Open Positions for 2020-2021
As you all know, Ride Elementary will be smaller next year. Residents in Jacobs Reserve will attend Galata's Elementary, which means we will lose many PTO Executive Board and Committee Members. We need residents of Panther Creek to rise to the challenge and fill these spots. Please notify us of your desire to fill all committee positions by the end of this school year.
CISD School Messenger
Opt-In for SMS Notifications
Conroe ISD is in the process of switching emergency notification platforms used to communicate with parents and staff. Our school district will utilize SchoolMessenger to deliver text messages straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more. This change requires an opt-in to the new system to continue receiving text messages. You can participate in this free service* just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to 67587. You can also opt-out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”.
*Message & data rates may apply
We hear it all the time. In an increasingly digital world, parents are now tasked with keeping track of their child’s education through multiple login sites. It gets very confusing. While we can’t eliminate all the different logins as they are necessary to protect the privacy of you and your child, let us try to explain the difference between these sites.
Parent Access Center (PAC)
It is essential that you sign up for a Parent Access Center (PAC) account. Email is the primary communication tool for all school events and information. Once you register for a PAC account, you will receive important information regarding absence and tardy notifications, and other important updates. Throughout the year, you can log into PAC to view grades, report cards, attendance, discipline records, cafeteria accounts, and STAAR information. Simply visit the CISD website (www.conroeisd.net). Locate the “STUDENTS/PARENTS” tab and proceed to “PARENT ACCESS CENTER”. Click “REGISTER” and follow the simple steps to complete your PAC registration. Don’t forget, you must re-register every year.
An online student data validation system for the upcoming school year. The system is a secure and green process, which allows the district to verify all the student demographic, emergency and medical information for your child prior to the start of the new school year. The first year, you will need to enter information that the District does not currently have in digital form, such as your student’s Health Information Form. This online process replaces all the hard copy student registration forms that your child brings home on the first day of school – no more hand cramps from all the paperwork!
It is recommended that you sign up for the PTO’s interactive website through Membership Toolkit (MTK). MTK is a secure website that allows the PTO to communicate with parents and teachers about what’s happening throughout the year. The school does not share contact information with the PTO. Therefore, we need you to provide your contact information so that you can stay in the loop. Throughout the year, the PTO will email parents about special events, important deadlines, and volunteer opportunities at the school.
In addition, if you choose to purchase a PTO membership for $20, you will have access to the online directory. Signing up is easy. You register and get login credentials the first year and then each subsequent year, you will need to confirm your information to regain access. You can also download the Membership Toolkit app to easily access the directory.
Canvas is a district-wide online dashboard to keep track of your student’s coursework. Canvas is fairly new to the district and while it is more regularly used in the upper levels, it is still being adopted by teachers in the lower levels. All official teacher websites are now on Canvas, although some teachers prefer to communicate with parents using other tools.
Shutterfly Share Sites
Some teachers use Shutterfly share sites to communicate with their parents. Shutterfly allows parents to send/receive email, communicate with other parents in the class, view photos from classroom activities on a secured login site, and view a classroom calendar. It requires that that parent create a Shutterfly account. Shutterfly sites are not controlled by the school or the PTO.
See Saw is an application that allows students, teachers, and parents to share information on a secure account. Parents must register to use. Teachers using this app will provide information at the start of the school year.
Class Dojo is a communication tool that connects teachers, parents and students with a secure account. Parents must register to use. Teachers using this app will provide information at the start of the school year.
Why join the PTO?
Successful students make successful schools— which make thriving communities. PTO members enjoy exclusive access to our online directory. Everyone benefits when you support students!
Thank you to all our Sponsors!
If you or your business would like to become a sponsor, contact us at RidePTO@gmail.com.