This week was the beginning of the school year, and the students were eager to use their beautiful, newly completed playground. Of course, they were only able to stay outside for a brief period of time due to the extreme heat, but once the weather cools down they will be able to enjoy their enhanced and improved outdoor space for many years to come!
This marks my 38th year as director of Abrams, but that is not the relevant number this year. The importance of this year is that it marks the 20th anniversary of our annual 8th grade school trip to Israel. Over the last 20 years we have taken over 500 students and hundreds of parents and family members to Israel, and I know that there are not many day schools that can boast of a record equal to ours.
In looking back over the past 20 years I recall some key moments and experiences which I would like to share with you. In 2003, as the Intifada raged and almost no American Jews or other tourists were willing to visit the country in fear of the violence, Abrams persevered and made the difficult decision to take the trip anyway. Almost the entire class decided to participate, and I remember how grateful people at the hotels and other hospitality industries were for our support. I even asked one of the hotel managers to remember our loyalty when things were calm again and tourism resumed!
Noteworthy in our trips is our commitment to visiting the entire country- not just the typical, tourist sites. Some schools are reluctant to visit Yad Vashem, worried that it might be too upsetting to their students; some avoid areas they deem too ‘dangerous” for their group, such as Hebron, the Cave of Machpelah, and Beit Lechem. On our trip last year I was thrilled to share a “Facebook Live” from Machpelah with our Abrams family in the U.S., and I am always proud that we travel the length and breadth of the country with our group. We visit all of the religiously significant sites in Israel, and much, much more.
Graduations at the Kotel, where we award the Judaic Studies diplomas, have been a beautiful and meaningful experience for all of our graduates. Rabbi Eldad Gutel has kindly escorted the Abrams group to the Kotel, the Army base near Beit Lechem, and the Grave of Rachel. Each year Abrams donates a Torah to the IDF, and there is a wonderful celebration including singing and dancing leading up to the dedication ceremony.
Of course, as anyone who knows me would guess, sports are always included on our trips! Over the years I have become good friends with Tal Brody, the father of basketball in Israel, and he has provided us the opportunity to see Maccabi Tel Aviv games, tour the arena, and even go into the locker rooms with the students.
Sharon Abergel, an Israeli native whom many of you know, accompanied us on the Israel trip 2 years ago with his daughter’s class, and he told me that it was the best trip he ever took! He said that he saw and did things in Israel that he had never experienced before, and that statement was a tremendous compliment, indeed.
I would particularly like to thank my friend and colleague Rabbi Isaac Leizerowski, who has accompanied us on every Israel trip and generously provides his wisdom and insights as the trip progresses.
The annual Israel trip has not only provided lasting memories to each of the participants, but has crystallized the meaning and importance of the Holy Land to each person in his or her own way.
Let the 20th year begin!
Rabbi Ira Budow
Back to School Nights
Back to School Nights
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Promptly at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Promptly at 7:00 p.m.
Schedules are full, so please arrive on time and
go directly to your children’s classrooms.
Substitute Teachers Needed
If you are interested in substituting at Abrams or know someone else who might be, please contact Leslie Kornsgold.
The new playground is now completed and is even more beautiful than we hoped!
Abrams administrators worked with PLANT Design Group PLANT Design Group to create a modern and safe outdoor play area that provides many opportunities for both lower and middle school children to exercise, interact with their peers, and have fun!
Many thanks to our generous donors, the AHA administration, and particularly to PLANT for bringing our vision to fruition.
Bricks in the Link
Buy a Brick on the Link Wall and
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.
Summer Brick Donation:
In Memory of Janice Zwick — Jon and Elyse Parker
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Students in grades 6-8
are welcome to try out!
Mr. Gowton will post a final team roster on Thursday, September 13. Approximately 16-18 students make the final roster. If possible, bring cleats and shin guards.
All students must be picked up no later than 5:00pm.
I would like to remind you that Abrams Hebrew Academy will continue its after school high school level Hebrew and Judaic Studies program in the 2018/19 school year if there is enough interest. The 2 hour class is taught by Morah Sonia Arusy and focuses on spoken Hebrew Language and current Jewish topics (holidays, Israel news, etc.).
This program was started by a group of parents as an after-school Hebrew/Judaic Studies activity and has been very successful. The students enjoy practicing their Hebrew, discussing Jewish holidays and current events, and keeping in touch with each other post-Abrams.
Class is held once a week in the evening at Abrams. Last year the class was held on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM. The schedule may change this year depending on the students’ high school schedule. The 2018-19 classes will begin after the holidays during the first week of October and will last until the end of May. The final day and time will be determined at the end of the summer once the high school schedules are published. There are approximately 40 meetings in total.
The affordable tuition defrays the cost of the teacher’s salary, and financial assistance is available from Abrams to any interested student who wants to attend. Tuition for the year -TBA.
If you and your 9th grader are interested in participating in this program please send this form with a refundable $50 registration commitment fee to the school office immediately.
Rabbi Ira Budow
My Son/Daughter _______________________ will be joining the 2018-19 Abrams After School Hebrew/Judaic Studies program.
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.
CONSEQUENCES FOR STUDENTS WHO DO NOT FOLLOW THE ABOVE RULES:
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
“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.
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.
* 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.
Please do not send meat lunches or snacks to school with your children.
Food sent from home must be
dairy or Pareve only!
Thank you very much 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Please submit any information to be considered for inclusion in the Extra to Dale Sattin, Director of Development & Communications: email@example.com. (215) 493-1800 ext. 22 by
Wednesday of the target week.
Abrams 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 Hebrew Academy, 31 West College Avenue, Yardley, PA 19067