Abrams Extra 10/30/15

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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
The Budowsphere
Community Family Fun Event
Clothing Drive
Book Fair
Staff Schedule Changes
Basketball Tryouts
Soccer Schedule
KYHS Open House
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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October 30, 2015/ 17 Cheshvan
Candle Lighting 5:44 pm/ Vayera


The Budowsphere
Rabbi Budow
This week I would like to share part of a beautiful letter I received from Matt and Debra Kestenbaum, who just celebrated their daughter Sara’s Bat Mitzvah.
“When Sara was in kindergarten and we learned about the separate minyanim for middle school, we were very skeptical. We practice Egalitarian Conservative Judaism and we were concerned about separating the boys and girls. Through the years, though, Sara flourished at Abrams, and we decided to stay through middle school.

Lucky for us, Phyllis Schachter began leading the girls’ minyan. As a result the minyan has been as critical a part of Sara’s development as anything she has experienced. Phyllis has taught the girls to daven- Sara read beautifully at her bat mitzvah thanks to the peer tutoring system, and she led Shacharit as well. Beyond that, Phyllis is helping the girls to develop self-confidence, she is inspiring them to lead, and she is demonstrating that prayer can be fun.”
Mazal Tov to the Kestenbaum family, and many thanks for the kind words about Abrams and Phyllis Schachter’s tutelage.
Rabbi Ira Budow

Thanksgiving Extravaganza
Join us at our Annual Thanksgiving Extravaganza
Save the Date!
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
This year’s celebration will include:
  • Performances by AHA students
  • Thanksgiving luncheon
  • Yummy Desserts


All are welcome!
Please bring grandparents!
School Dismissal – 12:30 p.m.

Abrams Community Family Fun Day

March 13, 2016
Abrams Community Family Fun Day
Who better than MISS MARILYN to entertain your little ones at our ABRAMS FIRST ANNUAL COMMUNITY FAMILY FUN DAY while you are being entertained by our AMAZING celebrity entertainer?? (and your children will be supervised so you can relax!)….
Get ready for the BEST EVENT Abrams has ever had! No one has reached out to Joni Glassman to let her know if they recognized last week’s
celebrity post…SO….
The first person to email Joni at DunkinJG@Aol.com identifying the celebrity will receive $25.00 off the cost of their event ticket!! (There is an embedded hint in this week and last week’s post as to whom it is!)


Thanksgiving Clothing Drive

Do a Mitzvah-
Help the Rescue Mission of Trenton 
AHA 4th grade students are leading the effort to help the Rescue Mission provide winter clothing and blankets to area residents.
Please bring in gently used coats, hoodies, pants, shirts, dresses, blankets, quilts, etc.
Collection Dates:
October 26, 2015-November 24, 2015
Boxes will be located in the lunchroom


Book Fair
2013 book fair
Fall 2015 Book Fair
November 9-13
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday- 8:30 am-4:00 pm
Wednesday- 2:00 pm-5:00 pm (parent-teacher conferences)
Friday- 8:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Donate gently used children’s books. We will sell them to raise funds to purcjase new books for the school library.
  • All parents who visit the fair will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a basket filled with Scholastic books and goodies!
Volunteers are needed!
Please contact:
Meryl Widensky (waksmans@ comcast.net) 

Staff Schedule Additions

We are happy to announce the following:
  • Donna Moskowitz will add 1/2 day to her schedule and teach art classes on Mondays and 1/2 day Tuesdays.
  • Dr. Donna Porwancher will add a day to her schedule and will provide counseling services Monday-Thursday.

Basketball Tryouts

AHA Basketball Tryouts
Grades 6-8
Boys Tryouts                 Girls Tryouts
         Monday                          Tuesday
November 2, 2015           November 3, 2015
All boys/girls in grades 6th thru 8th who would like to try out for the basketball team are welcomed to on the date listed above. The tryouts will be held in the Abrams Gymnasium from 3:45pm to 4:45pm. All students must have transportation home no later than 5:00pm. For further information please see Mr. Gowton.
Boy’s first practice: Wednesday, Nov. 4
Girl’s first practice: Thursday, Nov. 5
All practices will be held in the Samuel Abrams Gymnasium from 3:45pm to 4:45pm. Final roster posted in gymnasium the following day of tryouts.

Soccer Schedule
Soccer Game Schedule 2015

Kohelet Open House

Lunch Program
Food from Espresso Cafe:
Falafel, pita, hummus, Israeli salad
Couscous with vegetables, Caesar salad
Fettuccine with marinara sauce, Greek salad
Borekas (cheese, spinach, potato), tuna salad
Available Every Day
Bagels, butter & cream cheese 
French Fries
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


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