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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

Changing the End of the Story

March 1, 2021

When the Jews in Shushan were in peril, they adapted. They cleverly found a way to change the ending of the story. Yes! They were survivors, and in the end, the silver lining of their troubles was the moments of joy that Purim celebrations bring...
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What Sets Us Apart

January 19, 2021

Of all the great elementary and middle schools in St. Louis, you have chosen Mirowitz! Some of you always knew you’d send your children to Jewish day school. For some, this experience is beyond anything you ever imagined. As our teachers will spend this day...
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What’s Your Favorite Hebrew Word

January 11, 2021

I proudly wore my favorite Hebrew word (well, phrase) today – הכרת הטוב (Hakarat Hatov). It means “recognizing the good,” and it’s one of our school’s core values. It seems fitting, since our country was shaken to the core this week, to focus our attention on...
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The Light You Shine

December 14, 2020

“We come to drive away the darkness. Each of us is a small light, and together we shine brightly.” So goes one of my favorite Hanukkah melodies that we sing this week. The song refers to the darkness of Greek rule in the time of...
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Civility, Dialogue & Courageous Conversations

November 2, 2020

Election season presents a challenge and an opportunity for us at Mirowitz. We want to present ourselves as a model of how an election season COULD look, how it SHOULD look, how it WOULD look if Mirowitz alumni were in charge. As a pluralistic school,...
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More Than A School

October 26, 2020

Mirowitz is more than simply a place where children learn to be mathematicians and scientists, effective writers and inquisitive readers. Intellectual growth should be a given at any school. But at Mirowitz, it is our intention that students reach their potential as learners and as...
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Raising Children to Make Good Choices

September 14, 2020

During this Jewish month that leads up to the Days of Awe, we reflect on our own actions and behaviors, and recalibrate with intentions of being our best selves in the coming year. Lucky for us, Elul falls at the beginning of the school year,...
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Starting the Day with Meaning

March 9, 2020

When you were a child, did you start each morning considering how you would be your best self? Did you think about concepts like gratitude, your role in your community, connections with your ancestors, happiness? Me neither! But your lucky children do that every day....
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How We Prepare Mirowitz Students

December 9, 2019

“I was not simply prepared for high school…I was over-prepared.” We hear this all the time from our alumni, and we heard it once again from Mahlet Fentaw who sat on our Middle School Open House panel Wednesday. What did she mean by that? Our 8th...
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Thriving Through Adolescence

November 25, 2019

Ready or not, your child will one day enter adolescence! As you may remember from your own youth, middle school years are especially delicate ones. Adolescents undergo rapid physical, cognitive and social transformation. They begin to think abstractly, cement attitudes about learning, and look to their...
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