Newsletters can be created by any teacher or administrator on the web. This is a great way to communicate with groups of parents on a regular basis without ever having to leave the brightwheel app. While the messaging platform already offers many message types to communicate with parents day-to-day, Newsletters have been designed to communicate more robust updates in a long-form format. Use Newsletters to recap the month, highlight upcoming events, or add a call to action for volunteers.
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Create a Newsletter
Drafting a newsletter can be done from the message center on the web. In order to send a newsletter, it must contain a title and at least one section with a heading and text. Additional sections can be added in addition to photos to make your newsletter more readable and visually appealing.
- Recipients - Select all of the rooms that should receive this newsletter, teachers must be assigned to the room in order to send the newsletter
- Title - The title should be limited to 70 characters, it will be bolded at the top of the newsletter and be used in the message sent to parents altering them of the new newsletter.
- Section - Each section contains the ability to add a photo, heading, and text. Add or remove sections as needed
- Photo - One photo can be added to each section of the newsletter from the brightwheel photo library. The teacher must be assigned to the room in order to access the photos.
- Section Heading - Each header is limited to 70 characters, it will be bolded at the top of each section beneath the photo.
- Text - This is the body of the section and can include alphanumeric characters, line breaks, and emojis.
- Add/Remove Section Blocks - Add new sections or remove ones that you do not need. A maximum of 30 sections is supported and you are unable to remove the last or only section.
To create a newsletter, navigate to the message center on the web. Any administrator or teacher can create a newsletter and send it to any room that they are assigned.
- Click + New Newsletter
- Select the room(s) that the newsletter should be sent to under Recipients
- Enter your Newsletter Title
- Add a Photo by clicking Select from your brightwheel library and choosing the room that contains your desired photo, click on the phone, and then Done
- Enter your Header and Body text
- Choose to Save as Draft or Preview before sending
Copy a Previous Newsletter
Newsletters that have already been sent can be copied and edited as needed. The new newsletter will have all the content pre-filled out including, title and sections, but the recipient list will be left blank. This is great if you want to send similar version of a newsletter to different rooms, or if you want to use last months newsletter as a template for the current one. To duplicate a newsletter:
- From the Sent Newsletters section, click Details on the newsletter that you would like to duplicate
- Click Create a copy
- Add Recipient rooms and edit any section as needed
- Choose to Save as Draft or Preview before sending
Edit or Delete Drafted Newsletter
Once a title has been added to a newsletter it can be saved as a Draft. This allows teachers and administrators to save their incomplete work and come back to it later, or save a completed newsletter that should be sent later. All drafts will be listed at the top of the Newsletter tab with the option to Edit or Delete.
Navigate to the message center of the brightwheel web app and click on the Newsletters tab. Locate the newsletter that needs editing and click Edit Draft. From here, follow the same steps listed in the Create a Newsletter section of this article.
Deleting a draft that is no longer needed is done from the same Draft section of the Newsletter tab. Simply click Delete on the draft to be removed and confrim your action on the pop up.
Preview & Send
Prior to any newsletters being sent, they must be previewed. This encourages additional proofreading and allows the sender to see the newsletter the same way the recipient will view it. From this screen the teacher or administrator drafting the newsletter can either choose to Edit or Send.
When the Send button is clicked, brightwheel will immediately send the newsletter as a message to the parents of all active students in each room in the recipient list. Newly sent newsletter will now appear in “sent” list and no longer be in the “draft” list.
Please Note: Administrators and teachers are only able to send newsletters that they created.
View Sent Newsletters
There are two ways to view sent newsletters: from the Newsletter tab in the web to the message center, or directly in the message threads of individual students. Once a newsletter is sent, parents will be notified and can view the newsletter on the mobile app, more on that here.
View Sent Newsletter
To view a sent newsletter in the message center, simply click on Details on the newsletter you would like to view. All sent newsletters will be listed in sequential order with the most recent listed first. This screen can also be filtered by Room and/or Send dated to more easily find a specific newsletter. The details page a static view of the recipients and the newsletter text and images.
View in Message Thread
All newsletters will appear in each student's message thread as a special message type. Then newsletter message will display the newsletter's title and show which staff members sent the message. This view is the same for staff and parents
Tapping or clicking on this message will open the full newsletter to make it easier for the viewer to read it in its entirety. Simply tap the back icon to navigate back to the message thread.