March 17, 2016
7 Adar II, 5776
Good Things Happen Every Day
at The Silver Academy

Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies
SHABBAT - March 18th and 19th       
The 7th and 8th of Adar II
HAVDALAH - Saturday, 8:01 PM
SHABBAT ZACHOR - Deuteronomy 25:17 -- 19
סיכום - Summary
  • This week's Torah portion begins the third of the Five Books of Moses.
  • It contains the description of five kinds of sacrifices to be brought to the sanctuary:
    1. Olah - Burnt Offering
    2. Minchah - Meal Offering
    3. Shelamim - Peace Offering
    4. Hattat - Sin Offering
    5. Asham - Guilt Offering
  • This Shabbat is also known as Shabbat Zachor
  • An additional portion is read on the Shabbat before Purim. It deals with the injunction to remember (zachor) the horrendous attack of Amalek upon the Israelites.
  • Its connection to Purim is related to the fact that Haman was related to the Amalekites, who were the archenemies of Israel.
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -
Nachum Chasan
Dean of Judaic Studies

Inside the Classroom
1st Grade General Studies
Mrs. Brandy Hurley
Fe Fi Fo Fum I smell fairy tales!
This week, first grade has climbed our beanstalk into the land of fairy tales. As students learn the characteristics of this genre, they are also learning about story structure, plot and character development. After our study of famous fairy tales, students will write their very own tales! They will be using story boards to organize their tales. This is a wonderful project for first graders, as it allows students to use their boundless imaginations as they develop writing skills! Be sure to stop by and see our published books! 

Middle School Hebrew
Mrs. Sally Jo Bronner (Morah Sarah)

Students in grades 5-7: What makes a person 'trading card worthy'? This was the question in the minds of the students as they researched famous Jews, both historical and contemporary, to learn about their lives and accomplishments.  Students were given the task to find at least five distinguished Jews who made a significant contribution to society, and defend their choices. Now, students are creating Hebrew trading cards to promote their noteworthy figures. The larger part of this project has been producing a set of trading cards in Hebrew.  After the cards are finished, we will use them to play "Guess the Hero"  and other games!

Students in eighth grade are blending technology and Hebrew in a video project. They are creating a "Welcome to The Silver Academy" video that will be used as an introduction to new Israeli students and their families. Besides offering a warm welcome, the video explains our school system and many of the new experiences students will encounter. The students planned the video, wrote the script, and are currently filming and editing. Students are thoroughly engaged in this very meaningful project.

Getting to Know Our School Families

Check out this week's focus family - The Chriti-Leiferman family!

 Click Here to learn a little more about this Silver Academy family.

Community News

Inspirational Jewish Women 
Through History

Join us for this community wide event as we explore the journey of outstanding Jewish women and listen to our guest speaker and Harrisburg resident, Maly Jackson, share her unique story of inspiration.
  • Sunday, April 3, 9:30-11:30
  • Tickets and registration will be available soon! 
  • Breakfast will be served
  • Jointly presented by Hadassah and the Jewish Federation's Women's Philanthropy
  • For more information, contact Ivy Schneider at 236-9555 x3299
School Notes and Reminders

Last Day for Donating is Tomorrow!
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to Support Relay for Life

Our students are partnering with Rachel Glick, a Silver Academy graduate, to raise money for "Change for Change", a Relay for Life fundraiser. Relay for Life supports the American Cancer Society, and Rachel participates to honor the many people in her life who were affected by cancer.  

  • Our School's Goal - $118  (hopefully more:)
  • Fundraiser will take place March 14 - 18
  • Students bring their "spare change" to school, which will be collected during homeroom

Mishloach Manot Cards

What is better than a basket of goodies on Purim day? 
A little relaxation with your festivities!

Help your friends unwind as they celebrate with the hottest trend- adult coloring pages- in our exclusive 2016 Purim postcard.

  • Cost: $1 per card 
  • To purchase cards, call the school office 717-238-8775 
  • Proceeds benefit the Silver Academy PTO.

Support Our School By Shopping at Giant...
Buy Cards at the Purim Seudah!

Pesach is coming and with it comes a great opportunity to experience the joy of 'passive tzedakah.'  Through the largesse of Giant Foods, if you shop with Giant Gift Cards from our school, we receive a full 5% back from the store.  You get the full value of your cards (use 'em til they're used up!) and the school gains from Giant.  PLEASE jump on the bandwagon and help us.  The 1% rewards program is now finished for this year, but we can still earn a lot of much-needed money - in the multiple thousands, friends!  This is a big deal!  
Susan Leviton is always happy to provide you with gift cards, as are the staff in the office.  Susan will be at the Purim seudah with lots of cards on hand in denominations of $25, $50, and $100.  Her phone number is 608-0190, in case you want to 'call in an order.'


As we prepare for the joyous celebration of Purim, we remember that there are those who cannot afford to celebrate in a festive way. One of the four Mitzvot of Purim is "Gifts for the Poor" (Matanot La'evyonim). We have the opportunity to fulfill this Tzedakah in an unusually meaningful way through the organization, Od Yosef Chai, Inc.

Click Here for information about how you can participate in this wonderful Purim Mitzvah!


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, [email protected]

Girl Scout News
 Join us at our Cookie Booth!
Support our troop!
  • Sunday, March 20, 11 am - 3 pm
  • In front of Pet Valu, (next to the Giant on Linglestown Road)

Upcoming Girl Scout Meetings: 

Daisies Meeting: 3/28
Brownies, Juniors & Cadettes:  3/21

Challah With a Twist 
Offers Weekly Order and Delivery To Students and Teachers
  • Order your challah at this website:
  • 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

March 24, 11:40
-Early Dismissal
-9:00 AM, Full Megillah Reading and Masquerade for students
-9:00 AM, Women's Megillah reading in the JCC

March 29-April 1
Terra Nova Testing, Grades 3-8

April 7, 6:45 pm
Celebration of Learning

April 1, 2:45
Kabbalat Shabbat

April 7, 6:45 pm
Mary Sachs Auditorium
Celebration of Learning

April 21, 22, 25-29
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Life and Legacy

Silver Summary is for Grandparents too!