January 21, 2016
Shevat 11, 5776
Good Things Happen Every Day
at The Silver Academy
Rachel Zilbering, Principal

On Monday, January 18th, The Silver Academy hosted its annual Mitzvah Day/Bring a Friend to School Day. The school honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a day committed to community service, fun and friendship. 

Twenty-two guests joined our students for the morning as they participated in a variety of activities. All students and their guests enjoyed the Stars of Hope project. They fashioned wooden stars with words, expressions and drawings that inspire hope. These stars will be given to the residents of The Jewish Home.
Additionally, The Silver Academy partnered with Hadassah for a Tu B'Shevat planting activity. Students decorated planters and filled them with soil and parsley seeds with hope that they will have the herb ready for the Passover Seder.

The students also had a chance to experience Israeli Boot Camp with Mr. Hasson, a Silver Academy parent who is currently the Israeli delegate at the Army War College in Carlisle. Students and friends participated in a various team building exercises.

After a delicious lunch, students said goodbye to their friends and continued on with their exciting day. Author Debbie Hervitz joined us and read her book, Where I Live, a book about Central Pennsylvania. Debbie Hervitz, a former Silver Academy teacher and parent of four Silver Academy graduates, generously gave a copy of her book to each student. Students finished off their day with a dip in the JCC swimming pool. It was a great way to end a very meaningful and fun-filled day.

We were so glad to be able to share this day with our students' friends and look forward to seeing them again next year!
Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies

זכור את יום השבת לקדשו
SHABBAT - January 22nd and 23rd    
The 12th and 13th of Shevat
CANDLE LIGHTING - Friday, 4:54 pm
HAVDALAH - Saturday, 5:57 pm
 PARSHAT - Beshallach - Exodus 13:17 - 17:16
סיכום - Summary
  • The Israelites depart Egypt, but Pharaoh changes his mind and decides to pursue after them.
  • The Red Sea splits open, and the Israelites cross safely.
  • Pharaoh tried to follow the Israelites, but the water returned and drowned all the Egyptians.
  • In celebration, the Israelites sing a song of victory to G-d.
  • Thus, this Shabbat is also known as Shabbat Shirah - the Shabbat of Song.
  • The Israelites begin their trek through the wilderness with complaints to Moses about the lack of food and drink.
  • G-d grants the Israelites water and manna.
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -
Inside the Classroom
Kindergarten General Studies
Mrs. Kate Carpenter
January is drawing to a close, and the 100th Day of School is right around the corner. We have been using 100's charts to find number patterns and to write numbers to twenty and beyond. Students can also tell time to the half hour, as well as the hour.

Kindergarten students have now met and learned 40 sight words, and we find these words everywhere. If we can't find a particular word frequently enough, we just write and illustrate our own books!

Our favorite author these days is Mo Willems, especially the Elephant and Piggie series. They are so much fun to read aloud, and now many students can read them on their own - or with a tiny bit of help.
Now that students know all the letters, we're focusing on our consonant and short vowel sounds. These get put into use during Kid Writing time when students write their own fiction or non-fiction stories with the gentle help of our faithful Writing Guides.

The Big Idea we're exploring in History is: Why do people come to America? In November we learned about the Pilgrims who came for religious freedom. Now we are beginning to learn the story of how and why West Africans came to America. As this story unfolds, we keep in mind what Dr. Martin Luther King taught us: "The arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice."  

Middle School Judaics
Rabbi Yosef Gewirtz

I've always felt that the primary goal of studying history should be the ability of the student to clearly appreciate the context of his life.  The curriculum designer chooses events that he feels will contribute to the understanding of the present, in light of the past.  Evaluation of the events and their role in the student's perspective must also be included.  The challenge of what to include is further complicated by the limited class time available for any subject in a tight schedule.

A new website has just made this task easier.  Odyeda.com is a timeline that contains major events and personalities in Jewish history, corresponding events in world history, and much other information placed on parallel timelines above and below the "event" timeline.  Each entry also contains links that lead to additional websites and information.  The site has received the approval of the Israeli Ministry of Education.

The curriculum need not be limited to the information on the time line; it already includes more information.  But it is an excellent reference point as well as a very effective way to help students visualize the sequence and scope of Jewish history, and its relationship with world history.  Our 
plan is to design a three year program during this year and the following two years so that  the present Sixth Grade will be the first to complete the full curriculum.  So far, things are on schedule!

Getting to Know Our School Families

Do you know the Shubitz-Schaefer

CLICK HERE to learn a little more about this Silver Academy family.


Join us for Food, Fun & Friends
Be sure to click on the link below to place your food order!

School Notes and Reminders

camera.jpgPicture Day
Tuesday, January 26
Dress in your picture prefect outfit!

Two Ways to Order
  • Bring your completed order form to school or
  • Place your order online at MYLIFETOUCH.COM. Enter our school's picture day ID:  LT415399Q0

Silver Academy Shabbat 
at Kesher Israel
Saturday, March 19
  • 9:00 am - Morning service led by Rabbi Akiva Males
  • 10:30 am - Junior Congregation led by Tammy Reid
  • 11:45 - Luncheon (Those who are attending other synagogues that morning are welcome)
  • Cost: $15 per adult / $5 per child / $36 per family maximum (Checks payable to Silver Academy PTO)
  • RSVP Shari Dym, [email protected], by March 11

JCC Boys and Girls Basketball Schedule
Mark your calendar, and come out to support our teams!

Challah With a Twist 
Offers Weekly Order and Delivery To Students and Teachers
  • Order your challah at this website:  challahwithatwist.com
  • Place your order by Thursday.
  • Challah will be delivered to our school on Fridays for students to bring home.
  • Send check to school, payable to Challah with a Twist
  • Questions? Please call Varda Gewirtz at 717-919-1358.
"Challah With a Twist", (a.k.a. Varda Challah), has been providing home baked challah for the Harrisburg community for over 20 years.

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.

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 be 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 Rabbi 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
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
Mitzvah Day - Bring a Friend to School Day

 "Stars of Hope" Project

A Visit from Author Debbie Hervitz 


Tu B'Shevat planting activity in partnership with Hadassah
(Planting herbs that will be used at our Passover Seder)

Experiencing an Israeli Army Book Camp
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Dates to Remember

January 25
Tu B'Shevat Program

January 26
Picture Day

February 5, 1:45
Kabbalat Shabbat

February 11, 6:45 pm
1st grade Siddur Celebration

February 15
No School (Snow make up day if needed)

February 22, 4:00-8:00
The Silver Deli

Silver Summary is for Grandparents too!