October 15, 2015
Cheshvan 3, 5776
Good Things Happen Every Day at 
The Silver Academy!
Rachel Zilbering, Principal

There is always something fun (and educational) going on at The Silver Academy. On Wednesday, the first day of the Hebrew month of Chesvan, we started a new monthly Rosh Chodesh project.  The project has several goals...we are marking and learning about the meaning of Rosh Chodesh, all grades are gathering together, and we are making all the components of a Havdalah set.  

At this month's event, older and younger students worked together to create Havdalah candles.  We started with sheets of wax inserted the wick and made the candle cylindrical.  Then, we had teachers help to warm the wax with hair dryers so that the wax became pliable to twist or braid.  It was a little tricky, so let's just say that all of the candles are truly one of a kind!

Our thanks to the Harrisburg Haverim Society and the Silver Academy PTO for funding this project, and to Mr. Rosenberg for organizing the event.

Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies

זכור את יום השבת לקדשו                         
SHABBAT -  October 16th and 17th
The 3rd and 4th of Cheshvan
HAVDALAH - 7:06 pm
 PARSHAT - NOACH  -- Genesis 6:9- 11:32
סיכום - Summary 
  • Adam and Eve had children and grandchildren and people multiplied upon the face of the earth.
  • They became wicked, until G-d was sorry that He had created man.
  • Only one man was worthy in the eyes of G-d, and that was Noah.
  • G-d tells Noah "I have decided to send a flood of water upon the earth to destroy every living thing. But I will save you and your family."
  • Noah is instructed to build an Ark, to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high.
  • Noah boarded the Ark with his wife and children and took along pairs of every sort of living thing with him, male and female of each kind.
  • Then it rained for forty days and nights. Every living creature was drowned in the flood.
  • The earth dries, and G-d promises, through the symbol of a rainbow, that the world will never again be destroyed in a flood. 
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -
Inside the Classroom

Kindergarten Judaics
Morah Sarah (Mrs. Sally Jo Bronner)

Kindergarten had so much fun learning about the holidays!  One of our favorite
activities was creating a beautiful sukkah and taking it downstairs to the Brenner Early Learning center where we sang shabbat and sukkot songs with the preschool children. Another fun activity was learning how to say the word "Lev" which means heart.  We learned that the last letter of the Torah is Lamed, and the first is Vet, which makes the word lev.  Right now we are learning about Noah and all the animals that he brought with him on his ark.  Ask kindergarten students how to say the animal names in Hebrew!  


Sixth Grade Social Studies
Mrs. Jessica Wenzelburger

Sixth grade is furthering their study of climates around the world by creating dioramas. They are working in pairs to replicate different climate regions such as: Dessert Climate and Mediterranean Climate. Some of the materials they will use to create the dioramas are cardboard, glue, markers, scissors. This week, we are focusing on researching climates by using the internet and our textbook. As you can see, their creativity and hard work is really starting to shine through! We are also tying language arts into social studies by writing our first essay about world climate regions. Using the writing process, we are improving our papers and skills as writers. Our projects and papers will be done by the end of October.  Be sure to stop by and see our dynamic dioramas!
School Notes and Reminders

A BIG Todah Rabah

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Holly Engelman and Moshe Bell for sponsoring the new Koren Youth Siddur which we are now using for davening (prayer services) in the third and fourth grades. Although we still have the same half hour allotted to prayers, we always seem to run out of time before we know it because the new siddur is so engaging."Tizku L'Mitzvot"
                                -Ellis Rosenberg

Girl Scouts is starting!
Our upcoming meeting dates are:

Girl Scouts (2nd grade and up): 
-October 19th
-November 2nd
-November 16th
-November 30th

Daisy Girl Scouts (Kindergarten and 1st grade):
-October 26th
-November 9th
-November 23rd

Annual Campaign Souper Kickoff
Wednesday, November 4
Join us for hot soup on a cool night!
Soup may be ordered for pick up!

Help...We Need Pictures from the 1960's!
We are looking for pictures of Silver Academy students from the 1960's for a bulletin board project at the JCC. If you have any original photos, we will scan them and return the originals. Please email Gail Rebuck if you can help: [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.

Mark Your Calendar!

PTO Fundraiser

Attention Parents...We have a quick and easy fundraiser and we need your help!

The fundraiser is simple...we have shopping passes for sale for $5 each.  The shopping pass entitles you to a 25% discount in most departments and some at 15% or 10%. Details are on the shopping pass.  (If you spend more than $20 you will get your money back).  We receive the full $5 for each pass sold, there is no catch!

Shopping passes are for sale at the school office.  Please consider picking up a few extras to sell to your friends and neighbors!  

ALSO...we are able to sell passes to walk in traffic at the store from 6:00 - 10:00 pm on the sale day.  If you are able to take a one hour shift on Tuesday, October 20th, please email Chastity at [email protected] with your availability.  

Thank you, 
The Silver Academy PTO

Community News

Kristallnacht 2015
  • Sunday evening, November 8, 5:00-6:30 pm
  • Mary Sachs Auditorium
  • Special Guest, author Rhonda Fink Whitman will review her book, 94 Maidens

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Silver Snapshots

All students gather to observe Rosh Chodesh. Using real wax, they made the first candle of a havdalah set.


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Nov 3
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