Ma Nishma: Issue 9, January 13, 2020

SK107 Builds Strong Friendships with New Friends in Oakland, CA!
  • Academics
Marisa Fujinaka & Julie Gelfond, JK107 Teachers

BZ Senior Kindergarteners have made new west coast friends! At the beginning of the school year, students “met” a Kindergarten class at Laurel Elementary School in Oakland, California via Zoom. Since then, the students have been regularly meeting throughout the year and are learning so much about their new friends.

  • Early Childhood
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2nd-Grade Wraps Non-Fiction Writing Unit
  • Academics
Tommy Grogan, 2nd Grade Teacher

Second-grade students are wrapping up their non-fiction writing unit. Each student chose a topic to research and, using mentor texts, created their own "All About ..." book. The students learned how mentor authors craft their openings to "hook" the reader and provide lots of important information to help the reader better understand the topic.

  • Lower School
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Nursery - 2nd Grade: Register for PTC's Young Family Winter Event
  • Virtual Events
Rachel Charlip, Assistant Director of Development

Hello Nursery - 2nd Grade Families! Save the date for our annual PTC Young Family Winter Event on Sunday, January 24 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Along with providing your family a morning of fun, get a chance to know other Bernard Zell students and families in Early Childhood and Lower School!

  • PTC
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Meet Bernard Zell's Shinshinim from Israel
  • Announcement
Hagit Lewis, Director of Jewish Life & Learning

Bernard Zell, in collaboration with The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and The iCenter, is thrilled to welcome a cohort of talented 18 year-old Israelis to Chicago for the 2020-2021 academic year. We’re so pleased to announce that four of them will be joining the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School community for the second half of the school year! 

  • Shinshinim
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Summer Programming Assessment
  • Academics
Colleen Coyle, Director of Operations

Bernard Zell would like to learn more about what your family has planned for the upcoming summer months. Whether you’ve already arranged for camps, classes or childcare—or even if you’re still exploring options—we would be grateful if you could complete a short survey letting us know how you anticipate your children spending the summer. 

  • Summer Programming
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MS Students Participate in Hanukkah Escape Room, Donate to Causes of Their Choice
  • Academics
Yair Bernstein, MS Teacher

On the Friday before winter break, our middle school students participated in a Hanukkah-inspired (virtual) escape room. In advisories, the students had to solve puzzles related to Hanukkah in order to "escape the room" and win the game. The three Gibushim to win received $18 to donate to a cause of their choice. Each student in the winning advisories also received a mason jar full of goodies.

  • Middle School
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5th-Grade Families Share in the Magic of Reading Together
  • Academics
Jenny Einberger, 5th-Grade Teacher

Over winter break, Ms. Einberger assigned her 5th-grade students to participate in Family Book Club, where students, parents, siblings (and pets!) were challenged to gather as a family to read, think, talk and share in the magic of reading. Check out our 5th-grade readers and their families in the photos shared on Facebook here.

  • Family Book Club
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Equity Education Speaker Series: Register for Dr. Amanda Lewis
  • Virtual Events
Johanna Thompson, 6th-Grade Teacher, DEI Coordinator

What is the state of Racial Justice in Chicago? We often hear that Chicago is one of the most segregated cities in the country, but what does that look like in the lives of our fellow Chicagoans? 

Join us for an illuminating evening tomorrow night with award-winning author Dr. Amanda Lewis for a look into what the data says. 

  • Equity Education Series
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The Class of 2021 Prepares Work on Virtual Exhibition
  • Academics
Jeff Ellison, 8th-Grade History Teacher

This year's interdisciplinary Holocaust project will culminate in a photographic exhibit scheduled to open on May 1 that will include photographs of the students and the Survivors. Each photograph will be accompanied by a QR code that will be developed under the guidance of Ms. Sanzenbacher and Ms. Brenda Lopez, our technology consultant. The community will be invited to see our exhibit, which will be visible on the windows in our new lobby.

  • Middle School
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Upcoming Events

Martin Luther King Day (No School)
all day
COVID Test Drop
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COVID Test Drop
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PTC Exec. Meeting
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Bring Your Own Brew Weekly Recap
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