October 3, 2013                                                                       29 Tishri, 5774 


זכור את יום השבת לקדשו                         







הסכום - Summary


  • G-d decides to destroy the wicked world by means of a flood.
  • G-d chooses Noah, a righteous man, and his family to be saved
  • Noah is instructed to build an ark
  • Noah, and his family, and the animals enter the ark and are saved from the flood
  • The earth dries, and G-d promises, through the symbol of a rainbow, that the world will never again be destroyed in a flood
  • People build the Tower of Babel, whose construction is foiled by G-d by the confusion of their language


SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -



Nachum Chasan

Head of School 




Sixth Grade Hebrew with Morah Alla


In the 6th grade Hebrew class we are working in two groups. The first group is working with the "Haverim beIvrit" book, with the topic of "Things and Stories". Students participate in many games and reading activities to help them learn new Hebrew words and expressions.


The second group is starting a Hebrew language art program called "Tal Sela 6". The first topic that we learn is "Everybody and Me". We are talking about society and our place in the world, about individuals, and different types of groups. Of course everyone is doing their best when talking in Hebrew!


Please take a minute to welcome Rahel, our new class member from Israel!   




Third Grade General Studies with Ms. Roseman


Third Grade has been off to a great start. In Math we have completed place value up to the ten thousands and numbers in standard and expanded form. Now that we have finished celebrating the Jewish holidays, we are beginning our new reading series. This week we read a great story called Charlie McButton Loses Power. It was very enlightening to the students, because rarely do we lose power for a long period of time and have to amuse ourselves with activities that do not include plugs. A fun dinner conversation may be, let's list ten things we can do if we lose power all afternoon!  



  This weekend we want to wish a
 Mazel Tov

Noah Meeder   
and  Tzur Nehama 
as each one celebrates his Bar Mitzvah
Nina Brodsky on the  celebration 
of her Bat Mitzvah

October 4

Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:45
October 14

Columbus Day - School Closed  / Teacher In-Service  11:00 - Fun on the Farm (see Announcement below)
October 21

Board Meeing, 7:30 pm
November 1

Kabbalat Shabbat, 2:45

       October Menu                                  Nurse Notes                   

Attention all Students in Grades 3-8
Do you like to sing? Would you like to be in the spotlight with other Jewish kids?  Then the
Harrisburg Jewish Youth Choir
is for you!
Click here for --->  Information and Registration



Friday, October 4, 2:45 pm


Parents, grandparents and friends are invited to join the Silver Academy students for this year's first Kabbalat Shabbat Celebration in the Wolfson Auditorium. Our 8th Graders will be leading the celebration, and Hallel Cheskis will be presenting a special D'var Torah on Parshat Noah. Our guest
rabbi will be Rabbi Akiva Males of Kesher Israel Congregation.


Join Us for 
Columbus Day Fun on the Farm! 
Where:  Ashcombe Farms, Mechanicsburg 
When:  October 14th at 11:00  
What:  Fall Activities and more
 Interested in being part of Student Council?
 Come to the informational breakfast (donuts and milk) if you are interested in running for student council office or just helping out. 
We'd love you to join us!


     * Thursday, Oct 10, at 7:15 am

     * in the Wolfson Auditorium

     * for all students in grades 5-8




            Ice Cream on Fridays Starts Now!
Remember your $1


The Student Council will be selling ice cream every Friday during lunchtime.  The cost is $1.

Buy Giant Scrip and Support the Silver Academy!

 For every $100 in Giant gift cards you purchase,
our school receives $5! 
Shop and support the school at the same time!

Purchase scrip gift cards in the school office or through Susan Leviton
at 608-0190 or [email protected]
New Girl Scout Troop Forming!


Daisies - girls in Kindergarten & 1st Grade 
           Brownies - 2nd & 3rd Grades 
                         Juniors - 4th & 5th Grades 
Next Meeting Dates:  
           Brownies and Juniors, Oct 7
                      Daisies, Oct 21
 For more information contact: 
Aviva Woodland at 
[email protected]  

Chastity Cottingham-Frye at  [email protected]





Bring in Your Box Tops! 


Clip your boxtops and bring them to school. Last year our school earned almost $350 from this program!


Each week, we will feature one alumnus from our rich alumni network.


Nancy Wassner


Which years did you attend The Silver Academy?   Including Ganeinu, 1986-1996


Where did you grow up?  I grew up in Hershey.


Where did you go to school after The Silver Academy?  Hershey High School, then the Young Judaea Year Course in Israel, Wesleyan University, and Lesley University


Where are you now?  I live in Rockville, MD. 


What do you do?  I teach English in grades 7-12 at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. 


What was your favorite class at The Silver Academy?  English class, obviously.  I remember reading A Light in the Forest with Mrs. Gold and To Kill a Mockingbird with Mrs. Nussbaum.  I also liked Jewish History and Social Studies.


Who was your best friend at The Silver Academy? 
Tova Yeamans was my best friend, but my whole class was pretty friendly.  I think I'm Facebook friends with my entire 8th grade class,  and I still remember everyone's birthday from 1st grade.  My students think it's weird when they ask me the date, and I answer, "March 11, Adam Stein's birthday."  I don't think it's weird at all.


What was your favorite lunch at The Silver Academy?  The best lunch was obviously pizza Fridays!  With chocolate pudding for dessert.


How many times were you sent to the principals office?  I don't remember ever being sent to the principal's office because I was in trouble.  I did go myself a few times to complain and organize things for Student Council.


What was your favorite memory and/or do you have any funny stories about The Silver Academy?  There are so many good memories.  I loved playing kickball at recess in Rabbi Stein's class, 3-on-3 touch football in 5th grade, and the time we accidentally flooded the girls' dorm on our Oceanography trip. I also loved playing on the girls' basketball team.   But my favorite story is from our Israel trip in February 1996.  We tried to climb down Nachal Yagur, which is supposed to be a 3-hour hike.  It was so muddy and slippery that it took us six hours, and my friend Talia accidentally (sort of) pushed me off a small cliff. Then it started getting dark and we had trouble finding the trail, so we had to keep calling to each other to make sure we were going in the right direction.  Finally, at the end, to get back to the bus, we had to run in the dark through Kibbutz Yagur past very clear "No Trespassing" signs and lots of barking dogs.  We were all completely filthy and exhausted, but it was such a fun day!


What was your favorite thing to do at the JCC?  Play basketball and swim


Who was your biggest role model in Harrisburg?  Lynn Wuestner, our basketball coach, was one role model.  She was such a cool grownup, and I wanted to be just like her.  She was a great coach, too, and she rewarded hard work.  If you showed up to every practice, she would put you in the game, no matter how small you were.  Now that I'm a teacher, I think my 5th grade teacher Mrs. Lenda also had a very great influence on me.  She encouraged me to write, and she introduced me to some classic American novels by reading aloud to us every day.  I have a bookshelf in my classroom now for kids to borrow from, and a lot of the books are ones Mrs. Lenda recommended to me.


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Silver Snapshots 
Kindergarten learns Hebrew animal names

Celebrating Simchat Torah

Saying "good bye" to a classroom helper

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