VERIZON CUSTOMERS SHOULD READ THIS!
A MESSAGE FROM REMIND:
We’re sorry to write with disappointing news. Recently, we learned that Verizon will be charging Remind a new fee that makes it impossible for us to continue supporting free text messaging for anyone who has Verizon Wireless as their phone carrier. Please read on for all the important details—we promise to keep this as short as we can.
To offer our text messaging service free of charge, Remind has always paid for each text that our users receive or send. Now, Verizon is charging Remind an additional fee intended for companies that send spam over its network. Your Remind messages aren’t spam, but our efforts to resolve the issue with Verizon haven’t been successful.
As a result, the Verizon fee will increase our costs of providing text messaging by 11X—pushing our annual costs into the millions of dollars. This isn’t financially feasible for us to support, and it’s forcing us to end Remind text messaging for everyone who has a wireless plan with Verizon.
How will this affect you?
Beginning January 28, 2019, the people in your classes who normally get your Remind messages as texts will no longer receive these messages if they have Verizon Wireless as their phone carrier.
What can you do?
To make sure people in your classes continue receiving your messages, ask them to download the mobile app or enable email notifications—both of which are free of charge.
Additionally, our team’s working hard on a solution that allows your classes to continue to use Remind by text, and we’ll share more details with you before January 28. Text messaging will also continue to be available for organizations with a Remind School and District plan.
In the meantime, we’ll keep fighting to make sure educators, students, and parents have access to effective communication. To do this, we need your help: If using Remind has made a positive impact in your classroom, at your school, or anywhere in between, please ask Verizon to reverse the fee here: www.remind.com/verizon-fee
We’re very grateful for your support, and we’ll be in touch soon with an update.
The Remind team
Whooo’s Reading is back for the 5th year at HMS! The PTO will once again be running the online read-a-thon from February 1 - March 4. A read-a-thon is like a jog-a-thon, except your child will be reading books instead of running laps, all the while earning pledges based on how much they read. Unlike other fundraisers where our school keeps only 40-60% of donations, Hampden Meadows School keeps 85% of donations using this program.
This year, we have two school goals - to read 400,000 minutes and to raise $20,000. Last year, we raised almost $20,000 which helped to fund field trips, author visits, library books, and a newly painted playground!
Log in information will be sent home on February 1. Get ready to read!
FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATIONS
Please note that any family is eligible to apply throughout the year. The link below is also on our website.
This is also an opportunity for any households that have had a recent change in their income to apply.
HMS Boys’ and Girls’ Nights 2019
What are Boys’ and Girls’ Nights?
Educational evenings for 5th grade boys and 4th/5th grade girls to learn about upcoming physical and emotional changes, and the best way to care for themselves and others as they are changing. Parents are encouraged to attend as it is an excellent conversation opener, and open communication through the “puberty years” is essential.
Please note, this is not a drop-off event.
Who, what and where?
Boys’ Night: Tuesday, January 15th, from 6:30-8 pm in the HMS Auditorium. The presentation will be given by Thomas Crain, MD, a cardiologist at Lifespan and father of 4 boys. The discussion is designed for 5th grade boys only.
Girls’ Night: Monday, January 14th from 6:30-8 pm in the HMS Auditorium. The presentation will be given by Megan Douglas, MD, a Med-Peds primary care physician in Rehoboth and mother of 3.
Please feel free to contact Megan Douglas at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about Boys’ and Girls’ Nights.