May 19, 2016
Iyar 11, 5776
Good Things Happen Every Day at
The Silver Academy

It has been an unusually quiet week here at The Silver Academy. That is because our 5th and 6th graders have been on a four-day educational field trip called TEVA at the Pearlstone Retreat Center in MD. TEVA is a Judaics-based environmental education class.  The curriculum centers around watershed and stream studies, forest and wetland ecology, and environmental awareness and survival.  I am looking forward to hearing all about their wonderful experiences. 

At The Silver Academy, we value education both inside and outside of our building. We all know how incredibly valuable and memorable trips like these are for children.  

Thank you to our generous supporters, parents and teachers for making this educational experience possible for our children.  

Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies
זכור את יום השבת לקדשו
SHABBAT - May 20th and 21st         
The  12th and 13th of Iyar  5776
HAVDALAH - Saturday, 9:05 PM
PARSHAT - Emor - Leviticus 21:1 - 24:23
סיכום - Summary
  • In this Torah portion the Israelites are told that when they promised to obey G-d's laws, G-d would give to them a land flowing with milk and honey.
  • This portion reviews the laws of all the festivals and how they are to be observed.
  • Laws regulating the lives of the priests are also included.
  • Equality before the law - "You shall have one manner of law for the stranger as for the Jew."
  • Jewish law does not allow for a double standard. Every individual - stranger and citizen alike - is equal before the law.
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -
Nachum Chasan
Dean of Judaic Studies

Inside the Classroom
1st Grade General Studies
Mrs. Brandy Hurley

Our first graders have become meteorologists! They learned about different tools that are used to help predict and record the weather. Although the students love a sunny day, they learned the importance of precipitation and how it benefits the environment. They also learned about severe weather such as, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards and floods. This week, first graders have their 'heads in the clouds'! They are studying the clouds first hand using "cloud finders!" Each day, we go outside and use our cloud finder tool to observe clouds and determine which type of cloud is in the sky. The class has been recording their findings on a chart. On Friday, students will create a graph using the data.

6th and 7th Grade Judaic Studies
Rabbi Moshe Yosef Gewirtz

State of the Davening Lab

As I reported in the September issue of The Silver Summary, 5th Grade and Middle School embarked on a new daily Tefilah (Prayer) program.  The program was inspired by a groundbreaking seminar on Tefilah Education at the Pearlstone Retreat Center this past summer, directed by Pardes. 

Prayer is a singularly challenging Mitzvah, especially for Middle School age students.  Younger students often enjoy the singing that accompanies Tefilah; many older students are mature enough to begin to connect with G-d in a meaningful way.  The question we approached at the seminar was: What techniques would enable Middle School students to find Tefilah enjoyable, meaningful and G-d directed as they mature?

Davening Lab encourages students to find personal meaning in the prayers as well as offering the profound commentary of Jewish scholars.  Students work on weekly projects with partners under teacher direction, and the ideas are shared with the entire group once the results are organized.  Some days are dedicated to quiet, rather than choral, Tefilah.  "Can You Find it in the Siddur", a Tefilah treasure hunt game, motivates students to notice the meaning of the words and prayers. We thank Rebbetzin Males for offering our female students an opportunity to daven as a group. This allowed for gender specific Tefilah.

Is the program working?  Probably more for some than for others. So, with open and inquiring minds, we continue to think, learn, plan and grow.  Your input is always welcome and valued !

School Notes and Reminders

The Silver Academy
 Music and Drama Club presents...
Wednesday, June 1
2:00 - School Performance
6:30 - Parents and Friends Performance
The Mary Sachs auditorium at the JCC
3301 N. Front Street, Harrisburg

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: 

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

Second graders became surgeons while learning about contractions! 
Wearing surgical masks, students performed surgery on their patients (words) to create contractions. They used scalpels (scissors) and stitches (glue) to make as many contractions as possible. 


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Dates to Remember

May 26
Lag B'Omer Field Day

May 30 - No School
Memorial Day

June 1, 6:30 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!