Abrams Extra 12/22/17

Abrams Extra December 22, 2017



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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Translate the Extra
Annual Fundraising Campaign
EITC Opportunity
Menorah Contest Winners
Chanukah Activities
Abrams Residence Visit
Note from the School Nurse
Espresso Cafe Open House
Basketball Practice/Game Schedules
My Israel Story
Donor Support
School Lunches
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes
Dress Code Rules

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December 22, 2017/ 4 Tevet
Candle Lighting 4:21pm /Vayigash

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Rabbi Budow


Dear Parents:
As you all know by now, I believe that affordability is the greatest issue facing Jewish day schools today. If you have a few children the cost of even what is considered a “reasonable” tuition is too much for most middle class families to afford.  At Abrams we pride ourselves on our low tuition rates compared to other area private schools, but again, with several children to educate, a total of $35-40K is simply unaffordable for most people.
The PA EITC program has been a gift from G-d for Abrams, and we have been able to provide hundreds of thousands of scholarships to qualified families who would not have otherwise been able to afford day school. This year we were awarded almost $500K in EITC funds, and we are eligible to receive up to $750K per year. I ask you again to encourage individuals who pay at least $6,000 in PA state income taxes or businesses paying PA income taxes to participate in the EITC program on Abrams’ behalf. If you give me the contact information I will be glad to take it from there!
Unfortunately, NJ does not have an EITC program, so until now we have not been able to offer this type of scholarship aid to NJ residents. Mrs. Kornsgold told me that she recently had dinner with a woman who had attended day school herself, but whose children attend public school because of financial constraints. She should and would be sending her children to day school if only it were affordable.
I am happy to announce that through the generosity of an anonymous benefactor we will now be able to offer scholarship assistance to qualified NJ residents on a case-by-case basis. Please help us to spread the word and increase our enrollment while performing the mitzvah of providing more children a Jewish day school education.
I wish everyone a happy and healthy break-
Rabbi Ira Budow





2018 Annual Fundraising Campaign
This year we are honoring faculty and staff who have been at Abrams for 10 years or more, and it is very impressive that we have 17 people who have served Abrams and our students for over a decade!


* If you have photos you’d like to share of our faculty/staff honorees interacting with Abrams students (either current students or alumni) please email them to Debra Goldfarb dgoldfarb@abramsonline.org.


2018 Honorees (Donna Moskowitz not pictured)



Our faculty/staff honorees are:
Sonia Arusy
Dorit Borrus
Rabbi Ira Budow
Deborah Galing
Kevin Gowton
Chris Konopka
Leslie Kornsgold
Joan Lamkey
Rabbi Isaac Leizeroski
Albert Lopez
Debbie Marks
Donna Moskowitz
Rabbi Joshua Ottensoser
Vivian Shore
Rabbi Chaim Tesser
Carol Wallace
Janet Zuazo

 EITC Opportunity
The Jewish Scholarship LLC has funds available NOW 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 immediately!
Thank you for your help- EITC is a huge benefit to the school and our children.




Menorah Contest Winners



Abrams students created their own unique   Menorahs for the AHA annual Menorah contest!



Congratulations to all of the Menorah contest winners!


Liav Kahlon
Jacob and Talya Weiss
Ora Weinstein, Yardenah Weinstein and Sophia Lane
Avi Berzofsky
Ariella Livstone

Chanukah Fun!



This week the whole school participated in fun Chanukah activities to celebrate the holiday.
4th Grade


5th Grade
5th and 6th Grades


8th Grade

Abrams Residence Visit



This week the 8th Grade visited Abrams Residence to celebrate Chanukah.  They played dreidel, ate doughnuts, and spent time together celebrating the holiday.

Note from the School Nurse
Dear Parent or Guardian,
We are in the midst of cold, cough, flu and stomach bug season.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) has determined influenza activity has increased in the Commonwealth for the last two weeks.
The PADOH encourages all people not yet immunized against this year’s flu strains to speak to their primary care providers about vaccination.
We continue to promote student and staff wellness by reinforcing our efforts to decrease the spread of infection. All students will continue to be encouraged in good hygiene practices.  Additionally, our maintenance staff will maintain their sanitizing efforts making sure that common use areas are cleaned daily.
We ask that you are mindful of the following guidelines when considering whether to send your child to school.
Please keep your child home if:
  • Your child has an elevated temperature of 100 degrees or more or has had temperature in the last 24 hours.  Students should be free of fever without the use of fever reducing medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Your child has vomited in the last 24 hours.
  • Your child has had repeated episodes of diarrhea.
  • Your child complains of chills, loss of appetite, dizziness, earache, and/or lingering headache.
  • Your child has a significant amount of untreated nasal discharge, particularly if the discharge is yellow or green in color.
  • Your child has a persistent frequent cough and/or sore throat.
Please note that medications such as Motrin or Tylenol can reduce symptoms such as fever and malaise but DO NOT decrease a child’s level of contagiousness.
Keep in mind most doctors recommend 24 to 48 hours on antibiotic before a child is no longer deemed infectious.
Please see the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website https://www.cdc.gov/  for more information about seasonal illness care and prevention.
Keeping your child home when he/she is sick will ensure that your child has time to recover and reduce the spread of illness to others.  We deeply appreciate your conscious effort to support the comfort and well-being of your child, other students and staff at our school.
Thank you,
Shelley Wigler, RN, BSN
School Nurse
Abrams Hebrew Academy

Espresso Cafe Open House

“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.


AHA Boys/Girls Basketball
Revised 11/15/17

My Israel Story

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:
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.


School Lunches

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

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 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


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: dsattin@abramsonline.org. (215) 493-1800 ext. 22 by

Wednesday of the target week.


Abrams Dress Code
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.



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