Issue 9: December 21


8th-grade basketball players took on their favorite faculty members during the 21st annual student vs. faculty basketball game! Students look forward for a chance to win bragging rights during this friendly competition each year as the entire school cheers them on. After an exciting game filled with ruach, students fell to faculty 33-45. Great game to both teams - until next year! Check out the full album here

From the Division Heads

Teachers to Participate in BZ University


On Monday, January 7, our entire faculty will be participating in our first ever BZ University. This professional development opportunity is part of our BZ 2020 strategic plan initiative to ensure continued educational excellence. 


Learn More About This Day From Our Division Heads

Early Childhood


EC Students Catch the Acting Bug! 


Singing on stage at Thanksgiving and Hanukkah and watching the 7th graders act in Charlotte's Web developed our JK students' interest in putting on their own production.



Video: See Their Performance

Lower School


1st Grade Expemplifies Tikkun Olam 


On Day of Service in November, 1st graders made crayons and thank you notes for volunteers of Open Books. The students were so excited to finally deliver the crayons and notes, as well as all the books they brought in to donate.




Photos: See 1st Graders in Action


Middle School


5th Grade Welcomes Visitors from The Breakers  


Fifth graders recently welcomed residents from The Breakers into classrooms to continue their Hanukkah celebrations! 


Photos: Intergenerational Driedel



7th Grade Spins Charlotte's Web


Charlotte's Web was a smash hit and the performances served as a celebration of a semester of collaboration. Bravo to the 7th grade!


Photos: 7th Grade Presents: Charlotte's Web



PTC Corner


Yad B'Yad at Share Our Spare


On December 9, 26 Bernard Zell community members volunteered through the PTC Yad B' Yad committee at Share Our Spare where they sorted inventory donations and made clothing bundles for children. 


Photos: See More From the Day



Students Practice Computer Skills During Hour of Code


Students in SK-4th grade participated in Hour of Code, which took place during Computer Science Education Week. Hour of Code is a global effort of over 10 million students worldwide working to increase literacy about computer programming.



Photos: See Our Young Programmers in Action




Bernard Zell Trustee Is Named

President-Elect of JUF


We are proud to congratulate Lonnie Nasatir who has been named President-Elect of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago! Lonnie is a valued member of the Bernard Zell community as a Trustee and parent of both current students and an alumna. We are grateful for his leadership and wish Lonnie and his family a hearty Mazel Tov!


Annual Campaign

Did You Know? 


We are off to a great start having raised over $785,000 from our families so far. Please join the 207 families who have already made their gift and help us reach 100% parent participation. Please follow the link below to see a listing of our donors and percent participation by grade.



See Donor Listings


From Our Community


Mazel Tov From Our Community


Mazel Tov to Naomi Blumberg and Joey Shapiro, big brother Simon (3) and Savta Tzivia Garfinkel on the birth of baby boy Shapiro on December 3, 2018!


Mazel Tov to Social Worker Sarah Sweet and her husband Andrew Roberson on the birth of Theodore on December 20, 2018!

Mazel Tov to Sydney Gilbert, who became a Bat Mitzvah on December 15, 2018!  

Mazel Tov to Celia Pincus, who will become a Bat Mitzvah on January 5, 2019!




Upcoming Events

Monday, December 24 - January 7 | Winter Break (No School)


Monday, December 31 | Tax-year End - Donate to the Annual Campaign to receive a 2018 tax-deduction (Click Here to Give)


Monday, January 14 | PTC/5th Grade Dinner 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Tuesday, January 15 - 17 | Middle School MAP Testing


Tuesday, January 15 | JEFF Event: Tu B'Shevat Seder (RSVP Here)


Friday, January 18 | New Directions in Student Services: Executive Functioning in the School and Home 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. (RSVP Here)


Important Links