September 18, 2014
Elul 23, 5774
L'Shanah Tova 5775

Rachel Zilbering, Assistant Principal


Last year, the chagim (holidays) were here before we had a chance to unpack from our summer vacations.  This year, the chagim are back to their more normal time of late September.  In turn, students from Ganeinu through Eighth Grade have had time to study, sing, draw, reflect and prepare.  Next week, during Rosh Hashanah, I hope that your children will be active participants in your own family traditions.  From everyone at The Silver Academy, we wish you a happy and sweet new year.


L'Shanah Tova Tikatevu -  May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year. 



 D'var Torah

Nachum Chasan, Head of School


זכור את יום השבת לקדשו                         





סיכום - Summary

  • This week we have a double Torah Portion, Nitzavim and Vayelech.
  • Moses continues with his third farewell address to the Children of Israel.
  • He tells Israel that they are gathered together at Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim for the completion of their Covenant with G-d.
  • Israel of past, present, and future are bound by the Covenant into an unending continuity.
  • In Vayelech, Moses commits the law to the priests and the Levites.
  • Joshua is chosen by Moses to be his successor.


 SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -


Shofar Factory Comes to Our School



In preparation for the upcoming Jewish High Holidays, the Silver Academy hosted a special hands-on "Shofar Factory" for our students. During the program, students created their own Shofar from a real ram's horn. They went through the entire process: from cleaning and carving, to sawing and drilling. Students then learned how to properly blow the Shofar and sound the traditional notes. The Shofar Factory was hosted by Chabad of Harrisburg and Rabbi Shmuel Pewzner. Special thanks go to the Hodara Family, Reuben Rosenberg and our PTO for helping to sponsor and bring the Shofar Factory to our school.

 Inside the Classroom

5th Grade Social Studies

Mr. Glenn Hart



The fifth graders have started out the year discovering what it means to be an American. Students have learned that the U.S. motto, E Pluribus Unum (from Latin, meaning "Out of Many, One"), is as relevant a motto today as it was when it was approved by an Act of Congress in 1782. Fifth graders accepted the challenge to re-write the U.S. motto and come up with a replacement for "E Pluribus Unum" that is just as concise and meaningful as the original. Silver Academy teachers and staff had the opportunity to vote for their favorite new motto.

 Erin's submission garnered the most votes, with Isaac's occupying the runner-up position. All the entries, listed in alphabetical order

by author, are as follows:


We are an independent democracy (Brian)
We are all united yet unique (Erin)
All different, all same (Isaac)
In freedom we believe (Jordan)
Pick freedom up without dropping it. (Mikel)
Think and try and you will not die (Samuel)

These mottos are now part of a bulletin-board display in Room 222. All the students did a great job with this project! 




4th Grade Hebrew

Mrs. Alla Fligelman

This year we continue to study with the Tal Am curriculum. The curriculum helps students learn that we all have unique qualities.  We have welcomed a new girl to our virtual class...she is a special needs student with a wheelchair. Through the eyes of our virtual friend, we are learning to be sensitive and thoughtful to the needs of other people. After reading stories about our friend, the students wrote a  rap song about how to treat people with special needs. 



Now we are busy preparing for the approaching holidays and we wish everyone a sweet new year!




 Notes, Reminders and Other Goodies

Birthday Book
A Great Way to Commemorate your Child's birthday!

Rosh Hashana Greeting Cards
Featuring the Students of the Silver Academy!
Cards are available for immediate pickup in the office.

Grandparents and Special Persons Day is coming Nov 7!
Mark your calendar!

Box Tops for Education
Send boxtops to school with your child or drop them off in the office. Each boxtop is worth 10 cents...just think how quickly that can add up!

Help Support Our School by  
Shopping at Giant
Two easy ways to earn money for our school...
  1. Register your Giant bonus card...Giant gives 1% of money you spend to our school
  2. Buy Giant gift cards at the Silver Academy

Girl Scout Schedule...
 Come Join the Fun!
  • Daisies:  Sept 22, Oct 6, Oct 27, Nov 10, Nov 24
  • Brownies/Jr:  Sept 29, Oct 20, Nov 3, Nov 17
For more information contact Aviva Woodland, or Chastity Cottingham-Frye,

Ice Cream on Fridays...Remember your $1
The Student Council will be selling ice cream every Friday for $1. You can bring in your dollar each Friday or bring in $5 or $10 to be added to your account.

 Community News

Sukkah Hop
Come join us at the hop!

Conversational Hebrew Class 
with Morah Sarah
Have you ever wanted to say more than "Shalom" in Modern Hebrew? Do you want  to understand what your Silver Academy children are talking about? If so, it's time to join our Conversational Hebrew class. 

If you love to sing, join one of the 
Harrisburg Jewish Choirs!  Sign up now!

  Weekly Snapshots

Students Enjoy Outdoor Phys Ed Classes


Quick Links

Dates to Remember

Wed, Sept 24 - 
Early Dismissal
Erev Rosh Hashanah

Sept 25 - 26
No School
Rosh Hashanah

Fri, October 3
Early Dismissal
Yom Kippur

Wed, October 8
Early Dismissal
Erev Sukkot

Oct 9 - 10
School Closed

Oct 13
Sukkot at Hershey Park

Wed, October 15
Early Dismissal
Hoshanah Rabbah

Oct 16-17
School Closed

November 4
Student Council Elections

November 7
Grandparents & Special Persons Day

November 9
Sukkah Hop

Silver Summary is for Grandparents too!