We are at the time of year at Abrams when fundraising issues dominate our thoughts and actions, and I’d like to tell you about a few people who are heroes in our school, although you probably don’t know these individuals at all.
When the school was located in Trenton, NJ, a NJ family made a very nice donation to the Academy each year. When the Trenton Hebrew Academy moved to Yardley, PA and became Abrams Hebrew Academy, this family continued to donate every year. I was very surprised that they still gave to our annual campaign, especially since their children were grown and they had no real connection to PA. Through the years I reached out to the woman numerous times and tried to set a meeting with her so that I could express my thanks in person, but she told me not to waste my time on visiting her, and insisted that it was her pleasure to provide her support. I recently called her, and she said, “I love Abrams so much that I have arranged that my contributions will continue even when I am gone.” This is a woman who gives charity as the Torah commands, with no fanfare, no gifts, and no recognition- she just does what she thinks is right.
As you all know, I have been immersed in increasing participation in the EITC program on behalf of the school, and I have met two incredible people who have helped us enormously; Elliot Holtz and Stanley Goldis, CPA. Both of these men are volunteers with the Jewish Scholarship LLC, the corporation formed on behalf of Jewish day schools that allows individuals to participate in the PA EITC program. It is because of the efforts of Elliot and Stanley that our local day schools are receiving the funding that they need to survive. A favorite story of mine occurred when Elliot and I were trying to convince Jim McCaffrey to participate in EITC. Jim asked Elliot if he was a paid employee, and Elliot told Jim that no, he was a volunteer, and that all of the money Jim donated would go
to the school. Elliot’s answer impressed Jim and made enough of an impact that he finally said “yes!”
I have met Stanley more recently, but cannot say enough about this man’s devotion to day schools. He is a busy accountant with offices in Philadelphia and has never set foot in our school, but he has taken all of my calls and answered all of my emails as I drove him crazy with my questions and needs, even during his busiest tax seasons.
I am sure that you do not know either Elliot or Stanley, but they have helped raise millions of dollars to benefit not only Abrams, but all of the area day schools. Neither of these “heroes” gets any reward for what they do- they do it for l’shem shamayim (“in the name of heaven.”) When you act l’shem shamayim, you have no ulterior motive, no ego involved.
Finally, I would like to thank and give credit to Mark Merkovitz, the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks, who has referred several people to us who participated in EITC on our behalf and provided substantial financial benefit to the school. Again, Mark does this solely for the sake of Jewish education and providing financial aid to qualified students who would not otherwise be able to afford private school.
All of these people I mentioned have been AHA unsung heroes who just want to do mitzvot without drawing attention to themselves or reaping any rewards other than knowing they are performing middot.
I think that all of us can learn a great deal from these exemplary people.
Rabbi Ira Budow
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!
2018 Annual Matching Campaign
2018 ANNUAL ON-LINE CHARIDY MATCHING CAMPAIGN
Our annual matching fundraising campaign (organized through Charidy) will be held for 24 hours starting Tuesday, March 13 at 1 pm. Donations on-line will be recorded as they are made, so you will be able to see your donation and monitor our progress at: charidy.com/abrams.
This is our opportunity to raise the funds we need to ensure that Abrams can continue to provide a stellar education to our children and also honor our dedicated faculty and staff members who have devoted 10 years or more of service to the Abrams community.
It is not too early to make your donation- it will be added to our total on the day of the campaign and will quadrupled in value!
A $100 donation = $400 thanks to our generous benefactors who have provided this great opportunity to maximize your gift.
Please note that all donations of $1,000 and more will qualify for a display ad on our digital monitor outside of the office. Your ad will run for the entire year and be seen by everyone who comes into the school. Send your CAMERA-READY ads to firstname.lastname@example.org so that they can be uploaded to our monitor as soon as possible!
Volunteers are needed on March 13 and March 14 to make calls! If you are able to volunteer, even for a short period of time, please let Ellen Weiss email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org know as soon as possible. Last year the volunteers had a lot of fun, so please consider joining us in helping Abrams once again achieve its goal.
More information to follow…..
Why Do You Love Abrams?
Our 24 hour on-line Charidy campaign begins at 1 pm, Tuesday, March 13! We want this to be the most exciting and successful fundraising effort ever, so please help in any way you can. All of the proceeds benefit our children and enable Abrams to continue to thrive. You can donate now, or beginning at 1 pm on March 13 at Abrams 2018 Charidy Campaign.
Please create a very short video (one minute or less) from you or your children telling everyone why you love Abrams and what makes it special to your family. The videos will be used as part of our social media outreach, so please send them as soon as possible!
Please email videos to Debra Goldfarb (email@example.com)
Once again, Abrams students in grade 4-8 participated in the STEM K’nex challenge offered to Pennsylvania schools from Fisher Scientific.
Students gave up their recess time to work as a team to answer the challenge, which was to build an eco-friendly home appliance. The winning teams will compete at the Bucks County level on March 6th and 7th.
Team “All Stars”:
Aviel Zur, Jacob and Sophia Lane, Yardenah Weinstein
Team “K’nex Masters”:
Mikael Segal, Zach Katz, Talya Weiss and Ariel Shavit
Team “FANtastic” :
David Goldfarb, Eden Shavit, Michaela Eley and Shayna Swartz
Team “#JJSA” :
Jordan Matlis, Asher Kahlon, Jeremy Swartz, Shalev Mizrachi
Good luck to all of our winners at the Bucks County competition on March 6 and 7th!
Special thanks to our parent judges- Jenny Zilberberg, Ellen Hartenstein, and Monica Matlis for judging the competition and sharing their expertise with the teams
Contact Meryl Widensky:
PTO Pampered Chef Fundraiser
PTO Pampered Chef Pre-Pesach Fundraiser
Order on-line between March 12-19 and Abrams will receive up to 15% of total guest sales!
Please RSVP to Elena Epelboim, Early Childhood Education Director (215) 671-1981; firstname.lastname@example.org
by March 1st, 2018
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
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
“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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. (215) 493-1800 ext. 22 by
Wednesday of the target week.
Abrams 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 Hebrew Academy, 31 West College Avenue, Yardley, PA 19067