January 26, 2017
Tevet 28, 5777
In This Issue
D'var Torah
Inside the Classroom
School Notes and Reminders
Catching up with Classmates
Silver Snapshots
Good Things Happen Every Day 
at  The Silver Academy
Rachel Zilbering, Principal

I think it's fair to say that in 2017, we all spend a fair amount of time with our electronic devices.  My smartphone provides resources, organization and the ability to work from almost anywhere.  If you're like me, you also use it for games, social media and other extra-time activities that could be considered "wasting time". 

Recently, I have a renewed interest in looking for more educational and productive uses of my electronic devices to fill this time.  Here are a couple of ideas. 
  • Free books from the public library.  With a library card and the app "OverDrive" you can check out thousands of books.
  • I recently started a trial of "Kindle Unlimited".  There are millions of books included and many that kids find enjoyable with current characters (Pokemon, Star Wars, etc).  
  • A number of our classes use spelling city, it's always a good way to spend 10 minutes.
  • Check out Khan Academy for math.  There are lessons for every grade and interactive problems.
  • Our students have taken an interest in coding.  Here is a link with 7 good options.  https://www.edutopia.org/blog/7-apps-teaching-children-coding-anna-adam

I hope this list gives you some fresh ideas.  Shabbat shalom. 

D'var Torah 

by Elez Bell, 6th Grad e

CLICK HERE  to read this week's D'var Torah.

Inside the Classroom

Kindergarten General Studies
Mrs. Kate Carpenter

As January draws to a close, Kindergarten students are looking forward to celebrating the 100th Day of School. We have been faithfully building numbers to 100 ever since the first day of school, using 100's charts, 10 frames, and popsicle sticks.  On February 2, we'll watch
"The Mouse and the Motorcycle" and have a super fun 100's party!

Since early December we have had interactive phonics lessons several times a week, and students have mastered 40 sight words! On Tuesdays and Wednesdays we put these skills together during our "Kid Writing" sessions. We are very fortunate to have five dedicated volunteers who come to our class each week to help us publish original fiction and nonfiction stories! Our Drawing & Writing Books will be on display during the Open House on February 9.

Middle School Hebrew
Morah Alla Fligelman

In middle school Hebrew class, students have become hotel managers! They have learned all about hotels...the facilities, locations, what services they offer, as well as conversations from the viewpoint of the managers and guests. Their learning was through a variety of fun activities. They practiced phone conversations, such as making reservations as a guest and answering questions as a manager. As a project, they created a brochure advertising their "own" hotel located in Israel. Then each student's hotel was reviewed "on line" by their peers. Finally, each student presented their hotel before a "board of investors", (the students named this group "sharks"). After a question and answer session, the board decided if the hotel was a worthy investment. Wow, what a fun project with so much new Hebrew vocabulary!

School Notes and Reminders

Open House & Student Showcase 
We invite parents, community members,  and prospective families to join us as we celebrate  our school and students' work!

Thursday, February 9  -   7 :00-8:00 pm
The Silver Academy,  Wolfson Cafeteria

Hear from students, parents, and faculty as we showcase every aspect of our school and open our doors to the community.

Please RSVP by Febraury 5th to Adam Grobman at agrobman@silveracademypa.org, or register online here:

Shabbat Across Harrisburg

Please join us for a series of  Shabbat  programs 
at our local synogogues! 
Everyone is welcome to attend!

Your next opportunity to attend is  TOMORROW !

Friday, January 27th at Chisuk Emuna 

5:45 Family Service
with Rabbi Ron Muroff
6:30 Dinner

Cost: $15 per Adult, $5 per child/
$36 per family 
(Checks Payable to Chisuk Emuna)

Please RSVP to Judith Hodara at  judith.hodara@gmail.com


  • Learn ways to respond to your child's writing that will inspire them to continue creating and sharing their work. The Writing Workshop method was popularized by Columbia University's Teachers College
  • Presented by Brandy Hurley and Jessica Wenzelberger
  • 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
CLICK HERE  for more information

JCC HBG Basketball

Come Support Our Basketball Players!

Click Here for Game Schedules - (Boys and Girls)

See you at the game!

Catching up with Classmates

Bradley Foreman
A 60's Student

to read Bradley's Remarks about his days 
at The Silver Academy.

to the following past students of The Silver Academy...

Max and Sophia Liskovich on the birth of their son, and to grandparents,  Alexander and Irina Liskovich of Clayton, CA, and Dr. Allan and Karen Zarembski of Pikesville!

Arielle Frankston-Morris on being promoted by OU Advocacy Center's Teach Advocacy Network as the Pennsylvania Director for Teach PA!

Adam Goldsmith  on being promoted to Vice President at J.P. Morgan!

Double Mazel Tov to  Shira Burcat Safarti  on moving to New York City with her husband David and starting a new job as Director of Foundation Relations for Avodah.  "Sparking Jewish Leaders, Igniting Social Change." Avodah recruits young adults, ages 21-26 to spend a year in its Jewish Service Corps working at nonprofits across the US.  "The Corps Members live together and learn together in a supportive, pluralistic community at the crossroads of social activism and Jewish life."

Do you love hearing what's going on with friends and classmates from your past years here at The Silver Academy?
If you are interested in sharing "your story", recent engagement, wedding, baby, graduation, new jobs, or other news, please email Shari Dym at sdym@silveracademypa.org.

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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