by Lillian Hellman, Director of Mizel Jewish Community Day School
Choosing the right school for your child can be an overwhelming process. Just as the nurturing environment of preschool has grown comfortable, it is time to begin thinking about moving on. Making the choice requires investigating what truly matters to you and your family. It takes visiting prospective schools and teachers, speaking to current school parents and imagining your child and your family in a new environment.
There are many reasons for choosing a Jewish day school. Some parents are looking for small class sizes and loving, nurturing, family-like environments, while others seek an early second-language program. Still, some want an academic experience steeped in the Jewish tradition of critical thinking and ethical behavior. Many are drawn by another family’s positive experience.
What sets Jewish day schools apart, are the role models—teachers and older students—who demonstrate how to be good people, able leaders and ambitious students. The students at Mizel Jewish Community Day School, whether Jewish or not, also have the unique opportunity to learn how Judaism can be a thread which weaves meaning and joy into the tapestry of both their lives and the lives of their families.
Our strong values education, grounded in both religious tradition and a warm community spirit, and our dual curriculum makes for especially strong academic preparation. With this powerful foundation, our students are given life-long tools to engage in the broader world with the confidence derived from knowing who they are and from where they have come.
Steven Lorch, Head of School at Solomon Schechter School in Manhattan, writes in his article Jewish Day Schools: The Same as Other Independent Schools, But Different, “That in contrast to independent schools, day schools utilize mitzvot-religiously prescribed behaviors; authorized texts for study-the Hebrew Bible, commentaries and the prayer book; symbolic spaces-the synagogue, the land of Israel; and symbolic time-the Jewish calendar, life cycle events, rituals and ceremonies, utilizing the sweep of Jewish history across the centuries.”
Six to seven years ago, the parents of our Class of 2017, made the decision to enroll their children in Mizel JCDS, and I can honestly say that these graduates have truly reaped the many benefits of a day school education as detailed above. They are prepared to encounter the demands of the next stage in their education and we are proud to have had such a profound impact on their earliest school experience.
This year’s graduates are: Robbie Goldzweig, Mallory Haake, Isabella Levine and Emily Thetge. We wish them a sincere mazel tov and are confident that their experiences at Mizel will support and define them as they go forward in life.
For information about Mizel Jewish Community Day School’s Pre-K through Fifth grade program, please contact the school office: 918.494.0953 and visit our website at mizelschool.org.