May 5, 2016
Nisan 27, 5776
Good Things Happen Every Day
at The Silver Academy
The week before Passover was exciting  here at The Silver Academy as we prepared to celebrate the holiday. On Tuesday, we held three different model seders for students and the community.

Our youngest students in Ganienu and Kindergarten came together for their model seder under the direction of Tammy Reid and Sally Jo Bronner.  This model seder was especially unique because the students used Haggadahs that they created themselves!  Over the course of the last few months, students designed each page while learning about the rituals and the story. After the model seder, students took their Haggadahs home, and many used them as part of the seder with their own family.

Students in first through fourth grades joined together for their model seder under the direction of Aviva Woodland and Ellis Rosenberg.  Not only did the students and teachers complete an entire model seder, they also performed songs and plays about Passover. 

Finally, the students in fifth through eighth grades held their model seder in conjunction with the JCC's Senior Adult Club.  The Silver Academy students were seated with the adults, including some pairs of grandparents and grandchildren!  Rabbi Gewirtz, along with the students, led the model seder.

The Silver Academy thanks all who helped to make these very meaningful programs happen.  We wish to especially thank the kindergarten class who not only grated fresh horseradish, but also made delicious charoset for everyone. 

Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies
זכור את יום השבת לקדשו
SHABBAT - May 6th and 7th       
The 28th and 29th of Nisan
HAVDALAH - Saturday, 8:31 PM
PARSHAT - Acharei Mot - LEVITICUS 16:1  - 18:30
סיכום - Summary
  • The Torah portion begins by recalling the deaths of Aaron's sons, Nadav and Avihu.
  • The Sidrah then tells of the High Priest's preparation for Yom Kippur.
  • "On this day, said G-d, shall atonement be made for you, to cleanse you of your sins."
  • The Israelites were to refrain from all pleasures and all work, and they were to fast the whole day.
  • The High Priest was to wear special garments and offer sacrifices to atone for himself and all the Children of Israel.
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -
Nachum Chasan
Dean of Judaic Studies

Inside the Classroom
6th Grade Language Arts
Mrs. Jessica Wenzelberger

The 6th grade class has been working on poetry this week. If you were in attendance at the Celebration of Learning in April, you heard their original class ballad; however, this week we are blending poetry and social studies together as we take a trip around the globe. Our main focus this week will be studying and writing original Haikus from Japan and Limericks from Ireland. We are also learning about Japan in social studies. Stop by our room to hear us recite these poems on Friday!

Math 24 Club
Mrs. Mindy Lock
If you come to school at 7:30 on a Tuesday morning, you may be surprised to find 4th and 5th grade students having fun playing a math game! The Math 24 club practiced all year in preparation for the regional Math 24 competition which was held Monday, May 2nd, at the Capital Area IU. Two hundred students from three counties sent their best 4th and 5th grade math students to compete. Congratulations to the Silver Academy team members: Elez Bell, Sarah Merwin, Moshe Schertz, and Omer Levy. Also, mazel tov to Elez Bell, for being recognized as one of the top 40 participants. Many thanks to our student coach, Erin Brodsky for outstanding support of the team!

School Notes and Reminders

Breakfast at School!
Friday, May 13
8:00-8:30 in the Wolfson Auditorium

Join the Silver Academy for breakfast tomorrow! This is a big THANK YOU to all of our parents, teachers, and PTO members for making this year successful. We have really appreciated your support!

We will be serving cereal, bagels, milk, and coffee.

We hope to see you there!




Sunday, May 22 - 12:30-3:30 at the JCC

Dairy Snacks will be served

$30 per adult; $25 per school-age child

RSVP to Shari Dym at [email protected]

Space is limited...Reservations must be in by May 18

Susquehanna Twp Music Camps for Grades 2-9
Instructed by Marina Cherepinsky
  • Broadway Fun Camp:  June 20-23
  • "The Voice" Camp:  Aug 8-11

 Girl Scout News

Upcoming Girl Scout Meetings: 

Daisies:  May 16
Brownies, Juniors & Cadettes:  May 9, 23

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.

Community News

Concert - Sunday, June 5, 4:00 at the JCC
Choral Workshop - 1:00-3:00

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

A Wonderful Day with Students and Community Participating in Model Seders at The Silver Academy
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Dates to Remember

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!