Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, January 5, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 5, 2019 



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


ROSEMEAD, CA. – January 4, 2019 - Don Bosco 
Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) will host its 
mathematics competition for fifth through eighth 
grade students on Saturday, February 2. The 47th 
annual event will offer awards to the highest scoring 
individuals and teams.

 “Our popular math competition is the longest 
running in Southern California and is a great 
opportunity for elementary and middle school 
students to challenge themselves,” said Bosco Tech 
Principal Xavier Jimenez. “The complex critical 
thinking skills involved are vital in pre-engineering 
studies like those offered at our school.”

 Event check-in is 8:00-8:45 a.m. and the 
competition begins at 9:00 a.m. To register, review 
rules and see sample test questions, visit www. Pre-registration is required and 
ends January 25; the cost to participate is $15 per 

 Bosco Tech is an all-male Catholic high school 
that combines a rigorous college-preparatory 
program with a technology-focused education. 
The innovative curriculum allows students to 
exceed university admissions requirements while 
completing extensive integrated coursework in one 
of several applied science and engineering fields, 
including the newly added Biological, Medical 
& Environmental Technology (BMET) program. 
On’s list of top boys high schools and 
Catholic high schools in California and the U.S., 
Bosco Tech boasts a college acceptance rate of 100 
percent, with the majority of graduates pursuing 
STEM-related post-secondary majors and 
careers. The school is located at 1151 San Gabriel 
Boulevard, Rosemead, 91770. More information 
is available at


Tax tips for students

Income tax season 
is approaching, and 
students may want 
to consider these 
tips from KHEAA to 
help the process go 
more smoothly.

 Although you 
may not have 
earned enough to 
be required to file, 
you may be able to 
get a refund if your 
employer withheld 
taxes from your 
pay. Before you file, 
discuss the situation 
with your parents. 
They may be able to 
claim you as a dependent, which could save them 
thousands of dollars.

 Students and parents may be able to take 
advantage of these programs on their federal taxes:

• American Opportunity Credit, available for the 
first four years of college.
• Lifetime Learning Credit, available if a taxpayer 
or a dependent is taking college courses to acquire 
or improve job skills.
• Tuition and fees deduction, which lets taxpayers 
deduct qualified education expenses paid during 
the year for themselves or a dependent. The 
expenses must be for college.
• Student loan interest deduction, which lets 
people deduct up 
to $2,500 per year 
on federal taxes 
for interest paid 
on federal student 

 For more detailed 
about federal 
programs, go 
to to 
download the free 
Publication 970 
Tax Benefits for 

Tax rules may 
change from year 
to year, so make 
sure you have the 
most up-to-date 
information before filing.

 KHEAA is a public, non-profit agency 
established in 1966 to improve students’ access 
to college. It provides information about financial 
aid and financial literacy at no cost to students and 
parents. KHEAA also helps colleges manage their 
student loan default rates and verify information 
submitted on the Free Application for Federal 
Student Aid (FAFSA). To learn more about those 
services, visit

 In addition, KHEAA disburses private 
Advantage Education Loans on behalf of its 
sister agency, KHESLC. For more information 
about Advantage Education Loans, visit www.




HAPPY BIRTHDAY! …January Birthdays*

 Gerald Day, Mary Tassop, Judy Webb-Martin, John Johnson, Mary Bickel, Marlene 
Enmark, Shirley Wolf, Ross Kellock, Ruth Wolter, Sue Watanabe, Sandy Thistlewaite, 
Bobbi Rahmanian, Fran Syverson, Shirley Wolff, Judy Zaretzka and Becky Evans. 

* To add your name to this distinguished list, please call the paper at 626.355.2737. 
YEAR of birth not required



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,

My siblings and I don’t know much about our elderly 
parent’s financial situation or their wishes if something 
happens to them. When mom broke her hip last year, it got 
me thinking we need to be better prepared. What’s the best 
way to handle this, and what all should we know? 

Tentative Daughter

Dear Tentative,

Many adult children don’t know much about their elderly 
parent’s financial situation or end-of-life plans, but they 
need to. Getting up to speed on their finances, insurance 
policies, long-term care plans and other information 
is important because some day you might have to help 
them handle their financial affairs or care, or execute 
their estate plan after they die. Without this information, 
your job becomes much more difficult. Here are some 
tips that can help.

Have the Conversation

If you’re uncomfortable talking to your parents about 
this topic, use this column as a prompt or start by talking 
about your own finances or estate plan as a way to ease 
into it. 

 Also see, which offers 
free kits that can help you kick-start these discussions.

 It’s also a good idea to get your siblings involved too. 
This can help you head off possible hard feelings, plus, 
with others involved, your parents will know everyone is 

 When you talk with your parents, you’ll need to 
collect some information, find out where they keep key 
documents and how they want certain things handled 
when they die or if they become incapacitated. Here’s a 
checklist of areas to focus on. 


• Contacts: Make a list of names and phone numbers 
of their doctors, lawyer, accountant, broker, tax preparer, 
insurance agent, etc. 

• Medical information: Make a copy of their medical 
history (any drug allergies, past surgeries, etc.) and a list 
of medications they take.

• Personal documents: Find out where they keep their 
Social Security card, marriage license, military discharge 
papers, etc.

• Secured places: Make a list of places they keep under 
lock and key or protected by password, such as online 
accounts, safe deposit boxes, safe combination, security 
alarms, etc. 

• Pets: If they have a pet, what are their instructions for 
the animal’s care? 

• End of life: What are their wishes for organ or body 
donation, and their funeral instructions? If they’ve made 
pre-arrangements with a funeral home, get a copy of the 


• Will: Do they have an updated will or trust, and where 
is it located?

• Power of attorney: Do they have a power of attorney 
document that names someone to handle their financial 
matters if they become incapacitated?

• Advance directives: Do they have a living will and a 
medical power of attorney that spells out their wishes 
regarding their end-of-life medical treatment? If they 
don’t have these documents prepared, now’s the time to 
make them.


• Debts and liabilities: Make a list of any loans, leases 
or debt they have – mortgages owed, car loans, medical 
bills, credit card debts. Also, make a list of all their credit 
and charge cards, including the card numbers and 
contact information.

• Financial accounts: Make a list of the banks and 
brokerage accounts they use (checking, savings, stocks, 
bonds, mutual funds, IRAs, etc.) and their contact 

• Company benefits: Make a list of any retirement 
plans, pensions or benefits from their former employers 
including the contact information of the benefits 

• Insurance: Make a list of the insurance policies 
they have (life, long-term care, home, auto, Medicare, 
etc.) including the policy numbers, agents and phone 

• Property: Make a list of the real estate, vehicles or 
other properties they own, rent or lease and where they 
keep the deeds, titles and loan or lease agreements. 

• Taxes: Find out where they keep copies of past year’s 
tax returns. 

 For more tips, see the Eldercare Locator publication 
“Let’s Talk: Starting the Conversation about Health, 
Legal, Financial and End-of-Life Issues” at


 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.


The Senior Community Commission and Community Services Department is 
now accepting nominations for the Older “Sierra Madre” American of the Year. 

If you know someone who lives in Sierra Madre, has demonstrated outstanding 
community service, and is 60+ years of age or older please be sure to fill out a 
nomination form due by Thursday, March 21st, 2019. 

Forms are available at the Hart Park House or by calling the Senior Services Office 
at 626-355-5278 x 704.

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