February 27th, 2020 ~ 2 Adar 5780
Events at a Glance
Friday, February 28th - 1:45 pm - Kabbalat Shabbat/Rosh Chodesh
Thursday, March 5th - 5:30 pm - An Evening of Mathtivities
Sunday, March 8th - 11:00 am - Community Purim Carnival
Tuesday, March 10th - Purim
Tuesday, March 10th - 8:45 am - Women's Megillah Reading
Tuesday, March 10th - 5:00 pm - Purim Seudah
Sunday, March 22nd - 10:00 am - 75th Anniversary Brunch & Reunion
A Message from the Director of Development
Hello everyone! Spring is right around the corner and that gives us so much to look forward to; warmer temperatures, longer days, budding trees, blooming flowers and our 75th Anniversary Brunch and Reunion on Sunday, March 22nd. We are looking forward to welcoming families past and present, faculty and staff, alumni, friends, community supporters and local clergy.

Our event Chairs, Lara Novak and Marian Frankston have planned a morning full of meaningful moments and wonderful surprises. It promises to be a joyous celebration. We will be honoring Past School Board Presidents and PTO Presidents. Their commitment to The Silver Academy has ensured that we have arrived at this day of celebration - 75 years!!

The Silver Academy endures as a result of the wonderful and strong community that values and supports its existence. We are so grateful to have you as members of that community.

Please make sure to RSVP and join us. We look forward to seeing you there.

Kol Tuv,

Kimberlea Konowitch
Director of Development
A Peek Inside Our Classes
Mrs. Gaughan
The Silver Academy’s annual school Science Fair was held on Wednesday, January 22nd. Our budding scientists did a wonderful job in preparing and presenting their projects. Family, friends, and teachers whom came out to support them were “wowed” by the topics they researched and the results of their experiments. Congratulations go out to Moshe Schertz and Uriel Pavolotzky for earning first place awards. Moshe’s project was “Do Density and Porosity Affect a Woods Capacity to Absorb Water?” Uriel’s project was “Does the Type of Sugar Affect the Amount of Carbon Dioxide Produced during Fermentation by Yeast?” We commend the boys for their excellent work! They will now go on to compete in the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair in March.
General Studies
Mrs. Hurley
First grade has just begun learning about poetry. To kick off our unit, we learned how to use our 5 senses to create poems. Students used their senses to describe different things. They listened to jazz music and described how it sounded. They looked at a painting by Picasso and described what they saw. Using their sense of taste, they described a chocolate pretzel treat. For smell and touch they described play-doh. They had so much fun with this interactive lesson! 

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Legacy Program
Last Thursday, February 20th, The Jewish Community Foundation held the Year 4 Legacy Celebration. It was such a wonderful event! The Silver Academy was recognized for successful completion of Year 4 of the Central PA community-wide Jewish Legacy Initiative. Members of our team attended and were presented with a certificate and received recognition for the work of our Legacy Committee.

The Legacy program is designed so everyone, not just the wealthy or those with the means to give now, will be able to leave a legacy gift in their will to the Jewish causes they care about. By leaving a legacy gift, you can continue to support the Jewish organizations you care about now even when you are no longer with us.  If you are passionate about the work of any Jewish organization, Create A Jewish Legacy (CJL) may be for you. CJL allows anyone to become a philanthropist and offers you an excellent opportunity to do something meaningful even if you are unable to give cash gifts now. 

The Silver Academy would like to take this opportunity to recognize our legacy supporters. 
Purim Cards for Sale
The Silver Academy has  Mishloach Manot -  Purim cards for sale. They are $1 each. You can color and mail these postcards or send them to someone else to relax and color. Please contact the office at 717-238-8775 if you wish to purchase. All proceeds benefit the PTO.
EITC participation for the spring is now open!
If you missed your chance for EITC participation in the fall, the spring opportunity is currently available. Please contact Kimberlea Konowitch for The Silver Academy at 717-238-8775 x209 or Amanda Kohn for The Brenner Family Early Learning Center at 717-236-9555 x3299.
Passover Packages for Jewish Service Members
Imagine trying to celebrate Passover in a foreign land far from family and friends, at a base where you are the only Jew or where the closest kosher foods are a 4 hour drive away? That is the reality for many Jewish service members. This year, you can support our brothers and sisters in the military by sponsoring the 13 th  Soldiers Passover Package Project.    

The Jewish Soldiers Project, which started with 10 small Passover packages back in 2008, has grown to serve thousands of Jewish service members  across the globe year-round. Through our efforts, we have given support and a sense of community to many Jews who would not otherwise be able to celebrate their faith. 

In 2019, the JSP sent over 90 Passover care packages to service members serving in 20 nations including: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Kuwait, Qatar, Korea, Japan, Germany, Italy, England, Poland, Niger and Djibouti (East Africa).  For those Jewish soldiers serving on the home front, we sponsored Seders at 2 dozen bases across the US and ships at sea.

For 2020, we anticipate sending over 100 Passover packages serving the needs of many Jews in the military.  The packages include: matzos, grape juice, gefilte fish, horseradish, charoset and other items requested.    
Upcoming Events
Kabbalat Shabbat/Rosh Chodesh
Friday, February 28th
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

As we welcome the month of Adar, please join us as we prepare for Purim. We will be making Groggers that everyone can use at their holiday celebrations.
An Evening of Mathtivities

Join us on Thursday, March 5th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Silver Academy for An Evening of Mathtivities! Enjoy a delicious dinner and engage in hands-on math games and activities led by Sara Romano, The Silver Academy's Math Teacher. The event is FREE and is for students in Grades 1-5 and their parents. Space is limited to 20 students so make sure to register ASAP at:   An Evening of Mathtivities Registration
Purim Seudah

Join us on Tuesday, March 10th at 5:00 pm in the JCC Mary Sachs Auditorium for The Silver Academy's Purim Seudah! $15 per person/ $50 max per family. RSVP by Monday, March 2nd to [email protected]
Sunday, March 22nd
10 AM - Noon
Harrisburg Jewish Community Center
75th Anniversary Brunch & Reunion
Registration Link Below
  • We extend our condolences to Myrna Rubin and family on the passing of her mother and to Scott Rubin and family on the passing of his grandmother, Barbara (Bobbie) Millner. May her memory be for a blessing.
D'var Torah
Chaim Bell's D'var Torah for Terumah: Why the Wood?
Ways to Support The Silver Academy
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  • The Silver Academy will get .5 percent of each eligible purchase.

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  • 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.
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  .
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 .

Community News
JCC Summer Camp Registration Now Open!
 For information and to register  Click Here
Community Purim Carnival
Sunday, March 8th 11:00 am -1:00 pm
$10 a Family
Walk-ins welcome

Women's Megillah Reading
Tuesday, March 10th 8:45 am
Our community is Powered by You! Support Jewish life in Harrisburg through the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg's Annual campaign. This year's Annual Campaign will take place from February - April 2020. Visit  jewishharrisburg.org/give  or call 717-236-9555 to support our community. 
Silver Snapshots