Ma Nishma: Issue 9, January 12, 2022 

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

Hello Nursery - 2nd Grade Families! 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!

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POSTPONED: January 13 Alumni Event Celebrating 75 Years of Bernard Zell
  • School Events
Lindy Dembowitz, Director of Development

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases throughout our community and the greater Chicagoloand area, we have decided to postpone the Alumni Event scheduled to take place on campus this Thursday, January 13. Please also join our virtual, weekly community meeting, Morning Brew with Head of School Gary Weisserman this Friday, January 14 at 10:00 a.m. CT via Zoom for a sneak peek at how we're celebrating the 75th day of school in our 75th year.

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Celebrate Tu B'Shevat with Bernard Zell!
  • Jewish Life
Rachel Jury, Director of Jewish Studies

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 Bishvat. 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:

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Where in the World are Ms. Lyon's 4th Grade Students?
  • Academics
Sarah Lyon, 4th Grade Teacher

Fourth grade students grade have been having a blast studying geography in social studies! They are learning about continents, oceans, landforms and lines of latitude and longitude.

In addition, the class got to practice their sharp research and paraphrasing skills by choosing a state and then creating an informational brochure to entice others in the class to visit. They culminated their geography unit by making globes — a fun (and messy!) demonstration to showcase all they've learned so far! 

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SK110 Students are Introduced to the Beauty of Rainforests
  • Academics
Andy Hirt, Senior Kindergarten 110 Teacher

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, students in SK110 have been exploring and researching various characteristics of rainforests throughout the world. They have read, watched and studied their intricate and delicate existence and have begun to discuss why rainforests are deemed "the lungs of the world." 

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Three BZ Alumnae Selected to Springboard Chicago's 18 Under 18!
  • Alumni
Abby Spalding, Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications

Help us share our best wishes and mazels to alumnae Hannah Goldwin ’18, Jordan Leib ’19 and Josie Stahl ’19 who were selected for Springboard Chicago's 18 Under 18! Click here to view the full article and don't forget to share your congratulations with the alumnae on our Facebook or Instagram post! 

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Yad B'Yad Committee: Anti Cruelty Society Event is February 6
  • PTC
  • Yad b'Yad
Abby Spalding, Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications

Are you and your kids looking for a reason to get out of the house? Do you love animals and like to volunteer for meaningful mitzvahs? If you answered yes to those questions, we have great news! Our amazing PTC Yad B'Yad Committee are asking for volunteers to assist in making toys for shelter animals on Sunday, February 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Anti-Cruelty Society. 

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