March 26, 2015
Nisan 6, 5775
Good Things Happen Every Week 
at The Silver Academy

Rachel Zilbering

Assistant Principal


This has been a unique week for students at The Silver Academy.  Students in grades 3 - 8 took part in Terra Nova testing each morning.  The Terra Nova testing involves Mathematics, Reading, Language, Science and Social Studies.  Standardized testing is important to identify strengths and weaknesses in an objective manner and also to show growth or decline from year to year.  
I am happy to report that the Terra Nova testing went extremely smoothly.  Thankfully, mother nature cooperated, and we did not have any more snow this week (about time!).  All students were in attendance and on time, which also made everything run like clockwork.  Thank you to the teachers who proctored. 
I hope that everyone also has a good week and that your preparations for Pesach go smoothly.  
 D'var Torah

Nachum Chasan, Head of School

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זכור את יום השבת לקדשו                         







סיכום - Summary


  • The Torah portion is a continuation of the preceding portion, enlarging upon the description of the sacrificial offerings.
  • All the Israelites were assembled before the Tabernacle (משכן).
  • Tzva then continues with the ordination of Aaron and his sons as priests.
  • The Shabbat preceding the festival of Passover is designated as the Great Sabbath (Shabbat Hagadol) in commemoration of the great miracle that occurred on the Shabbath before the exodus from Egypt. It is based on the tradition that when G-d ordered the Israelites to prepare lambs on the 10th of Nisan for the paschal offering, the Egyptians were paralyzed with fear and could not prevent them from doing so, even though the lamb was an Egyptian deity.




משכן  -- Mishkaan - Tabernacle

שבת הגדל  -- Shabbat Hagadol - The Great Sabbath


SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -


Nachum Chasan

Head of School




Inside the Classroom


ESL News

Mrs. Karen Schreiber


The Silver Academy ESL students are actively participating and absorbing American literature.  They are volunteering and picking up the English language with greater ease.


Recently, our 3rd and 4th grade students read Judith Viorst's book entitled, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The students decided to write about a day in their own life.  Of course, they have never had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, so they brainstormed synonyms for a very good day. Using a graphic organizer to layout the day, they came up with various events to include in their stories, some actually happened and others they wish would have happened.  From these events, they created their "best, fabulous, amazing, awesome, very good day" stories!  Each page was enhanced by their wonderful illustrations.


With the help of our computer teacher, Mrs. Rebuck, we turned our books into eBooks.  After the pages were scanned into the computer, the students typed their words. Finally, we recorded the students' voices reading their stories.  We now have young, new authors at The Silver Academy! 


Check out the eBooks by clicking on the links below.  Enjoy!

Click here to read Best, Amazing Day

Click Here to read Excellent, Fabulous Day






Recycle Club

Mrs. Cheryl Sinoway, Advisor


There is a commandment central to Judaism which is "bal tashchit", which translated means "don't waste or destroy". I have the pleasure of observing the Silver Academy Recycling Club honoring this commandment every Wednesday morning at 7:30 am.
The Recycling Club meets early in the morning to collect the contents of the school's blue recycling containers.  Our club members sign in, don their special badges, form small teams, and make sure all recycling materials are put into bags and brought into the cafeteria. (The custodial staff takes the bags to the recycling dumpsters later in the day.) When everyone has finished their job, the group returns to the resource room for a snack and a quick meeting where we might read a book about the environment, or learn about some aspect of keeping our planet healthy and clean.
In May, the members in kindergarten and first grades will have a colossal ice cream party to celebrate their year in the recycling club.  Grades two and above will go on a field trip.  In previous years, we have gone to either the Ronald McDonald House, where students learn how the House recycles glossy magazines to help raise funds, or Wildwood Sanctuary, a beautiful nature oasis in the middle of Harrisburg.  Stay tuned...plans are being made for another fantastic trip!  

We are always happy to welcome new members into the recycling club. We have lots of fun while performing a great mitzvah! 

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


Kudos to Kids

Holocaust Essay Winner

Congratulation to Anthony McVey for earning 1st place for his entry in the Schwab Holocaust Essay Contest. The contest was sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg and was open to students in grades 8-12 in Central Pa. This year's topic was, "What similarities and/or differences between the Holocaust and the present do you see happening in the world?" Tony will read his essay at the Yom Hashish Commemoration on Sunday, April 19, at 11:00 am, at the Harrisburg Holocaust Monument. 

Students Earn Awards at the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair

Last week several of our seventh and eighth grade students participated in the annual Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair held at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg. They presented their science fair projects and answered questions from a panel of judges. Dalia Shvartsman received a gold medal for her first place project. In addition, she received the Dr. George Hayward Love Senior Judges' Award for exceptional display and interview presentation. Batsheva Gewirtz and Nina Brodsky earned second place awards for their projects and received a silver metal. We are so proud of all the students' accomplishments.



School Notes and Reminders     

Special Student Council 
Events Tomorrow!

Pajama Day is tomorrow!
Don't miss this opportunity to come to school in your comfy pajamas! 

School Store is open 
tomorrow morning (7:30-8:05)!
Come early in the morning and visit our school store! It's a place where you can get a lot of fun toys and school supplies that cost from 25 cents to 1 dollar!
(Please bring small change and bills.)


Ma'ot Chitim and Selling Chometz

70 Years of Memories

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 Community News

Israeli Day Celebration


Sunday, April 26, 10:00, at the JCC


Click Here for More Information



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