Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, November 17, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 17, 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


Parents watch as a student demonstrates his coding project during a Code to the Future Epic Build 
Showcase on Nov. 7 at Mayflower Elementary.

MONROVIA, CA – Parents, administrators, and other 
community members observed Mayflower Elementary 
students as they showed off characters they built for 
stories and video games during an Epic Build Showcase 
on Nov. 7. 

 During the showcase, parents toured classrooms and 
watched students solve problems with commands and 
specific coding directions while demonstrating their 
coding accomplishments. 

 Epic Build showcases teach parents and the 
community the importance of Code to the Future, 
a computer language immersion program that 
incorporates coding across all subjects. During the 
showcase, students became the instructors, explaining 
how the projects were completed. 

 Visitors celebrated the coding accomplishments that 
students in kindergarten – through fifth grade had 
completed so far this school year with high-fives. 

 “I have been in coding since I was in first grade,” third-
grader Alyson Carroll said. “I have gained confidence in 
coding and now feel comfortable coming up on stage to 
present my projects.” 

 Plymouth Elementary, which also has a Code to 
the Future curriculum, will host a similar Epic Build 
Showcase on Nov. 16. 

 “The Epic Build showcases are a way for our students 
to engage not only with one another, but with parents and 
community members, as well,” Board President Terrence 
Williams said. “Through Code to the Future, our students 
will gain the confidence they need to pursue science and 
technology career paths in the future.” 

 Mayflower Elementary added coding to its lesson 
plans three years ago to prepare students for technology-
oriented education and career paths. Writing code 
develops learning skills such as creativity, collaboration, 
and critical thinking. 

 Students work with block-based coding and 
JavaScript, and engage in hands-on programming, 
robotics, and analog activities. 

 “One of our priorities at Mayflower Elementary is to 
ensure our students are being prepared for the future,” 
Principal Michele Costarella said. “The Code to the 
Future curriculum includes assignments and projects 
that make students critical thinkers and problem solvers.” 

 Through learning code, students hone their ability 
to communicate with one another. Beginning in 
kindergarten, students apply the logic of computer 
science by creating loops, sequences and animations. By 
second grade, students begin building video games; by 
fifth grade, students skillfully combine coding concepts 
with an integrated story. 

 "The Code to the Future curriculum engages students 
in problem solving and persistence,” Superintendent 
Katherine Thorossian said. “Through experience, 
students learn that the problems they face can be solved 
in a methodical manner. We are honing life skills, 
not just in preparing for future careers, but also for 
navigating life.”





HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ….November Birthdays

Flo Mankin, Alberta Curran, Carmela Frontino, Kathy Wood, Lena Zate, Joe Pergola, 
Janice Kacer, Valerie Howard, “Mike” Ruggles, Joan Ruggles, Lois Stueck, Jean Wood, 
Shirley Yergeau, Kathi Jefferson, Pat Krok, Irene Nakagawa, Anna Ross, Mary Steinberg 
and Sue Quinn. * 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, November 15th 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, November 14th 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. 

Dear Savvy Senior,

Where can I turn for caregiving help? I help take care of 
my 78-year-old mother and work too, and it’s wearing 
me to a frazzle. 

Exhausted Daughter

Dear Exhausted,

Taking care of an aging parent over a period of 
time – especially when juggling work and other 
family obligations – can be physically and mentally 
exhausting. But help and resources are available. 

 To help you determine and prioritize the kinds of 
help you need, a good first step is to make a list of 
everything you do as a caregiver, big and small. Note 
the amount of time each one takes every day, week 
or month. Identify the times when you need help the 
most and which tasks others might be able to do for 
you, like making lunch for your mother when you’re at 

 Then list the types of care needed, such as simple 
companionship or doing active chores, like food 
shopping. Once you determine this, here are some tips 
and places you can reach out to for help.

Caregiving Help

If you have siblings or other loved ones close by, 
schedule a family meeting, in person or by phone, to 
discuss specific tasks they could provide. See if friends, 
neighbors or faith group members could help too.

 You should also investigate resources in your mom’s 
town. Many communities offer a range of free or 
subsidized services that help seniors and caregivers 
with basic needs such as home delivered meals, 
transportation, senior companion services and respite 
services, which offers short-term care so you can 
take an occasional break. Call your Area Agency on 
Aging (call 800-677-1116 for contact information) for 
referrals to services available in your community, or for 
respite services see

 If you can afford it, you may want to hire someone 
part-time to help with things like preparing meals, 
housekeeping or even personal care. Costs can 
run anywhere from $12 up to $25 per hour. To find 
someone, ask for referrals through your mom’s doctor 
or area hospital discharge planners, or try websites 
like,, or

Financial Aids 

 If your handling your mom’s financial chores, make 
things easier by arranging for direct deposit for her 
income sources, and set up automatic payments for 
her utilities and other routine bills. You may also want 
to set up your mom’s online banking service, so you 
can pay bills and monitor her account anytime. Or, if 
you need help, hire a daily money manager (AADMM.
com) to do it for you. They charge between $25 and 
$100 per hour. is another excellent resource 
to look for financial assistance programs that may help 
your mom, particularly if she’s lower-income. 

Technology Assistance

To help you keep tabs on your mom when you are 
away at work or if she lives alone, there are affordable 
technologies that can help. 

 For example, there are medical alert systems (like 
Bay Alarm Medical,, which 
provide a wearable “help button” that would allow your 
mom to call for help anytime she needed it. 

 Or, you could install a video-monitoring camera 
(like Lighthouse Al, that 
lets you check in on her anytime via your smartphone 
or computer. These cameras have built-in motion 
and sound detection that will let you know when 
something is detected, and two-way audio that will let 
you talk and listen to her.

 There are even websites (like LotsaHelpingHands.
com) that can help you more easily coordinate care 
with other family members.

Insurance Questions? 

 If you have questions about Medicare, Medicaid or 
long-term care, your State Health Insurance Assistance 
Program (SHIP) offers free counseling and advice on 
these issues. Call 877-839-2675 or visit ShiptaCenter.
org to locate a nearby counselor. You can also get help 
through the Medicare Rights Center, which staffs a 
help-line at 800-333-4114. 

 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” book.

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

November 7th The Greatest Showman PG

 Rated - PG 1hr 45 min 

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman is an original musical 
that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to 
create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. 

November 21st Pirates of the Carribean - Dead Men Tell No Tales

 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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