In the Jewish numerology tradition of gematria the number eighteen means Chai, and I am extremely honored that this is my double Chai year as director of Abrams Hebrew Academy.
Our teaching staff is almost complete- we have just hired a new secular special education teacher who is starting immediately, and we have two new teachers in Judaic studies, including a new special education teacher. The Judaic studies teachers are from Lakewood, and it is very special for us to welcome them to the AHA faculty, since both of their mothers worked at Abrams as teachers over 20 years ago! I am confident that they will carry on the great traditions of their mothers and make their own mark on the school, as well.
We are actively interviewing for a music teacher and hope to hire a qualified person soon. In addition, the two Israeli women who are our Bnot Sherut volunteers will supplement the music program and teach the students Israeli and traditional Jewish songs throughout the year.
Everything is in place for a great school year, including transportation provided by David Thomas, who does a terrific job in coordinating the complicated routes that bring our students to and from school each day.
However, there is one big issue that bothered me over the summer, and I need your help to address it. The issue is registration and the fact that people do not register in a timely fashion, nor do they fill out the financial aid forms within the deadline periods. There are many opportunities for financial aid, including Oorah, Children’s Scholarship Fund, EITC, but parents MUST fill out the PSAT financial forms and the forms for the individual scholarship and grant programs. If every person did what he/she is required to do to receive this funding both they and the school would benefit greatly. We are considering making changes to our registration process to address this problem, and I will tell you more about that once the Board of Directors meets and discusses this important issue.
Speaking of the Board, I am grateful to Brandon Swartz for his leadership of the board over the past three years- he was a terrific President! I am also blessed that Ellen Weiss is our new board president, and she brings extraordinary experience, intelligence, and spirit to this position. She is an active member of the Jewish community along with her husband David, and she has been an Abrams board member for a number of years. Additionally, she is a parent of an AHA alumnus, so her connections to the school are deep. Ellen is the perfect person to take over from Brandon to lead the school going forward in our new endeavors.
I will have more to say next week, but for now I say welcome back to Abrams and thanks to each of you for your support and belief in the school.
As always, please feel free to reach out to me at: (215) 584-7919.
Rabbi Ira Budow
Soccer Tryouts- Grades 6-8
Monday, September 12, 2016
3:45 pm-4:45 pm
(Please bring clean cleats and shin guards to tryouts)
Final team rosters will be posted Tuesday, September 13, 2016, in the AHA gym.
Questions: Contact Mr. Gowton at 215-493-1800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sadly, the Simpkins family suffered a tragedy over the summer and lost their house and all of their possessions in a fire. They are currently living in a hotel, and they can really use some assistance.
If you would like to help the family with gift cards, you may bring them to the school office to be given to the Simpkins family.
The art teacher would greatly appreciate donations of the following items:
Working hair dryers
If you have any of these things to give to the school please bring them to Mrs. Moskowitz or the school office.
Food from Espresso Cafe:
Penne with vegetables & Feta
American cheese baguette
Fettuccine with marinara sauce
Egg salad & tuna salad sandwiches
Available Every Day:
Bagels, butter & cream cheese
Lunch cost: $5 per day
Abrams Bristol Center Dedication
Dedication of Abrams Bristol Jewish Center
Abrams Hebrew Academy and the Bristol Jewish Center invite you to attend the dedication of the Abrams Bristol Jewish Center on: Sunday, October 9, 2016, 10:30 am.
A Yiskor service for founders and other deceased members of the Bristol Jewish Center will be officiated by Rabbi Ira Budow and Rabbi Isaac Leizerowski. The service will be followed by refreshments.
The Bristol Jewish Center was established in Bristol, PA in 1904, and was the oldest synagogue in Bucks County when it merged with Congregation Kol Emet in 2015.
Alan Vogenberg, leader of the Bristol Jewish Center, and Rabbi Ira Budow, director of Abrams Hebrew Academy, facilitated the recreation of its sanctuary in a room at Abrams Hebrew Academy. The chapel includes memorabilia from the original chapel, including its memorial plaques, ark, artwork, library, etc. It is a fitting testament to a synagogue steeped in history, and students from the school use the chapel for prayers and meetings regularly. Thus, the tradition of prayer and education continues in a beautiful and historic environment. L’Dor V’Dor!
Please join us at this event.
RSVP by September 19, 2016 to:
Alan J. Vogenberg
211 Sugarberry Lane
Langhorne, PA 19047
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.
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. (215) 493-1800 ext. 22 by
Wednesday of the target week.
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