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 Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 26, 2013 

Sierra Madre, CA – Alverno High School 
recently hosted its Third Annual Alverno 
Community Service Fair, which showcased 
the senior class’ self-created service projects 
ranging from fighting abuse and cancer 
to providing funds for schools and art 

The fair grew out of Alverno’s senior 
theology course, Contemporary Social 
Issues, which asks students to explore 
the social justices that taint our world. 
To respond to these injustices, Alverno’s 
47 seniors have committed themselves 
to a service project molded by their own 
passions, ideas and care for the social issues 
in today’s world. 

At the service fair, members of the Alverno 
and local community came together to 
learn about and support the projects of 
these exemplary seniors at the Third Annual 
Alverno Community Service Fair. Individuals 
were asked to purchase $1 tickets upon 
entering the fair, which they could then 
place into a jar on each table to demonstrate 
their support for that particular charity. 
Desserts, specialty items, pop culture pins, 
neck warmers, headbands, homemade 
jewelry, and much more were also available 
to be purchased using the same tickets. 
At the end of the fair, each of the tables 
turned in their tickets to receive the money 
that had been contributed to their chosen 
charity. These funds will be donated directly 
to the charity or will be used to fund a larger 
service project designed by a senior. In 
total, more than $1,100 was raised for local, 
national, and worldwide organizations. 

In addition to philanthropic support of the 
organizations at the fair, attendees were 
also given the opportunity to sign-up to 
volunteer with local organizations that 
included: Angeles Mesa Elementary School, 
Bad Weather Shelter (Pasadena), Children’s 
Hospital Los Angeles, Door of Hope 
(Pasadena), Elizabeth House (Pasadena), 
Good Shepherd Center for Homeless 
Women and Children (Los Angeles), 
Hillsides (Pasadena), Keep it Kind, Kids 
Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN), Maryvale 
(Rosemead), One More Reader , Our Lady 
of Guadalupe School, School on Wheels, 
Soldier’s Angels (Pasadena), and Surfrider 
Foundation. Alverno High School students 
are expected to contribute 20-50 service 
hours each to the local community each 
year, for a school wide total of more than 
6,000 hours. However, last year Alverno 
students exceeded their goal by contributing 
more than 11,000 service hours to the 
local community and they are once again 
expected to exceed their goal. 

Many students have created their own 
small projects, ranging from fighting for 
animal rights, equality, ending child abuse, 
providing supplies for schools, aiding those 
with developmental or physical disabilities, 
those with incurable diseases, funding for 
girls’ education and cleaning up our local 

Additional students have created internal 
programs to prevent loneliness or 
depression. There will be many collections 
happening on campus throughout the 
next two months as a part of these projects 
including a book drive, a baby item drive, 
school supply drive, and collecting items 
for packages to be sent to soldiers, and a 
kindness letter writing campaign. 

“The Service Fair was a wonderful success 
and we are so proud of our seniors. All of 
our students as well as faculty, staff and 
community members, were able to browse 
over two dozen service projects. Each 
project was built to spread awareness and 
encourage action in regards to a specific 
social issue,” said Susana Capra, Campus 
Minister. “The seniors were so passionate 
about these injustices and that excitement 
was spread to the younger students. It is 
often easy to lose sight of how powerful 
and intelligent a teenager can be in our 
society today. This service fair showed how 
wonderful, creative and socially aware high 
school students are and how much they 
can inspire those around them. It was a 
beautiful reminder of the solidarity and 
justice that is very alive in our world.” 


Ann Gillick, Head of School, said “The 
Service Fair is a perfect example of how 
one individual can make a tremendous 
impact on her community. Each of these 
young women chose a project that meant 
something to her and in turn made that 
project important to our entire community. 
A commitment to service and community 
is a basic tenet of our Franciscan and 
Immaculate Heart roots and just one of 
the ways Alverno empowers each young 
woman to be exactly the person she wants 
to be.” 

About Alverno High School

Alverno High School is a Catholic, private, 
college preparatory school for young women 
dedicated to preparing them to function 
in a society as informed, knowledgeable 
persons, who have the requisite skills to 
make and implement mature decisions 
about complex problems. Enlivened by the 
spirit of its Immaculate Heart Community 
sponsors, and mindful of the Franciscan 
roots of its founders, Alverno’s program—
academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and 
physical—is shaped by the staff, trustees, 
and students in light of the world for which 
the students are being educated. Alverno’s 
mission is to empower each young woman 
to be exactly the person she wants to be 
and since 1960, Alverno has empowered 
more than 4,100 women to meet that goal. 
For more information about Alverno High 
School, please call 626-355-3463 or visit 


GIVE BACK Alverno High School Community Service Fair raises more than $1,100 for charities

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: Brent Forsee

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: Ethan Williamson

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

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

(626) 355-3527 Principal: James Lugenbuehl

E-mail address:

website: www.

Clairbourn School

8400 Huntington Drive

San Gabriel, CA 91775

Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172

FAX: 626-286-1528


Foothill Oaks Academy

822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809 

Co-Principals Nancy Lopez and Diane Kieffaber

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 

Headmaster John Higgins



LaSalle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website:

Principal Bro. Christopher Brady, FSC

Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson


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


St. Rita Catholic School

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

Principal Joan Harabedian

(626) 355-9028 website:

Sierra Madre Elementary School

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

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Esther Salinas

E-mail address:

Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett Newsom

E-mail address:

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:


351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 795-6981 Website:


234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 821-8300 Website:


325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016

(626) 471-2000 Website:


1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010

(626)599-5000 Website:


This is a unique opportunity to create a 
piece of art to remain at our community 
school forever! Your family can design and 
paint a tile that will be part of the new addition 
on the Sierra Madre School Elementary 

6 X 6 tile for $200 or 8 X 8 tile for $300

Limit one tile per family.

Please come make your creation at one of 
the Tile Workshops on Saturday, February 
2, from 10am to 2pm; Tuesday, February 5 
or Wednesday, February 6 from 2:30pm to 7 
pm. If you are unable to attend a Tile Workshop, 
volunteers will paint it and sign your 
name for you from your submitted design! 

Color Palette is Golden Yellow, Cobalt Blue, 
Forest Green & Terra Cota. Themes

include: Local Nature Scenes: California, 
Sierra Madre, Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley

Citizenship: What symbolizes for you being 
a Brilliant, Creative Strong and True

hearted citizen who contributes to our 
School, Our Community and Our World.

Our School: What I love most about Sierra 
Madre School (Choose one) The School 
Building and Grounds, Activities & Events, 
Community & Friends

There is also an online auction for the privilege 
of designing the only tile for your

favorite Sierra Madre School teacher or Staff 
Member. Bidding will begin at $100.

Visit the following link on Friday, January 
25 at 8 a.m. to start bidding:

Bidding will end on Monday, January 28 at 
9 p.m. You must complete a quick

registration before you can begin bidding. 

Winners will receive an email with

confirmation and instructions to sign up 
for a workshop to paint your tile on Saturday, 
Feb 2; Tuesday, Feb 5, Wednesday, Feb 
6 or Thursday, February 7 after payment is 

Sierra Madre Annual Fund helps Sierra 
Madre School be the outstanding educational 
center for the community’s children. 
The Annual Fund provides financial support 
to a variety of school programs including 
visual and performing arts programs, 
science programs, librarians and health 

For more information and to get an order 
form, please contact Julie Flad at julie42@ or call (213) 200-1131.


ART: Grade Kdg-12. No larger than 24x30. Stiff backing, NO 
glass, plexiglass ok, no frame. 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Grade 7-12 10x12 to 14x16 including matting. 
NO glass, plexiglass ok. Deliver to SMWC clubhouse February 
13 9-1:00pm or February 27 noon to 3pm. 

WRITING: Story: one to six pages and poetry: 8-30 lines, no 
theme, 4 copies computer printed on standard paper mailed to 
clubhouse by January 26. attention: Jayne Thomas, Fine Arts 
Chair, 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE: Grade 12 students in classical, musical 
theatre or pop, vocal or instrumental. Student may email for 
application to be signed by school or private music teacher and 
received by February 8.

Winners receive certificates and gift cards. Winning entries are 
displayed at Sierra Madre Library month of March.


Sierra Madre, CA – Registration is now open for popular Parent/
Child workshop series, slated for March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3 
at 6:30 pm at the Sierra Madre Public Library. 

Sessions will take place at the Library on consecutive Wednesday 
evenings at 6:30 p.m. and will be interactive including toys, crafts, 
books and play in addition to discussions of parenting issues and 

The parenting workshop will feature noted resource professionals 
from the community and each session will feature a different 
aspect of parenting, including early literacy, speech, hearing and 
language development, child development, nutrition, music, 
play, and health. 

Families with children ages 36 months and younger are 
encouraged to register now as past workshops have filled up fast. 
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 

For more information and to register, 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 Madre. 


Qualifying students who are between the ages of 6-18 and live 
in Altadena, Pasadena or Sierra Madre can get free dental care 
when the USC Mobile Dental Clinic returns to PUSD March 
1. Kids who don’t have dental insurance, are income eligible 
and have dental cavities will receive free comprehensive dental 
care March 1 – 8. Space is limited to the first 120 students who 
pre-register. To register, contact Young & Healthy at (626) 

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show

Movie Reviews Especially for Teens & ‘Tweens




Cash prizes await some 
talented children who 
enter the I Love My Library 
drawing and essay 
contest. Children in 
grades K – 2 can create 
a drawing showing how 
they love the Library. 
Those in grades 3-8 can 
write an essay telling 
why they love the Library. 
The contest begins 
January 7 and entries are 
due by January 31, 2013 
at the Sierra Madre Public 

Entry forms are available 
at the library and on the 
Library homepage www.
departments/library beginning 
January 7, 2013.

I’ve read and seen 
many horror movies and 
books. ‘The Shining’, ‘It’, 
‘Paranormal Activity’, 
and the ‘Skeleton Creek’ 
series, but none of them 
have affected me as much 
as ‘Mama’ has. It’s not that 
it was the scariest movie 
I’ve seen (that goes to ‘The 
Shining’), but it has a deeper meaning that just some demon going 
around and killing people.

 After terrible events take his wife’s life, a father takes his 
two daughters, Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and Lily (Isabelle 
Nelisse), and leaves. They end up in a car accident, with nowhere 
to go. However, while wandering through the woods, he finds a 
cabin, where they take refuge. They are not alone. The demon kills 
the father, and looks after the two girls. Five years later, they are 
found and, after a custody battle with his sister, are given to the 
brother of their father, Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his 
girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain). After a few weeks, they 
notice that something has followed them home and that their 
“friend” Mama may not be as imaginary as they thought.

 With a very complex backstory which, in the end, is very 
simple, ‘Mama’ stands alone from other horror movies. It is very 
obvious that writer and director, Andres Muschietti, put a lot of 
time and care into this movie, which makes ‘Mama’ a diamond in 
the rough.