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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Parent Today?
A.  Parent Today is a free email newsletter and companion website designed to help build a stronger bridge between families and the classroom. Parent Today is packed with research-based information that empowers parents and supports teachers.

Parent Today addresses four “chapters” of a child’s life – early learners, elementary school, the middle years and high school – with stories about what is happening in the classroom and students’ lives. The companion website offers resources to subscribing families that encourage parents to be more fully engaged in their child’s academic life.

Q. How do I sign up?
A.  Click on the Parent Today button on the district’s website homepage, which will bring you to the Parent Today website. You can click on “Subscribe now” at the top left of the page to create your user profile. You will be asked to fill in your name and email address and select a password. Then you choose your home school district from a drop-down menu and enter your district-specific “ID.” The five-digit number for Marcellus Central Schools is 13108. Once you create your profile, you will begin receiving bimonthly newsletters and have access to the Parent Today website.

Q. Who can sign up for Parent Today?

A.  Marcellus Central School District receives Parent Today as part of its communications contract with Capital Region BOCES. Residents of the district can sign up through the Parent Today website.

Q. How do I log in?
A.  On the Parent Today home page, enter your email address and password in the appropriate fields and press the Login button. (Forgot the web address of Parent Today? No problem. You can always easily access it by clicking on the Parent Today icon at the bottom of the district homepage (

Q. How often will I receive emails from Parent Today?
A.  You will receive an email newsletter twice each month.

Q. Does it cost anything to subscribe to Parent Today?
A.  Parent Today is provided free of charge by the Marcellus Central School District.

Q. Is Parent Today written by parenting experts?
A.  Parent Today is produced by the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service. Capital Region BOCES provides educational leadership, services and support to meet the needs of our students and school districts. Our Parent Today team consists of more than 50 communications experts who support the effort of districts they serve to bridge the gap between families and schools. Many of our team members are parents who, though not “experts,” know how to find expert answers to parenting issues and questions.

Q. Why should I subscribe to Parent Today?
A.  Dozens of studies since 1960 have confirmed the positive link between parental involvement and students’ improved performance in school. Parent Today offers simple strategies and tools that you can use at home to help your child make huge strides in the classroom. Parent Today provides research-based information that is aligned with New York’s Learning Standards and the developing Common Core Standards. We tap into our team of communications professionals as well as area teachers and school officials to develop content relevant to students in our area.

Q. How can I submit a story idea?
  Submit your story idea here.

Q. Am I going to start receiving junk email messages?
A.  No, as a subscriber to Parent Today you will only receive the twice-monthly Parent Today e-newsletter. The email address included in your Parent Today user profile is maintained on a secure database. The school district and Capital Region BOCES do not provide any information about Parent Today subscribers to any third parties for any purpose.

Q. How do I unsubscribe from Parent Today?
A. To unsubscribe, visit the homepage and log in. Click on “my account,” and you’ll find an unsubscribe button there.

Parent Today is produced by the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service.

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