Digital Mail Merge for Parent Contacts
Learn three easy ways to provide personalized parent communication using Gmail and some great add-ons that will make connections a breeze.
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Why Didn't You Keep Me in the Loop?
Keeping parents informed about their child’s progress is a critical, but very time-consuming job in education. But it can make a huge difference in that child’s learning.
Parent involvement in a child’s academic life has a positive impact and can motivate students to learn and behave appropriately.
Often, parents want to be supportive of what is happening in the classroom, but lack information on how to accomplish that.
We’ll explore three simple ways to provide parent communication using Google Sheets and a convenient add-on to help automate this process a little.
#1 - Yet Another Mail Merge (YAMM)
An easy tool for sending emails, Yet Another Mail Merge relies on draft messages you’ve put together in Gmail. It pulls those emails up from your DRAFTS (you can “Compose” a message, then save it to the DRAFTS folder in Gmail). The email is addressed using email addresses that you’ve prepared in a Google Sheet and allows you to quickly “spam” or bulk email people.
The main benefit of YAMM is that you can add file attachments to your DRAFT email. The email attachments, of course, are sent when you use the YAMM add-on. This is helpful when you have prepared a paper form or publication (digital newsletter) in PDF format that you need to distribute. You can watch this short video tutorial if you would like to see how to use YAMM.