Abrams Extra 6/3/16

Abrams Extra June 3, 2016



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In This Issue
Candle Lighting
8th Grade Graduation
Lirbary Books
Matching Grant Opportunity
AHA Class of 2012
Abrams Field Day
Better Together Year End
Letter from Gail Liebmann
Homefront Tzedakah
Lunch Menu
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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June 3, 2016/  26 Iyar
Candle Lighting 8:07 pm/ Bechutotai


Rabbi Budow   
This year’s graduation ceremonies will be very different than the usual. Abrams will follow the 2016 graduation with a musical celebration that will rock the house!
We are honored to welcome a guest speaker for the first time this year. Allen L. Rothenberg, Esquire, who is a noted attorney and Jewish philanthropist whose reputation is world-wide, has agreed to speak, and we look forward to hearing his words of wisdom.
We also welcome Yeshua Solomon, a true musical genius, who will provide the music at the graduation ceremony and also entertain us at the party to follow.
Abrams invites everyone to attend the graduation and the party that will include refreshments, musical entertainment, and dancing. We promise that this will be a fun and lively event-truly a fitting send-off to our graduates. If you have never heard Solomon you will be amazed!!
Please join us to celebrate this joyous occasion with our children –


Mazal Tov to Everyone!!

8th Grade Graduation
2016 AHA Graduation
Monday, June 6, 2016
7:00 p.m.

Library Books



Return Library Books TODAY!


All library books
MUST be returned by:




TODAY– Friday, June 3, 2016


**8th Grade Students- 
Please make sure to turn your books in to the library before graduation!

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 Class of 2012 College Choices
Class of 2012 
Gabrielle Aboudi- Bar Ilan University; Rutgers 2017
Jackie Baker- Bloomsburg University
Jesse Blumenthal- Univ. of Pittsburgh
Heather Brandspiegel- Univ. of Delaware
Rebecca Chanin- Rutgers (Honors Program)
Lindsay Chevlin- Barnard College
Phillip Dolitsky- Shalavim, Israel; Yeshiva Univ. 2017
Georgia Gobora- Syracuse Univ.
Aaron Katlin- Mercer County Community College
Moshe Krumbein- Gush Yeshiva, Israel; YU 2017
Eliana Lindenberg-Gap Yr. Israel; Stern College 2017
Shifra Lindenberg-Gap Yr. Israel; Stern College 2017
Jordan Lulu- Temple University
Benjamin Mizrahi- Drexel University
Rebecca Ohayon- Gap Yr
Maya Rosen- Midreshet Emunah V’Omanut, Israel; Stern College 2017
Ari Rosen- University of Delaware
Rachel Rubenstein- Penn State University
Jeremy Schachter- University of Maryland
David Schatz- Temple University
Evan Simmens- The Technion, Israel
Tali Weg- Midrasha Lindenbaum, Israel;
Macaulay Honors College at Queens 2017
Mazal Tov to all of these AHA Alumni!

Girls and STEM
On May 26, 2016 14 Abrams middle school girls and Mrs. Lamkey and Mrs. Hamacher joined with schools across Bucks County to participate in a “girlSTEM” conference, an initiative of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit sponsored by the United Way of Bucks County’s Women’s Initiative and held at Delaware Valley University located in Doylestown PA.
These girls got a taste of the college experience as they chose 4 different classes to attend.  The speakers were women from the local area with careers that highlight Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Our students attended workshops that included color design, computer programming using an Arduino microprocessor to create a light grid, paramedicine and flight nursing, and extracting DNA from strawberries.


Girls in STEM – Yes, you can!   

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)



End of Year at Abrams Residence
Better Together Program 
Year-End Celebration
The 8th grade made their year-end visit to the Abrams Residence on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The occasion was celebrated with a great lunch, dessert (of course), and a pictorial slide show that highlighted the year’s monthly visits. There was music, singing, conversation, and lots of time to schmooze and say “goodbye.”
The students gave the seniors a Dor L’Dor award in gratitude for the sharing of Chesed, and the seniors gifted AHA students with a book that included letters of support and love telling “their” children how much the visits have meant to their lives. Quotes include: “Once a month you brought us joy;” “I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” “you’ve made my stay here a very happy and joyous occasion.”
Abrams is incredibly grateful to the Legacy Heritage Fund for the opportunity to bring these two groups of people together. “Better Together” is a mitzvah program that is heartwarming and meaningful to everyone who participates in it.
Our students are awesome and loving, and the Abrams community is proud of them!
L’Dor V’Dor!

Better Together Letter from Gail Liebmann
Dear Abrams Students,
Having been a teacher for many years (a teacher in a Hebrew School, no less), kids have always written thank you letters to me. Now I (not as your teacher) am writing to thank you. Thank you for coming to visit me here at Abrams. Thank you for finding me, and thank you for acting as if we have known one another for a long time.
I have some good memories of children from when I was a teacher. One of my best memories is remembering that I overheard one kid asking another, “Who is your teacher this year?” He answered, “Mrs. Liebmann.” The first kid said, “Gee, you’re lucky.” I’ve worked with kids long enough to know that I was the lucky one.
Now, when I need you most, as I am no longer a teacher, you kids from Abrams are here to visit me. There will be others coming after me. I ask just one thing of you: Keep visiting them. They may not say so, but they’re glad you’re there. And when you grow up, make sure that your kids will be around to visit the older people who may not realize how much fun it is to work with kids like you who care – even about people they really don’t know.
Please say “thank you” to your teacher for thinking to bring you here so I can live the rest of my life remembering having met caring kids like you. Just keep doing what you’re doing. Enjoy your summer!
Mrs. Gail Liebmann



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.



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


Share Abrams News With Others

Is there a family member (such as a grandparent) or friend who would be interested in hearing about everything going on at Abrams?  Sign them up for our e-mail list today!  Please contact the Main Office.

Information about the Extra

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