April 14, 2016
Nisan 6, 5776
Passover Message
The holiday of Passover overflows with beautiful traditions especially for the family and the home. It is the Festival that commemorates the physical and spiritual redemption of the Jewish People. Yearly we relive this great event at the Seder and through the many Mitzvot connected with it.
The students at The Silver Academy are being prepared to help conduct a Seder and share their insights on the Passover Haggadah. Various types of Model Sederim will take place at school on Tuesday, April 19th. Please remember that these experiences are only "Models" and each child should have the opportunity to participate at a real Seder.
The Traditional Seder involves the entire family, but the most central participant of the Seder is the child. He/she asks "Why is this night different than all other nights?" and he/she awaits your answer. If we at The Silver Academy can be of further assistance to you in preparation of the oncoming Pesach holiday, please feel free to contact me or your child's teacher. In addition, Friday at noon, (Tomorrow!) I will be leading a Lunch and Learn for parents in the Wolfson Auditorium. The topic of this session will be MAKING YOUR SEDER COME TO LIFE! You are all welcome to attend.
On behalf of The Silver Academy faculty, best wishes for a happy and healthy Passover. CHAG KOSHER V'SAME'ACH!
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies

Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies
SHABBAT - April 15th and 16th       
The 7th and 8th of Nisan 5776
HAVDALAH - Saturday, 8:30 PM
PARSHAT - Metzora - Leviticus 14:1 - 15:33
Shabbat Hagadol
סיכום - Summary
  • In this Torah portion there is the continuation of the discussion of the laws of religious purity.
  • The Kohanim were given the responsibility for healing the sick.
  • When the priest shall determine that a person is healed, then let him wash his clothes, shave off his hair and bathe himself in water.
  • After eight days he was to bring a special offering as a symbolic act of purification, and then he would be welcomed back into the community.
  • The Shabbat  preceding the festival of Passover is designated as the Great Shabbat (Shabbat Hagadol).
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -
Nachum Chasan
Dean of Judaic Studies

Inside the Classroom
Kindergarten Judaics
Morah Sarah (Mrs. Sally Jo Bronner)

Kindergarten has been busy learning about Passover, the glorious spring holiday. While learning the story of Moshe leading the Jews out of slavery in Egypt, students discovered why we make matzoh in under 18 minutes.  After we read a book about a matzoh man who ran all over town, students had fun making their own delicious matzoh people, and were challenged to make them within the required amount of time. Kindergarten also enjoyed another Passover project that utilized a different type of dough..they fashioned shank bones from playdoh. These shank bones will be used in all of our school's model Seders. We will also be making homemade horseradish and charoset for the model Seders, with the help of Marcy Flicker. 

We learned about the scary plagues through a variety of activities. Students played with toy locusts, wild animals, and frogs; used a set of pillow plagues (donated by Varda Gewirtz) to guide our learning and discussions; made an art project of plagues for our bulletin board; and even completed a plague project in computer class!  But the most exciting aspect of learning about Passover was creating our interactive Haggadah designed by Morah Tamara.  We talked about the importance of each step in the Seder as we created pages to guide us through the service. Finally, we are so excited about our model Seder with Ganeinu!  As a special treat, we will be singing the Ma Nishtana at our Seders, which we performed on stage for our friends and family at the Celebration of Learning last week.

2nd Grade General Studies
Mrs. Brandy Hurley

Second grade recently took an amazing journey to the Amazon rain forest. They explored each layer and discovered hundreds of species of plants and animals. Students were amazed to learn that there is a giant flower that smells like rotten meat! Using their new knowledge, students brought the tropical rain forest to life in the classroom. They worked hard to create a model of the four layers of the rain forest and several of the plants and animals that live in each layer. To really make them feel like they were 'living' in the rain forest, a giant 10-foot kapok tree was built in their classroom! Throughout our study of the tropical rain forest, students learned about some of the threats to this spectacular habitat and became very passionate about helping to save it. These young environmentalists decided to spread awareness, so together they created this acrostic poem.

Good News! 

to Dalia Shvartsman who tied for first place in this year's Holocaust Essay Contest sponsored by the Schwab Holocaust Education Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg.

School Notes and Reminders

Ma'ot Chitim and 
Mechirat Chometz


Support Our School By Shopping at Giant!

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!  
You can purchase gift cards from Susan Leviton, or from the school office staff. Susan's phone number is 608-0190, in case you want to 'call in an order.'

 Girl Scout News

Upcoming Girl Scout Meetings: 

Daisies:  May 2 & 16
Brownies, Juniors & Cadettes: 
April 18; May 9, 23

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 News

Making Your Seder Come to Life

Join us for an informal lunch and 
* Friday, April 15, 12:00, 
at The Silver Academy
* Discussion will be lead by Nachum Chasan, Dean of Jewish Studies
* rsvp to Rachel Zilbering, rzilbering@silveracademypa.org



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

April 19
Model Seder  for students

April 21, 22, 25-29
No School

May 6, 2:45
Kabbalat Shabbat

May 11, 8:15 am
Yom Hazikaron Ceremony

May 12, 8:15 am
Yom Ha'Atzmaut Ceremony

May 17, 6:30 pm
1st Grade Siddur Celebration

Life and Legacy

Silver Summary is for Grandparents too!