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:
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
On Wednesday we had a school wide intruder drill. Our training and practice paid off as students and teachers all rapidly exited the building or locked down in place as appropriate. We pray we never need to use these skills but are pleased that we are prepared.
Pictures from the Abrams Shuk from January 2018
Reminder for Grades K-8 If you have not done so yet, please send in the $10 per student ($20 maximum per family) for students to participate in the upcoming Ben Yehudah Shuk at Abrams which will take place this coming Friday, February 14th at 12:00 pm. Parents are invited to attend.
Students will receive “Shekels” to purchase many of the Israeli style delicacies and treats that will be available at our special Tu B’shvat event at the “Shuk.”
Additionally, if there is an interest, parents will be able to preorder challot and rugelach for Shabbat (at an additional cost.) There will be a future email sent regarding the ordering of challot and rugelach.
The 7th graders enjoyed an extremely unique skype session this Monday. Dr. Hanora Chapman, a Dean at
Fresno State University, and a foremost expert on the writings of Jewish Historian, Josephus (end of 2nd Temple era) talked to the students about her work on Ancient Jewish History in general and the story of Masada in particular.
Students had the opportunity to hear some of her theories about this fascinating time period, and ask (lots of) questions of their own. It was an unforgettable learning experience for all students.
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.
Kindergarten had fun with centers this week. The children loved the science center experimenting with water droplets on different types of wood. They also did amazing in small groups reading the book titled “Animal Crackers” and then eating yummy animal crackers!
This week, students learned their phone numbers and addresses, which is so important for them to know! I am very proud of them every day!
First grade students did an amazing job being engineers and used what they learned in last week’s lesson (properties of solid materials ) to build useful things. The students had fun building towers and demonstrating what worked and what didn’t work. It’s great to see students learning from each other and sharing ideas. When you see a first grader, ask him/ her what are the properties of a successful tower?
Second grade loves their time in the media lab working on Education.com. We are working keyboarding skills as we reinforce math facts!
Morah Goldy’s Second grade painting birdhouses for this week’s Parsha, Parshat B’shalach.
3rd grade students learn the meanings of words that make a hero by working together on their dictionary skills.
This week 4th grade started learning about magnets. Students loved testing out different objects and finding out whether they were magnetic or not. They then came up with conclusions based on their findings. They did an amazing job figuring out that only objects with the lead are magnetic. In other news, 4th grade cannot wait for their Wax Museum next week!
Middle School Highlights
6th GRADE MATHEMATICS
Fractions are now the main topic of class. Over the next few weeks we will be studying the different operations with fractions. Now is your opportunity to get your children involved in the kitchen and show them how fractions are used in cooking. Let them measure the ingredients. Show them that 1/4 of a cup of milk, plus another 1/4 of a cup of milk, will equal a 1/2 of a cup of milk. Give us a couple of weeks in this unit and then have your child double a recipe or cut a recipe in half for you. Happy Cooking!
Last week the 8th grade students took their social studies midterm. This is the only grade that is given a midterm. The two-day exam gives the students the opportunity to prepare for large amounts of material that cover multiple chapters as well as to write an essay that covers the themes of more than one chapter. The midterm is given so that students will be prepared for big exams like this when they enter high school next year.
6th, 7th and 8th grade Honors English classes continue in their novel studies. We are especially appreciative of the newest novel, Chains, added to the 8th grade curriculum. Chains is a beautifully written historical fiction that tells the story of a slave girl living in the colonies during the dawn of the American Revolution.
Thank you to the PTO for your generosity!
Can you get a pencil to balance on it’s point? 5th and 6th grade use equal forces and a lot of perseverance to answer this challenge.
7TH GRADE HEBREW
The students learned about the Dead Sea scrolls which were discovered in 1946 in the Qumran Caves which are located in the north of the Dead Sea. The scrolls include parts of every book in the Old Testament.
They were found by Bedouin shepherds who tossed rocks into the caves. They heard shattering sound of jars. The scrolls were inside those jars. An antique dealer bought the scrolls which ended up in the hands of scholars.
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