Remember- regular dismissal time (3:45) starts next week- (REALLY)
Friday, March 18, 2016
It is with mixed feelings that I announce that John Palmer is leaving Abrams to assume a supervisory position at the Water and Sewer Department for Falls Township.
John has worked at Abrams for the past 24 years in many capacities- he currently supervises the maintenance staff, the physical buildings, drives students, works in the kitchen, and generally does what needs to be done to keep the school moving. In the past, he even coached the basketball team.
It is rare that an institution can boast that it keeps staff for a quarter of a century, and that says a lot for our Abrams community!
The opportunity at Falls Township is a good career move for him, and although it saddens me to see him go I am very happy that he has found a position that will be beneficial for him and his family. I wish him every success and happiness in his new job and know that he will be as valued an addition to their staff as he is at AHA.
I feel fortunate to be able to announce at the same time that John’s duties will be assumed by Maria Martinez. Maria is also a long-time employee of the school, and the transition should be seamless for everyone. Maria will drive John’s students in the afternoon, and Amanda Miller will take on the driving duties in the morning.
Again, I wish John success in his new job and hope that he will keep in touch with his Abrams family. I also congratulate Maria on her promotion.
Letter from Alumni Parents
Last week I wrote about the topic “What is Education?” Below is an example of what an Abrams truly means. We share nachas with these parents and their families:
Dear Rabbi Budow:
We are enclosing a check to Abrams Hebrew Academy in honor of the recent passing of my father, Jack L. Barber a”H (Yaakov Leib ben Moshe Chayim) on 12 Sivan.
Eleven years after moving from Yardley to Pittsburgh, we also want to say thank you to you and, by extension, to all the others in the Abrams staff and family.
In the winter of 1998 I called you on the phone when we were moving from Maine to Yardley, so that we could get back in touch with the Jewish community and I could work in Trenton. We had a number of questions, including how our oldest child, Shlomo, could be integrated into the third grade coming from just a weekly Hebrew School and, equally important, how could we handle tuition for three children.
You said to me, “Moshe, don’t worry, we’ll take care of it!”
By the way, this was in sharp contrast to the nearest Solomon Schechter School, where they told us that they have a very bad record of success with kids like our then 8-year-old son and discouraged us from even applying.
Just the way you said it, I trusted and believed you. You more than lived up to those words. When we arrived you had a tutor assigned to Shlomo, and by the end of the year he was completely caught up. You hired Batsheva to be an assistant teacher in the pre-school program. And somehow we were always able to pay tuition for our three children with a partial scholarship.
With a lot of nachas in which you should have a share, we want to update you on the three Abrams students.
Shlomo is now 25 and married with a beautiful daughter. Shlomo and Chaya live in Melbourne, Australia, where she is a native. He went to the Chabad kolel there after they married, and the day he finished they hired him to organize education programs for the baile batim and raise money. His highlight at Abrams was the Israel trip- he refused to move to Pittsburgh until he graduated! After graduating high school here at Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh, he went to yeshiva gadolah at Yeshivas Lubavitch Toronto and Chovevei Torah in Crown Heights before going on shlichus to the Lubavitch mesivta in LA. He received Smicha from the West Coast Rabbinical Seminary in LA.
Adina is 21 and also thriving. After she graduated from Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh, she went to seminary at Beit Chana in Tzefat. She is theVolunteer Coordinator at the Friendship Circle here in Pittsburgh where she interacts with about 500 people involved as members with special needs, high school volunteers and their parents.
Miriam is 19. She also graduated from Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh and went to seminary at Beit Chana in Tzefat. She is now a shlucha in the Yeshiva Schools high school here and loves it.
Anyway, we want to express our deep thanks to you and wish you and Abrams all the best!
Moshe & Batsheva Barber
Each year, more than 250,000 students are exposed to MATHCOUNTS materials and activities in their schools. Approximately 140,000 students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the State and Defense Department school systems worldwide participate annually in school MATHCOUNTS competitions, with about 40,000 students participating at the chapter competitions.
MATHCOUNTS was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Foundation. MATHCOUNTS is made possible through the generosity of corporations, foundations and individuals.
Congratulations to Mrs. Lamkey’s math students who qualified to compete in this year’s school Mathcounts Competition.
Joshua Beigman Yair Berzofsky
Samuel Doshna Ronen Adler
Brielle Zemer Samuel Nulman
Layla Markman Eric Dolitsky
Romy Zemer Allen Resnick
A special recognition goes out to our 7th Grade student Joshua Beigman who finished in 9th place in the Bucks County Chapter of MATHCOUNTS where 111 students competed.
Excellent job Josh!
NYT Article/Israel Trip
I read a very interesting article in the New York Times (link attached below) that is indicative of the siege against Jews not only in Israel, but throughout Europe. Jews all over the world are facing rampant anti-Semitism, and it is important for us to recognize these attacks for what they are and to fight against them in whatever way possible.
I again considered the wisdom of making the trip to Israel this year, and my conclusion is that I believe showing solidarity with Israel is the right thing to do if it is at all possible to do so safely.
I invite any adults who want to join us on this trip to let me know as soon as possible. Three out of the 4 hotels where we will be staying are 5 star establishments, and the tour will take us from the North to the South of Israel. We are particularly fortunate to be able to include a visit to the Knesset and a meeting with Michael Oren, current Knesset member and former Israeli ambassador to the U.S.
I believe that our itinerary competes with any commercial tour you can book, and the trip will demonstrate our support for our fellow Jews. The itinerary is attached below.
Abrams Hebrew Academy students once again wrote letters to Israeli soldiers that will be distributed along with Shalach Manot by officials from ZOA during Purim.
The letters were touching, warm, and representative of the love of Israel and Zionism that is an integral part of the Abrams experience.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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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Information about the Extra
Please submit any information to be considered for inclusion in the Extra to Dale Sattin, Director of Development & Communications: email@example.com. (215) 493-1800 ext. 22 by
Wednesday of the target week.
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