March 2, 2017
4 Adar, 5777
Inside the Classroom
Catching up with Classmates
School Notes and Reminders
From the Office of Development
Silver Snapshots
From Rachel Zilbering, Principal

Show your Solidarity with The Silver Academy 
Now and Double the Impact
At 10:11 am on Monday, February 27, the Harrisburg Jewish Community Center received a bomb threat. This threat forced the evacuation of our K-8 school, The Silver Academy. Thankfully, the evacuation was completed in less than 3 minutes, and the school building was cleared for return within 2 hours of the threat.

The Silver Academy's security team was integral in establishing the plan for our students' an d staff's speedy evacuation. With the current wave of anti-semitism in the US including 89 bomb threats called in to 72 Jewish institutions, our hired security guard is essential to our students' safety and parents' peace of mind. The Silver Academy's cost to employ security on site is over $300 per day.

We greatly appreciate all the warm words and gestures of support offered by the greater Harrisburg community in the face of the hatred behind these threats. In addition, we are grateful to the generous offer by a donor to
MATCH UP TO $25,000
for contributions made between now and  March 31, 2017, to defray our security costs. If you would like to contribute to the safety of our students and staff,  CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Please tell your friends by sharing this email on your social networks or forwarding to their email address.


D'Var Torah 
by Chaim Bell, 7th Grade

to read  this week's 
D'var Torah,
"Why the Wood?"


Kindergarten Judaics
Morah Sarah (Mrs. Sally Jo Bronner)

The Hebrew month of Adar is upon us and Kindergarten is embracing it whole heatedly!  As we prepare for Purim, we are learning a song and dance about a clown ("letzan"), making groggers
("ra'ashanim") decorating masks, and creating other related items.  
We enjoyed playing our own version of "guess who", where each student drew a picture of themselves in costume. Then class members were challenged to match each picture with its artist! Students are also creating their own individual "Megillot" to take home, and we will write one together as a whole-class project. 

Students have taken to the stage in our classroom as they act out the Purim story. They are even making their own costumes! Kindergarten is also fulfilling the mitzvot of Purim. Morah Sarah is especially grateful that Morah Tamara helped us bake delicious Hamantaschen ("ozney Haman")!

After a busy month of Purim preparations we will move on to Passover, another exciting holiday for children.  We will be tackling a big project...making our very own Haggadot!  Another project will be making fresh  horseradish and Charotsets. Please let Morah Sarah know if you'd like to come in and help!

3rd Grade General Studies
Mrs. Jessica Wenzelberger

Our third grade writers have been working diligently to publish their own fairy tale adaptations. After reading several fairy tale adaptations, such as   The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, we analyzed the stories to find out what makes these adaptations work so well. Students discovered the adapted stories contained changes to the main characters, the character's motivations, and the events of the story. Next, the students set to work on adapting Little Red Riding Hood following our adaptation guidelines. Once published, we shared these amazing books in the classroom. You can see the creative books on display outside of our classroom!

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

1996 - 7th Grade

Front Row: Avia Reuveni, Devorah Gewirtz, Benjamin Gras, Chanah Berman. Middle Row: Micah Solomon, Jacob Frankston-Morris, Naomi Greenspan, Aviva Keisling, Naomi Oran, Ian Goldwasser, Marcie Wittlin. Top Row: Mrs. Gold, Chaya Rachel Kamensky, Craig Hervitz, Daniel Urie, Leon Vizelman, Joshua Krevsky, Mr. Kamensky.


   JCC - Mary Sachs Auditorium

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

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  
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,


Challah With a Twist 

Offers Weekly Order and Delivery To Students and Teachers
  • Order your challah by Thursday at this website: 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


Our School's Rosh Chodesh Project - Making Seder Plates!

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March 2, 6:00 pm
Legacy Celebration

March 3, 2:00
Kabblat Shabbat

March 10
Purim Celebration

March 12
Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 12, 6:00 pm
Purim Pasta Seudah

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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.

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!