Mountain Views News, Pasadena Edition [Sierra Madre] Saturday, December 8, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 8, 2018 



Alverno Heights Academy

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. Fanara

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 

Preschool-TK-8th Grade

Principal: Dr. William Walner

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 E. Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809

Principal: Nancy Lopez

Frostig School

971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107

(626) 791-1255

Head of School: Jenny Janetzke


The Gooden School

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

(626) 355-2410 

Head of School, Carl Parke 


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road 

Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989


La Salle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website:

Principal Mrs. Courtney Kassakhian

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) 396-5880 Principal: Roberto Hernandez


St. Rita Catholic School

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

Principal Joan Harabedian (626) 355-9028 


Sierra Madre Elementary School

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

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Lindsay Lewis

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:

Pasadena Unified School District

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

(626) 396-3600 Website:

Arcadia 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 


Duarte Unified School District

1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010



Arcadia Christian School

1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006

Preschool - and TK - 8th Grade



Principal: Cindy Harmon


La Salle "World Scholars", from left, Joshua Ng, Kees Hood, Samantha Grijalva, Kate Mena, Gwyneth Schoenbaum and 
Katie Nuzzi.

Pasadena, CA. - Six students from La Salle College 
Preparatory Academic Decathlon team garnered 
39 medals in the World Scholars Cup Tournament 
of Champions at Yale University. Two Lancer trios 
competed against over 400 other teams from 58 
other countries. The WSC competition is comprised 
of four separate events: a Scholars Challenge which 
is an arduous 120-question multiple choice test on 
six different subjects, a collaborative essay involving 
all members of the team, three team debates, and 
a Scholars Bowl which is a combination of game 
show and audio-visual madness. These six Lancers 
had competed in the Global Round in Sydney, 
Australia, and advanced to the annual Tournament 
of Champions at Yale. This is the third consecutive 
year that a team from La Salle has qualified for this 
ultimate competition.

 The team comprising seniors Gwyneth 
Schoenbaum, Joshua Ng, and Samantha Grijalva 
finished in 69th place overall. Individually, they 
won eleven gold medals and seven silver medals. 
Together they finished in 26th place for the team 
challenge, 70th place for the collaborative essay, and 
69th overall for the team debate.

 The team with seniors Kate Mena, Katie Nuzzi, 
and Kees Hood combined to win eleven gold medals 
and five silver medals. As a team, they finished in 
19th place for the Team Challenge, which is the 
highest finish that either team received in any event.

 This event completes the annual competition 
for these six students but they have not completed 
their academic competitions yet. In January and 
February these same Lancers (along with about 
20 others) led by coach John Erb will vie in the 
Academic Decathlon competition at Alemany High 
School where they will compete against more than 
40 teams from other private schools in the greater 
Los Angeles area.




Dear Savvy Senior, 

I will turn 65 in a few months and will be enrolling 
in Medicare, but I am concerned about 
Medicare’s coverage of dental care. Does Medicare 
cover dental procedures? And if not, where can I 
get dental coverage?

Almost 65

Dear Almost,

Medicare’s coverage of dental care is extremely 
limited. It will not cover routine dental care including 
checkups, cleanings, or fillings, and it 
won’t pay for dentures either. 

 Medicare will, however, cover some dental 
services if they are required to protect your general 
health, or if you need dental care in order 
for another health service that Medicare covers 
to be successful. For example, if you have cancer 
and need dental services that are necessary for 
radiation treatment, or if you need surgery to 
treat fractures of the jaw or face, Medicare will 
pay for these dental services. 

 Although Medicare’s coverage of dental services 
is limited, there are other ways you can get 
coverage and care affordably. Here are several to 
check into.

 Consider a Medicare Advantage plan: While 
dental services are mostly excluded under original 
Medicare, some Medicare Advantage plans 
do provide coverage for routine dental care. If 
you are considering joining a Medicare Advantage 
plan, find out what dental services, if any, it 
covers. Also, remember to make sure any Medicare 
Advantage plan you’re considering covers 
the doctors and hospitals you prefer to use and 
the medications you take at a cost you can afford. 
See or call 800-
633-4227 to research plans in your area.

 Purchase dental insurance: If you have frequent 
gum problems and need extensive dental 
care, a dental insurance plan may be worth the 
costs versus paying for care yourself. Expect to 
pay monthly premiums of $15 to $40 or more 
for insurance. To find dental plans in your state, 
go to and use the “find a dental plan” 
tool. Then review a specific plan’s website.

 Consider dental savings plans: While savings 
plans aren’t as comprehensive as insurance, 
they’re a good option for those who can’t get 
covered. How this works is you pay an annual 
membership fee – around $80 to $200 a year – 
in exchange for 10 to 60 percent discounts on 
service and treatments from participating dentists. 
To find a savings plan, go to DentalPlans.
com (or 888-632-5353) where you can search 
for plans and participating dentists, as well as 
get a breakdown of the discounts offered. 

 Check veterans’ benefits: If you’re a veteran 
enrolled in the VA health care program or are a 
beneficiary of the Civilian Health and Medical 
Program (CHAMPVA), the VA offers a dental 
insurance program that gives you the option 
to buy dental insurance through Delta Dental 
and MetLife at a reduced cost. The VA also provides 
free dental care to vets who have dental 
problems resulting from service. To learn more 
about these options, visit or call 

 Shop around: and lets you look up the 
cost of different dental procedures in your area, 
so you can comparison shop – or ask your regular 
dentist for a discount.

 Try community health centers or dental 
schools: There are many health centers and clinics 
that provide low-cost dental care to those 
in need. And all university dental schools and 
college dental hygiene programs offer dental 
care and cleanings for less than half of what you 
would pay at a dentist’s office. Students who are 
supervised by their professors provide the care. 
See to search for a center, 
clinic or school near you.


Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. 
Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.
org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC 
Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ….December Birthdays*

Pat Karamitros, Joan Hufnagel, Mary Alice Cervera, Carol Horejsi, Shirley Anhalt, 
Mignon Grijalva, Helen Reese, Levon Yapoujian, Toni Buckner, Lottie Bugl, Pat 
McGuire, Sheila Wohler, Nan Murphy, Eleanor Hensel, Sylvia Curl, Elizabeth Levie, 
Gayle Licher, Cindy Barran, and Melissa Stute. * To add your name to this distinguished 
list, please call the paper at 626.355.2737. YEAR of birth not required but you must be over 60.



Unless listed differently, all activities are at the Hart Park House (Senior Center) 222 W. 
Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre

Hawaiian & Polynesian Dance Class: Every Tuesday Morning from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Join the class with Instructor Barbara Dempsey as she leads you in the art of Hula!

Bingo Time: Every Tuesday beginning at 1:00 p.m. Cards are only $0.25 each! Everyone is 
welcome to play! Activity may be canceled if there are less than five people. 

Free Blood Pressure Testing: 2nd Tuesdays Monthly from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Brain Games: Thursday, December 13th 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Join us for Scattergories, a creative thinking game by 
naming objects within a set of categories; or Jenga, a block-building challenge that keeps you stacking and balancing 
your tower. Everyone is welcome, and no experience is needed. A great way to strengthen your mind and make new 
friends... Games are facilitated by Senior Volunteers.

Free Legal Consultation: Wednesday, December 19th from 10:30 a.m. - Noon. Attorney Lem Makupson is available for 
legal consultation. Specializing in Family Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates and Injury. Please call the Hart Park House for an 
appointment, 626-355-5278 ext. 704. 

Senior Club: Meets Saturdays Monthly at Hart Park House… Brown Bag Lunch and great company at 11:30 a.m. 

Chair Yoga: Mondays & Wednesdays 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. with Paul Hagen. Classes include Yoga and balance exercises. 
All ability levels are encouraged and welcomed! * Voluntary Donations of $5.00 per week per participant are suggested 
but not required.

Birthday Celebration: Every 2nd Thursday Monthly at the Hart Park House. Share free birthday cake and ice cream 
kindly provided by the Senior Community Commission! 

Game Day: Every Thursday Monthly 12:00 Noon come into the Hart Park House and join a lively poker game with 

Free Strength Training Class: Fridays 12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. with Lisa Brandley. This energetic class utilizes light weights, 
low impact resistance training and body conditioning. Class equipment provided.

Save the Date: Senior Excursion, Wednesday, Dec. 19th to Rogers Gardens in Corona Del Mar. 

SENIOR MOVIE: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays Monthly 1:00 p.m.

December 5th National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

 Rated - PG-13 1hr 37 min 

Its Christmas time and the Griswalds are preparing for a holiday celebration. Things 
never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their children. His bad luck is worsened 
by obnoxious family but he stays positive knowing his Christmas bonus is near.

December 19th Book Club 

 Rated - PG-13: 1hr 59 min

When deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar escape from the Devil’s Triangle, 
determined to kill every pirate at sea, Captain Jack Sparrow’s only hope for survival lies in seeking out the legendary 
Trident of Poseidon, the powerful artifact bestows upon its possessor total control over the sea. 

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