“There’s something special about this school. You can feel it when you walk in the door.” That was the assessment of a prospective parent who came for a tour this week.
We hear comments like that ALL the time. You know, of course, what they are talking about. It’s the feeling you get when you are surrounded by people who look for the best in others…who know that kindness is followed by more kindness…who skip down the hallway at any age…who give hugs and high fives…who consider each morning ways to be a better learner, a better leader and a better friend.
It’s no secret that the positive energy at Mirowitz is due to the loving, dedicated teachers who focus on growing a future community of kind leaders.
This week our fifth graders led the school in a lunchroom celebration that highlighted this culture and generated even MORE kindness. They designated Wednesday “Mix it Up for Lunch Day,” and organized a lunchroom seating system that randomly placed kids at tables. Morah Shannon explained, “The fifth graders wanted to be leaders in getting kids to get out of their social comfort zone and interact with kids they might not know as well.”
It was an authentic leadership opportunity for our fifth grade students, integrating technology, art and music. They created a video commercial and posters (incorporating Jewish text!) to advertise the day, provided green screen photography, and created centerpieces and a global playlist to provide ambiance. They even developed ice breakers for the students at each table.
True, it was a special day at lunch, but it was perfectly aligned with the unique, loving spirit is the essence of Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School.
By the way…all of these photos were taken during typical acts of kindness. No poses. We couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried.