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ECS T-Shirt Order Form

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2013_Kiwi_tee2.jpg We are now taking orders for green ECS Spirit t-shirts if you missed your chance to purchase them previously. ECS t-shirts can be worn every Friday as an alternative to the ECS uniform shirt requirement. To order, download and print the t-shirt order form (or get a copy in the school office) and return with payment by Friday, September 5. Shirts will be delivered to your child's class in mid to late September. Email shirts@ecspco.org if you have questions.

Advertise in the 2014-15 School Directory

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We are accepting advertisers for the 2014-15 school directory.  Please see ad rates and more info here.

Support the PCO

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Each year part of the ECS PCO's mission is to raise funds to support the school and its students. Funds raised by the PCO pay for important projects such as mini-grant requests initiated by teachers, playground equipment for all grade levels, monthly staff appreciation gestures including a week-long staff appreciation event in May, social events throughout the year, schoolwide assemblies, supplies for class parties and events, school directories and calendars for each family, and more.

If you are able to, please consider making a donation to support the work of the PCO! If every family gives an average gift of $20, we will be able to meet half of our fundraising goal with donations and we'll be able to reduce the number of fundraisers the PCO traditionally conducts throughout the school year.

To make a tax-deductible gift, please deliver a check to the school office made out to ECS PCO or donate online here. Thank you!

2014 Blooming Bash Artwork for Sale

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8th.jpg In March 2014, our students all created 3" works of art based on a grade level theme. The 3" squares were arranged by volunteers to create beautiful collages! The original works of art were auctioned off at the ECS PCO's yearly fundraiser, the Blooming Bash. We are holding a pre-sale on prints so you may add these to your collection. The anticipated delivery date will be for pick up at the Meet and Greet nights in August 2014. The posters will be approximately 18" x 24", and they will come unframed and without mats. Prints will be edited for size and color for the final product. $10 each. Order your prints today!

Kennywood Tickets for Sale

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ECS Kennywood Day is June 20.

ECS Kennywood Tickets are $23 each ($23.65 if paying by credit card). Compare to:
$39.99 Fun Day Pass (gate price)
$20.99 Senior Fun Day Pass (55 years and older)
$27.99 Junior Fun Day Pass (under 46" tall)
Free - children 2 and under
Tickets are valid any operating day from May through July 5, and any weekday during July and August ($10 surcharge if used on a weekend in July/August).

ECS Kennywood tickets must be purchased in person on the following dates:

April 25, 6-8pm at Earth Night at the Upper School
May 30, 8-9am and 3:30-4:30pm at BOTH schools
Checks, money orders and credit cards accepted. Please, no cash. It is recommended that an adult purchase tickets -- ECS PCO is not responsible for lost tickets or money.

All ECS families are responsible for their own transportation. Meet up with your family and friends at the ECS Pavilion #2 (behind the Jack Rabbit). Bring your picnic basket, cooler, and unwind!

Blooming Bash 2014 Update

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Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and/or support the Blooming Bash on March 29th! It was a very successful night of fundraising. We have exceeded last year's total of $13,800, but the final numbers are still being tallied. No matter what we raised, we can all feel great that the money will be used to further enhance our students' experiences at ECS!

Thanks to our sponsors and donors!

2014 Spring Flower & Plant Sale

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gerberadaisy.jpg ECS's annual Spring Flower & Plant Sale is back in time for Mother's Day and Spring planting! Annual bedding flowers, a variety of beautiful hanging baskets, patio planters and perennials will be available from the same vendor that Phipps Conservatory uses (so the plants will be fantastic!). We are also offering organic vegetables and herbs from Garden Dreams, an urban farm and nursery in Wilkinsburg.

Place your order online by Thursday, April 24, 2014. You can also print a paper order form and send it in to the school office with your check made out to ECS PCO by May 24.

ECS Polo Shirts for the 2014-2015 Year

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We are now taking orders for polo shirts embroidered with the ECS logo. Available in light blue and navy, these shirts conform to the school dress code and may be worn any day (students are not required to wear them). You must order by May 23 to have your shirt delivered in September.

These shirts are made by Fair Trade Uniforms which connects students, teachers and parents with the global Fair Trade movement, advancing economic development, women's rights, and fair labor practices in the developing world. Fair Trade Uniforms partners with projects that enable economically disadvantaged women to achieve sustainable employment. Buying these shirts from Fair Trade Uniforms enables women in Thailand to lead more dignified lives, feed their families, and send their children to school.

Download the polo shirt order form. Email shirts@ecspco.org with any questions.

Size chart.

IMPORTANT PCO Meeting Change

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As you may know, Monday nights will become increasingly important over the next few months as the Pittsburgh Public School Board considers a vote that would allow for an ECS expansion. In order to fully support the Catalyst Project's request for parents to participate in some of these upcoming board meetings, we've adjusted our PCO meeting dates for the remainder of the school year.

NEW PCO Meeting Dates:
Monday, March 31
Monday, May 5
Monday, June 2

Note: There will NOT be a PCO meeting next Monday, March 24.

The Catalyst Project will provide updates and requests for meeting attendance on the PCO page. In the meantime, you can help by writing a letter. For a letter template or instructions, please go to http://www.ecscatalyst.org/write-a-letter.html.

Blooming Bash Stay & Play

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The ECS Stay n' Play, brainchild of Megan Gregory, has been such a big success, that we wanted to offer a similar event for the night of The Blooming Bash on Saturday, March 29. This Stay n' Play will be hosted by the 8th grade students and teachers and will help fund the 8th grade Epic Road Trip to Washington, D.C. in June. The evening will begin at 6:30 pm and last until 11:30 pm at the Lower School, welcoming children in preschool (must be potty trained) through 7th grade. Children will have a fun evening creating arts and crafts, playing board games, being with friends, and snuggling up to watch a movie with popcorn as the evening gets later. NEW: Older students through 7th grade will have their own room to hang out with adult supervision while the adults enjoy the Blooming Bash. Since the event does run a bit late, we suggest sending your child in comfy clothes and to bring a blanket and pillow for movie time. The cost will be $25 a child or $50 per family. All money raised will go toward supporting 8th grade students who may not otherwise be able to afford the trip.

Please submit the signed permission form to either the Upper or Lower School Office. Send check or money orders made out to Environmental Charter School and in the memo write: 8th Grade Stay n' Play. We ask that all permission slips are turned in by Monday, March 24 so we can have a good head count. The RSVP date has been extended to March 27th. Thank you in advance for helping make our students' trip a reality!