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?

Summer is FINALLY here!  (Though you wouldn't know it by the cold and rainy weather in Upstate NY...)  I'm so excited for July.  It's one of my favorite months!

Time to link up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade for this month's Currently...

Listening - Gotta love a little daytime TV when you are on vacation!  Kathy Lee and Hoda keep me laughing.

Loving - I thought summer vacation would NEVER get here!  I kicked off summer vacay with my best friend's wedding on Saturday.  It was quite a party!  She was a gorgeous bride and the day was just so perfect!  Now it's time to relax and enjoy this amazing time off.  

Thinking - There are so many possibilities in the summer!  I have so much more time to get things done that I've been wanting to do!  I plan to get ready for the new school year, work on many TPT products I've been thinking about forever, and work on my photography.  Did I tell you how much I love summer?!!

Wanting - My teacher bag goes everywhere with me.  So it's no wonder why I'm a little sick of the current one I have.  I'm in the market for a new one and I found this adorable bag on Etsy.  It even has a matching lunch tote... which of course I want, too.  Chevron print, naturally!
Both can be found at Ooh Baby Infinity Designs.

This bag is reversible!  Polka dot on the inside.  So cute.  Love the pocket for the water bottle.

This lunch tote looks like a great size for all my snacks, haha!  You can customize the inside polka dot part.  I think I would make mine green on the inside.

Needing - I am in need of some snuggle time with my nieces and nephew!  I haven't seen them since the first weekend in June.  We are all meeting up at home in Rochester in two weeks and I CANNOT WAIT!!!

Seriously how cute are these three?!!!

All Star - It's a well-known fact that I am an All Star at organization.  It's quite an obsession of mine. I just LOVE to organize.  Life is good when everything is put in its proper place!

What are you Currently up to?!

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