December 23rd, 2021 ~ 19 Tevet, 5782
A message from The Head of School

The week before Thanksgiving we created a bulletin board for the students and faculty to share what they are thankful for. It was a lovely display of gratitude, encompassing the big things, like having enough food, and the little things, like having fun toys. Most common among the things the students shared, however, was their gratitude for the important people in their lives: family, friends and teachers. 

This week as we prepare for Winter Break, I asked some Middle School students to share with me what they most appreciate about being a Silver Academy student. I’d like to share some of their responses with you: 
“I love how much the teachers care about the individual students and helping each one grow.”
“I appreciate the smallness and, therefore, the one on one learning that goes on.”
“I appreciate having flexible teachers that give me work that I can do with time frames that I can follow.”
“Making great friends!”
“I really like all the Jewish learning we get to do.” 

One of the things that I am both most grateful for and most appreciate about the Silver Academy is the supportive, caring community. Thank you to all of our faculty, students, parents, leaders, volunteers and financial supporters who make the Silver Academy such a special place!

I wish everyone a nice Winter Break and happy secular New Year!
Inside the Classrooms
The Living Torah in Ganeinu

In Ganeinu each week we examine the Parsha/weekly Torah portion to find lessons that a Pre-K child can relate to. In Parshat Vayigash Yosef reveals his identity to his brothers and they finally understand the trials he put them through. The Viceroy of Egypt was not persecuting them. Their brother Yosef was making sure they have grown into better men since they had sold him into slavery. In Ganeinu this translated to a discussion about how we sometimes jump to the conclusion that things aren’t fair when in fact we are not seeing the whole story.

It is always exciting as a teacher when you can watch your lessons come to life in front of your eyes. Here’s what happened next: Because we are so vigilant keeping our kids safe during this pandemic, if another class comes outside during recess my Ganeinu kids know to switch to the other playground apparatus to keep space between the groups. Moments after they move over I see a child coming back to the wrong side. I call out his name to remind him where he belongs when I see him retrieve the gloves he dropped. Sure enough. This time I didn’t have the whole story! He knew where he belonged and had a valid reason to come back. I was delighted to share this revelation with him and his classmates. Not only is the Torah a living thing in our age, it is there for all of us to learn from.
1st Grade Hebrew Language
Morah Alla
Last month in Hebrew class the 1st graders were excited to learn about Chanukah with iTaLAM. An opening and closing song assisted the students with counting in Hebrew using the masculine form and learning the language pattern to answer a “Why” question in Hebrew? Why do we celebrate 8 days of Chanukah?

The Chanukah story assisted the students to distinguish between Greeks and Jews and the actions of each group. While learning and using their listening comprehension skills, students also were very excited to act out the story.

A fun “big kid” activity was done using the iTaLAM tube. By watching the video, students were guided through important information about the holiday's mitzvot and customs. Through song, the virtual class and their families, demonstrated the correct order for lighting the Chanukah candles.

The Chanukah unit was wrapped up with an animated story to demonstrate the different sivivonim in Israel and the diaspora, a story about Bina - who loves eating jelly with her jelly donuts, a riddle book to review artifacts, customs and mitzvot related to Chanukah and sharing the joy of Chanukah by singing Chanukah songs with students in Israel.

Chanukah is a time to express gratitude to G-d for the grand miracles that he does for us. The students learned a song which summarizes in Hebrew the gratitude for the victory and the miracle of the oil.
Fall Fundraising Campaign

Please consider including The Silver Academy in your charitable giving this year.

By now you have probably heard from many organizations requesting your year end support.

A gift of a Jewish day school education is one of the greatest gifts that we can bestow on this generation of Jewish children.

We ask that The Silver Academy be included in your charitable giving this year.

Thank you for helping to give the gift of education to each Silver Academy student.

You may donate by clicking here.

Mazel Tov
Barbara and Bruce Bazelon are delighted to welcome their first great-grandchild Tzvi Aryeh. 

His proud parents are Simona and Yerachmiel Markowitz. Simona's parents are Michael and Hayley Bazelon. 

Michael is a Silver Academy alumnus and his wife, Hayley is a past Hebrew Studies teacher at The Silver Academy.  

Todah Rabah
  • Thank you to Tammy Reid for allowing the teachers to become the students as she guided the faculty and staff through a fun, relaxing paint night during our last faculty meeting.
  • Thank you to our lunch volunteers: Kate Carpenter, Marcy Flicker, Ricki Gold, Cynthia Graeff, MarkJo Kasian, Marilyn Klein, Jackie Rubin, Myrna Rubin and Reva Schertz. It is wonderful to have volunteers back in the school!
  • We extend our condolences to the Woodland and Goldman families on the passing of Elizabeth Goldman.

  • We extend our condolences to the Keifer and Indyg families on the passing of Charles Indyg.

May their memories be for a blessing.
January Lunch Volunteers Needed!
We are looking for a few volunteers to help with lunch duty. Click here or email Myrna Rubin at to sign up.
Tribute Cards
Myrna Rubin has tribute cards available. If you would like to purchase some contact her at
Easy ways to support The Silver Academy everyday
Giant Scrip
Susan Leviton has Giant gift cards. If anyone would like to purchase any she will sanitize them, put them in an envelope and do a transfer at her curb. No need to come to her door. Susan can be contacted at 717-608-0190.

Giant gift cards are also available in The Silver Academy Office. Contact the school at 717-238-8775 to arrange for pick up. - The Silver Academy.  Code: 5417A14L62452 

  • Raise money for our school by using gift cards where you are already shopping! Buy e-gift cards, physical gift cards and reloadable gift cards at face value and use for your everyday shopping. Easily pay online and earn a rebate between 2%-16% that goes right to our school.
Contributions to The Silver Academy are always appreciated and every dollar makes a difference for our students!

Looking for a way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion? Do you have someone you would like to honor? Do you want to make a donation in memory of a loved one? Consider making a donation to The Silver Academy. We will send them a lovely card to share with them that a gift has been made in their honor.
You may contact the school's office to make a contribution or do so online here.

Silver Snapshots
Mrs. Cherepinsky's Music Lessons
Order your Challah
Challah With a Twist

Offers Weekly Challah Order and Delivery To Students and Teachers.

  • Order your challah by 8:30 pm Thursday evening at The fresh baked challah will be given to your child to take home on Friday.

  • To pay, please send an envelope with your name on it to the school office, including cash, or a check payable to Challah with a Twist, or use Paypal or Venmo.

Challah With a Twist, (a.k.a. Varda Challah), has been providing home baked challah to the Harrisburg community for over 24 years.
For any questions, please call or text Varda Gewirtz at 717-919-1358 .