Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, August 11, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, August 11, 2018 



(StatePoint) Want to ensure the transition 
from summer to school goes smoothly for 
your family? Check out these six tips.

1. Make a smooth transition. Been sleeping 
in all summer? Now’s the time to get your 
body back into the routine of early mornings. 
Start slowly, setting the alarm earlier 
until you reach the time you’ll be waking 
up for the school year. Parents can assist 
younger kids with this transition.

2. Get the right education tools. From 
highlighters to USB drives to loose-leaf paper, be sure you have a comprehensive list of all the school 
supplies and education tools you’ll need for a successful year ahead. As far as tech tools like graphing 
calculators are concerned, opt for those that are jam packed with all the latest features. For example, 
the Casio fx-CG50 offers the ability to draw three dimensional graphs, such as planes, cylinders and 
spheres, and view them from various angles in order to better analyze their shape. It also features a 
cross-section option and a special zoom function for in-depth analysis.

3. Organize your agenda. Make sure everyone is ready for the busy year ahead. Plan your children’s participation 
in after school activities. Then, display relevant items on a calendar where the whole family 
can see it to ensure no one misses a club meeting, rehearsal or team practice.

4. De-stress. The hectic back-to-school season can create tension and stress. Encourage hobbies that 
help students unwind as the school year gets back into full swing. For beginners of music, check out 
new tools that can make the learning process fun and easy, such as Casio’s LK-265 keyboard, which 
features an LCD display that shows both music notation and correct hand positioning.

5. Get healthy. Crowded classrooms are a good place to pick up germs. Keep kids healthy with a daily 
multivitamin, plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and lots of sleep. Regular exercise is also an immunity 
booster, so encourage kids to get active.

6. Adapt to new school resources. Families aren’t the only ones getting ready for back to school. Districts 
are incorporating the latest tech into classroom learning. Such tools include Casio LampFree 
Projectors, an eco-friendly technology that gives educators the ability to control the projector from a 
smartphone or tablet, expanding their ability to create and deliver dynamic lesson plans.

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 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809 

Co-Principals Nancy Lopez and Diane Kieffaber

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





HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ….August Birthdays

Bill Nelson, Karlene Englert, Juanita Fernandez, Jeanette Francis, Joseph Kiss, 
Jacquie Pergola, Maury Whitaker, Pat Miranda, Phyllis Chapman, Jerry Burnett, 
Margaret Aroyan, Phyllis Burg, Beverly Clifton, Rosemary Morabito, Susan 
Poulsen, Dorothy Quentmeyer, Genevieve Stubbs, Miep Tulleners, Joy Barry, 
Ellie Baudino, Marcia Bent, Daryls Brechwald, Joan Spears, Ruth Torres, Jane 

 * To add your name to this distinguished list, please call the paper at YEAR of 
birth not required

AUGUST ACTIVITIES: 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 10a.m. 
to 11a.m. Join the class with Instructor Barbara Dempsey as she leads you in 
the art of Hula.

Bingo Time: Every Tuesday beginning at 1:00p.m. Cards are only $0.25 each! Everyone is welcome 
to join. Activity may be canceled if less than five people. Free Blood Pressure Testing: 2nd Tuesdays 
of the month from 11a.m. to 12p.m. No appt. is necessary.

Brain Games: Join us on Thursday, August 16th at 10:30a.m. to 11:30a.m for Scattergories, a 
creativethinking 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. What a great way to strengthen your brain and make new friends. Games facilitated by 
Senior Volunteers.

Free Legal Consultation: Wednesday, August 15th from 10:30a.m. to Noon. Attorney Lem 
Makupson is available for legal consultation. Specializing in Family Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates, and 
Injury. Please call Hart Park House for an appointment, 626-355-7394.

Senior Club: Meets every Saturday at the Hart Park House Senior Center. Brown Bag Lunch at 

Chair Yoga: Mondays & Wednesdays from 11:00a.m. to 11:45a.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 Celebrations: Every 2nd Thursday monthly at the Hart Park House, share some free 
birthday cake provided by the Senior Community Commission!

Game Day: Every Thursday starting at 12:00p.m. Come join this group of Seniors in their poker 

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

Dear Savvy Senior,

What’s the best way to find good, trustworthy, qualified 
people who can help seniors with home chores or small 

Looking for Mom

Dear Looking,

Getting help at home for any number of household tasks 
is a lot easier than it use to be thanks to a number of web-
based tools that can quickly and easily connect you and 
your mom to a wide variety of skilled, carefully vetted 
workers. Here’s what you should know. 

Finding Qualified Help

One of the best ways to find qualified, reliable, trustworthy 
people that can help with home chores and other small 
jobs is through referrals from people you trust. But if your 
friends or family don’t have any recommendations, there 
are a number of online companies you can turn to now 
like and 

 These are on-demand service companies that can 
quickly and easily connect you to skilled workers to 
handle a wide variety of household chores and small jobs, 
like cleaning and housekeeping, moving and packing, 
lawn and yard cleanup, handyman tasks, grocery 
shopping, running errands, furniture assembly, picture 
hanging, closet organizing, and much more.

 TaskRabbit currently has more than 60,000 Taskers 
(workers) in 47 U.S. cities, while Takl currently serves 75 
U.S. cities with around 35,000 workers. 

 All you need to do is download their app, or go to their 
website, and select the service your mom wants done and 
set a time when she would like the worker to show up. 
The software then matches your request and provides 
you a list of qualified, feedback rated workers (including 
their hourly rate) from which to choose. Once the job is 
complete, payment is done through the company’s app.

 You should also know that all TaskerRabbit and Takl 
workers have to go through a thorough vetting process 
before they can join their respective company including 
extensive background checks. 

 If, however, you can’t find a skilled worker through 
TaskRabbit or Takl, or if they don’t serve your area, 
another option is Amazon Home Services at Amazon.
com/services. Like TaskRabbit and Takl, Amazon will 
connect you to qualified workers that handle dozens of 
household chores and other small jobs. 

 Amazon also screens all workers through media 
searches, online interviews, reference checks, and 
background checks. And all experts need to have licenses 
and insurance.

 To purchase and book a service, you can either buy a 
pre-packaged service with a fixed price (like two hours of 
cleaning) or you can submit a custom request and receive 
estimates. When booking, you select three different dates 
and time frames and the pro confirms an appointment. 
All payment is done through your Amazon account.

Need a Tradesman

If your mom primarily needs of a tradesman like a 
plumber, electrician, painter, roofer or carpenter for 
home repairs or remodel projects, you should also check and Both of these 
sites can connect you with prescreened, customer-rated 
service professionals in your area for free. 

Senior Specific 

Another option you should know about is AskUmbrella.
com, which is a fee-based membership service for seniors 
60-plus that provides qualified, vetted workers to do 
small jobs in and around the house for only $16 per hour. 
Currently available in New York, they are expanding 
nationally over the next year.

Lower-Income Option

If your mom is on a tight budget, you should also contact 
her nearby Area Aging Agency (call 800-677-1116), who 
can refer you to services in her area, if available. For 
example, some communities have volunteer programs 
that provide chore and handyman services to help seniors 
in need. And some local non-profit’s offer residential 
repair services that offer seniors minor upgrades and 
adaptations to their homes.

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

SENIOR MOVIE: August 15th at 1:00 p.m. RACE (2016) 

Young Jesse Owens becomes a track and field sensation while attending Ohio State University in the 
early 1930’s. After heated debates, the United States decides not to boycott the Olympics inNazi Germany. 
Overcoming racism at home and abroad, Owens seizes the opportunity to show Berlin and the 
world he is the fastest man alive! Rated PG-13. Run Time: 2h 14m.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL Thursday, August 23rd, 12:30p.m. - 1:30p.m.

Hart Park House Representative from Anthem BlueCross will have free information on Medicare Benefits 
and Medicare extras. Come learn about their programs, ask questions, and enjoy ice cream

with syrup and toppings! Call 626-355-7394 at the Hart Park House if you plan on attending.

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