Parent Engagement Insights Newsletter | February 2018

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It's time to take the leap!

Are we already in February? Did you find time in January to work on all your resolutions? If not, don’t worry, you are not far behind. Just hold Buzz’s hand, take the leap and get there.

For your district and school, this is the time to pilot all the new tools you want to adopt in the new school year. These days if you can think of a tool, you should be able to find it. Check out ParentSquare’s toolbox. We have grown to include an impressive array of products to help ease the flow of communication and keep your parents engaged! 

Food For Thought
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Building a Bridge to Anchor Success
The transition from elementary to middle school can be an overwhelming time for both students and parents. Penny Presley, the Executive Director of the East Learning Community in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system, shares how she helped build a bridge to anchor success for parents at her school.

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3 Simple Ways to Improve Parental Involvement in Schools  
As K-12 academic standards become more rigorous, parental involvement becoming an even more integral piece of a student’s success. Matthew Lynch, from the Edvocate shares 3 Simples Ways to Improve Parental Involvement.

In the News
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Partners in Education Announces Partnership With ParentSquare to Help Close the Digital Divide
Partners in Education, a program that helps fulfill needs in K-12 schools and youth programs, announced today a new partnership with ParentSquare. By coordinating efforts, the two entities hope to eliminate communication issues that arise when addressing a family’s technology needs and to support those parents who are not as familiar with technology. Read more >>

Case Study

Adams Elementary School

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Problem: Adams Elementary School had a goal to increase involvement for families with cultural and language barriers. They struggled to engage parents through website announcements, newsletters and flyers. They needed a tool that could help them conveniently provide families with meaningful opportunities to participate and support their children.
 
Solution: Adams Elementary was introduced to ParentSquare in the Spring of 2013. Within the first school year, they went from $0 to $12,000 in fundraising and collected 175 sign up items.
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“ParentSquare allows our entire school to create a community that fosters family involvement. There has been a dramatic increase in parent participation since we started using ParentSquare. I highly recommend it to any school looking to improve family involvement.” 
- Amy Alzina, Principal
 

Product Highlights
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Send Permission Slips/ Forms in Minutes!
Teachers and administrators can electronically create, send and receive approval from parents in minutes! See how it works here.

 

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ParentSquare Widget for your Website
We’re excited to enable you to share these rich, informational posts directly on to your school's or district’s website with the ParentSquare Widget

Upcoming Webinars
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Direct Messaging - Best Practices
February 13, 2018 | 1:15 pm & 3:15 pm PST
Do parents have a direct way to contact you or your teachers? Join us to look at best practices for Direct Messaging. This 30-minute webinar will explore the convenience of direct messaging and two-way translation.  
Register Now >>

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Message Library - Alert Templates  
February 27, 2018 | 11:30 am PST
Come learn more about the Message Library in Smart Alerts which allows you to save messages you need to continuously alert parents about. This 30-minute webinar will explore best practices, tags in your library and using your saved messages in an Urgent Alert. 
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Upcoming Events

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