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
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 memb
ers 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!