December 10, 2015
Kislev 28, 5776
Good Things Happen Every
Day at The Silver Academy
Rachel Zilbering, Principal
This week has been so much fun! On Monday, many of our students performed at the annual "Chanukah at the Capitol".  They were all wonderful representatives of The Silver Academy. 

Since we are a "day school" and not a "night school" we light our Chanukah candles at the start of the school day in the lobby of the JCC.  Each day, a different member of the Student Council lights the candles and leads us in prayer, song and dance.  If you did not see the video, take a look. But a warning, you might get dizzy watching.
I am looking forward to the Celebration of Light and Learning this evening at 6:45 in the Mary Sachs Auditorium.  The entire school has been working hard getting ready for their performances.  I hope you can join us. 

Happy Chanukah and Shabbat Shalom

Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies

זכור את יום השבת לקדשו                         
SHABBAT - December 11th and 12th   
The 29th and 30th of Kislev
CANDLE LIGHTING - Friday - 4:21 pm
HAVDALAH - Saturday - 5:23 pm
PARSHAT - Miketz -  Genesis 41:1 - 44:17
סיכום - Summary 
  • This week's Parsha begins in the end of a two year period when Joseph is in jail and Pharaoh has two dreams.
  • Pharaoh's butler remembers Joseph in jail and that he was able to interpret dreams.
  • Joseph interprets Pharaoh's dreams.
  • There will be seven years of great abundance in the land to be followed by seven years of famine.
  • Joseph is rewarded by being put in charge of the land.
  • The famine strikes in Canaan and Jacob sends his sons, except Benjamin, to Egypt.
  • Joseph seizes Simeon and tells the brothers that he will not go free until they return with the youngest brother.
  • Joseph tests his brothers to see how they feel about their wrongdoing of long ago.                                                                   
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -
HAPPY HANUKKAH - חג אורים שמח

Inside the Classroom
Second Grade General Studies
Mrs. Brandy Hurley

This week, second graders are trying their hand at poetry. We have been discussing what qualifies as a poem. So far, we have tried adding different elements to our 
own poetry such as alliteration,  onomatopoeias, rhythm and similes. We are learning how to write poems, Haiku and Limericks.  Check out one of our most recent, (and very timely), acrostic poems!

A miracle
Unwrap Presents
A Menorah
Help Light the Menorah 

Middle School Judaics
Rabbi Yoseph Gewirtz        

The Judaic Studies Division at the Silver Academy Middle School recently upgraded its Jewish Literacy Program. The Jewish Literacy Program was conceived two years ago as an opportunity to include instruction in topics for which there was not adequate time during the school day.  By utilizing what has become known as "flipped education", using homework as instructional time and reinforcing the learning in school, the Judaic Middle School curriculum has been significantly enriched.

Until recently, Rabbi Gewirtz prepared the instructional material which was presented through the ProProfs  Quiz Maker web site.   But, since Thanksgiving, the instructional material has been coming from an exciting new source, "Torah Live".  Torah Live's mission is (the following quote is from its website) "to create cutting-edge multimedia presentations that communicate Jewish values in a non-preachy, well organized, and energetic manner".  Links to the short Torah Live videos are found within the ProProfs nightly presentation at Rabbi Gewirtz's wiki.  As before, a quiz question is included to evaluate the students' learning.  The next day in school, all that is required is a 3 minute review of the home lesson.  The first topic was Chanukah.  The students report being pleased with "their NEW JLQ"!

We are Thankful for Parent Support! 

The third, fourth and fifth grades would like to thank Bob and Marla Johnson and Mrs. Deborah Johnson for graciously sponsoring the Chanukiot (Chanukah Menorahs) which the students assembled and decorated. These Chanukiot are fully functional, and many students are lighting their own Chanukiah for the first time!

A special thank you to Avi Harringer and his family! They saved labels from SunnyD containers to earn  20 FREE books for our class! First Graders are thrilled to have these new books and have already chosen some favorites!

School Notes and Reminders

Prospective Parents Information Session
Thursday, December 17, 9:30-11:30

Want to Learn if The Silver Academy is a good match for you and your children? Join us to meet current parents, sit in on classes, speak with administrators, and interact with students. 

Don't miss tonight's
Celebration of Light and Learning
  • Tonight, Dec 10, 6:45 in the Mary Sachs Auditorium
  • You won't want to miss this wonderful event!

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.

Life and Legacy

Chanukah celebrations have been happening here for many years...

Light an eternal flame with a gift through your will to The Silver Academy and keep the lights shining bright for generations to come.

Ongoing Fundraisers

Boxtops 4 Education
Clip  BoxTops 4 Education symbols on General Mills, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Nestle Juicy Juice, Progresso soups and others. Each is worth 10 and can redeemed by The Silver Academy for cash! Please visit the Box Tops 4 Education website for more details.

Giant A+ School Rewards
The Giant A+ School Rewards program provides the opportunity to designate The Silver Academy as the beneficiary of 1% of all your purchases made through your Giant bonus card - no extra cost to you. To enroll, please visit the Giant A+ School Rewards Program website to register your bonus card number...Use The Silver Academy's registration number: 21305.

Giant Gift Cards
Purchase these dollar for dollar in the school's office, and then spend them the same as cash. The Silver Academy earns 5% - that's $50 earned for every $1,000 sold!  You may also purchase by calling Susan at 717-608-0190.

This is how it works...Download the free Shoparoo App on your phone and use the code VuG13074. You will then complete a profile and pick The David L. Silver Yeshiva Academy. Then after you complete a shopping trip, take a picture of the receipt using the camera on your phone with the app open. It is that easy! Once a year, Shoparoo sends the school a check from the percentages! 
Finally, if you are unable to scan the receipts and want us to take care of them, send your receipts to Bonni Roseman at school and she will take care of them for you! 

Silver Snapshots
Happy Chanukah from the Ganeinu Classroom

Practicing our "Moose Song" for the Celebration of Light and Learning

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Dates to Remember

Dec 10, 6:45
Celebration of Light and Learning - 
Mary Sachs Auditorium

Dec 11, 14, 8:15 am
Candle Lighting in the JCC Rotunda

Dec 17, 12:00
Arthur Goldberg Memorial Lecture

Dec 17, 9:30-11:30
Winter Open House

Dec 24 - Jan 1
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Silver Summary is for Grandparents too!