Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, December 1, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 1, 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


Alverno Heights Academy is excited to host “Science 
Night at Alverno” in collaboration with Caltech 
Educational Outreach and Carnegie Science on 
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 
p.m. Guests of all ages are invited to learn more about 
Alverno’s extensive STEM program.

 The event will take place in five locations on 
Alverno Heights Academy’s campus including 
Alverno’s innovative Learning Technology Center 
where guests can learn more about space from Caltech 
graduate students involved in the Laser Interferometer 
Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), physics, 
geology, and math programs.

 On the school terrace, Carnegie Observatories in 
Pasadena will have telescopes to allow guests a look 
at the moon and several different planets and stars. 
There will also be an inflatable planetarium, with 
performances scheduled every 30 minutes, starting 
at 6:15 p.m. in one of the science classrooms.

 In the cafeteria, visitors will be able to explore 
different booths featuring a variety of demonstrations 
and experiments run by Alverno’s own Science 
Club. Demonstrations will include dry-ice gelato, 
cryogenically frozen materials, Dragon’s Breath, 
Elephant Toothpaste, and more!

 The research lab will feature a variety of 
neuroscience experiments including a demonstration 
of controlling someone else’s hand with your mind 
and sensitive plants talking to venus flytraps! Plus, 
come by and swing a giant bowling ball pendulum 
and play with robots!

 This free event is open to students and adults of all 
ages and promises some fun for everyone! To help 
make the evening as enjoyable as possible, guests are 
encouraged to pre-register through the link here.

 Alverno Heights Academy is located at 200 North 
Michillinda Avenue in Sierra Madre. Parking for 
the event is available on the school’s campus in the 
parking lot located off of Michillinda Avenue.

 Questions about Science Night? Please contact Sara 
McCarthy ’05, Director of Enrollment and Student 
Engagement, at or 
Monica Barsever, Science Teacher, at mbarsever@

 Attached to this e-mail is a picture of the poster 
that may be included and there is also a wonderful 
video that our Honors Independent Research in 
Science class made as well that can be found here. We 
hope you will share it with your readers!

 Thank you for your support!





HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ….November 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. 

Dear Savvy Senior,

What can you tell me about health savings accounts? I’ve 
been reading that they are a great investment that can help 
with growing health care costs when I retire.

Planning Ahead

Dear Planning,

It’s true! A health savings account is a fantastic financial 
tool that can help you build up a tax-free stash of money 
for medical expenses now and after you retire – but there’s 
a catch. To get one, you must have a high-deductible 
health insurance policy. 


How They Work

Health savings accounts (or HSAs) have become 
increasingly popular over the past few years as health care 
costs continue to skyrocket, and because more and more 
Americans have gotten high-deductible health plans. 

 The benefit of a HSA is the triple tax advantage that it 
offers: Your HSA contributions can be deducted pretax 
from your paycheck, lowering your taxable income; the 
money in the account grows tax-free; and if you use the 
money for eligible medical expenses, withdrawals are 

 And if you change jobs, the HSA moves with you. 

 To qualify, you must have a health insurance policy 
with a deductible of at least $1,350 for an individual or 
$2,700 for a family. 

 This year (2018), you can contribute up to $3,450 if you 
have single health insurance coverage, or up to $6,900 for 
family coverage. Next year (2019) you can contribute 
slightly more – up to $3,500 for single coverage or up to 
$7,000 for family coverage. And people age 55 and older 
can put away an extra $1,000 each year. But you cannot 
make contributions after you sign up for Medicare.

 The money can be used for out-of-pocket medical 
expenses, including deductibles, co-payments, Medicare 
premiums, prescription drugs, vision and dental care and 
other expenses (see, page 
5, for a complete list) either now or when you retire for 
yourself and your spouse as well as your tax dependents.

 And unlike a flexible spending account, an HSA 
doesn’t require you to use the money by the end of 
the year. Rather, HSA funds roll over year to year 
and continue to grow tax-free in your HSA account 
for later use. In fact, you’ll get a bigger tax benefit if 
you use other cash for current medical expenses and 
keep the HSA money growing for the long term. Be 
sure to hold on to your receipts for medical expenses 
after you open your HSA, even if you pay those bills 
with cash, so you can claim the expenses later. There’s 
no time limit for withdrawing the money tax-free for 
eligible medical expenses you incurred anytime after 
you opened the account.

 But be aware that if you do use your HSA funds for 
non-medical expenses, you’ll be required to pay taxes on 
the withdrawal, plus a 20 percent penalty. The penalty, 
however, is waived for those 65 and older, but you’ll still 
pay ordinary income tax on withdraws not used for 
eligible expenses. 

How to Open a HSA

You should first check with your employer to see if they 
offer a HSA, and if they will contribute to it. If not, you 
can open an HSA through many banks, brokerage firms 
and other financial institutions, as long as you have a 
qualified high-deductible health insurance policy. 

 If you plan to keep the money growing for the future, 
look for an HSA administrator that offers a portfolio of 
mutual funds for long-term investing and has low fees. 
HealthEquity, OptumBank, The HSA Authority and 
Bank of America are the top ranked HSA providers 
for long-term investing according to the investment 
research firm Morningstar. To search for providers, visit 

 After setting up your HSA plan, adding money is pretty 
straightforward. Most plans let you do online transfers 
from your bank, send checks directly, or set up a payroll 
deduction if offered by your employer. And to access 
your HSA funds many plans provide a debit card, some 
offer a checkbook and most allow for reimbursement. 

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: 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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