[BHS Etree] E-TREE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Tips on How to Use

BHS Etree bhs at lists.lmi.net
Mon Sep 1 15:13:44 PDT 2014

PLEASE do not reply to this email, contact BHS E-tree Moderators at
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BHS E-TREE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 


Now that the school year is underway, the BHS E-tree volunteers would like
to welcome our new subscribers and welcome back our long-time subscribers!
Please encourage all BHS families to subscribe to the E-tree if they haven't
already. The E-tree, as you know, is a valuable source of information for
notices about important school events and activities. You may not know that
the E-tree is funded by the Berkeley High Parent Teacher Student Association
(PTSA) and operated by parent volunteer moderators.  


Please read, use, and pass on these tips about the BHS E-tree...



If you wish to respond to an E-tree posting, please do not hit reply but
direct your message to the contact person who is listed at the top of the
postings. This goes for Lisa Sibony's calls for volunteers as well.  



Please be careful when you intend to forward an E-tree message to your child
or someone else -- oftentimes, our subscribers use REPLY instead of FORWARD,
and we must write back to say that the message has not reached their
intended recipient. (Note:  Sometimes we also receive personal messages that
subscribers did not intend to share with us.)



The E-tree is moderated, so when you send your announcements for posting to
bhs at lmi.net the E-tree moderators will check for accuracy and
appropriateness. The E-tree is used for announcing club meetings, school
events, administrative notifications, and similar BHS- and BUSD-sponsored
activities. It is not a discussion board or opinion forum.  


You can email bhs-owner at lmi.net to ask questions of the moderators prior to
posting notices, but you don't need to do so if you simply want to submit an
announcement for posting.  


Please read these additional important guidelines on postings:


    -- Use a descriptive subject line for your message (you don't need to
say "please post"). It should clearly state what the message is about. The
line may be edited by the moderators for brevity, and we will add a "tag"
(SPORTS, CLUBS, etc.).

    -- Always include contact information at the top of every message (e.g.,
Contact: Lisa Sibony at lisasibony at berkeley.net).

    -- Please check your message for accuracy and details (dates, times,
names, spelling, room numbers, etc.) before sending.

    -- Send your message early! Please note that it can take the moderators
24-48 hours to complete the final posting, so please allow enough time for
getting your notice out. We are parent volunteers who juggle our full-time
jobs with our E-tree work; we post items as soon as we are able, but cannot
guarantee an immediate response. We also need to allow time to contact you
if there are any necessary clarifications to your announcement.

    -- Due to the high volume of information we are requested to post, we
post most items only once. For more frequent distribution, you can send your
announcement to Elizabeth James in the BHS Main Office
(ElizabethJames at berkeley.net), who will include it in the Student Daily
Bulletin, if appropriate.

    -- For student clubs, we normally post one announcement at the beginning
of the school year but then ask them to post their announcements in the
Student Daily Bulletin

    -- The moderators do their best to limit postings to BHS- and
BUSD-sponsored events and notices. If you have information that you believe
would be of interest to the parent/student community at BHS, but it is not
specifically a BHS item, we will suggest you submit your information to the
Parents of Teens newsletter, which can be found at:

          Website: http://parents.berkeley.edu

          Post a message: http://parents.berkeley.edu/post_teens.html



On a normal school day the E-tree sends up to five or six postings. At the
beginning and end of the year it can be double that. We have several
suggestions for managing the high volume of email:

    a. Delete aggressively. The content of each posting is clearly stated in
the subject line. If the item is not of interest to you, delete.

    b. Set up a separate folder for E-tree messages. Opening the folder on a
daily basis, you can quickly scan the postings and decide which ones you
want to open and read.

    c. Finally, a digest version is available. The digest collects all
E-tree postings and sends them out in batches, usually twice a day. This
sounds better than it is. The digest messages are strung together in one
long posting. To read the day's information it is necessary to scroll down
through everything. Attachments are not included in the digest. Often, the
messages are a day late. However, if you are still intrigued by the digest
and if you did not check the digest option when you subscribed to the
E-tree, let us know at bhs-owner at lmi.net and we will switch you over.



It is easy to subscribe to the E-tree. Directions are included at the bottom
of each posting. However, every now and then a subscription does not "take."
If this happens to someone you know, have them email us at bhs-owner at lmi.net
and we will help. (The same goes for unsubscribing.)



All E-tree postings are archived. To find an old post, go to the E-tree
archives at http://lists.lmi.net/pipermail/bhs/. This address can be found
in the footer of each E-tree posting. Also included in the footer is the BHS
website: http://bhs.berkeleyschools.net/. The E-tree postings are usually
available on the BHS website.



We believe that everyone at Berkeley High should subscribe to the BHS
E-tree. In addition to the BHS E-tree, most of the small learning
communities operate supplementary E-trees featuring information of specific
interest to their constituents.


Below are websites where you can find more information:

    Berkeley High School (BHS) PTSA: http://www.bhs.berkeleypta.org

    Academic Choice (AC): http://ac.berkeleyschools.net/ 

    Academy of Medicine and Public Service (AMPS):

    Arts and Humanities Academy (AHA): http://aha.bhs.berkeleypta.org/  

    Berkeley International High School (BIHS):

    Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS):  http://cas.bhs.berkeleypta.org

    Berkeley High School (BHS): http://bhs.berkeleyschools.net/  



Finally, we would like to introduce ourselves. The BHS E-tree is a
parent-run operation. Volunteering for the E-tree can be immensely
satisfying but also demanding. We do our best-often late at night. We are
currently recruiting for 1-2 more volunteers - please contact us at
bhs-owner at lmi.net if you are a frequent computer user interested in serving
BHS in this crucial role. 


Marguerite Fa-Kaji, in her seventh year as an E-tree moderator, has a
college graduate, two daughters in college, one daughter at Berkeley High (a
BIHS sophomore), and one daughter at King Middle School.  Catherine Ference,
in her second year as an E-tree moderator, has a son at Berkeley High (an AC
sophomore) and also served as the moderator of the Willard Middle School


We welcome your postings and your thoughts and comments on the E-tree, as
well as your support as we strive to keep communications flowing between the
different parts of the BHS community.  Have a great year at Berkeley High!



Marguerite Fa-Kaji and Catherine Ference are the parent-volunteer
facilitators of the etree; please direct any questions to them at
<mailto:bhs-owner at lmi.net> bhs-owner at lmi.net.  To post a message, send to:
<mailto:bhs at lmi.net> bhs at lmi.net; BHS etree archives:
<http://lists.lmi.net/pipermail/bhs/> http://lists.lmi.net/pipermail/bhs/;
BHS website:  <http://bhs.berkeleyschools.net/>


To unsubscribe from the etree, send an email to
<mailto:bhs-request at lmi.net> bhs-request at lmi.net with one word only in the
subject line: unsubscribe

To subscribe to the etree, send an email to  <mailto:bhs-request at lmi.net>
bhs-request at lmi.net with one word only in the subject line: subscribe  



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