Abrams Extra 5/20/16

Abrams Extra May 20, 2016



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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Knesset Tour
Matching Grant Opportunity
K’Nex Competition
Science Field Trip
Homefront Tzedakah
Sharim v”Sharot
Kehillah Spring Festival
Spring Concert
Abrams Field Day
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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Candle Lighting 7:56 pm/ Emor


Abrams Visits the Knesset
Our 8th grade trip to Israel is in full swing. The group enjoyed a special guided tour of the Knesset kindly arranged by former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. and current member of the Knesset, Dr. Michael Oren.

Matching Grant Opportunity


Abrams will be eligible for a $100,000 matching grant funded by the Legacy Heritage Fund starting June 13, 2016 and ending June 20, 2016.

For the past year, members of the AHA board of directors, along with several key administrators, have participated in governance and fund raising training conducted by coaches from the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE). This training has significantly improved our fund raising skills, and we have now qualified to participate in the Match program.
Abrams will earn matching funds for gifts that meet the program’s criteria. Qualifying donations are:
  1.  New gifts of at least $1800;
  2. New alumni gifts of $500 or more; and
  3. Current gifts (minimum $1800) that are increased by at least 50%.
Please help Abrams to obtain this much-needed extra funding. If you are able to increase your donation to the school this year, or if you know someone who might want to support the school who either has not done so in the past or is able to increase his/her donation, now is the time to take this opportunity to make these contributions even larger!
Your generosity enables Abrams to thrive and grow as the premier Jewish day school in the area, and Abrams appreciates your support.


Donate between June 13, 2016 and June 20, 2016 to help Abrams achieve its goal and earn $100,000 in matching funds.

AHA Students in Harrisburg at 
K’Nex Competition


Sam Doshna, Abner Gordon, and Joseph Couzens, three of Abrams 7th grade students, along with Mrs. Lamkey and Mrs. Hamacher, drove to Harrisburg to compete in the state K’nex design challenge sponsored by Fischer Scientific on Friday, May 13, 2016.
The AHA students won the Bucks County competition, prevailing over 63 other schools, for the opportunity to compete in the State-wide finals.
Although they did not win this year, the boys had a great experience and lots of fun. It was a huge accomplishment, since this was the first time Abrams has competed at the State level.
Kudos to Sam, Abner, and Joseph, along with Mrs. Hamacher and Mrs. Lamkey!


Science Field Trip
On Monday, May 16th, 2016 a group of 8th graders and Mrs. Hamacher visited the University of Pennsylvania research labs. The visit included a cellular research lab, light wave mechanics, and a tour of the Nanotechnology Center.
Below is an image of the Abrams of logo, inscribed onto one human hair!



Collecting Toiletries to Benefit Homefront
Mrs. Abramowitz and her English classes want to help
the community around them and have chosen to hold a drive to benefit Homefront.
Homefront is a NJ organization that helps homeless families become self-sufficient by offering services and assistance to over 14,000 families a year.
Homefront needs donations of personal hygiene items to be distributed to homeless individuals living in its shelters. 100% of all money collected by Abrams students will be used to purchase toiletries.
You can participate in two ways:
  • Purchase or donate unused personal hygiene items such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste etc.;
  • Donate money- (change is okay!)
Collection Dates:
May 15- June 10
Collection box- Room 34 (3rd floor)
Thank you for your generosity and for helping Abrams to teach tzdekah to our students.



Sharim v’Sharot
Unending Love Performance
May 22, 2016
3 PM
Congregation Beth El
375 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, PA
Tickets: $15
Sharim v’Sharot, (People of Song,) a choral foundation under the leadership of Dr. Elayne Robinson Grossman, Conductor and Music Director, will perform songs of love from a Jewish perspective. They will also perform the world premiere of “Unending Love” by Dr. Jay A. Kawarsky, Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.
or call 609-222-4647


***** Any Abrams student can receive admission at 1/2 price if accompanied by a full paying adult. 




Kehillah Spring Festival
Kehillah of Old York Road
Spring Festival
Sunday, May 22, 2016
12 pm-4 pm
Mandel Campus
7605 Old York Road
  • Kosher Food
  • Raffles
  • Entertainment
  • More
Free Admission



Spring Concert
 Abrams Spring Musical Presentation
Thursday May 26, 2016
1:30 – 2:30
AHA Auditorium
Instrumental music students will play the guitar, saxophone and trumpet.
Third grade students have been studying with Dr. Grossman and will play the soprano recorder in groups and individually.
All are welcome to attend
Come and enjoy the music!




Abrams Field Day
Field Day
AHA Field Day
2016 Olympics
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Grades 1-3 (9 am- 11:45 am)
Grades 4-5 (12:45 pm-3:30 pm)



EITC Participation for Individuals
The Foundation for Jewish Day Schools, which  has been approved as a Special Purpose Entity (SPE), just announced that there is an opportunity for AHA to receive extra EITC funding from people who sign up for the program NOW.
This means that individuals who pay individual income taxes to PA can now participate in the EITC program by joining the SPE before the regular sign-up date of July 1, 2016.
****Remember- you no longer have to own a business to participate in EITC.  EVERYONE who pays taxes in PA can support the school and gain a tax credit by applying to the EITC program.
This is a great opportunity for Abrams families and supporters who pay at least $5000 in PA State taxes to help themselves and Abrams through their participation in the program and for Abrams to receive the money sooner.
If you qualify, please take this opportunity to help the school and benefit from a tax credit for yourself. If you know someone whom you believe qualifies and would be interested in helping to ensure Abrams’ future, please ask them if we can contact them. The future of OUR school depends on raising funds, and EITC is a win-win for everyone.
The process is not difficult, and the Foundation for Jewish Day Schools will provide guidance on this process so that you can participate as an individual.
Call Rabbi Budow at (215) 584-7919; or contact Ellen Matz at ematz@jfgp.org; or call (215) 832-0525 for more information.
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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


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Information about the Extra

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Wednesday of the target week.


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