Using Konstella – Groups, messages, sign-up, calendar…

Konstella Groups

Konstella offers 4 different kinds of groups: classrooms, committees, social groups, and private groups.

Classrooms are associated with students. In FASSV, we have the following classrooms:

Petite Section Preschool Graduation in 2025
Moyenne Section PreK Graduation in 2024
Grande Section K Graduation in 2023
CP 1st Grade Graduation in 2022
CE1 2nd Grade Graduation in 2021
CE2 3rd Grade Graduation in 2020
CM1 4th Grade Graduation in 2019
CM2 5th Grade Graduation in 2018

Committees are PTA-led volunteer groups. Users can sign up different positions. Committee members can message the group, create events and sign-ups, and share files and photos in the committee. Committee Leads can sign up and withdraw others, edit the committee, and will get notified when others join and leave the committee.

In FASSV, our Committees are:

  • Amazon Affiliate Program
  • Box Tops
  • Art Auction
  • Community Social Events
  • Ecole des loisirs
  • Room Parents
  • Rummage Sale
  • Book Fair (English & French)
  • School Garden
  • SCRIP
  • Silent Auction
  • PTA
  • Yearbook (book & DVD)

Social Groups are typically started by parents. It’s a great way for parents to mingle and share information on a topic of interest. Like other groups, parents can message each other, create events, sign-ups, and share photos and files. Parents need to actively join one or more of these groups (you are not automatically part of these groups). Parents Share is a group created for parents who wish to share information not directly related to school, such as posting an item for sale or sharing information about a local event, etc.

Private Groups are created when users send messages to one or more parents who are not in the same group. In this case, a private group is created. Like other groups, parents can message each other, create events, sign-ups, and share photos and files. The size of a Private Group is limited at 25.

What can you do with Konstella?

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Get informed on a school activity

Website: When signing-in Konstella, you should arrive on the home page (if you’re not on the home page, click on Konstella on top left of the screen and you’ll see your Feed)

App: When you open the app, you’ll see “school” that shows all main info from the school

The homepage (“school” in the app) shows 3 main elements:

  • “Feed”: all announcements, upcoming events, sign-up
  • “Calendar” shows all upcoming events. Konstella gives you the possibility to sync events in Konstella with your calendar. That way, you’ll never miss an upcoming event! To do so, click on “Sync to my calendar” on the right side of the screen, and then select if you want to sync events you signed-up for and/or classroom and school events
  • “More” allows you to see only announcements or sign-up, and get access to files and photos

Sign-up for events

When an event is happening and volunteers are needed, you’ll receive a sign-up in your Feed. Simply click on the sign-up to register yourself for the event.

Send a message

Send a Message to a Group

Web: The left-hand menu shows all the groups you are in: The classrooms your children are enrolled and the committees you have joined.

Click on the group: on the right side of the screen, you will see the list of persons part of this group. For a classroom, you can see:

  • The teachers
  • The room parents (Leads)
  • The parents

By default, the teachers are part of the discussion, however, if you want to send a message to parents only, use the option “create subgroup” on the bottom of the list

Name it explicitly for all parents to understand who is part of the discussion, and select the parents, excluding the teachers:

type in the text area to post a message.

On your left menu, the new conversation group appears under ‘Private Messages’, as well as on top of the text area

Note: Some parents can be both parents and teachers in your classroom: they have two accounts:

  • Parents with their personal email address
  • Teacher with their FASSV email address

Hence, when you want to create a private discussion with the parents ONLY, for a thank you gift for instance, be sure to remove both!

Mobile App: The “Messages” tab at the bottom shows all of the groups you are in. Click any group and start typing at the bottom.

Send a Message to an Individual or a Group

Web: Click the “+” sign right next to the “Messages” label on the left-hand menu.

Mobile App: On the “Messages” tab, click the “+” at the top right corner.  Choose “Send a Private Message.”

Summary of the Mobile App Navigation

School Tab: Shows announcements, events, and sign-ups in your school and classrooms.

Messages Tab: Shows the groups you are in and the messages in the groups.

Directory Tab: Allows you to look up parents, browse committees (iPhone), and Social Groups.

Settings Icon at the top left corner: for account settings.

Find parents in the directory

If you know the name you’re looking for, use the search box on top of the screen, type the name and you’ll easily find name of the person (parent, staff, teacher) you’re looking for and the information this person agreed to share (e.g., address, phone number, email)

If you’re looking for someone in a specific class or a staff member and you’re not sure of the name, click on Directory on the left side panel.

Then select the classroom you’re interested in or the staff (including teachers), and you will be able to see all the informations this person has agreed to share (e.g., address, phone number, email)

 

Join a Committee

Web: Click the green “Committees” link on the left-hand menu to browse the committees. Click on a specific committee to learn more and/or sign up or remove yourself.

Mobile App: *Supported on iOS, not on Android* Click the “Directory” tab at the bottom.  Click “Browse Committees” to browse and sign up for the committees.

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