Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, July 8, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, July 8, 2017 EDUCATION & YOUTH 7 Mountain Views-News Saturday, July 8, 2017 EDUCATION & YOUTH 7 

(StatePoint) As kids head back to school, 
you can help put them in a learning mindset 
by beefing up your home library. 

Here are a few new books to consider that 
can make learning fun, as well as support 
STEAM education initiatives. 

It’s Elemental 

Created in association with the Smithsonian 
Institute, “The Elements Book: A Visual 
Encyclopedia of the Periodic Table” 
is an easy-to-understand guide to the 
118 chemical elements that make up our 

Cataloged by type, each element’s properties 
and atomic structure is explained. 
More than 1,000 full-color photographs 
showcase the natural forms of each element, 
as well as a wide range of unexpected 
everyday objects in which each is 
found, to make them relevant to a child’s 
world. This guide brings the periodic table 
to life for children ages 9 and above. 

Creative Coding 

For kids ages 10 and over, “Coding Projects 
in Python” teaches those with some experience 
already how to build graphics, games 
and useful apps. All they need is a desktop 
or laptop, and an Internet connection to 
download Python 3. 

Instructions illustrated with pixel art teach 
essential coding basics, like loops and conditionals, 
and outline seven fun projects, 
including a script that cracks secret codes, 
a quiz to challenge family and friends and a 
tic-tac-toe game. Once kids are feeling confident, 
they can creatively use the tips and 
tricks provided to personalize each project. 

Coding is a sought-after skill that teaches 
kids how to think creatively, work collaboratively 
and reason systematically. 

Kitchen Adventures 

With easily prepared recipes, visual step

by-step instructions and charming designs, 
“Look I’m a Cook” is a great activity book 
for parents and little ones to share. From 
ice pops to chocolate muffins, more than 20 
hands-on recipes for kids aged 3-6 will help 
children discover everyday science and 
cook up fun-filled food. 

Scientific Discovery 

More than 20 hands-on projects await kids 
aged 3-6 in “Look I’m a Scientist.” From 
an iceberg animal rescue to stretchy slime, 
each sensory-friendly activity becomes an 
exciting science experiment that’s easy to 
prepare and create. Visual step-by-step instructions 
make it a fun activity book for 
parents and kids. 

Fun Formations 

Colorful and informative, “My Book of 
Rocks and Minerals” gives kids the expert 
knowledge they crave and will have them 
digging deep to discover all they can about 

rocks, minerals, gems, and fossils, from the 
deepest caves to outer space. 

From crystals to glow-in-the-dark minerals, 
illuminating images provide a closer 
look at amazing geological formations. 
Kids can take their fascination one step further 
and use the catalog and activity pages 
to help them collect and group rocks to discover 
how different rock types fit into the 
world around them. 

Applied Science 

“Maker Lab” includes 28 projects and crafts 
requiring only household materials. From 
exploding volcanoes to race balloon rocket 
cars, photographs and facts detail the “why 
and “how” of each experiment using real-
world examples. 

Help make this school year a success by offering 
kids fun learning opportunities outside 
the classroom. 

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. FanaraE-mail address: 
Arcadia High School180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent 
Arroyo Pacific Academy41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca,
(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil ClarkeE-mail address: 
Barnhart School 
240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007(626) 446-5588 Head of School: Ethan WilliamsonKindergarten - 8th gradewebsite: 
Bethany Christian School93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024(626) 355-3527Preschool-TK-8th Grade 
Principal: Dr. William Walnerwebsite: www. 
Clairbourn School 
8400 Huntington DriveSan Gabriel, CA 91775Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172 
FAX: 626-286-1528 
Foothill Oaks Academy822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010 
(626) 301-9809Co-Principals Nancy Lopez and Diane 
Frostig School971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107(626) 791-1255Head of School: Jenny Janetzke 
The Gooden School 
192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024(626) 355-2410Interim Head of School, Merrily Dunlap 
High Point Academy1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road Pasadena, Ca. 91107 
Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989 
La Salle High School3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 
(626) 351-8951 website: 
Principal Mrs. Courtney Kassakhian 
Monrovia High School325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin JacksonEmail: 
Odyssey Charter School725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neillwebsite: 
Pasadena High School2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca.
(626) 396-5880 Principal: Roberto Hernandezwebsite: 
St. Rita Catholic School 
322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024Principal Joan Harabedian (626) 355-9028website: 
Sierra Madre Elementary School141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024(626) 355-1428 Principal: Esther SalinasE-mail address: 
Sierra Madre Middle School 
160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett NewsomE-mail address: 
Walden School 
74 S San Gabriel Blvd 
Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 
Weizmann Day School1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107(626) 797-0204Lisa Feldman: Head of School 
Wilson Middle School 
300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth EsselnE-mail address: 
Pasadena Unified School District 
351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109(626) 396-3600 Website: www.pusd@pusd.usrcadia Unified School District 
234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007 
(626) 821-8300 Website: 
Monrovia Unified School District 
325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016 
(626) 471-2000 Website: 
Duarte Unified School District 
1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010 
(626)599-5000 Website: 
From the City of Arcadia 


Join Arcadia Recreation and Freshi Media 
at the Dana Middle School Gym, 1401 S. 1stAve, Arcadia 91006, for some digital creationfun. Through the very nature of digital mediacreation, kids develop and enhance planningskills, teamwork, critical thinking and patience.
Freshi Media provides project-based, skills-
building courses and programs that promote 21stcentury learning in a variety of STEAM basedsubjects. There are a few more spots availablefor the upcoming video game and animationcamp, the week of July 10 – 15, so register byJuly 5! Register online at
recreation or come by the Recreation Office, 375Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007. For more 
information please call 626.574.5113. 

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