Abrams Extra 5/26/17

Abrams Extra May 26, 2017




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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Jewish Festival
Volunteers Needed
Tuition Discount
Capital Campaign
AHA Graduation
Vanguard Matching Gift Program
Last Parenting Meeting of Year
Science Fair
Field Day
Abrams Residence Visit
After School High School
IDF Takes Torah to Auschwitz
Help Abrams With EITC
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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May 26, 2017/  1 Sivan
Candle Lighting 8:02 pm/ Bemidbar

Rabbi Budow   


Dear Parents:
We are celebrating Yom Yerushalayim today! Here are some great pictures of us in Israel- enjoy!
Best and Chag Sameach-
Rabbi Ira Budow





Jewish Festival


Bucks County Jewish Israel Festival

Israeli flag
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Bucks County Community College
Tell your friends to attend the Jewish Festival and register for a free raffle worth $500 credit towards next year’s tuition at Abrams!
This offer is only for a new family, not previously enrolled at Abrams, registering a child at Abrams for 2017-18.

Tuition Discount

Early Tuition Payment Discount
We are almost at the end of the school year and want to offer our parents an opportunity to help the school and receive a 10% discount off next year’s tuition!
Pay your tuition in full by Thursday, June 8, 2017 and receive a 10% discount!
Please act as soon as possible!

Capital Campaign

Upcoming Capital Campaign
As we are all aware, Abrams offers the finest Jewish and secular education to our children in a warm and nurturing environment.
The school will shortly commence a capital campaign to fund several new projects that will expand its parameters and modernize, improve and enhance its infrastructure.
This fund raising campaign will provide several significant naming opportunities:
  • Playground
  • Outdoor classroom
  • Other structures
  • Exterior renovations
  • Windows
Stay tuned for details about this exciting campaign, along with information about flexible payment scheduling!

AHA Graduation

8th Grade Graduation Ceremonies
Monday, June 5, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Schnur Assembly
Our 2017 Graduates


Lital Abergel                       Sara Kestenbaum
Ronen Adler                       Gillian Lane
Joshua Beigman               Jacob Littwin
Jeremy Brandspiegel      Sophia Rogovoy
Joseph Couzens               Alexis Schachter
Samuel Doshna                 Nicole Shaulov
Moriah Eley                        Maya Shavit
Abner Gordan                   Milena Shevelev
Estee Gross


All are Welcome to Attend!

Vanguard Employees
Vanguard Matching Gift Program
If you work for Vanguard you are eligible to participate in the company’s matching gift program to benefit Abrams.
Please contact Rabbi Budow (215) 584-7919 ASAP if you are employed by Vanguard.

End-of-Year Parenting Meeting

End of Year Parenting Meeting
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
8:30 a.m.
The last parent group meeting of the school year will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.
We will use this time to discuss any questions/concerns you have.
Thanks to everyone who participated! We learned a lot together.
Dr. P



Abrams Science Fair

Abrams Science Fair 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 
9:30 a.m.   
Come and see the student scientists in action as they display their scientific thinking.
Help needed!  Can you volunteer your time to come and talk with the student scientists about their projects?
Contact Amy Hamacher -ahamacher@abramsonline.org


Come one – Come all!



Field Day

Field Day
AHA Field Day
Friday, June 9, 2017
Grades 1-3 (9am to 11:45am)
Grades 4-5 (12:45pm to 3:30pm)


End of Year Celebration at Abrams Residence

End of Year Celebration
The 8th grade visited Abrams Residence this week for the last time this year. It was a bittersweet occasion, since these students will be graduating and not returning to visit “their seniors” next year.
Rabbi O and Dale Sattin presented a slide show of pictures from this year’s events, brought pizza, sushi, and ice cream (food, of course!), and took the opportunity to tell the residents how much these monthly visits have meant to everyone at AHA who participated in this mitzvah program.
The seniors presented the students with individual certificates of thanks and a compilation of letters of appreciation for the students and the program. Students took turns at the mic telling the residents what this program has meant to them, and it was all incredibly moving. Of course, there was ample time for schmoozing and saying “goodbyes,” as well.
We thank the Legacy Fund for the grant that funds the Better Together program and hope to return to Abrams Residence next year with our new 8th grade class.

After School High School Learning

Please contact Rabbi Budow if you are interested in the after school high school program that will begin in the fall.

IDF Takes Torah to Auschwitz 

IDF Marches into Auschwitz With Torah
Israeli soldiers took the Torah that Abrams dedicated to the IDF when the troops recently went to Poland, and part of their mission included visiting concentration camps.
Here is a moving photo of the soldiers marching into Auschwitz with the Torah that Abrams donated in memory of Yuval Miara Z”L.

Help Abrams Succeed With EITC

You Can Help Abrams Succeed!
 Participate in EITC and Jewish Scholarship LLC
Tax Credit Opportunities
There are two ways you can benefit both Abrams and yourself or a friend if you either own a business located in PA that pays PA income taxes or live in PA and join the Jewish Scholarship LLC as an individual.
  • Participate yourself, or
  • Suggest a friend, family member, or colleague who may be qualified and willing to participate in the EITC program on behalf of Abrams-
 Please think of whom you may know and ask him/her to help the school and receive a tax benefit at the same time!!
1.  EITC for Businesses
EITC is a PA initiative that allows PA businesses to direct a portion of their PA income taxes to private schools. The program allows contributors to claim up to a 90% tax credit on their returns for a two year commitment. This year Abrams received almost $400,000 in EITC funding, and that money is all used to help our school and our children. This is a win-win for businesses to be able to direct their taxes to benefit the school and provide scholarships for our students! There is no minimum amount required to participate in EITC as a business entity.


For information concerning business participation in EITC contact:
Ellen Horowitz Matz
EITC Officer
Foundation for Jewish Day Schools
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Tel:  215-832-0525
Cell: 215-920-8149
 2.     Jewish Scholarship LLC for Individuals
The Jewish Scholarship LLC is a special purpose entity (SPE) that was formed when the PA rules changed to allow individuals to participate in the EITC program, which was previously limited to businesses.


Individuals who pay at least $6200 in PA income taxes can join the Jewish Scholarship LLC and direct a significant portion of these taxes to Abrams. This will provide scholarships to our children and a significant tax credit to the participant! Participants receive a tax credit in PA and a tax deduction on their federal income taxes. It is a win-win situation for all.
For information concerning the individual LLC participation contact:
Brian Mono
Jewish Scholarship LLC
Please consider this unique opportunity and help Abrams to thrive and fulfill its mission to provide a Jewish education to as many children as possible! If you or someone you know qualifies as an individual or owns a business that can take advantage of this opportunity and help Abrams to offer financial assistance to our qualifying families, please contact the people listed above or Rabbi Ira Budow at 215-584-7919.
**We are starting now so that everyone is ready for the July 3, 2017 (NOTE NEW DATE) application date for businesses. The applications are ALL submitted on the same day, on a first-come, first-served basis, so timing is very critical.
Thank you for your consideration!

OSTC Referrals and EITC for Nursery

PA Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTC)


Significant financial aid may be available to families who qualify for the PA Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTC).
Children who attend a state-designated underperforming school are eligible to receive scholarship funding from the OSTC program that allows children to attend Abrams Hebrew Academy  at a minimal cost.


**Refer a  NEW family who qualifies for funding from the OSTC program and enrolls a child or children for 2017-18;


**Receive a $1500 discount from your tuition bill for each NEW student who is enrolled! 
Know someone interested who qualifies? Call Rabbi Budow at 215-584-7919.

OSTC Qualifying Schools

** Nursery Parents:
You may qualify to receive EITC funding for Pre-K- call Rabbi Budow to discuss whether or not you can benefit from this program!

Lunch Menu
Food from Espresso Cafe:
Penne with vegetables & Feta
 Israeli salad
American cheese baguette
Caesar salad
Fettuccine with marinara sauce
Greek salad
Egg salad & tuna salad sandwiches
Available Every Day:
Bagels, butter & cream cheese
French Fries
Hash Browns
Lunch cost:  $5 per day


Safety and Security Reminders



Just a reminder of AHA security procedures:

  • All parents should use the front door to enter the school with key cards and not the back doors. Parent swipe cards only work at front door.
  • Please do not ask students to open any doors- parents must report to the front office and check-in before entering the school.
  • No student or other person should use the lunchroom doors other than for dismissal or emergency purposes.

These rules are for our children’s safety.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Car Pool Rules 

All Parents who Car Pool:


Please note that the car pool line is for grades N and K only. All other students are to be dropped off in the front of the building.


Parents who use the back for drop off should follow the directions of the teachers in the parking lot. They are there to assist students and maintain a safe environment.  


Under no circumstances are parents to park their cars in the middle of the line and leave them unattended to walk students into the building.  


** We ask that parents refrain from cellphone use in the parking areas while dropping off and picking up their children.

Abrams Notes

Birthday Celebrations at School
When sending birthday treats into school to celebrate that special day for your child, please consider sending in a healthy treat, such as frozen fruit bars, rice cakes, fruit salad or cups, sugar free pudding snacks, yogurt cake or pie, cheese sticks, light popcorn or air popped popcorn (when age appropriate), pretzels, carrots/celery (when age appropriate).Please avoid nuts because of allergies.

In order to maintain a consistent kashrut policy and to avoid confusion, ALL orders for birthday cakes/cupcakes MUST be ordered from Cramer’s Bakery, 16 E. Afton Avenue, Yardley. Cramer’s will deliver the order to the school at a discounted price.

Please call Kim Pierce at 215-321-5707 to place your cake/ cupcake order.


Celebrate Your Simcha at Abrams


Abrams Hebrew Academy is a perfect choice to host your family or social affair, business meeting or athletic event.  Whether you’re looking for an inviting space to celebrate a special occasion; a meeting area with state-of-the art technology; a fun, safe environment for a child’s birthday; or a gym or athletic field for a sporting event, Abrams can accommodate your needs and your budget.  For more information on room rentals at Abrams Hebrew Academy, call (215) 493-1800 or e-mail info@abramsonline.org.

Check Your Child’s Assignments with Homework Now

Parents- all homework will be posted on-line by all teachers grades K-8 by Sunday evening each week.

Instructions for use of homeworknow.com:

Click on homeworknow.com

Click on Parent and Student

Click on find school

Click on Pennsylvania

Click on Abrams Hebrew Academy

Click on your child’s teacher

View homework assignments


Share Abrams News With Others

Is there a family member (such as a grandparent) or friend who would be interested in hearing about everything going on at Abrams?  Sign them up for our e-mail list today!  Please contact the Main Office.

Information about the Extra

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