May 26, 2016
Iyar 18, 5776
Good Things Happen Every Day at
The Silver Academy
Rachel Zilbering, Principal

We are hot off the presses...Lag B'Omer Field Day has just ended. The weather was perfect and we all had fun!

This year, the students at The Silver Academy were split into three teams.  Each team was assigned a color and a theme.  The blue team's theme was Avodah (service to G-d), the yellow team's theme was Gemilut Chassadim - Kindness to People and the green team's theme was Torah (learning).  

After a picnic lunch, the three teams separated for the flag decorating competition. Led by their team captains, each group designed a flag to represent their theme. The flag included artwork from every student. During the flag making session, students were also raising team spirit by learning and practicing their team's unique chants. 

Next, students gathered outside for the group games.  Our young athletes had lots of fun with a balloon pop relay, 25 and 50 yard dash, chicken relay and a bucket/sponge race.  The afternoon ended with two fan favorite events...the highly competitive tug-of-war competitions and a whole-school relay race! 

Thank you to everyone, and especially our PE teacher Amy Dubois, for making our Lag B'Omer Field Day a success!


Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies

זכור את יום השבת לקדשו
SHABBAT - May 27th and 28st         
The  19th and 20th of Iyar  5776
HAVDALAH - Saturday, 9:10 PM
PARSHAT - Behar - Leviticus 25:1 - 26:2
סיכום - Summary
  • The Israelites were a farming nation. In order to keep the land from falling into the hands of a few people, making slaves of many, Moses ordained two basic laws.
    1. The law of Shemitah, or the Sabbatical Year, a year of rest for the land to prevent it from being worn out.
    2. The law of Yovel or the Jubilee year, which came each fiftieth year. In that year, every Israelite slave was set free, and all the land which had been sold was to be restored to the hands of the original owner.
  • The verse that is inscribed on the Liberty Bell comes from this week's Torah portion. "And you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants." (Leviticus 25:10)
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -
Nachum Chasan
Dean of Judaic Studies

Inside the Classroom
1st Grade Judaics
Mrs. Aviva Woodland

Last week, students of Kitah Alef reached an important milestone at their Siddur Celebration last Tuesday evening. They presented a play, "Choni Hama'Agail" (Choni, the Circlemaker) in Hebrew to the delight of parents, grandparents and special friends. In their play, Choni planted Charuvim (Carob Trees) throughout Israel just as his Saba (grandfather) had done. Charuvim do not bear fruit until 70 years after they are planted. There was no rain and the villagers said "B'vakasha t'tpalel LaGeshem (Please daven for rain)". Choni had a special connection to Hashem. He drew a circle in the dust and stood and said "I will not move from this circle until there is rain. Please we need geshem". Finally there was rain for a blessing, not too light and not too strong. The sun was hot and Choni fell asleep and slept for 70 years! When he opened his eyes, he saw the Charuvim he had planted and he recognized the gift of a long life Hashem had given him allowed him to see the fruit of his labor. Just as Choni was planting for his children and grandchildren, we at the Silver Academy hope to inspire the future generations of Jewish children. The evening culminated with Kitah Alef receiving their very own siddurim. Back in the classroom using their new siddurim, with covers they decorated with their parents, has given our morning davening a new dimension and a personal connection to the tefilot.

Kitah Alef and Morah Aviva wish you a Chag Shavuot Samayach! 

5th and 6th Grades Teva Trip
Mrs. Jessica Wenzelberger

During the week of May 16, the fifth and sixth grades went on an adventure to Baltimore, where they had fun learning about nature at the Pearl Stone TEVA retreat. Sarah Merwin, 5th grade, said her favorite memory was playing the game predator and prey. She said, "We split up into teams as either predator or prey. The predators attacked the prey for food. The prey had to hold onto their food to win the game. Predators took the prey's food by tagging people in the prey group." Joshua Jackson, 5th grade, recalled "Dancing around the lunchroom while singing songs. My favorite song was Decomposition." Fifth grader,Elez Bell, enjoyed "Meeting the fifth graders from a private school in Annapolis and becoming friends with them." I hope you have a chance to talk to some of our campers. They have many wonderful memories to share!
School Notes and Reminders

we will launch our new school store ...

Our school store will be opening under a new name! We will have the 'normal' school store before school on Friday, 7:30-8:00 am. This will be followed immediately by a short presentation by Peggy Grove, who will present a check to the school for the naming of the school store in honor of Ollie Rosenberg, z'l. She will share a little about Ollie and his business and also present a framed picture of Ollie for us to hang in honor of the gift and in his. 

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

Girl Scouts will be having a 

Bridging Ceremony on 

Monday June 6, 3:45-5:00


Thanks for another great year of scouting!

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.

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

6th Grade Math Class - 
Learning to calculate the area of a shape with irregular boundaries!


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Dates to Remember

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!