Abrams Extra 5/24/19

Abrams Extra May 24, 2019



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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
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Important Financial Aid Information
Israel Celebration
Jewish Festival
AHA Summer FUNdraiser
TerraNova Testing
Toiletries Drive
Kehillah Fall Soccer
EITC Update
Jerusalem Mural Wall
Digital Advertising Board
Donation Bricks
Security Reminders
Donor Support
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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Weekly Blog - May 24, 2019
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Rabbi Ira Budow


New Financial Aid Information
June 5, 2019 EITC Deadline
June 5, 2019 EITC Deadline
New Deadline to Submit 
Financial Information
to the ISTS Portal!!
5:00 pm, June 5, 2019


There will be only ONE ROUND OF EITC FUNDING awarded per academic year.


Families will have access to the ISTS portal until Wednesday, June 5th @ 5:00 pm. 


**If you have not applied for financial aid please do so NOW. If you still have items missing on your application please complete them immediately.**


No financial aid will be awarded if the scholarship application is not submitted complete with all required information by 5 pm, June 5, 2019. 
If your financial information is not complete and submitted via the ISTS portal by the deadline you will not be eligible for financial aid for 2019-20.


Israel Celebration 
Our Israel Celebration was a success!  
Thanks to Rabbi Budow, Rabbi O and Morah Sonia for planning a great event.  Special thanks to all of the teachers and staff for all of their hard work.

Bucks County Jewish Festival

We are looking for volunteers to help at the Jewish festival.  Please contact Debra Goldfarb, dgoldfarb@abramsonline.org for more information or to volunteer.

AHA Summer FUNdraiser




AHA Summer FUNdraiser
Monday, May 13, 2019-Friday, May 24, 2019
Purchase Pampered Chef products 
and raise money for Abrams!
Help Abrams earn up to 15% of the total sales. 
Spend $75 and earn FREE select items!
Questions? Need help with your order?
Nancy Kleinman, Senior Consultant- 
(215) 499-2946

TerraNova Testing

TerraNova (Standardized) Testing
We will be administering the TerraNova exam to our students in Grades 3-8 on the mornings of  Tuesday, May 28, Wednesday, May 29 and Friday, May 31.
We ask that you make sure students eat a good breakfast those mornings and come to school on time. Please also make sure to send several Number 2 pencils into school.
The TerraNova is the standardized test administered by most of the private schools in our areas, as well as many Jewish Day Schools throughout the region.
If you have any questions, please contact 
Mrs. Kornsgold.


Toiletries Drive for the Homeless

Spring Toiletries Drive
Please donate NEW personal care items to benefit the homeless. These items are being collected by Ms. Abramowitz’s classes. The students will deliver the donated toiletries to Homefront, where the items will be distributed to its residents. 
This is another opportunity to teach our children the importance of performing mitzvot for our community members who are less fortunate. 
Many thanks to Audrey Abramowitz and Janet Zuazo for their dedication to this cause.
Suggested items include:
Toothbrushes, Toothpaste
Shampoo, Conditioner
Shower Gel
Baby Lotion
Other personal care items


All items should be delivered to
Ms. Abramowitz
Room 34
Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2019


Kehillah Fall Sunday Soccer

EITC Update



The PA House Education Committee approved a bill to expand the EITC program from $110 million to $210 million. If passed, this will be great news for the EITC program.
Please consider participating in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. EITC allows you to
redirect your PA taxes to fund critical scholarships to income-qualifying students at our school, and you may participate as an individual and/or through your business. 
You can learn more by visiting www.jsllc.org. Feel free to email Gwen Horowitz, JSLLC Executive Director, at gwen@jewishscholarshipllc.com or Debra Goldfarb at
dgoldfarb@abramsonline.org  for more information.
Your support for our students is deeply appreciated. 

Jerusalem Mural Wall

Jerusalem Mural Wall 
Please consider participating in the Jerusalem Mural project commemorating the 20th anniversary of the annual Israel Trip.
A $360 donation earns you a line with your name (along with two other donors) on a plaque on the steps.

Digital Advertising Board



As a thank you for your contribution to our Annual Fundraising Drive, we are offering free advertising on our digital advertising board for one year.
Please email an advertisement in JPG format to Debra Goldfarb, dgoldfarb@abramsonline.org.



Bricks in the Link

Buy a Brick on the Link Wall and
Support AHA



Support Abrams by purchasing a commemorative brick on the wall in the Link for a $100 donation. The bricks are made of colored Plexiglas and visibly located on the wall outside the gym.
Buy a brick to commemorate a special occasion- it is a wonderful and lasting gift to celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah,  birthday, anniversary, graduation, or to recognize the memory of a loved one or friend.
Your donation will be acknowledged to the recipient, and Abrams will benefit from your donation.


Please contact the office if you would like to purchase a brick.



“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.


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!




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.
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



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.
Some of these generous people are:
Expert Home Care
McCaffrey’s Food Market
Team Toyota
Swartz & Culleton
Rothenberg Law Firm
Flager & Associates
Princeton Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Marcus & Auerbach


Marlowe, Zwillenberg & Ghaderi
Your Eyes Center

Espresso Cafe

Center For SmartLipo & Plastic Surgery
* 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.


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 Dress Code
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 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 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 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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