November 12, 2015
Cheshvan 30, 5776
Good Things Happen Every
Day at The Silver Academy
Rachel Zilbering, Principal

This is a jam packed Silver Summary because we have had so much going on! 

Last Friday was one of the highlights of the whole year...  Grandparents and Special Person Day!  Take a look at the article and pictures at the end of this Silver Summary, and you will get a glimpse of the joy we all shared.  

In honor of Veterans' Day, students of The Silver Academy spent time with Herm Minkoff, a veteran of the Korean War. Herm spoke to the students about the importance of showing respect to symbols that represent our country...the American flag, Pledge of Allegiance, and our anthems. The group engaged in thoughtful discussion with Mr. Minkoff and gained insight from his first hand experiences.

Mr. Minkoff is no stranger to our school, as his three girls attended The Silver Academy. Also, our own Mr. Ellis Rosenberg reported that Herm served as the school's basketball coach for many years! (Ellis was one of his players - see picture below.)

Freedom is Not FREE

Sarah presents thank you cards created by students

1968 Basketball Team
Coach Herm Minkoff, a Veteran of the Korean War, 
returned to the Silver Academy this week to speak with students about honoring Veterans and our country.

Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies

זכור את יום השבת לקדשו                         
SHABBAT - November 13th and 14th   
The 1st and 2nd  of Kislev
CANDLE LIGHTING - Friday - 4:31 pm
HAVDALAH - Saturday - 5:33 pm
PARSHAT - Toldot -- Genesis 25:19 - 28:9
סיכום - Summary 
  • This week's Parsha tells of Isaac praying for his barren wife, Rebekah, to have children.
  • Rebekah gives birth to twins, Esau and Jacob.
  • Esau grows up a hunter and Jacob an upright dweller in tents.
  • Esau, the elder, sells his birthright to Jacob for a pot of lentil soup.
  • Rebekah, who favors her younger son Jacob, arranges for Jacob to secure his father's coveted blessing instead of Esau.
  • Esau is so upset that Jacob received his fathers blessing that he wants to kill him.
  • Jacob is forced to flee for his life and goes to live with his uncle Laban. 
Notable Mitzvah (Commandment) in the Parsha 
  • FAMILY BLESSINGS - Blessing one's children is a sacred duty in Judaism. The custom now is to bless children before eating the Friday evening Shabbat meal.   
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -

Welcome New Students

We all send a warm welcome to our new students and their family! Please take a minute to say hello to Uriel (4th grade), Meital (2nd grade), Yael (Ganienu), and their parents, Rami Pavolotzky and Daniela Szuster.

The Pavolotzky Szuster family recently moved to the Lancaster area, where they both serve as Rabbis of Temple Beth El in Lancaster. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, they lived in San Jose, Costa Rica, where they served at Congregation B'nei Israel.

Inside the Classroom

Second Grade Judaic Studies
Mrs. Aviva Woodland (Morah Aviva)

Kitah Bet is growing in more ways than one this year. We have had the privilege of warmly welcoming 2 new students to our class, Ariella Jackson and Meital Pavolotzky! Having new students gives us many opportunities to put into practice our everyday Hebrew curriculum. Students greet one another, using Hebrew phrases to introduce themselves. This year in addition to speaking Ivrit (Hebrew) in the present tense, we are developing our skills to add the past tense and introducing the future tense. Students are enjoying reading stories aloud and writing simple sentences summarizing what we read.
Students in Kitah Bet, have been excited to read in Hebrew Chumash B'reishit, the first book of the Torah and are learning to understand the text based on classic commentaries and identifying the Hebrew Shorashim, root words. Students are learning to answer essential questions Mi? (who?) Ma? (What?), Ma Osim (what are they doing?), Lama? (Why?) among other questions as we read the text.
Looking around the corner to Rosh Chodesh Kislev, we are looking forward to learning the story of Chanukah in Hebrew and learning new songs which tell of the bravery of the Maccabeem.
In Parashat HaShavuah, Kitah Bet loves singing the "Shir shel chumash B'reishit". They can recite all the 12 names of the Parashote in Chumash B'reishit in order!  In our study of last week's Parasha, Vayera we focused on the mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim,  Welcoming Guests which we learn from Avraham as he welcomed the 3 Angels into his tent. Kitah Bet enjoyed welcoming their grandparents and special persons to our classroom last Friday!
Kitah Bet and Morah Aviva wish you a Shabbat Shalom - A Peace filled Shabbat!

Forth and Fifth Grades Social Studies
Mrs. Jessica Wenzelberger
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Good writers get to the point, and that is exactly what we are practicing in 4th and 5th grade while working on our personal narratives. What is an exciting event that happened in your life? What is an exciting event that happened in someone else's life that you know? These are just two of the questions we asked ourselves prior to writing our narratives. We took these questions and answered them with some creative liberty and embellishment to make our writing more exciting and creative.

Here you can see us illustrating one of the settings in our narratives. While writing, we try to create a picture with our words. Now, we are bringing our stories to life with an illustration. These illustrations will be on display in our hallway once they are completed. As for our stories, we will keep working on them as we work step by step through the writing process.

In social studies, we are furthering our knowledge on Pennsylvania. Towards the end of the month, we will be replicating a map of Pennsylvania on a large scale. We will also be writing acrostic poems to show what we know about Pennsylvania. Come visit us in room 222 and see it for yourself!

School Notes and Reminders

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.  

There is still one more opportunity to help...
  • 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.

A day for perspective students to experience The Silver Academy


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 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.


Help Support Our School by  
Shopping at Giant
Two easy ways to earn money for our school..
  • Register your Giant bonus card...More registered cards means more $ earned!

Please register your giant bonuscard if you have not done so already.  Instructions can be found in the link below. Our School is The Silver Academy and our number is 21305. This is a new number, but all of our old numbers transferred. We currently have 427 people who have registered our school. The highest number we had was 569. Let's set a new record this year!  Pass this information along to your family and friends!

(School Code: 21305    Name: The Silver Academy)
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Grandparents and Special Person Day

We had a wonderful time celebrating Grandparent and Special Person Day last Friday.  Over 70 grandparents and special people joined us for this fun day! Students spent the afternoon creating, writing, dancing and learning with their grandparents and special people. The afternoon concluded with a beautiful school-wide Kabbalat Shabbat where everyone chanted blessings, ate challah, sang songs and welcomed in Shabbat. We are so glad we were able to share this afternoon with our extended Silver Academy family! 


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Dates to Remember

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

Nov 25, 11:40
Early Dismissal

Nov 26-27, No School

Nov 30
Open House for Prospective Students

Silver Summary is for Grandparents too!