Registration Begins Soon for the Spring Session of AfterSchool Classes
Class Descriptions are available HERE and on the PTA bulletin boards at MX, as of February 4th. You can find links to the registration cards, policies, etc. on this page.
Please make sure to return your form and check(s) to the MX school office by the lottery deadline: Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 5:30 pm. Checks (NO CASH) should be for the amount of class tuition only and not for the additional materials fee; the materials fees will be paid once the class begins. The lottery will be conducted on Tuesday, 2/19 or Wednesday, 2/20. The last day to register will be Friday, 2/22. Class lists will be posted on Wednesday and Thursday, 2/26-2/27, in the MX school office and on the PTA board. Classes begin Monday, March 4th! Last day of classes will be Friday, May 17th, 2013.
For more info, contact the PTA After-School Committee Chairs:
Krysta McGuire and Christopher Scott (3rd grade parents), 504-0111, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Kristen Zuidema (5th grade parent), 883-6149, email@example.com
Silent Auction Bidding Opens!
Sign up this week to bid early on all the truly cool things offered at the MX Silent Auction! Electronic bidding begins on February 1st. You can bid on your mobile device as well as your computer. Contact Sara Wolf (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you haven't yet received a bidder registration e-mail. The Silent Auction will end with an exciting Live Auction this year, at the Dance Party on February 9th!
So come have a fantastic time at the party, support our school AND get great stuff! The Silent Auction Dance Party will be held at Uptown Body and Fender in Oakland. Please note that the party is for adults only. Child care will be available at MX for $25 on the night of the party, from 5:30-9:30, and will include pizza, fruit and a movie. Contact LaChelle McDaniels at 510-883-6149 to reserve a spot for your child.
PTA Gives MX Library $10,000 for Books
In December, the PTA membership voted to give the MX library $10,000 with which to buy new books. Our wonderful librarian, Jennifer Gordon, has gone through our entire collection and identified both fiction and nonfiction books that are priorities to purchase and/or update.
Mrs. Dalloway's Contributes Nearly $500 to MX!
Thanks to Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore for their school-supporting fundraiser during the weekend of November 16th-18th, 2012. MX received 20% of all the money that MX parents and community spent at this event! Plus our librarian and some teachers made wishlists and many parents contributed books directly to the school. That meant we got new books AND 20% cash back for the school!
Phil's Sliders Contributes Almost $300 to MX!
Our fundraiser at Phil's Sliders (2024 Shattuck in downtown Berkeley) was a big success! Phil's donated 15% of the revenues from MX families who came to eat on October 10th, with the total donation coming to nearly $300. The sliders were great (mini-cheese and bacon burgers or mini-pulled pork sandwiches), as were the homemade tater tots and organic milkshakes. Very family-friendly atmosphere and prices. Thanks to Erika Pollak for organizing this event and to all the MX families who came to support our school!
MX Library Needs Volunteers
Our librarian, Jennifer Gordon. can always use parent volunteers to help with shelf reading and general library/book organization. If you are interested, stop by the school library and let her know.
Summer Readers' Pizza Party
Congratulations to the 154 students who read all summer long and turned in their reading contract--they got a pizza and treats party with Principal Hunt on Sept. 14th. Thanks to Chronicle Books for donating books for the 4th-5th graders to choose as prizes, and to Mrs. Dalloway's and Pegasus for donating gift certificates to their bookstores as prizes! And thanks to West Coast Pizza for giving us a great discount on their delicious pizza and supporting our students. MX teacher Jen Adcock and MX parents Elizabeth Meyer and Lily Monti did a super job in organizing this event, Kristine Anstine got Chronicle Books to donat books, and Emma Coleman made an amazing fabric banner celebrating reading which will be permanently displayed in the MX school library. Special thanks to all the parent volunteers who brought fruit, veggies, treats, flowers, and helped serve the food and clean up!
Malcolm X Arts and Academics Magnet Elementary Has Been Named as a 2012 California Distinguished School
March 30, 2012
Dear MX Families,
I am pleased to announce that Malcolm X has been selected as a 2012
California Distinguished School. I received the news from State
Superintendent Tom Torlakson yesterday, and this marks the second time
that MX has received this prestigious award.
The school was selected to apply by the California Department of
Education based on our progress in closing the achievement gap. We
then went through a rigorous written application process where we
identified two MX “Signature Practices.” Our signature practices were
our arts program and our balanced literacy program. We then were
visited by a validation team of outside educators, to confirm the
quality of our program.
This recognition is an affirmation of the excellence and dedication of
our staff, the promise of our students, and the cohesion of our school
community. I am proud to be the leader of such a great school!
Together we can!
Alexander Marcos Hunt
The Raffle and Spring Fair were a big success!
We raised a record $38,000 from the Raffle! Congratulations to Eli Eccles (fifth grade) for being the top individual student raffle ticket seller, and to Ms. Hiratzka's third-grade class for being the class that sold the most tickets! The grand prize was an iPad, and the second prize was a trip to Disneyland. The drawing was held on May 11th at the Spring Fair.
Our Spring Fair was terrific! There was a lot of camaraderie, great music provided by DJ Dan Rosenbach (www.loveinthemix.com), lots of food (special thanks to Dream Fluff Donuts for providing sweet treats), many games (like a Putt-Putt miniature golf course provided by Steve and Kate's Camp) and activities such as apple bobbing in the garden, bicycling and bike repairs (provided by Cycles of Change), take-home ladybug hotels and praying mantis egg cases from Sarah's Science, a great photo booth dreamed up by Marian Mabel, huge bubbles provided by Jason Wilkinson, the ever-popular Parent Relay Race, a wildly successful (and very tasty) 4th grade bake sale, and a fantastic raffle turnout. One of our kids won the Disneyland tickets, and one of our parents won the grand prize iPad! An exciting evening.
Big thank-yous to all the families who helped with the Raffle and Spring Fair! For the Raffle, families helped obtain raffle prizes, make up raffle packets and distribute them, helped their students sell tickets or came to the Raffle Counting parties. For the Spring Fair we had over 100 MX parent/guardian volunteers (including several Berkeley High students) working at the event, plus families brought food to share and donated like-new toys for our Prize Exchange. We have such a great school community at MX! Together we can!
(April Swartz, Raffle Chair, and Kellie Whittaker and Kimberly Dooley, Spring Fair Co-Chairs)
Silent Auction: Thanks to Uptown Body and Fender, and Addie's Pizza
The Silent Auction Dance Party was a blast, and we raised a record amount of money for our school: $24,000! This is nearly double what the auction raised last year. Thanks to all the MX parents who donated, volunteered their time, and/or came to the party!
It's not too late to donate! If you got outbid or just couldn't make it to the event, you can still support us! Please make a check payable to MX PTA and leave it with Tara in the office. Put "auction" in the memo line. If you want to designate your funds to the Save our Garden fund, also write garden. Remember, all donations are tax deductible. Our TAX ID is #94-3145183.
A special shout out to Rob Teigen for running the bar, Gopal Dayaneni our MC extraordinaire, Matt Woll & Kristen Zuidema for arranging the childcare at MX, Jason Wilkinson for music and media, Evonn Balcziunas and Eugene Chan for running the photo booth, Chelsea Toller for leading the solicitation team, Anna Brock for creating our lovely displays and Erika Pollak for being the parent who single-handedly solicited the most donations. A big thanks to Addie's Pizza pie for donating the food for the MX childcare and Uptown Body & Fender for so graciously donating the event space.
And a very special thanks to Sara Wolf and Michelle Oram for the HUGE amount of work they put in to make it all happen!
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Minutes from the 9-18-12 meeting coming soon!