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 Mountain Views News Saturday, February 11, 2012 



Alverno High School

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Ann M. Gillick 

E-mail address:

Arcadia High School

180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007

Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: David L. Vannasdall

Arroyo Pacific Academy

41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke

E-mail address:

Barnhart School

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 446-5588 Head of School: Joanne Testa Cross

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 Principal: James Lugenbuehl

E-mail address:

Carden of the Foothills School

429 Wildrose Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016 626/358-9414 
626/358-5164 fax

The Gooden School

192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-2410 Head of School: Patty Patano


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road

Pasadena, Ca. 91107 626-798-8989


LaSalle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 


Mama Pete’s Nursery School

71 Suffolk Avenue, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-9567


Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2000, 


Norma Coombs Alternative School

2600 Paloma St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 798-0759 Principal: Dr. Vanessa Watkins 

E-mail address:

Odyssey Charter School

725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill


Pasadena High School

2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 798-8901 Principal: Gilbert Barraza, Jr.


Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave. Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 795-6981 website:

St. Rita Catholic School

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-9028 website:

Sierra Madre Elementary School

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

Phone: (626) 396-5890 - Fax: (626) 355-0388 

Principal: Esther Salinas

Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

Phone: (626) 396-5910 - Fax: (626) 836-2964

 Principal: Garrett Newsom

Walden School

74 S San Gabriel Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166

Weizmann Day School

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 797-0204

Lisa Feldman: Head of School

Wilson Middle School

300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln

E-mail address:

Students From Uekusa Gakuen Bunka High school in Japan pray the "Our Father" together with students from their sister 
school Alverno. The prayer service was held in remembrance of the earthquake and tsunami that took place one year ago.
From Left to right,Hisano Sato,Tomoko Takahashi and Estafania Alvarez. Photo by Lina Johnson

On Monday, February 6, Alverno welcomed 80 visitors from 
the Uekusa Bunka Girls High School in Tokyo, Japan. For the 
past nine years, the girls have been making the visit to California 
to see Alverno, their sister school, as well as get a taste 
for traditional American culture.

 The morning of the visit began with a 9:00 AM prayer service 
organized by Alverno's Campus Ministry in remembrance 
of the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent 
tsunami that claimed more than 15,000 lives and displaced 
more than 300,000 people in March 2011. The prayer service 
was a joint collaboration between Alverno’s Campus Ministry 
and the girls from Uekusa Bunka. During the prayer service, 
the entire community signed an Alverno flag that visitors 
from Uekusa Bunka will take back with them to Japan 
and share with the rest of their school. Campus Ministry provided 
every student with a special prayer to commemorate 
the lives lost and inspire hope as Japan continues in a period 
of transition.

 Following the prayer service, the Japanese visitors will 
tour the Alverno campus visiting classrooms, meeting new 
friends, and showing Alverno students the different aspects 
of Japanese culture through calligraphy, origami, and traditional 
archery and women’s martial arts. Additionally, each 
student will be paired with a member of the Alverno student 
body who will provide a small, American gift to her visitor to 
welcome her to campus.





Enter Sierra Madre Woman's 
Club annual competition. 
Entries must be 
delivered to clubhouse 
Wednesday, February 22 

Ribbons and gift cards will 
be awarded.

Winning entries to be displayed 
at SM public library.

YoGamaDreNew students only.
Limited time offer.
We’d like to hear from you! 

What’s on YOUR Mind?

Contact us at: or


Sierra Madre Public Library’s 
latest five-week Parent/
Child Workshop for families 
with children ages three and 
younger will feature noted resource 
professionals from the 

 Each workshop session will 
feature a different aspect of 
parenting, including early 
literacy, speech, hearing and 
language development, child 
development, nutrition, music, 
play, and health.

 The popular workshop series, 
which will take place at 
the Library on consecutive 
Wednesday evenings: February 
22, 29, March 7, 14, 21, 
from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., 
will be interactive and will include 
toys, crafts, books and 
play in addition to discussions 
of parenting issues and 
concerns. Enrollment is free, 
but in-person pre-registration 
at the Library is required to 
ensure a spot in the program.

 This project is supported by 
the U.S. Institute of Museum 
and Library Services under 
the provisions of the Library 
Services and Technology Act, 
administered in California by 
the State Librarian.

 For more information, please 
call Meegan Tosh, Youth Services 
Librarian at (626) 355-
7186. The Sierra Madre Public 
Library is located at 440 West 
Sierra Madre Boulevard in Sierra 

Looking Into The Life Of A Teenager

 By Meaghan Allen


 It’s always nice to lose 
oneself in a fantasy world. 
Where things go your way 
every day and life just seems 
so good. Sometimes, we 
catch glimpses of this perfect 
world; getting great grades 
on tests you didn’t study 
for or catching every green 
light when you’re already 
running late. But, then there 
are those moments, days, 
and weeks where everything 
is just off and nothing is 
working out the way you 
want and sometimes need it 
to, like the Patriots winning 
the SuperBowl. 

 I didn’t bet or have 
anything riding on that game 
other than pure interest for 
the game and the hope that 
the Patriots would emerge 
victorious for my father, a 
fan of thirty-seven years who 
could have used something 
great during a time of quiet 
struggle. But, alas, my 
dreams were not meant to 
be from the moment Tom 
Brady touched the football 
and gave the Giants a safety, 
leading to a nail-biter and 

ultimate disappointment. 
After the game I turned to 
my current book of interest, 
Bridget Jones’ Diary, and 
lost myself in the narrator’s 
personal struggles and woes. 
But even that book, one that 
had helped me relieve my 
frustration, because it was 
so simply true, turned out to 
be more cinematic and over-
the-top than I believed, and, 
of course, ending happily. 
Even something that is 
supposed to relate so well 
to normal people ends in 
fairytale. There are endless 
quotes and sayings that 
argue life is only what we 
make it, no more no less. 

 But what about the things 
we can’t control that still 
alter our lives so drastically? 
I don’t have the answer, but I 
think that it lies somewhere 
in between having a fantasy 
that is achievable, going for 
it, and understanding that 
sometimes life is going to 
throw you a bump that you 
can’t escape.