May 12, 2016
Iyar 5, 5776
A Student's Thoughts on Yom Hazikaron

Sam Welks, an eighth grader at The Silver Academy, gave the following speech on Wednesday, May 11, at our school's Yom Hazikaron ceremony.  
Here is a quote written by MJL Staff of the website It is from an article titled Yom Hazikaron Israel's Independence Day"The third of Iyar, the day before Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day, was declared by the Israeli Knesset to be a Memorial Day for those who lost their lives in the war that led to the establishment of Medinat Yisrael and for all soldiers  who have died while on active duty in Israel's armed forces. Joining these two days together sends a message: Israelis owe the independence and the very existence of the Jewish state to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for it."

When we were in Israel, last year, we went to a kibbutz to join with others to watch a presentation about victims of terrorist attacks and soldiers who fell in battles for Israel. After the presentation, I took a moment to think about it.

Each time I heard a person's name and the details of how they died, I thought: What if that had been me?  Would I have been as brave as they were?  Would I choose to protect my country and to stand up to the attacks?  These thoughts remained with me throughout the trip.

In the morning, while we were driving, all of a sudden we heard a siren.  The bus driver stopped and turned off the bus.  We all walked off the bus, silently, and stood listening to the siren for 2 minutes.  This happened all across Israel at exactly the same moment.  It was very eerie.  I looked around.  Some people were still moving, but most people were standing still with their eyes closed, remembering all the lives lost to the many wars.  I think that everyone in Israel has someone who died as a result of the wars or terrorist attacks.

It made me feel like even I should have known someone, and it felt as if even HaShem was mourning these people. 
Today (Yom Hazikaron) we remember the people we have lost, and tomorrow (Yom Ha' Atzmaut) we will celebrate the life of the country they died for.

Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies

זכור את יום השבת לקדשו
SHABBAT - May 13th and 14th        
The 5th and 6th of Iyar 5776
HAVDALAH - Saturday, 8:58 PM
PARSHAT - Kedoshim - Leviticus 19:1 - 20:27
סיכום - Summary 
  • In this Torah portion we find an excellent survey of the foundations of Judaism. It summarizes some of the most important ethical teachings of the Torah.
  • The Sidrah clearly states that the Israelites must consider life as sacred. "You shall be holy; for I the Lord your G-d am holy."
  • Some of the major points for ethical living that are found in this weeks portion are:
* Reverence for one's mother and father.
* Sanctifying the Shabbat.
* Providing for the poor.
* Immediate payment of workers.
* Not stealing or dealing falsely.
* Fair treatment of the stranger.
* Loving one's Neighbor.
* Avoiding gossip and tale-telling about others.
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -
Nachum Chasan
Dean of Judaic Studies

Inside the Classroom
3rd Grade General Studies
Ms. Bonni Teplitz Roseman

In Third Grade, we do not participate in "Show and Tell," but when Marley asked if she could bring a guest speaker who was visiting from the Netherlands, how could we turn her down?

Marley has a family friend named Zillah de Groot who Marley's mother met when they worked together at a summer camp in 2000. Zillah is a Montesorri teacher for children ages 6-9, and came to the United States for a visit last week during her school's "holiday" (school vacation).  Zillah showed us a video of her school, her home, and a map of her country. Students enjoyed hearing her speak about the school day in the Netherlands. The children asked her a variety of questions and were thrilled to hear that the kids in the Netherlands have similar interests. They love to play with ipads, enjoy Minecraft, and are fans of Harry Potter.

Zillah brought us a book in Dutch, and we sent her back with a few chapter books for her students. It was a wonderful visit, and we enjoyed learning from our friendly Dutch guest.

4th and 5th Grade Judaic Studies
Mr. Ellis Rosenberg

The fourth grade has been very busy during this quarter, as they prepared for the holidays. Students learned about the four "mem" mitzvot of Purim while they published their own "megillot" on the computers. Each student used his or her imagination to design the pictures which tied in to the four different mitzvot. As soon as the final hamantasch was devoured at the Purim Seudah, students began to work in earnest to prepare for Pesach. They reviewed and spiraled their knowledge of Passover in preparation of both the model Seder, and sedarim which was held on Pesach. The fourth graders did an outstanding job helping to lead the model Seder, and I'm sure that they added to the sedarim at home as well. Recently, our attention has turned to learning about Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Day), Yom Hazikaron (Israel Memorial Day) and Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day). Looking forward, students are excited about Lag Ba'omer, which will be a fun day filled with outdoor field-day games here at school. (You may want to visit and participate in the tug of war or egg toss!) It's been a very successful year for fourth grade, and also a bit challenging, since much of what we've studied has been in Hebrew!

Kindergarten General Studies
Mrs. Kate Carpenter

State Representative Patty Kim visited our school in April. After touring the entire school, she spent a long time in our Kindergarten classroom. In preparation of her visit, we had done some on-line research about her background and job, and each child came up with a question to ask. Here are the questions the children asked: "What do you do to help schools get money?" "How many children do you have?" "How old are they?" "What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?" "What did you want to be when you were in Kindergarten?" "Do you remember the Whip Nae Nae dance?"

After Representative Kim answered our questions, she asked the students to describe their typical school day. The kids LOVED being interviewed and did an outstanding job (totally unrehearsed) talking about their whole day - General Studies and Judaics. I could tell that Mrs. Kim was impressed, especially when they started reading the Hebrew words on the board!
I was really proud of the students. They were confident, articulate, and totally themselves! It was such a special day.

Teaching Representative Kim about the
Passover Shank Bone

School Notes and Reminders

Breakfast at School!
Tomorrow!!! 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!

Sponsored by your Student Council




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 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 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 Safety Presentation by Teri Berman - 
Learning the Heimlich Maneuver

Ganeinu Lunch

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Dates to Remember

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

May 16-19
5th and 6th grades attending Teva Outdoor Education Program

May 26
Lag B'Omer Field Day

May 30 - No School
Memorial Day

June 1, 7:00 pm
Frog and Toad 
Presented by Silver Academy Music/Drama Club

June 7, 7:00 pm
8th Grade Graduation

June 8
Race for Education/Year End Celebration 

June 9, 11:40
Early Dismissal
Last Day of School

Life and Legacy

Silver Summary is for Grandparents too!