My absolute favorite fast and easy way to communicate with all my parents is with Remind! With the new school year coming up, it's the perfect time to check it out...
You might have heard of it.
You might have even downloaded the app to your phone.
But if you aren't USING it, you are truly missing out!
I have been using this consistently for the past two years and it has been SUCH a lifesaver! It's a quick way to blast out a message or reminder to parents.
And it's FREE! Seriously. FREE.
After you sign up, you can add your class. I like to date my class with the school year so that I can add my new class each year. (Obviously this pic is of last year's class name!) You can also delete old classes if you want.
Remind will then direct you how to get your parents registered after you've set up your first class.
Below you can see a few of the messages I sent to last year's class. One of my favorite things about Remind is that you can schedule messages ahead of time. This is particularly helpful during those busy months (can anyone say September?! December?! June?!).
It elicits an immediate response from your parents. My reminders help me to get things to school on time. I have seen a dramatic rate of improvement in getting important paperwork returned to school. And it saves me from making individual phone calls after school to parents!
I typically send my messages around 7 or 8pm. That way, if parents need to send something to school, they remember to put it in the book bag right away that evening.
You can use the app or the website to send messages. You are limited in the number of characters you can use (140 to be exact), but I haven't found that to be a problem yet.
Remind has a form letter/email you can send to parents. I created my own letter for parents. I introduce Remind at my Curriculum Night at the beginning of the year. I even encourage parents to take their phones out right during my presentation and sign up. Last year I had every parent registered!
This year I'm excited to try the new feature - CHAT! You can "text" back and forth with parents. You can also control what hours parents can chat with you. I set mine for 9am-7pm on weekdays only. You can also control whether you are the only one that can initiate a text, or if your parents can initiate a text, too.
I love that I can text with parents without them having my phone number!
Remind is a must have for every classroom.
How do you like to communicate with parents?