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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).

ECS Ice Skating at Schenley - January 30

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All ECS families are invited to an ECS ice skating event at Schenley Ice Rink on Friday, January 30. ECS will have exclusive use of the rink from 1:00 to 3:00 pm (after the ECS half day). All skaters will be charged only $1.00 and skate rentals are $2.50. Questions? Email Shawn Alfonso Wells.

PCO Meeting - January 26

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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.

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.

Blooming Bash Donations

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Dear ECS community,

The 2015 Blooming Bash (adult social/fundraiser) is coming on March 21, and this year we are hoping to raise money for phase 1 of a new playground at the lower school. We are seeking donations of auction items (gift certificates, services, items) and underwriting donations from local businesses. We invite you to approach a local business or make a donation from your own business by following these guidelines. Thank you!

ECS Movie Day - January 24

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WHAT: Paddington (PG) movie screening

WHO: All ECS families and friends

WHEN: Saturday, January 24. The movie starts at 10am. ECS families may arrive at 9:15am to socialize before the movie.

WHERE: Waterworks Cinema in Aspinwall (930 Freeport Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15238).

PRICE: Matinee movie price -- kids/seniors $6.25 and adults $6.50. Kid concession special -- $3.00 for kid size drink and small popcorn.

Please note: This is a family event. Adult supervision required.

Email Katie Gancy if you have questions.

Student Artwork for Sale

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Buy an 11" x 14" print of last year's gorgeous kid-made Blooming Bash artwork! For $10, you will receive the print as well as a digital file of the print. Images of the artwork can be found on the PCO website.

To order, pay online or send in cash or check (payable to ECS PCO). The prints will be sent home via backpack mail unless other arrangements are made.

Order now.

Support ECS with your Purchase at Amazon.com

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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.

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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.

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