Issue 3: September 28

Early Childhood


Hopes and Wishes of JK 103 


In light of the new year, students in JK 103 discussed what a hope or a wish was. Many of the children were eager to share their ideas and what their hopes and wishes for the new school year were. Their thoughts were whimsical, real, and innocent, and exhibited a wonderful way to connect and start off the new school year together.



See JK's Hopes and Wishes




Lower School


2nd Grade Learns About Virtues in Music Class 


The 2nd grade class has been learning about positive character traits in music. The students learned a body percussion (pat-clap) pattern and discussed what a virtue is. 


See 2nd-Graders Perform The Virtue Rap



Middle School


6th Grade Explores Big Idea Topics

with 3-Dimensional Paper Sculpture



After surveying some exquisite paper sculpture creations of contemporary artists and learning some cutting and folding techniques, the 6th-grade classes are working in pairs to convey "humor" as a theme.  The students are enjoying the process and the results have been humorous!



See 6th-Graders At Work





 Join Bernard Zell's First Debate Team


For the first time in the school's history, we have decided to join the Illinois Middle School Debate League, which includes ten schools in the Chicago area. Click below and select the Debate Team tab to register now.


Sign Up for Debate Team!

All Things PTC

Parents and Students Practice Tikkun Olam 


Our Bernard Zell parents continue to exemplify the commitment to education and Jewish values that helps define the spirit of our school! Recently, parents and students practiced tikkun olam (repairing the world) when they cleaned up Montrose Beach in partnership with Alliance for the Great Lakes. Thank you to our PTC for organizing such an incredible event which resulted in collecting 41 pounds of trash! Click below to see how you can get involved in upcoming events.


Be Involved


3rd and 4th Grade Math Lab


 This year we are thrilled to offer Math Lab, a twice-weekly math enrichment program geared to third and fourth-grade students. If your child has a growing passion for math, loves problem-solving and enjoys discovery and investigation, Math Lab is the perfect fit! 



Sign Up for Math Lab


Student Council to Sponsor "Hole" Food Sale for Victims of Hurricane Florence


To benefit victims of Hurricane Florence, the Bernard Zell Student Council will be selling food items such as bagels, donuts and cheerios in Cummings on October 8 - 12 from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Swing by and show your support for Student Council as they raise money for those in need! 

From Our Community


 Mazel Tov From Our Community


Mazel Tov to Nursery teacher Jenny Levine '96 on the birth of Joshua Kozloff Levine, born on September 14, 2018!


Mazel Tov to Jake Levinson, who will become a Bar Mitzvah on September 29, 2018!



Condolences From Our Community


The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell Community, extends heartfelt condolences to Rabbi Siegel and his family on the loss of his mother, Lila Siegel. 


The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell Community, extends heartfelt condolences to the Frank Sokolec family on the loss of Lawrence Frank, father of David Frank and grandfather of William '18 and Samuel '20.



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