February 18, 2016
9 Adar 1, 5776
Good Things Happen Every Day
at The Silver Academy
Rachel Zilbering, Principal

Professional development is an ongoing effort for teachers at The Silver Academy.  This week, I have been attending a Pennsylvania Inspired Leaders training focused on best practices in teaching mathematics. Next week, two of our teachers will be attending PETE&C, a statewide technology conference held right next door in Hershey, and in March, we have another teacher attending a conference titled "Get Your Teach On".  We are committed to continuing our own education and bringing our best ideas and skills to The Silver Academy. 

As parents and grandparents, you are the models for lifelong learners in your homes. Did you know that there are many opportunities close to home to keep your own learning going? There are a number of college courses online that are offered for free. If you are interested in refreshing your math skills, check out Khan Academy for excellent videos and practice. An old school suggestion is to visit the local library, which offers endless choices.   

I have missed being at school this week and seeing the students. I hope to see many of you at our Open House this evening.  If you are not able to attend, but would like more information, please be in touch by either email or phone.  

Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies

SHABBAT - February 19th and 20th      
The 10th and 11th of Adar I.
CANDLE LIGHTING - Friday - 5:27 PM
HAVDALAH - Saturday - 6:30 PM
 PARSHAT - Tetzaveh - Exodus 27:20 - 30:10
סיכום - Summary
  • This weeks Torah portion begins with the instruction given to bring pure olive oil for use in the Menorah inside the Tabernacle.
  • The seven-branched Menorah was kept burning continually in front of the Holy of Holies.
  • The Menorah was to be attended by the Kohanim.
  • A description of the priestly clothing is listed. It includes the ephod, breastplate, robe, fringed tunic headdress and sash.
  • The portion concludes with directions for building an alter for burning incense before the ark.
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -
Nachum Chasan
Dean of Judaic Studies

Inside the Classroom
1st Graden Judaic Studies
Mrs. Aviva Woodland (Morah Aviva) 

Kitah Alef enjoyed learning the Hebrew letter ט   Tet and read a story with Ariot "Oh, Oh HaToast". In the story a Tabach Tov (good chef) is excited to make Toast. Unfortunately, the Tabach became distracted by the Televizia and exclaimed "Oh, Oh HaToast" when he realized that his Toast was ruined. Students in Kitah Alef took turns being the Tabach Tov and found the toast in Kitah Alef ta'im m'ode (very tasty)! Students also wrote about their favorite kind of toast.  Stop by Kitah Alef and enjoy their work on our bulletin board. Now we are learning the Hebrew letter י   Yud, and are learning new vocabulary Yesh (there is), Yad (hand), Yo Yo (yo yo), Yoshev (sit - masc).and Yoshevet (sit - fem). 
Kitah Alef has been enjoying learning about trees with our Tu B'Shevat curriculum. They learned different parts of a tree with a song and the words Roeh (see - masc.) and Roah (see - fem).We are reading a humorous book called "Etz Gado, Etz Katan", ("Big Tree, Little Tree"), which makes us think about this world we live in and the contradictions which fortunately for Hillel in the story, small trees have large fruit and big trees have small fruit.
The students of Kitah Alef and Morah Aviva wish you a Shabbat Shalom!

6th Grade General Studies
Mrs. Jessica Wenzelburger

The 6th grade has just finished reading the book My Brother Sam is Dead. This historical fiction focuses on a family torn apart by the Revolutionary War. Usually when we learn about history, we learn about the Patriots. This book, however, focuses on both sides, the Loyalists and the Patriots.

After reading the book, the students chose between two projects. Some students chose to bring a scene from the book to life through the creation of a diorama. Others chose to make a movie poster that used real, contemporary actors and actresses. 


Getting to Know Our School Families

Check out this week's focus family - The Tsimmerman 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

Don't Miss this Event...
Silver Academy Open House is

Community Events

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


School Notes and Reminders

Student Council Store Will Be Open Tomorrow!  
7:30 - 8:00 am, Before School

We will be selling and many items such as pencils, stuffed animals, and toys. Items are priced from $0.01 to $2.00, so we suggest you bring $1.00 to $2.00 on Friday morning. We will also have a raffle with many fun prizes to choose from for only $0.25 a ticket or five tickets for $1.00. 
We hope to see you there!
The Silver Academy Student Council

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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Dates to Remember

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!