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Remind text service ending for Verizon customers

From the Remind Team: We’re sorry to write with disappointing news. Recently, we learned that Verizon will be charging Remind a new fee that makes it impossible for us to continue supporting free text messaging for anyone who has Verizon Wireless as their phone carrier. Please read on for all the important details—we promise to keep this as short as we can.
What’s happening?
To offer our text messaging service free of charge, Remind has always paid for each text that our users receive or send. Now, Verizon is charging Remind an additional fee intended for companies that send spam over its network. Your Remind messages aren’t spam, but our efforts to resolve the issue with Verizon haven’t been successful.
As a result, the Verizon fee will increase our costs of providing text messaging by 11X—pushing our annual costs into the millions of dollars. This isn’t financially feasible for us to support, and it’s forcing us to end Remind text messaging for everyone who has a wireless plan with Verizon.
How will this affect you?
Beginning January 28, 2019, the people in your classes who normally get your Remind messages as texts will no longer receive these messages if they have Verizon Wireless as their phone carrier.
What can you do?
To make sure people in your classes continue receiving your messages, ask them to download the mobile app or enable email notifications—both of which are free of charge. Our team’s also working hard on a solution that allows your classes to continue to use Remind by text, and we’ll share more details with you before January 28.
In the meantime, we’ll keep fighting to make sure educators, students, and parents have access to effective communication. To do this, we need your help: If using Remind has made a positive impact in your classroom, at your school, or anywhere in between, please ask Verizon to reverse the fee here: www.remind.com/verizon-fee
We’re very grateful for your support, and we’ll be in touch soon with an update.
Sincerely,
The Remind team
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Valentine's Deliveries

As of the 2018-2019 school year, Valentine's Day deliveries to students and staff will not be allowed. This is located on page 35 of the Franklin County School District Student Handbook.

From the handbook: "Delivery of non-school sale items to students and staff for the celebration of Valentine's Day is prohibited. (Franklin County School Board Policy KK)"
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New Website Features Alumni Directory

The new website for the Franklin County Mississippi School District features an Alumni section where former students and teachers can register and be listed in the directory. This is a great feature. If you would like for your classmates from school to be able to contact you, go to the site and register. It's easy. Choose About Us, Alumni Directory, click Register on the top right of the page and enter as much or as little information as you would like. The required fields have an asterisk.
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Franklin County JROTC to Hold Ceremony for Veterans

The Franklin High School JROTC will hold a ceremony to honor veterans on Tuesday, 11/13/18 at the JROTC building (National Guard Armory) on main street in Meadville. The event will begin promptly at 11:00 am. The public and all veterans are invited.
Click the link above for the full story.
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Fundraiser Deadline Extended

THE “SMARTCELL” FUNDRAISER FOR THE MUSIC CLASSROOM DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 6TH, NEXT TUESDAY! THIS WILL GIVE EVERYONE MORE TIME TO GET AS MANY ORDERS AS THEY CAN, TO HELP US REACH OUR GOAL OF $7500 FOR NEW IPADS FOR THE CLASSROOM. THESE IPADS WILL BE VERY USEFUL IN USING THE QUAVER CURRICULUM IN THE CLASSROOM.

IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED BY THE FUNDRAISING COMPANY (SMARTCELL CELLPHONE ACCESSORIES) THAT STUDENTS AIM FOR AT LEAST $24 IN SALES TO REACH OUR GOAL. PLEASE GET ANY LAST MINUTE ORDERS AND PREPARE TO BRING IN YOUR FORMS NEXT TUESDAY. HOPEFULLY, WE WILL GET A NICE PUSH OVER THE FINISH LINE! AS ALWAYS, DON’T FORGET THAT THESE ITEMS MAKE FANTASTIC STOCKING STUFFERS AND CHRISTMAS GIFTS. WE ALL CAN USE EXTRA CELLPHONE ACCESSORIES, AND ESPECIALLY THE 10 FT. CHARGING CABLE!!
THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
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Parent Engagement Week

Franklin County Lower Elementary School recognizes the important role that parents and grandparents play in the success of their children and grandchildren. Please click on link for more details.
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Home Game T-Shirts

If any of you or your students ordered a T shirt package for Home games (4/$25)
Please explain that one shirt will be sent home tomorrow (Friday’s game) and
That two shirts for the next 2 upcoming games will be delivered next week.

The Pink out game shirt will be delivered within the next two weeks.

With the deadline of 8/15 (last week) they were able to get this week’s shirt done.
They are currently working on the next two.

Thanks for your understanding.
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