• Dec 22. 11:40 - Early Dismissal
  • Dec 25-Jan 1 - No School, Winter Break
  • Jan 6, 6:30 - Havdalah Movie Night (see ad below)
  • Jan 9, 11:30-1:00 - Arthur Goldberg Memorial Lecture and lunch (see more info below)
  • Jan 16, 8:45 -12:30 - Bring a Friend to School Day/Mitzvah Day
Have a wonderful winter break! See you in 2018!
Mrs. Debra Freeburn, Head of School
I’d like to share a poem that I came across the other day….I do not know the author…

Choose to be happy,
Choose to feel great,
Choose not to let things make you irate.
I know that some people are not feeling great,
And some people just like to hate.
But I wish that all people could be healthy and strong,
And, I wish that all people could just get along.
If wands could be waved, and the world could be cured,
I’d wave that big wand, of that you can be assured.
But I’ll do what I can ...every day I am here,
And try to remember ‘the good,’ year to year.
And I choose to be happy,
And I choose to feel great,
And I choose not to let things make me irate!!

Have a great winter break and a Happy and Healthy New Year!!!


Parshat Vayigash and Chanukah

by Mikel Garner

to read this week's D'var Torah
A Peek Inside Our Classrooms

Judaics in First and Second Grade
Mrs. Alla Fligelman (Morah Alla)

During the past few weeks, first and second graders were energetically preparing for Chanukah. They learned about the many traditions and mitzvot of the holiday and the entire story of Chanukah: what happened in the Beit HaMikdash (Holy Temple) and in the land of Israel when the Greeks came.

Students not only read the story in class, but they also enjoyed acting out the scenes in Hebrew, including writing their own scripts and making costumes. In addition, students had fun learning many Chanukah songs. As a final celebration of learning, we decided to share our play and songs at the Celebration of Light and Learning.

As you know, a big part of Chanukah is playing dreidel, getting presents and eating chocolate gelt. Students were treated to a yummy activity of making dreidels out of marshmallows and pretzels, and writing the Hebrew letters with gel icing! They also made chanukiyot out of different pasta shapes, and then painted them with metallic paints. Please stop by to enjoy the students' work on the bulletin board outside of our classroom.
Read-a-Thon Success!
Mrs. Lindsay Hameroff
Once again, I wanted to thank you and your families for your  incredible  support of The Silver Academy's First Annual Read-a-Thon!

Recently, as I counted the amount of minutes students had read over the last two weeks, and totaled their pledge donations, I was completely astounded to realize that because of their hard work and dedication, the results of the Read-a-thon had exceeded my wildest expectations. 

Our school goal was to have as many students as possible participate in this fundraising effort, and to raise at least $100 to purchase books for children at Penn State Children's Hospital. At my most recent count,  our   students had read for over 4,300 minutes  and raised (drum roll, please)  $1,555!  I was so excited to share with students that because of their hard work, we will be able to send additional baskets of books to the children at Penn State. 

To celebrate their success, students celebrated with a cookie party this week! Moreover, gift cards to Barnes and Noble will be awarded to three students from the youngest, middle, and oldest grades who logged the most reading minutes during the Read-a-thon: Emily Fleming (Kindergarten) logged 430 minutes, Abie Schertz (4th grade) logged 1,037 minutes, and Isaac First (8th grade) logged 1,804 minutes! Congratulations to all of our readers!

Please make sure to tell your children how proud you are of them and this incredible accomplishment. And of course, make sure to keep reading!

Shabbat Shalom,
Lindsay Hameroff
Mark Your Calendar for these Events!

Silver Academy
Havdalah Movie Night

Saturday, January 6th at 6:30 pm 
JCC Mary Sachs Auditorium

  • Havdallah followed by pizza, snacks and a movie
  • Screening of "Honey I Shrunk the Kids"
  • Register by Jan. 3 - $5 per person/$20 max per family
  • Registeration after January 3 or at the door - $7 per person/$25 family max

Arthur Goldberg Memorial Lecture

A presentation to middle school students about
First Amendment Rights
Presented by Attorney Devon Jacob

Tuesday, January 9th at 11:30 - JCC Spector Lounge
Lunch will follow, 12:15-1:00

Everyone is invited!
RSVP at   [email protected] ,
or by calling the office at 717-238-8775

  • Please join The Silver Academy on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day for a morning of fun, mitzvot, and community service. Guests will experience a taste of what our school has to offer and enjoy a delicious kosher lunch provided by our school.
  • We will also host our fourth annual hair-donating ceremony for Pantene Pro V Beautiful Lengths. Please consider donating your hair if you have 8 inches to spare!
  • RSVP by Wednesday, January 10, 2018, to Jackie Rubin at [email protected] or 717-238-8775.
Development Office News
Save the Date - May 31, 2018


Watch this video and be amazed!
Our parent Annual Campaign Chairs will be reaching out to you in the next few days. Whether it is $18 or $1800, please help us share the value of tzedakah from your homes just as it is so beautifully instilled in our children within our Silver Academy classrooms. We are striving for 100% participation. Additionally, with an increase in giving participation by our school families, we can help the school better access investment from donors and foundations, knowing that our own families support our school.

If you have not yet made your gift or pledge, today is the perfect day to do so. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask. If you'd like to make your gift to this year's campaign now, please click here:  Donate Now
Thank you for sharing your children with us! Looking forward to lots of Cookies and Cocoa.

(Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program)

Watch this video to learn how...
Order Your Challah Here!
Challah With a Twist 

Offers Weekly Challah Order and Delivery To Students and Teachers

  • Order your challah by Thursday night at this website: It will be delivered to school on Friday.
  • Send check to school, 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 for the Harrisburg community for over 20 years.
Varda Gewirtz,  717-919-1358  
Favorite Silver Snapshots
Take a look at our bright, shining students as they performed at our annual Celebration of Light and Learning!