January 13th, 2022 ~ 12 Shevat, 5782
A message from The Head of School
Our students and faculty came back from Winter Break refreshed and excited. After some cases of COVID-19 before the break, being able to all be back in person has been a gift. Since we returned, two moments stand out for me, both including guests in the school.

On Friday, January 7th we had the honor of hosting Steven Schauder, Executive Director Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg (JFS), as our guest for our Kabbalat Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh Shevat program. He spoke with our students about the important work that JFS does in our community, highlighting the new project of resettling refugees from Afghanistan. Our students immediately wanted to help the refugees, and Mr. Schauder asked them to help by donating car seats and gently used or new toys for the children who are being resettled in our area. We have already collected a car seat and several toys! We invite the larger Silver Academy community to join us in this project as well; items for donation can be brought to the school office by January 21st. Click here if you would like to learn more about this project and how you can help.

On Tuesday afternoon I received a wonderful email from one of our school parents. I would like to share it with you:

Mrs. Sofian,
I cannot stop smiling after being given the opportunity to help at lunchtime today. I was so impressed by all of the kids’ manners and it made me so happy to see how happy they all were to be together and at school. The teachers all had smiles on their faces and it was clear what a big part they play in making the school such an amazing place for our kids to learn and grow. It didn’t hurt that I also got to see my own two kids so happy at The Silver Academy!
Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.
Emily Freeburn

We welcome our community to help our students by volunteering. If you would like to join us in school and help to serve lunch, please click here to sign up. We would love to have you!

Inside the Classrooms
5th/6th Grade ELA
Rebecca Cortes
The 5th and 6th grade students at Silver have just wrapped up the novel Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell. As the students quickly learned, the tale of the courageous protagonist, Karana, rang with more truth than they realized. O’Dell based his main character off of the true story of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas. In addition to the novel, the students learned more about the Channel Islands, which includes the island of San Nicolas. After choosing a plant and animal that is found on the island, or in the surrounding waters, the students learned the steps necessary to write a research paper. They learned strategies for note-taking, how to construct body paragraphs, as well as introductions and conclusions. Finally, students learned the importance of when and how to cite their sources, as well as the importance of giving credit to other’s work. Just as Karana learned to survive alone on the island, the students learned to survive research writing!
Kindergarten Judaic Studies
Morah Aviva
Kindergarten Judaic Studies Update:

In Kindergarten, although Chanukah came extra early this year we found a special way to extend it in our study of the Alef-Bet! We learned the Hebrew letters Nun, Gimel, and Hay, standing for Nace, Gadol Haya (A Great Miracle Happened).

In honor of Rosh Chodesh Shevat we welcomed guests, the First, Second and Third Grade students for Kabbalat Shabbat in our classroom.

With Tu B’Shevat fast approaching, we are enjoying singing the songs “Tu B’Shevat is on its way!” and “HaShkedia Porachat”. We are looking forward to celebrating Tu B’Shevat with a Tu B’Shevat Seder and sample the fruits of Israel.

We are starting a new unit on the Brachot we say from HaMotzei to Shehakol.

We have a new student in our class! Her name is Shai and we learned that her name is Hebrew for gift. The students have been showing her around our classroom and the school and helping her to feel at home.
Afghan Refugee Donation Drive
A Sample of Silver Open House
Tuesday, January 25th 6:30pm-7:45pm
Grades 2nd - 8th
Mary Sachs Auditorium
More information will be provided soon.
Mazel Tov
  • Mazel Tov to Silver alumnus Gilad Goldman and his band, Before the End, on their nomination as the best youth band in Central PA from the Central Pennsylvania Music Awards (CPMAs). Click here to cast your vote for them!
  • Mazel Tov to the Bohn Family on the birth of their daughter, Shirelle Iris.
Todah Rabah
  • Thank you to Steve Schauder, Executive Director of Jewish Family Service, for speaking to our students at our Rosh Chodesh and Kabbalat Shabbat program on Friday about the work JFS does in our Harrisburg community.
  • Thank you to the Graeff family for providing Music club snack and thank you to Cynthia Graeff for being the volunteer this week.
  • Thank you to our lunch volunteers: Dan Berman, Marcy Flicker, Emily Freeburn, Ricki Gold, Cynthia Graeff, Bert Rubin, Jackie Rubin, Myrna Rubin, Reva Schertz, Jodi Shein and Stephanie Shein. It is wonderful to have volunteers back in the school!
  • We extend our condolences to the Sofian family on the passing of Josh's grandmother, Gytel Lotven. May her memory be for a blessing.

  • We extend our condolences to the Spieler family on the passing of Barry's mother, Janice Spieler. May her memory be for a blessing.
Alumni Corner
Myra Sack's granddaughter, Yaara, who lives in Bidud, Israel loves her Silver Academy apron!
Lunch Volunteers Needed!
Volunteering for lunch duty is a wonderful opportunity to see your children or grandchildren interacting with their friends and teachers at lunch. We are always looking for volunteers!

Click here or email Myrna Rubin at mrubin@silveracademypa.org to sign up.
Tribute Cards
Myrna Rubin has tribute cards available. If you would like to purchase some contact her at mrubin@silveracademypa.org
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.

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 https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/Login/Enroll  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 challahwithatwist.com. 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 .
Community News
Let's honor MLK Day as we celebrate
Tu B'Shevat - the birthday of the trees!
Register here for a special community-wide MLK Day/Tu B'Shevat event. Held on Sunday, January 16th at 1pm, now being hosted online. This program is geared for adult and children aged 5 and above.

PJ Library is partnering with Gesher, Ohev Sholom, Silver Academy, the Brenner Family Early Learning Center and the Green Team at Beth El for this special learning opportunity. Featuring guest speaker Rafiyqa Mohammad, our younger guests will enjoy some stories and crafts and then we will join together for a planting activity.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Rubin.