December 4, 2014
Kislev 13, 5775
Good things happen every week 
at The Silver Academy

Rachel Zilbering

Assistant Principal


A few weeks ago, Mrs. Hurley and I traveled to Washington DC for the Annual NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Convention.  With my professional background as a math teacher, I felt at times like a fish out of water.  But here's the thing, regardless of our professions, we are all readers and writers.


Today I am going to focus on writing, which seems so easy...all you need is a piece of paper and a pencil. Of course that is often easier said than done.  One of the great things about the NCTE Convention was hearing about just a few of the hundreds (maybe even thousands) of great websites and apps that are available to inspire students to write and help improve their writing skills. 


The website that I'm looking at today is  Quoting the website "Storybird reverses visual storytelling by starting with the image and "unlocking" the story inside. Explore artists, get inspired, and write." 


Guess what else: it's fun!  I played around with different images and worked at writing a poem in the suggested format.  You can also write longform books or picture books.  Check out the website with your student and start writing today.  Send me your creations and I will start a bulletin board of our work.  


 D'var Torah

Nachum Chasan, Head of School

[email protected]



זכור את יום השבת לקדשו                         






סיכום - Summary


  • Jacob and his family journeyed on toward Canaan.
  • At night a stranger came upon Jacob and began to wrestle with him.
  • They wrestled all night long but the man could not defeat Jacob.
  • At daybreak, Jacob knew that it was an angel who had wrestled with him.
  • The angel changes Jacob's name to Israel.
  • Messengers (מלאכים) are sent (וישלח) by Israel ahead to Esau with words of greeting and friendship.
  • Jacob and Esau meet and part peacefully.
  • Rachel dies giving birth to Benjamin and is buried in Bethlehem.
  • Isaac dies and is buried in Hebron near his parents Abraham and Sarah.




מלאכים  -- Malachim - Messengers

וישלח - Vayishlach - He sent


SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -


Inside the Classroom


4th Grade 

Ms. Bonni Teplitz-Roseman


The Fourth Grade has been having a wonderful year. We have enjoyed welcoming Hallel Bluth to the class and are so glad she is here learning with us. 

Recently, we completed a book report 

project that has been a highlight of our year so far. Each student chose someone interesting, past or present, and read a biography book about them. Not only did the students compose a written book report, but they also made scrapbooks illustrating their special person's life from birth through 

adult life, as well as their accomplishments. In culmination, students used costumes and props while giving a creative presentation to share what they had learned about their special person. Fourth Grade truly enjoyed this project. They had fun while learning and being creative!

Can you spot
 Pocahantas, Thomas Edison, Harry Houdini and Steve Jobs?








Physical Education

Miss Nicole Sunderland


Students in grades 3 through 8 are learning the importance of exercising everyday and some practical ways to include exercise in their daily routine. During our four-week Fitness Unit, students attempted to meet a goal of 60 minutes of exercise per day, the recommended amount for good health. Students kept a fitness log and recorded activity time at home and at school. In order to be entered in the log, an activity had to take at least 20 minutes and include warm up, game, cool down and stretching. The unit culminated with an awards ceremony recognizing each student's level of completion.  





Morah Tamara Reid

Each week the Ganeinu class learns a new letter of the aleph-bet. Last week we learned the letter Vav. The Hebrew word "vav" (spelled with two vavs) means hook. This seemed like a great reason for our entire class, and teacher, to dress up like pirates! Watch out for our "Vavs".  This has been done in Ganeinu for five years. The students find it so memorable that when I come to school dressed like a pirate, students in upper grades greet me with, "Letter vav today?" Arrrrgh we learning the letter vav? You bet!


 70 Years of Memories

Chanukah Events

School Notes and Reminders

70th Anniversary Concert 
William Close & The Earth Harp Collective 
will be unforgettable! 

Save the date - Sunday, March 15!

Quantum of the Seas' Sonic Odyssey -
Quantum of the Seas' Sonic Odyssey -

William Close: The Ultimate Edit. Presented by Sennheiser MOMENTUM.
Watch this video...You will be amazed

Girls and Boys Basketball Schedules 
Check the schedule and plan to come and support our basketball teams!

Girl Scout Schedule...
 Come Join the Fun!
  • Daisies:  Dec. 15Jan. 5Jan. 19
  • Brownies/Jr:  Dec 8thDec. 22Jan. 12Jan.26
For more information contact Aviva Woodland, [email protected] or Chastity Cottingham-Frye, [email protected]



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

Conversational Hebrew Class 
New Session Starting in January! 
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!

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Dates to Remember

Nov 26, 11:40
Early Dismissal 

Nov  27-28
No School - Thanksgiving

Dec 5, 1:45 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat

Dec 17, 18 and 19
8:15 am
Candle Lighting

Dec 18, 6:45 pm
Celebration of Light and Learning

Dec 22 and 23
Candle Lighting

Dec 23, 4:30-5:30
World Record Menorah Lighting at Farm Show Building     (click here)

Dec 24-Jan 2
No School
Winter Break

Silver Summary is for Grandparents too!