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2014 Fair Trade Marketplace

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market_STAR_LR.jpg The Fair Trade Marketplace provides a selection of fair trade, affordable gifts at the holiday shop at the Environmental Charter School (Upper School). We offer the Chickadee's Nest where children can shop independently for gifts under $10. Enjoy some soup and baked goods after you shop. Open to the public!

The ECS Upper School is located at 829 Milton St. in Regent Square. Marketplace hours are Sat., Dec. 13 at 10am-4pm and Sun., Dec. 14 at noon-4pm.

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Gingerbread House Event

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gingerbread.jpg You are invited to ECS's Gingerbread House Event
Saturday December 6th, 2014, 1pm-3pm
Upper School Café
K-8th Event

This is a fun family event that all ages can enjoy. We provide all of the materials that you will need, you supply the imagination! We will have oodles of pounds of sugar icing, graham crackers for the walls, and a variety of candies and treats for the decorations. Join us in the Upper School Café on Saturday December 6th 2014 for this family friendly activity. The cost is $10 a house. Reserve your place by returning the registration form with a check made out to the ECS PCO to your child's teacher, no later than Monday, December 1st.

Please consider volunteering in advance or on the day of the event.

Any questions? Contact Gerilen at gingerbread@ecspco.org.

Salsa Sale

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This salsa sale supports the 8th grade trip and the ski club. All salsa jars are $7 each. All orders due Dec. 2.

Salsa Fundraiser Order Form
Salsa Descriptions & Ingredients

Contact Kerry to place an order.

Holiday Happenings in Our Neighborhood

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There are many holiday events happening in Regent Square over the next several weeks. Please consider supporting your local community organizations, including ECS.

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Book Fair at Barnes & Noble

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Thanks to everyone who attended the Book Fair at Barnes & Noble last weekend!

Every class was represented, and the classroom winners for best attendance are Lower School: 1A and 3B (a tie!) and Upper School: 4C. Scavenger hunt winners are Sam Smith (4A) and Elsa Scheidmantel (1C).

The café receipt winners are: Aidan Mohanty (3B) & Ajani Mohanty (7C).

Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of sales to the PCO. Shop online through Friday, Nov. 21:

Visit BN.COM/bookfairs -- after you select your items, on the very bottom of the payment page, check the box "Check This Box If This Is a Bookfair Order." Type Bookfair ID# 11469913 in the space provided and continue with checkout.

Email bookfair@ecspco.org with any questions.

Ice Skating - November 14 CANCELLED

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to poor ice conditions at the Schenley Park ice rink. Look for another date to be scheduled soon.

Shop at Amazon and support ECS PCO

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ECS will receive 4-10% of your purchase when you buy books, household products, gifts or more from Amazon.com. To ensure that ECS gets credit for your purchase, click on one of the links below and then complete your purchase or click here to start your purchase.

Shop Amazon - Give the Gift of Amazon Prime

Fall Staff Appreciation Breakfast

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On Monday, November 17, the PCO is hosting Fall Staff Appreciation Breakfasts at the Upper and Lower Schools. We are asking for food & drink donations from families.

Please sign up here:
Lower School Sign Up
Upper School Sign Up

If questions, please contact Beth Lott for the Lower School and Margaret Puskar-Pasewicz for the Upper School.

Book Fair at Barnes & Noble

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On Saturday, November 15th from 10am to 2pm, ECS families and friends are invited to the Waterfront Barnes & Noble for many special activities.

Book Fair schedule:
10:00-10:45 - Coffee in the Café with Mr. Aglio
10:45-11:00 - Mr. Aglio read aloud
11:30-11:45 - Ms. Cook read aloud
1:00-2:00 - 4th grade story celebration (4th grade students will read aloud and share their recent stories)

Other activities include crafts, a scavenger hunt, a sing along with Anna from Frozen, John Green trivia, a special ECS spirit drink available for purchase in the Café! Shoppers can purchase books from a wish list for ECS teachers to fill their classroom libraries. And Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes orders will be available with a percentage of the sales going towards the PCO.

Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of sales to the PCO. If you can't make it on the 15th you can shop in the store on the 16th or online between Nov 16-21:

Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support us online from 11/16/14 to 11/21/14
by entering Bookfair ID #11469913 at checkout.


The class with the best attendance from each school will receive a Dress Down Day Pass!

Volunteers are needed -- sign up here for a short 1/2 hour shift.

Email bookfair@ecspco.org with any questions.

Parent Resources

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Three handouts from the October 2014 PCO meeting:

Parent-Teacher Conference Tip Sheets for Parents -- "As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher. You and your child's school have something in common: You both want your child to learn and do well. When parents and teachers talk to each other, each person can share important information about your child's talents and needs. Each person can also learn something new about how to help your child. Parent-teacher conferences are a great way to start talking to your child's teachers. This tip sheet suggests ways that you can make the most of parent-teacher conferences so that everyone wins, especially your child."

Title I Parent Resource Center Order Form from the PA State Parent Advisory Council. As a Title I Parent, you may request a single copy of one or more (up to 10 titles) of the following booklets from the Resource Center completely free of charge. To order these free publications, fill out the form, send it to the ECS office attn: Dwight Laufman and he will sign and mail the form for you.

Extraordinary Students to Extraordinary Adults -- "In most countries, families have some choice in where they want to send their child to school. At ECS, we want all Pittsburgh families to have a chance to build their knowledge around strong schools, and find the fit that is right for your child. When you look for an outstanding school, we advocate asking and looking for the following..."

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