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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 Hard Work of Tshuvah (Righting Mistakes)

September 30, 2022

Aren’t we fortunate that Judaism gives us an annual opportunity to begin with a clean slate? But acquiring that clean slate takes the hard work of tshuvah, apologizing for both intentional and unintentional wrongdoings. For Eric and me, it was important to raise our children...
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Banned Books Offer Windows and Mirrors

September 19, 2022

There is nothing new about book banning. As early as the 13th century, books have been censored by totalitarians seeking to oppress free speech.  In 1933, Nazis burned books, many written by Jewish intellectuals, at libraries and universities. Isn’t it erie to see book bans...
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Joyful Engagement

September 6, 2022

I’m pretty sure I have spoken with every single child at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School. I know what books they are reading and their favorite Paw Patrol episodes. Older students have shared details about their experience at overnight camp, their love for a specific class, and...
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A Blessing… for New Beginnings

August 22, 2022

I learned something from Stella, our 5th-grade Torah reader this week. She taught us that in this week’s parsha, the Torah instructs us that we must show gratitude for the food we have eaten, and pause to recite a blessing after meals. Those words of...
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Look for the Wind

May 31, 2022

I like to look for the wind. I realize that you can’t actually SEE wind, but you can see its impact on things that ARE visible. You can see the wind in treetops swaying, in leaves rustling, in waves dancing on a lake to make...
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The Meaning Behind the Words

May 20, 2022

When you recite Mah Tovu, the  Barechu or even the  Shema, what do you think about? Do you say the words without really knowing their intention? If so, you likely have much in common with the person sitting next to you in services. At Mirowitz, your children learn how...
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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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