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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 8, 2019 b JewishAcademy of Orlando marked the mid-way point of the academic year with strong academics, whole- child enrichment, teacher development, community partnerships, arts and new equipment in its exciting In- novation Lab. For the fourth year in a row, JAO students, on average, performed at least two grade levels ahead of their peers nationwide. The school uses the Iowa Test each spring to compare students' scores to national norms in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. The assessment is also an indicator to gauge just how well students have achieved benchmarks at each grade level. The school believes that through differentiated earn- ing, the teachers are empow- ered to increase the speed and depth at which a student cov- ers material. This facilitates instruction beyond a child's current grade level to more challenging material. "We are delighted to see that our Iowa scores indicate that our cur- riculum, teaching techniques, philosophies, and faculty en- sure that our students reach their full potential," said Nikki Buyna, director of academics. In addition, the school continued with gifted training for the entire faculty, which is scheduled to complete at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. "From the coding and ro- botics teacher to the Hebrew language teachers, all faculty are participating in the train- ing," Head of School Alan Rusonik stated. Next year the school will of- feratransitionalkindergarten. Transitional kindergarten is a grade that serves as a bridge between preschool and kin- dergarten, providing students time to develop fundamental skills needed for success in an academic setting. The program will be housed, managed and directed by Jewish Academy of Orlando with the cooperation, experience, and expertise of the JCC's ECLC leadership team. Jewish Academy values the Orlando community. They have created many programs throughout the community to teach Jewish values, sup- port the community-at-large and also access resources for the school. The school made Sukkot and Simchat Torah extra special this year by celebrat- ing with Temple Israel and Congregation Ohev Shalom. These events showed our commitment to Jewish values, Jewish tradition and Jewish community. The school also partnered with Jewish Family Services to deliver whole-child educa- tion and parent enrichment. The arrangement includes a guidance counselor to work with families and to provide in-class guidance lessons on a bi-weekly basis. The coun- selor is available for parents and students for individual needs and provides weekly developmental communica- tion to some of the grades. The JAO/JFS partnership also supports parents of the com- munity by offering "Parenting the Whole Child" workshops. JFS's Brenda Chappell delivers parenting sessions that ad- dress the social and emotional needs of children and their families. "We are grateful for the contributions that our com- munity partnerships bring to our students and their families," stated Rusonik. "We look forward to finding more ways that our organizations can work together to better our children, our families and change the world." In order to further support the school's commitment to Whole-Child education, Jewish Academy of Orlando extended recess for all grades to 45 minutes. In addition to extended recess time, lunch for all grades was increased to 30 minutes, and a mid- morning break of 15 minutes was included in the daily schedule. The additional time is designed needed to give the children more opportunity for social and emotional growth to futher support the school's holistic approach to educating mindful and well-rounded children. Another highlight is the CORRECTION--Yom Israel is Feb. 10 Yore Israel--Israel Day--sponsored by the Israeli American Council, Alexander Muss High School in Israel, Tzofim and The Roth Family JCC, Is this coming Sunday, Feb. 10, and not Feb. 20 as reported in the article about IAC (front page, Feb. I issue). It will be at the Roth Family JCC from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and will be an afternoon of fun with outdoor family activities and Israeli food. Show your spirit by wearing blue and white. Every day that you're outside, you're exposed to dangerous, but invisible, ultraviolet (UV} sunlight. Left unprotected, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can seriously damage the eye, leading to cataracts, skin cancer around the eyelid and other eye disorders. Protecting your eyes is important to maintaining eye health now and in the future. Shield your eyes (and your family's eyes) from harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses with m=dmum UV protection. ~>~;.~=~, ~ ; fine arts program; it has grown and truly sets the school apart. JAOwas one of 10 schools selected to participate in a grant by the highly pres- tigious Teacher Institute for the Arts program, sponsored by Kol HaOt Art Institute of Jerusalem. This program is run under the auspices of American/Israeli artist David Moss. Teachers were trained to utilize cutting- edge techniques to integrate art and Judaic studies. As a result, Jewish Academy of Orlando broke ground for its new Kindness Garden which will be a segment of the campus playground and will By Lisa Levine The Jewish Pavilion's an- nual Pearls of the Pavilion Luncheon, on Feb. 22, will be a gracious affair, with a catered gourmet meal accompanied by a private performance by Orlando Ballet II dancers. The Pearls luncheon is a very special social event held each year in appreciation for Pavilion Annual Membership Appeal donors of at least $500. Pledges for the 2019 appeal are still being accepted and can be paid throughout the year, so everyone still has an opportunity to attend this enjoyable and entertaining afternoon. The event is generously sponsored and co-chaired by Geanne Share and Eva Krzewinski. Share is a long- time supporter and former board member of Orlando Ballet as well as a current board member of the Jewish Pavilion, and Krzewinski is a current member of Friends of the Jewish Pavilion. The Orlando Ballet II com- pany of dancers will delight guests with a special program of classical and contemporary works they are preparing for their March 29 public per- formance of "Fast Forward," choreographed in Orlando Ballet's signature energetic and graceful style. The criti- cally acclaimed Orlando Bal- let is Central Florida's only fully residential professional ballet company, and they are very generously donating this intimate performance. The Jewish Federation of Brevard is hosting a Comedy Night at the Space Coast Con- vention Center on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. The event features stand- up comedian Keith Barany, who presents comedy that's "real, without being vulgar or 'cringey,'" said the New York Post. Barany co-wrote Gary Shandling's monologue for the 2004 Emmy Awards, was a contributing writer for "Seinfeld" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live." He has ap- peared with Bob Hope, Jerry Seinfeld, Joan Rivers, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart and many others. The cost for the Comedy be dedicated in early spring. Nikki Buyna, director of Academics, stated, "Jewish Academy truly believes in educating the whole child, and we have a dual-focus as educators. We foster both academic excellence and social-emotional growth, cuitivatingvalues of kindness, self-awareness, mindfulness, and character." To further this thought, Rusonik added, "We are ex- tremely proud of our students' academic achievements; we are focused on graduating children that are happy, confident, love to learn, and know how to get along with their peers; students that are ready for the world!" Jewish Academy of Or- lando serves Central Florida students of all faiths from grades kindergarten through fifth. The school delivers a whole-child education foster- ing academic excellence and character education rooted in Jewish values. Jewish Acad- emy of Orlando is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools. To learn more about Jewish Academy of Orlando, please visit: jewishacademyorlando. org or follow the school on Facebook JewishAcademyOrlando. Geanne Share (center) with dancers Arcadian Broad (1) and Chiaki Yasukawa (r) at the 2016 Pearls of the Pavilion luncheon, when Orlando Ballet last performed at the event. "We are so looking forward to a marvelous afternoon, thanks to Geanne and Eva. The Jewish Pavilion thanks the Orlando Ballet for host- ing this year's event and providing what we know will be stellar entertainment. It is such a nice perk for our most supportive members to be treated to this exclusive performance and luncheon," said Nancy Ludin, Pavilion CEO. The Feb. 22 Pearls of the Pavilion luncheon, held at the Orlando Ballet's school headquarters near the Loch Haven Park arts district, will begin at 11 a.m. First-time donors of $500 or more to the Annual Membership Appeal will also receive a hand-strung pearl necklace at the event. Membership donations help support the Jewish Pavilion's mission of connecting elder- care community residents and their families with a caring Jewish community that provides life-enhancing resources and experiences. To learn more about be- coming a Pearl of the Pavilion and attending the luncheon, call Nancy Ludin at 407-658- 9363 or email NancyLudin@ Night is $45 per person and can be purchased at the door or by calling the Federation at 321-951-1836. The Space Coast Conven- tion Center is located at 301 Tucker Lane, Cocoa, adjacent to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Cocoa at 1-95 exit 201. The proceeds from the event will help provide re- sources, social services and keep the Federation's food pantry stocked. This event is sponsored by Tensor Engineering, :D Implant Dentistry of Florida; The Brevard Jewish Federa- tion Barrow Fund; and Space Coast Convention Center. Keith Barany