Grandparent Newsletter 2020

Grandparent Edition: December 14, 2020

Save the Date for our Annual Fundraiser, Thursday Night Live: Zoom Through the Decades
Rachel Charlip, Assistant Director of Development

We can't wait for you to experience this year's Annual Fundraiser, Thursday Night Live: Zoom Through the Decades on Thursday, March 18, 2021. We hope you will take a moment to consider how you can support the event with the opportunities listed below or by visiting

  • Annual Fundraiser
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SK107 Furthers Their Understanding of Identity and Race
Rachel Ahitow & Kaitlyn McKenna, SK108 Teachers

To further their understanding of identity and race, SK108 students read the book Let’s Talk about Race. In this book, the author shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. This book helps children learn, grow, discuss and begin to create a future that resolves conflict over racial differences.

  • Early Childhood
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Alumni Spotlight: Simon Goldman '15
Brian Barasch, Director of Marketing & Communications

For Simon Goldman (Bernard Zell Class of 2015), the college experience he envisioned and the college experience he’s living are two vastly different worlds. But despite a sudden change in his plans resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, he’s taken it all in stride and continues to push forward with his work as a fashion design student at New York’s Pratt Institute. 

  • Alumni Spotlight
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Post-It Palooza!
Merritt Dewitt, PTC

Last Thursday, all families participated in our first Post-It Palooza! Students were sent to school with Post-It Notes with messages of thanks and love for all of our Bernard Zell teachers and staff. Take a look at some of their notes below:

  • Post-It Palooza
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BZ Joins Jewish Youth Climate Movement
Beth Sanzenbacher, Science Instructional Leader

We are very proud to announce that Bernard Zell is now an official member of the Jewish Youth Climate Movement! JYCM is dedicated to mitigating climate change by empowering young people, mobilizing our communities and taking action. JYCM believes in using Jewish values as a motivation to create a more equitable and sustainable world for all. 

  • Middle School
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Yad B'Yad Event: Lakeview Pantry Stock the Shelves
Yad B'Yad Committee

Please join Yad b’Yad this Thursday and Friday to fill the Lakeview Pantry shelves this holiday season. Volunteers will be at morning drop-off to collect your non-perishable items. Our goal is to collect over 500 items – one item per child in the school. The most needed items are canned fruit, canned vegetables, oatmeal, peanut butter and canned tuna.

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    Grandparents and special friends play a vital role in our community, as loving supporters of our students and their education. We are honored to have the privilege of growing your most precious assets—your grandchildren. Here are just a few ways we'd love for you to be involved:
    • Attend Grandparent and Special Friend programs! We host a number of different events throughout the year, culminating in our Special Friends' Week.
    • Share your contact information with us to stay up-to-date on the school and special events just for our grandparents and special friends.
    • Tour the school, visit the classrooms and experience Bernard Zell in action.
    • Volunteer in our lunchroom or library. Share your wisdom and expertise as a guest speaker in the classroom.
    • Click here to learn ways to give and support Bernard Zell.

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