Every communication from your parent group sends a message to parents about involvement—even if that’s not your intention. If your messages are positive, cheerful, courteous, appreciative, simple, direct, and customer-service-oriented, then you’re telling parents that the Parent Group will appreciate their efforts and that their time with the group will be enjoyable.

On the other hand, if your messages are negative, demanding, scolding, and overly complicated, then you’re turning away parents, who will view your group as unfriendly, unappreciative, and difficult to work with.

Every written and oral communication has the potential to encourage or discourage participation in the Parent Group. So it pays to think about the involvement message you’re sending.

Web Sites 101

I am more then willing to help you any way I can. Please drop me a email and we can get together and I will work with you. Liz Nicholls liz@gpsvnet.net   Website More and more parents are looking for information on websites or through social networking. NUMBER 1 RULE: KEEP IT UP TO DATE!!!!...

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Getting the Word Out

Getting the Word Out   Group Emails Websites and Social Media Newsletters Flyers Communications Checklist Some best practices just make good sense no matter what medium you choose. Use this checklist anytime you're getting ready to reach out to parents. Before you print or hit send, make sure all the key information is listed and...

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Communication Is Key – Class taught August 27th 2011 at the VNET Kick Off Event

Articles and advice to get your message out, connect with parents, and maintain a positive reputation within the school community. District Resources Email Communication Tips Flyer Communication Tips Group Email Communication Tips Online Communication Tips Getting the Word Out Web Sites 101

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Flyer Communication Tips

The Basics When should we use flyers? Use flyers to remind parents about events or approaching deadlines, such as the due date for fundraising orders. Try to distribute the flyers at least a week in advance. How much information should flyers have? Stick to the basics: who, what, where, and when, especially if you are...

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Group Email Communication Tips

Group Email Communication Tips The BasicsWhat should we send emails about?Email is a great way to keep parents informed, but you don't want to overload their inboxes. Limit your group emails to messages that provide parents with useful information and remind them about important events. Don't forward jokes or messages unrelated to the group.How often...

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Newsletter Communication Tips

Newsletter Communication Tips The Basics How often should we send a newsletter? Monthly is most common, but some schools do shorter weekly or biweekly newsletters. It's more important to have something to say in each issue than to publish them frequently. Also, always send out your newsletter at the same time so parents will start...

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Online Communication Tips

Online Communication Tips For more information on making a web site click here The Basics Does our parent group really need to be online? If the school has a website, the Parent Group needs an online presence, too. At the very least, you should describe what the parent group does and provide contact information for...

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Email Communication Tips

Email Communication Tips Communication between parent group leaders typically involves a lot of phone calls and periodic face-to-face meetings. Today’s technology gives us a new option. More and more people are using email as one of their primary communication tools for daily life. It’s fast, it’s cheap, and it’s easy. With the growing status of...

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Communication Class

Communication Class This class was taught at our Annual Kick off on Aug 24, 2013 Get your events and news out! Contact for North Gilbert Breeze Newspaper Making the Most of Communication Channels “You Cannot NOT Communicate” What kind of Communicator are you? Why do you belong to a parent group? Why don’t parents get...

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Get your events and news out! Contact for North Gilbert Breeze Newspaper

Contact for North Gilbert Breeze Newspaper   The monthly newspaper The North Gilbert Breeze is looking for your PTO's events and good news to share with its readers. The deadline is the 15th of each month. For more information, contact Managing Community Editor Christina Fuoco-Karasinski at  christina@timespublications.com or (480) 348-0343, ext. 103.

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Social Media 101

Is your parent group interested in going social but not sure where to begin? Follow this straightforward guide to get started. FIRST ASK A FEW KEY QUESTIONS: Learn how your community participates on social media. (Try a simple email survey.) You may discover that parents are on Facebook but not yet on Twitter. Follow their...

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6 Ways To Use Social Media

1. For Your Parent or Booster Group Create a Facebook committee; ask volunteers to set up a Facebook page for your group and keep it fresh with upcoming programs, meeting notices, photo albums from events, etc. (make sure your board keeps a record of all passwords and links, you never know when your volunteer might...

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Text Messaging App

Remind is a classroom messaging app that helps teachers, students, and parents communicate quickly and efficiently. By connecting school communities, Remind makes it easy for everyone to succeed togetherIf you’re leading a parent organization, create a group to streamline communication.Keep Parents communication in one placeGet important updates in the way that’s most convenient for you.https://www.remind.com

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