Abrams Extra 2/19/16

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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Science & Engineering Expo
Abrams Residence Visit
Girl Scout Cookies
Community Family Fun Event
Super Sunday
Fun Day Art Project
After School Fitness Program
Basketball Practice Schedule
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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February 19, 2016/  10 Adar I
Candle Lighting 5:21 pm/ Tetzaveh


Rabbi Budow
Dear Parents-
Today I would like to talk to you about tzedakah. As you know, my job involves raising money in a variety of ways; one being through the EITC program. We can learn a lesson about tzedakah from our friend, Jim McCaffrey, owner of McCaffrey Food Markets. This week I received notification from Federation that Jim has once again designated $100,000 to Abrams Hebrew Academy through the EITC program. We received $100,000 this year as a result of Jim’s largess, and will receive another $100,000 next year.

Jim is a fine, upstanding Irish Catholic man, and he does not have to give money to a Jewish organization. However, he not only gives to Abrams, but to all community worthy causes. This year, in addition to his generous allocation of EITC funding, he paid $1800 for a full page ad in our Community Fun Day ad journal. He certainly did not have to do this- he has already been incredibly generous to the school, but he understands the meaning of tzedakah.

The question now is whether we at Abrams understand the concept of giving like Jim does.
 We have one official fund raising event a year, and this year Joni and Joe Glassman have worked very hard to organize a community, family friendly event. There is something for everyone at a reasonable cost- great food, entertainment for all ages, and lots of surprises, too. Every family should attend this event to support our school. Have you made your reservation?
Abrams does not have an endowment or a substantial line of credit at the bank- we depend on our yearly revenue to exist. I recently looked at some statistics for other area day schools and saw that Torah Academy in Philadelphia has a goal of $500,000 for their annual fund raiser and have already reached $475,000. Abrams has a much more modest goal, but we are not close to reaching it yet. The only people who can make it happen are you, our parents.
The question now is whether or not we are all doing our best to help the school succeed. In order to keep our tuition reasonable and our school solvent we have to meet our yearly goal. Let’s learn from people like Jim McCaffrey and support Abrams by doing the righteous thing. Reserve your tickets now for our annual fun day event.
Rabbi Ira Budow


Science & Engineering Expo
Science & Engineering Expo
Friday, February 26 , 2016    
9:15 -11:30 a.m.
Join us on Friday, February 26, 2016 to see the amazing scientific and engineering feats accomplished by the Abrams K-8 students.  
It is not too late to join the fun! nbsp; 
Please return the  science fair flyer (click below) if your child would like to participate. 


*Can you help?  We need science and engineering judges Friday morning.
Please contact Amy Hamacher at ahamacher@aha.jdschools.org if you or someone you know can volunteer their time.



Abrams Residence Visit
The 8th grade paid an informal visit to their friends at the Abrams Residence this week. They collaborated on a jewelry-making project, enjoyed great pastries from Lakewood, and most importantly, had time to schmooze and build on their warm and nurturing relationships with the seniors.
Pictures are worth 1,000 words, and the expressions on the faces of the students and the seniors say it all.
Thanks to the “Better Together Program” Abrams students and Abrams Residence seniors are learning from each other and experiencing the joy of inter-generational connections.
L’dor v’dor….



Girl Scout Cookies
girl scout
It is Girl Scout Cookie time!  Between now and March 13 purchase cookies and support the Abrams Hebrew Academy troops.


  •  Order from Michelle Eley, Felissa Lane, Sarah Weinstein or Deb Kestenbaum.


Available cookies: Thin Mints, Caramel DeLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Lemonades, Thanks-a-Lots, Cranbury Citrus Crisps, and Shortbreads.  All cookies are $4/box.
Gluten-free cookie: Trios- $5/box.

Questions?  Contact Michelle (


or Deb and Matt (609-771-1710).  Thank you for your support!


EITC Participation for Individuals
The Foundation for Jewish Day Schools  has been approved as a Special Purpose Entity (SPE). This  means that individuals who pay individual income taxes to PA can now participate in the EITC program  by joining the SPE.
This is a great opportunity for Abrams families and supporters who pay at least $6500 in PA State taxes to help themselves and Abrams through their participation in the program.
The Foundation for Jewish Day Schools will provide guidance on this process so that you can participate as an individual.
If you qualify, please take this opportunity to help the school and benefit from a tax credit for yourself. 
Contact Ellen Matz  at ematz@jfgp.org or call 
(215) 832-0525 for more information.
See more at:

Abrams Community Family Fun Day

Don’t Miss Out on our first 
Community Family Fun Day!!
Join us in honoring: 
Mr. Brian Chevlin & Dr. Jill Schwartz Chevlin
Mr. Michael Segal ’00





Register and purchase ads on-line at:









Sell ads and attend the event for FREE:





Federation Super Sunday Appeal
This year you can participate in the Philadelphia Jewish Federation Super Sunday fundraising phone event at a Bucks County location- Shir Ami in Newtown, PA.  
Abrams receives a substantial annual allocation from Federation, and the Jewish Day School Foundation administers the EITC/OSTC program (which, as we all know, also greatly benefits Abrams).
Please support Federation and volunteer to make phone calls on Sunday, February 21, 2016. 
Bring your cell phone, charger, and your best positive attitude! Training will be provided.
You don’t have to volunteer for the entire time- a couple of hours will really help Federation to help Abrams Hebrew Academy and the many other Jewish causes it supports.
Register on-line at:


Shir Ami
101 Richboro Newtown Road
Newtown, PA 18940
One shift:
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Community Family Fun Day Art Project


We want to make sure that everyone is involved in our annual Family Fun Day on March 13, 2016, so here’s another great reason to attend:
Each student in grades K-6- will work on a group art piece that will be auctioned at our Community Family Fun Day!
Grades 7-8 will prepare”surprise” items to be auctioned.
Please make sure to sign and return the permission slip allowing your child’s art to be auctioned to the office ASAP!

Click here for permission slip:



After School Fitness
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After School Fitness with
Mr. Gowton
Grades 1, 2 and 3


February 23, 2016-April 19, 2016
3:45 pm- 4:45 pm
$70 per child; $120 for two children
Please make all checks payable to Kevin Gowton.
If you have any questions please contact Mr. Gowton at AHA- (215) 493-1800 or kgowton@aha.jdschools.org.
Fitness Fun Schedule
            February 23
            March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
            April 5, 12, 19
Flyer and Permission Form:




Basketball Schedule Revised
Revised Basketball Schedule 2015-16

Lunch Program
Food from Espresso Cafe:
Falafel, pita, hummus, Israeli salad
Mac & Cheese, 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
Hash Browns
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


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.





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