Each year on Yom Kippur, we engage in heshbon hanefesh, an accounting of the soul. This tradition has taught us to be both reflective of our behaviors and committed to personal improvement.
At Mirowitz, we engage in self-reflection and continuous improvement as a habit. It’s like institutional heshbon hanefesh, an accounting of the soul of the school to make certain that we are delivering on our mission.
So how are we improving school this year? I could provide a dozen examples, but here are two big ones:
Have you visited our outdoor learning labs?Last May, kindergarten scientists put their shovels into the ground to build our beautiful kindergarten pond. A few weeks ago, second graders planted two gardens with milkweed and nectaring plants to attract monarch butterflies. Behind the school, the prairie is finally in full bloom, and the students are determining which species should be added to balance the diversity of the ecosystem. Fifth grade bird feeders are attracting birds on their migratory path, the vegetable garden is overflowing, and the sensory garden is teaching the significance of scientific observation. Plans call for a sound wall and Native American garden to be built later this year. Studies show these authentic learning opportunities enhance academic growth, and they are a priority a Mirowitz.
Our ability to provide meaningful Israel education is expanding. We were selected to be one of six Jewish day schools from across North America to participate in iNfuse, a pilot program that will expand Israel education, building both personal engagement and preparing students more fully for dialogue about Israel that they will encounter as young adults. Throughout the year, the initiative will include site visits from Israel education experts, seminars and mentoring.
At Mirowitz, we will consider every opportunity that helps us fulfill our mission. It’s an ongoing Heshbon Hanefesh, and it propels us forward as a world-class school.
G’mar Hatimah Tovah,
May you be written in the book of life,