January 28, 2016
Shevat 18, 5776
Good Things Happen Every Day
at The Silver Academy
Rachel Zilbering, Principal

What a week it has been...short, but full. It seems like just yesterday I was writing last week's article for the Silver Summary.

The blizzard of 2016 was certainly memorable. While the snow was record-breaking and the removal was intense, it generated many positive outcomes.

I live at the end of a cul-de-sac, and for two days neighbors came together like family.  We cleared snow together, played together and helped watch each other's children.  We all worked together and made the best of a wintry situation. 

Here, at The Silver Academy, I feel the same sense of family every day. The students, teachers and staff constantly pitch in and look out for one another, creating a nurturing environment.

We invite you to come and experience our school family for yourself. Please plan to join us for our winter Open House on Thursday, February 18, 7-8:00 pm. I believe you will quickly understand the caring environment of The Silver Academy.

And...let's hope that we don't break any more snow records this winter!

Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies

זכור את יום השבת לקדשו

SHABBAT - January 29th and 30th  
       The 19th and 20th of Shevat
CANDLE LIGHTING - Friday, 5:02 pm
HAVDALAH - Saturday, 6:05 pm
PARSHAT - Yitro - Exodus 18:1-20:23
סיכום - Summary
  • In the desert, Moses was joined by his father-in-law, Jethro.
  • Jethro brings Ziporah, the wife of Moses, and their children to the Israelite camp.
  • Jethro suggests to Moses that the burden of leadership is too much for one man to bear.
  • He advises Moses to choose people with whom to share the leadership.
  • Moses listens to Jethro and appoints captains to help the Israelites settle disputes.
  • Moses and the Israelites camp at Mount Sinai.
  • Moses ascends the mountain and G-d speaks to him, giving him the Ten Commandments. 
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -

Inside the Classroom
2nd Grade Judaics
Mrs. Aviva Woodland (Morah Aviva)

Since Rosh Chodesh Shevat, Kitah Bet has been learning about different types of trees and fruits of Israel. We read a book, "Etzim Mikol HaMinim" in Hebrew which described all kinds of trees, their blossoms, fruits and how we benefit from them. In our studies, we drew a connection to the 3rd day of creation when trees of all kinds were created. We made a second connection to our current study of Chumash as we read this week about the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil as Adam and Chava were told not to eat its fruit. Students will write and illustrate a book about a type of tree in Hebrew.

This week we celebrated Tu B'Shevat, the New Year of the Trees in our classroom by making a Tu B'Shevat Seder and enjoyed tasting fruits of the seven species of fruit and grains mentioned in the Torah. Gefen - grapes and grape juice were by far the most favorite, but several students also enjoyed zatim - olives, t'anim - figs, and t'marim - dates. With the big snow storm this week which forced us to delay our Seder, students questioned why we celebrate Tu B'Shevat now and not in the Springtime. They learned that although it is still Winter in Israel most of the rain has fallen and the date was determined in the Mishna.

Soon we will turn our attention to Purim. But in the meantime enjoy Winter!
Shabbat Shalom from Kitah Bet and Morah Aviva :-)

4th and 5th Grade General Studies
Mrs. Jessica Wenzelburger

Over the winter break, the 4th and 5th graders each took a book home to enjoy. Fourth grade read Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. It's the story of young Opal and her adventures with her new friend, Winn-Dixie. Fifth grade read Holes by Louis Sachar, which describes the events at Camp Green Lake (a camp for trouble-making boys).

After reading their books, the students recreated the stories as children's books. They wrote summarized versions of the books with accompanying illustrations. In the photos below, you can see the 4th and 5th grade students sharing their creations with the first graders. Some students decided to bring their books to life even further, by dressing up as characters from the book! 

Getting to Know Our School Families

Check out this week's focus family - The First Family?

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


Cyber Safety Workshop
The Pennsylvania 
Attorney General's Office 


  • Tuesday, February 23, 6:30 pm
  • In The Silver Academy Wolfsome Auditorium
  • A few topics...Social Media, Cyberbullying, Apps
  • All are welcome
  • No Charge

Silver Academy Open House

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


School Notes and Reminders

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, sdym@silveracademypa.org, by March 11

Girl Scout News
Girl Scout Cookies are on sale 
now! Support our troops!
Interested in buying Cookies but don't know who to ask...contact Aviva Woodland at 717-645-3917 or
Chastity Cottingham-Frye at 695-4838

Upcoming Girl Scout Meetings: 

Brownies, Junior, Cadette Meetings: 2/1, 2/22
Daisies Meeting: 2/8, 2/29

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
Tu B'Shevat Planting


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Dates to Remember

February 5, 1:45
Kabbalat Shabbat

February 15
No School 

February 18, 7-8:00 pm
Open House

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

February 23, 6:30 pm
Cyber Safety Workshop for parents

Silver Summary is for Grandparents too!