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Have you ever created a classroom newsletter but weren’t too sure how many of the paper copies actually made it home to the parents?   Have you ever wanted to create a flyer for a school function but were on a restricted copy count? If you said yes to either, Smore is the answer you have been waiting for.

Smore is an online site where you can quickly create customized flyers.  Smore simplifies the process of newsletter creation due to their vast quantity of templates to choose from.  In addition, each template’s content, color, background, and font can all be changed to suit your needs.  Once your newsletter is complete, delivering your flyer to recipients is easy.  You can email, embed, share the link, or post to social media.  There are no limits to Smore.

CuteDragonGeneral Disclaimer: Smore.com cannot be combined with marshmallows, chocolate, or graham crackers.  In other words, Smore.com is not meant to be eaten.


Getting Started

Go to https://www.smore.com/ and click Start a new flyer.  Now you have a couple of decisions to make – Do you start from blank or choose a template?  If you choose a template, what category should you select?  My suggestion is to click on the News bulletin button because the structure of this template is easy to complete when time is a consideration. From there you will have the opportunity to select from a vast assortment backgrounds and colors.

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After clicking the News bulletin button, you will be prompted to enter a Title and subtitle (if applicable).  This is a great place to have a catchy title along with date of issue.

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 From there, populate each subsequent field with content.  To accomplish this, simply click each field to edit.

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Continue populating each field of the newsletter with information that helps promote your message.  At any point you can add more fields, change the order of fields, or delete unused fields as necessary.  That’s the beauty of the Smore Newsletter – it can be personalized to fit your needs.


Changing The Template

Maybe you would like a seasonal theme or an educational theme, no matter what your preference is Smore has a template right for you.  Previewing themes is super easy.  As you click on a thumbnail of a possible selection, the entire newsletter template changes so you can immediately preview it.  Change the template as many times as you would like until you get it right!

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 Ready to share?

First, let’s get out of editing mode.  Time to click Done Editing.

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Now you are ready to share this newsletter by email.  You can either send this newsletter to specific individuals or you can send an email to large groups.

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After successfully sending your newsletter by email, you now have the option to post your newsletter on social media, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.

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Simply click where you would like to post your newsletter, confirm the post, click OK.  (Note: In order to post successfully using one of the above services, you must first have an account with that site.).

Why It Matters (Teaching Rubric)

Smore is aligned with Domain 4: Collaboration and Professional Responsibilities, Competency 4.1: Collaboration with Colleagues.  Smore is also aligned with Competency 4.4: Stakeholder Engagement and Communications.

Other Similar Resources

  1. MailChimp
  2. Beautiful Email Newsletters
  3. Newsletter Generator for Gmail

Your Challenge

How could you use Smore to reach your students, parents, or colleagues with information in ways that overcome the limits of the traditional paper copy newsletter?


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21 COMMENTS

  1. I would like to use S’more newsletter for the additional events that our middle school does to promote community involvement. We have a beginning of the year Block Party in which people can play games and earn ticket to win very nice prizes. It starts the year off getting the kids, parents, and community to know teachers and principals. We have a great turnout for this but by sending out a flyer through
    s’more we could get more. We also do a can food drive right before Christmas. We know that food that is donated goes back to some of our students. With a s’more flyer, I believe we could get more cans.

    Educators do a lot more than just teach their subject matter. S’more has given us a way to promote the extras that we do at Princeton Community Middle School.

  2. After admiring my E-learning coach’s weekly newsletter, I investigated Smore, created an account, and found the site easy to use. The themes and layouts are attractive, although I suspect my E-learning coach may have an upgraded version, because some of her lovely themes were nowhere to be found on my “free” account. With extensive Weebly webpages, I may not often have need of a separate newsletter, but Smore will be added to the Creativity Tools page for my students to use!

  3. Our E-learning coach uses SMORE to share out tech ideas. Our school sends out a monthly newsletter. To help conserve on the paper use we send out a letter asking who would like an email or paper copy. If they want an email copy they write the email they want it sent to. I like the idea of a SMORE newsletter that can include pictures instead of what we send now. Pictures add another interesting dimension that would get more people excited to open up the email and read it. Students could use to make a book review or show understanding of a concept.

  4. Wow! This is exactly what I’ve been searching for! What an easy and visually exciting way to get important information in my students’ families hands. Also, I love the fact that it will cut down on paper usage. My district is trying to really cut back on paper costs, since we are a 1:1 district, and this will really help. The features on Smore look amazing and there are so many creative aspects to it. The fact that it can be shared out in so many different ways is perfect too! Now I think I can manage a decent looking newsletter without having to kill myself creatively. The best part about this is that I don’t have to find my paper newsletters strewn all over the floor and in the recycle bin after school anymore and I will be certain that parents have received them.

  5. I just started using SMORE while at HECC this year! Not only is it a visually engaging way to present information to others, it is very easy to use and super fun! I loved playing around with the different features and expressing my creative abilities. I shared it with a few elementary teachers and they loved it….I’m excited to see how the classroom newsletter changes as we start to shift away from paper handouts and towards digital delivery.

  6. I logged into Smore and I think I will really like using this program. You can add so many different things to it that you cannot add in a Word newsletter. You can send it through Facebook or almost any program. It really seems simple to use I can see the students using this also! Thanks so much for sending all of the wonderful ideas that you have sent to us over the last 30 days!

  7. Paper newsletters are not necessary unless the student doesn’t have access to online sources at home. There are still households like that. However, I do like to do as much paperless as possible. It just makes sense. I have been creating newsletters in Word and posting them to Shutterfly and emailing the to parents directly as well. I like the idea of being able to create the document online and then directly sending it to the parties concerned. This will definitely simply life and make contacting much more convenient. Thanks for sharing Smore. We need to conserve our natural resources!

    • Amen Jo!!!! I remember teaching fifth grade at Lodge where I was required to send home a weekly newsletter. At the end of the day, after dismissal, as I walked back to my classroom I would see a litany of newsletters that students had dropped on the floor. It makes sense to stay digital.

  8. One of the biggest issues with paper newsletters is that they usually don’t make it home unless you mail them–and mailing costs money and time. An email is much easier and more reliable.

    I’ve checked out Smore before. They have a variety of templates, and the site itself is easy to use. The only reservation I have is that I don’t have access to a parent email database. I could ask for an email address during my first phone call home, but I know quite a few of my students’ parents either don’t have an email address or don’t check theirs.

    Even if you don’t use Smore for parent newsletters, it could be used for committees, district newsletters, etc.

    • Their are parent emails in RDS if you were to go into each student’s account. That definitely would take some front-loading on your part. Maybe at the start of school, you could get each student’s gmail account and enter that in. Then have an incentive for viewing???

  9. I have messed with Smore a few times, it is a simple app to use and can do quite a bit. For newsletters, I prefer to use MailChimp. This year I have done a few eLearning Newsletters sent to the staff at my building with tips and tricks and a few links to additional resources. I found it to be quite easy to use and I really like the statistics it provides, it allows me to see who opened the e-mail, what they clicked on, etc. I prefer an eNewsletter over the traditional paper version simply because of the ability to add links to other resources and videos.

  10. This would be great to just update and modernize the typical beginning of the year/semester information given to kids and parents. The digital component of it is great for those parents that don’t show and want it emailed or posted online to view. I’m going to need to do the same for my sport teams to get information out and when doing so in a bunch of black and white word document pages gets dull. This really will catch more attention and allow you to structure the information in a neater way than just paragraph writing.

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