November 15, 2019 ~ 17 Cheshvan 5780
Upcoming Events

  • November 16th - Parents Night - 8:00-10:00pm at Jackie and Scott Rubin's
  • November 19th - JCC-Standing against Anti-Semitism - 7:00pm
  • November 21st - Pajama Day
  • December 23rd - Annual Chanukah Celebration at the State Capitol
A Message from the Assistant Head of School
There are so many wonderful things going on at The Silver Academy!  

Our Grandparent and Grandfriend Day was absolutely wonderful! Our students and their guests baked challah from scratch, had a fun STEM challenge, learned a Hebrew song and a new dance. Our teachers and staff really put together a special afternoon! Below you can see some great pictures from the event.

Preparing our students to be responsible citizens is an important component of the Silver Academy curriculum. On Election Day, several of our Middle School students ran for Student Council positions. They delivered articulate, thoughtful speeches to the whole student body. I was truly impressed with the poise and confidence they displayed as they gave their speeches. I was even more impressed as I saw the younger students truly interested in what the older students had to say. We highlighted the importance of being an informed voter and choosing the candidate you feel is best qualified for the position, not just the person you know or like best. The elections were very close; you can see the results below. The highlight of election day for me was watching the graceful and supportive way that all the candidates and students handled the results. The Student Council has already had their first meeting and has some great plans underway for special days and the school store.

Last Friday our Middle School students had their second visit to The Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg as part of the Better Together program. This program has quickly become a highlight for the students. They truly enjoy getting to know their Senior partners. The focus of this visit was Thanksgiving and Personal Pilgrimages. After having a delicious lunch, everyone shared how they and their families came to live in Central Pennsylvania. They also shared favorite Thanksgiving family traditions and recipes. Their visit culminated in making personal pumpkin pies together. Everyone is looking forward to their next visit on December 13!

There are, of course, fantastic things going on in our classrooms. Please read the highlights from our some of our teachers.

Shabbat Shalom,
Samara Sofian
Assistant Head of School

What's happening at school...

In Ms. Romano's class the 3rd and 4th grade are learning about rounding numbers, as well as the rules for rounding.

Last week in Kindergarten Judaics, the children had lots of hands on fun learning about Parshat Noach. They built the 3 levels of Noach's Taiva (ark), floated paper Taivas in water and for Shabbat Party they made yummy edible Taivas! This week we visited Avraham's Ohel (tent) and were guests of Morah Tamara and Ganeinu. Shabbat Shalom, with love from Morah Aviva & Kindergarten.

In Middle School English Language Arts, the students are reading and analyzing short stories. This week they studied Edgar Allen Poe and his short story,  The Tell-Tale Heart.  Students wrapped up the week by analyzing the tone and mood of different sections of the classic tale. They then acted out their scenes to demonstrate the differences in the tone and mood that can be found throughout the story. 
Grandparent and Grandfriend Day was a success! We had such a great time baking with everyone and can't wait to see you all again.
Students gave their speeches in attempts to secure their spot as a member of the 2019-2020 Silver Academy Student Council.
Co-Presidents: Uriel Pavolotzky and Moshe Schertz
Vice President: Gilad Goldman
Treasurer: Nadav Sofian
Secretary: Yaakov Reid
Ganienu - Third Grade Representative: Selena Steinberg
Fourth - Eighth Grade Representative: Abraham Schertz

In Mr. Fortini's Computer Technology class, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students have moved up from MIT's entry level programming tool "Scratch" and started their journey into the world of Javascript. Rudimentary Javascript programming with the addition of HTML and CSS will give our students the necessary tools to design websites, video games, calculators and more.
Alumni Corner
Alumni: We really want to hear from you! As we prepare for our 75th Anniversary Celebration, 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 our volunteer Grandparents and Grandfriends. You made the day special for our students who were unable to have family members present.

  • Thank you to Niema Schertz for organizing an amazing Grandparent and Grandfriend Day. Everyone had a wonderful time.

  • Thank you to the PTO for providing dinner for the teachers during parent teacher conferences! It was delicious and we appreciate it so much.

  • Thank you to Cynthia Graeff and Maly Jackson for being our volunteers at Musical Theater Club.
Our Condolences
The Silver Academy wishes to extend our condolences to the families and friends of Brenda Urie Z"L and Kurt Moses Z"L . May their memories be for a blessing.
D'var Torah
Isaac First's D'var Torah on Parshat Noach
Isaac is a 2018 Silver Academy Graduate
to read this D'var Torah
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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  .
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 .

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