Organization and communication are always a challenge. Some tools that can help you communicate with parents, as well as students and to help students stay organized are freely available.
Teacher-student-parent communications can be a lot easier with Remind (formerly Remind 101.
Remind is a messaging system used by teachers. Teachers can set up an account in seconds and then distribute the code to students and their parents. You do not need to have a smartphone to get these messages-email works. This differs from a one-call type system, since each individual teacher has control. You can send reminders about upcoming assignments and much more. Messages and announcements can be pre-scheduled. The way Remind works, privacy is maintained- you do not share your cell #, nor do you need to have student/parent numbers. Parents of students under 13 do have to sign a permission letter. Check it out here https://www.remind.com/features.
Another way to communicate and organize is through the Google Calendar system.
The last tool I wanted to mention is vastly underused- Google Keep.
Google Keep is one of the standard apps that comes along with Google Chrome. It’s essentially a little notebook, a to-do list. You can share the notes, color code the notes, take a photo of the whiteboard and it makes the text searchable… ie- if my board has the homework listed as I have seen in many classrooms- take a quick picture and add it to Keep, the text from the photo is searchable. As far as I know, Google has yet to integrate Keep and Calendar, which seems to be a no-brainer for me…but- you can add notifications to Keep and get reminders. Here are some ideas to get you started.