Konstella

What is Konstella?

Konstella is the private and secure online communication platform used by our school. Through Konstella, our families and staff receive important information and outreach from the school administration, the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), the School Leadership Team (SLT), and individual classroom teachers and leads. It also offers access to the school's calendar of non-public events.

Konstella is a hub for our community - users can join social groups and committees, ask questions of other caregivers, or privately message specific individuals. It is an essential platform to keep up-to-date on everything happening at PS9.

How to Access Konstella

You can access Konstella via an app on a mobile device (Android or iOS) or through a web browser on a computer. The app is very convenient but the computer version has more robust features.

How to Join PS9 on Konstella

Each summer, new families are invited to Konstella by the PTO Communications Committee, one of our Konstella administrators.

If you have not seen your invitation, first search your email inbox for “Konstella” and be sure to check your “Spam” or “Junk” folders for a notice.

If you need to be invited or re-invited, please email one of our Konstella administrators - our Parent Coordinator or the chair of the PTO Communications Committee.

All invitation requests are checked against currently enrolled students to make sure that only current families and staff are members of the platform, so it helps if your request includes the name of your student, their grade, and their classroom (if known).

Terms of Use

By joining our school community on the Konstella platform, you agree to the following terms. Failure to comply with these terms may result in the suspension or removal of users from the site.  If you encounter any potential violations of the stated terms, please contact our Parent Coordinator.

Eligibility

  • Our Konstella community is only open to parents and / or individuals acting in a parental or caregiver role to a student currently enrolled at Public School 9 Sarah Smith Garnet (PS9).
  • If a student graduates or otherwise leaves the school, users are expected to delete their accounts on the platform. 
  • Konstella administrators also periodically remove users who no longer have a student enrolled at PS9. 

Expectations for Users

  • Act with respect towards all members of our community
  • Never share any personal information of anyone on the site, or any students at the school
  • Address any concerns you may have regarding our school community and/or an individual member directly to the appropriate individual (student, parent/guardian/caregiver, teacher, staff or administrator) not the wider community
  • Respect the privacy of all users and the school community - information and items shared on Konstella should not be shared outside of the platform without express written consent from the users involved

Inappropriate Communications

  • Defamatory comments (comments that are untrue and/or opinions that are capable of damaging the reputation of a person or organization) 
  • Bullying of any individual (e.g. parent, teacher, staff member or student) or group
  • Comments containing anyone else’s personal information, including that of children
  • Vulgar or offensive language
  • Solicitation or promotion of any form (business, donations, volunteer) for organizations not directly affiliated with PS9’s Administration or PTO

Inappropriate and/or offensive posts will be removed at the discretion of the Site Administrator(s).

Tips for using Konstella on a computer

Konstella provides lots of user support - a one-page Cheat Sheet, helpful tutorials on their website, and informative links throughout the desktop version of the platform - just click on the ? icons. 

Adjust General Notifications

  • go to your User Profile in the top left corner and select the downward V to expand the menu

  • Select Account Settings

  • Select Notifications

There are three types of items listed - Announcements and Events, Files and Photos, Chat Messages. From the drop down menu next to each item, choose the frequency and/or method of notification you would like.

You may also choose whether to receive a Weekly Digest Email of recent posts and upcoming events by toggling the Yes/No button. Please note - we recommend the Weekly Digest Email as the bare minimum notification option for all users. It is a compilation of recent posts from the school feed (and any announcements made in the classroom(s), committee(s) or social groups of which you are a member), as well as upcoming events and sign-ups. It is sent out each week, usually on Sunday, and is a great synopsis of important information specific to you.

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