Student News | February 1, 2023

Issue 8: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 | 10 Shevat 5783
Students in 2nd Grade Embrace Global Play Day
  • Lower School
Lori Deradoorian, 2nd Grade General Studies Teacher

Wednesday, February 1 is Global Play Day! GPD is a day celebrated around the world for kids to use their imagination and 'play their way,' which means all play is unstructured. There is much research proving how important play is for kids developmentally. These days, students have less and less time to play, interact, use their imaginations or socialize freely. Students brought in toys and games from home and found fun creative ways to play with each other in the classroom.

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Fifth Graders Prepare for Hebrew Play, Apartment for Rent, on March 2
  • Middle School
Mali Barak, Jewish Studies & Hebrew Teacher

This week, 5th grade students finished reading the book Dirah L'haskir (Apartment for Rent). The students are now reading the script for the play they will perform on Thursday, March 2 for their parents.They are looking forward to finding out which character they will play!

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SK 110 Researches the Rainforest
  • Early Childhood
Andy Hirt and Julia Foran, SK110

What makes tropical rainforests so special and unique? Is it the diversity of life? The intense vegetation? Or is it the complicated interdependence of the creatures who live there? 

Over the past two months, our students in SK 110 have been exploring and researching various characteristics of rainforests throughout the world. We have read, watched, and studied their intricate and delicate existence and have begun to discuss how rainforests are the “lungs of the world." Through our investigations and discussions, we have also developed authentic gratitude for these unique biomes and discovered ways to practice tikkun olam (repairing the world).

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Spring Parent Teacher Conference Format

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, March 23 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and on Friday, March 24 from 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Registration will open at 10:00 a.m. on March 1, you will receive an email with the link and registration instructions that morning. 

Kol HaKavod, Class of 2023, for their 8th Grade Operetta Performances!

For this year’s 8th grade Morton Reisman Operetta, the Class of 2023 transported their audience back to high school for Freaky Friday, a heartfelt and comedic musical of a mother and teen switching places to appreciate one another’s struggles, learn self-acceptance and realize the immeasurable love and respect between a mother and daughter.

BZ is a Now Proud Sponsor of FAN (Family Action Network)

FAN is a charitable organization that curates high-quality speaker series that are free and open to the public. FAN presents fresh ideas that elevate minds, expand hearts, and make the world a better place--all in an effort to create an informed and passionate community.

Register Now for BZ Beyond Midwinter Break Camp
Join us for 4 days of camp the week of Midwinter Break, Tuesday, February 21 through Friday, February 24. In the morning, instructors from Playwell Teknologies will lead students in engineering and design activities using LEGO materials. In the afternoon, Mr. Hanneman and the BZ Beyond staff will lead the camp in games, crafts and play!
Celebrate Tu B'Shevat with Bernard Zell!

It may be freezing in Chicago, but the first almond trees are starting to bloom in Israel and spring is around the corner! Beginning this Sunday evening and continuing through Monday, January 17, we celebrate the one-day holiday of Tu B' Shevat. This holiday is celebrated around the world with the planting of seeds, tasting of fruits, a commitment to planting trees in Israel and recommitting to Bal Tashchit, the Jewish value of not wasting.

Below is a list of helpful ways you can use Tu B'Shevat to spice up your week:

Monthly Lost and Found Under the Loggia on February 9

Next Thursday, all Lost and Found items can be found under the Loggia on tables before and after school. Items that have not been claimed will be donated on Friday morning. We will do this on a monthly basis. Please remember to label all of your children's belongings as those items will be returned directly to students when found. 

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