THOMAS EDISON CHARTER ACADEMY PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION
Download the Mobile App
Konstella is available on Android and iPhone
*Android and iOS mobile apps support English and Spanish only. If your phone is set to Spanish, the app will automatically be in Spanish.
How do I sign up?
Visit the Konstella website and enter your email address and select the "Join" button. If you have questions or have any issues with registration, please ask your room parent to send you an invitation to join.
What languages are available?
Login to Konstella in a web browser (not available on the mobile app), the Google Select Language button is at the lower right of the page. This allows you to translate the site in your preferred language (100+ languages).
Login to Konstella and send Maya Kuttan, our volunteer Konstella admin, a Private Message. She can help you send a message grade-wide or school-wide. Let her know if you need to be added as a Room Parent Lead on your child’s classroom page.
Konstella Getting Started Guide (all Parents, Caregivers, & Teachers)
How to Share & Download Photos (all Parents, Caregivers, & Teachers)
How to post a school-wide announcement on Konstella (all Volunteers)
How to schedule events in the classroom calendar (Teachers & Room Parents only)
Get Informed About School Activities
Mobile App: Tap on “School” in the bottom menu to view your home page.
Web Browser: Login to Konstella and select Thomas Edison Charter Academy in the menu on the left to view your homepage.
The homepage (aka “school” in the app) shows 3 main elements:
“Feed” shows all announcements, upcoming events, sign-up. Tap items in the feed such as a signup listing for more information.
“Calendar” shows all upcoming events. Remember to sync your calendar!
“More” allows you to see only announcements or sign-ups, and get access to files and photos.
You can see a filtered view of this homepage for your classroom(s) or committee(s). You can select a classroom to filter your feed for that class or leave it set at the top level to see news from all classrooms you’re in. You will also see committees you have joined on the left and can filter news or the calendar for that committee or leave it at the top level to see all your news in one convenient place!
Mobile App: Tap the rainbow filter icon to change your view from All School to a specific classroom or committee.
Web Browser: Simply click your classroom or committee name from the menu on the left side of the page.
Sign Up For Events
When an event is happening and volunteers are needed, you’ll receive a sign-up in your Feed. Depending on your notification settings you may also receive an email. Simply click on the sign-up in the feed or email to register yourself for the event.
Find Parents In The Directory
If you know the name you’re looking for, use the search box on top of the screen, type the name and you’ll easily find name of the person (parent, staff, teacher) you’re looking for and the information this person agreed to share (e.g. address, phone number, email)
If you’re looking for someone in a specific class or a staff member and you’re not sure of the name, click on Directory on the left side panel.
Then select the classroom you’re interested in or the staff (including teachers), and you will be able to see all the information this person has agreed to share (e.g. address, phone number, email)
Konstella offers four different kinds of groups: classrooms, committees, social groups, and private groups.
Committees are PTA-led volunteer groups. You can view volunteer descriptions and time commitments, and sign up for different positions. Committee members can message the group, create events and sign-ups, and share files and photos in the committee. Committee Leads can sign up and withdraw others, edit the committee, and will get notified when others join and leave the committee.
Classrooms are associated with students in grades K-5.
Social Groups are generally started by parents. It’s a great way for parents to connect and share information on a topic of interest. Like other groups, parents can message each other, create events, sign-ups, and share photos and files. Parents need to actively join one or more of these groups (you are not automatically part of these groups). Social groups are available to anyone who wishes to join and must adhere to our the TECA PTA Community Guidelines.
Private Groups are created when users send messages to one or more parents who are not in the same group. In this case, a private group is created. Like other groups, parents can message each other, create events, sign-ups, and share photos and files.
Join a Committee
Please carefully read the committee descriptions and position details before requesting to sign up. Committees require chair/lead approval to join.
Mobile App: *Supported on iOS, not on Android* Click the “Directory” tab at the bottom. Click “Browse Committees” to browse and sign up for the committees.
Web Browser: Click the green “Committees” link on the left-hand menu to browse the committees. Click on a specific committee to learn more and/or sign up or remove yourself.
Once you join the committee, all committee specific details will now appear in your main feed including any events, signups and messages.
View or Download Files
At the school level you can view files relevant to the whole school.
Individual classrooms and committees may also choose to share files or links.
Mobile App: Tap school to view your main page and optionally tap the rainbow icon to filter to a classroom or committee. Tap More and then Files & Links to view available files and links.
Web Browser: Click any classroom or committee. Choose More, and then Files & Links to view available files and links.
Send a Message
Mobile App: The “Messages” tab at the bottom shows all of the groups you are in. Click any group and start typing at the bottom.
Web Browser: The left-hand menu shows all the groups you are in: The classrooms your children are enrolled and the committees you have joined.
Click on the group: on the right side of the screen, you will see the list of persons part of this group. For a classroom, you can see:
The teachers (please message teachers with their TECA email)
The room parents (Leads)
Per our community guidelines, do not message teachers with Konstella. Please contact the teacher directly using School Messenger, their TECA email address, or provided phone number.
By default, the teachers are part of the discussion, however, if you want to send a message to parents only, use the option “message subgroup” on the bottom of the list.
Name it explicitly for all parents to understand who is part of the discussion, and select the parents, excluding the teachers. Type in the text area to post a message.
On the left menu, the new conversation group appears under ‘Private Messages’, as well as on top of the text area. Now that the group has been created you can continue messaging this group from the Private Messages area.
Send a Message to an Individual or Group
Mobile App: On the “Messages” tab, click the “+” at the top right corner. Choose “Send a Private Message.”
Web Browser: Click the “+” sign right next to the “Private Messages” label on the left-hand menu.