Ma Nishma: Issue 8, January 17, 2020

A Message from the Head of Lower School: January 17
  • Academics
Karen Leavitt, Head of Lower School

Students at every grade level are now entrenched in the act of reading and writing nonfiction as part of our Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Curriculum. Lucy Calkins is the Founding Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University in New York, and the author of the reading and writing Units of Study series, which have been an integral part of our literacy curriculum at BZ for many years.

  • Lower School
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Faculty Spotlight: Shana Ryback
  • Faculty
Brian Barasch, Director of Marketing & Communications
 

While still only in her second year at Bernard Zell, the Jewish Day School environment is certainly not unfamiliar to Lower School art teacher, Shana Ryback. Having grown up in Lincolnwood, Illinois, Shana attended Solomon Schecter Day School before moving on to Ida Crown Jewish Academy for her High School education. So when she started teaching at Bernard Zell in the fall of 2018, the community atmosphere, in many ways, felt like a homecoming.

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RSVP: State of the School Address 2020: Thursday, February 6
  • Events and Programs
Marna Goldwin, Chief Advancement Officer

We are excited to announce our State of the School will be held on Thursday, February 6. Please join Head of School Gary Weisserman and the Board of Trustees for this informative evening. Be among the first to hear about enhancements to our academic program, the school's strategic priorities and financial outlook, and how Bernard Zell educates students in the 21st century. 

  • State of School
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Ma Nishma: Issue 7, December 13, 2019

22nd Annual Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game
  • Athletics
Kyle Sheahan, Director of Athletics & Physical Education

On Friday, December 20, Bernard Zell will host its 22nd annual Eagle Classic Student vs. Faculty & Staff basketball game. If you are unfamiliar, this is an opportunity our 8th-grade basketball teams look forward to for years. Both the girls' and boys teams get an opportunity to try and keep up with the faculty and staff of Bernard Zell.

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8th-Graders Showcase Their Hebrew Through Song
  • Academics
Yair Bernstein, 7th & 8th Grade Jewish Studies Teacher

Eighth graders learned a contemporary Hebrew song by musician and songwriter Idan Amedi. The song is called "Helek M'hazman - חלק מהזמן" (part of the time). The students learned the Hebrew words, discussed the meaning of the song while looking at the metaphors in it, practiced the tune, and had lots and lots of fun creating the video.

  • Middle School
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Don't Miss the Hanukkah Book Fair
  • BZ Library
Rena Citrin, Library Director

Our annual Hanukkah Book Fair will take place next week in Malkov from Wednesday, December 18 through Friday, December 20. The Book Fair is a convenient place to do your Hanukkah and vacation book shopping. Your purchases will benefit the Bernard Zell library, which in turn benefits our whole community!

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8th-Graders Participate in Design Competition for Official Bernard Zell Hanukkah Card
  • Arts
Abby Spalding, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

A select group of 8th-graders were asked to design the cover of our official Bernard Zell Hanukkah card and the results were incredible! We narrowed the designs down to 6 finalists and ultimately chose one design. Mazel Tov to Julia J. for the winning design! See below for the other five finalists.

  • Hanukkah Card
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Our Artist-in-Residence, Ariel Burger, Collaborates with 8th-Graders and Speaks to Community
  • Events and Programs
Dr. Jeff Ellison, 8th-Grade History Teacher

Memory will last a lifetime and beyond. Last Monday evening, 8th-grade parents and students participated in the 3rd annual parent/student book club. What made the book club so extraordinary was the presence of our artist-in-residence, Dr. Ariel Burger. The focus of the book club was Elie Wiesel's memoir Night and the first chapter of Burger's book entitled Witness.

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Support Our Lego League Team by Visiting Their Innovative Website to Make Chicago Cleaner!
  • Academics
Nicole Allen, Middle School Science Teacher

BinZ, Bernard Zell's first Lego League team is excited to share their innovation project with the Bernard Zell community. This season, 6th and 7th graders set a goal of making the city of Chicago cleaner! In order to accomplish this, they’ve built a website that includes a map that will locate nearby garbage cans. Please visit https://binz.now.sh/ to check it out and support our BZ Lego Team!

  • Lego League
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Faculty Spotlight: Andrew Grabowski
  • Faculty
Brian Barasch, Director of Marketing & Communications

The son of a high school teacher and college professor, it’s no surprise Andrew Grabowski found a career path that led him back to the world of education. But if you ask Andrew—Bernard Zell’s Director of Technology—if he had ever envisioned himself working in a school, he’ll confidently tell you that his middle school self would have never believed he would become someone who spends his days working with teachers and students. 

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Hanukkah Music Festival - Ticketing Information
  • Events and Programs
Charki Dunn, Director of Music

We hope you are looking forward to a festive Hanukkah with family and friends! We're excited to continue our wonderful Bernard Zell tradition, the Leona Molotsky Hanukkah Music Festival on Friday, December 20 at 9:00 a.m. Click below to find important information about ticketing for the festival and other pertinent information. 

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Weekly D'var Torah: The Two Influences in Ya’acov’s Life - Rivka (mother) and Rachel (wife)
  • Weekly D'var Torah
Leon Covitz, Director of Jewish Life & Jewish Learning

This Shabbat is a very special one for me. Yes, this Shabbat’s Torah reading, VaYishlach, is my Bar Mitzvah portion. Since my Bar Mitzvah, I have been blessed to have read it from the Torah in synagogue nearly every year. It is also significant for me because of what happens in one of its narratives. 

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Ma Nishma: Issue 7, December 13, 2019

22nd Annual Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game
  • Athletics
Kyle Sheahan, Director of Athletics & Physical Education

On Friday, December 20, Bernard Zell will host its 22nd annual Eagle Classic Student vs. Faculty & Staff basketball game. If you are unfamiliar, this is an opportunity our 8th-grade basketball teams look forward to for years. Both the girls' and boys teams get an opportunity to try and keep up with the faculty and staff of Bernard Zell.

  • Eagle Classic
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8th-Graders Showcase Their Hebrew Through Song
  • Academics
Yair Bernstein, 7th & 8th Grade Jewish Studies Teacher

Eighth graders learned a contemporary Hebrew song by musician and songwriter Idan Amedi. The song is called "Helek M'hazman - חלק מהזמן" (part of the time). The students learned the Hebrew words, discussed the meaning of the song while looking at the metaphors in it, practiced the tune, and had lots and lots of fun creating the video.

  • Middle School
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Don't Miss the Hanukkah Book Fair
  • BZ Library
Rena Citrin, Library Director

Our annual Hanukkah Book Fair will take place next week in Malkov from Wednesday, December 18 through Friday, December 20. The Book Fair is a convenient place to do your Hanukkah and vacation book shopping. Your purchases will benefit the Bernard Zell library, which in turn benefits our whole community!

  • Book Fair
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8th-Graders Participate in Design Competition for Official Bernard Zell Hanukkah Card
  • Arts
Abby Spalding, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

A select group of 8th-graders were asked to design the cover of our official Bernard Zell Hanukkah card and the results were incredible! We narrowed the designs down to 6 finalists and ultimately chose one design. Mazel Tov to Julia J. for the winning design! See below for the other five finalists.

  • Hanukkah Card
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Our Artist-in-Residence, Ariel Burger, Collaborates with 8th-Graders and Speaks to Community
  • Events and Programs
Dr. Jeff Ellison, 8th-Grade History Teacher

Memory will last a lifetime and beyond. Last Monday evening, 8th-grade parents and students participated in the 3rd annual parent/student book club. What made the book club so extraordinary was the presence of our artist-in-residence, Dr. Ariel Burger. The focus of the book club was Elie Wiesel's memoir Night and the first chapter of Burger's book entitled Witness.

  • Ariel Burger
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Support Our Lego League Team by Visiting Their Innovative Website to Make Chicago Cleaner!
  • Academics
Nicole Allen, Middle School Science Teacher

BinZ, Bernard Zell's first Lego League team is excited to share their innovation project with the Bernard Zell community. This season, 6th and 7th graders set a goal of making the city of Chicago cleaner! In order to accomplish this, they’ve built a website that includes a map that will locate nearby garbage cans. Please visit https://binz.now.sh/ to check it out and support our BZ Lego Team!

  • Lego League
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Faculty Spotlight: Andrew Grabowski
  • Faculty
Brian Barasch, Director of Marketing & Communications

The son of a high school teacher and college professor, it’s no surprise Andrew Grabowski found a career path that led him back to the world of education. But if you ask Andrew—Bernard Zell’s Director of Technology—if he had ever envisioned himself working in a school, he’ll confidently tell you that his middle school self would have never believed he would become someone who spends his days working with teachers and students. 

  • Faculty Spotlight
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Hanukkah Music Festival - Ticketing Information
  • Events and Programs
Charki Dunn, Director of Music

We hope you are looking forward to a festive Hanukkah with family and friends! We're excited to continue our wonderful Bernard Zell tradition, the Leona Molotsky Hanukkah Music Festival on Friday, December 20 at 9:00 a.m. Click below to find important information about ticketing for the festival and other pertinent information. 

  • Hanukkah Music Festival
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Weekly D'var Torah: The Two Influences in Ya’acov’s Life - Rivka (mother) and Rachel (wife)
  • Weekly D'var Torah
Leon Covitz, Director of Jewish Life & Jewish Learning

This Shabbat is a very special one for me. Yes, this Shabbat’s Torah reading, VaYishlach, is my Bar Mitzvah portion. Since my Bar Mitzvah, I have been blessed to have read it from the Torah in synagogue nearly every year. It is also significant for me because of what happens in one of its narratives. 

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Ma Nishma: Issue 6, November 15, 2019

A Message from the Head of Middle School: November 2019
  • Academics
Stephanie Bloom, Head of Middle School

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Parent-Teacher Conferences on November 25th and 26th. Our teachers will be arriving with student work samples, up-to-date feedback and insight about how students are learning, growing and even engaging in good struggles. When meeting with teachers, we encourage you to share what you observe and hear at home.  

  • Middle School
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4th Graders Try Their Expertise as Tour Guides
  • Academics
Arielle Nagle, 4th Grade General Studies Teacher

After learning about the seven continents of the world and the five regions of the United States, 4th graders have chosen a state that they want to learn more about. In this final phase of their geography unit, students used text sources to learn about their chosen state’s history, landforms, tourist attractions, and more.

  • Lower School
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Faculty Spotlight: Kim Houston
  • Faculty
Brian Barasch, Director of Marketing & Communications

She is the smiling face you see upon entering Bernard Zell, the woman with all the answers and a fixture of our school community. And since her arrival in the role of receptionist more than 20 years ago, Ms. Kimberly Houston has been the go-to person for fielding any and all questions about BZ.

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Weekly D'var Torah: What's the Point of Assessments?
  • Weekly D'var Torah
Leon Covitz, Director of Jewish Life and Learning

Currently, at Bernard Zell, there is much activity amongst the school’s faculty. Report cards, as you know, are being prepared and the entire staff is getting ready for parent-teacher conferences. If you go into the teacher workrooms you will see many of the faculty with their laptops open, papers on the desk and colorful projects neatly stacked up.

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Ma Nishma: Issue 6, November 15, 2019

A Message from the Head of Middle School: November 2019
  • Academics
Stephanie Bloom, Head of Middle School

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Parent-Teacher Conferences on November 25th and 26th. Our teachers will be arriving with student work samples, up-to-date feedback and insight about how students are learning, growing and even engaging in good struggles. When meeting with teachers, we encourage you to share what you observe and hear at home.  

  • Middle School
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4th Graders Try Their Expertise as Tour Guides
  • Academics
Arielle Nagle, 4th Grade General Studies Teacher

After learning about the seven continents of the world and the five regions of the United States, 4th graders have chosen a state that they want to learn more about. In this final phase of their geography unit, students used text sources to learn about their chosen state’s history, landforms, tourist attractions, and more.

  • Lower School
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Faculty Spotlight: Kim Houston
  • Faculty
Brian Barasch, Director of Marketing & Communications

She is the smiling face you see upon entering Bernard Zell, the woman with all the answers and a fixture of our school community. And since her arrival in the role of receptionist more than 20 years ago, Ms. Kimberly Houston has been the go-to person for fielding any and all questions about BZ.

  • Faculty Spotlight
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Weekly D'var Torah: What's the Point of Assessments?
  • Weekly D'var Torah
Leon Covitz, Director of Jewish Life and Learning

Currently, at Bernard Zell, there is much activity amongst the school’s faculty. Report cards, as you know, are being prepared and the entire staff is getting ready for parent-teacher conferences. If you go into the teacher workrooms you will see many of the faculty with their laptops open, papers on the desk and colorful projects neatly stacked up.

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Ma Nishma: Issue 5, November 1, 2019

Alumni Spotlight: Nadav Sprague '09
  • Alumni
Brian Barasch, Director of Marketing & Communications

“My passion for tikkun olam and giving back started at Bernard Zell,” said Nadav. “In 7th grade, I remember raising money for the food pantry, Maot Chitim, serving on the leadership committee and creating different fundraising initiatives. This is always something that’s stood out to me about Judaism and something that Bernard Zell really gave me a passion for. The emphasis that Bernard Zell has on tikkun olam inspired me to get to where I am today.”

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Kyle Sheahan, Director of Athletics and Physical Education

We hope you'll join us this Thursday, September 26 at 4:00 p.m. in our new Pritzker and Pucker Gymnasium and Performance Space to cheer on the Varsity Girls Eagles Volleyball team as they take on GEMS and on Wednesday, October 2 at 4:15 p.m. on our Field of Dreams to cheer on the 6th and 8th Grade Eagles Soccer Teams as they take on Catherine Cook.

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Ma Nishma: Issue 1, September 6, 2019

Faculty Spotlight: Andy Hirt
  • Faculty
Brian Barasch, Director of Marketing and Communications

Now in his 26th year as a teacher at Bernard Zell, Andy Hirt has seen a lot of change at the school during his tenure. Among the biggest changes throughout all that time has been the growth of the facilities and the overall size of the student body and staff.

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