Welcome to the home of the Bernard Zell Parent Teacher Council!
If you’re a parent at Bernard Zell, you’re already a member of the Parent Teacher Council (PTC). The PTC is a place for teachers and parents to communicate in a welcoming forum and where parents can serve as ambassadors for the school. The council also oversees many important school events and opportunities for fundraising.
The PTC has an executive board of seven elected officers, and a full board that includes all committee chairs. Parents and teachers are encouraged to attend any PTC meeting. A complete listing of the organization's executive board, committee chairs and more information on the PTC can be found in PTC Forms and Resources.
Bookmark this page and come back often—we'll keep you up-to-date on volunteer opportunities, fun events for you and your family and ways you can help our school. We hope you'll take advantage of all the BZ PTC has to offer.

PTC News and Events

Parent Education Meeting on November 17 with the PTC: We Can Do Hard Things
Ericka Thacker, 2022-23 PTC President

Our first session will be on November 17 at 8:15 a.m. in Makom Rina, where we will be dissecting and discussing an episode of the We Can Do Hard Things podcast: How to Raise Untamed Kids with Dr. Becky Kennedy. Have a listen and come ready to dive in with us. Register here.

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Register for a Community Event on November 9 with Artist-in-Residence, Ruben Shimonov
Gili Sherman, MS Art Teacher

Thanks to the PTC's Be Innovative Grant, we're pleased to welcome and introduce our Middle School Artist-in-Residence, Ruben Shimonov—a visual artist who uses his multilingual Arabic-Hebrew-Persian calligraphy to build Muslim-Jewish interfaith bridges. Join us at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9 for a community event with Mr. Shimonov via Zoom.

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A Letter from 2022-23 PTC President

ericka thacker,
Parent of braedyn '21, Judah '23, Rafi '26 and Dalia '28 

Hello Fellow Parents,
I am so excited to welcome you to the 2022-2023 School Year. For those I haven’t met, my name is Ericka Thacker. This is my 13th year at Bernard Zell! I have three current BZ students and one alum (it goes FAST!) and can say with complete confidence that our school is one-of-a-kind.
I’m grateful to be in community with you and look forward to getting to know you this year. There are so many ways to be involved at school and now that it's safe, we'd love to have you on campus! Be on the lookout for a chance to sign up to be a morning Car Line Greeter, a Lunchroom Helper and a Challah Deliverer. PTC committees will be hosting other events throughout the year including teacher appreciation pop-ups, Shabbat in the park gatherings and opportunities for your family to serve the greater community with Yad B' Yad. After nearly three years apart, let's join together again and rebuild stronger! 
Please reach out to me any time: 248-202-3067 or erickathacker@gmail.com. I'd love to help you support our school and community with your time and energy!
Wishing you and your family a wonderful school year.
Ericka Thacker,
PTC President 2022-23

 

Latest PTC President Updates

Below, you'll find an updated list of all communications from PTC President, Ericka Thacker. These emails can also be found in your inbox by searching "Your PTC News Update". If you have any questions, contact communications@bernardzell.org.
Please note: If you are unable to view the messages below, you must sign in through the Parent Portal and then select the PTC 2022-23 button in the right-hand menu.

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PTC Executive Board 2022-23

President:
Ericka Thacker
President Elect:
Allyson Becker
Ex-Officio:
Meritt DeWitt
Retail/Fundraising Strategists:
Ali Fishman and Erin Kohn
Chair of Community Engagement:
Deena Goldstein
Marketing & Communications Officer:
Jodi Gruber 
Secretary:
Leslie Alter 
Treasurer:
Katie Schaffer