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ParentSquare

ParentSquare

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About ParentSquare

The Pine Bush Central School District is partnering with a new communicationA white background. There is a square, with a different color dot on each corner, green, blue, yellow and purple. Below it says parent square. platform called ParentSquare. This system will replace SchoolMessenger for school-to-home communications; the primary contact information parents have on file in SchoolTool has been transferred to ParentSquare.

All unregistered Pine Bush families will receive an invitation via text or email to register their account with ParentSquare. You can also self-register at any time through the ParentSquare app or website using the email address or cell phone you have on file with the school. 

 

It is very important that you accept the invitation or register your account, and download the app to ensure you continue to receive all of the important information from your child’s school.

 

Here’s what you can do with ParentSquare:

  • Receive messages from the school via phone, email, text or app notification
  • Choose to receive information as it comes or all at once with a daily digest at 6 p.m.
  • Communicate in your preferred language
  • Comment on school postings to engage with your school community
  • Direct message teachers, staff and other parents
  • Participate in group messages
  • Sign up for parent-teacher conferences
  • Receive report cards, sign up to volunteer and more all from your desktop or mobile device

Communications may include:

  • News and reminders from the district or school
  • Urgent alerts such as school cancellations, early dismissal or delayed start
  • Messages from your child’s teacher

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Getting started with ParentSquare

ParentSquare has a comprehensive “help” section that can answer any questions that you may have about using this new system.

Parent and Guardian Training

Overview Video: ParentSquare for Parents and Guardians

 

Learn more about getting started with ParentSquare here

 

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Download the app 

 

ParentSquare app for iOs: 

ParentSquare app for Android

Reading this from your computer? Hold your phone up to the QR code below to launch the app download on your mobile device: 

iOs

Android

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Use ParentSquare in your native or preferred language

If you speak a language other than English, you can change your language settings so that you receive information in your preferred language.  ParentSquare even supports two-way conversation translation so you can communicate with other users who speak a different language. This means you can type a question in your language and send it to your child’s teacher. ParentSquare will translate your message to English. Your child’s teacher will read and respond in English, and ParentSquare will translate the response back into your language. However, you must set your language.

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How to change to your preferred language 

Using a Website Browser

  1. Login to ParentSquare

  2. From Home, click the down arrow next to your name, in the upper right.

    Select “My Account.”

3. On the left side of the page, click “Language Settings”

4. Click “change this” in language settings

5. Select your preferred language, and then click “save”

Using the Mobile App  

This will change the language for Posts sent to you.

Note: to change the language in the App (UI) itself, visit

 

  1. From Home, tap the triple bars in the upper right.

2. Select Account, then Preferences. 

3. From the Preferences screen select Language.

4. Choose your preferred language. You will receive all post messages in your preferred language.

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Tips For Parents and Guardians

1. Activate Your Account

Click the link in your activation email/text, or sign up on parentsquare.com or via the ParentSquare app.

2. Download App

It’s easy to stay in the loop with the ParentSquare app. Download it now for iOS or Android devices.

3. Set Preferences

Click your name in the top right to set your notification and language preferences.

4. Get Photos & Files

Click ‘Photos & Files’ in sidebar to access pictures, forms, and documents that have been shared with you.

5. Appreciate Posts

Click ‘Appreciate’ in your email/app or website to thank a teacher or staff member for a post.

6. Comment or Reply

Click ‘Comment’ in app or website to privately ask a question about the post that your teacher or school sent.

7 Participate

Click ‘Sign Ups & RSVPs’ in the sidebar to see available opportunities. Click bell on top to check your commitments.

8. Join a Group

Click ‘Groups’ in the sidebar to join a group or committee at your school to participate or to stay up-to-date.

9. Find People

Click ‘Directory’ in the sidebar to find contact information for school staff.

10. Get in Touch

Click ‘Messages’ in the sidebar to privately get in touch with staff and teachers. 

 

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FAQs: 

What if my contact information is incorrect, or needs to be updated?

Please contact the main office of the school your child attends and provide them with the correct information.

What if I can’t find the invitation from ParentSquare in my email?

Download the app using the links or QR codes above or  go to www.parentsquare.com/signin and enter your email or cell phone number that is on file with the district to receive a new invitation link.

I’m receiving too many notifications throughout the day.

ParentSquare gives users the ability to receive all non-urgent messages in one email that is sent daily at 6 p.m. This is called the “digest” setting. With the digest setting, you won’t miss any important messages and you won’t receive messages throughout the day.

If you prefer to receive messages and posts throughout the day, you can choose the “instant” setting. In this setting, you will receive notifications in real time.  

To access your notification settings from the desktop site, click “my account” in the top right corner, then select “notification settings” on the left-hand side, and then set your notification preferences. 

To access your notification settings from the app, click the three horizontal lines on the top left corner, then “account,” then “notifications.” In the notifications screen, you can toggle between instant and digest. 

For more information about notification settings, click here.

Is ParentSquare replacing some existing tools and services that the district has been using?

Yes. When the district moves to ParentSquare, the following tools and services will no longer be available for Pine Bush staff members to use. The functionality of these tools is available in ParentSquare.

  • SchoolMessenger
  • ClassDojo
  • Remind 101

Will parents receive notifications from ParentSquare if they do not sign up for ParentSquare?

Yes. All parents have a ParentSquare account. ParentSquare is the primary tool for district and school communication. Individuals who do not activate their account in ParentSquare will still receive an email digest at the end of each day that communication is sent out to them. In the event of emergencies, phone calls will be sent as well.

Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Brian Dunn
Superintendent of Schools
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