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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

Mistakes are OKAY here! (Actually they are a good thing!)

May 13, 2022

If you don’t succeed on the first try…well, that’s actually a good thing. It means you are being challenged to think, to reconsider and to try something new. Mirowitz students have the benefit of learning the principles of engineering design — something we never talked...
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Teach Them to Swim

March 24, 2022

Mirowitz teachers and parents are a team. Together we celebrate a child’s greatness, and together we work through challenging moments. Together we strive to give them an idyllic childhood and also to “teach them to swim.” There’s a text in the Talmud that says that parents...
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Growing a Garden of Values

March 20, 2022

The chilly air was wet with the impending rain this morning when Middle Schoolers circled up in the Tikkun Garden. Despite a backdrop of chirping birds, the students were rapt with attention, inspired by an enthusiastic guest teacher, Matt Lebon, owner of Custom Foodscaping who...
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We Read Banned Books Here!

February 14, 2022

The skills we teach at Mirowitz are many, but I’d be hard pressed to think any is more important than reading. Besides the obvious role of literacy in creating opportunities in life, literacy builds knowledge, perspective, language and leads to critical thinking. The number of...
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Our Memories Make Us Who We Are

December 17, 2021

What memories stand out from your years in elementary school? The cafeteria food? Recess? Getting caught chewing gum in class? We asked a few of our students about Mirowitz moments they will always remember. Here are the answers they gave: Noam B: I love the overnights,...
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Connecting with Israel

November 8, 2021

I was a sophomore in high school when my synagogue called the entire congregation together for an important Shabbat service, no press allowed. They were raising money for Operation Moses, the first large-scale rescue of Ethiopian Jews – and it was top secret at the...
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Growing Tikkun

November 1, 2021

You may doubt me, but it’s true. You CAN integrate Judaism and math. You can even sprinkle in a dab of science, technology, ethics, engineering and artistry to the list of ingredients. Our oldest students are doing just that. Their project? Growing Tikkun. For the...
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What Difference Does a Jewish Day School Make

October 18, 2021

After a year of recruiting over Zoom, it’s so wonderful to be able to welcome prospective parents for tours this year. I met a parent in the hallway this week who asked my favorite question: What difference does a Jewish Day School make? I could...
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Raising Change Makers

April 27, 2021

Racial injustice is a problem for every American. My burden is your burden. I’ve heard these from our Vice President this week speaking about race. I read them in Amy Hammerman’s Jewish Light article on Asian American hate. And they echo from my 52 years of Jewish...
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What we can learn from an inauguration

January 25, 2021

The lights came on after the seventh grade watched the inauguration in Mr. Armstrong’s Language Arts classroom. Their teacher had written tallies on the board next to books of the Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible. Amos had two, Micah had one and Isaiah, three. “That was...
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