Ma Nishma: Issue 18, June 9, 2021

Heads of School for the Day
  • Be Zell
Yelena Spector, Special Operations Manager for the Office of the Head of School

Students who won the opportunity to be Head of School for the day alongside Mr. Weisserman at this year's annual fundraiser also got to join and co-host our most popular weekly Zoom, Bring Your Own Morning Brew. 

  • Head(s) of School
Read More about Heads of School for the Day
Mazel Tov Graduates! Class of 2021 High School Admission Results
  • Academics
Brian Barasch, Director of Marketing & Communications

Last night the Class of 2021 formally completed their Bernard Zell education when they walked across the bima to receive their diplomas, officially becoming alumni. Each of the 54 graduates had an opportunity to stand behind the podium and reflect on a meaningful moment in their school careers.

  • Middle School
Read More about Mazel Tov Graduates! Class of 2021 High School Admission Results
Image and Memory: Yesterday and Today
  • Academics
Abigail Spalding, Marketing & Communications Manager

Last week, our eighth-grade class welcomed very special guests to campus to view their Holocaust photo exhibition entitled “Image and Memory: Yesterday and Today.” Since the beginning of the school year, students researched and conducted interviews with Survivors and their family members and the result is a stunning outdoor gallery honoring the lives of those who lived through the atrocities of the Holocaust.

  • Middle School
Read More about Image and Memory: Yesterday and Today
Summer Reading at Bernard Zell
  • Academics
Andie Townhouse, Library Director

One of the best things you can do for your child this summer is encourage them to read. Just as we want our children to take full advantage of being outside to use their bodies, we also want them to exercise their “reading muscles” to reinforce their progress from this school year. 

  • Summer Reading
Read More about Summer Reading at Bernard Zell
Videos: 64th Morton Reisman 8th-Grade Operetta
  • Performing Arts
Brandon Becker, Director of Performing Arts

Since 1957, the Bernard Zell Morton Reisman Operetta has provided our outgoing eighth-graders 64 years of unique production opportunities and most importantly—an opportunity to collaborate and grow together as a class. Demonstrating their creative genius on the big screen for our community to stream together while apart? That's just an added bonus!

  • Middle School
Read More about Videos: 64th Morton Reisman 8th-Grade Operetta
What I Love Most About Graduation
  • Academics
Joey Shapiro, 8th-Grade Teacher & Team Leader

Bernard Zell graduation represents a moment in our collective life to celebrate the maturation and development of a group of young people before they leave the confines of our community. We revel in the accomplishments of our graduates and celebrate all they have learned while students in our classrooms.

  • Middle School
Read More about What I Love Most About Graduation
A Message from Karen Leavitt, Head of Lower School: June 9
  • Academics
Karen Leavitt, Head of Lower School

By all definitions, this 2020-21 school year has been the most unpredictable time in recent memory. Considering that adults and students alike are hard wired to find uncertainty stressful, it is no small feat that we have successfully completed our year together. And we didn’t just make it thoughwe grew tight-knit communities, completed curricula and innovated new programming!

  • Lower School
Read More about A Message from Karen Leavitt, Head of Lower School: June 9
A Message from Abby Aloni, Head of Early Childhood: June 9
  • Academics
Abby Aloni, Head of Early Childhood

As this is my last Ma Nishma communication, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your children with us this year. I have marveled at the way they have grown. While some may have fewer teeth and many have sprouted up an inch or two, they have all, most importantly, engaged in a year of great learning both from an intellectual and social emotional lens.

Read More about A Message from Abby Aloni, Head of Early Childhood: June 9