March 31st

We hope that everyone is doing well and staying safe during this challenging time. 

Spring Fair: Thank you to Jill S. and Anna E. for leading this committee and everyone who worked so hard on the Spring Fair.  We were so disappointed that it was cancelled and we really appreciate all of the time spent by volunteers in preparation of the fair.

Spring Book Fair: Thank you to Linda L. and Rebecca S. for organizing this and everyone who worked shifts for previews and selling, and also thank you to all the VIPs who came out to our event on March 11th.

Teacher Appreciation Meal: The Hospitality Committee would like to thank everyone for making this such a success!


Outdoor Classroom/Garden: We are moving forward with our planning. Burkholder plans on doing the bulk of the work in August, so it will be ready for the new school year. We will still need to vote on approving the budget for the project, and depending on the circumstances with regards to COVID-19, it may take the form of an online form.

State of the HSA: We are also trying to think of ways to adapt under these circumstances. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at eastgoshenhsa@gmail.com.

March 10

Reminder: Next Tuesday morning at 9:30am, we will have an HSA Meeting in the MPR. Here is the agenda.

We’re really excited about tomorrow’s Grandparents’/VIP Event, we’ve got a lot of RSVPs and want to remind everyone that they can come ANYTIME between 3:30 and 5pm. This event will be similar to the Donuts with Dad/Muffins with Mom events, but specially for grandparents or any other special person in your EGE students’ lives. Please RSVP here; while you are still welcome without RSVPing, it gives us a headcount, so we can have enough refreshments for everyone!

EGE’s Spring Fair is just around the corner: Saturday, March 21st from 11 to 2pm. Our volunteer sign-up has been filling up really nicely for that as well, but we still have some openings. So if you haven’t volunteered yet, our biggest needs are:

  1. Principal for a Day Ticket Sales for Kindergarten from 8 – 8:25: we have one slot on Wednesday, 3/18 and two slots on Friday, 3/20
  2. Ticket Sales on Saturday, 3/21: two slots open from 12 to 1pm, and one slot from 1 to 2pm
  3. Face Painting: we’d really like to fill all these slots up. We know that people are intimidated by this, but you shouldn’t be! We’ve got little how-to’s for you to use to guide you, and the children are really quite forgiving with their expectations, as well. We have 2 slots open from 11-12pm, 1 open from 12 to 1pm, and all 4 slots open from 1 to 2pm.
  4. Crafts: We have two slots open from 12 to 1pm.
  5. Autistic Support Game/Craft: One slot from 1 to 2pm
  6. Games: We’ve got 4 more slots to fill from 12 to 1pm and 3 more slots from 1-2pm.

Please sign up for any of those slots here!

3rd Grade Ancient Civilizations Day was a great success! The day began with students making their own Usekh collars (the broad necklace of the ancient Eyptian elite) followed up by an assembly, entitled “I want my Mummy!” presented by Dr. Phillips, a research coordinator for the Egyptian Section of the Penn Museum. The Classes spent the day rotating between three different workshops and activities.  The workshops included: a workshop on Greek Gods and the ancient rituals that surrounded, led by Dr. Linn, a Research Liaison in the Academic Engagement Department at the Penn Museum, another workshop was conducted by Dr. Phillips on Egyptian artifacts, and the final workshop was led by Mrs. Kowalski, an EGE parent, on ancient architecture. The activities included: belly-dancing led by the YMCA’s Laura Pierson (check out Mr. Brown’s mean moves here), Cross the Nile game where only teamwork can get you across, and discussion on the Chinese language, led by Mr. Chen, an EGE parent.  Ancient Civilizations Day is a longstanding tradition at EGE, and it takes a lot of planning and volunteers to run the day smoothly, but it’s well worth it, as the children have a real blast participating! Thank you to all the volunteers who came in that day (and the day before to decorate), to the sub-committee leads, our parent workshop presenters, the third grade teachers, and Tracey T. for coordinating it all!


Thank you to the Hospitality Committee for organizing last week’s 4th Grade Donuts For Dad, which represents the end of an era for some dads as it was their last Donuts with Dad at EGE.

We are continuously blown away by the amazing support we have from our parent volunteers. After last week’s email asking for volunteers, all slots for Thursday’s Teacher Appreciation Meal were filled, and we filled most of the Book Fair’s slots as well. There’s still two book fair slots open Friday morning: a sales slot from 8-10am and a Clean-up Break down slot from 10am to noon, click here if you can fill one of those spots! Thank you to everyone who has signed up!


We will be having a Spring Fair Spirit Week from March 16th to March 20th. Here’s a heads up of the daily themes:

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 were due:  MARCH 6, 2020, so please send in now, if you forgot to.


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.

And thank you to our Beautification Committee for our March bulletin board design!

March 3

Tomorrow is 4th Grade Donuts With Dad: 4th Grade Dads are invited to a Donuts with Dad social tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4th from 8:00 – 8:25 am in the EGE All Purpose Room. (If Dad isn’t able to be there, 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 fourth grader and friends!

Book Fair Big Ask!: We are in need of volunteers for the book sales portion of the book fair. Preview slots are all filled up, thank you so much! We expect things to be busy during the Grandparents/VIP Event, and we’d like to prioritize the filling of those sales slots.  So if you are flexible with your availability, please volunteer for one of those slots. But we know that this is a very difficult time to volunteer as it is outside of school hours and we are thankful for any time you can volunteer. Click here to sign up. No experience is necessary for book fair sales and on days that the children are not in school you may bring your children with you to work a shift if needed.

We’re really excited about our first Grandparents/VIP Event: this will be similar to the Donuts with Dad/Muffins with Mom events, but specially for grandparents or any other special person in your EGE students’ lives. Grandparents/VIPs can arrive at any time between 3:30 and 5pm on March 11th, and enjoy refreshments in the MPR and they are also invited to shop the book fair. Please RSVP here; while you are still welcome without RSVPing, it gives us a headcount, so we can have enough refreshments for everyone!


And another big ask for the Teacher Appreciation Meal between Spring Conferences on Thursday, March 12th: Thank you to everyone who signed up last week to provide items for the teacher’s meal. We are still in need of 7 Main Dishes, and and 3 Salads. Please sign up here if you can prepare any of those dishes!

Spring Fair Volunteers: Thank you so much to everyone who has signed up so far! We’ve already gotten 33 cakes pledged to be donated! Our biggest needs right now are:

  • Set Up Crew on Friday 3/20 after school and Clean-Up Crew after the fair
  • Face-painting: this is a great slot for teenagers
  • Games, especially the 1pm to 2pm slot. Games are a great place for EGE students 4th grade and up to volunteer. 3rd Grade and below can run a game, but best with a parent/older sibling volunteering at a nearby game as well.

Please sign up here to volunteer for an hour or two!

Volunteer Hours: EGE HSA is a non-profit and we can issue proof of volunteering at the Spring Fair for any high school students seeking to fill volunteer hour requirements.

We will be having a Spring Fair Spirit Week from March 16th to March 20th. Here’s a heads up of the daily themes:

3rd 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 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: