If you can get parent email addresses to invite them to Classlist it increases the likelihood they will join. Here is a sample letter you can hand out at every possible opportunity to try and capture email addresses and let parents know about Classlist. This is based on the real letter used in a very active Classlist school.
My name is XXXXXXX and I am the Chair of (School name)’s Parents’ Association.
Welcome to our school. I look forward to meeting you in person very soon, but am writing meanwhile to invite you to join our exciting online parent community.
(School name)’s Classlist provides an online classlist, enabling you to contact other parents easily and securely. Our site also allows you to join or create interest-based parent communities at the school; set up or invite others to events, and participate if you wish in our new school run share scheme.
You can register now by visiting https://www.classlist.com, and entering our school name.
In previous years, class reps spent days chasing down parent details, then distributing paper-based class lists, which were instantly out of date. Our online system enables you to input, manage and update the personal information you wish to share with your child’s school year group. The school helps us validate some details, but is rightly constrained by UK data protection regulations.
Our parent community is more than an online address book. We have discussion groups on everything from football practice to school trips to parking at the school. You can easily post questions ranging from missing homework to recommended babysitters. You can create and respond to invites for class events, social get-togethers and birthday parties. We have a school run share scheme, and maps on the site that will help you to find parents across all years whom live nearby and want to participate.
We have based our community on Classlist.com, a website set up by UK school parents. This service is entirely free to our parents.
You can join by either registering at https://www.classlist.com, or by filling in your email details below. I will then personally send you an invitation to join (School name)’s Classlist site. Once you have registered or been invited to join a short approval process will follow after which you can login and use the site – including uploading your photo, so other parents know who you are!
I look forward to meeting you very soon in person.
With best wishes,