Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 12, 2019 



We’re excited to offer a great mix of school choices 
to our community through 2019-2020 Open 
Enrollment/School Choice. Online applications 
for students who live within the district’s 
attendance boundaries, as well as children of PUSD 
employees, will be accepted through February 1, 
at Selection is by random 
lottery and is not based on when an application is 

 In the early hours of the application period, which 
began today, our site had some technical issues that 
have now been resolved. Applications submitted 
January 10, 2019 between midnight and 9:30 a.m. 
were not recorded in the system. If you submitted 
an application during these hours and did not 
receive a confirmation number, you will have to 
re-submit your application at 
before the Feb. 1, 2019 deadline. We apologize for 
any inconvenience. Resubmitting does not affect 
placement, since selection is by random lottery. 

 While all students who live within PUSD 
boundaries are assured placement in their 
neighborhood school, the district’s annual Open 
Enrollment-School Choice offers families an 
opportunity to apply to themed, magnet, or 
specialized schools and programs outside the 
boundaries of their school of residence.

 Through Pasadena Unified’s Open Enrollment/
School Choice, you can apply to attend dual 
language immersion, magnet schools, International 
Baccalaureate, College & Career Academies and 


 If you have questions or would like to to speak to 
someone, please contact the Office of Enrollment at 

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


The Gooden School, a co-ed, independent Episcopal school, K-8 | 192 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre| 626-355-2410 
Respect for Self, Respect for Others, and Respect for the World 
Open House (all grades): 10/27/18 10:00 a.m. 1/19/19 4:00 p.m. Upcoming tours 11/7/18 (K-5) 9:30 a.m. 11/13 /18 (6-8) 9:30 a.m. 12/4/18 (K-5) 9:30 a.m. 1/8/18 (6-8) 9:30 a.m. 




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,

I recently read an article about how “smart home” 
devices can help seniors with aging-in-place. What types 
of smart home products can you recommend that can 
help with this?

Inquiring Senior

Dear Inquiring,

There are actually a wide variety of affordable smart 
home devices you can add to your home that can help 
make it safer and easier to live in as you age. Here’s what 
you should know.

Smart Home Technologies

While most Americans today use technology and enjoy 
the conveniences they provide, there are millions of 
seniors who still don’t have much use for it. But you 
don’t have to like technology or be tech savvy to benefit 
from the many different smart home automation 
devices that can help seniors age-in-place. 

 rSmart home devices can also give family members 
and caregivers the ability to electronically keep tabs on 
their elder loved one when they can’t be there, which 
provides peace-of-mind.

 If you’re interested in adding some smart home 
products to your house, you need to know that these 
devices require home Wi-Fi, and for many of the 
products, you’ll need either a smartphone, tablet or 
voice-enabled assistant to operate them. Here are some 
popular aging-in-place smart home products to help 
you get started. 

 Voice-enabled assistant: Popular products like the 
Amazon Echo (, Google Assistant 
( or Apple HomePod (Apple.
com/homepod) will let you operate compatible smart 
home products with simple voice commands. 

 These devices can also play your favorite music, read 
audiobooks, make calls, set timers and alarms, provide 
reminders for medications, appointments and other 
things, check traffic and weather, ask questions, and 
much more – all done by voice commands.

 Smart lights: Falls are common concerns among 
elderly seniors, which are often caused by fumbling 
around a dark room looking for a light switch. Smart 
light bulbs like the Philips Hue ( can turn 
on and off the lights by voice command, smartphone or 
tablet. These bulbs can also dim the lights and you can 
program them to turn on and off whenever you want. 

 There are also smart electric plugs like the 
Wemo Mini ( that offer remote control 
automation for lamps, fans, or other electrical devices. 

Video doorbell: Safety is also a concern for seniors who 
live alone. Smart doorbells like the Ring video doorbell 
( would allow you to see, hear and speak to 
someone at her door (via smartphone, tablet, Google 
smart displays, Amazon Echo Show or Spot) without 
having to open it.

 Stovetop shut-off: To help seniors prevent home 
cooking fires, stovetop shut-off devices like the 
IGuardStove ( uses motion sensors to 
turn off electric and gas stovetops when left unattended 
for a predetermined amount of time. It will also alert 
family members via text.

 Medication management: Seniors on a complex 
medication schedule can benefit from a smart 
medication tracking system like the PillDrill (PillDrill.
com) that reminds you when pills are due, tracks that 
you’ve taken them, and notifies loves ones.

 Home monitoring: Family members can keep tabs 
on older loved ones from afar with smart home video 
cameras like Lighthouse Al (
care) or a smart home sensor system like TruSense 

 Other options: Some other helpful smart home 
products to consider include smart door locks like 
Kwikset Kevo (, smart thermostats such 
as the Nest (, and smart nightlights like 
Aladin (, which detects falls and alerts 

 The costs for most smart home products range 
anywhere from a few dollars to several hundred dollars 
and can be found in many local home improvement 
stores as well as online.

 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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