Welcome to Albert Einstein High School PTSA
Kensington, Maryland
Einstein Listserv Guidelines

Approved by the PTSA Board of Directors, September 2013

  • Ownership: The Einstein PTSA listserv is operated by volunteers of the Einstein PTSA with oversight by the Einstein PTSA board.
  • Moderators: The listserv will have at least ONE listserv moderator, who is a volunteer representative of the Einstein PTSA.
  • Moderator controls: Decisions by the listserv moderator on listserv membership can be overruled by a majority vote of the PTSA Board.
  • Guideline changes: Approval of and changes to these listserv guidelines can be made by a majority vote of the Einstein PTSA Board or, if deemed necessary, by a majority vote of the PTSA membership.

  • Membership eligibility: Membership is open to parents of current, future, and past students, school staff, and MCCPTA outreach staff.
  • Membership approval: Memberships are approved by the current PTSA listserv moderator. Prospective members must state their relationship to the school before membership will be approved.

  • Who can post a message: Any listserv member can post a message on the listserv by sending an email to einsteinhs@yahoogroups.com
  • Message approval: The Einstein PTSA listserv is not moderated. Messages are not pre-approved by the listserv moderator or PTSA Board.
  • Signing a message: Messages should be signed with the originator’s name and relationship to the Einstein community. (For example, “Jane Doe, mother of a 10th grader.”)

  • Message topics: Messages on any topic relevant to Einstein, the PTSA, and the surrounding community are appropriate. This includes messages on sensitive or controversial topics.
  • Commercial messages: Messages promoting commercial or personal businesses are not allowed.
  • Political campaigning: The listserv cannot be used for political campaigning. The Einstein PTSA is exempt from federal income taxes because it is a non-partisan non-profit organization. Political issues, however, can be discussed if they relate to school business (e.g. teacher funding)
  • Copyrighted material: Copyrighted material cannot be posted without the permission of the copyright owner. Instead, a link to the material should be provided.
  • Naming individuals: Members should not name individuals in a way that is negative, harmful, or defamatory, even if the individual is NOT a member of the listserv. Members especially should not use the names of staff, parents, and Einstein students when discussing sensitive issues.
  • Private communications: Members should not forward messages to the listserv that were sent to them individually without the permission of the original sender.
  • Avoid speculation: Do not post messages with information that might not be true or might only be partially true.
  • Follow the golden rule: Members must disagree in a friendly and respectful manner.

  • Use “Reply” and “Reply All” appropriately: Use “Reply” when responding to a listserv message if it is intended only for the person who sent the original message. Use “Reply All” if the response will be helpful to the entire listserv. Members should be mindful of filling other member’s mailboxes with unnecessary emails.
  • Subscribing to the listserv: To subscribe to the listserv and start receiving emails, send an email to: einsteinhs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
  • Unsubscribing from listserv: To remove an email from the group, send an email to einsteinhs-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com
  • Daily digests: Members can opt to receive either individual messages or daily digests of recent messages. To receive emails in digest form, send an email to
  • Subject lines: When posting messages, members should use descriptive subject lines. (“After Prom Volunteers Needed” is better than “Hello All.”)
  • Bouncing messages: Yahoo will suspend members from receiving emails if their email address is bouncing messages. Moderators cannot reactivate bouncing email addresses. Members should respond to reactivation requests to continue to receive listserv email messages.


The PTSA Board reserves the right to suspend the listserv membership of anyone not abiding by the above rules.

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