I am thrilled to announce that we are launching a new and exciting app/ program called HiMama! We will begin use of this app on Friday, March 2, 2018 to parents of our preschool age children only. We will continue to use this over the summer for continuity and if everyone likes this as much as we think they will we will use it again in the fall. It is very economical currently and serves not only as a communication tool but as an attendance tracker, and a portfolio data collection system. We hope to be able to utilize this in some way for our school age group as well eventually, even though it is not specific to their age.
I think you all will agree we want as safe a program as possible for all our kids! One of the primary reasons for going to this app is looking at safety in sharing information over social media. We like the ease of our current tool; however, I have blocked recent “likes” from people in other parts of the world with no link back to any of our families. I find this disturbing and potentially unsafe.
What is the HiMama program?
HiMama will be used by our educators to record activities and updates throughout the day. Everything from naps to snacks, it will provide you with a complete history of your child’s experience in our program with photos stored safely and securely in a journal format.
Whether it be at work, home or on the go through HiMama’s mobile apps, you’ll receive real-time updates on your child’s activities to your email and smartphone.
What does this mean for me?
HiMama will keep you in the loop with digital updates on your child to complement our important face-to-face interactions. It is also a great way to reinforce your child’s in-program learning at home, as you’ll have timely insight into what they’ve been working on throughout the day!
Please understand we not be “blowing up your phone” with photos every day. In fact it will be unusual for you to receive more than the daily email with a photo or two in it.
Is there anything I have to do?
Make sure you indicate at the sign in desk the correct email to use as well as your correct cell phone number by Friday of this week. Then, Relax and prepare for updates!
Updates of your child will automatically be sent to you via email. You may also elect to login to your special Parent Portal online or via the HiMama Parent app. You can expect to receive an invitation to log in from HiMama soon! At that point you can create an account. If you want to share updates with additional family members, you can also do so once you’ve created an account.
We have set up an auto send feature so that every week day at 7PM you will receive you email update, beginning Friday March 2, 2018. I am sure there will be a few bugs to work out so please bear with us as we all become familiar with the workings of this. In the meantime, as we become familiar with this you will as well. Let us know if you have any questions that we can take to our representative on the 12th of March.
Where do I go to learn more?
Want to learn more? Great! You can visit the HiMama website where you can find HiMama’s page dedicated to Internet Safety, an FAQ page with answers to frequently asked questions, as well as a Contact Us page if you have specific questions.
If interested please download and fill out the attached participation-agreement form above and return to the school.