Abrams Extra 11/13/15

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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Book Fair
Community Family Fun Event
Israel Solidarity Trip
Staff Openings
Clothing Drive
Message from Dr. P
Thank You to PTO
Six13 Concert
Basketball Practice Schedule
Soccer Schedule
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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November 13, 2015/ 1 Kislev
Candle Lighting 4:25  pm/Toldot


Rabbi Budow
At the recent ZOA dinner I met Jack Engelhard, the author of many books, including “Indecent Proposal,” a novel that was made into a hit movie. Mr. Engelhard lives in Cherry Hill, NJ, and has written for several newspapers, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Times, and the Washington Times. His family escaped the Nazis when Mr. Engelhard was an infant, and he is a proud Zionist and steadfast supporter of Judaism.
I asked Mr. Engelhard if he would speak to my 8th grade class about his memoir, Escape from Mount Moriah “Trials and Triumphs of Making it in the New World,” and he kindly agreed. My class will read his book in advance of his appearance, when he will answer their questions and speak to them about being an author, Zionism, and Israel. Jack is a prominent Jewish author whom we are honored to welcome to Abrams.
I am inviting adult members of the AHA community to participate in this special class- if you want to attend, please read the newest version of the book (the one with 10 additional chapters), and join us for this special treat. Mr. Engelhard will speak to my class at 10:00 am on Monday, November 30, 2015.  Please call the office to RSVP if you plan to attend.
Switching gears, I would like to talk about Thanksgiving. We are fortunate to live in the U.S.-a country that has been incredibly good to the Jewish people, and this is a chance for us to show our gratitude for being part of this great Nation by celebrating with our yearly school Thanksgiving feast.
This year will be very special-we will enjoy a delicious turkey dinner (including dessert, of course!) from Greenwald Caterers, be treated to performances by our lower school students, and have the opportunity to join teachers and students in their classrooms to see what our children do in school each day. Grandparents and other special relatives and friends are especially invited to attend, and it is the perfect opportunity to be a part of our Abrams community at a National time of togetherness.
We do need the help of some parent volunteers, so if you are able to assist on November 25, please email Dale Sattin (dsattin@abramsonline.org) to let her know that you want to help.
Rabbi Ira Budow



Thanksgiving/Chanukah Extravaganza
Turkey(2) Chanukah
Join us at our Thanksgiving and Chanukah Extravaganza
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Participate in classroom activities with your children/grandchildren
  • Enjoy performances by AHA students
  • Gobble a delicious Thanksgiving lunch including yummy desserts


All are welcome!
Please RSVP to the Office by:
Friday, November 20, 2015
Please bring grandparents!
School Dismissal – 12:30 p.m.

Book Fair
2013 book fair
Fall 2015 Book Fair
Last Day Today- 
Friday- November 13, 2015
8:30 am-12:00 pm

Abrams Community Family Fun Day

Ride the Mechanical Bull at the
AHA Community Family Fun Day!
March 13, 2016
The Amazing Kreskin
Miss Marilyn
Smokey Joe’s Tex-Mex Barbecue
and more……


$250 per family (parents & children)

if paid before January 15!!

After January 15- $360 per family 
(parents & children)



Israel Solidarity Trip

Israeli flag


Israel Solidarity Trip
Our Abrams Israel Solidarity trip is becoming a reality! There is a lot of interest from the Abrams community in coming together to show our support of Israel by visiting during this crucial time, and we now have more details to share.
The cost of the trip is $1650 per person. This price is based on two people in a room and includes all transfers, transportation ( including airfare and buses to and from airport), hotel accommodations, a professional tour guide, the religious guidance of Rabbi Leizerowski, Shabbat meals, a daily Israeli breakfast, and tours of important Israeli sites. We will depart the U.S. on Thursday, January 7, 2016 arriving in Israel on Friday, January 8, 2016. We leave Israel on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 and return to the U.S. on Thursday, January 14, 2016.
The itinerary includes visiting the Temple Mount with Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute, touring the Old City, Shabbat services at the Great Synagogue, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea, and the tomb of Rachel and Hebron (with the protection of the Israeli Army), and much more!! * Please note- the itinerary may be affected by security issues. Be assured that safety is a primary concern for our group, and we will adjust our plans accordingly.
Alumni and students who need financial aid will get top priority to receive stipends of $500 towards their trips.  If there are adults who also need financial assistance, we will try to accommodate them with $500 stipends if there is any remaining funding.
I will hold a meeting at AHA next Wednesday evening, November 18, 2015, at 7 pm for anyone who is interested in the trip to discuss details and answer questions. If you are unable to attend the meeting, but are interested in the trip, please call me as soon as possible at (215) 584-7919.
Please think about showing our solidarity with Israel by joining me on this historic and important mission.
Rabbi Ira Budow

Staff Openings

1.  Full-time teacher’s aide. Hours are 8:30 am-
4:00 pm; early Fridays 8:30 am-2:00 pm.
2. After-school caregiver. Hours are 4:00 pm-6:00 pm Monday-Thursday; early Fridays- 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.
Applicants must have a high school diploma and the ability to pass a background check.
If you know someone who is interested, please give the applicant’s information to Rabbi Budow.

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 are located in the lunchroom


Message from Dr. Donna
Message from AHA School Psychologist, 
Dr. Donna Porwancher
As our first marking period draws to a close, I am happy to report that my work at Abrams has been busy and rewarding.  I have a  daily lunch  bunch coupled with several groups and many individual “drop ins.”  My door is always open for all parents, students and staff members.  Groups revolve around new student transition, older students mentoring younger students, and conflict resolution.
We recently initiated the Positive Behavioral Support.  Students  “caught” behaving respectfully and responsibly receive tickets from all staff members.  Tickets can be used for special treats and privileges.  We are piloting this program in Grades 5 and 6.  So far,  the students are very excited to show us what they can do!
I will be writing from time to time with more updates.
Dr. P


Thank you to the PTO
Thank you to the PTO for providing dinner for the teachers at Parent-teacher conferences. 
Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

  • Please be mindful of others and refrain from emailing, calling, or texting teachers and administrators on Shabbat or Jewish holidays.
  • Although we are always happy to welcome alumni back to AHA, these impromptu visits can be disruptive to classes. Please do not bring alumni to school on days when the they are on vacation but Abrams is in session. 
  • Please label your children’s lunch boxes and coats with their names so that these items can be identified if they are misplaced at school.

Six13 Concert

Six13 Chanukah Concert
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Menorah lighting & Concert- 7:30 pm
Glazier Jewish Center
25 N. State St.
Newtown, PA

Basketball Practice Schedule
Basketball Practice Schedule 2015-16

Soccer Schedule
Soccer Game Schedule 2015

Lunch Program
Food from Espresso Cafe:
Falafel, pita, hummus, Israeli salad
Couscous with vegetables, Caesar salad
Fettuccine with marinara sauce, Greek salad

* Note Change*
Egg salad and tuna salad sandwiches
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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Information about the Extra

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