February 23, 2017
27 Shevat, 5777

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Parent Cafe' - Writing Workshop
Feb 27, 6:00 pm
All parents & community members welcome!
Inside the Classroom
Catching up with Classmates
School Notes and Reminders
From the Office of Development
Silver Snapshots
From Rachel Zilbering, Principal

For many weeks, you have seen the "Writing Workshop - Parent Cafe" being advertised in the Silver Summary.  I want to extend an invitation to everyone, not just our current parents, to join us this Monday  evening.  

At The Silver Academy, we take our writing instruction very seriously, and it shows!  Displayed on our hallway bulletin boards are creative, expressive and informative pieces of writing that our students create.  Inside the classroom you will find students' bound, published books, complete with illustrations. 

During the Writing Workshop, Mrs. Wenzelburger and Mrs. Hurley will dive deeper into the writing process. Visitors will even have an opportunity to try the techniques on their own. P lease join us Monday for a chance to write as the students do!


by Erin Brodsky, 7th Grade

to read  this week's 
D'var Torah.


Kindergarten General Studies
Mrs. Kate Carpenter

One of the four peace-keeping concepts that we learn in Kindergarten is "We are all human beings. We are similar, yet each of us is unique. We accept and enjoy our commonalities and celebrate our differences."  These Big Ideas are important to explore before we start investigating African American history in February, and so we created an art project for our bulletin board. The project is called "I Am Special - We Are ALL Special - We All Have Gifts to Share."
We started off by reading the book The Colors of Us,  which illustrates the variety of amazing colors people can be. Then we read Whoever You Are and went on an imaginary trip around the world, exploring how people are different in many ways, and yet the same in other important aspects. We took our time exploring all the colors in the big boxes of Crayola crayons, and each child created a palette of the colors that matched his/her hair, eyes, and skin. We had fun with colors in the brown family, like sepia, mahogany, and chestnut. Yellow colors included goldenrod and dandelion. There were pacific blues, turquoise blues, and cadet blues. Skin tones ranged from peach and apricot to desert sand and ginger. At this point, students created paper people with their own special colors and then added tee-shirts with their favorite activities.
Today we did the hard part - or so I thought. The goal was to have each child identify one special character strength. We used the chart in our lunchroom as a reference. It lists the specific qualities of a mensch, which we talk about at our school-wide assemblies each Monday. I came up with 25 categories and jotted down the names of children I felt exemplified each one. When I introduced this to the students, I was amazed and touched by how easily students recognized their own character strengths. As soon as I mentioned a strength, someone would raise their hand and say "That's me". In the end, every student chose his/her own strength, sometimes after considering two or three, but more often on the first try.
The character strengths that children chose to put on their posters included the following 13 traits: Wisdom, Curiosity, Creativity, Courage, Confidence, Perseverance (not giving up), Kindness, Loyalty, Leadership, Calmness, Forgiveness, Thankfulness, and Joy. These incredible posters are on the bulletin board, and I hope you will stop by and admire them.

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of Individual Student Projects
Kdg Bulleting Board 2

1st Grade Hebrew
Morah Alla (Mrs. Alla Fligelman

Every Hebrew letter in kitah alef (first grade) has a special activity associated with it. The activities are fun and truly help students remember the letter and words associated with it.    Recently we learned letter "tet". Our activity was food related, which is always a favorite! Each student became a "tabah" (chef), and we made "tabah" (toast). While eating delicious toast that the children made, we read a story about a forgetful chef who always burnt his toast because he loved to watch TV! Students then wrote their own "Toast Story", and performed it as a short skit. What a yummy letter we learned!

If you want to share your story, recent event or just send a shout out, please email us at alumni@silveracademypa.org

Ricci (Rubin) Doctrow &
Michael Doctrow

A "Couple" of Silver Academy Students

6th Grade - 1970

Front Row: Jeffrey Rothenberg, Daniel Isaacman, Barry Toser, Alan Rosenberg, Jonathan Berger, Kenneth Lederer, Hillel Stein. Middle Row: Allyson Weiss, Nancy Sacks, Laurel Frankston, Ricci Rubin, Mark Schneier, Arleen Snyder, Ross Kline, Cheryl Goldstein, Mrs. Schapira. Top Row: Rabbi Goldberg, Mindy Morrison, Marcia Cohen, Robin Ansel, Jonathan Javitch, Michael Katz, Jonathan Gerber, Daphne Uhri


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.


PurimPastaPurim 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


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


All Parents and children invited!


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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