Abrams Extra 3/4/16

Abrams Extra March 4, 2016



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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Community Family Fun Event
Early Friday Dismissal Ends
Spring Book Fair
Israel Trip News
IDF Visit
Go Fund Me Website
Girl Scout Cookies
After School Fitness Program
Basketball Practice Schedule
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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March 4, 2016/  24 Adar I
Candle Lighting 5:38 pm/ Vayakhel


Abrams Community Family Fun Day

Purchase your tickets between TODAY, Friday, March 4, 2016 and
Monday, March 7, 2016 and pay only $250 per family! 
That’s a $110 discount 
from the regular price of $360





Early Friday Dismissal Ends
Spring forward clock
Early Friday Dismissal Ends TODAY!


Remember- regular dismissal time (3:45) starts next week- 
Friday, March 11, 2016

Rabbi Budow
I have witnessed many events during my 35 years as director of Abrams Hebrew Academy, but I believe that yesterday’s event with 12 IDF soldiers was the best for me emotionally. These young soldiers came to the school and spoke with the students, prayed with them, danced with them, and expressed their enthusiasm and devotion to serving Israel in every encounter with our children during the day.
The highlight of the day for me was watching the students and soldiers with Yoshua Solomon and Rabbi Katz as they sang, danced, and celebrated Judaism with music! Listening to the voices of our children singing Jewish songs in unison with the soldiers was an experience that I will treasure forever.
Later, as I thought about the event I posed the question:”What really is education?”  Memorization is not education- you memorize something today and the facts are gone tomorrow. True education is a thought or experience that stays with you forever. Each person who was at the event with the soldiers this week will never forget the feelings that were evoked. These twelve young men, enjoying themselves completely with our AHA family, offered a lesson in what Abrams is all about- we are a school that truly promotes and embraces Zionism in a way that few other schools anywhere in the world are doing. Our commitment to Israel and Judaism is the lesson learned that will last forever.
Rabbi Ira Budow


Spring Book Fair
Auction books 2013
Spring Book Fair
Monday, March 7, 206-
Thursday, March 10, 2016
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Volunteers Needed!
Please contact Meryl Widensky at
*Please note that tax will be added to 
all book fair purchases

Israel Trip News
The 8th grade class trip to Israel will now include a visit to Southern Israel during the second week of the tour. The AHA group will stay in Eilat at the Isrotel Sports Hotel, visit Mitzpa Ramon, the “Great Crater,” and celebrate Shabbat at a beach service.
This year’s trip will be fun, informative, and spiritually moving, as always!

IDF Visit
Israeli Soldiers Visit AHA
IDF soldiers speaking to students
Soldiers dancing with students to music provided by Rabbi Katz
Addressing students in the chapel
Davening in the Bristol Center
Abrams was privileged to host a group of visiting IDF soldiers on Tuesday. The soldiers spent the morning interacting with our students, participating in school activities, and discussing their lives in Israel and the services they perform in the Army. It was a fun, informative, and exciting day for our AHA community.

GoFundMe- Vests for IDF Unit
Meir Moskowitz


Help Purchase Vests for IDF Unit
A GoFundMe website has been set up to assist Meir Moskowitz, Abrams alumnus and son of art teacher Donna Moskowitz, whose IDF unit is in desperate need of bullet proof artillery vests. If you would like to donate, please click below and feel free to share the link.



Girl Scout Cookies
girl scout
Sale ends on March 13!
Act now to 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.
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After School Fitness
   fitness face
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

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Information about the Extra

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