February 25, 2016
16 Adar 1, 5776
Good Things Happen Every Day
at The Silver Academy
Rachel Zilbering, Principal

This past week at The Silver Academy was BUSY! On Thursday evening, we had a very successful Open House.  There were more than 50 people in attendance and many prospective Kindergarten families.  Hopefully, all the special elements of our school were portrayed during the one-hour program.

On Monday, we hosted "The Silver Deli", which was a kickoff event for our "Re-stuff the Silver Foundation" campaign.  We are actively searching for donors.  Please reach out to us with any potential connections.  Click here for more information

Finally, on Tuesday evening, we hosted a cyber-safety workshop for parents and community members.  Practical and valuable information was received by all who attended.  If you were unable to attend, but would like copies of the handouts, please call the school office. 

Thank you to everyone who made this past week a great success. 

Rachel Zilbering

Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies
זכור את יום השבת לקדשו
SHABBAT - February 26th and 27th      
The 17th and 18th of Adar I
HAVDALAH - Saturday, 6:38 PM
PARSHAT - Ki Tisa - Exodus 30:11 - 34:35
סיכום - Summary
  • In this week's Torah portion, G-d instructs Moses to collect a half-shekel from each person over the age of twenty when he takes a census of the Israelites.
  • Moses is told that the sanctuary's furnishings are to be fashioned by the skilled artisan Bezalel.
  • Moses reminds the Israelites that in observing the Sabbath they celebrate the covenant between themselves and G-d.
  • Moses is given two tablets on Mount Sinai. Forty days have passed, and the Israelites have asked Aaron to make a golden calf.
  • When Moses sees the golden calf, he shatters the tablets.
  • G-d directs Moses to carve two new tablets and return to Mount Sinai.
  • After the second forty days, Moses returns to the Israelites, radiant from speaking to G-d. 
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -
Nachum Chasan
Dean of Judaic Studies

Inside the Classroom
Kindergarten Judaic Studies
Mrs. Sally Jo Bronner (Morah Sara) 
This year is flying quickly in the Kindergarten class room. The children are learning the Alef-Bet faster than you can imagine!  Almost every child in our class has finished his/her Alef-Bet workbook and is now writing in his/her Jewish Journal.  One of the students' favorite activities is finding Hebrew letters throughout the classroom.  
Now that the students know their Alef-Bet, they have taken the next step and enjoy reading stories in Hebrew. Kindergarten enjoys the stories, and their vocabulary is growing quickly. By the end of the year, the students will be able to read the books themselves! The characters in the stories are all friends with Bentzi, our class's Israeli turtle friend.  Everyone has already taken Bentzi home for shabbat at least once, and he is making the rounds again.  

Soon we'll be learning about Purim which is an exciting event for Kindergartners who love to dress up!

7th & 8th Grade Language Arts
Mrs. Sandy Nussbaum

Our Language Arts class has moved to the Catskill Mountains Region of New York State.  We relaxed along the Hudson River as we explored the most delightful and the most famous stories by Washington Irving.  We first visited Sleepy Hollow where we met greedy Ichabod Crane, the quirky schoolmaster who tries to win the hand of the wealthy Katrina Van Tassel. Involved in this mysterious love tale is the infamous Headless Horseman, a ghostly apparition. Our class enjoyed analyzing Irving's endearing characters and humor as we traveled through the story.  We especially found the various pranks and secrets highly entertaining!!

In order to compare and contrast two of Irving's works, we moved from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" to the story of "Rip Van Winkle."  We spent a great deal of time discussing the role of women in this story written in the second part of the 1700s. We delved into the character of Dame Van Winkle, Rip's wife, and her unique approach to life and relationships.  Rip, who awakens after a twenty year "nap" was then the focus of our attention. Putting ourselves into his shoes we explored what we might have found if we had experienced a similar adventure!!! 

In addition to the literature component of the curriculum, we have been busy working on our essays for the annual Holocaust Essay Contest sponsored by The Schwab Holocaust Education Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg.  We are looking forward to some insightful and thoughtful essays.

Getting to Know Our School Families

Check out this week's focus family - The Engelman-Bell family!

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


 to both boys and girls JCC Basketball Teams for being this season's CPBL champions!

The girls' final winning game was against Harrisburg Academy and the boys' game was against Carlisle Christian.

School Notes and Reminders

  • Contact a Silver Academy student to place an order 
  • Make checks payable to The Silver Academy
  • Sale ends Friday, March 4
  • Questions? e-mail clancybelle@gmail.com


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)
  • 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: 

Daisies Meeting: 2/29

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.

Community Events

CLICK HERE for More Information About this Event

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

Look who stopped by...the Frozen Characters!

"Let's Go on a Bear Hunt"

Friends at Lunch

Quick Links

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Dates to Remember

March 4, 1:45
Kabbalat Shabbat

March 10, 6:45
2nd Grade Chumash Celebration

March 13
Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 24, 11:40
Early Dismissal
Purim Celebration/Seudah

March 28-April 1
Terra Nova Testing, Grades 3-8

April 7, 6:45 pm
Celebration of Learning

Life and Legacy

Silver Summary is for Grandparents too!