Abrams Extra 9/8/17

Abrams Extra September 8, 2017

 

 

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ABRAMS EXTRA

In This Issue
Candle Lighting
Budowsphere
Outdoor Classroom
Donor Support
Shofar Presentation
Birthday Celebrations
Soccer Tryouts
Library Rules
Art News
Birthday Celebrations
Nut Allergies
Domino and Brooklyn
School Lunches
Parent Meetings
Security Reminders
Car Pool Rules
Abrams Notes

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September 8, 2017/ 17 Elul
Candle Lighting 6:58pm/Ki Tavo
 

Budowsphere

Rabbi Budow
Dear Parents:
During the High Holidays there is a lot of discussion about Tikkun Olam, the Jewish concept defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world. Many people live their lives performing acts of charity- mitzvoth- to do just that. Individuals volunteer at soup kitchens, clean up playgrounds, plant community gardens, etc. outside of the synagogue to reach out to their fellow humans and “fix” the world.
Over the summer I was blessed to help local synagogues by participating in the morning Minyan at Knesset Hasefer and give Jewish mourners the opportunity to say Kaddish for their loved ones. One person who was performing this commandment was new to Judaism, and it was particularly meaningful to me to be a part of this mitzvah.  I also attended minyans and Shabbat services at the Lubavitch of Yardley synagogue, and it is so much more than just davening.  Jews come together as friends and form lasting, meaningful relationships with one another within the structure of a Jewish life in shul.
As a result, I have come to the conclusion that as Jews, before we repair the world we must repair ourselves. Everyone has read and heard about synagogues failing; closures and mergers because of low membership. I suggest that as Jews our first responsibility to perform Tikkun Olam is to focus on bolstering Jewish life within our communities, and that means supporting our area synagogues.
Tikkun Olom is possible when our homes are in order, and the synagogue is home to the Jewish religion and the Jewish people. My proposal for all of us to prepare for the High Holidays and “fix” ourselves is simple- attend services at the synagogue of your choice.
Shana Tovah to everyone-
L’Shalom-
Rabbi Ira Budow

 

 

Outdoor Classroom
 
Outdoor Classroom
We are almost ready to begin work on our latest addition to Abrams Hebrew Academy- an Outdoor Classroom/Garden!
The classroom will be located in the front of the building and will provide a space for our teachers- both secular and Judaic studies- to lead classes set in an outdoor environment. Recent studies have proven the value of outdoor, experiential learning, and Abrams is proud to be among the first area schools to create this space on our campus.
Children will be taught science, Judaic studies, music, art, math, language arts, etc. in a beautiful, natural outdoor setting. The possibilities are limitless, and Abrams encourages everyone in the AHA community to watch the construction process.
The school is looking for a donor to give a $100,000 gift to dedicate the Outdoor Classroom/Garden. You can name the classroom for whomever you choose- yourself, in honor or memory of loved ones, or for your entire family. This is a wonderful opportunity to fund a living, ever- changing educational enhancement to the school.
Read the Exponent article about our outdoor classroom:
 
If you are interested in being the benefactor for this project, please contact Rabbi Budow to discuss the logistics.

 

Support AHA Donor Businesses
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:
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!

Thank You to Alan Vogenberg
Shofar Presentation
 
Rabbi Budow presented Alan Vogenberg, the person who brought the Bristol Jewish Center chapel to the school, with a beautiful Shofar to thank him for his generosity to Abrams and life-long dedication to the Jewish community.

 

Back to School Night Date Change

 

N-4 Back to School Night
Date Change
Back to School Night
Nursery – Grade 4 has been rescheduled:
Thursday, September 14th, 2017
7:00 p.m.

 

 
 

Soccer Tryouts

 

Soccer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soccer Tryouts

 

Students Grades 6-8

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

 

 

 

Abrams Hebrew Academy
3:45 pm to 4:45 pm
All students must have transportation home-
 Pick up no later than 5:00 pm

 

 

Mr. Gowton will post a final team roster on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in the gymnasium. (6-18 students usually make the final roster)

 

 

 

If possible, bring cleats and shin guards

 

Parents, please feel free to contact Mr. Gowton with any questions:

 

215-493-1800 or kgowton@abramsonline.org

 

Practices:
Sept. 14, 18, 19
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Game Schedule will be provided shortly

 

 

Library Rules

 

Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIBRARY RULES
Please click below for the school library rules:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art News

 

Mrs. Moskowitz is looking for specific items for the art room this year. If you have any of these items that you would like to donate, please send in them into school.

Art Wish List:
Working blow dryers
Shoe boxes
Cigar boxes
Yarn
Nails
Hammers
Wood pieces
Sand
Voided credit cards/plastic cards

 

After school Art Club will be offered this year.  
 
If you would like more information:
 

 


 

Birthday Celebrations

 

Birthday Celebrations 

Birthday Parties outside of school:
  • Please be considerate of everyone’s level of observance when planning parties for your children. Please do not schedule parties on Shabbat or serve non-kosher food in order to allow all of the children in the class to attend.
In-school celebrations:
  • 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.

 

Nut Allergies Reminder

 NUT ALLERGIES

REMINDER- It is very important that you do not send your children to school with any food that contains nuts.

There are children with severe allergies whose lives are at risk- please be as consideration of these families as you would want them to be of yours. We are a community and take care of one another.

Thank you!

 

Domino and Brooklyn


Domino

 

Domino and Shira

 

 

Brooklyn is a Champion
Brooklyn

 

 
Domino and Brooklyn
 
Abrams is sad to report that Rabbi Budow and Dr. Fuchs’ beloved dog Domino, the unofficial school “mascot,” passed away this summer. Domino was close to 15 years old, and was much-loved by AHA students and staff for many years. He came to school to be petted, fussed over, and to eat Challah and cheese with our children! Domino was ill for many years, but with the determination and medical intervention provided by Dr. Fuchs, he lived a much longer life than expected. We will miss him greatly.
On a brighter note, Rabbi Budow and Dr. Fuchs have added a new addition to their family, Brooklyn. She is already a champion, in training to be a therapy dog, and involved in many “doggie” activities. Brooklyn will be a regular visitor to AHA on Fridays, thanks to Dr. Fuchs.
Although we are sad to say goodbye to Domino, we welcome Brooklyn to carry on his tradition of visiting the school and keeping the legacy alive.

 

School Lunches

 
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

Parent Meetings
 
Parent Meeting with AHA School Psychologist- Dr. Donna Porwancher
 
Welcome Back to school!
** This year, the parent group will include parents of children in ANY grade.
First meeting:
 
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
8:30 a.m.
Room 24  
I look forward to greeting you.
Warmly,  Donna Porwancher

 


Safety and Security Reminders

 

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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 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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