New Features coming for the 2016-2017 School Year!

Thank you for a great year from the Paperless PTO!  For the upcoming school year, we will be introducing several new features to enhance your web hosting and school directory experience.  Here is a quick sample of what is to come:

* newer, customizeable website template

* home page photo slide show

* create and customize your own menus

* unlimited directory app users and devices – discounted

* app sharing as a fundraiser

* earn your annual hosting fee back

* referral bonuses

* Google calendar sync

More information detailing each feature to come!

Please take a look at our website, to view our demo and video:

http://www.paperlesspto.com/index.cfm

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School Directory App Available for your Apple and Android Devices

Stay connected with your community and easily raise funds for your school with the Paperless PTO’s School Directory App!  Families will have on the go access to all types of school information, including class directories, school calendars, lunch programs, volunteer opportunities, email alerts and reminder blasts, plus much more.

Having the School Directory App on your Apple or Android device also makes it simple to call, text or email anyone in your school directory.

You can easily earn rewards for your school by simply tapping the share button on the app.

Watch this quick and informative video to see the features of the best School Directory App available:

Order by 06/30/2016 to receive a 33% discount for unlimited devices for your school and have fun with the Paperless PTO’s School Directory App!

 

 

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New Feature: Board Members – Adding a Volunteer

We have all been there – your PTO has scheduled an event, time is running out, and the amount of volunteers that have signed up will never be able to perform all the tasks involved for a successful fundraiser.  It happens – people get too busy, meaning to sign up and things fall through the cracks.

As the Site Administrator member of your PTO Board, using the Paperless PTO‘s newly activated Volunteer For website feature, you now have the authority to assign volunteers to an event.

volunteer

Volunteer for anyone in your PTO

The Volunteer For link is easily located using the Account Search drop down menu item under the Board Only features tab. Simply choose the person you wish to volunteer, and click on the Refresh button.  Then choose the events – be sure to click on the Submit button at the end of the page to save your changes.

Voluntter PTO

Volunteer for anyone in your group

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School Directory App for Apple and Android Devices

Stay connected with your community and easily raise funds for your school with the Paperless PTO’s School Directory App!  Families will have on the go access to all types of school information, including class directories, school calendars, lunch programs, volunteer opportunities, email alerts and reminder blasts, plus much more.

Having the School Directory App on your Apple or Android device also makes it simple to call, text or email anyone in your school directory.

You can easily earn rewards for your school by simply tapping the share button on the app.

Watch this quick and informative video to see the features of the best School Directory App available:

Order by 06/30/2016 to receive a 33% discount for unlimited devices for your school and have fun with the Paperless PTO’s School Directory App!

 

 

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Latest Feature: Drag and Drop Sorting Feature

Hi Everyone!

Drag and drop sorting is now available on your Paperless PTO website and School Directory App. In the past, the sorting of information was most often displayed in alphabetical order. You can now simply drag and drop the details in the order you would like them seen on your Paperless PTO website and School Directory App.

For example, if you want to list the committees of your group in a specific order, you simply drag and drop them in that order on the Manage Committees page. The end result will be the list of those committees in the order you have designated on your Paperless PTO website and also in the School Directory App.  Take a look at this quick video that shows you how to drag and drop your committees.

The new drag and drop feature has been added to these functions of your Paperless PTO website and School Directory App:

* Committees
* Board Members
* Sidebar
* Documents
* Staff Members 
* Volunteer Roles

Coming very soon will be the drag and drop sorting of your items for sale as well.

Sincerely,

http://www.paperlesspto.com

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Add Content To The Right and Left Sidebar

The right and left sidebar can now be used to add content to your Paperless PTO website.

Up until this point, if you have chosen to disable advertising and disable the ‘Fundraising Mall’, the right and left sidebars would often be empty.  Sidebar is an important feature that calls your participants’ attention to other events, latest news and the innovations to your website and phone app for quick and easy viewing.  Some organizations have stretched the center section with some innovative tricks to cover the space. But this wastes the benefits of the left and right sidebar feature.

We have designed the sidebar feature to initially place your sidebar information on the left side of the page.  A new check box has been added where you can choose which side you would like the information to be added.  This check box will allow you to place the content on the right side bar instead of the left sidebar.  Simply click to check the box ‘Place on right sidebar’ and the save sidebar button at the bottom of the edit page and it will then appear on the right sidebar of your site.

Here you can see a volunteer note placed on the right sidebar and it appears just above the Fundraising Mall.

RightSidebar

Next up for the sidebar feature will be drag and drop ordering.

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Add Content To The Right Sidebar

The right sidebar can now be used to add content to your Paperless PTO website.  Thank you, everyone for your patience with this.

Up until this point, if you had disabled advertising and had disabled the Fundraising Mall, the right side bar would often be empty.  Some folks realized they could stretch the center section with some innovative tricks to cover the space.  If not, it was left bare and was somewhat unsightly.

A new check box has been added to the page where you can edit sidebars.  This check box will allow you  to place the content on the right side bar instead of the left sidebar.  Simply check it and save the sidebar and it will then appear on the right sidebar of your site.

Here you can see a volunteer note placed on the right sidebar and it appears just above the Fundraising Mall.

RightSidebar

Next up for the sidebar feature will be drag and drop ordering.

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Scheduling An Email Blast

The Email blast feature of your Paperless PTO website can now be scheduled to run at a future date and time.  In the past, email blasts would only go out when you clicked on the Send button.  We have added a calendar widget and time interval that allows you to schedule the email blast to go out on its own when you need it to without further action.

After drafting your email blast message, all you need to do is select the date and time and then click on the Schedule Email Blast button.  It will then go out on its own at the time you have indicated.

Email Blast Schedule

Easily schedule an email blast to be sent at any time.

Above is a snapshot of the calendar widget and time options that have been added to the email blast page.  Your email blasts can be scheduled to run in hourly intervals 7 days a week.

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Volunteering Added to the Paperless PTO School Directory App

The mobile directory app from the Paperless PTO now allows your parents to easily volunteer for events and committees that your parent teacher group sponsors each year. Not only can your parents quickly tap on an event to volunteer, they will also receive automated alerts reminding them that they have volunteered for an upcoming event.

In past years your Paperless PTO website allowed parents to volunteer for committees. We have expanded this feature in several ways:

     1. Parents can volunteer for specific events such as an upcoming car wash
     2. Each event can have volunteer roles such as a washer, a dryer, and a payment collector
     3. Volunteering for these events can now be easily done from the smart phone Directory App that is available with each Paperless PTO subscription
     4. Since events are dated, automatic alerts are triggered and sent to the mobile app reminding parents that they have volunteered for an event that is quickly approaching

We have put together another video to show you how volunteering works. By taking advantage of this feature you will see an increase in the number of volunteers and more importantly in the number of parents that show up for the event.

Volunteering will be included in version 15.16.1 and is scheduled to be available in the beginning of August of 2015.

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Preparing For The 2015-2016 School Year

Hello!
Greetings from The Paperless PTO. We hope you have begun to enjoy your summer and are able to relax for the next few weeks. We have been busier these last few months than at any time in the past and have some great new features that will be rolled out to your Paperless PTO website this month. Look for specific announcements from us detailing these new features.

Getting Ready For 2015-2016
For now, the first order of business is rebuilding your site for the 2015-2016 school year. Many featurs of our program automatically roll over into the new school year on July 1st. This did happen on the 1st so you will notice things like date ranges that now show as 2015-2016.

There are several other year end features that require a simple yes or no from one of your website administrators. These features are shown on the Manage Year End Settings page of the website builder and include options for:

* resetting membership status
* moving students up a grade
* replicating your calendar
* replicating your items for sale
* resetting class parent volunteers
* emptying shopping carts

All that you need to do is indicate which features you would like to have performed and it will be done at 2AM on the date you indicate.

Manage Year End Settings
These tasks will save you lots of time and effort in the coming year if they are performed.

If no action is taken, the only task that will be performed is resetting the homeroom teacher of each student.

See How It Works
Watch This YouTube Video to see how it works.

Thank You
Thank you again, for your continued patronage to The Paperless PTO.

Hoping your summer is great,
The PaperlessPTO Staff.

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