Whether you’re returning to Creative Science or brand new to our school, staying connected is an important way to make sure you’re getting all the information you need. The best way to contact the school or staff is through email or phone. Email addresses for the whole staff are listed on the Teachers & Staff page. Our phone number is: 503-916-6431
You can sign up for all or none! But our suggestion is to be at least signed up for Remind and Konstella! Enrollment automatically signs your student up for StudentVue/ParentVue. Contact our School Secretary Joanna if you need support. firstname.lastname@example.org
SIGN-UP INFO AT A GLANCE
Konstella This is the main communication of the PTA and Community.
Go to Konstella and click Find Your School. After locating Creative Science School, follow the prompts to sign up.
SchoolMessenger We rarely use this anymore (more of a last-minute mass communication from PPS). The school will very rarely use but good to send a text to just in case.
Text YES to 68453
Remind App The CSS Office uses this regularly!!!! This will be the main way we mass send messages. Including how we send (smore) newsletters from the principal. If you need to reach out to us please email or call.
- Visit the PPS Remind App Page
ParentVue This is how you will have immediate access to report cards or (VERY useful for ML families!!!) class schedules. We send paper copies of report cards home each quarter but they live there most of the year as well.
Visit the PPS ParentVue Page
SchoolPay This is how you pay for school supplies and field trips or other school donations.
Visit the PPS SchoolPay Website
Facebook This is a community forum and moderated by the PTA.
Other Very Helpful Websites:
Need more detailed info? See below:
What is it? Konstella is CSS’s premier communications platform provided by the CSS PTA. It is secure, private, and user-friendly, and can be viewed as both a website and a cell phone app. It includes:
PTA and school-wide announcements
Event reminders (syncs to calendar)
Volunteer sign-up opportunities
Social groups and committees
Sales and donations
File and photo sharing
Who sends me stuff? You can choose to receive the types of announcements and messages that you want to receive.
How do I sign up? Go to the Konstella website and search for Creative Science School under Find Your School. Follow the prompts to sign up. Also, look for posters and backpack flyers that contain a secret code for automatic approval for CSS families.
There’s a lot here. How do I learn how to use this app? Below are two short videos overviews of Konstella and a one-page cheat sheet to learn more about Konstella.
6 minute video deep dives into 3 features
One-page cheat sheet that helps you navigate
What is it? SchoolMessenger is a messaging system used by the district and by individual schools to mass communicate with their communities.
Who sends me stuff? PPS sends you district-wide announcements, attendance calls, and emergency messages. The CSS office sends other info as needed. Even though it’s all sent through the SchoolMessenger system, the sender display name will specify who the message is from.
How do I sign up? If your email address is in the Synergy database (the database we use to hold all student and parent information), you’re signed up.
What’s this I heard about texts? You can also choose to get text messages. Text YES to 68453 to opt in.
And phone calls too? Yep. PPS usually calls families and staff to notify us of school closures and late openings, but other kinds phone messages could be sent out in the future. (Note: This is also how you’ll receive attendance calls. If your student is marked absent without excuse in our database past a certain time of day, the autodialer will call your primary number to let you know.)
What is it? PPS uses the Remind App as two-way communication between teachers and families. It allows for text, emails, push-notifications, and phone calls. Check out the PPS page to view a detailed video about Remind.
What is it? ParentVue is an online portal parents can use to see student schedules, grades, and assignments. It can also be used to communicate with teachers. This is really useful for mid-level parents.
How do I get an account? You should have received a letter from PPS with a unique activation key needed to create an account, but you could have received that letter when your student first registered at PPS.
So I totally lost it: If you lost your activation key, email our School Secretary or stop by the CSS main office and we can print you one.
I have my activation key: Visit the ParentVue Portal to get set up.
What is it? It’s a way to pay for school stuff online.
How do I sign up? Every parent with an email address in Synergy has an account ready for activation. To activate your account, click right here, click “Find My Account,” and follow the instructions. Students linked to you in Synergy are already linked to you in SchoolPay, so you’ll only see items meant for you and your family.
I’ve heard of it. CSS has two places you can visit on Facebook. The page called “PPS Creative Science School” is a public page that gets updated by school staff with photos and updates from the school. The group “Creative Science School” is a closed group page where the community can share and talk. The closed group is moderated by the PTA, and members are required to follow the CSS Community Agreements.
How do I join the closed group? Request to join, and within 24 hours a PTA moderator will send you a message and ask you to verify that your child goes to Creative Science. Then you’re approved!
Anything else to note? Facebook participation is completely optional for parents and staff, so not everyone is able to engage in the conversation if concerns are voiced online. We ask that if you have concerns within any part of our community that you discuss them directly with the appropriate people. We are all in this together, and all members are expected to follow the Community Agreement. Please familiarize yourself with the Facebook Group Guidelines before joining.
Teachers and Staff:
Check the "Teachers & Staff" > "Staff List" for contact information.