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PCO Seeks to Fill Executive Committee

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Join the PCO Executive Committee! Nominations are now being collected for Executive Committee seats for the 2015/2016 school year. The deadline for nominations is May 15. The slate will be finalized and selections will be made randomly by draw from a hat at the PCO meeting on June 1. Nominations can be made by email to nominations@ecspco.org or by a written letter placed in the PCO mailbox in the school office addressed to Nominating Committee. Please consider volunteering for our great school in this way!

The Executive Committee consists of fifteen seats, all of which are filled by parents of children currently enrolled as students at ECS. In accordance with the mission of the PCO, the Executive Committee shall: direct and plan the activities of the PCO in general; coordinate the specific efforts and activities of PCO committees and initiatives; facilitate communication within the school community (Board of Trustees, employees, and parents); and carry out all routine tasks necessary for the fulfillment of the PCO mission.

Executive Committee Responsibilities
• Attend and participate in PCO and Executive Committee meetings (up to one general PCO and one Executive Committee meeting per month throughout the school year.)
• Respond to or acknowledge all PCO related communication within 24 hours
• Demonstrate willingness to participate in committee work.
• Volunteer at schoolwide events and fundraisers.
• Follow the bylaws of the Executive Committee.
• Abide by the will of the majority.
• Respect the privacy of all business and members of the Executive Committee.
• Meet deadlines and fulfill commitments.
• Resign if unable to perform these responsibilities as a member of Executive Committee.

Blooming Bash 2015

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ECS Half Day Skating Fun - February 27

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Join ECS families for ice skating at Schenley Ice Rink on Friday, February 27 from 5:00 to 6:40pm. The cost will be $1 for skaters (plus $2.50 if you need to rent skates). Please bring cash and exact change, as credit cards are not accepted, and change is hard to come by. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

We will have PIZZA available. Please PRE-ORDER PIZZA on the volunteer sign-up so we can get an accurate count of what we need. We are also looking for some wonderful volunteers (you know who you are) to help make this a stellar event.

Questions? Email Shawn Alfonso Wells.

Hoagie Sale

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All families are invited to sell Triangle hoagies to their friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members.

8th grade sales will go toward the 8th grade class trip. All other sales will go to the PCO's fundraising efforts for mini-grants, events, staff appreciation and more.

Orders are due Friday, March 13.
Hoagie delivery is Thursday, March 19.

Download an order form
Download a form to keep track of sales

We need volunteers! Sign up here.

Fulfill the Wishes of ECS Staff

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February's PCO Staff Appreciation activity is Wish List Fulfillment and we need you! ECS staff members are writing their wish lists and we would love any help to fulfill them. Click here for the latest wish lists (to be updated throughout February).

Family Game Night at ECS

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Game Night has been changed to Feb. 13 (from Feb. 20). Join ECS families for an evening of board games on Friday, February 13, 6-8pm at the Upper School Cafe! We will have some board games available for all ages, and we encourage you to also bring your own games to enjoy. Pizza will be served for $1.50/slice, along with a bake sale. Bring some extra cash for the board game raffle. Sign up to volunteer or bake.

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ECS Ice Skating at Schenley - January 30

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Friday, January 30th is an ECS half day. We have arranged an ECS day at the Schenley Skating Rink. The skating session will be from 1-3pm. The cost will be $1 for skaters and $2.50 if you need to rent skates. Please bring cash as credit cards are not accepted. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

We are also looking for some wonderful volunteers to help make this the stellar event it usually is. We are specifically asking for volunteers at the cookie/snack/hot chocolate counter, skate guards (make sure folks follow the rules and give gentle reminders or kick folks out accordingly (we don't anticipate this happening) ), cookie, cupcake, water, veggie tray and hot chocolate donations. Sign up to contribute/volunteer now.

Questions? Email Shawn Alfonso Wells.

ECS Hidden Valley Group Ski 2015

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Join ECS families for a group ski day at Hidden Valley on February 1! Buy tickets by Jan. 29 (Jan. 25 for snow tubing) to reserve your space at the group rate. More info.

News: Volunteer Clearances

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New Law Regarding Clearances
All volunteers (and staff) must submit clearances to the school every 36 months, according to a new state law. Act 153 of 214 was signed into law on October 22, 2014. This law requires, among other things, that criminal and child abuse background checks for employees and volunteers having contact with children be updated every 36 months effective December 31, 2014. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: New Pennsylvania law expands school clearance requirements

Mobile Fingerprinting Lab - January 27
If you have never completed the fingerprint (FBI) portion of your volunteer clearances or they are more than 3 years old, you can take advantage of the mobile fingerprinting lab which is coming to ECS on Jan. 27. The mobile unit will be at the Lower School starting at 11:00 and then move to the Upper School in the afternoon.

You will need to complete the necessary online forms for the FBI clearance BEFORE coming to the mobile lab! A verification printout will be provided that you will need to bring with you. If you do not complete the forms, you will not be able to be fingerprinted. You also must bring a photo ID.

Getting your FBI Clearance After Jan. 27
The mobile lab is a convenient service since it is coming right to the school. However, it is not the only way to get fingerprints done. You can go without an appointment during business hours to any of the locations on this list at any time.

Three Clearances Required
All three volunteer clearances are required at ECS. You may now obtain your child abuse clearance and criminal record check online. Learn more about the situations when you do and do not need clearances to be in the school here.

Questions?
Email Dwight Laufman in the ECS Home Office or PCO Volunteer Coordinator Beth Lott.

If you have a question about the date your clearances expire, contact the school office at 412-247-7970 (Upper) or 412-242-1480 (Lower).

PCO Meeting - January 26

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MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW.

Did you know there is a Get Outside campaign at ECS? ECS Environmental Education Coordinator Laura Micco will be speaking about this exciting program and how it's incorporated into lesson plans throughout the school year. Mark your calendar for Monday, Jan. 26 at 6:30-8:30pm. Pizza will be provided by the PCO, and free childcare is available for school-aged children. Questions? Email parents@ecspco.org for more info.

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