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Principal: Alexander Hunt
Secretary: Lyzanna Chairez
Home Sch. Liaison: Lisa Cullen
Curriculum: Jai Waggoner
Records: Maru Hiratzka
Phone: (510) 644-6313
Fax: (510) 644-6297
The Berkeley PTA Council
school tours, contact Lyzanna Chairez, MX Secretary, or Jai Waggoner, Curriculum Coordinator/Art Teacher, at (510) 644-6313.
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by Kellie Whittaker
Welcome to Malcolm X Arts & Academics Magnet's PTA!
We love our school! Malcolm X Elementary (a California
Distinguished School award winner for 2006 and 2012!) offers a unique combination
of academic challenge and performing experience that gives every
child the opportunity to acquire fundamental skills, grow in
confidence and self-expression, and participate in a spirited
learning community. And -- we have one of the best PTA's in
the BUSD. Join
is the PTA?
PTA stands for Parent Teacher Association. The Malcolm X PTA
is the local branch of a BUSD, California, and nationwide PTA
system. Our chapter at Malcolm X consists of the Executive Board
and the General Membership. It is a volunteer organization dedicated
to making Malcolm X the best school it can be. It is your resource.
does the PTA do?
⇒ We bring people together.
⇒ We organize to make our school a better place.
⇒ We raise money for our school (about $70,000 for 2009-2010, all of which went directly to support our school: classroom supplies; the school library; the drama and music programs; scholarships; field trips to Cal Performances and other places; and many other events).
⇒ We offer all the children at Malcolm X the opportunity
for an enriched school experience.
What is the Executive Board and who are they?
The Executive Board is entrusted with running the PTA chapter.
Each area of responsibility has one or more volunteers and the
entire group is overseen by the chapter president. Spring elections
select parents and teachers to become board members for the
following school year.
2012-13 Executive Board:
- President: Jila Abdolhosseini, 665-9955
- Executive Vice President/Program Coordinator:
Joshua Room, 655-6782
- Co-First Vice President/Fundraising: Marian Mabel, 548-4185
- Co-First Vice President/Fundraising: Kellie Whittaker, 548-1592
- Treasurer: Dan Goss, 845-2438
Secretary: Molly Dinneen, 540-6492
- Auditor: Margaret Nickolaus, 597-1481
- Secretary: Keslie Stewart, 666-0498
- Parliamentarian: Nicole Fitzhugh, 663-6399
- Historian: Karyn Newman, 847-4463
- Meeting Coordinators/Public
Karen Kelley, 540-1235, and Lily Monti, 486-8739
Coordinator: Jessica Bohn, 393-1126.
Check here for volunteer
opportunities or download
the flyer (PDF).
- Membership Committee Co-Chairs:
Gopal Dayeneni, 847-3592, and Ed Garcia, 239-8245
- Marketing Chair: Brady Kahn, 548-7528
- Latino Families Liaison: OPEN
- Marilyn Hiratzka, 3rd grade teacher
- Kathleen Richerson, 1st grade teacher
Who can I contact to find out more about a PTA-sponsored event or committee?
for PTA fundraisers, committees, events and volunteering:
Malcolm X parents--we need you! Please consider filling the OPEN positions!
Membership Drive: Gopal Dayeneni, 847-3592,
and Ed Garcia, 239-8245
- Welcome Reception:
Heather Gersh, 841-4920
- One More Month Appeal (Fall):
Karen Kelley, 540-1235
(October): Tami Stewart, 849-3288
and Carvell Wallace, (323) 485-1030
Heritage Potluck (January): Sabá Ali-Diáz, 672-4652
- Silent Auction and Dance Party (March): Michelle Oram, 501-3485,
and Sara Wolf, 755-4511
Raffle: April Swartz, 735-9544
Appreciation (May): Lisa Handwerker, 841-6126
Fair (May): Kellie Whittaker, 548-1592
School Directory: Volunteers needed! Contact Jila Abdolhosseini, 665-9955
Editor: Mike Wertheim
After-school Enrichment Classes: Krysta McGuire, 504-0111,
Kristen Zuidema, 547-7572
Christa Scharfenberg, 593-9973
- GATE Representative: Susan Rubin, 658-5159
Sales Coordinator: Brady Kahn,
- Grant Writing:
Safety Committee: Volunteers needed! Contact Jenne King, 841-6252
- Safe Routes to School: Volunteers needed! Contact Melissa Kealey, 666-8801
- Yard Beautification Committee: OPEN
- Garden Committee: Rivka Mason, 653-5317
- Unity Coalition (formerly Malcolm X Parents of Children of Color): Lisa Morris, 705-8695, and Kanchan Dawn Hunter, 395-5935
Group (for English-learners and their families): OPEN
Group (for lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, and transsexual families):
Jenny Strauss, 843-5776
- PTA Disaster Plan Liaison: Larisa Cummings, 845-0908
- SGC Committee Co-Chairs: Sean Poremba, 334-4797, and Brett Cook
Tours: Volunteer tour leaders needed!
Contact PTA President Jila Abdolhosseini at 665-9955,
or Jai Waggoner, Curriculum Coordinator and MX Art Teacher, at 644-6313
Library: Volunteers needed! Contact Jennifer Gordon via the MX office, 644-6313
Who is the General Membership?
become a member, you can do any of the following:
The general membership consists of parents, guardians, and teachers.
Dues for the school year are $5, with no one turned away for
lack of funds. Donations are always welcome and tax-deductible,
with 100% going straight for school programs, classroom
trips, and community events.
Have your child return the form to his or her teacher, or come to a
- fill out the membership form that came home with your child at the beginning of the school year, and give it to your child's teacher,
- obtain a membership form at the main office and fill that out, then give it to your child's teacher,
- or call PTA President Jila Abdolhosseini at 665-9955 to get a form.
How do we bring people together?
School-wide gatherings and events such as the First
Days of School Welcome Reception and monthly meetings
— Usually the third Tuesday evening of each
month (check the calendar
for date changes) in the Library. Join fellow parents
and teachers and participate in selected topics (free
- Family Heritage Night
— A potluck in January celebrating diversity.
Spring Fair — An end-of-school-year fun fair celebrating
How do we organize to make our school a better place?
The Friday News —
A weekly newsletter keeping you informed. Your first
challenge as a parent is to find it in your child's
backpack or back pocket. Or you can always pick
one up in the office or find it online (see the "News"
The PTA Bulletin Board — Located by the school front door (near the main office).
Check it out.
We organize Room Parents — At least one parent
per classroom acts as a liaison and helps organize the
structure of the classroom e-mail list or phone tree.
Phone_directory — Essential for setting up play
dates and helping your classroom teacher with details.
Please respond with your information promptly (when
asked) to facilitate its timely distribution.
E-Tree — Sign up for the MX_E-tree and you will be able to get news from MX, the BUSD, etc., by e-mail.
After-school_Enrichment_Classes — Sponsored by
the PTA, provides on-site activities like Circus, Mad Science, Spanish, Chess, Math Games (with emphasis on fun),
Fencing, Gardening, Dance Play, Ceramics, Wire Art, Capoeira,
and more. Scholarships are available thanks to the fundraising
and support of the PTA.
The Garden Committee — Support for our awesome organic_garden and school site. Sometimes it means
buying a pumpkin or a packet of seeds and other times
jumping into a work party!
Traffic Safety Committee, Safe Routes to School— Identify concerns
and work to get all kids safely to school on time, especially those walking or bicycling.
The Malcolm X School website (you're looking at it!).
MXChange — Tell other MX parents what you have to offer! From attorney services to yoga teachers, we have a lot of talent in our community! Submit your own information, and check_out_what_others_have_to_offer, online.
this page for volunteer opportunities.
How do we raise money for our school?
- One More Month — We ask parents of incoming kindergarteners to give the MX PTA an amount equal to one month's worth of preschool or childcare. Reach deep and spend "one more month" on your child's school! Last year we raised nearly $10,000 by doing this.
A program that returns a percentage of each sale to
the school of your choice. After you register, get friends
and family to register anywhere in the world! You will
find information at the scrip table, or later on the
PTA information board and in the Friday News,
or follow the link above.
Berkeley Bowl Scrip —
Shop at Berkeley Bowl using scrip and a percentage of your purchase goes to our school. Watch for notices in the Friday News and e-Tree about when and where to order scrip through the PTA.
T-Shirt and Sweat Shirt Sales — Malcolm X "Together
We Can." We have a great graphic. Get yours and
wear it today! Show school pride!
Walk-a-Thon — Get pledges for laps around the
school perimeter (or for dancing and reading).
Raffle — Win and support your school at the same
Silent Auction and Dance Party — Parents (and local businesses) donate auction items (a box of board games? a collection of nice wine?) and services (a Dutch pancake-making party? a free interior design consultation?). Bidding takes place before (and at) the dance party and then everyone gets together to have a great time raising money for our school!
How do I get involved?
Take out a membership in the Malcolm X PTA. (It's inexpensive,
and it really makes a difference!) Support your teacher and
classroom by becoming a room parent. Come to a PTA meeting and
join us. Join a committee to support one of our events. Sell
loads of raffle tickets! There are many volunteer opportunities
throughout the school year to lend a helping hand to make Malcolm
X a great experience for your child. Please fill out the
volunteer form if you would like to participate.