Starting in the spring of 2022, the Abernethy PTA is using Konstella for room parent, event, committee, volunteer, and PTA communications.
Please see our explainer below. Still have questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Konstella?
Konstella is a highly intuitive web- and app-based platform developed by and for PTA parents to streamline communication and increase engagement within school communities. It is used throughout the country and comes highly recommended by several neighboring Portland PTAs, including Woodstock Elementary and Laurelhurst Elementary. Among its many useful features:
Users interact with Konstella via web browser or easy-to-use mobile app
Signup sheets for volunteering, classroom and community events
Parents may contact each other privately and directly via individual or group messages (ie playdates)
Families have full control over privacy: whether to share phone numbers, email addresses, photos of their children, and notifications: receive push notifications, instant emails, or daily/weekly digests
Users may create social groups to interact and build community based upon common interests (ie cultural events, outdoor activities, club sports)
Calendar of school and community events that can easily be synced to personal calendars
For a more complete list of features, see Konstella's official website.
If you have not received an invite from your classroom leads, please click here to enroll:
Access Konstella on the web
Download the Konstella App
Join a Room
Signing up for Konstella is a one-time event - there's no need to enroll again in the fall. Each year, once you learn your child's classroom assignment, please place them in their respective classroom. Here's how:
Web: Click your name in the top left corner. Click "Your Children" to add/modify your children and then Join Classroom
Mobile App: Settings icon - Your Children
Join a Committee
Web: Click the green "Committees" link on the left-hand menu to browse all committees. Click on a committee and sign up or remove yourself.
Mobile App: Directory - Browse Committees
Send a Message to a Group
Web: The left-hand menu shows all the groups you are in. Click the group, type in the text area to post a message. Or, click the "+" sign next to “Private Messages” to create a new group.
Mobile App: The "Messages" tab at the bottom shows all the groups you are in. Click any group to send messages. Or, click the "Send / Join" button at the top right corner to create a new private message group.
Send a Message to an Individual or Individuals
Web: Click the "+" sign next to the "Messages" label on the left-hand menu.
Mobile App: On the “Messages” tab, click the "Send / Join" button at the top right corner. Choose "Send Private Messages"
Privacy & Notifications Settings
With Konstella, you have control over your privacy and whether you share your personal information (email, home address, phone number, photos of your children) with other parents.
You also have control over how often you interact with Konstella - you may choose between push notifications, immediate emails, daily emails, weekly emails, a combination of those, or nothing at all.
To make changes:
Web: Your Name - Account Settings - Privacy
Mobile App: Settings Icon - Privacy Settings
Web: Your Name - Account Settings - Notifications
Mobile App: Settings Icon - Notifications
User-created Social Groups are a great way for families to connect with each other on Konstella to discuss common interests (ie. extracurriculars, camps, hobbies, sports, activism). Within these groups, users may create events, announcements, and signups, send text messages, and share files and photos.
Here’s how to join or create a new social group:
Sync Your Calendar
A popular feature of Konstella is its integrated calendar containing all of the classroom and school-wide events that are relevant to you. No more entering dates into your personal calendar by hand - you can sync from Konstella and get updates as they occur. Similarly, you can choose to sync your "participation" calendar, including any events or volunteer positions that you sign up for. Sync once and you'll stay up to date all year long.
Web: Click Abernethy Elementary School from the main menu, click Calendar, and then click "Sync to My Calendar" on the right:
App: From your main feed, tap Calendar and then tap Sync just to the right of the month name. Note that if you are a Google calendar user on an iPhone, you cannot choose to sync to a Google calendar. Please use the web version in this situation.
User Guides & Videos
The following user guides and YouTube videos have been produced by Konstella. Please consult them for anything not covered on this page, or for more in-depth explanations of features:
The Abernethy PTA respects your privacy and has chosen Konstella as its communication platform because:
It does not turn over your personally identifiable information to third parties.
Only members of the Abernethy community will have access to our Konstella platform; user information and user submitted content is not viewable by the public.
It does not allow public search engines (ie Google, Yahoo!) to index user submitted content.