School bell schedule

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MX Directory

School lunch payments:

Resource links:
BUSD School Board

Berkeley Parents Network

Find us on Facebook!
MX Facebook Page
Unity Coalition
Silent Auction Dance Party
Traffic and Safety Committee

PTA forms:
PTA Membership Form
PTA Reimbursement Form
Cash Verification Form

PTA after-school classes:
Class descriptions and schedules

Malcolm X contacts:
Principal: Alexander Hunt

Secretary: Lyzanna Chairez
Home Sch. Liaison: Dawn Robinson
Curriculum: Jai Waggoner
Records: Maru Hiratzka
Phone: (510) 644-6313
Fax: (510) 644-6297

Malcolm X PTA contacts:


Joshua Room 705-1250
Marian Mabel 548-4185
Executive VP:  
Vicki Davis 734-4385

The Berkeley PTA Council


Updated 1/24/14
by Kellie Whittaker





For school tours, contact:
Lyzanna Chairez, School Secretary, at (510) 644-6313, or Jai Waggoner, Curriculum Coordinator/Art Teacher, at (510) 644-6313.

To enroll a child at Malcolm X, go to the BUSD enrollment page.

After-school child care and PTA-sponsored classes

Extended day programs:
Child care programs and tutoring at MX (X-Plus/ Berkeley LEARNS, BEARS)
After-school enrichment classes, sponsored by the PTA

MX Library

Find out more about our school library! We are lucky to have Jennifer Gordon as our librarian. She is an experienced children's librarian who is passionate about making the MX library a welcoming and exciting place for readers of all ages and levels.

The Malcolm X Library


MX Garden

Our award-winning garden teacher (Rivka Mason) weaves science, art, math, horticulture, and joyful consumption of fruits and vegetables into a brilliant tapestry of nature for all of our students. We have one of the BUSD's best elementary school gardens, and it's open for kids to explore at recess.

The Malcolm X Garden

PTA budget

The MX PTA budget for the current school year (2013-2014) is available here. This budget was discussed and approved at the first PTA meeting of the year on Sept. 17, 2013.

Read the current MX Safety Plan

What's the plan to keep our kids safe in case of a disaster? What are the discipline policies and procedures? You can download a copy of the current MX Safety plan here.

Questions? Contact Principal Alex Hunt at 644-6313.

Add your contact information to the school directory!

Please help us put together this year's directory! We've found that providing basic contact information can create opportunities for connection and community (and carpools!) for your family; you can include as much or as little information as you like.

Questions? Contact Brady Kahn at
548-7528 and Mike Wertheim, (415) 710-2884.

Share what you do, in the MXchange Directory!

Looking to get the word out about your business, within the MX community? If you are a parent, teacher, or staff member who has expertise to share, add your business information to the MXchange Directory! Whether you are an employee benefit attorney, Pilates instructor, notary public, house painter, stress reduction coach, etc.--if you provide a service, let our community know what you have to offer.

Questions? Contact Kellie Whittaker by e-mail (click name for a link to e-mail) or at 548-1592.

You can submit your business information online!

View the current MXchange directory listings!

School bell schedule 2013-2014

Morning bell:
8:00 a.m. -- Teachers’ duty day begins
8:08 a.m. -- First warning bell
8:10 a.m. -- Classes begin

Morning Recess:
9:35 - 9:55 -- Kindergarten and 1st Grade Recess
9:55 - 10:15 -- Grade 1-2 Recess
10:15 - 10:30 -- Grade 3-5 Recess

Lunch & Mid-day Recess:
11:15 - 12:00 -- Kindergarten and 1st Grade (eat from 11:15 - 11:35)
11:40 - 12:25 -- Grades 2-3 (eat from 11:40 - 12:00)
12:05 - 12:45 -- Grades 4-5 (eat from 12:05 - 12:25)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
1:30 p.m. -- Kindergarten
2:15 p.m. -- Grades 1-3
2:20 p.m. -- Grades 4-5

Wednesday (early dismissal)

1:30 p.m. -- Kindergarten
1:25 p.m. -- Grades 1-3
1:30 p.m. -- Grades 4-5

3:10 p.m. -- Teachers’ duty day ends

Tips for building an effective school community:  

Create a phone tree and/or be on one
This is probably the most valuable tool your classroom can develop. The general idea is that no one should have to call more than 3 or 4 people to get the word out. Work with your child's teacher to set it up initially.
A phone tree looks like this:
Phone tree captain calls 3-4 people ⇒
Phone Tree Assistant calls 3-4 others ⇒
Phone Tree Assistant calls 3-4 others ⇒
Phone Tree Assistant calls 3-4 others ⇒
Phone Tree Assistant calls 3-4 others ⇒


Classroom needs
Ask your child's teacher what her or his needs are. Some needs may be in the classroom, others outside the classroom. Good examples of "outside the classroom" needs are making phone calls to arrange field trips, handling book club orders, creating snack calendars, organizing potlucks, photocopying, etc.  During school hours, the teacher may appreciate one-on-one tutoring, working with small groups, storytelling/reading, and more.

Be a liaison

The primary room parent acts as liaison between the teacher, the PTA, and families in your class. You make it easier for others to get involved. When families come to classroom potlucks, volunteer for fundraising events, and attend PTA meetings, they become connected to the school and to other families. They become part of our school community.

When your class gets together, be sure to announce the various PTA functions going on, such as fundraisers in progress, scrip options, upcoming meetings/workshops. For more info on PTA activities you can call the PTA officers for current updates and support.

Help plan a potluck party

A classroom potluck party is a good way for families to get to know one another. Kids love to show off their families, and you'll find out who your child's friends are. It's best to have a party early in the school year, preferably in October, to give maximum time for new friendships to build. (Another one in the spring is also nice.)

School-wide fundraising help

Fundraising at MX is schoolwide. That means that every classroom benefits from the work we all do together. Therefore, the PTA asks that each classroom provide volunteers for two events each year. When you get a call asking you to organize volunteers, activate your phone tree. E-Scrip is a way for your class to participate in painless, on-going fundraising. You can help your class sign up by talking with the e-scrip coordinator. Check here for volunteer opportunities.