Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, September 22, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 22, 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


Arcadia Unified School District (AUSD) officials cut the 
ribbon and introduced the new Jim Leahy Maintenance Yard 
in a private ceremony on Tuesday September 18. The new 
yard and accompanying facilities are the concluding projects 
of Measure I “Arcadia Neighborhood Schools Health, Safety 
and Repair Measure,” which spanned over 10 years and 
poured $218 million into AUSD school improvements.

 The initial school bond measure passed in 2006 and helped 
update 11 schools with much needed safety and upgraded 
renovations. Longtime resident and former Citizen of the Year 
(2015), Jim Leahy, was also honored at the event. Mr. Leahy, 
who is retired, dedicated much of his life to helping area schools 
and supervised the Measure I project as Executive Director of 
Facilities. Along with AUSD School Board President Cung 
Nguyen, and other school board members, Mr. Leahy cut the 
red ribbon to kick off the celebration which included keynote 
speakers, area boy scouts, the Arcadia High School Marching 
Band, and a beautiful spread of food, drinks and desserts, 
including a ‘Happy Retirement’ cake for Mr. Leahy. 

 The new maintenance yard, which will accommodate the 
Facilities, Maintenance, Transportation, Operations, and 
Nutritional Services Departments, was not part of Measure 
I’s initial plan. But due to the hard work of Mr. Leahy, and 
countless, devoted staff members, upgrades to area schools 
were completed ahead of schedule and under budget, which 
gave the district wiggle room to build this facility. 

 Other projects completed as a result of Measure I include 
a Performance Arts Center, Aquatics Center and Career 
Technical Education Center at the High School, as well 
as upgrades to electrical wiring, smoke detectors, roofing 
and earthquake safety classroom upgrades. The bond was 
refinanced last year saving Arcadia tax payers $80 million. 

“We are an institution educating the Southern California community for more than 35 years” 
Our school opens its doors to welcome students of all grade levels in our integral education system. 
Pre-K, Kindergarten, Elementary, Jr. High and High School 
The classes are taught in Spanish 
The academic year is from September - June 
9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. (Saturdays only) 
Headquarters (Saturday Only): Foothill Oaks Academy 
822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010 
Correspondence: P.O. Box 5332, Whittier, CA 90607-5332 
. Registration forms are available for printing on our website at: 
For more information call: 
(562) 548-9528 . (562) 324-1077 
Official titles recognized in Argentina and other countries who 
have treaties of educational reciprocity with Argentina 
(Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, México, Paraguay & Uruguay) 




HAPPY BIRTHDAY! …. September Birthdays

Clem Bartolai, Pat Hall, Donna Anderson, Teresa Chaure, Cathy Gunther, Esther Macias, 
Sheila Pierce, Nancy Sue Shollenberger, Yvonne Osti, Patti O’Meara, Judie Cimino, Mary 
Steinberg, Geri Wright, Parvin Dabiri, Denise Reistetter and Nehama Warner. 

* 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.

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

SEPTEMBER 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,

Can you give me some tips on picking an all-
inclusive residential retirement community that 
offers independent housing along with assisted living 
and nursing care? My husband and I are looking to 
downsize and simplify, but we want our next move 
to be our last. 

Approaching 80

Dear Approaching,

 If you want your next move to be your final 
one, an all-inclusive retirement community – also 
known as a continuing-care retirement community 
(or CCRC) – is a great option to consider, but they 
aren’t cheap. 

CCRCs are different from other types of senior 
housing because they provide all levels of housing, 
services and care in one convenient location. 

 While they vary greatly in appearance and services, 
most CCRCs offer apartments or sometimes single-
family homes for active independent seniors. In 
addition, they also offer onsite assisted living for 
seniors who require help with basic living tasks like 
bathing, dressing or going to the bathroom, and 
nursing home care for residents when their health 

 CCRCs also provide a bevy of resort-style 
amenities and services that include community 
dining halls, exercise facilities, housekeeping, 
and transportation, as well as many social and 
recreational activities.

 But be aware that all these services come at a 
hefty price. Most communities have entry fees that 
range from the low to mid-six figures, plus ongoing 
monthly fees that can range from around $2,000 to 
over $4,000 depending on the facility, services and 
the contract option you choose. 

 With more than 2,000 CCRCs in operation 
throughout the U.S, finding a facility that fits your 
lifestyle, needs and budget will require some legwork. 
Here are some steps that can help you proceed. 

 Make a list: Start by calling the Area Agency on 
Aging (call 800-677-1116 for contact information) 
in the area you want to live for a list of CCRCs, or 
search websites like 

 Call the facilities: Once you’ve located a few, call 
them to find out if they have any vacancies, what 
they charge and if they provide the types of services 
you want or need. 

 Take a tour: Many CCRCs encourage potential 
residents to stay overnight and have a few meals 
in their dining hall. During your visit, notice the 
upkeep of the facility and talk to the current residents 
to see how they like living there. Also, check out the 
assisted living and nursing facilities, and find out 
how decisions are made to move residents from one 
level of care to another. 

 To check-up on a facility, call the state long-term 
care ombudsman (see who 
can tell you if the assisted living and nursing care 
services within the CCRC have had any complaints 
or other problems. You can also use Medicare’s 
nursing home compare tool at

Review contracts and fees: Most CCRCs offer three 
types of contracts: Life-care, or Type A contracts, 
which have the highest entry fee but covers all levels 
of long-term care as needed; Type B, or modified 
contracts that have lower entry fees but limits long-
term care services in the initial fee; and Type C, 
or fee-for-service contracts, which offer the lowest 
entrance fees but requires you to pay extra for long-
term care if you need it.

 You also need to find out what yearly price 
increases you can expect? How much of your entry 
fee is refundable to you if you move or die? And what 
happens if you outlive your financial resources? 

 Research the CCRC: Find out who owns the 
facility and get a copy of their most recently audited 
financial statement and review it, along with the 
copy of the contract with your lawyer or financial 
advisor. Also get their occupancy rate. Unless it’s a 
newer community filling up, occupancy below 85 
percent can be a red flag that the facility is having 
financial or management problems. 


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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