February 11, 2016
2 Adar 1, 5776
Good Things Happen Every Day
at The Silver Academy
Rachel Zilbering, Principal

Next Thursday, at 7:00 pm, is our annual open house.  While we do a good job of highlighting school events during the year through various online and print media, nothing compares to an in-person visit.  At the open house, you will hear about our school and why we think we're the best school choice in Harrisburg.  Please plan to join us if you are a parent of a prospective Pre-K (Ganienu) student, Kindergarten student, or above!  If you can't make it to the open house but would still like to check us out, contact Jackie Rubin at [email protected] to set up a tour.  We hope to see everyone next week!

Rachel Zilbering

Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies
SHABBAT - February 12th and 13th      
The 3rd and 4th of Adar I.
CANDLE LIGHTING - Friday, 5:19 pm
HAVDALAH - Saturday, 6:22 pm
 PARSHAT - Terumah - Exodus 21:1 - 24:18
סיכום - Summary
  • While Moses was on Mount Sinai, G-d commanded him to tell the Israelites to build a Tabernacle. Moses instructs the Israelites to bring a terumah (donation) for the building of the Tabernacle.
  • In the Tabernacle there was to be a Holy Ark made of acacia wood.
  • The contents of the Tabernacle included a Menorah of pure gold.
  • Finally, there was to be a square Alter fitted with rings and poles, so that it could be carried.
  • Surrounding all these holy objects, there was to be a courtyard about 150 feet long and 75 feet wide, enclosed by curtains of fine linen.
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -

Inside the Classroom
1st Graden General Studies
Mrs. Brandy Hurley 

In the spirit of America during these primary days, first grade is learning about American symbols. They read various nonfiction books about the American flag, the bald eagle and the Statue of Liberty. Students learned the history of our flag and were surprised to learn it has changed many times throughout our country's history. Students also used what they learned about the Statue of Liberty to understand Eve Bunting's book, A Picnic in OctoberThis fiction book is about a present day immigrant family and how the family members remember and celebrate a symbol dear to their hearts...the Statue of Liberty.

First grade is also focusing on writing. During the past few weeks, they have been writing realistic fiction stories. They continue to practice the writing process as they make up adventures for their unique characters. When they create a character they love, they write several books about him or her, making their very own story series. Who knows...perhaps we have a J.K. Rowling or Roald Dahl among us!


4th Grade Judaics
Mr. Ellis Rosenberg

What ?! Rosh Chodesh Adar? So Purim is in two weeks and Passover in six weeks? Not so fast .... In fourth grade we learned why this year there is an "extra" month of Adar. Just as we have a leap year day (Feb 29) every four years in the secular calendar, we have a leap year in the Jewish calendar every three years or so to make sure that Passover can still be "Chag Ha'Aviv", the spring time holiday. We also (in Hebrew, of course) read the discussions between Hillel and Shammai about when the New Year for the Trees (Tu B'shvat) should be celebrated, the first or the fifteenth of the month of Shvat. 

We learned that when poor Chana Zelda wanted to make latkas for her husband for Chanukah, she was constantly running out of ingredients and sending her husband to the store again and again. Our fourth grade also learned about the "Chaizarim", the group of aliens from the far off star of P'ridim, and how they ended up traveling to Earth to save their planet.

In the Book of Joshua, we just learned that the Red Sea was not the only time that Hashem stopped the flow of water for the Jewish people. For the Jews to enter the land of Canaan, they needed to cross the Jordan River. Hashem stopped the flow of the river for the Jewish people to cross on dry land. We also reviewed how the tribes of Reuven, Gad, and part of the tribe of Menasha, kept their promise to Moshe and sent their soldiers across the Jordan with the rest of the tribes, even though they had requested land on the east side of the Jordan River. This has been a sampling of what students have learned in the fourth grade.  


to Elez Bell for earning a 2nd place award for his entry in a Hebrew poetry contest, non-native speaking category!

This is the fifth year for RAVSAK's annual Hebrew Poetry Contest.  Nationally, thousands of students and teachers around the world have the opportunity to express themselves in Hebrew, not merely as a language of function, but one of beauty, metaphor, and tone.  By challenging themselves this way, students and teachers rise to a new level of fluency.

Be sure to click below to read Elez's winning poem... and be sure to tell him "Mazel Tov" for this wonderful achievement!


Getting to Know Our School Families

Check out this week's focus family - The Swidler 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 Wolfson Auditorium
  • A few topics...Social Media, Cyberbullying, Apps
  • All are welcome
  • No Charge

Silver Academy Open House

Community Events

CLICK HERE for More Information About this Event

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, [email protected], 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:  2/22
Daisies Meeting: 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! 

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Wednesday Morning Recycle Club

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Dates to Remember

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!