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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 19, 2019 Friends of the Jewish Pavilion president Marlene Adler (right) presents Spring into Fashion Show honoree Brenda Fisher Wetmore with a gift of framed Judaic art. Shown here are volunteer runway models (l-r): Jane Edelstein, event chair Marci Gaeser, Jo Fisher, Brenda Altus, honoree Brenda Fisher Wetmore, Susie Stone, Sharon Littman, Alison Polejes, Carina Gerscovich, Joan Sussman and Shari Klafter. By Lisa Levine More than 100 women enjoyed a morning of food, fashion and fun at the annual Jewish Pavilion Spring into Fashion show at Blooming- dale's department store in The Mall at Millenia on April 9. Volunteer models walked the runway dressed in the latest trends for spring as Bloomingdale's public rela- tions manager Jennifer Bent- son offered advice on mixing and matching, accessorizing, and wardrobe must-haves for the season. lneers Wl The morning began with a mimosa brunch, generously sponsored by the event's hon- oree, Brenda Fisher Wetmore, and catered by Bagel King. Patrons and benefactors of the event enjoyed front row seating and were entered in a raffle for an array of stellar prizes such as Disney tickets and a 1-week dream vacation. The always fashionably dressed Fisher Wetmore also served as a runway model at the event. Prior to the run- way show, Fisher Wetmore was introduced by Friends of the Jewish Pavilion president Marlene Adler, who praised Fisher Wetmore's many con- tributions as a member of that group of devoted Pavilion supporters. Jewish Pavilion Board President Faye Novick thanked guests for coming as well as Bloomingdale's for donating 10 percent of the pro- ceeds from purchases made by fashion show attendees. Among the trends that Bentson described are mono- chromatic neutrals--and also their opposite: neon bright colors. Polka dots, bright orange and animal prints (including snakeskin) are also hot looks this season. Acces- sories featuring natural ele- ments, such as raffia, bamboo and shells, or bright metallics help complete the looks. The Spring into Fashion show raised money to fund the Jewish Pavilion's many programs for Jewish seniors in living facilities throughout Greater Orlando. It is the first in a trio of entertain- ing spring events for Jewish Runway on page 15A The Innovation lab is also a creative space where students can plan, design, and complete passion projects using state- of-the art tools such as robotics, programming, & 3D Design. Jewish Academy of Orlando students develop problem solving and creative skills in the Innovation Lab, an elementary Makerspace, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) enrichment center. As part of the school's curriculum, students learn the Design Thinking process, complete engineering challenges and pursue passion projects, us- ing Computer Aided Design, Robotics, 3D printing, and coding. Through Design Thinking, JAO students learn to problem solve using an iterative pro- cess. Design Thinking utilizes planning, communication, collaboration, revision, and reflection. The process can be applied to all areas of academ- ics and also used for personal improvement. "In today's achievement- focused world, students are rarely given a safe place to fail, learn from it, and improve to overcome the failure," stated Michael Hughes, director of Technology."At JAO we believe that learning to overcome failure using iteration and creativity helps to develop a growth mindset. We are helping to build resilience and grit while fostering creativ- ity in a fun and challenging way. These skills will help them be successful in future endeavors." The Innovation Lab (or "iLab" for short) is a space where students of all ages regularly complete engineer- ing challenges and apply technology to various sub- jects. The Innovation lab is filled with age-appropriate resources and materials students use to create, inno- vate, and problem-solve. The school integrates technology into literature by using robots for creative storytelling and the recreation of scenes from books they are reading in class. Starting in kindergar- ten students learn to program robots and apply those skills to complete challenges. Next year, the students in the new transitional kindergarten will also experience the resources of the Innovation Lab regularly. Students learn program- ming concepts and begin to understand basic algorithms in kindergarten, by 5th grade students have a solid under- standing of sensors, motors and practical application of robotics. S rting in 3rd grade students learn to use a computer aided drafting program to design objects in a 3D environment. Once they have successfully used the design process to create an object, it is printed using the labs 3d printer and the student takes it home. "The pride and sense of accomplishment the students display when they see their creation go from virtual to physical is amazing!" Hughes added. The Innovation lab is also a creative space where students can plan, design, and com- plete passion projects using state-of-the art tools such as robotics, programming, & 3D Design. The students learn about electronics pro- totyping, Video and Music production, and engineering challenges. Hughes added, "We are for- tunate to have such a dynamic space where our students not only have regular use of state-of-the art technology tools to create but also a space where they can learn problem- solving skills that they will use the rest of their lives." Jewish Academy of Orlando serves central Florida stu- dents of all faiths from grades kindergarten through fifth. The school delivers a whole- child education fostering academic excellence and char- acter education rooted in Jew- ish values. Jewish Academy of Orlando is accredited by the Florida Council of Indepen- dentSchools. Beginning in fall of 2019, the school will offer a transitional kindergarten. To learn more about Jewish Academy of Orlando, please visit: jewishacademyorlando. org or follow the school on Facebook facebook.com/ JewishAcademyOrlando. In a celebration that stressed the importance of all family structures, The Roth Family Jewish Com- munity Center on April 5 hosted its first-ever 5th Commandment Shabbat for families of its Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center. The event was a fusion of Mother's Day and Father's Day Shabbats and created memories that will be cher- ished for years to come. The school, which is partic- ipating in the JCC's national Sheva Center Leadership Institute for Early Childhood Professionals, is focusing on the seven best practices of early childhood seen through seven Jewish philosophies and core values of Juda- ism. ECLC Director Melissa Youngblood and her staff de- cided to take the traditional Mother's and Father's Day Shabbats and combine them into a special family experi- The Jewish Family Ser- vices' 2019 Restock Challenge deadline is fast approaching. Make sure to give your do- nation by April 30 in order to make it stretch further. During the Restock Chal- lenge, The Weiner Family and The Winter Park Wealth Group will generously match $0.50 for every $1 or pound of nonperishable food donated to restock JFS Orlando's Pearlman Emergency Food ence focusing on the Sheva lenses of k'dushah (inten- tionality and presence) and tzelem elohim (uniquiness). "We want to be inten- tional with everything we do," Youngblood said. "Over the years we have seen a variety of family structures that include a mom and dad, single parents, same-sex parents and grandparents. We all agree that celebrating holidays specifically designed for mothers or fathers does not fall in line with our core value of inclusion. We set out to change that with this new celebration" In preparation for the spe- cial day, teachers discussed the idea of l'dor v'dor (genera- tion to generation), talking with children about who they would like to honor, and how to best honor them. On the morning of April 5, parents joined their children for a Shabbat celebration on the Maitland campus, where Pantry, with a total match up to $10,000. Pick up paper collec- tion bags or drop off do- nations in boxes at food drive partners, including local synagogues and Jew- ish agencies, or drop off food donations Monday- Thursday 8am-6pm to: JFS Orlando - The George & Madeline Wolly Center 2100 Lee Road Winter Park, FL 32789. Monetary dona- they took time to be present in the moment and created a special experiences together. After the Shabbat services, parents joined their children in the classroom to enjoy a special activity, snacks or lunch with their children. "We set out to invite parents to be present, put their phones down, put wor- ries out of their minds for an hour, and create sacred time and space with their children," Youngblood said. "After observing all of these special Shabbats with our infants all the way through to our pre-K students, I can say, with confidence, that we accomplished that mission." For more information about the Early Child- hood Learning Center, visit www.orlandojcc.org/pre- school. For more informa- tion about the Sheva pro- gram, please contact Melissa Youngblood at melissay@ orlandojcc.org. Restock T Challenc e .~f /,4~rc:h 1S - ~e,~ 30, )019 tions can be made out to JFS Orlando and mailed to the same address or made online at www.JFSorlando.org. Thank you for helping to fight hunger in the Central Florida community!