Welcome to the Silver Summary!
This weekly publication will be emailed every week to all of our subscribers. The Summary will recap the 
week's events at the Silver Academy and inform
readers of upcoming events or dates. 
 
Happy reading and Shabbat Shalom!
Upcoming Calendar Events

Friday, March 15th 
Kabbalat Shabbat Celebration
2:45-3:30 PM

Shabbat, March 16th

Silver Academy Shabbat @ Chisuk Emuna

The Silver Academy appreciates its close partnerships with local synagogues and temples.  Over the years, some congregations have hosted Silver Academy Shabbat programs to highlight the participation of our students and the important role our school plays in the community. 

 

On Saturday, March 16th, Silver Academy students who are the children of Chisuk Emuna Congregation members and friends will lead parts of the Shabbat morning service and participate along with their parents in special Shabbat programs. Mr. Nachum Chasan, our Head of School, will address the congregation.  Dr. Andrea Lieber, our School President, will also participate.

 

For more information about this special Shabbat and to sign up for a part, please contact Nachum Chasan, 238-8775 or Mandy Cheskis, Chisuk Emuna Educational Director, 232-2707.

 

 D'var Torah

 

 

זכור את יום השבת לקדשו                         

 

CANDLE LIGHTING - 5:47 PM

HAVDALAH - 6:50 PM

 

SHABBAT PRASHAT VAYAKHEL/PEKUDE -  (35:1 - 40:38)

SHABBAT HACHODESH - (EXODUS 12:1 - 20)

 

הסכום - Summary

 

  • This Shabbat we have a double Torah portion.
  • The commandment to observe the Shabbat is repeated.
  • Moses asks the Israelites to donate gifts of gold, silver, copper, and precious stones to be used for building the tabernacle.
  • Moses appoints Bezalel and Oholiab to oversee the sanctuary construction.
  • A description of all the work and materials used in the construction of the tabernacle is listed.
  • Moses and the Israelites celebrate the completion of the Tabernacle by anointing it.
  • The Shabbat before the beginning of the month of Nisan is called Shabbat Hachodesh.
  • We read about the first Passover in Egypt, as well as the rules and preparations of the celebration of the festival. 

 

SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -

 

Nachum Chasan

Head of School

 


Alumni Spotlight

 

Each week, The Silver Summary will feature one alumnus from our rich alumni network. 

 

Laurie (Frankston) Lagstein

Caesarea, Israel


 

 

What years did you attend The Silver Academy?

First grade through ninth grade.  Uh that would be about 1980 and forward

 

Where did you grow up in Harrisburg?

Parkside Lane at Italian Lake. 

 

Where did you go to school after The Silver Academy?

Harrisburg High School 

 

Where do you live now? 

Caesarea, Israel

 

What do you do?

Attend ulpan, make Shabbat dinner, walk on the beach, eat sushi, attend shiurim, throw parties.  A touch different than my prior career as a litigator. 

 

What was your favorite class at The Silver Academy?

Recess, of course.  Miss Koplivitz's class. She was an exuberant teacher.

 

Who was your best friend at The Silver Academy?

All the girls...Robin Ansel, Marcia Cohen, Ricci Rubin, Mindy Morrison...who am I missing?

 

What was your favorite school lunch?

Mrs. Gardner's mac and cheese. 

 

How many times were you sent to the principal's office?

Never ever ever.  My brother Arny took all the available time slots. 

 

What was your favorite memory and/or do you have any funny stories about The Silver Academy?

When I was in second grade, I returned home from school and complained to my mother

That my Hebrew teacher, Mr. Dimont, kept calling me Lola the Bear.  Mom called the school

...for the last time in my academic life...because my mother discovered that what Mr. Dimont said to me was, "lo lidabare." לא לדבר!

 

What was your favorite thing to do at the JCC? 

Eat Mrs. Gras' tuna sandwiches with my friends...

Loved the pool and the gym. Also bowling.

 

 


Inside the Classroom - 2nd Grade

     Last month, Kitah Bet prepared for Purim by reading "V'Hanafoch Hu, HaSipour Megillat Esther". Students enjoyed discovering the twists and turns of Megillat Esther; just as one thing was about to happen, indeed most thankfully, the opposite occurred. They had fun acting out opposites and as they read the text, they identified how the characters in the Purim story were feeling. Students were excited to bake hamentaschen to take home to their families. They were eager to add "Al Hanisim" in Sh'mona Esrei and sang "Al Hanisim", a class favorite, for the Silver Academy on Shushan Purim.

 

     Kitah Bet made a Siyum in which they marked the completion of Parashat B'reishit and have continued their study of Chumash in Parashat Noach. With Purim behind them, they have turned their attention to the holiday of Pesach. They will use their own Haggadot, to learn about Pesach and take them home to have at their own Seders.

 

     This evening, March 7th, Kitah Bet will receive their Chumash B'reishit at the Chumash Celebration. Students will perform a Hatzagah (play) in a program for their parents and other guests based on the midrash of Avraham smashing the idols of his father Terach. As a child Avraham understood that there is one G-d. Kol Hakavod Kitah Bet!

 

     Pesach Kasher V'Samayach, from Kitah Bet and Morah Aviva
 
Inside the Classroom - 6th Grade

      The 6th graders were busy analyzing data collected in a survey, creating and comparing various types of graphs, and interpreting and making predictions from various graphs.  The study of percents made the connection between fractions and decimals, showing how easy it is to go from one form to another.  The JCC basketball scores were useful in determining the percent of game points each team achieved.  To top off the study of percents, Mrs. Dalton organized a dinner trip, in a black limousine no less, to various restaurants including 2 Kosher restaurants in Philadelphia.  The students used their math skills to determine the cost of the dinner each ordered and to calculate the 6 % sales tax and 15-20% gratuity.  A great time was had by all but we returned home very hungry.  Did I forget to mention our limousine ride and restaurant tour was a virtual experience?  Next week we will find the percent saved on Mrs. Dalton's grocery receipts at Giant.  If you wish, send in your receipts with your student.  The study of percents is not complete unless we learn how much we are saving by buying things at discounts of 15% or 25 % or even more.  No need to worry, this will also be a virtual experience!
 
Open House 2013
The Silver Academy Open House on Thursday, February 28th was a huge success. We had over 100 people there--including 7 new prospective families, 14 current families, 10 alumni as well as faculty and students. Current parent, Patty Schwab, and alumnus, Emily Doctrow, spoke beautifully about the power of a Silver Academy education. We hope to welcome more people to The Silver Academy Family in Fall of 2013. 
 

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BRING IN YOUR
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