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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 parent committees. You can also invite groups outside of our school. All groups live on one platform, but each one is secure and can only be accessed by those invited.

You’ll receive emails inviting you to join groups on HEARD.

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.

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2. Complete your profile and add your child

Complete your profile with your real full name and photo. 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 (or even grandparents or guardians). 

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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.

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In Settings, scroll down to adjust whether you'd like a Daily or Weekly Digest, an email summary of group activity.

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 from www.about.heardnow.co. Android users can Book Mark or Add to Homescreen the sign-in page: 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.   

Thank you!