November 15, 2021
Gratitude is both a Jewish value and has researched mental health benefits. Last week at our virtual open house, Reb Scott explained this concept, and guided each prospective family through the creation of a gratitude jar, in which they can add their thanks each night before bed. My own gratitude jar is filling up this week. Here’s what it includes:
- I’m grateful for the insatiable curiosity of Mirowitz students. They are hungry to learn! Kindergarten students eagerly learned about “heart parts” (phonemes or sounds) of high frequency words. First graders are conversing with confidence in Hebrew class. Fourth graders are publishing realistic fiction stories, polished after weeks of writing and revision.
- I’m grateful for the endless passion of Mirowitz teachers who prepare lessons, deliver them effectively and give students meaningful feedback, all the while managing the individual intellectual, social and emotional needs of their students every day, and partnering earnestly with parents to help each student thrive.
- I’m grateful for the generosity of our Elijah’s Circle of donors who came together last night for a thank you event! In person and on zoom, we enjoyed the exceptional talent of alumnus Eitan Kantor who shared Jewish music both historical and original, and wove in stories of how his day school experience shaped the person he is today.
- I’m grateful for the skill and interpretation of 55+ children who have read Torah at Mirowitz this year already! Each has demonstrated authentic leadership, given us a new understanding of Torah and brought us closer as a community. Kol HaKavod.
As you celebrate Shabbat, ask your family members what they would put in the gratitude jar today. What fills their soul and inspires them? And be sure to thank them for how they inspire you.