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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

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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Israel is in Our Hearts

November 18, 2019

Rockets have rained down on Israel over the past three days sending our friends and relatives who live there to bomb shelters. Schools have been closed and the country has been on heightened alert. Here at Mirowitz, we join Jewish communities around the world in...
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Simchat Torah and The First Read Aloud

October 23, 2019

At Mirowitz, our students appreciate the opportunity to sink into a beanbag chair and enjoy a delicious read-aloud. Little do they know that the read-aloud is not the creation of Audible or even modern literacy educators, but of our ancestor, Ezra, who is credited with...
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What We Learn From Children

October 7, 2019

While preparing to give a d’var Torah for Parshat Akeyda at B’nai Amoona, I asked a few students if they had any thoughts about the parsha. One of the 4th graders looked up at me and earnestly asked “Are you sure you want to introduce THAT...
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