January 15, 2015
Tevet 24, 5775

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March 15, 2015

The Forum Auditorium


Good Things Happen Every Week 
at The Silver Academy

Rachel Zilbering

Assistant Principal 


I think that every time I walk into a Silver Academy classroom and hear students speaking Hebrew, it surprises and amazes me!  How do they know all of these words?  How do they speak with such an Israeli accent?  It goes without saying that learning a second language as a young child is the ideal time to start.  I am linking to an article from Cornell University that summarizes the benefits and dispels some of the myths.  This is a short and worthwhile read.  


So, is it too late for the rest of us?  I am going to speak optimistically and say NO! If you have a background in Hebrew from religious school, try checking a word of the day app or this word of the day website.  I have been posting a word of the day on our new electronic signboard and am looking for submissions!  Look into taking a class, there is information about one below. And all this being said, I'm giving it a try too. This March, I will be getting up my nerve to participate in a woman's megillah reading at the JCC.  I have a short part, but you have to start somewhere!  


 D'var Torah

Nachum Chasan, Head of School

[email protected]


זכור את יום השבת לקדשו                         






סיכום - Summary 

  • G-d tells Moses to go before Pharaoh and ask him to let the Israelites leave Egypt
  • Aaron and Moses appear before Pharaoh to request freedom for the Israelites
  • Pharaoh reacts by becoming more spiteful and mean. He makes it harder for the Israelites
  • Moses and Aaron go before Pharaoh a second time
  • Aaron casts his rod (מטה) before Pharaoh and it turned into a snake
  • Pharaoh's magicians did the same, but Aaron's rod swallowed theirs
  • Pharaoh refused to yield and let the Israelites go
  • G-d sends seven plagues (מכות) upon Egypt and still Pharaoh's hart remained hard.



מטה - Mateh - Rod

מכות - Makot -- Plagues


SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -


Nachum Chasan

Head of School




Inside the Classroom


Kindergarten General Studies

Ms. Alison Brandecker

Our Kindergartners are amazing!  As we come to the end of the first half of the school year, it is evident that these students have worked hard to develop the necessary skills to become effective readers and writers. Their writing has grown along with their vocabulary...They now have learned about 40 sight words! They have also learned to read and write more than half the letters of the alphabet and numbers 0-10, which has led to reading books. Students have recently begun studying books through small reading groups. 

Our current math topic, 2D and 3D shapes, is one that Kindergartners find particularly exciting. They have enjoyed learning about these shapes by building them with popsicle sticks and taking pictures of real-life objects with these shapes in the classroom and halls. Also, students are proud to say words like, rectangular prism and sphere. I can't believe how much our Kindergarten class has learned in a few months! 



5th Grade Hebrew

Morah Alla Fligelman


It is hard to believe, that in this cold weather, our 5th Grade Hebrew class is talking about spring, trees, and fruits. In several weeks we will be celebrating Tu B'Shvat - New Year of the trees. We are learning about the history of this holiday, where and when it was established, what kind of traditions people had in the past as compared to how we celebrate today. We will also learn all about the Tu B'Shvat Seder and then have our own celebration with 4 cups of "wine", and 7 kinds of fruits of Eretz Israel, and of course, lots of songs. 



7th-8th Grade Trip to Israel 

This spring our 7th and 8th grade classes will travel to Israel! (They are so excited!) Please consider helping us fund our trip by participating in one or more of these fundraisers.
  • Online Donation Fund - Please consider donating to help defray the cost of $4,000 per student.             Click Here to Donate


School Notes and Reminders

Mitzvah Day Project...
Stuffed Animal Collection

Third and Fourth grades are collecting gently used stuffed animals to donate to the residents of the Jewish Home.  As part of the Josh Klein Bikkur Cholim Society 
we want the residents to know how much we care about them!

Please send in a gently loved stuffed animal to school by Monday, January 19, 2015

Donate your hair if you have 8" to spare!
Donate your hair to create wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment!
2014 Donors
  • Hair Cutting Ceremony, January 19, 2015,
    at 10:15 (during Bring a Friend to School Day)
  • Student, Parents, and others are welcome to participate and donate their 8" of hair!
  • Nicole Spitz, from Outlooks for Hair on Linglestown Rd., will be cutting donors' hair
  • Participating through Pantene Beautiful Lengths Charity Campaign

Save these dates!
  • Picture Day
    ...January 27
  • Silver Academy Open House
    Thurs, Feb 19, 5:30-7:00 pm
    Free babysitting and dinner for students!


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

70 Years of Memories

Click Here to See Pictures


Our sincere condolences to Cheryl and Larry Sinoway on the loss of Larry's mother, Laura Sinoway, on December 26. 

Also, to the family of Rosalyn Orbach, who passed away January 6th in Florida and was buried in Israel. Mrs. Orbach taught 3rd grade for many years at The Silver Academy. She was the wife of Cantor Moshe Orbach Z"L.  She passed away January 6 in Florida and was buried in Israel.


 Community News

100 Year Birthday Celebration
Sunday, January 18
12:30 -2:30 pm
Magician, Moon Bounce, Face Paint, Ice Cream & Cake, and more!

Kesher Israel Congregation looks forward to welcoming back Pella - a highly-acclaimed NYC a cappela group - for a musical Shabbaton enhancing Shabos Shirah / the Shabbos of Song (January 30-31)
KI thanks our good friend Bobby Snyder who chose to make his 72nd birthday by sponsoring this year's exciting musical Shabbaton!

Conversational Hebrew Class 
New Session Starting in February! 

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

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!

* Please check the dates on box tops...We cannot submit boxtops that have expired!

Silver Snapshots

Kitah Alef read HaBalone HaVarode with Adon Balone!

Student Council Sponsored Career Day

Final Preparations for Science Fair!


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Dates to Remember

January 19
Mitzvah/Bring a Friend to School Day

Jan 21, 6:45 pm
Science Fair
Henry Miller Room, JCC

Jan 27
Picture Day

Girl Scout Dates
  • Brownies/Jr: Jan 26 

Silver Summary is for Grandparents too!