• Jan 15, 8:45 -12:30 - Bring a Friend to School Day/Mitzvah Day
  • Feb 19 - No School (Snow Make Up Day)
Good things happen everyday at The Silver Academy!
Mrs. Lindsay Hameroff, Lead Teacher
2017 Read-a-Thon: Coming Up Next

Happy New Year everyone! For me, a new year means a fresh opportunity to celebrate the magic of reading in both our schools and communities. As I previously shared, our amazing students had such outstanding participation in our first annual Read-a-Thon that we have extra funds to donate even more books to the Penn State Children's Hospital. 

In December, we purchased books using a wishlist composed by hospital patients and Penn State's Child Life team. With these requests fulfilled, we've decided to do something a little more personal this time around. 

For our second book donation, we will be donating a collection of favorite books compiled by  our  students. Each Silver student will select a favorite book that is special to him or her in some way. Perhaps it's a book they reread when they need a good laugh, a classic that seems to get better with time, or a bedtime story they've enjoyed with their family. 

This second donation will be sent to Penn State in February. Each donated book will also contain a special dedication from the student who chose it. An interior book plate will contain the name of the student who recommended the book, and the reason why the book is special. In this way, students will be able to share their love of reading in a tangible way, and moreover, feel a personal connection to their donation.

On a similar note, if you are looking for ways to read more in 2018, I invite you to join me in the GoodReads 2018 Reading Challenge! Simply set a goal for how many books you'd like to read this year, choose your favor genres, and then grab a book! You can also rate books you've read and liked, as well as get recommendations for what to read next. Join the challenge here: .

As always, thank you so much for your continued support of The Silver Academy's Read-a-Thon and literacy programming. Your enthusiasm and participation are truly appreciated by all.

Read on, everyone!


D'VAR TORAH for Va'eira

by Joshua Jackson

to read this week's D'var Torah
New Smiling Faces at The Silver Academy!

Welcome to the newest members of our
Silver Academy family!

Nadav (4th grade) , Ziva (1st grade),
Orly (Ganeinu), and their parents,
Samara and Joshua

We are so glad you have joined us!

A Peek Inside Our Classrooms
Coding in the Computer Lab
Mrs. Gail Rebuck

Silver Academy students love coding! Coding is a part of The Silver Academy's curriculum for grades 1-8. Younger students use several web resources to develop their skills, including,, and, while older students use Middle School students have also learned basic coding in JAVA script, the language used to create most websites.

What is coding? Coding is writing in a "language" that the computer understands. Every website, app and program runs on code. In our classes, students use logic, problem-solving and creativity as they write code to complete simple tasks. If you are ever in the computer lab during coding lessons, you will find students fully engaged, sharing ideas, and celebrating their successes. It is easy to see that students are inspired by coding, and they are learning a valuable skill for the 21st century!
Morah Tamara (Tammy Reid)

Every class day we talk about mitzvotz. Students learn about mitzvotz between us and G-d, like saying a blessing over food, and those between people, like using good manners or listening to their parents. We also talk about the mitzvah of NOT doing something bad and controlling our behavior. Each mitzvah is written on a strip of paper and added to our mitzvah chain. The chain goes about halfway around the room. Wow, our young students have learned a lot of mitzvotz!

Judaics in 4th and 5th grade
Rabbi Gewirtz

Technology to the rescue!

For this edition of “Peek Inside Our Classrooms”, I’d like to describe three ways that technology has helped me help your children maximize their learning.

Being a visual learner myself, I always enjoyed using the blackboard (remember those?). I’d come early to class, draw charts, write key questions and place some strange teasers all around. But that took a lot of time! And it was hard to control how the students would access the material in the sequence that was most educationally effective. And then, I’d have to erase it all when the period was over (except for the times I’d write a “beg” note to the other teachers, “Please don’t erase…”; how often could you encroach on the other teachers’ use of the boards?). I always liked drawing pictures and dialogue cartoons, but I couldn’t seem to move beyond stick figures. With PowerPoint, teachers can prepare “blackboards” that are eye-pleasing, stimulating, sequential, and savable!

Assessment of students’ learning is essential to teachers’ preparation of the next day’s lessons. This can take place at the very end of a lesson. But it would not take into account the review and reinforcement that homework provides. Assessment could be the very first activity of the next day’s lesson. But its results could not significantly improve the planning of that day’s lesson. With on-line homework, teachers receive post review assessment immediately and can structure the next day’s class to meet the needs of every individual!

Students in Jewish Day Schools don’t just learn Jewish information. They learn it from primary texts and are trained to be able to continue to learn from these texts on their own. For proper assessment of these skills, students must read, translate and explain Judaic texts in the presence of an educator. When this happens in school, the entire class is encouraged to listen to the student being evaluated and learn from his/her performance. This “modeling” can be a positive experience. However, the amount of time each student can “perform” is severely limited by time constraints and B O R E D O M!!!!  How long can students listen to other students repeating the same thing before they fall asleep? Also, some students are uncomfortable reading in front of their friends. With online recording programs (like SpeakPipe), each student can read, translate and explain an entire text segment at home without pressure, in full privacy and without boring fellow students, and send it to the teacher who can evaluate it in preparation for the next day’s lesson!
Arthur Goldberg Lecture
On Tuesday, middle school students were invited to The Silver Academy's annual Arthur Goldberg lecture. This year's speaker was Attorney Devon Jacob , who spoke to students about the First Amendment. He explained the origins of our country's founding documents, including the Bill of Rights, which basic human rights are covered under the First Amendment, and how this amendment plays an important role in his career as an attorney. Thank you Attorney Jacob for an engaging presentation!
Havdalah Movie Night
What a wonderful evening! More than 50 people attended our Havdalah Movie Night this past Saturday! They enjoyed singing the Havalah songs led by BBYO, watching "Honey I Shrunk the Kids", and eating pizza and snacks. A big THANK YOU to our PTO for organizing this fun event!
Mark Your Calendar for these Events!
  • Please join The Silver Academy on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day for a morning of fun, mitzvot, and community service. Guests will experience a taste of what our school has to offer and enjoy a delicious kosher lunch provided by our school.
  • We will also host our fourth annual hair-donating ceremony for Pantene Pro V Beautiful Lengths. Please consider donating your hair if you have 8 inches to spare!
  • RSVP by Wednesday, January 10, 2018, to Jackie Rubin at or 717-238-8775.
  • Sunday, January 28th - 10:00 -11:30 am
  • At the Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily Street, Harrisburg
  • Free Event - In lieu of admission, please bring coats, hats, scarves, and gloves to donate
  • Movies, Crafts, Snacks and Guest Reader
  • Geared for children ages 8 and under

Development Office News
Save the Date - May 31, 2018
Coming to the Harrisburg Scottish Rite Temple


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יום לימוד or “Day of Learning”

Dedicate a Day of Learning to honor your grandchild, to remember a loved one,
or to celebrate an important day!

CLICK HERE to learn about this meaningful donation.

(Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program)

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Order Your Challah Here!
Challah With a Twist 

Offers Weekly Challah Order and Delivery To Students and Teachers

  • Order your challah by Thursday night at this website: It will be delivered to school on Friday.
  • Send check to school, payable to Challah with a Twist, or use Paypal or Venmo .

"Challah With a Twist", (a.k.a. Varda Challah), has been providing home baked challah for the Harrisburg community for over 20 years.
Varda Gewirtz,  717-919-1358  
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