A large chunk of parenthood is about communication:¬†With your partner, your kids, other parents, teachers, coaches, you name it. And too often, mishaps pop-up and communication goes wonky — especially this time of year, when it seems like there are more class parties, more performances and sports play-offs, more holiday schedule changes, more why didn’t anyone tell me about the Election Day¬†bake sale last week?¬†

Oh, and those last-minute snow day alerts and cancellations will be here before me know it.

This is where the¬†SimplyCircle app¬†comes in. I think it’s worth a look because it can really make¬†your life way way easier as a parent.

Related: 16 of the best organizational apps for parents

SimplyCircle is¬† an easy-to-use, free group communications app and website (formerly called SchoolCircle) that lets you coordinate between school, home and beyond.¬†It essentially¬†combines group email (which we so¬†love) with the personal¬†interaction of a private social network. And while its new iteration is¬†still pretty much geared toward school groups, it’s super helpful in other ways, too, since you can¬†send group updates¬†and automatic reminders, create events, and post documents and pictures to your secure circle¬†—¬†whether it’s your kid’s ¬†Scout Troop or¬†the parents¬†in your hockey carpooling group.

The photo features is great too; how many times have you wanted to pool parent¬†photos of the school field trip or the first-grade musical but didn’t really decide on¬†one central place to do it so they never really got shared? Well, you can do it here.


SimpleCircle app + website lets parent groups and school groups safely share photos, communications and shared calendars

I like that you don’t have to sign into the SimplyCircle app to read the emails sent to the group. Although for¬†everyone to be fully part of the group experience, you do¬†need to accept the free invite that you send out. And yeah, sometimes getting people to do just that can be a bit annoying. It’s also why folks often¬†gravitate to other, easier, more seamless group communication and school organizational apps like our longtime fave VolunteerSpot.

Related: How to be a more organized parent and classroom volunteer with 9 helpful apps and websites

Even if converting your school groups here is a huge challenge, I can definitely see the app coming in handy when managing the family’s busy schedule,¬†thanks in part to the central dashboard. that’s where you can¬†track of events and tasks, organize volunteer signups, and even send one-on-one messages to¬†certain folks in the group.

Like Susan is such a slacker! Do you notice who she always signs up to only bring in plastic forks?

No, kidding. Our goal is to be a little better than our kids on that front.

SimplyCircle app | a handy group communications app between parents, schools, clubs and more


Another aspect I really like is getting the Weekly Planner email with an overview of all your appointments and to-dos coming up, to really help parents stay a step ahead. And ideally, never caught off-guard by the classic the bake sale starts five minutes ago surprise moment. Again.

SimplyCircle app is a free download on iTunes and Google Play¬†and works with the companion SimplyCircle website if you’re on your desktop.

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