Abrams Extra 5.29.15


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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Schedule End of School
The Budowsphere
EITC Dates
Abrams Residence Visit
Soup Kitchen Visit
Library Books Due
Field Day
Art Show
Sharim v’Sharot Concert
School Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
School Spirit Day
Car Pool Rules

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May 29, 2015/ 11 Sivan
Candle Lighting 8:02 pm/ Nasso


Schedule for End of School Year


grad cap  

8th Grade Graduation!!


Thursday, June 4, 2015


7:00 pm


Last Day of school for all other grades:

Friday, June 12, 2015


10:00 a.m.  Awards Program


**Dismissal: 12:30 pm**




The Budowsphere


Rabbi Budow  

The Budowsphere


This Sunday will be a historic day at AHA. We will celebrate Ellen Hartenstein’s lifetime of achievement as an educator and administrator at the school. It is no surprise that 250 people will share in this Simcha- Ellen has touched hundreds of lives throughout the years and deserves all of the accolades she will receive at this party in her honor.

The celebration will last about two hours and includes a delicious brunch, a dedication ceremony, music and dessert. I am sure that everyone will be touched by this unique tribute, and we plan to use this event as the prototype for a new direction for our annual fundraising event next year.

The good news is that Ellen’s family will remain close to the school- her grandchildren attend Abrams, and Ellen has agreed to volunteer as needed, as well. We send a hearty Mazal Tov to Ellen and her entire family!

We are happy to say that we have another Simcha next week- Thursday evening we will celebrate our 8th grade graduation.  The program includes a professional video production of our adventures in Israel during our trip, and it is truly a masterpiece. It demonstrates all of the reasons that we take this journey every year- we see highlights of our experiences at the most compelling historic sites ranging from Jerusalem to Rachel’s tomb to Hebron, we relive the Torah dedication, the Judaic graduation ceremony, and so many of the other special and extraordinary things that we did during our sojourn in the Holy Land.




At my wife’s suggestion, one of the songs accompanying the video is “Hallelujah,” written by Leonard Cohen and performed by the Israeli Army orchestra. It is a moving and beautiful accompaniment to the video and a fitting tribute to this special graduating class. Each of our graduates will receive a copy of the video, and we look forward to sharing this Simcha with our students and their families on Thursday night.

Finally, I want to appeal once again to everyone who might be eligible to participate in the EITC program to join me and my wife at my house on Sunday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the opportunities for both business owners and the school to benefit from this program. The application date for EITC is exactly a month away (July 1, 2015), so please come and help us to continue the work of educating Jewish children in a Jewish environment.


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 join Rabbi Budow at his home:

Sunday, June 8, 2015

7:30 pm

Elliot Holtz, a Federation representative and EITC expert, will be on hand to explain the program and answer any questions you may have.

End of Year at Abrams Residence

Our 8th grade students made their final trip to the Abrams Residence to conclude a year-long experience with “their” seniors. It was a bittersweet celebration, since our students and the seniors shared food, stories, art projects, and songs together during the monthly programs- everybody hated to see the visits come to an end.

Abrams students presented a video photo collage of images taken during the monthly get-togethers, and the seniors presented us with a beautiful book filled with photos, letters, and positive comments about the program. Of course, there was also lots of conversation and food!
Even though this special experience has ended for our current graduating class, we are looking forward to next year when the new 8th grade students will participate in the program.
Abrams Hebrew Academy and the Abrams Residence are grateful to the Legacy Heritage Fund for their generous sponsorship of the “Better Together” program. It has been a huge success and incredibly meaningful to everyone involved.


Soup Kitchen Visit

Ms. Abramowitz’s 8th Grade will be going to do Community Service at TASK (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen) on Monday, June 1.




Abrams would like to recognize an exceptional group of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade women who attended a Women in STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math)  workshop at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown last Thursday.

The girls attended workshops in reverse engineering, careers in pharmaceutical research,  tissue engineering and regenerative medicine  and computer programming.

Mrs. Lamkey and Mrs. Hamacher had an amazing day with a group of talented young women.



Library Books Due


Auction books 2013

Library Books Due 

Monday, June 1, 2015


Please return all library books to Mrs. Galing 

by Monday, June 1, 2015!


AHA 5th Grade Field Day


 AHA Field Day


Grade 5 Only

New Date:

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

12:45 pm-3:30 pm


Grades 1-3

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

9 am-11:45 am


Grade 4

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

12:45 pm-3:30 pm


Art Show


Annual AHA Art Show

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

10:30 a.m.


 Parents are invited!

View the students’ art work from this past year and hear what they have to say about their masterpieces. 

Presentation starts  promptly at 10:30.


Sharim v’Sharot Concert


Mercer Maestros: Jewish Composers 

in the Capital County

Sharim v’Sharot in Concert


Dr. Elayne Robinson Grossman, 

Music Director and Conductor

Sunday, May 31, 2015
2 PM
Adath Israel Congregation
1958 Lawrenceville Road 
Lawrenceville, New Jersey



School Lunch Menu
lunch menu

** Note Menu Change

Monday- Pasta w/sauce

**Tuesday – NO MEAT!!!- Perogies

Wednesday – Pizza

Thursday – Espresso Café Day

Friday – Fish Sandwiches


French Fries


Fresh Fruit /Veggies





Daily Extras

Bagels/Cream Cheese/Butter



Individual Lunch- $5.00 per day


Cost per Month:


June                    45.00


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!



Friday School Spirit Day


Show your AHA School Spirit!


Spirit Day Fridays 

Order Abrams Land’s End logo attire at:

Lands End Ordering

Questions? Contact the Abrams PTO at


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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