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Issue 14: March 15


2019 State of the School

 What does BZ 2020 mean to you? We got a preview last week at the State of the School! Watching our 8th graders interview incoming Head of School Gary Weisserman is a great reason to BE ZELL! Click here to view highlights from the evening. 

A Letter From Dr. Horwitz

Dear Bernard Zell Families,


Last week, we gathered with tremendous enthusiasm for the State of School and the All In for Bernard Zell Annual Fundraiser. Both events reinforced unbridled optimism about our future and our abundant gratitude to be part of this amazing community. At the State of the School, I declared, "the state of Bernard Zell is strong; it is solid and it is filled with optimism because at Bernard Zell anything is possible!" Our parent community agrees with me and I am excited to share a few highlights of our Mid-year Parent Survey.


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Professional Development


Continued Investments In Security at BZ 


This morning Bernard Zell's entire faculty and staff, alongside our partners from Anshe Emet Synagogue, participated in a Safety and Security Training and Drill led by the Secure Community Network. We are fortunate to have the expertise and leadership of Michael Masters '93, parent and trustee, who led the session alongside Stuart Frisch and Doron Horowitz. The safety and security of our entire community and campus remains the highest priority and we value the dedication of our Security Officers and partners at the Chicago Police Department, including Sgt. Yoshimura and Lt. Raymond (featured left).

Early Childhood


JK Learns to Sew, One Stitch at a Time  


After observing and reflecting on their play over the last few weeks, JK students brought in materials to sew and are loving their pillow creations! New skills are being acquired and their creativity is soaring as they pick out fabric, cut it, pin it, machine sew and hand sew pillows to donate to animal shelters.



Photos: JK Pillow Exploration

Lower School


What Is Hiding In Lakeview? 


Our 2nd graders are learning about Lakeview in social studies. Students recently participated in a scavenger hunt, which required them to identify important elements that help a community run successfully.


See Students in Action


Middle School


Hearing Survivor Stories First-Hand
Bernard Zell 8th-graders shared a very special Shabbat lunch with 80 Holocaust survivors at K.I.N.S. Synagogue. During their afternoon at K.I.N.S., our students learned stories from the survivors and then performed selections from The Sound of Music, this year's 8th-grade Operetta.



See More From the Day

BE a Fan!

BZ Spirit Store Is Now Open!


The online store is open until Sunday, March 17 so hurry up and get your orders in! Items will be delivered to your child's classroom the week of April 8. The store will open again before the end of the school year - but why wait?


Place Your Order Now


New Campus Spotlight

Lights, Camera, Action! Meet the Members of the Behind the Fence Club



Members of Bernard Zell's Behind the Fence Club had the opportunity to share why they joined and what they've learned about the new building this year in this exciting behind-the-scenes video.   



Now Playing: BZ Behind the Fence Club

Annual Fundraiser

Thank You For Being All In for Bernard Zell! 



Saturday night was an exciting and memorable celebration of our school, our mission and our community. Over 400 supporters came together to raise over $350,000 for the next generation of Jewish leaders. We are incredibly grateful to all of our volunteers, donors, sponsors and guests!



Coming Soon: Photos from the Evening

Video Showcase

2019 Mitzvah Moment


"What Bernard Zell taught me is that as nice as it is to be blessed, it is far better to be a blessing." Hear more from Bernard Zell alumni Clara Malkin, Alison Karmin, Eric Poticha and Marna Goldwin about the impact our school has on our community. 



Video: To Be a Blessing

BE Amazing

Kol Hakavod, Gili!


 We are thrilled that our Middle School Art Teacher, Gili Sherman, has been chosen to present at this weekend's NAEA National Convention in Boston — the largest gathering of visual arts education professionals in the world. Gili will be presenting last year's multi-faceted interdisciplinary learning exploration of the novel Train by Danny Cohen. Mazel Tov, Gili, we are honored to have you represent Bernard Zell!





From Our Community

 Mazel Tov to Librarian Assistant Andie Townhouse and her husband Andy, on their marriage on Saturday, March 3, 2019!  

Mazel Tov to Cece Gold, who became a

Bat Mitzvah on March 2, 2019!  

Mazel Tov to Isaac Gross, who became a

Bar Mitzvah on March 2, 2019!  

Mazel Tov to Andrew Rice, who became a

Bar Mitzvah on March 9, 2019!  

Mazel Tov to Rebecca SIlverstein, who will become a

Bat Mitzvah on March 16, 2019!  

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 18 | Spirit Week - Pajama Day: Wear Your Pajamas to School

Tuesday, March 19 | Spirit Week - Character Day: Dress As Your Favorite Movie, Television or Book Character
Wednesday, March 20 | Spirit Week - Career Day: Dress As Want You Want to Be When You Grow Up
Thursday, March 21 | Spirit Week - Purim: Dress Up to Celebrate!
Friday, March 22 | Spirit Week - Sports Day: Wear Your Favorite Sports Gear

8th Grade Students and Families: Friday, March 22 | 8th Grade Mifgash Shabbat Dinner, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 22 | Friday Dismissal of 3:35 p.m. Resumes

SK Parents: Wednesday, March 27 | Be Inspired: Looking Ahead to 1st Grade, 8:15 - 9:00 a.m. (RSVP Here)

4th Grade Parents: Thursday, March 28 | Be Inspired: Looking Ahead to Middle School, 8:15 - 9:00 a.m. (RSVP Here)

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