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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 Ball is Rolling!

November 9, 2014

We’ve made sports a priority this year, and the ball is rolling on our Mirowitz Sports Initiative!   Why the emphasis on athletics? Participating in sports reaps enormous benefits for children. Teamwork, gracious sportsmanship and perseverance are skills that lead to success in life. We also...
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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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The First Read Aloud

October 19, 2014

THE FIRST READ ALOUD At Mirowitz, our students appreciate the opportunity to sink back into a beanbag chair and enjoy a delicious read-aloud. Little do they know that the read-aloud is not the creation of modern literacy educators, but of our ancestor, Ezra, who is...
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A MODEL COMMUNITY

October 13, 2014

Every year on Sukkot, I make an effort to find myself outdoors…eating in a Sukkah, hiking in the woods, riding my bike. No matter what I’m doing, spending time immersed in nature inspires me in the same ways:  I gain perspective that I am part...
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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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Learning From Children

September 28, 2014

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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Sum Greater Than Its Parts

September 21, 2014

A SUM GREATER THAN ITS PARTS Those of us who claim that we are “not math people,” are mistaken. This outdated idea comes from an assumption that we have a natural ability to learn or not learn mathematics. In reality, what matters more than natural...
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Cultivating Reading

September 15, 2014

Cultivating a Love of Reading Books take us to distant times and spaces, quench ourdesire to learn, relax us and energize us, and they fill our neshamot, our souls.At Mirowitz, cultivating a love of reading is among the most important things we do.  How do we do it?...
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Tekiah Gedolah

September 8, 2014

What will be YOUR Tekiah Gedolah?  The best part of being a rabbi’s daughter was listening to my dad’s inspiring sermons. One year on Yom Kippur he spoke about the tekiah gedolah, the great shofar blast. He challenged everyone in the congregation to think about creating their...
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Immersion

September 2, 2014

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...
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