Abrams Extra 11/1/19

Abrams Extra November 1, 2019



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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
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Upcoming Events
Book Fair
Elementary School Classroom Showcase
Middle School Classroom Showcase
Preschool Teacher Assistant Needed
Basketball Tryouts
Thanksgiving Feast
Social Media
Lunch Menu
Jerusalem Mural Wall
Donation Bricks
Donor Support
Security Reminders

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November 1, 2019/ 3 Cheshvan


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Dear Parents:
Please view my video blog this week:


Weekly Blog - November 1, 2019
Weekly Blog – November 1, 2019






Rabbi Ira Budow


Upcoming Events
November 7-12
Scholastic Book Fair
November 11
No School
Parent Conferences
November 27
Thanksgiving Program
12:30 Dismissal
November 28-29
No School
Thanksgiving Recess

Book Fair
Support the AHA Book Fair


Thursday, November 7th, 8:30-4:00 p.m.
Friday, November 8th, 8:30-2:00 p.m.
Monday, November 11th (conferences), 1:30-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 12th, 8:30-4:00 p.m.


This event is entirely parent volunteer based and all proceeds go towards our school library and classroom books!


To volunteer- contact Efrat Attoun, efratrose@yahoo.com
Cell: 215-510-4771



Grades K-4 Classroom Showcase
“Crunchy, crunchy hear the noise, made in leaves by girls and boys.”
The children had a a great time chanting this poem as we continued to learn about Fall!  Our shared reading this week consisted of the poem titled “The Squirrel” as well as a review of the colorful leaf poem.
Fall fun for the Kindergarten
1st Grade
As October comes to an end first graders were introduced to plane and solid shapes. They classified and compared plane shapes to solid shapes based on their geometric properties.
Ask your child to compare and contrast a square and a rectangle.

We also shaped play doh into letters to make their short e spelling words. They are ready for their spelling test on Friday!

I wonder what the bonus word will be.
1st grade shaping words with play doh


2nd Grade
Second grade did a fantastic job working on their first book report for the year. Say “I LOVE TO READ!”
2nd grade book reports
Dr. Porwancher sets the tone of the morning with the 2nd graders by doing yoga exercises.  It’s a great way to start the day off calm and focused.
Yoga with Dr. P
3rd Grade
Third grade students shared their first book report. They told about their book by making a sandwich. The students did such a great job, I was hungry listening to them share.
3rd Grade Book Reports



4th Grade
This week 4th grade started a new novel! They are reading Shiloh and we are super excited to learn tons of new things from this book. The class will be focusing on vocabulary and development throughout the book. Everyone enjoyed the first chapter so we cannot wait to keep reading. 

Grades 5-8 Classroom Showcase
6th, 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies
With our first full week at school in over a month, we are really in the swing of learning. On Wednesday, 8th graders took a test on The Age of Reform that preceded the Civil War in the United States and have started learning about the events that will lead up to the Civil War. The 7th graders are seeing how the 13 separate colonies are starting to gel together to be ready to protest unfair British policies (with a test this coming Tuesday on Chapter 4). The 6th graders have finished Ancient Egypt (also with a test this Tuesday) and have started Ancient Greece.


Middle School Science Update
Grades 5/6 have just completed the first test on Investigation 1.  We are now working on setting up stream tables to model and show the students erosion and deposition of earth materials, and how that creates the variety of land forms we see around the surface of the Earth.
A representative from the PA American Water Company with the 6th Graders


Grades 7/8 are starting a Moon study. Students will start with a historical perspective of man landing on the moon, to current explorations on the moon. This week, students will examine the pattern of the phases of the moon, and use models to help demonstrate how that works.
Math Update
Our year has been extremely busy, even with all the days off for the holidays.  The class has been learning to solve multi-step equations and inequalities, setting up equations to solve real world problems, transforming formulas, and compound and simple interest problems.  We will be winding up this chapter with our second test of the marking period.  The end of the first marking period is quickly sneaking up on us!



7th Grade Pre-algebra 2
Language Arts
We’re having a lot of fun in Honors English this week. 6th, 7th and 8th graders were excited to start reading a new novel, The One and Only Ivan, The Giver and Of Mice and Men respectively. We’re also working on our second composition, paying close attention to organization and transitions.


6th Grade Jewish History
Morah Raya’s 6th grade Jewish History class worked on creating Mini Israel. Mini Israel is an a park in Latrun, Israel and contains miniature replicas of buildings and landmarks in Israel which attracts tourists from all over the country.
The students did research on their assignment and then recreated famous landmarks for the class.  The activity is a great way to learn about the history of Israel in a hands-on and creative way.




Mini Israel - Morah Raya's 6th Grade Jewish History Class
Video of the 6th Grade Mini Israel project


Morah Raya and the 6th grade Jewish History Class

PreSchool Teacher Assistant Needed



Abrams needs an assistant for the Preschool.
If you or someone you know would be interested in this position, please contact Mrs. Kornsgold.

Basketball Tryouts
AHA Basketball Tryouts
Grades 6-8




Boys Tryouts               Girls Tryouts
 Tuesday                        Monday
November 5, 2019          November 4, 2019
All boys/girls in grades 6th-8th grade who would like to try out for the basketball team are welcome to on the dates listed above. The tryouts will be held in the Abrams Gymnasium from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.  All students must have transportation home no later than 5:00 p.m.  For further information please contact Mr. Gowton.


Girls first practice: Wednesday, Nov. 6
   Boys first practice: Thursday, Nov. 7.


All practices will be held in the Samuel Abrams Gymnasium from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Final roster will be posted in gymnasium the following day of tryouts.



Thanksgiving Feast


Thanksgiving Feast Sponsors Needed
The time for the Abrams annual Thanksgiving Feast is approaching and Abrams needs sponsors for this delicious and highly anticipated family event. Details coming soon!
If you would like to donate towards this program, please contact Rabbi Budow.

Social Media


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Lunch Menu
Macaroni and Cheese
Potato Knish
French Fries
Cucumber/Cherry tomatoes


Pasta with Marinara Sauce
Veggie Schnitzel
French Fries
Cheese Kugel
White Rice
French Fries
Steamed Vegetables




Potato Burekas
Pizza Bagels
French Fries


Hot Dogs
Chicken Nuggets
French Fries


Jerusalem Mural Wall

Jerusalem Mural Wall 
Please consider participating in the Jerusalem Mural project commemorating the 20th anniversary of the annual Israel Trip.
A $360 donation earns you a line with your name (along with two other donors) on a plaque on the steps.

Bricks in the Link

Buy a Brick on the Link Wall and
Support AHA



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.



“New Family Recruitment”
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.


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.
Some of these generous people are:
Expert Home Care
McCaffrey’s Food Market
Team Toyota
Swartz & Culleton
Rothenberg Law Firm
Flager & Associates
Princeton Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Marcus & Auerbach


Marlowe, Zwillenberg & Ghaderi
Your Eyes Center

Espresso Cafe

Center For SmartLipo & Plastic Surgery
* 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.


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! 




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 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 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
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:
Cell Phone Rules:

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