At Bernard Zell we teach our students to be strong, proud upstanders who live by Jewish values. That means standing up to hate, even and especially when it's uncomfortable to do so. On this evening, the 84th anniversary of Kristallnacht (“Night of Broken Glass”), I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge and honor a group of outstanding recent graduates, who have responded to the scourge of antisemitism in a courageous, articulate and positive way.
Ma Nishma: Bi-Weekly School Newsletter
Starting with the 2022-23 school year, progress reports and report cards from Bernard Zell will only include academic records and will no longer include attendance information. This shift will allow us to only share the necessary information when records are requested for distribution to other schools or institutions.
Our winter term begins December 12 and registration opens Tuesday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. via Campbrain. View all the available offerings for students in grade JK-8th, including class descriptions and pricing by clicking below.
At Bernard Zell, we are committed to building compassionate and kind human beings and we pride ourselves in being an inclusive community. Please remember that as adults, it is our responsibility to model such qualities and values for our students within our everyday activities. To ensure all members of our kehillah (community) feel included, we have updated our Party Policy to reflect those commitments:
Throughout the school year, we—the BZ Social Workers, Sarah Sweet (Middle School Social Worker) and Leah Frydman (Early Childhood and Lower School Social Worker)—will be highlighting some of the social-emotional curriculum and events our community is engaging with in select issues of Ma Nishma.
Thank you to all of our families who have already donated to the 2022-23 Annual Campaign! Every other week in Ma Nishma, we'll provide an updated listing—click below to view the list as of November 9, 2022.
The 2022-23 Student Council is pleased to announce our Fall Bake sale benefiting Razom for Ukraine and Lurie Children’s Hospital! Here's how you can help them raise funds:
Join us on Wednesday, November 30 for the annual Choir and Band Concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Pritzker & Pucker Families Gymnasium and Performance Space on the 4th floor.
Join fellow parents of alumni on Thursday, December 1 to assemble and send care packages to our Bernard Zell alum who are studying for finals!
On Friday evening, December 2, all Bernard Zell families are invited to participate in our own community Shabbat celebration. We call this event Shabbat BaBayit—Shabbat in our homes. Shabbat BaBayit brings together families across the BZ community to gather together for Shabbat dinners happening simultaneously in different homes around Chicago.
This year we are asking all students to wear a special shirt for both Bernard Zell music festivals: Hanukkah Music Festival on Thursday, December 22, 2022, and Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day on Friday, May 12, 2023.
Our first session will be on November 17 at 8:15 a.m. in Makom Rina, where we will be dissecting and discussing an episode of the We Can Do Hard Things podcast: How to Raise Untamed Kids with Dr. Becky Kennedy. Have a listen and come ready to dive in with us. Register here.
Celebrate Hanukkah with PJ Library at Bernard Zell Ashe Emet Day School on Sunday, December 4 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor Dreamspace. Spend time together building a recyclable menorah, making a ready-to-eat dreidel, dancing to a live concert by Mr. Todd and more!
We are pleased to share that we will be offering a four-part Parenting with Confidence workshop with our partners, Tuesday's Child, which will take place at Bernard Zell from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. on the following dates.