January 24, 2019 - Shevat 18, 5779
This is a Special Year at
The Silver Academy...
75 Years of Exemplary Jewish Education!
Events at a Glance
  • Jan 30, 5:15-6:16 - Open House for prospective Ganeinu, Kdg and 1st Grade students (see flyer below)
  • Feb 8 - Kabbalat Shabbat/Rosh Chodesh
  • Feb 18 - No School, Presidents Day
A Message from the Head of School
Mrs. Debra Freeburn, Head of School
Food for Thought...

An article in the New York Times this past weekend titled, “Students Learn From People They Love,” by David Brooks, places relationships at the center of education. Emotion has been found to be essential to learning and reason because emotion assigns value to the information being taught. Teachers, who form relationships with their students, are not only disseminating information, but they share their passion for the subjects that they teach. Let’s ponder for a moment Morah Alla’s class, or Rabbi G.’s or Mrs. Gaughan’s science lab, or Ms. Hurley or Ms. Wenzelburger’s classes, and let’s not forget Ms. Carpenter’s or Morah Yasminah’s class, add Ms. Dalton, Ms. Cherepinsky, Ms. Rebuck, and Ms. Rietmulder to the mix, and last but certainly not least, Morah Tamara’s Ganeinu class !!! Understand what I’m getting at? Your children at Silver Academy are learning from people that they love and who love them!!

A study has shown that when the social brain is activated through direct eye contact, information is learned, retained and can be applied. In contrast, when the same lesson is taught through a video screen, without direct contact, or in class with 27 students where the children have little or no emotional attachment to the teacher, very little or nothing is learned. The positive relationships that our students at The Silver Academy have with their teachers, combined with the passion that those same teachers have for their subjects, activates the student’s brain and improves student outcome and performance. As our students face a more complex world, let’s cultivate the whole child and promote not only academic success, but cooperation with others, problem solving skills, and the tools that are necessary for future success.

Shabbat Shalom,
D'var Torah
Rabbi Gewirtz's Devar Torah for Parshat Yitro

to read this week's D'var Torah 
Good Things Happen Every Day at The Silver Academy
Mrs. Tammy Reid (Morah Tamara)

This week in Ganeinu we met the 12th letter of the alef-bet, the lamed. When we go upstairs Morah Tamara says, "l'malah(go up)" when we head downstairs she tells us, "l'matah (go down)". At the end of the day we say, l'hitra'ot (see you later). But don't think we are studying too hard, we also take time to play. We had a great time in the snow at recess this week.
3rd and 4th Grade
Mrs. Wenzelburger
The third and fourth grade students worked on different creative projects using their own independent reading books. The projects made by students were: a board game asking students questions about the book read, a newspaper sharing an important event from the book read, an ABC book including characters and events from the book in alphabetical order, a scene sketch, and a map of their book's setting. Students were able to apply their comprehension skills when making these projects and showed their classmates what they read in a meaningful way. 

"I had fun drawing a castle and the whole map because it was really hard but also really fun. It was cool to see inside the book with my map." Alexa

"My newspaper was fun because I got to express how I felt about my book while making a cool project." C'nai

"Doing the game board was really hard, but I could manage it. And at the same time, it was fun coloring it and making the cards that asked questions about the book that I read." Michael 

"The sketch was a good project because I think it stretched my thinking about the book. It was really cool to look at the end result after I worked on it for many days." Adam
Mitzvah Day
January 21 was a very special day at The Silver Academy - Mitzvah Day and Tu B'Shevat!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught about the importance of working to make the world a better place; he did this not only through his words but with his actions. While most schools have a day off on Martin Luther King day, The Silver Academy has Mitzvah Day - a "day on," filled with opportunities to do Tikkun Olam, helping to make the world better. We had three important Mitzvah projects: 1. Donating hair to make wigs for people going through cancer treatments 2. Sorting books that families donated. These books will go to the United Way and the East Shore Area Library where they will be distributed to children and adults in need. 3. Planting succulents that will be given to residents at the Jewish Home.

Monday was also Tu B'Shevat, the birthday of the trees. We celebrated the holiday with Tu B'Shevat seders and special activities in the classrooms, a lesson on the science of trees with Mrs. Gaughan and a special activity on the seven species mentioned in the Torah that grow in Israel led by Mrs.Meira Zisowitz from Oorah and The Zone Camp.     

We are thankful!
Thank you Kimberlea Konowitch and Tammy Reid, our top-notch helpers on Mitzvah Day! You helped make the day fun and meaningful for everyone!


We send our sincere condolences to the family of Harvey Engelman, father of Holly (Moshe Bell) and grandfather of Silver Academy students Chaim and Elez.

Also, we send condolences to the family of Marilyn Roth, past PTO President of the Yeshiva Day School.

May the memory of Harvey Engelman and Marilyn Roth always be a blessing. May their families be comforted along those who mourn among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

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.

Take a Peek at the Past...
You must watch this very special video!
Yeshiva Academy Anniversary & Overview Video - 1944-2004
Important Dates and Reminders!

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!!

Open House
for all prospective Ganeinu (pre-K), Kindergarten
and 1st Grade students and their families

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
Kindergarten and 1st grade students have fun
with rhythm instruments in music class