Welcome to the home of the Bernard Zell Parent Teacher Council! Below you'll find many of our favorite spring and end-of-year events and traditions have returned—here's what's happening at Bernard Zell in the coming months. Be Supportive and Be Involved! Be well and take advantage of all the PTC has to offer.
Elana Tennenbaum
2020-2021 PTC President

Upcoming PTC Events: Spring 2021

Yad B'Yad Partners with Fight2Feed
Karen Raviv, PTC
Yad B’Yad is excited to partner with Fight2Feed in support of their mission to end hunger and reduce food waste.  Fight2Feed rescues food and prepares hot meals for those in underserved and homeless communities.
Figth2Feed's kitchen does not have the capacity to prepare baked goods so the organization looks to the community to assist them in providing a sweet treat. 
Please support their weekly meal goals (about 600-800) by baking cookies and dropping them off at designated times offered in the signup link below. They kindly request each family to make around 100 cookies, just no nuts. Thank you for your support! 
Special Friends' Week Dates and Limited Edition Spirit Gear
Rachel Charlip, Assistant Director of Development
Special Friends' Week is May 3-7 and will include a variety of virtual experiences throughout the week. While the format might be different, it will be just as meaningful for you—and for the students—as it is every year.

Make it even more exciting by showing you are a Special Friend at Bernard Zell with one of our a limited edition t-shirts or mug for Special Friends' Week 2021. Click here to make your purchase from our BZ Spirit Store.
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Volunteer Appreciation and Graduating Family Send-Off: May 27
Rachel Charlip, Assistant Director of Development
Please plan to join us via Zoom on the evening of Thursday, May 27 for our annual PTC & Board of Trustees Volunteer Appreciation Event. We’ll welcome new board members and exec members but most importantly, thank those that have served this year and those families graduating this year who've served our school for so many years. 
Shabbat in a Box: Shavuot Meal Pick Up May 14
Hagit Lewis, Director of Jewish Life
Keep an eye out for our Shabbat in a Box Shavuot meal which will be available for pick up on May 14. Be on the lookout for the form where you will be able to order blintzes, cheesecake and pastas from Zelda's for the holiday of Shavuot.
Our Shabbat in a Box program has been so well received! With all your support, the program has raised almost $8,000 to support The PTC BIG (Be Innovative Grant) which allows faculty to apply for a grant to bring innovative, creative programs and curriculum into the classroom.
PTC Virtual Spring Shopping Event: Save the Date!
Tamar Jacoby, PTC
We are so excited to announce the PTC's Virtual Spring Shopping Event, taking place from Thursday, May 6 through Wednesday, May 12. All proceeds benefit the Be Innovative Grant which allows teachers to develop cutting-edge curricular initiatives.
We have a limited number of spots available so if you would like the opportunity to have your business included, please contact Tamar Jacoby with the following information: name, email address, business name and description. ​​​​​​
Teacher Appreciation Week 2021
Lori Silverman, PTC
We are so excited to continue to appreciate our amazing BZ Faculty & Staff. The Teacher Appreciation Committee, on behalf of all BZ families, has come up a variety of ways for us to show our appreciation for all they do for our children, during National Teacher Appreciation Week, Monday, May 3 - Friday, May 7. 
Here are a few ways you can help out: 
If you haven't already, send us words your children use to describe their BZ teachers and staff to be used in a special gift for them.
We are seeking gift cards and other fun prizes to include in a Bucket Bonanza game. Below is a list of past popular items. Additionally if you, or someone you know, is connected to a business that might be willing to donate an item, please let us know so that we can follow up.
If you have items you might like to contribute, please contact Ali Fishman at or leave them with Ms. Houston at the front desk, by April 28.

Donation Ideas: 
Gift cards to restaurants/delivery services such as Grubhub
Gift cards to Starbucks
Gift cards to Amazon/Target/Other Stores
Self Care products (lotions, bubble bath, etc.)

Virtual Spring Book Fair 2021
Rena Citrin, Library Director
Students and parents love to browse Scholastic’s vast selection of books at our annual Bernard Zell Spring Book Fair is scheduled to open on Monday, April 26 and will close on Sunday, May 9. This year it will be virtual again, hopefully the last time! Students and parents love to browse Scholastic’s vast selection of books at our  take your browsing online and stock up on gifts and great books to fill the extra time at home over the summer. The book far is an excellent opportunity to purchase summer reading while supporting our Bernard Zell library at the same time. Shipping is free on book-only purchases over $25.
Opens April 26!
Spring Book Fair Shop

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PTC Executive Board 2021-22

Merritt DeWitt 
President Elect:
Ericka Thacker 
Retail/Fundraising Strategist:
Tamar Jacoby
Chair of Community Engagement:
Deena Goldstein 
Marketing & Communications Officer:
Karen Raviv 
Leslie Alter 
Lori Silverman
Pilot Advisory Role:
Allyson Becker
Elana Tennenbaum


Order your brick paver engraved with a custom message by Friday, May 21 to ensure that your brick is included in the next wave of installation this summer!