Abrams Extra 2/15/19

Abrams Extra February 15, 2019

 

 

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ABRAMS EXTRA

In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Translate the Extra
Budowsphere
Follow up to Super Bowl Blog
Brooklyn at Westminster
EITC Opportunity
Jerusalem Mural Wall
Digital Advertising Board
Shabbat Play
Super Sunday
Scholar-in-Residence Beth El Synagogue
After School Art Club
Revised Basketball Schedule 2018-19
Donation Bricks
Recruitment
Security Reminders
Cell Phone Rules
Donor Support
Oorah
School Lunches
Car Pool Rules
Dress Code Rules
Abrams Notes

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February 15, 2019/ 3 Adar 8

 

Candle Lighting 5:13 pm/ Tetzaveh

 

 

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Budowsphere

 

 

Dear Parents:
 
This week while at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show I spoke to a woman from Ezra Academy, a Jewish day school 
(Pre-K-8) located in CT. She expressed her concern about the future of her school, which is located near Yale University, and said that many synagogues in proximity to the school have closed. Sadly, she shares the worries of all of us who are associated with private schools in today’s difficult financial environment.
 
However, I have chosen not to be pessimistic about the future for Abrams, but to adopt a positive outlook instead. In order to provide an incentive to help our campaign to increase enrollment I am happy to announce that current parents who refer a student to Abrams will earn a $1,000 tuition credit for each new student who is enrolled at Abrams as a result of that referral. That means that you can earn as many $1,000 credits as the number of new children who enroll at Abrams through your outreach efforts! Yes- if you refer 5 new students to Abrams you will receive a $5,000 credit on your tuition bill!
 
Word of mouth is proven to be the most effective tool in recruiting new families to the school. Measuring Success surveys consistently show that this is more important and successful than any paid advertising to increase recruitment. Who could be better ambassadors than current satisfied students and parents in extolling the virtues of the school?
 
Besides telling people about the incredible education children receive at Abrams, our parents can let prospective families know that if they apply for all of the scholarship and financial aid opportunities available- Oorah, Children’s Scholarship Fund , EITC, etc., it is possible to send a child to Abrams for a yearly tuition cost of as little as $3600. It is important to let people know that a Jewish day school education in PA can be affordable and that they shouldn’t be reluctant to apply because they think it’s out of their financial reach. They just have to apply for all of the available programs to make the dream a reality.
 
Abrams is at a crossroads and is depending on your help to survive. We need more students enrolled at the school in order to continue to grow and thrive as a Jewish day school in our community. The future of Abrams is in your hands- we are counting on you to benefit the school and yourself by referring new families!
 
Please feel free to contact me with names, questions, etc. at (215) -584-7919.
 
Best,
 
Rabbi Ira Budow
 

 

 

Follow up to Super Bowl Blog
 


Follow up to Super Bowl Blog
 
After the Super Bowl, Rabbi Budow sent his Super Bowl blog to Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots.
Robert Kraft thanked Rabbi for his article and sent him an autographed copy of Sports Illustrated with the following text, “Ira, we are all Patriots.” He signed the magazine cover with his name and עם ישראל חי.

Brooklyn at Westminster!
 


Brooklyn Scores at Westminster-
Best Tibetan Terrier Female in Breed!
Congratulations to my wife, Dr. Susan Fuchs, who dreamed the impossible dream and made it come true for our Tibetan Terrier, Brooklyn, at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this week. Brooklyn won the honor of being chosen best female Tibetan Terrier in her breed competition, coming in second only to the breed winner.
Many dog owners who show their dogs turn them over to live with their professional handlers, but Susan doesn’t believe in that. Brooklyn is a member of our family and lives at home with us, so it is particularly sweet that she won over some of the biggest names in the dog show world.
Susan is amazing, and I congratulate her and am happy for our entire family on this auspicious occasion.
Rabbi Ira Budow

EITC OPPORTUNITY
 
EITC Opportunity 
The Jewish Scholarship LLC still has money available to qualified EITC participants, but this opportunity doesn’t last much longer.
 
If you are able to participate yourself or know someone whom you believe would be interested, please contact Rabbi Budow immediately!
 
This funding will make a significant positive impact on AHA- you can make the difference!!

 

Jerusalem Mural Wall
 
 

Jerusalem Mural Wall 
Please consider participating in the Jerusalem Mural project commemorating the 20th anniversary of the annual Israel Trip.
A $360 donation earns you a line with your name (along with two other donors) on a plaque on the steps.
 

Digital Advertising Board

 

 

 
As a thank you for your contribution to our Annual Fundraising Drive, we are offering free advertising on our digital advertising board for one year.
Please email an advertisement in JPG format to Debra Goldfarb, dgoldfarb@abramsonline.org.

 

 

3rd Grade Shabbat Play

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Congratulations to Morah Shoshana and her 3rd grade class on a wonderful job with their Shabbat play.
 
Special thanks to Rabbi O, Morah Bracha and Ms. Maks for all of their hard work on the making the show a great success.

 

 

Jewish Federation Super Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scholar-in-Residence

 

 

 

 

 

BETH EL SYNAGOGUE PRESENTS

 

 

Scholar-in-Residence Weekend

 

Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D. 
Speaking on: 
Jewish Ethical Challenges of this Hour
 
Rabbi Sabath is a scholar, Jewish institutional leader, author, spiritual leader, higher education administrator and public speaker. Most recently Rabbi Sabath led a four-campus team to achieve the goals of a five-year strategic plan as the National Director of Recruitment and Admissions at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC). In 2013 she was also appointed President’s Scholar and most recently was also appointed Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought and Ethics. Rabbi Sabath has taught courses on liturgy, modern Jewish thought, gender, and theology as an adjunct member of the faculty at HUC for over 16 years.
 

Prior to her recent national role at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Sabath served as Vice President of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and for over a decade as a 

member of the Institute’s faculty, while directing the Hartman Lay leadership, Rabbinic leadership, and
Christian leadership programs for North American leaders as well as programs in pluralism and Jewish identity for officers of the IDF. 
 
Ordained in New York in 1995, Rabbi Sabath also earned a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary. For more than a decade she also served seasonally as the rabbi of Congregation Shirat HaYam on Nantucket Island. Rabbi Sabath lived in Israel for nearly 15 years and currently lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Rabbi Ofer Sabath Beit-Halachmi, and their three children.

 

Shabbat lunch and Saturday evening sessions are free of charge and open to the public.
Reservations are requested by Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 to the Beth El Synagogue office: admin@bethel.net or 609-443-4454.
 
Please contact the Beth El Synagogue office for further information.

 

After School Art
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After School Art w/
Donna Moskowitz
 
After School Art Club 
Tuesday- 3:30-5
January 15-March 19
Cost: $100
 
Sign up form:

Revised Basketball Schedule 2018/19

 

 

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 AHA Revised Basketball Schedule
2018-19
(updated 1/18/19)
Click below to see the basketball schedule for the girls and boys teams. Go Abrams and Mr. G!
 
 

 

 

Bricks in the Link


Buy a Brick on the Link Wall and
Support AHA

 

 

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.
 
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Recruitment
 
“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.

 

Safety and Security Reminders

 

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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!

 

 

 

Cell Phone Rules
 
REMINDER: Cell Phone Rules
 
Electronic devices have become a common means of communication and information access in today’s society.  However, these devices have the potential of disrupting the orderly operation of school.  Our cell phone/personal electronic devices policy is designed to keep the focus on education.
At the start of the school day, all cell phones MUST BE TURNED OFF (NOT IN SILENT MODE) AND STORED IN THE STUDENT’S LOCKER OR BOOK BAG FROM 8:30 AM UNTIL 3:30 PM. Students are not permitted to carry them on their person or to use them to make or receive any calls or text messages during the given time.
If a student has an emergency, and needs to be in contact with someone, she/he must use a school phone, or have the permission of  a faculty member, to use his/her cell phone.  Parents should contact the school office, if they have an emergency message for their
Child(ren).
Electric devices, such as iPods, or hand-held gaming devices may be used on the bus/van transportation to/from school, prior to school, and following school.   Students must turn off and place these items in their locker/backpack during school hours.
If any of these items are out at the inappropriate time, they will be confiscated by staff, and given to the director of discipline.
Students will be allowed to bring cell phones on school trips for emergency use only.  Any hand-held gaming device will be the responsibility of the students on a school trip.
The school is not responsible for lost, misplaced, damaged or stolen electronic devices/cell phones.
CONSEQUENCES FOR STUDENTS WHO DO NOT FOLLOW THE ABOVE RULES:
1st Offense – Phone confiscated, and returned at the end of the day.
2nd Offense – Phone confiscated, returned at the end of the day, and written notification that requires parent signature.
3rd Offense – Phone confiscated, and parent must pick up phone from director of discipline.
4th Offense – Suspension from school

 

 

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:
Expert Home Care
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!

Oorah
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

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 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.

 

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

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Tuesday of the target week.

 

 

 

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