Please join Abrams in honoring Brandon and Lisa Swartz, Rabbi Isaac Leizerowski, Rabbi Joshua Ottensoser and Rabbi Chaim Tesser at our annual fundraising event. The celebration will take place on March 15, 2020 at 11:00 am at Abrams Hebrew Academy.
You will receive further information about participating in our upcoming annual fundraising campaign and helping to achieve our goal very soon. Please consider volunteering to help the school and our children!
You can make a reservation, donation or place ad an online:
Volunteers are need to help set-up and prepare for the 2020 Annual Fundraising event.
The celebration will take place on
March 15, 2020 at 11:00 am at Abrams Hebrew Academy.
If you are available on Saturday, March 14th at 7:30 pm, please contact the school office.
Whatever time you can give us will be greatly appreciated.
Rick Abrams, Israel Program Director from the Jewish National Fund, came to Abrams to celebrate the holiday of Tu B’Shevat. He conducted different programs for grades K-8 centered around the theme, “How Israel Makes the Desert Bloom” including science experiments, yoga and text studies.
Students in Grades 4-8 are having fun learning about general Jewish knowledge. Each week there will be a quiz and prizes will be awarded to the students with the top scores.
At the end of the 6 week program, there will be a “Chidon” to crown the knowledge champion.
Stay tuned for more details.
Purim is almost here which means it is time for the annual Abrams PTO Mishloach Manot sale!
The bags are filled with kosher treats and will be sent home with every child and staff member before Purim. Each bag will also have a card listing the names of everyone who sent it.
Congratulations to First graders who were very excited to graduate from their Part A Math Books into Part B! First graders book reports on historic/famous Americans are ready to view! Come visit 1st grade and check them out… I promise you’ll learn something new!
Hooray! Friday, February 14th is the 100th Day of School! We are all looking forward to a fun day counting to 100!
1st grade Biographies
Second grade acted out two short plays this week in reading. We had so much fun playing the role of George Washington and Abe Lincoln! Betsy Ross also helped sew the flag. We have some budding actors and actresses in our midst!
2nd and 3rd Grade Hebrew
Morah Raya’s classes finished 100 pages of their text book.
3rd Grade and 4th Grade Wax Museum
3rd and 4th Grade celebrate American historians and symbols with their annual Wax Museum.
3rd Grade as National Monuments and Symbols
4th Grade as American Historians
Middle School Highlights
5th Grade has begun to study Civil Rights. Perfect timing since it is Black History Month.
The 5th and 6th Graders had lots of fun in class making their ice cream pictographs.
5th and 6th grade pictographs
7th GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES
Every once in a while a report comes out that shows that high school graduates are essentially illiterate when it comes to their knowledge of how American government functions. The seventh graders are on their way to become very proficient in understanding the structure of our government. They are learning about the three branches of government and how each branch checks and limits the other branches. We also did an activity to learn about how the Electoral College works.
We have continued with our novel studies this week. All 3 classes continue to enjoy the novels and our very spirited class discussions! I’ve asked a 6th grade student to share his thoughts. Enjoy!
In our wonderful English class, where we go on many amazing adventures and excursions in all different types of books, we are reading a book called Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. In this book, it describes the awful prejudice that African-Americans went through when Jim Crow Laws were still in effect. In the novel, there is a girl named Cassie Logan. We follow her story as she encounters racism and injustice while living on a cotton farm. I really enjoy reading this book, because it is sad yet very important to hear about the awful things that the African-Americans struggled with. For example, Cassie attends a segregated school, and it receives damaged, old books, while the other school has fresh, new books. Also, it has slight parts of suspense and I really am excited to learn more about the plot.
Yitzhak Panday, Grade 6
Lights on! Middle school students are working through a number of electricity challenges as they learn how electrical energy moves through materials. Not only are they learning important ideas about energy – but they are working together to solve problems. Many times it doesn’t work the first, second or even the third time – but eventually they all get it. That perseverance and the ability to troubleshoot problems is a very important lesson to learn.
7TH GRADE HEBREW
The 7th grade Hebrew class is learning about the history of Masada, an ancient fortress near the Dead Sea, which was built by king Herod. There was an uprising against the Romans who conquered it in the first century.
Next year the students will visit Masada. They will go up to the top of the mountain by a cable car or hike up on the winding road called “The Snake Path”. Everyone is looking forward to the Israel trip.
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) 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.
Shelley Wigler, RN, BSN
Abrams Hebrew Academy
SPRING PICTURE DAY IS TUESDAY, MARCH 17th!
For the first time ever, LIFETOUCH will be here for Spring pictures. This will work the same way as the picture day we had in November. All students in grades Nursery to 8 can have their picture taken.
Our 8th Grade Class will be able to have their picture taken in a graduation cap and gown!
Also, Mrs. Shore’s four year old nursery class can have their picture taken in a cap and gown as they will be graduating into Kindergarten.
And just like in the past, pictures can be purchased after you view the proofs. So PLEASE mark your calendar now for Spring picture day!
Jewish Federation Super Sunday
Super Sunday is February 23, join us in making the calls that make a difference for our Jewish communities!
Support Abrams by purchasing a commemorative brick on the wall in the Link for a $100 donation. The bricks are made of colored Plexiglas and visibly located on the wall outside the gym.
Buy a brick to commemorate a special occasion- it is a wonderful and lasting gift to celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, birthday, anniversary, graduation, or to recognize the memory of a loved one or friend.
Your donation will be acknowledged to the recipient, and Abrams will benefit from your donation.
Please contact the office if you would like to purchase a brick.
“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.
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.
* 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.
Safety and Security Reminders
Reminder- 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!
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 Debra Goldfarb, Director of Development, firstname.lastname@example.org (215) 493-1800 ext. 22 by Wednesday of the target week.
Abrams Hebrew Academy, 31 West College Avenue, Yardley, PA 19067