February 16, 2017
20 Shevat, 5777
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In This Issue
Inside the Classroom
Catching up with Classmates
School Notes and Reminders
From the Office of Development
Silver Snapshots
D'var Torah 

D'Var Torah for Parshat Yitro
by Rabbi Gewirtz

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Inside the Classroom

1st Grade General Studies
Mrs. Brandy Hurley

This week in first grade we began a new writing unit. We are writing realistic fiction books. Our unit began with a review of small moment narratives. In small moments, we learned how to focus on one small event and stretch it out. Now we have the opportunity to create pretend characters with adventures of their own. Through imagination and real life experiences, students have created unique characters with realistic adventures and problems. Each day, we read realistic fiction and discuss various authors' crafts. Through independent work and collaboration, students are able to try out these crafts in their own writing. Soon, each student will choose a character they love and write a series about her! 

First and Second Grade Authors Sharing their Books


4th and 5th grades Judaic Studies
Rabbi Yosef Gewirtz

One of the great challenges in Jewish education is to help students apply the beautiful ideas they learn in classic Jewish texts to their daily lives.  The Yesodei Halashon program is very effective in metamorphosing the theoretical into the actual.

Yesodei Halashon is one of the many quality curricula developed by the Chofeitz Chaim Heritage Foundation. CCHF's original focus was ethical speech, but their mission has broadened to include all areas of positive character development.

Yesodei Halashon was created to help 4th and 5th grade students discover the power of positive communication and the building blocks of friendship. Each week is dedicated to a different topic and is taught and reinforced through engaging stories, role-playing, and practical in-school and at home activities.  Weekly topics include smiling, giving compliments, empathy, gratitude, admitting mistakes, how to ask for favors (this week's topic), and controlling anger, among many others.

Parents can assist their children by asking what topics they are learning and suggesting they demonstrate their new skills at home. It could be that parents have been "guinea pigs" all along without knowing it!  Now, that would be an indication of a lesson well learned!

Demonstrating positive communication!

Catching up with Classmates

Ellis Rosenberg
Class of 1970

1970 Student Council
Who do you recognize?
Front Row: Rita Sternberg, Ellis Rosenberg, Danny Rosenbaum, Melinda Katz;  Top Row: Vivian Lederer, Aviva Brojges, Monty Katz, Diana Douglas, Debby Abel

School Notes and Reminders


  • Learn ways to respond to your child's writing that will inspire them to continue creating and sharing their work.
  • Open to Silver Academy parents and community members
  • RSVP by Feb 21 to Amy at The Silver Academy: aroberts@silveracademypa.org or 717-238-8775
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Mishloach Manot Cards

What is better than a basket of goodies on Purim day? 
A little relaxation with your festivities!

Help your friends unwind as they celebrate with the hottest trend-adult coloring pages- in our exclusive 2017 Purim postcard.

  • Cost: $1 per card 
  • To purchase cards, call the school office 717-238-8775
  • Proceeds benefit the Silver Academy PTO.

Join us for an afternoon at
100 Brown Street, Suite 23, Middletown
Sunday, March 5   -   3:00-5:00 pm
Enjoy a PJ Library book, Purim crafts, snack and the Let's Pretend play center.
Fee: $5/children, No fee for adults
Geared for children up to age 8

Registration: Call the JCC at 236-9555, ext 0
Register by March 1

Questions:  contact Andrea at a.weikert@jewishfedhbg.org

This event is co-sponsored by  The Brenner Family ELC, PJ Library and   The Silver Academy.


Purim Pasta Pizazz Seudah

Sunday, March 12, 2017  -   6:00 pm
JCC Mary Sachs Auditorium

Let's celebrate Purim together over a meaty pasta experience with all the fixings, and Morah Tamara's homemade hamentaschen for dessert!

$12 per person / $40 max per family
RSVP to aroberts@silveracademypa.org  
or 717-238-8775 by March 8, 2017

Make checks payable to The Silver Academy

This event is a fund raiser for The Silver Academy Israel Trip

From the Office of Development

Join us for our "Year 1 Legacy Celebration"

Come celebrate our community success as we thank those who signed a letter of intent to secure our Jewish future!

Thursday, March 2nd, 6:00 pm, at Stock's Manor

CLICK HERE  for more information 
or contact Shari Dym, sdym@silveracademypa.org

Community Event

All Parents and children invited!

Order Your Challah Here

Challah With a Twist 

Offers Weekly Order and Delivery To Students and Teachers
  • Order your challah by Thursday at this website:  challahwithatwist.com. It will be delivered to school on Friday.
  • Send check to school, payable to Challah with a Twist , or use  .
"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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Clip  BoxTops 4 Education symbols on General Mills, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Nestle Juicy Juice, Progresso soups and others. Each is worth 10ยข and can be redeemed by The Silver Academy for cash! Please visit the  Box Tops 4 Education  website for more details.

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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.

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