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Issue 11: January 25


Bernard Zell 8th graders were recently given a special opportunity to participate in a basketball clinic held at the Center on Halsted in partnership with the Chicago Bulls! The Bulls and the Center on Halsted partnered for a community outreach program that spotlights the Center on Halsted's mission to secure the health and well-being of the LGBTQ community of Chicagoland.

Click here to see more photos and video from the day! 

Early Childhood



JK Explores Tu B'Shevat by Celebrating Nature and the Environment



SK students brought their creativity and collaboration to build a large Shkedia tree (an almond tree with blossoms that is found in Israel) in honor of Tu B'Shevat.



What Did They Create?


Lower School


3rd Graders Prepare For a Taste of Chinese Culture


Third graders are continuing their social studies exploration of neighboring communities in Chicago. The students just completed an analysis of the Pilsen neighborhood, and are now switching gears to prepare for a study of Chinatown, which they will be visiting in March.



How They Are Preparing?


Middle School

8th Grade Uses Virtual Reality For Digital Storytelling


In a pilot integrated tech class, 8th-grade students learned and practiced their digital storytelling skills and applied them to projects in their humanities classes.



How to Tell a Story Digitally

New Campus Spotlight


Behind-the-Fence Club Goes Behind the Scenes


The Behind-the-Fence Club received a behind-the-scenes tour of our new building with Jay of Bulley & Andrews. 



See What's New



State of the School

Learn What's Ahead for BZ!


Please join Dr. Alyson Horwitz and school leadership for the 2019 State of the School Address on Wednesday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. Get to know incoming Head of School Gary Weisserman, hear about the school's exciting new initiatives, new campus updates and Capital Campaign success. Babysitting now available!


RSVP and Submit Questions Here 


Annual Campaign

Did You Know? 


We have raised over $860,000 from our families to date. Please join the 233 families who have already made their gift and help us reach 100% parent participation. Because of your support, the Annual Campaign impacts our school and students in so many meaningful ways. Every gift matters!



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Lower School Family Math Celebration


Join us for an afternoon of family fun with games designed to inspire the fun, creativity and wonder of mathematics!



Learn More and RSVP

Annual Fundraiser



Annual Fundraiser: All In For Bernard Zell



Mark your calendars and join the Bernard Zell community for our Annual Fundraiser: All In for Bernard Zell on Saturday, March 9. This amazing casino-themed evening will feature blackjack, craps, roulette and other games of chance. Guests will also enjoy cocktails, dinner, a live auction and our Mitzvah Moment.




From Our Community

 Mazel Tov From Our Community


Mazel Tov to Director of Development, Rachael Fenton and her husband Rob on the birth of Joshua Aaron Fenton born on Monday, January 14, 2019


Mazel Tov to Becky and Ilan Shalit, big brothers Rafi (2), Hezi (N), and big sisters Stevie (SK), Goldie (JK) and Jorgie on the birth of Ziggy James on January 19, 2019

Mazel Tov to Chloe Miller, who will become a Bat Mitzvah on February 2, 2019!





Upcoming Events

N-2nd Grade Families: Sunday, January 27 | Young Family Winter Event (CANCELED)


7th Grade Parents: Monday, January 28 | PTC/7th Grade Dinner, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


N-2nd Grade Parents: Tuesday, January 29 | Parenting with Confidence Session 2, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.


All Families: Wednesday, January 30 | State of the School Address, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in Blum (RSVP Here)


All Families: Friday, February 8 | PTC Yad B'Yad Event: Making Animal Toys for the Anti-Cruelty Society (RSVP Here)


Lower School Families: Sunday, February 10 | Lower School Family Math Celebration (RSVP Here)


Alumni Moms: Tuesday, February 12 | Mom's Night Out, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. (RSVP Here)

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