December 20th, 2019 ~ 22 Kislev 5780
Upcoming Events
  • Monday, December 23rd - Wednesday, January 1 - No School- Winter Break
  • Monday, December 23rd - 4:30 pm - Annual Chanukah Celebration at the State Capitol.
  • Sunday, January 12th - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm - FroYo with Friends
  • Wednesday, January 15th - 5:15 pm-6:15 pm Lower School Open House
  • Thursday, January 16th - 10:30 am - "Think Outside the Drum" featuring Grammy-winning Third Coast Percussion at the Whitaker Center
  • Saturday, January 18th - Save the date - 7:00pm PTO Game Night
  • Saturday, January 18th - Friday, January 24th - Scholastic Book Fair
  • Sunday, January 19th - 5:00 pm-6:30 pm - Pick-up Pizza after Iddy Bitty Basketball
  • Monday, January 20th - Mitzvah Day
  • Wednesday, January 22nd - 5:00 pm-6:30 pm Upper School Open House
  • Wednesday, January 22nd - Science Fair 6:00 pm
A Message from the Head of School
When you initially meet someone, you really never know how important they will be to you or what part they may play in your life. Three years ago, when I met Samara Sofian, I had no idea that she would be stepping into the job of Head of School at The Silver Academy as I enter retirement (for the second, or maybe third time).  

The story goes something like this...I was in Rochester, New York at my eldest grandson’s Chanukah party, or celebration for Purim, or end of the year doesn’t matter what we were Hillel (the Jewish Day School that my grandchildren in Rochester attend or did attend) and the Head of School for Hillel, Tracey Glazer, introduced me to a woman, Samara Sofian, who was living in Rochester but who was perhaps looking to make a move to Lancaster in the near future. Knowing that we were searching for a Head of School at Silver, I presented the case for her and her family to hasten their decision to move South, and to explore the job in Harrisburg as the Head of School at Silver. Well, that didn’t happen!! So, I did my best to fill the job myself - by first become the acting Head of School, and then as Head of School. Samara and her family eventually moved to Lancaster and her three beautiful, talented children enrolled at Silver. As luck would have it, the following year she accepted a job at Silver, and now has transitioned to the job of Head of School.  

Beshert? Maybe...I believe in things happening for a reason, in being in the right place at the right time or it was just plain and simply...meant to be. Samara is the right person for the job!!! Was it destiny that she should become part of our Silver family? Regardless, we are fortunate to have Samara as the Head of School. She brings to Silver a wealth of knowledge in education and Judiacs, love for the Jewish community, energy and enthusiasm for the continuation and success of our Jewish day school, and the ability to bring all stakeholders together to achieve a positive result. Samara exemplifies all the qualities of a true mensch and our children are fortunate to have her as the leader of The Silver Academy. Whether destiny or just plain old luck, Rochester’s loss is Harrisburg’s gain!!

Debra Freeburn, Head of School
What's happening at school...

This week our Kindergarten scientists made a volcano in Science class! Ask them how we did it!!

In Mr. Fortini's computer technology class Middle school students explored how technology helps with the creation of everyday entertainment. This week we particularly explored how music can be produced with the aid computers.

Some of our students were willing to share what they made. Click here to hear their music!

The first grade students were hard at work with Morah Alla preparing for their big performance at this week's Celebration of Light and Learning.
Art class turned into Culinary Arts once again as the students of The Silver Academy baked Chanukah cookies in preparation for the Celebration of Light and Learning
Celebration of Light and Learning
Alumni Corner
Alumni: We really want to hear from you! We are updating our alumni records and need your help! Please take a few moments to fill out  this  survey to tell us how you are doing. Thank you!
Todah Rabah - Thank you!
  • Thank you to Debra Freeburn for her leadership as the Head of School for the past 2 years.
  • Thank you to our Life & Legacy™ supporters for joining us in our Celebration of Light and Learning. Our school and community are stronger today because of passionate supporters who care deeply about our school and our community.
  • Thank you to all the volunteers who helped set-up and clean-up for the Celebration of Light and Learning. Also, thank you to the teachers who did such a beautiful job preparing the students for a wonderful event!
  • Thank you to Irit Goldman for all of her hard work making the Chanukah Latkes.
Mazel Tov!
  • Mazel Tov to Samara Sofian on taking over the Head of School position!
Our Condolences
  • We extend our condolences to Dr. Maggie Grotzinger and her family on the passing of her brother Carl. May his memory be for a blessing.
D'var Torah
Josh Jackson's D'var Torah for Parshat Vayeshev
Throughout the month of December, Silver Academy volunteers are calling our community to invite everyone to do the  mitzvah  of giving  tzedakah  to our school for our Fall Campaign. We appreciate and thank you for your support.
Ways to Support Silver During the Holiday Shopping Season  - The Silver Academy. 

  • The Silver Academy will get .5 percent of each eligible purchase.    Code: 5417A14L62452 

  • Raise money for our school by using gift cards where you are already shopping! Buy egift 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.
2nd Night Chanukah Party
Fro Yo with Friends
PTO Game Night
Pick-Up Pizza After Basketball
A Sample of Silver
Chanukah Party at KI
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  .
Support The Silver Academy!
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