Abrams Extra 10/21/16

Abrams Extra October 21, 2016



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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Early Dismissal
Josh Shapiro Visit
Parent Group Meeting
Rabbi O’s Granddaughter
Register for MBM/SBM
Capitol Steps
Revised Soccer Schedule
Lunch Menu
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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October 21, 2016/  19 Tishrai
Candle Lighting 5:51  pm/ Chol Hamoed

Early Friday Dismissal

Early Dismissal
2:00 p.m.
Begins TODAY Friday, October 21, 2016

Rabbi Budow   


Dear Parents:
Sukkot is a time of happiness for Jews. During this week Abrams celebrated the holiday of Sukkot with two exciting field trips; one to Washington, DC and one to Lakewood, NJ.
On the way to Washington the students stopped in Wilmington, DE for prayers and breakfast in the Sukkah at the Chabad Center run by Rabbi Matthew Flickstein, an Abrams alumnus. Rabbi Flickstein is a Chabad shaliach who graciously offered to host AHA during this festive time of year. Abrams is proud to see an alumnus doing great work while building a career on the strong religious foundation provided by Abrams.
Another alumnus, Dr. Daniel Borrus, the son of Dorit and Steve Borrus, is relocating to Princeton, NJ with his wife and twin children. Danny and his wife, who is a psychologist, will continue their medical careers in their new location. Danny graduated from Abrams in 1993 and has been living in Hoboken, NJ. Again, it is a pleasure to see an alumnus who excelled at Abrams, was valedictorian of his class, and is now making a successful career as a doctor.
Bracha Feldheim, our newest Judaic Studies teacher, attended Abrams for three years, and she told me that those years were the happiest of her elementary school life. She said that the warm, family atmosphere that she felt at Abrams when she was a young child is the same one that permeates the school now, and we are proud that Abrams still instills that feeling of inclusion and belonging in all of our students.
These examples of successful Abrams students are a testimony to what Abrams is all about- our mission is to educate children and prepare them to go on to prosper in both the secular and Judaic worlds as they continue to make their way through life. Our students’ success brings us the happiness that is truly the spirit of Sukkot.
Chag Sameach-
Rabbi Ira Budow




Josh Shapiro
Josh Shapiro 
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
10:15 a.m.
Josh Shapiro will speak at Abrams on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Josh has served as a PA State Representative from Montgomery County, PA and as a Montgomery County Commissioner. He is currently the Democratic candidate for PA Attorney General.
Josh has a special connection with Abrams- his wife, Lori, is an Abrams alumna who graduated in 1987, so we are particularly happy to welcome him to the school.
Please join us on October 26!
All are Welcome!!


Parent Group Meeting

Abrams Parent Group Meeting
Thanks to all who came to the introductory meeting on September 27. Our next meeting will be held on:
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.
The topic is: Children’s Temperament
Feel free to email me at dporwancher@abramsonline.org or call me if you have any questions or concerns beforehand.
I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Donna Porwancher

Rabbi O’s Granddaughter
Rabbi O’s New Granddaughter Tzporah
Abrams joins the Ottensoser family in welcoming Tzporah to its midst! Tzporah was born on Friday, October 14 and weighted 8 lbs/1 oz. 
Mazel Tov to the entire family!


Math and Science By Mail

Join us after school on Tuesdays for an online world forum of math and science enrichment for grades 4-6 put together by The Weizmann Institute in Israel.
The cost of the program is $60 for one class or $120 for both classes, and will be offered on alternating Tuesdays, beginning with MBM on November 1st from 3:45 P.M. to 4:45 P.M.  Science by Mail will start on November 8th.
Pick up time is promptly at 4:45 P.M. at the front door of the school.  Any children not picked up by 4:45 will be sent to aftercare, and you will be charged for the service.


You can register online at:  Registration MBM



There is one link for Math by Mail, one link for Science b y Mail, and one link if a student wants to participate in both.  Click on your choice of class and follow the directions they provide.
Once you have registered please let Mrs. Lamkey (jlamkey@abramsonline.org) or Mrs. Hamacher (ahamacher@abramsonline.org) know, so that they can give you the necessary paperwork to be filled out prior to the start of the class.

Capitol Steps Performance

Cong. Beth El of Yardley Presents:
Capitol Steps
Sunday, November 6, 2016
3:00 pm
Pennsbury High School East Theater
705 Hood Blvd.
Fairless Hills, PA 19054
Tickets start at $45 ($25 full-time students)

To order tickets: order on-line at:

smarttix.com; or call 877-238-5596 
Need more information?
Contact Beth El- 215-493-1707 


Revised Soccer Schedule
Revised Soccer Schedule 2016
Game Schedule:

Tuesday September 27 AHA @ Pen Ryn
Thursday September 29 Scrimmage at Macclesfield
Thursday October 6 Barrack @AHA
Thursday October 13 Doane @ AHA
Wednesday October 19 Scrimmage at Macclesfield
Thursday October 20 No game-Washington Trip
Wednesday October 26 AHA @ Doane
Thursday October 29 Pen Ryn @ AHA

Note: All games will start approximately 3:50pm and end at 5:00pm. 
**Bus transportation is provided back to AHA for away games only. 
All home games are played at Macclesfield Park on
River Road. 
All practices will be held at Abrams Hebrew Academy. 

Please contact Mr. Gowton with 

any questions:





Practice Schedule (3:45pm-4:45pm):

Sept. 14, 15, 19, 20, 22, 26
Oct 10

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

Please submit any information to be considered for inclusion in the Extra to Dale Sattin, Director of Development & Communications: dsattin@abramsonline.org. (215) 493-1800 ext. 22 by

Wednesday of the target week.


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