February 25

Adult Social and Online Auction: Wow! What an exciting week! We can’t believe the amazing response we had to the online auction and are so grateful to everyone who participated! Within the first 20 minutes, the bids had already reached over $1,000, and it just snowballed from there topping out at over $10,000! Thank you so much to Kim R. and Stella V. for all their hard work organizing the online auction and Saturday’s Adult Social at Teca. Fun was had by all and an incredible amount of money was raised through the auction and 50/50 raffle at the event. We also want to thank all our generous donors, we had some awesome items up for bid and a lot of happy winning bidders! We are really excited about moving forward with our outdoor classroom and garden, and we’ll keep you updated on the progress!

We have three upcoming events that we’ll be needing volunteers for: our Spring Book Fair, Spring Teacher Appreciation Meal and our Spring Fair. So please check out the links below and see where you might be able to help out!

Spring Book Fair and VIP Event – The Spring Book Fair will be held Wednesday 3/11- Friday 3/13 with preview days for the students on Monday 3/9 and Tuesday 3/10. This is a favorite event of the kids and proceeds go directly to the HSA to benefit our students. We have many opportunities for volunteers to help out with the book fair and our new VIP event this year. There are preview slots, where you can help your child(ren)’s class prepare their wish lists and then there are sales slots. The majority of book sales happen during the conferences, and we understand these are more difficult slots to volunteer for, because your children aren’t in school, so we really appreciate any time you can help! And if anyone has grandparents taking their children during the VIP event, please consider volunteering during that time slot as it’ll probably be busier than usual! Sign up for a shift or two here. If a sign up slot is not filled, the book fair will not be open during that time. 


Book Fair VIP Event: Calling all grandparents or any other special person in your children’s lives: We would like to invite you to come with your EGE student on Wednesday, March 11th anytime from 3:30 to 5pm to shop the book fair and enjoy milk and cookies in the APR. We’re looking forward to welcoming grandparents at this special event, to make memories with their grandchildren! To make sure we have enough refreshments for everyone, please RSVP to come. But if you forget to RSVP, don’t worry, you are still welcome!

Spring Teacher Appreciation Meal: It’s hard to believe it but spring conferences are just around the corner! During the week of conferences we will be hosting a dinner for the teachers in between afternoon and evening conferences. The dinner will be held on Thursday, March 12th. It’s a long day for the teachers and they truly appreicate the opportunity to sit down together and enjoy a nice meal prepared for them:) Please sign up here to help the Hospitality Committee provide a delicious meal!

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The Mad Hatter’s Spring Fair is from 11am to 2pm on Saturday, March 21st! We are really excited about this year’s event, especially about a new addition this year: an attraction specially designed for our students in the autistic support program! There are many volunteer slots to fill. For some of you who are new this year, there might be a few terms you aren’t familiar with:
Cake Walk – The cake walk is one of the most popular attractions at the Spring Fair.  12 children play per game, and walk around in a numbered circle to music. When the music stops, they all stand on a number, and then a number is pulled out of a bag. Whoever is standing on that number, gets to pick a cake from the cake table to take home. “Where do these cakes come from?” you ask…well, YOU! Children enjoy baking and decorating these cakes almost as much as they do winning them. We usually get about 60-70 cakes donated each year, and it’s always fun to see all the creativity!
Principal for a Day is also another much loved tradition: children purchase raffle tickets for 25 cents during the week and then on Friday, March 20th, one student principal per grade level will be chosen by raffle. These children will all join Mr. Brown one day towards the end of the school year, to help him run the school. It is a MUCH coveted prize!
Please see if there are a few slots you and your family can volunteer for!

4th Grade Donuts With Dad: 4th Grade Dads are invited to a Donuts with Dad social on Wednesday, March 4th from 8:00 – 8:25 am in the EGE All Purpose Room. (If Dad isn’t able to be there that day, feel free to invite another special gentleman.) We hope you are able to join us for some donuts, coffee/juice, and a fun time with your second grader and friends!

Third Grade Parents—  Thank you for the abundant outpouring of support for this year’s 3rd Grade ACD!  The children have been learning about ancient civilizations (ask about it)! A fun and educational day is planned for the children to apply and build on what they have been learning.  Please have your child wear a green EGE shirt to school Friday, March 6, 2020.

The Nominating Committee is looking for candidates for the position of Treasurer for the next school year. If you know anyone you’d like to nominate (including yourself!) please reach out to Robyn K. (robynking17@yahoo.com), Kendall S. (kbeck36369@yahoo.com) or Aida M. (mackinsbc@gmail.com) for more information. The Treasurer position is a 2-year term.

The 5th Grade Yearbook Committee needs your help collecting photos of the class from kindergarten through 5th grade.We’re looking for class parties, Halloween parades, field trips, band and orchestra concerts, track meets, ropes course, Bingo, Spring Fair and other extracurricular activities. Photos can be uploaded to our shared Google Drive Folder by CLICKING HERE or emailing them directly to ege5thgradeyearbook@gmail.com. If your child did NOT attend EGE for kindergarten, please send a digital or hard copy photo (which will be returned) of your child from their kindergarten year. Photos due:  MARCH 6, 2020.


The Schoolwide Yearbook Committee is starting to upload pictures and they need your help. They are using the TreeRing service to upload pictures and folders have been created for every teacher’s class. To upload pictures, please go to this link and create an account.

February 18

Our EGE Online Auction is LIVE! Please head over to www.EGEAuction.com and go check out the items up for bid! Some items are “Buy Now” so we recommend not waiting in case you would like to purchase any of those items. Anyone with this link can view the auction without having to create an account. An account is only needed in order to bid. The process is quick and very little information is required. You can be as anonymous as you want! i.e. JohnSmith183 or PapaBear007. 

Our fundraising goal is $8,000 and all profits will go toward our new outdoor garden and classroom for our students! If you haven’t seen our exciting plans please take a look here.

This auction will close at 10:30PM this Saturday at our Adult Social at Teca in West Chester. Because we have heard so many of you want to go but your situation is preventing you from being able to purchase by today’s deadline we are extending the deadline to this Saturday 2/22We still will not be selling any tickets at the door or accepting cash. If you know last minute you are coming please purchase HERE and show us your emailed confirmation when you come in the door. We hope this flexibility helps you out! 

Items will not be available for pickup at the event. Winning bidders can pickup at EGE on Monday 2/24 from 9-10am or Tuesday 2/25 from 5-6pm. If we need to make other arrangements due to your schedule, please contact us. 

If you have any questions or need more information about an item you would like to bid on please contact egeauction@gmail.com. We added expiration dates where applicable so please make sure you read the descriptions on the items you’re interested in. Happy Bidding!!!

The Spring Book Fair will be held Wednesday 3/11- Friday 3/13 with preview days for the students on Monday 3/9 and Tuesday 3/10.  This is a favorite event of the kids and proceeds go directly to the HSA to benefit our students.  We have many opportunities for volunteers to help out with the bookfair and our new VIP event this year. Please consider signing up for a shift or two. If a sign up slot is not filled, the book fair will not be open during that time.  


Book Fair VIP Event: Calling all grandparents or any other special person in your children’s lives: We would like to invite you to come with your EGE student on Wednesday, March 11th anytime from 3:30 to 5pm to shop the book fair and enjoy milk and cookies in the APR. To make sure we have enough refreshments for everyone, please RSVP to come. But if you forget to RSVP, don’t worry, you are still welcome!

The 5th Grade Yearbook Committee needs your help collecting photos of the class from kindergarten through 5th grade.We’re looking for class parties, Halloween parades, field trips, band and orchestra concerts, track meets, ropes course, Bingo, Spring Fair and other extracurricular activities. Photos can be uploaded to our shared Google Drive Folder by CLICKING HERE or emailing them directly to ege5thgradeyearbook@gmail.com. If your child did NOT attend EGE for kindergarten, please send a digital or hard copy photo (which will be returned) of your child from their kindergarten year. Photos due:  MARCH 6, 2020.


The Schoolwide Yearbook Committee is starting to upload pictures and they need your help. They are using the TreeRing service to upload pictures and folders have been created for every teacher’s class. To upload pictures, please go to this link and create an account.

February 11

Adult Social & Silent Auction: Ticket sales are going strong! Don’t miss this opportunity to have a kid free night out with your amazing EGE community! Deadline to purchase tickets is Feb 18. For more info and to purchase please go HERE.

Also – Our first ever ONLINE auction goes LIVE February 18th at noon and ends the night of our Teca event at 10:30pm on the 22nd! We have over 115 donated items ready to be bid on so GET READY! We’ll be sending out the link to the auction on Tuesday, the 18th, at noon from our EGE HSA email account. So check your junk box if you don’t see it!

Speaking of….All proceeds from the Adult Social and Online Auction will be funding our new garden and outdoor classroom project!!!

Our Garden/Outdoor Classroom Exploratory Committee came up with some great ideas for our courtyard. We then approached Burkholder Landscaping who generously offered to donate all labor (and they donated a tree including delivery and planting to our auction!) , and presented us with plans for the layout of the outdoor classroom and garden. It was so exciting to see our vision illustrated.  The exact elements that we will be able to include will be determined once we know the final proceeds from the Adult Social and Online Auction.  We hope to have most of these elements in place by Fall 2020.  The expected upkeep will be the yearly cost of maintaining the garden beds plus additional mulching for the first 1-2 years (this will taper off after that as the plants will spread).

We’ve numbered the elements in the picture to better explain:

1 – Butterfly Garden

2 – Worm Digging Area

3 – Compost bin and river rocks.

4 – Rain barrels

5 – Classroom area with benches and tree “cookies” to sit on.

6 – Bird Garden: More perennial mix of flowers, chosen to attract birds.

7- Garden boxes

The 5th Grade Yearbook Committee needs your help collecting photos of the class from kindergarten through 5th grade.We’re looking for class parties, Halloween parades, field trips, band and orchestra concerts, track meets, ropes course, Bingo, Spring Fair and other extracurricular activities. Photos can be uploaded to our shared Google Drive Folder by CLICKING HERE or emailing them directly to ege5thgradeyearbook@gmail.com. If your child did NOT attend EGE for kindergarten, please send a digital or hard copy photo (which will be returned) of your child from their kindergarten year. Photos due:  MARCH 6, 2020.


The Schoolwide Yearbook Committee is starting to upload pictures and they need your help. They are using the TreeRing service to upload pictures and folders have been created for every teacher’s class. To upload pictures, please go to this link and create an account.

Wellness Committee: It’s that time of year for colds! The Wellness Committee put up a poster on the Importance of Hand Washing for the month of February.  It’s right next to the lunch room so the students can review it on the way to lunch or waiting in line to buy lunch.  We are thankful to the Wellness Committee from last year for creating the informative poster. 

February 4th

Adult Social and Online Auction: Ticket sales are rolling in! Purchase HERE before February 18th! Come to Teca West Chester on Saturday February 22 from 8-11pm for some fun, food and friends!

Third Grade Parents—  3rd Grade Ancient Civilizations Day (“ACD”), a fun and educational annual EGE event, is scheduled to be held on Friday, March 6, 2020.   Please consider donating a luncheon item and/or setting aside some time in the morning or afternoon to take part: sign up here.  Please reach out to Tracey (the_todds@verizon.net) with any questions.  Thank you for your help to make this a wonderful event for our children!


The Schoolwide Yearbook Committee is starting to upload pictures and they need your help. They are using the TreeRing service to upload pictures and folders have been created for every teacher’s class. To upload pictures, please go to this link and create an account. (You’ll be prompted to order a yearbook or personalize pages, but you can ignore those prompts until ordering your yearbook). Go to Shared Photos on the left hand side. Then click on Shared Photos Folders. Then you can add photos from there. If you click on the link from your phone, you can directly upload from your device. So please upload any pictures you have from classroom parties, field trips, the Fun Run, Bingo Night, Family Fun Night, or any other event you’ve got pictures from!

Thank you to the Beautification Committee for this heartwarming bulletin board in the school lobby:

January 28th

Adult Social and Online Auction tickets on sale now! Saturday, February 22 from 8-11:00p at Teca West Chester. Ticket price includes heavy Hors D’oeurvres, wine, beer and a DJ to kick it up a notch! Don’t miss it!

Spring Fair: We already have a wonderful group of Spring Fair Sub-Committee Chairs, and we are hoping to find some volunteers to help them prepare this fun event! We are specifically looking for help with the games and the autistic support games and crafts, please sign up here if you are interested!

Bingo Night was a fantastic success. Thank you so much to Ann D. and Karen M. and all the 5th grade parent and student volunteers for hosting such a wonderful event! And thank you to everyone who came out to spend their Friday with us and support the 5th grade!

From the Wellness Committee: A great way to shed some stress and feel more calm & peaceful is by walking a labyrinth. 
What is a labyrinth? –  It is an ancient practice used by many different faiths for spiritual centering, contemplation, and prayer.
How do I mindfully walk a labyrinth? – Set an intention at the entrance then walk slowly through while quieting your mind and focusing on a spiritual question or prayer.  Pause at the center and give gratitude, then continue walking back out.  Know that there is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. 
Locations of local public labyrinths –  1) Church of the Loving Shepherd – 1066 S. New St, West Chester 19382 2) St. Peter’s Church in the Great Valley –  2475 St. Peter’s Rd, Malvern 19355 3) Westtown Friends School – 975 Westtown Rd, West Chester 19382
So bundle up, take a deep breath and prepare for more peace in your life by giving labyrinth walking a try!

January 21st

We have two big events this week: 3rd Grade Muffins with Mom on Wednesday and Bingo Night this Friday!

3rd Grade Muffins with Mom is tomorrow, Wednesday, January 22nd: from 8:00 – 8:25 am in the EGE All Purpose Room. (If Mom isn’t able to be there, feel free to invite another special person.) Hope you are able to join us for some muffins, coffee/juice, and a fun time with your third grader and friends!

Bingo Night: Friday, January 24, 2020 from 6 – 8 pm in the All Purpose Room: Come play Bingo and support the 5th Grade Field Trip Fund! Pizza, Chick-Fil-A, pretzels, water and many baked goods will be for sale. Admission – $5 per person/ $20 maximum per family (includes 1 Bingo card per person), each additional Bingo card is $1.  Cash Only! This is not a drop-off event, but a fun night to spend with your family! If you are a 5th grade family and haven’t signed up yet to help, there are few volunteer slots left: sign up here.

3rd GRADE PARENTS –   Mark your calendars!  3rd Grade Ancient Civilizations Day (“ACD”) is scheduled to be held on Friday, March 6, 2020.   ACD is a fun educational event where the children make a craft to wear throughout the day, attend a University of Penn presentation, workshops, and activities!  Here is a  WCASD presentation from last year’s event. We will have an HSA ACD Committee meeting Friday, January 24, 2020, 8-8:30am in the EGE art room to discuss and plan the day, all are welcome. After the meeting, look for a Sign Up Genius.  A lot of help is needed to make this event a success!  We expect to solicit volunteers throughout the day to help with morning craft and workshops, afternoon activities, photography, and decoration hanging (Thursday 3/5 after school) and removal (Friday 3/6 after school).  This is a really special event that the children greatly enjoy, allowing them real-life fun experience of educational information learned in the classroom.  Please consider setting aside the morning, afternoon or whole day to take part.  Reach out to Tracey (the_todds@verizon.net) or Adrienne (amancuso220@gmail.com) with any questions.  Thank you for your help in making this a wonderful event for our children!

4th GRADE PARENTS – Pennsylvania Day is Friday May 8!  Please come to a planning meeting on Tuesday January 28 at 7 PM at the Boot Road Giant to learn more about how you can help. Please contact co-chairs Christine C. (christine@thecuchs.net) or Pam A. (pamela_chester@yahoo.com) for more details.

The Spring Fair Committee will be posting a Sign Up Genius link next week, looking for help with the sub-committees. So if you’d like to help the decorating committee or games committee work on this year’s attractions, please keep an eye out for that link!

Have a great week and we look forward to seeing everyone Friday evening at Bingo!

January 14th

HSA Meeting News: We had a great HSA Meeting last Thursday and covered a lot of topics. Our biggest news is that Carrie H. and Courtney Z. have volunteered to co-chair our in-house Fun Run next year! We’ve also added another event to the calendar this year: we’ll be hosting a VIP event during the Spring Book Fair. Students will enjoy refreshments and shopping with their VIP (grandparents or another special person in their lives). It’ll be on Wednesday, March 11th, from 3:30 to 5pm. You can read the HSA Meeting minutes here.

Spring Fair: Thank you so much to Anna E. for volunteering to co-chair with Jill H.! And to Anne D., Adrienne M., Sarah N., and Jen P. for signing up to head sub-committees of the Spring Fair. We’re looking forward to hosting this fun event again this year, on Saturday, March 21st from 11am to 3pm.

Muffins with Mom is next week: 3rd Grade Moms are invited to a Muffins with Mom social on Wednesday, January 22nd from 8:00 – 8:25 am in the EGE All Purpose Room. (If Mom isn’t able to be there that day, feel free to invite another special person.) Hope you are able to join us for some muffins, coffee/juice, and a fun time with your third grader and friends!

3rd GRADE PARENTS –   Mark your calendars!  3rd Grade Ancient Civilizations Day (“ACD”) is scheduled to be held on Friday, March 6, 2020.   ACD is a fun educational event where the children make a craft to wear throughout the day, attend a University of Penn presentation, workshops, and activities!  Here is a  WCASD presentation from last year’s event. We will have an HSA ACD Committee meeting Friday, January 24, 2020, 8-8:30am in the EGE art room to discuss and plan the day, all are welcome. After the meeting, look for a Sign Up Genius.  A lot of help is needed to make this event a success!  We expect to solicit volunteers throughout the day to help with morning craft and workshops, afternoon activities, photography, and decoration hanging (Thursday 3/5 after school) and removal (Friday 3/6 after school).  This is a really special event that the children greatly enjoy, allowing them real-life fun experience of educational information learned in the classroom.  Please consider setting aside the morning, afternoon or whole day to take part.  Reach out to Tracey (the_todds@verizon.net) or Adrienne (amancuso220@gmail.com) with any questions.  Thank you for your help in making this a wonderful event for our children!

4th GRADE PARENTS – Pennsylvania Day is Friday May 8!  Please come to a planning meeting on Tuesday January 28 at 7 PM at the Boot Road Giant to learn more about how you can help. Please contact co-chairs Christine C. (christine@thecuchs.net) or Pam A. (pamela_chester@yahoo.com) for more details.

Bingo Night: Save the date! Friday, January 24, 2020 from 6 – 8 pm in the All Purpose Room: Come play Bingo and support the 5th Grade Field Trip Fund! Pizza, Chick-Fil-A, pretzels, water and many baked goods will be for sale. Admission – $5 per person/ $20 maximum per family (includes 1 Bingo card per person), each additional Bingo card is $1.  Cash Only! This is not a drop-off event, but a fun night to spend with your family!

And thank you to the Beautification Committee for the uplifting decoration in lobby!

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