Morah Cheryl’s Blog

Cheryl Maayan I see myself as the guardian of each student’s childhood, and am committed to filling their days with learning that is significant and meaningful. How do we do that at Mirowitz? Check back here weekly for a window into our school. I will post here on topics ranging academic excellence, meaningful Jewish learning and empowering children to make a difference.

– Cheryl Maayan

Sukkot: The “Time of our Joy” (even in 2020!)

andrea Curriculum

“Go with the flow” is one of the class intentions posted on the fourth grade wall. “Adaptability” is one of the principles of our reopening plans that has made in-person learning possible. “Looking for opportunities” amidst transformational change has become …

Sukkot Reminds Us to Build a Better World

andrea Curriculum

During Sukkot, we are instructed to spend time outdoors, no matter the weather, and connect with the rhythms of the earth. Immersing ourselves in nature inspires us, slows us down and helps us recall some important truths: We are part …

Self Reflection and Personal Growth

andrea Curriculum

It’s not by accident that Mirowitz students celebrate the unique qualities of their classmates. They celebrate the classmate who is wildly knowledgeable about dinosaurs or history, or who has a knack for art or math. They recognize that one peer …

Life Lessons We Learn From Children

andrea Curriculum

Each year during the High Holy Days, we sink into a deep reflection of ourselves. We humbly try to unravel the kind of person we want to be. Years ago, I discovered the best way to do this is to …

The Impact of Our Work

andrea Curriculum

Among the highlights of my week is the time I carve out to see what your children are doing in their classrooms. It reminds me how the holy work of our school has a daily impact on your child’s emotional …

We are ALL Learners

andrea Curriculum

A few years back I learned how to throw clay on a wheel. This summer, I learned to make yogurt. And last week, I learned how to use a touchless thermometer. Learning a new skill requires slowing down, using mental …

Raising a Generation Who Will Expect Better

andrea Curriculum

I cannot stop thinking about the day I spent in Montgomery last August. The heat was oppressive as we gathered with Mirowitz Middle School students outside the National Memorial for Equity and Justice. We needed to set the tone for …

Charge to graduates

andrea Curriculum

Graduates, The extraordinary maturity that you have exhibited this morning speaks volumes. Over and over, we heard each of you reflect on your childhood at Mirowitz, on the values you’ve learned and on the memories that you reflect upon as …

Marking special moments

andrea Curriculum

What day of the week is today? I can hardly keep track. On Wednesday, I think it’s Thursday. On Thursday, I said “Shabbat Shalom.” During this unusual time, when one day runs into the next, it’s even more important that we …