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Plan a Frightfully Good Time

Posted by: Kate White on 10/22/14 01:05 PM EST
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halloween party treatsWhether you prefer tricks or treats, Halloween is a great excuse to gather together with friends and neighbors. After all, when else do you get to indulge in creepily crafted cupcakes and other ghostly goodies

If the thought of planning this year’s boo bash sends chills down your spine, have no fear. We have head-turning resources that will make it simple to plan a spook-tacular family friendly block party or organize a howlin’ good adult-only social.  

Strapped for cash? No problem. Our cost-saving tips are sure to leave you spellbound. And make sure to carve out some time to create your own costume. If you need some inspiration, here are 50 easy and cheap costume ideas!


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Fall Frenzy Pin To Win $250

Posted by: Kate White on 10/15/14 12:20 PM EST
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Want to earn some cash this fall and benefit from getting organized, too? Just hop on over to our Fall Frenzy PinToWin Contest for a chance to rake up an extra $250! 

Maybe you need some fall inspiration? Join us on Pinterest to see what we’re pinning this month, including Halloween party ideas, fall recipes and ideas, and helpful planning resources for your group! There’s truly something for everyone.

The more you pin, the greater chance you will WIN! Enter once, or come back daily to enter through October 31st. Click HERE for all the details!


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School Conferences Have Never Been Easier

Posted by: Kate White on 10/9/14 01:34 PM EST
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school parent teacher conferenceWhen it comes to planning for parent teacher conferences, SignUpGenius makes life easier for EVERYONE!

Resources for TEACHERS
Create a sign up easily with specific dates/times, email it to your group, and parents can sign up online in mere minutes! Our helpful planning resources and school sign up themes will meet your every need. With our Complete How-To-Guide for Using SignUpGenius for Parent-Teacher Conferences, you’ll be on your way to the perfect sign up in no time! SAMPLE 

Resources for PARENTS
School conferences are an opportunity to forge a partnership with your child’s teacher, so sign up for a meeting time as soon as your get the teacher’s invitation. Then, prepare for the conference with these 20 tips for a successful conference and 10 must-ask questions for parent teacher conferences

Whether you are coordinating conferences for one class, an entire school or even the whole district, we’ve got you covered! Check out our parent teacher conference scheduling infographic and school conference webinar to learn how you can create the perfect sign ups for your group. Send out a SignUpGenius Welcome Letter to parents in advance to let them know how you will be scheduling conferences this year. Read how one smart school secretary revolutionized conference scheduling for her school HERE

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Posted by Laura Couch on Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:15 PM EST
I would like to create a sign up for parent volunteers to come into the classroom every week. How can I have a sign up that indicates "Tuesdays" instead of a specific date?
Posted by Amy Tidwell on Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:15 PM EST

Our site allows you to use a wizard to generate recurring dates and times instead of manually entering them. This creates a sign up for specific dates and times and allows users to sign up and receive email reminders. If you want your volunteers to receive reminders before each time they volunteer, you must have them signed up for individual dates and times.
If you don't care about the reminders, you can create a Non Date Specific sign up where they will sign up one time for a day/time shift. You would select the Non-Date Specific option format at Step 3, and then at Step 4: Slots, you would enter days of the week and times as slots. If you have other questions please email our support team directly via the "Help" tab and we'll be happy to assist you.
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Be a Fall Organizing Pro!

Posted by: Kate White on 10/2/14 03:36 PM EST
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October is here and busy as ever. Before you get swept away in the fall frenzy, check out what SignUpGenius is offering to make your life easier!

Sure, you're already a genius. But did you know you could be a Pro Organizing Genius? We know... it's an impressive title. And it could be yours for as little as $4.99 this month! If you want to set a start and stop date on your sign up, attach a document, or theme email invites to look like your sign up, you've come to the right place. 

Upgrade your account to SignUpGenius Pro now through October 31st. Click HERE for details!


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2014 Back-to-School Giveaway WINNER

Posted by: Kate White on 9/22/14 02:30 PM EST
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First, let us say THANK YOU to those of you that entered the 2014 Back-to-School Giveaway sponsored by Booster

Please join us in congratulating our winning SCHOOL: 

Stanford Montessori in Nashville, TN 

The school will receive a check for $3000! 

Longtime Stanford Montessori parent Jeaneen Richard nominated the public Montessori school and will receive a $250 Visa gift card for being selected as our winner. stanford montessori

Richard says,  “All my kids filtered through Stanford and I really love the Montessori style of learning. Because Stanford helped to foster all my kids’ successful academic beginnings, I feel indebted to them to give back the only way I know how! They encourage a truly hands-on approach to their parent-teacher involvement that I feel helps foster a love and desire for the children to learn.”

Principal Teresa Dillehay was thrilled by the news of the reward, and filled with gratitude by the nomination. "Stanford Montessori Elementary Design School is so thankful for the kind donation made to our school.  We cannot tell you how thankful we are to SignUpGenius as well as to our thoughtful parent, Jeaneen Richard, for nominating us for this award. We have 424 amazing students and a staff of 50 dedicated educators. We will use this donation to continue to support hands on learning at our school that will impact academic understanding and growth as we build tomorrow’s leaders. We are so grateful!"

Here at SignUpGenius, we enjoy giving back to schools and helping them achieve success! Need another great way to give back to your school? Check out Booster to see how a simple t-shirt campaign can make your school some serious cash! Or, find out more about how SignUpGenius can help you maximize the potential of every fundraiser on our Fundraising Resource Page.

Congrats again Stanford Montessori and Jeaneen Richard! You deserve it.


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An Organized Team is Something to Root For

Posted by: Kate White on 9/12/14 08:41 AM EST
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Sports Sign Ups!

Rah, rah, sis-boom-bah! From soccer to football and crew to cross country, fall sports are in full swing. Whether you are planning the snack schedule, organizing concession stand volunteers, coordinating carpools to away games or managing the team fundraiser, let SignUpGenius be your one-stop shop for getting organized this season! 

Let us spell out why your T-E-A-M may need SignUpGenius: 

T is for TIMELY. Often sports parents are juggling a million other responsibilities as well. Send timely email invites and reminders to help everyone stay organized. 

E is for EASY. Creating an online sign up and sending it out is super-simple. Manage your sign ups at home or on the go easily with SignUpGenius Mobile

A is for AFFORDABLE. You don’t have to spend big bucks to manage your team. Use our basic version for free, or check out our affordable PRO options to take advantage of advanced features. 

M is for MONEY-MAKING. SignUpGenius Payments can assist you in selling team merchandise, collecting money for a coach’s gift, selling tickets for games and running a fundraiser

As you can see, there is no “I” in team, but getting organized does start with YOU. We hope you have a WINNING season! Get started TODAY!

Posted by St Fabian PIP on Thu Oct 9, 2014 12:11 PM EST
I have requested this before and would love to know if you're still considering...
I really would like the option of deciding which signups show as ACTIVE or INACTIVE on my account. From year to year, we recreate signups for the same events. Rather than recreating them, I like to just make a copy of course! So right now for example I have a few events that are set for January, even June, and I don't really want them visible right now. I have them set up as "closed" for signup, which is a great option, but I don't really want them clogging up my main page, or people thinking that they are open just because they can see them. On the other hand, once a signup ends, like my recess sept/oct, it will disappear off my current signups and I don't like this! What if people need to edit their signup or add themselves in later because they forgot to sign up? Under each page, you have a nice little button that says View / Edit / Delete. What about adding an option Hide / Unhide or something like that? I feel like this is a simple change that would be really helpful. Thanks!!!!
Posted by Amy Tidwell on Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:40 AM EST
St. Fabian,

Thank you for you input regarding features that would be helpful in managing your sign ups. We value input from users like you as this helps us prioritize future development tasks. Our development team will appreciate your comments!
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