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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

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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Our Leadership Succession Plan

August 19, 2019

This week, your children beautifully transitioned from the looseness of summer to the structure of school. They wrote the first sentences of personal narratives and listened to the first pages of a new read-aloud. They began their study of math, literacy and science, expanded their Hebrew...
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Raising Children to Make Good Choices

August 28, 2018

We love Elul at Mirowitz! 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...
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Lessons That Cannot Be Taught In A Textbook

September 5, 2017

I often ask myself, “What would happen if children spent their time thinking about world issues that needed their help? What if children recognized the power that they have to make a positive difference?” Our middle school trips are designed to do just that…to focus the...
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What’s Jewish about Science?

March 29, 2015

What’s Jewish about Science? I chanced upon a group of environmental engineers in fourth grade this week. They were working in pairs, designing compost bins and discussing the efficacy of various materials, design shape and access points to turning the compost. On my way downstairs,...
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A Conundrum

October 26, 2014

Here’s the conundrum. We want our students to be active, vocal participants in their communities and governments. At the same time, we want to protect them from highly charged politics and events that would frighten them. So what is a school like Mirowitz to do...
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An Accounting of the Soul

October 5, 2014

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...
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Lessons from the Children

September 9, 2013

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. Lately, I have discovered how to do this every week, all year long, and I’m going to...
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