The Berkeley High eTree is an announcement email list providing information about Berkeley High School to the greater BHS community.
To subscribe, send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org with “subscribe” as the first and only word in the subject line.
To unsubscribe, send an e-mail message to email@example.com with “unsubcribe” as the first and only word in the subject line.
You can also view the eTree archives.
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.
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. While she works closely with the E-tree, Lisa is no longer an E-tree moderator.
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.)
3. POSTING ANNOUNCEMENTS:
The E-tree is moderated, so when you send your announcements for posting to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to ask questions of the moderators prior to posting notices, but you need not 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 in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
— Please check your message for accuracy of dates, 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 announcements to Elizabeth James in the BHS Main Office (ElizabethJames@berkeley.net), who will include it in the Student Daily Bulletin, if appropriate.
— 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:
Post a message: http://parents.berkeley.edu/
4. MANAGING THE HIGH VOLUME OF MESSAGES:
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 it is possible to 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/
7. OTHER E-TREES
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 schools operate supplementary E-treesfeaturing information of specific interest to their constituents.
Below are PTSA and small learning community websites where you can find more information:
BHS PTSA: http://www.bhs.berkeleypta.
Academic Choice: http://berkeleyschools.net/ac/
Green Academy: https://sites.google.com/site/
8. WHO ARE WE?
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 email@example.com if you are a frequent computer user interested in serving BHS in this crucial role.
Marguerite Fa-Kaji, in her sixth year as an E-tree moderator, has two daughters in college, two daughters at Berkeley High (a frosh in BIHS and a senior in AC), and one daughter at King Middle School. Catherine Ference, with a son at Berkeley High (a frosh in AC), bravely joined the E-tree at this time after serving as the moderator of the Willard Middle School E-tree.