Abrams Extra 10/28/16

Abrams Extra October 28, 2016



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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
EITC and LLC Opportunities
Book Fair
Josh Shapiro Visit
Parent Group Meeting
Lakewood & DC Trips
Basketball Tryouts
Register for MBM/SBM
Capitol Steps
Challah Bake
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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October 28, 2016/ 26 Tishrai
Candle Lighting 5:45  pm/ Bereshit

Rabbi Budow   


Dear Parents:
I’d like to thank everyone who made our trip day such a rousing success- the PTO and several other generous donors once again came through for the school and made this happen! The trips both to Lakewood and Washington, DC were meaningful and important to our students, who arrived back at school tired and happy. Again, I want to thank our teachers and administrators; particularly Rabbi O and Mrs. Kornsgold, for all of their hard work. The results of these excursions once again prove to me their importance in maintaining and encouraging school spirit. Shared experiences outside of the classroom play a vital part in nurturing the sense of community at Abrams and need to be held on a regular basis, especially since we are a community of such diverse geographical populations.
That being said, it is unbelievably almost Thanksgiving, and that means it’s time for our annual Grandparents Thanksgiving Feast. Last year we had a gym filled with parents, grandparents, students, teachers, administrators, and friends of AHA who came together to celebrate the holiday and the school, and we are happy to say that we will be hosting our celebration again this year on November 23, 2016 (more details to follow).
Aaron Weinstein, turkey fryer extraordinaire, has once again agreed to be our head turkey chef, and he and his cast of volunteers will start the fryers early in the morning so that they are done in time for our lunchtime feast. The PTO has agreed to organize this event, the teachers and students will present entertainment with lots of music, and we are guaranteed to enjoy another memorable day with our families, especially grandparents. **Please note that this event is costly, so if you are able to make a donation to offset the expenses please call me as soon as possible.
Finally, staying on the topic of school spirit, we will hold a Shabbaton in Lakewood, NJ for the older students (date TBA). Lakewood has become one of the major Jewish communities in the world, and we are fortunate to have teachers and administrators who live there and welcome our AHA students into their homes. It was obvious that the visit to Lakewood for Sukkot was very meaningful for our students, and it will be a treat for them to experience the fullness of living in a vibrant Jewish community by sharing in the holiness of Shabbat with their teachers and classmates.
During these days preceding Thanksgiving, we have much to be thankful for within our Abrams community.
Rabbi Ira Budow




EITC and LLC Opportunities

Dear Abrams Community:
I am very proud that Abrams has built an infrastructure at Abrams that provides our students with everything that a day school needs for success. Just during the past year we have added a new music teacher, a school nurse, and a new resource room teacher. I am extremely proud of my staff, and when I observe them in the classroom and on school trips their actions reinforce my conviction that we have a winning team at Abrams.
How does one maintain this environment of success? Quite simply, the EITC program has made this happen and can continue to do so with YOUR help. There are even more opportunities for Abrams to benefit from this PA tax credit program now. As you may know, last year the Jewish Scholarship LLC was formed that enables individuals who cannot participate through their businesses participate in the EITC program as individuals. Abrams received over $100,000 from LLC funding last year, and the Jewish Scholarship LLC has just told us that it has applied for additional EITC funds that will be available very soon. The entire process could be complete within the next few weeks.
Time is critical- if you are an individual who pays $5,000 or more in PA State income taxes you may be eligible to join the LLC and participate in the EITC program on behalf of Abrams. The Abrams administration is not expert on this program, but we are in contact with the people at the Jewish Scholarship LLC and at the Foundation for Jewish Day Schools who are proficient in the workings of the program and will walk you through the entire process, answer your questions, and make participation very simple.
Please do not ignore this message- the results of our participation will determine next year’s allocations from EITC and significantly impact our ability to continue to provide the very best education and services to as many Jewish children as possible.
Please call me (215) 584-7919 and I will tell you whom to call. For more information please visit:


Rabbi Ira Budow


Book Fair

2013 book fair
Support the PTO and help Abrams! 
Book Fair Schedule:
Friday, November 4 
8:30 am -2:00 pm
Monday, November 7 through 
Thursday, November 10
8:30 am -4:00 pm
Wednesday, November 9 (Parent Conference Day)
 2:00 pm -5:00 pm


Volunteers needed! 
Contact Meryl Widensky:

Josh Shapiro Visit


Rabbi Budow; Lori Shapiro; 
Josh Shapiro; Ellie Neubauer
Lori Shapiro; Debra Goldfarb


Josh Shapiro Visit
Josh Shapiro, Democratic candidate for PA Attorney General, spoke to Abrams middle school students this week and encouraged them to practice tikkin olam in their communities in whatever ways that resonated with them. Josh related how he started a letter writing campaign when he was in 5th grade at an area day school asking for religious freedom for Soviet Jews. This campaign became international, and resulted in freedom for a family whose son Avi celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at Josh’s synagogue and now resides in NYC with his family.
Josh has made a career in public service, including serving in elected office as a PA State Representative from Montgomery County, PA and as a Montgomery County Commissioner.
The visit was particulary sweet for Abrams, since Josh was accompanied by his wife, Lori, who is an Abrams alumna who graduated in 1987. Lori and Debra Hartenstein Goldfarb were classmates at Abrams and enjoyed this opportunity to catch up. Lori’s brother Jason also attended Abrams, and his children are currently students at the school. Dor L’dor!
Many thanks to Josh for visiting us and to Ellie Neubauer, Lori’s mom and a long-time supporter of Abrams, for facilitating his appearance.

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

Lakewood & DC Trips

Pictures Say It All!

Basketball Tryouts
Boys Tryouts                 Girls Tryouts
Monday                          Tuesday
November 7, 2016           November 8, 2016
Grades 6-8- Boys and Girls
Abrams Gymnasium- 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm
All students must be picked up no later than 5:00 pm 
For further information please see Mr. Gowton
Girl’s first practice: Thursday, Nov. 10
Boy’s first practice: Monday, Nov. 14
All practices will be held in the Samuel Abrams Gymnasium from 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm.
Final roster will be posted in the gymnasium the day after tryouts.


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 


The Great Big Challah Bake


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

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Information about the Extra

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