Ma Nishma: Issue 2, September 23, 2021

A Message from Abby Aloni, Head of Early Childhood: September 23
  • Academics
Abby Aloni, Head of Early Childhood

We have had the most wonderful first few weeks with your children! It has truly filled my heart to be with them every day. I have always believed in the competency of young children, and this year has demonstrated so much about our Early Childhood students' resilience, their ability to do more than we think they can and their innate love for learning. You should be proud!

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A Message from Karen Leavitt, Head of Lower School: September 23
  • Academics
Karen Leavitt, Head of Lower School

I know you’ve been hearing a lot about the incorporation of our new AMAZEworks curriculum in Lower School, but I’d love to take this opportunity to share a bit more about the program and how it will likely manifest in your children’s classrooms.  Alongside our important curricular work in the core content areas, we are adding this formalized program as an additional social-emotional thread for our students.

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A Message from Stephanie Bloom, Head of Middle School: September 23
  • Academics
Stephanie Bloom, Head of Middle School

During the month of Elul, in the lead up to the high holidays and throughout preparations for the start of school, I found myself reflecting on a question I circle back to each year: What is the learning that students will take with them upon completion of a grade level, and eventually, upon completion of their entire Bernard Zell journey?  

Our Bernard Zell Portrait of a Graduate, calls on all of us—teachers and administrators—to consider the journey of our students and how curriculum builds year upon year, resulting in:

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SK 107: It’s All In A Name
  • Academics
Kelsey Gorelick & Julie Gelfond, SK107

The beginning of the school year is always filled with lots of excitement around meeting new friends and exploring a new classroom. While each classroom is a little different, one thing always remains the same: children’s names can be seen all over the room. Our friends in SK 107 have been very busy discovering all the places in the classroom where they can find their own names and have started to recognize each other’s names as well.

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Sixth Grade Students Explore Ideas of Teshuvah
  • Academics
Ms. Barak & Ms. Ousley, 6th Grade Teachers

In Ms. Barak and Ms. Ousley's sixth grade Jewish Studies and Hebrew classes the students began the school year exploring ideas of teshuvah. Students were introduced to the Rambam, and examined his '7 Steps of Teshuvah' in preparation for Rosh Hashanah. They put these important steps into practice through skits in class and to family members at home. The 6th graders performed the ritual of tashlich at the lake where they symbolically cast away their mistakes using challah. It should be noted that many of our pre-teens chose to also "eat their mistakes"!

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EC Sukkah Workshop 101
  • Jewish Life
Rena Grosser, EC Teacher

The very joyful Jewish holiday of Sukkot, marks one of the most exciting times during the Jewish calendar and Fall harvest season. To embrace the meaning of Sukkot and it's literal meaning of “booths” or “huts” in Hebrew, which refers back to ancient times of the Israelites, the Nursery and JK created their own 4ft x 4ft sukkah in the nature playground. It is tradition that communities celebrating Sukkot build their own sukkot, and treat it as an extension of their home by gatherings as a family and inviting guests to enjoy meals together. 

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Picture Day: October 7
  • School Announcement
Andrea Zuckert, Office Manager

Picture Day for all students will be on Thursday, October 7. Families will receive proofs online this year with a code that will allow you to place orders. Picture retake day will be Thursday, October 28.

Click here for more information and deadlines. If you have additional questions, contact Picture Day Customer Support at 773-276-4588 or support@picture-day.com

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Join Our BZ Parent/Community SEED Cohort!
  • School Announcement
Deanna McBeath

The National SEED Project is an organization of educators and invites teachers, administrators, staff and parents to explore their relationships to systems of privilege and oppression that exist in our world—race, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual identity, physical ability, age and more—and how these factors impact themselves, their classrooms, their families and community.

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Ma Nishma: Issue 1 | September 1, 2021

Sign-Up: Surveillance Testing Notifications
Sarah Fornero, Assistant Head of School

A gentle reminder that your child's saliva sample must be dropped off tomorrow morning as they arrive at school. As always, students will be asked to drop their return envelope into one of the collection boxes found at each entrance. All samples must be dropped off no later than 8:30 a.m.

Please click here if you wish to receive an email confirming that we have received test results and finished notifying affected parties. Please note that this will be an automated email that will not include information on whether there were findings of clinical significance, only that our process has concluded for a specific testing cycle.

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Recipe: Chef Ben's Granola
Ben Randall, Foodservice Director

We are so grateful to Chef Ben and the PT for the granola for our parents on the first day back. it was wonderful to be involved in that way with the parents on our first day back. Chef Ben has had many requests for the recipe - scaled down for the home kitchen and listed below. Enjoy!

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New Beginnings in Early Childhood
Rena Grosser, Early Childhood Teacher

This week highlighted many new beginnings for our Nursery and Junior Kindergarten students, meeting new teachers and other students, learning new spaces and routines and for some being in a school setting for the first time. We celebrated these new moments as well as honored how trying new things can be hard but can get easier by practicing the mantra “we are strong, we are brave, we can handle new things.” To support the celebration of a new school year, all Nursery and JK students sang the Shehechiyanu blessing. Shehechiyanu  (Hebrew: שהחינו‎, "Who has given us life") is a special Jewish blessing for saying thank you when we experience something new for the first time

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Be a Shinshinim Host Family 2021-22
Rachel Jury, Dean of Jewish Learning

Hosting a young Israeli in your home is an exciting and enriching opportunity for the entire family. Host families everywhere regard this as a deeply meaningful experience. Hosting a shinshin may only last several months, but the relationships last a lifetime. We’re looking for thirteen wonderful host families in the Jewish community to be a part of this exciting experience.

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Fifth Graders Officially Inducted into Middle School
Jenny Einberger, Middle School Humanities Teacher

Fifth grade advisors welcomed the newest members of our middle school to class on Monday! From day one we are working on building our kehillah (community). On Monday and Tuesday we did this by learning about one another through making picture frames that represent our favorite places, people, trips, and hobbies. Our fifth graders were able to share parts of themselves with the Gibush so we can get to know each other best.

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Challah Order Form 2021-22
Rachel Charlip, Assistant Director of Development

The PTC is excited to offer bi-weekly Challah delivery again this year. Order your Shabbat and High Holiday Challah, choose from regular or chocolate chip, and new this year - Shabbat Treats! Sign up for the treats and you will receive them nine times during the year. They could be brownies, decorated sugar cookies, babka or maybe cupcakes - and all are pareve and nut-free. 

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Be Renewed Challenge
Rebecca Bloom, Admissions & Marketing Associate

We are excited to be launching our Be Renewed social media campaign leading into Rosh Hashana and our 75th school year. We will spread joy and express ways in which we will help Bernard Zell thrive in the coming year, and inspire peers in our community to do the same. Here is what we would love for you to do:

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Lower School Virtual Back-to-School Night
Karen Leavitt, Head of Lower School

We are looking forward to our virtual Lower School Back-to-School Night to share general information about what your child will be experiencing in Lower School this year.

There will be two identical sessions held from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. or 7:15 - 7:45 p.m. Feel free to choose the session that works best for your schedule. It's important to have your cameras enabled for this event so we can meet "face to face" without masks! You can access the Zoom links per teacher below:

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Early Childhood Virtual Back to School Night
Abby Aloni, Head of Early Childhood

We are looking forward to our virtual Early Childhood Back-to-School Night tonight to share general information about what your child will be experiencing in Early Childhood this year.

There will be two identical sessions held from 8:00 - 8:30 p.m. or 8:30 - 9:00 p.m. Feel free to choose the session that works best for your schedule. It's important to have your cameras enabled for this event so we can meet "face to face" without masks! You can access the Zoom links below:

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Video: Class of 2021 High School Results
Brian Barasch, Director of Marketing & Communications

Bernard Zell’s most recent alumni, the Class of 2021, are beginning new adventures this week as high school students all over the Chicagoland area. 

While their eighth-grade year was more challenging than most, it also proved rewarding for this dedicated and resilient group of students who preserved when presented with a pandemic school year. Now, with the incredible foundation of a Bernard Zell education, each of these 54 graduates is poised for success in high school and beyond.

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First Graders Settle Into Classroom Routines
Bene Lederer, First Grade Teacher

In first grade, students have been busy learning and practicing their classroom routines. They also are having fun and enjoying being explorers doing things such as going on Word Hunts, going on a classroom scavenger hunt,  and manipulating a variety of math tools that they will be using in First Grade. We are already having a blast and can't wait to see all that First Grade has in store!

 

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