February 7, 2019 - Adar 2, 5779
This is a Special Year at
The Silver Academy...
75 Years of Exemplary Jewish Education!
Events at a Glance

  • Feb 8 - Kabbalat Shabbat/Rosh Chodesh
  • Feb 18 - No School, Presidents Day
  • Feb 20 - Open house for upcoming 3rd-8th graders, (Click Here for More Info)
100 Things We Love About The Silver Academy
Mrs. Samara Sofian, Director of Development
On February 5th Silver Academy students celebrated the 100th day of school. In their classes they participated in a variety of wonderful, special activities. A moment of the day that really stands out is the all-school celebration, organized by our PTO. Parent volunteers organized a hot chocolate treat for the students and then challenged them to think of 100 acts of kindness they’ve seen at The Silver Academy. Students drew or wrote about their experiences. Not surprisingly, students easily came up with many examples of their peers, teachers and school volunteers doing acts of kindness.

To show their appreciation of the Silver Academy staff, parents created a list of "100 Things We Love About The Silver Academy." A few of the items that parents noted were: "knowing that my kids are in a safe and nurturing environment," "Student Council projects that help the community," "Our children come home singing Hebrew songs," "the teachers take their time to help our children understand," "reading to the children at lunch," and "knowing my children practice gratitude each day." To see the whole list, click here . It is inspiring to read about the aspects of the school that are special to our families.

Also, be sure to check out more great pictures from the 100th day of school at the bottom of this newsletter.
D'var Torah

D'var Torah for Parshat Terumah
By Brian Dym

to read this week's D'var Torah 
Good Things Happen Every Day at The Silver Academy
1st and 2nd Grade General Studies
Mrs. Brandy Hurley

Students in First and Second Grades are learning about shapes! We used candy and toothpicks to build 2-D and 3-D shapes. With these models, students were able to count edges, vertices and faces. This was a favorite project for the students...I'm sure you can guess why! 
Science Fair
Mrs. Susan Gaughan
The Silver Academy’s annual school Science Fair was held on Wednesday, January 23, in the Henry Miller Auditorium. Our budding scientists did a wonderful job of 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 to all the first and second place winners! The first place winners were Elez Bell, Uriel Pavolotzky, and Ben Shvartsman. Our second place winner was Joshua Jackson. Elez’s project was “How does the size of aggregate particles affect the strength of mortar?” Uriel’s project was “Which type of salt melts ice faster?” Ben’s project was “Can I desalinate and purify contaminated salt water and convert it into clean drinkable water?” Joshua’s project was “Do printed shape words interfere with the task of naming shapes?” Lastly, Moshe’s project was “Does nitrogen help plants grow?” We commend all the students for their excellent work! Our students will now go on to compete in the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair in March.
Hebrew Class Tu B'Shvat
Marah Alla (Mrs. Alla Fligelman)
The students in first through fourth grade Hebrew classes had fun celebrating Tu B'Shvat. All students explored and tasted the seven kinds of fruits from Israel. Our third and fourth graders made their own fruit salad for the Seder. Of course, the celebration included traditional songs and 4 cups of wine (white and red grape juice).

For the third and fourth graders, the celebration was a culmination of learning about cycles in nature. Every student researched a different cycle, created a poster and presented their project to the class...all in Hebrew!

First and Second graders learned about many types of trees that grow in Israel. They read books (in Hebrew) to research the trees and collected information. As a final project, each student chose a favorite tree and created a book about the tree during computer class.
We are thankful!
Thank you to the PTO for organizing our 100th Day of School celebration. Special thanks to Kimberlea Konowitch, Jill Flicker, Holly Engleman, and Cynthia Graeff for providing our students and staff with a delicious hot chocolate treat and meaningful 100th day activity!

Thank you to our 5th-8th graders for organizing our Book Drive and all those who donated books. We collected about 1,000 books!  

Thank you to Kris Novak for delivering the collected adult books to the East Shore Area Library.

Thank you to Robert Harringer for delivering the collected children's books to the United Way to be distributed in schools.


Congratulations to Tori and Isaac Levine, and big brother Reuben who have welcomed a baby boy into their family. Best wishes to the entire family, including grandparents Irene Berman-Levine and Sam Levine.

We are also happy to send congratulations to Baruch (Rob) and Brachie Rosenberg on the birth of their daughter, Batsheva Leah...named after Rob's paternal grandmother. The family lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh in Israel, and the proud grandparents are Ellis and Ann Rosenberg.  

We send our sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Yolanda Rosenschein. Mrs. Rosenschein served as President of The Silver Academy PTA in 1963. May the memory of Yolanda Rosenschein always be a blessing. 
Alumni Giving Circle Continues

The Silver Academy Alumni Giving Circle prepares to kick off its second year! The Alumni Giving Circle brings together Yeshiva/Silver Alumni for a few brief tele-meetings resulting in positive outcomes for our school and school community. Please click the link below to learn more about the process and read about last year's success! We are excited to continue building this bridge between our alumni and our current school community.

Important Dates and Reminders!
Please join us for A Sample of Silver, an Open House for incoming 3rd thru 8th Grade families. It will be held on Wednesday, February 20th from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Dinner will be provided and then you will breakout into sessions where you will have a chance to learn Science, General Studies and Judaic Studies with your student. It is truly a unique way to experience the classroom with your student and get a sneak peak of their upcoming grade. 

Please  RSVP  to Jackie Rubin by Monday, February 18th to ensure we have enough food and supplies. Childcare is available for younger siblings, so please make sure to include that in your RSVP. 

Our 7th and 8th grade students are excited to be planning their trip to Israel in the spring! As a way to help fund the trip, they currently have two fundraising opportunities:
  • First, the students will deliver personal notes (Chai Notes) from you to the Holy Land. Click on the link below for the note, which you can print and return to the school office with your donation. Thank you!

  • You can also support us by planting trees in Israel through JNF. Part of the money you donate will go to our Israel trip. How do you do this? Just click on the link below to go to the "Plant Your Way to Israel-JNF" website and donate away!!

Middle School Basketball Schedule
Mark your calendar and come out to support
our middle school basketball players!

Support The Silver Academy!
Don't Miss This
EASY, Ongoing Fundraising Opportunity!
Giant Gift Cards

  • Purchase these dollar for dollar in the school office, and then spend them the same as cash.
  • The Silver Academy earns 5% - that's $50 earned for every $1,000 sold!
  • You may also purchase by calling Susan at 717-608-0190
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 2 4 years.
For any questions, please call or text Varda Gewirtz at   717-919-1358   .
Silver Snapshot
Silver Students celebrate a cold 100th day of school with a hot chocolate party!
Thank you PTO for sponsoring this yummy event!

Middle School plays Go Fish while learning about
the government's Judicial Branch