Abrams Extra 1/22/16

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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Community Family Fun Event
Thanks to the PTO
Community Family Fun Event
After School Fitness Program
Support for Golani Brigade
After School Art Program
Basketball Practice Schedule
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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January 22, 2016/  12 Shevat
Candle Lighting 4:49 pm/ Beshallach


Rabbi Budow
I am now one week past my heart surgery and realize that I am one of the “lucky” ones fortunate enough to undergo this as “elective surgery.” I say “lucky” because my condition was discovered before there was any heart damage, and due to a good exercise regime my veins were healthy enough to use to replace my four clogged arteries. My surgeon, Dr. Anderson, says that I now virtually have a new heart. I give thanks to Dr. Anderson and to my friend Dr. Gregg Pressman for all of his help.
After my surgery I talked to Dr. Anderson about goals for the “new” me. I recounted that for the past few years I have not walked up to Masada with the 8th grade students as I did for many years previously. I told him that I excused my absence to the students by joking that I had done it 30 times already and that they didn’t need me there, but the real reason was that I found myself getting out of breath during the climb. Dr. Anderson assured me, “You can do it now.”
With that in mind I told him that my goal this year is to walk up to Masada with the 8th graders and get to the top waving a big sign stating, “Thank You, Dr. Anderson.” He immediately said, “I need a picture of that to frame and hang in my office.”
So, I promise that am not going to “wimp out” like I have for the past few years and intend to achieve my grand goal of walking to the top of Masada with my banner this year in Israel!!
Rabbi Ira Budow


Abrams Community Family Fun Day

Don’t Miss Out on our first 
Community Family Fun Day!!
Join us in honoring: 
Mr. Brian Chevlin & Dr. Jill Schwartz Chevlin
Mr. Michael Segal ’00

***Invitations are in the Mail**

Register and purchase ads on-line at:

Thanks to our PTO Volunteers

Thanks to our Volunteers
Many thanks to AHA PTO volunteers who came together to make sure that the invitations to our annual fund raising event were mailed on time!
Elissa Gruenberg
Michelle Schachter
Sarah Weinstein
Liora Zirkel
…and special thanks to Yvonne Carroll!


Abrams Community Family Fun Day

Abrams Community Family Fun Day!

You can attend this fun-filled event
It’s easy to do- Sell only four ¼ page ads or any combination of ads that total $1440 and you get FREE admission to this event for your entire family (parents and children) – You know you can do it!
Everyone knows people whom they can solicit during this once-a-year fund raising appeal to support our school and our children. Ask the people whom you know- your attorney, doctor, accountant, local businesses that you frequent, grandparents and other relatives- you get the idea. All you have to do now is make your list, go out with the ad journal forms, and ask your prospects for their ads!
Help us to make this year’s fund raising event a huge success. We can only do it with everyone’s cooperation, and selling ads is a simple way to make a real difference to the school and to attend this family-centered community event for FREE!
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Abrams Hebrew Academy Community Family Fun Day- March 13. 2016!!
Click below to get the ad journal form!!!

After School Fitness
   fitness face
After School Fitness with
Mr. Gowton
Grades 1, 2 and 3

February 23, 2016-April 19, 2016
3:45 pm- 4:45 pm
$70 per child; $120 for two children
Please make all checks payable to Kevin Gowton.
If you have any questions please contact Mr. Gowton at AHA- (215) 493-1800 or kgowton@aha.jdschools.org.
Fitness Fun Schedule
            February 23
            March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
            April 5, 12, 19
Flyer and Permission Form:



Support for the Golani Brigade
Yoni Hadar, a solider in the IDF’s Golani Brigade, spoke to AHA middle school students several months ago about his life and experiences in the Israeli Army. He told the students about a nonprofit to raise funds to provide helmets, knee pads, and water canteens to the soldiers in the his brigade.
The goal for this worthy project is $50,000, and they have already raised $42,000. If you’d like to help you can donate at:
All the money goes through a tax deductible organization, and there are no overhead costs. Every donation goes directly towards buying equipment for a soldier.

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.

Basketball Schedule Revised
Revised Basketball Schedule 2015-16

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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Information about the Extra

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Wednesday of the target week.


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