Abrams Extra 12/4/15

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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Chanukah Celebration
Picture Re-Take Day
After-care December 14
Israel Trip News
Community Family Fun Event
Tzedakah Campaign
Synagogues Across the World
Chanukah at Abrams Residence
EITC Funding
Six13 Concert
Basketball Practice Schedule
Soccer Schedule
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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December 4 2015/   22 Kislev
Candle Lighting 4:15 pm/ Vayeshev


Chanukah Celebration


Nursery and Kindergarten Chanukah Celebration
THIS Sunday, December 6, 2015
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Abrams Hebrew Academy
Enjoy an hour of fun-filled family activities: 
  • Moon Bounce
  • Face Painting
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Snacks
  • and more….!

Picture Re-Take Day



AHA Picture Re-Take nbsp;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.


Israel Trip News
Israeli flag


Israel Trip News
  • Thanks to everyone who expressed interest in the Israel Solidarity trip. We greatly appreciate your desire to support Israel, but unfortunately we did not get enough people committed by the deadline to put together a group excursion. Again, many thanks to those of you who said “yes.”
  • 8th grade parents- it is time to get ready for our graduation trip to Israel leaving on March 28! If you need financial assistance, you can apply to Greater Philadelphia Jewish Federation for funding. Call Carol at the AHA office if you need an application.

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

Tzedakah Campaign

Tzedakah Campaign
Our Thanksgiving Extavaganza was a huge success, and we are grateful that so many grandparents and parents have already committed to participating 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!!

Synagogues Across the World Project

Synagogues Across the World
The 5th and 6th grades have completed their fabulous Shul project.
Each group of students was assigned a famous synagogue from various parts of the world to research and  answer questions about where the synagogue was built, why is it famous, etc. The culmination of the project was for each group  to construct a model of their Shul. The model synagogues include Churvah, Jerusalem; Alte-Neu, Prague; Mikvah Israel, Philadelphia; and Touro, Newport.
The models are very creative and interesting- many of them are very accurate replicas of the original Shuls, and others use more artistic license.  All of them are beautiful and are on display in the girls chapel now and through next week.
Please come and take a look! 



Chanukah at Abrams Residence

Chanukah at Abrams Residence
The 8th grade shared an early Chanukah celebration with seniors at the Abrams Residence as part of the “Better Together” program funded by the Legacy Heritage Fund.
Students and seniors participated in a joint craft project, sang songs, and enjoyed conversation during their visit.
Of course, no Jewish gathering is complete without food, so in keeping with the Chanukah spirit Rabbi O provided sufganiyot from Lakewood, which the students and residents fancifully decorated before devouring!




WE NEED YOUR HELP. If the Governor’s office does not act soon, Pennsylvania Jewish day schools will lose more than $10 million in much-needed program funding through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) program, which provides millions of dollars annually in scholarships for low- and middle-income families across Pennsylvania.

Right now, generous corporate donors, who want to fund the programs that serve our schools and our children, are waiting for the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to send the required tax credit approval letter. These approval letters have been improperly held back because of the Commonwealth’s current budget impasse.

If the state does not act immediately and allow the release of these approval letters, millions of dollars in educational program funding will be permanently lost and our children and Jewish day schools will be adversely impacted.

ACT NOW: your opinion matters.

Contact Governor Wolf and today and tell him how the EITC and OSTC programs impact our schools and our children.



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 Schedule Revised
Revised Basketball 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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