO initiatives are supported and successful. This position has the potential to become the PCO Chair in coming years.

Secretary – Record minutes of PCO Steering Committee meetings and PCO general meetings and oversee general PCO correspondence.

PCO Board Representative – Serve as a link between the PCO Steering Committee and ECS Board of Trustees by attending both PCO and Board of Trustees meetings each month and reporting about PCO/board activities at each meeting.

Committee Coordinators – These are new roles for the Steering Committee this year! Coordinators are expected to attend Steering Committee meetings and serve as a link between the Steering Committee and various PCO committees. Open Coordinator positions include Community Support Coordinator, Event Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator.

This is an open, friendly, and welcoming team and we hope you will consider joining us as we continue our work in making ECS a great place for our kids, staff, and families.

More information about Steering Committee responsibilities.

If you are interested in pursuing any of these positions, or if you have questions, please contact

March PCO Meeting

Please join other ECS parents and guardians for pizza and a discussion with Dr. Mandy Cribbs on Thursday, March 14. We will meet at 6:30 at the Upper School Cafe. Dr. Cribbs will be sharing information about how the school uses data (from PSSAs and other sources) to inform instruction. She will be available to take questions on other topics as well. Childcare for school-aged children will be provided.

Parent Survey

All ECS parents, please complete our short survey (less than 5 minutes) to help us understand what we’re doing well and where we can improve. The expansion provides us with an opportunity to restructure and redouble our efforts, and we want your feedback about how we can best serve the ECS community moving forward. All responses are anonymous, and ONE LUCKY WINNER will be randomly selected to win 4 FRONT ROW SEATS to the Spring Concert of their choosing (or some awesome ECS swag if you don’t have kids in a concert). Winner will be selected Tuesday, March 12. Click here now!