Dear Families --
This year, we’ll be using a private online tool called HEARD -- www.heardnow.co -- for all of our school communication.
We believe HEARD will help our community stay better informed and more engaged by streamlining all communication into one central hub while saving time, money and paper.
This tool is easy to use and works like many social networking sites you know. With HEARD, we can connect with one another, share information, organize events, enlist volunteers, and build community.
HEARD organizes communication by groups. We’ll have a group for our school, for each grade, and for each classroom. Other groups can and will be created, such as committees. You can also use HEARD to create groups outside of our school (i.e., scout troops, sports teams). All groups live on one platform, but each one is secure and can only be accessed by those invited.
Our community on HEARD is accessible on any web browser and via iPhone app. HEARD also communicates via email. You will be invited via email to join groups on HEARD and automatically opted into school group communications via your email. This ensures that parents don't miss important communication from the school or teacher.
We ask that you please take 4 steps:
1. Confirm Membership
Accept membership to each group to which you're invited. You'll receive an invite via email. Click Confirm Membership. You can also visit the HEARD sign up page and enter your email address.
2. Ensure your profile is complete and accurate
Make sure your profile has your full name and add your photo to help others associate names to faces. To do this on the web platform, click on your name at the top right, then click My Profile. (On mobile, click on the top left menu icon -- 3 horizontal lines, then My Profile.) Add your child if they are not already assigned to your profile. You can invite grandparents or another guardian.
3. Choose how often you want to hear from EACH group
You'll begin receiving email notifications for activity happening in our group. Adjust how often you want to receive these emails. Click on your name at the top right, then click Settings. (On mobile, click on the top left menu icon, then Settings.) Then click on the setting -- High, Normal, Low or Mute.
In Settings, you can choose a Daily or Weekly Digest (an email summary of group activity) and change the language. You can post or private message in any language, and it will be translated to the recipient’s preferred language. If you don’t see your language, let the school know.
4. Add HEARD to your smartphone
HEARD works on any device and is viewable via your web browser. iPhone users can download a free app. Android users can Book Mark or Add HEARD’s login page to their device’s home screen. The sign-in page is: https://www.heardnow.co/users/sign_in.
The HEARD Help Center can help you use the platform.
We’re excited about the possibilities of this tool and encourage you to support our community by participating in and using it.