Abrams Extra 5.12.15


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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Schedule End of School
The Budowsphere
EITC Dates
Message From Ellen Hartenstein
Office Dave Make the Minyan
Math League Winners
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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June 12, 2015/ 25 Sivan
Candle Lighting 8:11 pm/ Shelach


Last Day of School 


summer reading  

Last Day of School Year


Friday, June 12, 2015


10:00 a.m.  Awards Program


**Dismissal: 12:30 pm**





Have a Great Summer!!

The Budowsphere


Rabbi Budow  

The Budowsphere

It is the end of the school year and a fitting time to circle back to one of my first messages of the year discussing the importance of dividing classes into small, individualized groups to maximize learning for each child.

Just a few weeks ago, Mrs. Lamkey, our math teacher extraordinaire, led our middle school Math League participants to achieve first, second, and third place wins in the Pennsylvania Math League competition. How does a small day school in Yardley achieve such incredible results?

Obviously, our students are extremely intelligent, but equally important is the fact that Abrams is a great place to learn and to teach. Mrs. Lamkey’s math class is divided into small groups, so she is able to teach a few students at a time and devote attention to each of them according to their abilities. She does not have to try to teach 20 children at varying levels at the same time.

Abrams made a commitment to provide enough staff and resources to provide individual attention to each of our students, and that effort was rewarded with great success. This is a historic accomplishment to end the school year- Abrams is #1, #2, and #3 in Bucks County- an incredible achievement for our small school in bucolic Yardley, PA.

Have a great summer-

Rabbi Ira Budow






Important EITC Date


EITC/OSTC Applications Due!

July 1, 2015 is the date to submit NEW EITC/OSTC applications. 


Please talk to Rabbi Budow if you are interested in participating in the EITC program this year. It is a win-win program that provides a tax credit for your business and much-needed additional revenue for the school. 

If you or a friend, colleague, or relative may be eligible, PLEASE contact Rabbi Budow.

Message From Ellen Hartenstein


My dear friends,

Words cannot express the gratitude that I have towards all of you who have sent me good wishes for my upcoming retirement. I am overwhelmed by the amazing brunch that many of you attended. It was most gratifying to see all the alumni who came to take me down memory lane.

The library dedicated in my name is an honor that I will never forget. I am retiring but I will never leave Abrams as it is and will remain an important part of my life. I am honored to have spent 37 years at Abrams doing what I love and working with people that I respect and admire. If you want to stay in touch, I am a phone call away.

Warmest wishes,

Ellen Hartenstein


Officer Dave Makes the Minyan


Q: What do you do when the 8th graders have graduated and you find yourself one short for the minyan???

A: You call Officer Dave Fleischman, of course! Officer Dave is one of our Yardley Borough police officers who provides security at the school, and he did double duty as the 10th man for the minyan when called to action by Rabbi O.

Many thanks to Officer Dave for saving the day!


AHA Math League Contest Winners


Pennsylvania Math League Contest

In the past few months Mrs. Lamkey’s 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Grade math students participated in the Pennsylvania Math League Contest.  This contest consists of questions from different areas of mathematics, and its goal is to encourage student interest and confidence in mathematics through problem solving.  

Results of the Spring 2015 

PA Math League:


Congratulations to 8th Graders!

The Abrams Hebrew Academy Team placed 1st in all of Bucks County!!  



The team consists of Ben Doshna, Ezra Kline, Ethan Schwartz, Ethan Schuman, and Elisha Gordan.

Ezra Kline, Ben Doshna, and Elisha Gordan placed first, second, and third in Bucks County for their individual high scores.

Congratulations to 7th Graders!

The Abrams Hebrew Academy Team placed 3rd in all of Bucks County!!




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


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