THANK YOU to all of our families for your generosity. We met our goal and the PCO was able to purchase $50 gift cards for all 266 wonderful teachers and staff members!!!! Gift Cards will be distributed on Friday!
Schedule of Events
**Check back as we update with Photos from the different events!!!!
Monday, May 8th – Chalk Art & Flowers
The wonderful chalk art that was created was rinsed away by the rain BUT the staff was welcomed to school this morning by beautiful staff appreciation posters that were created and posted at the entrance to each school building.
Flowers were delivered to the offices and staff lounges at each building (thank you Tia Chutz)
Tuesday, May 9th – Macarons & Coffee
Macarons delivered to each build for staff to enjoy (thank you Jocelyn Mayr)
Coupons for a FREE cup of coffee available to ECS staff courtesy of Ineffable Caphe
Wednesday, May 10th – Lunch & Gift Basket Raffle
Lunch at the Primary and Intermediate School for staff to enjoy (thank you Carol Ann Welsh)
Gift Baskets were raffled (Thank you to community partners who donated)
Congratulations to the Winnersfrom Primary and Intermediate Schools
Winners Not Pictured: Francesca Esposito- Six Pack and Dogs, Jessica Segal- Six Pack and Dogs, Jill Ward- Tea Basket, and Mark Mallozzi- Candle Basket.
Thursday, May 11th
Lunch at the Middle School and High School for staff to enjoy (thank you Carol Ann Welsh)
Gift Baskets were raffled (Thank you to community partners who donated)
Plants/herbs were delivered to each staff member (thank you Michelle Boehm)
Congratulations to the Winnersfrom the Middle and High Schools
Winners Not Pictured: Corene Ashley- Lottery Basket, Sarah Hall- Pampering Basket, and Kelsey Provident- Pasta Basket!!!
Friday, May 12th
Target Gift Cards were distributed to staff with a $50 value based on funds collected from the Staff Appreciation end-of-year staff collection
The Book Fair was a great success with many books donated to the classrooms.
Thank you all for helping to show our wonderful teachers and staff how much they are appreciated!!!
Thank you to all our very generous families. Each staff member will receive a $60 gift card this year!
Dear ECS families,
The PCO Staff Appreciation Committee is excited about giving winter holiday gifts to the teachers and staff of ECS once again. The plan is to have one comprehensive collection. You won’t be asked to make another financial contribution through your room parent. The total amount collected will be divided among homebase teachers, specialists, E-Day, and general staff in the form of gift cards. Consider this your one stop shop if you are interested in participating in a seasonal gift giving staff appreciation gesture.
Contributions can be made via the PCO’s PayPal account by clicking the link below or by check. We’re sorry, but cash cannot be accepted. Checks should be made payable to “ECS PCO” and sent to Jill Farringdon, 5539 Pocusset Street, Pittsburgh PA 15217. If you send a check, you will receive an email confirmation that the check has been received.
The deadline for making contributions either via PayPal or by check is Wednesday,December 7th. A suggested donation is $15-$20 per student attending ECS (remember, this is to be split among approximately 250 staff members), but we are so very grateful for any amount you can comfortably give; no amount is too little (or too much!)!
Thanks to everyone who was able to attend our August 25 meeting!
You can review the video recording here. Some of the audio cuts out, and minutes are here for you to get the TL;DR.
In attendance: Marie, Lou, Tia, Liz, Lauren, Margot, Alexis, Molly, Anne Marie, Becky, Kevin, Addy, Jill, Sarah Bartholomew Fisher, Bradley, Jennifer, Carol Ann (a chance I’ve left someone off!)
An Ideal School & Community
We went through an activity together where we listed what attributes make up an ideal school, or what we like about ECS
After making that list we sorted through all the suggestions and organized them (see photo 1)
Barriers from making that School & Community
Then we went through a similar process, this time listing what barriers exist to seeing the ideal school.
Again, we organized them (photo 2).
How we can help address those barriers, or where PCO can step in
We began discussion on how we can help, including asking teachers what effective help would look like, how we used Grade Reps in the past, possibly providing spaces for support to families who require accessing special needs, and having quarterly all-school-sessions.
note: this activity was intended for full participation, but without enough planning to do a great job of incorporating remote attendees. We will make more concrete plans in the future to ensure we can include all attendees.
We reviewed current and vacant positions on Steering Committee, members in bold volunteered to fill the positions during the meeting:
Members at Large: Sarah Bartholomew-Fisher, Margot Haden, Tia Chutz
Went through committee reports
School wide fundraiser (Friendsgiving) will be the Month of October
Beginning to think of Blooming Bash for next spring
Was a comment or ask about the Holiday market like Montessori does (volunteer families make gifts to be sold in the market, no item is more than $5
Volunteer lists are filling up
Need Mum Sale Volunteers for September 23
we have an Ice Skating Chair, those in attendance suggested two separate days for Primary and Intermediate and another for Middle and High School
Have parents looking to plan a fall social
Volunteer Fair will be paired with Uniform Sale, Bake Sale on Sept. 7 in the Intermediate School Back Lot.
Collection for Uniforms August 31
Intermediate School Vice Chair
Date for Fall Festival will Be in October, After school, working with Mrs. Williams
Primary School Vice Chair
Planning to meet with Mrs. Bergman
Other Questions & Business
Should future meetings have pizza/childcare? We say yes to pizza and if possible, childcare. When we can, could be good for steering committee to bring our kids, even with an activity on the side, to normalize having kids at these meetings.
Volunteer Fair, September 7, 6:00pm — Intermediate School Back Parking Lot — Pizza Provided
October 18, 6:30pm — Middle School & Virtual — Pizza and Conversation between 6:00pm and 6:30pm
Questions & Answers
I’ll try to list questions asked in each meeting to provide answers for anyone with similar questions in the future. Please feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with questions prior to the October meeting.
Question: How does the Gifted Program Work? Answer: Students are selected to be screened for a Gifted IEP in 3rd grade, largely as studies have shown that by 3rd grade, many external factors from early childhood begin to equalize. Parents are encouraged to speak to their teachers with questions.
Question: How are meetings typically organized, what sets the Steering Committee apart? Answer: Meetings have historically been organized where 5 of the annual meetings are for Steering, and 4 are for the entire PCO. Last year, we merged the two. Often we have time for open comment, and then we will go through Steering Committee business. All of this is open to changing in order to meet the community needs.
Question: How do I find another way to get involved in the PCO? Answer: You may sign up for other volunteer opportunities at this sign up sheet. And we’ll be aiming to communicate as well as we can in the future about new opportunities.
Thank you for your contribution! Our collection is complete.
We’d like to extend our show of gratitude for all the hard work the staff has done this year with an end-of-the-year Staff Appreciation gift collection!
A suggested donation is $15-$20 per student attending ECS (remember, this is to be split among approximately 190 staff members), but we are so very grateful for any amount you can comfortably give; no amount is too little (or too much)!
Shop for the holidays, raise money for ECS, support a local business, and reuse responsibly!
From 6 p.m. on Saturday 12/11 through 10 p.m. on Tuesday 12/14, AB&R will give ECS 15% of all in-person purchases of used books and records and 10% of all online new book purchases at https://bookshop.org/shop/amazingbookspgh (be sure to mention this at checkout for in-person shopping).
Bookstore hours and locations:
Squirrel Hill (2030 Murray Ave): Saturday 6 p.m. –12 a.m. (adults can enjoy a free beer or spritzer while you browse and there will be juice and snacks for the kids!) and Sunday-Tuesday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Downtown (929 Liberty Ave): Sunday 12-4 p.m., Monday-Tuesday 12-6 p.m.
Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!