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New Parents

New parents joining us this summer, and those joining us again, welcome.

First, welcome to the BGCWC family. We are honored to have you and your child with us for the summer. I wanted to update you all on our communication methods here at BGCWC. Aside from paper communication, BGCWC provides multiple ways for us to communicate with you over the summer on your personal devices and emails, in and out of the club.

  1. Social Media: We are on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. These three services are where most of our communication comes through.

    1. We also have LinkedIn, although it is generally reserved for big events and fundraisers.

  2. Parents Group: On Facebook, we have a parents group. This is where we will share closed information only for parents to know.

    1. If you are on Facebook, PLEASE JOIN THE PARENTS GROUP.

    2. If not, please DO NOT join Facebook just to join this group. We will still make sure you're in the loop.

  3. Text Messages: BGCWC does provide text message support via Remind. We will use this service to provide quick updates for rain delays/cancellations on pool days as well as upcoming field trips and more. This is our way of communicating quick parent updates.

  4. Newsletters: BGCWC will send out newsletters on occasion so you can have an all-in-one update on everything going on at our club, right in your inbox.

Below are buttons to all of our communication methods listed above.


Remind Text Update

Two weeks ago, when we announced a new fee being imposed on our SMS traffic by Verizon, we had no idea what an incredible outpouring of support we would see from our 31 million educators, students, and parents. I cannot tell you how much all of us at Remind have appreciated your calls, posts, and messages.

Your voices have been heard. I’m thrilled to announce that, thanks entirely to you, we have heard from Verizon that they don’t have plans to change the fee structure applicable to Remind for SMS messaging. This means we will no longer be forced to shut off text notifications for Verizon Wireless customers using Remind. There will be no service disruptions for Verizon Wireless customers. 

We know this experience has been frustrating for everyone. We’ve asked a lot from you: to publicly go to bat for us while juggling everything else you do as an educator. Thank you for your patience and support. 

And finally, thank you to Verizon for making a commitment to support accessible communication for all Remind users.

 

Brian Grey, CEO

Remind

Fee for Verizon Customers Using Remind


Effective January 28th, Verizon customers will no longer receive SMS texts from Remind, the platform BGCWC uses for text alerts. This is because Verizon has placed a fee on Remind texts labeling them as ‘spam’, making it unable for Remind to continue sending texts to Verizon customers.

 

If you have a smartphone and have the Remind App, you will still continue to get alerts from BGCWC as usual, via phone notification. Verizon customers just won’t be able to receive alerts as SMS texts.

If you are a Verizon customer who has currently been receiving alerts as SMS texts, you have a smartphone, and want to continue getting updates from BGCWC via phone notification, download the Remind App.

If you are a Verizon customer who does not have a smartphone, and still want to be updated on what we are doing, sign up for our newsletter.

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Please understand that this is beyond my control. If you have any questions feel free to contact me via email and I will try to answer any questions you may have and I will try to help you any way I can.