Abrams Extra 12/11/15

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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Picture Re-Take Day
After-care December 14
Community Family Fun Event
Chanukah at the Kotel
Chanukah at the NJ State House
Mazal Tov to Morah Sonia
Tzedakah Campaign
After School Art Program
CD Player Needed
Basketball Practice Schedule
Soccer Schedule
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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December 11 2015/   29 Kislev
Candle Lighting 4:15 pm/ Miketz



Rabbi Budow
This week I’d like to talk about the spirit of Abrams Hebrew Academy.
On Wednesday I was honored to accompany the 2nd grade students to the NJ State House to participate in the annual Menorah lighting with the Lubavitch of New Jersey. Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno interacted enthusiastically with our children, who gave a stellar performance of two Chanukah songs.
On Thursday we were privileged to host Jeremy Brandspiegel’s Bar Mitzvah. This event was particularly meaningful since his grandparents were survivors, and it was truly heart-warming to see that his grandmother was able to enjoy this life event while Cantor Brandspiegel, Jeremy’s father, called him to the Torah. The small light that remained after the Holocaust burned brightly in the Boy’s Chapel this week, and we were blessed to share this Simcha in the spirit of Chanukah.
Adding to the joy at AHA this week, Morah Sonia announced the birth of her newest grandchild, Leah Bracha. You can see the beautiful little girl’s picture in the article below, and we wish Sonia and her family every happiness with the new baby.
By popular demand, Rabbi Katz and his accompanying musician Shaya Solomon returned to Abrams to entertain everyone and elevate the atmosphere of Ruach at the school. It may be dated, but I remember a television show called “Fame” where the students got up out of their seats in the lunchroom and danced and sang together. That is the spirit that is infused in our students, and we were fortunate to be able to celebrate Chanukah with both enthusiasm and live music!
The 5th and 6th grade used Skype to watch the Menorah lighting and Chanukah celebration at the Kotel in real time.  It was odd seeing all of this live when it was night in Israel and 9:30 a.m. in Yardley, PA, but wonderful, too!
Finally, with the support of the Board of Directors, after school on Monday we are holding a Staff Party at a well-known restaurant in Lakewood. I am extremely happy to host a party as a small thank-you for all of the hard work and dedication our staff members provide to Abrams throughout the year. The teachers and staff are incredible, and their spirit is what makes the school a success.
I thank Hashem that Abrams has this very special Ruach which we will always embrace. It is all part of what makes Abrams the warm and wonderful community that we know and love.
Happy Chanukah!
Rabbi Ira Budow


Picture Re-Take Day



AHA Picture Re-Take Day
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Kids At Heart will be here in the morning on Tuesday 12/15/15 for anyone who needs pictures re-taken (please bring in and return the original).


Group shots will also be taken (clubs, sports, etc..).

No After Care December 14, 2015
There will be no after-care on Monday, December 14, 2015 to allow the entire staff to attend the AHA Employee Chanukah Party.


Abrams Community Family Fun Day


$250 per family (parents & children)

if paid before January 15!!

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

Sell ads to earn free admission for your family (adults and children)! Sell only $1440 in journal advertising and come to this great event for FREE!

RSVP to dgoldfarb@abramsonline.org
**Be sure to include # of adults. # of children,
and ages of children with your RSVP

Chanukah at the Kotel

Chanukah at the Kotel
Thanks to modern technology, the 4th and 5th grade students were treated to front row seats for the live lighting of the Menorah at the Kotel.
Last  week they wrote notes to be put in the Wall, and they watched as their notes (scanned and emailed) were placed in the Wall!


Chanukah at the NJ State House

Mrs. Kornsgold and NJ Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno with 2nd grade students


Chanukah at the NJ State House
Abrams 2nd Grade students attended the annual Menorah lighting event at the NJ State House and performed two Chanukah songs.


Mazel Tov to Morah Sonia
Abrams Welcomes 
Morah Sonia’s Newest 
Leah Bracha Arusy!
Mazal Tov to Morah Sonia on the birth of her newest grandchild, Leah Bracha. Leah is the daughter of Dotan Arusy, an Abrams alumnus. She weighs 9 lbs!!!

Tzedakah Campaign

Tzedakah Campaign
It’s not too late to participate in our year-long Tzedakah Campaign.
Just $1 per day will add up to $360 and earn you a leaf on our Tree of Life in honor of your children and/or grandchildren! Your donation will be matched by a grant, so please help the school raise funds for our children’s education.
Your Tzedakah can with your child/grandchild’s photo on it is waiting for you! Please fill out the form below, return it to the office,  and help us to get 100% participation!!

After School Art Club
After School Art Club

After School Art Club will continue!
January 25-April 4
See below for registration form and details.
Contact Donna Moskowitz at dmoskowitz@aha.jdschools.org.

CD Player with Speakers Needed
CD Player with Speakers Needed!
AHA needs a CD player with speakers for the music room. If you are able to donate a CD player to the music program, please contact the office.

Basketball Schedule Revised
Revised Basketball Schedule 2015-16

Soccer Schedule
Soccer Game Schedule 2015

Lunch Program
Food from Espresso Cafe:
Falafel, pita, hummus, Israeli salad
Mac & Cheese, 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
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


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