Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, August 18, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, August 18, 2018 



ARCADIA-- Arcadia Unified ranks as the best 
place to teach in the Los Angeles area for the second 
year in a row according to In the recent 
release of its 2019 school district rankings, Niche 
also noted Arcadia Unified as having the best 
teachers in Los Angeles. 

 “Being named both the best place to teach and the 
district with the best teachers in Los Angeles helps 
us know we are achieving our purpose,” shared 
Arcadia Unified Assistant Superintendent, Human 
Resource Services Dr. Kevin Hryciw. “We are 
committed to making our teachers feel supported, 
valued, and to maintaining a strong relationship 
with the Arcadia Teachers Association. Our goal 
with all of these efforts is to allow our teachers’ 
focus to be on what they entered our district to do-
-inspire students to have a positive and profound 
impact on their world.”

 This school year, Arcadia Unified welcomes 
27 new educators, including school counselors, 
helping carry out Arcadia Unified’s Board of 
Education goal to have at least one full-time school 
counselor at each school site in the district. These 
new educators get to boast about numerous Niche 
honors for their new district at both the local and 
state levels.

Arcadia Unified Niche Recognitions for the Los 
Angeles Area:

 #1 Best Place to Teach in the Los Angeles Area#1 
School District with the Best Teachers in the Los 
Angeles Area#1 Safest School District in the Los 
Angeles Area#8 School District with the Best 
Teachers in California 

 In addition to its Niche recognition, Arcadia 
Unified was named to the prestigious 2018 
AP® District Honor Roll, marking the second 
consecutive year that the district has received this 
honor. Arcadia Unified’s Holly Avenue and Longley 
Way elementary schools were named as California 
Distinguished Schools for 2018, and Arcadia High 
School’s Class of 2018 achieved a 100% graduation 
rate. For more information about the Arcadia 
Unified School District, please visit, 
and for more details about Niche’s 2019 rankings, 

 For more information contact Ryan Foran, 
AUSD Chief Communications Officer:, work (626) 821-6664, cell (626) 

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


NOW ENROLLINGPRESCHOOL - 8TH GRADE822 Bradbourne Ave. Duarte, CA 91010 



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 retirement planning tips can you recommend 
to single women? I’m 54 and divorced with a teenage 
daughter and very little saved for retirement. 

Financially Behind

Dear Behind,

It’s an unfortunate reality, but most single women – 
whether they’re divorced, widowed or never married 
– face much greater financial challenges in retirement 
than men. Why? 

 Because women earn less money – about 80 cents 
for every dollar that men make, on average, and they 
have shorter working careers than men due to raising 
children and/or caring for aging parents. And less 
money earned usually translates into less money saved 
and a lower Social Security benefit when you retire. 

 In addition, women live an average of five years 
longer than men, which requires their retirement 
income to stretch farther for living expenses and 
healthcare costs. And, according to some studies, 
women tend to be less knowledgeable and more 
intimidated about financial issues than men, which 
means they don’t always handle their money as well as 
they should.

 Because of these issues, it’s very important that 
women educate themselves on financial matters and 
learn how to save more effectively. Listed below are 
some tips and resources that may help you. 

Start Saving

If your employer offers a retirement plan, such as 
a 401K, you should contribute enough to at least 
capitalize on a company match, if available. And if 
you can swing it, contribute even more. By law, you 
can save as much as $18,500 in a 401(k) in 2018, or 
$24,500 to those 50 and older, due to the catch-up rule.

 If you don’t have a workplace plan, consider 
opening a Traditional or Roth IRA. Both are powerful 
tax-advantaged retirement savings accounts that let 
you contribute up to $5,500 annually, or $6,500 when 
you’re over 50. And if you’re self-employed, consider 
a SEP-IRA, SIMPLE-IRA and/or a solo 401(k), all 
of which can help reduce your taxable income while 
putting money away for retirement. 

 Also, if you have a high-deductible health insurance 
policy, you should consider opening a health savings 
account (see This is an excellent 
tool that can be used to sock away funds pre-tax and 
use them before or after retirement to pay for medical 

Find Your Number

It’s also important to get a handle on how much you 
need to save for a comfortable retirement. You can 
do this through a number of free online calculators 
like or

Pay Off Debt

If you have debt, you need to get it under control. If 
you need some help with this, consider a nonprofit 
credit-counseling agency that provides free or low 
cost advice and solutions, and can help you set up a 
debt management plan. To locate an agency, use the 
National Foundation for Credit Counseling website at or call 800-388-2227. 

Find Help

To help you educate yourself on financial matters 
like retirement planning, saving and investing, 
health care, annuities and more, a top resource is 
the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement at 

 And to help you get up to speed on Social Security, 
visit This web page, 
dedicated to women, provides helpful publications 
like “What Every Women Should Know,” along with 
links to benefit calculators and your personal Social 
Security account to help you figure out your future 
earnings at different retirement ages. 

 You should also consider getting a financial 
assessment with a fee-only financial advisor. Costs for 
these services will vary from around $150 to $300 per 
hour, but this can be very beneficial to help you set-up 
a retirement plan you can follow. See or to locate an advisor in 
your area.

 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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