As you know, last week we took the middle school on a field trip to Point Pleasant, NJ as part of our celebration of Sukkot. It was a great day of games and activities on the beach that culminated with a pizza party in the Sukkah when we arrived back at school. We were even blessed with beautiful weather, so the day was a huge success in every way.
How exactly did this trip come about? It began with a small group of 3d grade students who I noticed jumping up and down outside of my office door one day. I could only see the tops of their heads through the glass panes in my door, and they were so persistent that I got up and asked them what they wanted. The children came into my office and asked if we could hold a field day like they enjoyed at camp. Initially they said that they wanted to hold a color war using the Israeli colors of blue and white for the teams, but after I met several times with these perseverant children we decided that a field trip was the best way to go. It was because of their great enthusiasm that I decided to take their advice, and it worked out perfectly for everyone.
It was a wonderful opportunity for me to talk to my young “advisers,” and the experience made me realize that this is what I should be concentrating on at the school- making sure that it is a warm and inclusive environment where everyone has a voice and can be heard- even the youngest among us! After the trip the boys said that they were thrilled to go to the beach and that “they never thought it would get this far.” I am so happy to be able to demonstrate to our children that Abrams values each and every person and opinion and to teach our children that their ideas and opinions matter. I extend many thanks to Jacob Weiss, Omri Zur, Mark Geykhman, and Maiyan Amar for their excitement and ruach!
On another note- Abrams has a friend in Alan Vogenberg, the person who brought the Bristol Center here and who has done so much to support the school and the morning minyans. Alan loves to come to the school, and when he was visiting on Wednesday he told me a really moving story. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been feeling well lately and has been unable to attend the morning minyans and be at the school as frequently, but when he was here on Wednesday several of the boys saw him in the hallway and said, “Mr. Vogenberg, we miss you and need you at the minyan.” He told me that Abrams is a wonderful place and that the students are incredible, too. The Torah teaches that it is a mitzvah to stand up for the elderly, and Rashi elaborates on this and says that we should “stand up for someone who is elderly and a wise person.” Alan Vogenberg is a wise person, and I am proud of our students for standing up for him.
Rabbi Ira Budow
Rabbi Message to Alumni
Alumni and the Israel Trip
The most significant thing that I have done in my Abrams career is to take children to Israel. You can see the many pictures in my office of our trips through the years, and I am proud to say that I have accompanied hundreds of students and adults to Israel during the past 20 years.
This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our annual 8th grade trip, and to commemorate this momentous occasion Joni and Joe Glassman have generously funded a beautiful art mural depicting the city of Jerusalem. There is a committee to promote purchasing pieces of the mural to generate funds for the school and honor the mission of Zionism and love of Israel that is at Abrams’ core, but I want to appeal specifically to Abrams alumni and parents with this message.
We made the pilgrimage to Israel for the past 20 years, even during times of the Intifada when no one was traveling to Israel. The Jerusalem Post and television stations took notice of us in print and video because we were so unusual in our determination to continue to visit the Holy Land despite turbulent times. Our trip is not the typical tour- we go to unusual places and travel all over the country from the ice rink in the North that was dedicated by Canada to Eilat in the South, and everywhere in between.
I understand that $1,000 is difficult to donate all at once, but I have an idea that will make this donation more manageable. Do you buy a coffee every day? A newspaper? A bagel? I am asking you to give $1 per day- less than the cost of the above-mentioned items- for 3 years. Your $1 per day over the course of 3 years will earn you a plaque on the commemorative mural and support your school.
We will contact you shortly, and send you a charity box as a reminder. At the end of each year you can send a check for $360, or you can simply send your check for $1,000. Please respond to this request- remember your experience on the trip with your classmates and help to commemorate this milestone in your life and support Abrams for the future.
Rabbi Ira Budow
Additional awards from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be available soon. The Jewish Scholarship LLC will offer opportunities for qualified people who pay PA state income taxes personally (not through their businesses) to participate in the EITC program.
If you are able to participate yourself or know someone whom you could suggest, please contact Rabbi Budow.
Thank you for your help- EITC is a huge benefit to the school and our children.
City of Jerusalem Mural
City of Jerusalem Mural
The High Holidays are the time of year when Jews reflect on the past and look to the future as they focus on their lives and what Judaism and the State of Israel mean to them personally. Abrams has always been committed to fostering Zionism and support of the State of Israel within its students, and the culmination of an Abrams education is the 8th grade graduation trip to Israel.
This year, 5779, is the 20th anniversary of the annual Israel trip, and generous donors have funded a commemorative City of Jerusalem art piece to be installed prominently in the school as a lasting tribute to the relationship between Abrams and the Land of Israel.
There are 78 naming opportunities to memorialize your support and commitment to Abrams by purchasing plaques to be affixed to the sculpture. Each brick, stepping stone, windowsill, or urn plaque costs between $1,000 and $9,000, depending on the size of the plaque, and is an opportunity to give a beautiful tribute to whomever you wish while supporting Abrams.
At this time of year, when Jews gather to pray, reflect on their lives, and recommit to Tikkun Olam, please consider donating to this worthwhile and beautiful project.
If you are interested in contributing or have additional questions, please contact Debra Goldfarb 215-493-1800 ext 29; email@example.com.
The 2019 8th grade trip to Israel is scheduled April 1-12, 2019. The trip is rather early this year to allow people enough time to take the trip and return in time to get ready for Passover., which begins on April 19.
Shmulik Taylor from the Jewish Journey Ltd will meet with the 8th grade parents to discuss the trip on:
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
* It is very important that all 8th grade parents be present at this meeting- it is the only opportunity for you to meet with the tour company representative before the trip!
Bricks in the Link
Buy a Brick on the Link Wall and
Support Abrams by purchasing a commemorative brick on the wall in the Link for a $100 donation. The bricks are made of colored Plexiglas and visibly located on the wall outside the gym.
Buy a brick to commemorate a special occasion- it is a wonderful and lasting gift to celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, birthday, anniversary, graduation, or to recognize the memory of a loved one or friend.
Your donation will be acknowledged to the recipient, and Abrams will benefit from your donation.
Please contact the office if you would like to purchase a brick.
After School Art
After School Art Club with Donna Moskowitz begins October 9, 2018.
Open houses in people’s homes is an effective way to meet with families who are potentially interested in enrolling their children at Abrams. Rabbi Budow and a small group of faculty members are happy to travel to meet informally with your friends and neighbors to discuss the advantages and opportunities that Abrams offers to Jewish children.
If you would like to volunteer to host one of these gatherings, please contact Rabbi Budow.
Safety and Security Reminders
Reminder- 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!
Cell Phone Rules
REMINDER: Cell Phone Rules
Electronic devices have become a common means of communication and information access in today’s society. However, these devices have the potential of disrupting the orderly operation of school. Our cell phone/personal electronic devices policy is designed to keep the focus on education.
At the start of the school day, all cell phones MUST BE TURNED OFF (NOT IN SILENT MODE) AND STORED IN THE STUDENT’S LOCKER OR BOOK BAG FROM 8:30 AM UNTIL 3:30 PM. Students are not permitted to carry them on their person or to use them to make or receive any calls or text messages during the given time.
If a student has an emergency, and needs to be in contact with someone, she/he must use a school phone, or have the permission of a faculty member, to use his/her cell phone. Parents should contact the school office, if they have an emergency message for their
Electric devices, such as iPods, or hand-held gaming devices may be used on the bus/van transportation to/from school, prior to school, and following school. Students must turn off and place these items in their locker/backpack during school hours.
If any of these items are out at the inappropriate time, they will be confiscated by staff, and given to the director of discipline.
Students will be allowed to bring cell phones on school trips for emergency use only. Any hand-held gaming device will be the responsibility of the students on a school trip.
The school is not responsible for lost, misplaced, damaged or stolen electronic devices/cell phones.
CONSEQUENCES FOR STUDENTS WHO DO NOT FOLLOW THE ABOVE RULES:
1st Offense – Phone confiscated, and returned at the end of the day.
2nd Offense – Phone confiscated, returned at the end of the day, and written notification that requires parent signature.
3rd Offense – Phone confiscated, and parent must pick up phone from director of discipline.
4th Offense – Suspension from school
Support AHA Donor Businesess
Abrams is greatly appreciative of all of the benefactors who donate generously to the school through participation in EITC, LLC, grants, cash donations, etc. Many of these donors are business owners, and Abrams encourages the AHA community to support the businesses of these people whose largess supports the school.
* This is not a complete list- we will add businesses throughout the year!
Thank you very much to all of our supporters!
Abrams thanks Oorah, a nonprofit organization located in Lakewood, NJ for all of its financial support to our students.
Oorah sponsors numerous programs that all share the common goal of opening doors for Jewish children and families. The mission is to reach out to Jewish families everywhere with opportunities to make their Judaic heritage more personal, relevant and meaningful.
Abrams received $100,000 in scholarship aid for qualified families this year from Oorah and is extremely grateful for the generosity of this organization.
Please do not send meat lunches or snacks to school with your children.
Food sent from home must be
dairy or Pareve only!
Thank you very much 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 Dress Code
Studies have found that appropriate dress influences behavior and learning. Abrams strives through the dress code to maximize the learning environment.
Respect for the sensitivities of others requires that students/parents/guests follow reasonable standards of modesty and privacy. We ask that students/parents/guests dress in a manner befitting a Jewish day school when entering the building.
Dress Code for Grades 1-8
Clothing cannot advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco or weapons.
Clothing cannot display writing or pictures that are obscene or suggestive.
No writing or pictures on the back of pants.
No sleepwear or bedroom slippers to be worn at any time, unless pre-approved for a special occasion.
Heavy linked chains may not be worn as jewelry.
No extreme hair colors are permitted.
All boys must come to school wearing a kippah. Baseball caps and other head coverings are NOT permitted.
No sleeveless shirts, tank tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, tube tops, crop tops, belly shirts, or tight shirts.
Dress Code for Boys Grades 5-8
Shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, and tee-shirts should be appropriate for school. Students may not wear undershirts.
Pants or denim jeans must be properly hemmed and not dragging on the floor. Pants will not have rips, holes, or fraying and will not be too tight or over-sized.
Shorts must be to the knee.
Pants/shorts will not sag, as underwear may not be visible.
Boys are to be clean-shaven.
Hair is to be well groomed. Partially or fully shaved heads and ponytails are not allowed.
Piercings of any kind are not allowed.
Dress Code for Girls Grades 5-8
Dresses/skirts/shorts must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.
Pants or denim jeans must be properly hemmed and not dragging on the floor. Pants or shorts will not have rips, holes, or fraying and will not be too tight.
Leggings of any type are not permitted to be worn in place of skirts or pants, but may be worn under clothing. If worn, they must be accompanied by a fingertip length or longer, dress, skirt, or top.
Clothing that exposes any part of the midriff, cleavage (front or rear), or any clothing excessively revealing may not be worn.
Clothing materials for tops and bottoms must be opaque (not see-through).
Consequences for Students Who Do Not Follow the Dress Code:
1st Offense – Explain to student what is wrong with his/her attire. Student must change into appropriate clothing.
2nd Offense – Written notification that requires parent signature. Student must change into appropriate clothing.
3rd Offense – Student must change clothes to follow guidelines and parent is called on the telephone immediately.
4th Offense – Suspension from school.
Parent conference required for student to return to school.
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 do not send anything with nuts due to 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 firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com. (215) 493-1800 ext. 22 by
Wednesday of the target week.
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