November 5, 2015
Cheshvan 23, 5776
Good Things Happen Every
Day at The Silver Academy
Rachel Zilbering, Principal

Last night,  we had a very successful kickoff of our Annual Campaign with The Souper Kickoff.   Thanks to Mindy Lock, Seena Chriti, Shari Dym,  Tammy Reid and Andrea Lieber for cooking up a storm!   Even though it was nearly 75 degrees on a November night, we had a great time eating soup with our Silver Academy family and friends.

The Souper Kickoff was just the beginning...our annual phone-a-thon will be this Sunday, November 8.  You can help in a big way by volunteering to make calls. An even bigger way to support our school would be to answer the call and make a pledge. We count on your financial support,  and every contribution makes a difference!

Please contact our Director of Development, Shari Dym, to sign up to make calls.   [email protected] 

Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies

זכור את יום השבת לקדשו

SHABBAT - November 6th and 7th
The 24th and 25th of Cheshvan
CANDLE LIGHTING - Friday - 4:38 pm
HAVDALAH - Saturday - 5:39 pm
PARSHAT - Chaye Sarah - Genesis 23:1- 25:18
סיכום - Summary 
  • This week's Parsha tells of the Death and burial of Sarah in the Cave of Machpelah.
  • Abraham sends his loyal servant Eliezar to search for a wife for Isaac.
  • Eliezer finds Rebekah, whom Isaac chooses to be his wife.
  • Abraham dies at the age of one hundred and seventy five years.
  • Abraham is buried next to Sarah in the Cave of Machpelah.
Notable Mitzvah (Commandment) in the Parsha 
  • TZAR'BA'ALEI CHAYIM - Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Kindness to animals is an important religious obligation in Judaism. Rebekah's insistence that Eliezer's camels also receive water was one of the conditions for her being chosen as the eventual wife of Isaac. It clearly displayed her sensitivity and compassion toward animals. 
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -
Inside the Classroom

Kindergarten General Studies
Mrs. Kate Carpenter

Kindergarten has been very busy and productive so far this year. Here are some of the things we've already accomplished:
  • Learned a special birthday song, made a birthday book, and celebrated our first birthday with a class party.
  • Explored the history of North America starting with the Native Americans and Vikings and ending with Christopher Columbus. (Please look for our history posters on the bulletin board in the hallway to see what we have learned.)
  • Mastered all 52 letters of the alphabet and published our Alphabet Art books.
  • Practiced our calendar skills and made numbers from 1 to 40 using tens and ones.
  • Used our Judy clocks to tell time to the hour.
  • Met and learned 13 sight words in October.
  • Had fun independently reading books during Rainbow Reading time.
Now we're ready for more learning in November!


Middle School Judaic Studies
Rabbi Moshe Yosef Gewirtz

Few would argue that prayer can, and should be, an enjoyable and meaningful experience.  But it often isn't, neither for adults nor children.  A groundbreaking seminar with national and cross denominational representation was held in July at the Pearlstone Retreat Center to address this challenge.  We were fortunate to have Rabbi Gewirtz participate.

The group participated in group discussions, classes led by individual participants, and webinars with world renowned experts in prayer education and child development.  Goals were determined and methodologies shared and developed.  Participants were charged with bringing new approaches to their schools and reporting back the results.

Back at the Silver Academy, Rabbi Gewirtz shared his experience with the other Judaic Studies teachers and inaugurated a prayer program for fifth through eighth grades called "Davening Lab".  So that students could develop a personal connection with the prayers, homework and "after davening" projects are designed to help them discover how the prayers express their own thoughts and feelings.  Time is reserved for the students to share and discuss their ideas with the group.  On certain days, individual "quiet" davening replaces the standard group choral davening.  Mrs. Layala Males leads the girls in their own Tefilah group once a week to allow the students the benefit of a gender specific prayer environment.  Students are encouraged and required to periodically lead the tefilot in order to learn that important skill.

There is no doubt that Davening Lab, like all educational strategies, will require some tweaking. But it is already making a positive contribution to Tefilah at the Silver Academy.

Fort Hunter Field Trip
Mrs. Brandy Hurley

Last Friday, the second graders visited Fort Hunter. During the first part of the program, students explored how Native Americans once lived in the Harrisburg area. Students learned how they obtained food, shelter, clothing and equipment. Everyone had the opportunity to handle the kinds of food, materials and equipment once used by Native Americans who farmed and hunted here in the 1300s and 1400s. Finally, each student made a clay pot to take home. After lunch, students toured the Fort Hunter mansion. They experienced what life was like in the 1800s. They discovered many differences between their own daily life and those of children of the mansion and the Native American children. After finding out that children were responsible for emptying all the chamber pots, we all decided never to complain about chores again! Everyone had a great time and walked away with a wealth of new knowledge.
School Notes and Reminders

Tomorrow is a BIG day at 
The Silver Academy!
Please join us for...

Kabbalat Shabbat Celebration
1:45-2:40 pm in the Wolfson Auditorium
  • All students should come dressed for a Shabbat celebration and should wear a white shirt or blouse. 

Holiday-Themed Gift Sale!

In conjunction with Kabbalat Shabbat, there will be a sale of great gifts and home items! Through a generous donation from Beth El Sisterhood, we have many holiday-themed gifts (Shabbat, Pesach, and Hanukkah) and toys for purchase prior to Kabbalat Shabbat. The collection of menorahs alone is extraordinary!

The tables will be lining our hallways this Friday, and we look forward to seeing you! All proceeds will go to the Silver Academy, allowing the school to continue enriching the lives of our students each and every day.

If you would like to browse but cannot make it
to the Kabbalat Shabbat sale, please contact Judith Hodara ([email protected]) to arrange to come by another time.

Come out and support Silver Academy!

Phone-a-Thon Volunteers Needed!
Please donate two hours of your time to keep The Silver Academy strong!

You have the power to enable students from all spectra of Jewish practice to bond with their heritage in an intellectual and ethical us call donors to make their 2016 annual campaign pledge.  

Phone-a-Thon Time Slots:
  • Sunday, November 8, 9 am - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, November 11, 4-8 pm
  • Tuesday, November 17, 4-8 pm
To volunteer, contact Shari Dym at 238-8775 x 207 or email [email protected]

Challah With a Twist 
Offers Weekly Order and Delivery To Students and Teachers

"Challah With a Twist", (a.k.a. Varda Challah), has been providing home baked challah for the Harrisburg community for over 20 years.

Now, the Silver Academy will make this delicious challah available on Fridays to be sent home with students and faculty. To see the assortment of products available and to order, please go to the website:

Orders must be made by Thursday prior to delivery date. Please indicate on the order form that the challah will be going home with your child. Payment in the form of a check should be made payable to Challah With a Twist and submitted to the school office. Please write Challah With a Twist on the envelope. If you have any questions, please call Varda Gewirtz at 717-919-1358.

Girl Scouts!
Our upcoming meeting dates are:

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

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

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.

Don't Forget - Tomorrow is...

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

Click Here for More Info


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Dates to Remember

Nov 6, 1:45-2:40 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat

Nov 6
Grandparents & Special Persons Day

Nov 8, 9 am-4 pm

Nov 9
1st Mkg Period Ends

Nov 11, 4-8 pm

Nov 17, 6:30-8:30 pm
Parent-Teacher Conferences

Nov 17, 4-8 pm

Nov 18, 11:40
Early Dismissal
Parent-Teacher Conferences, 1:00-4:00

Silver Summary is for Grandparents too!