May 18, 2017
22 Iyar, 5777
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From Rachel Zilbering, Principal

Like many schools in the area, The Silver Academy was full of activities this week! On Monday, we held our annual Lag B'Omer Field Day. Our field day is a unique combination of field activities, chants and poster creation.  Our posters are one of the highlights of the day.  This year, we chose three special middot (positive character traits) and assigned one to each team.  The themes were:  Chesed (kindness), Kavod (respect) and Rodef Shalom (pursuer of peace).  If you have ever been in the school during the morning announcements, you will recognize these traits as the main parts of our student pledge.  Students did an unbelievable job of weaving each theme into a beautiful poster. 

On Tuesday, I was back at school in the evening for the Kitah Aleph (1st Grade) Siddur Celebration.  Students sang about how the prayerbook brought light and hope into their lives.  They joined together in spirited song and dance and beamed as they finally received their siddurim. 

On Wednesday, we were happy to have our school performance of Annie.  This musical performance was a culmination of rehearsals that started in October.  Not only did our students do a fantastic job with the acting, singing and dancing, they also had a glimpse of life in 1933. 

Please enjoy the slideshow of Lag B'Omer Field Day pictures at the end of the newsletter, and check back next week for pictures of the Siddur Celebration and Annie! You won't want to miss a glimpse of these joyful moments!


D'var Torah 
for Parshiot Behar/Bechukotai

by Samuel Shvartsman

to read  this week's  D'var Torah 


Morah Tamara (Mrs. Tammy Reid)

We have had an amazing year in Ganeinu, but our time together is almost done. We have been introduced to all of the letters of the Alef-Bet, and have learned to sing many teffilot (Jewish Prayers) and fun Hebrew songs. Our Hebrew vocabulary is exploding! We can name our colors, count past 10, and even ask for food at lunch in Hebrew. Our Year-End Celebration will be  Tuesday, June 6, at 2:30. Feel free to drop in and watch us strut our stuff.

Middle School Math
Mrs. Jane Dalton

Points, lines, line segments, angles, polygons, polyhedrons -- it is Geometry time at Silver Academy.  Sixth Grade used their knowledge of polygon identification to create jewelry out of Friendly Plastic. They presented their jewelry to their moms for Mother's Day . Middle School students also experimented with tessellations. They created both regular polygon tessellations, and MC Esher-type tessellations where they started with a 2 X 2 square.

Looking ahead, Seventh Grade will learn to calculate surface area and volume of various polyhedrons.  Look for mobiles displaying their work soon.

Polygon Jewelry





EITC 16th Birthday Rally at The State Capitol

The Silver Academy joined schools from across the state to thank our legislators for 16 years of Educational Improvement Tax Credits. 


The Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg presents...

Kol HaNeshama Concert

to honor the memory of our founder, 
Janet Frankel Staub (z"l)

Sunday, May 21, 3:30 pm
Harrisburg JCC, Mary Sachs Auditorium
$15/person; max $50/family


Challah With a Twist 

There will be no Challah delivery this week. Regular delivery will continue next week.

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


Lag Ba'Omer Field Day was fun!
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Field Day Slideshow
Field Day Slideshow
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May 23, 6:30
2nd Grade Chumach Celebration

May 29, No School
Memorial Day

May 31-June 1
No School
Shavuot/Shavout Yizkor

June 6, 7:00 pm
8th Grade Graduation

June 7
Year End Celebration

June 8, 11:40 
Early Dismissal
Last Day of School

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