Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, October 2, 2021

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The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) honored Frostig School Principal 
Jenny Tucker Mottes with its Everyday Champion Award for her “heroic and outstanding 
achievements made during the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

Ms. Tucker Mottes has been principal of 
Frostig School in Pasadena for eight years. 
She has worked tirelessly throughout the 
pandemic to provide Frostig students with a 
strong academic program while also supporting 
their social and emotional needs. 

“The Everyday Champion Award recognizes 
those who have gone above and beyond helping 
children with learning and attention 
issues while distance learning during the 
COVID-19 pandemic,” the NCLD said in 
announcing the award. “One in five children 
nationwide has a learning disability or attention 
issues and these champions have been 
crucial to their success in the classroom.” 
Frostig School has been a leader in the field 
of learning differences since Dr. Marianne 
Frostig established it 1951. The school, which 
has a second campus in West Los Angeles, 
provides an individualized education to 120 
students in grades 1-12 who have complex 
learning differences.
“As principal of a small school, Jenny was required to provide leadership on every front of 
this pandemic, from curriculum development to the design and 

implementation of protocols for the safe reopening of our campus,” said Dean Conklin, 
executive director of The Frostig Center. “I have worked closely with Jenny throughout 
the pandemic and I constantly marvel at her infinite optimism and positivity in the face of 
unprecedented challenges and stresses.” 

The NCLD, based in Washington, D.C., advocates for strong federal policies, convenes 
experts to discuss pressing issues facing the field, and publishes research and resources to 
improve practices in schools.
The organization named two Everyday Champions, an administrator and a teacher. An 
educator in Moorestown, NJ, won in the teacher category. Ms. Tucker Mottes and Ms. 
Maurer were awarded $5,000 prizes. They will be honored at NCLD’s Annual Benefit, virtually, 
on November 9. 


Alverno Heights Academy High Point Academy 

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road 

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. Fanara Pasadena, Ca. 91107 
E-mail address: Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989 

Arcadia Christian School 

La Salle College Preparatory 

1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006 

Preschool - and TK - 8th Grade 3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website: 
Principal Jamal Adams 
Principal: Cindy Harmon Monrovia High School 
website: 325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson 
Arcadia High School 


180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent Forsee Odyssey Charter School 725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill 
Arroyo Pacific Academy 


41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca,

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke Pasadena High School 
E-mail address: 2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca.
(626) 396-5880 Principal: Roberto Hernandez 
Barnhart School 


240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007 

(626) 446-5588 St. Rita Catholic School 
Head of School: Tonya Beilstein 322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 
Kindergarten - 8th grade Principal: Adela Solis (626) 355-6114 

Bethany Christian School93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 Sierra Madre Elementary School 

(626) 355-3527 141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 
Preschool-TK-8th Grade (626) 355-1428 Principal: Lindsay LUIS 
Principal: Dr. William Walner E-mail address: 
website: www. 
Sierra Madre Middle School 
Clairbourn School 160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 
8400 Huntington Drive (626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett Newsom 
San Gabriel, CA 91775 E-mail address: 
Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172 

Walden School 

FAX: 626-286-1528 

74 S San Gabriel Blvd 


Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166Holy Family Catholic School 
1301 Rollin Street South Pasadena Ca 91030 

Weizmann Day School 

(626) 799-4354 • 

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Transitional Kindergarten - 8th Grade 

(626) 797-0204

Principal: Mrs. Jennifer Garzia 

Lisa Feldman: Head of School 

Website: Wilson Middle School 
Facebook & Instagram @HFSKnights 300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln 
Foothill Oaks Academy 

E-mail address: 

822 E. Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809 Pasadena Unified School District 
Principal: Nancy Lopez 351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109 (626) 396-3600 Website: 
Arcadia Unified School District 
Frostig School 234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007 
971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 821-8300 Website: 
(626) 791-1255 

Monrovia Unified School District 

Head of School: Jenny Janetzke 

325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016


(626) 471-2000 
The Gooden School Website: 
192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 

Duarte Unified School District 

(626) 355-2410 

1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010

Head of School, Jo-Anne Woolner 




When someone executes a will (this person is called the testator) he 
or she names another person or persons to inherit the testator’s assets 
at death (this person is called the beneficiary or beneficiaries, if more 
than one). For the assets to legally be retitled in the beneficiary’s name, 
however, the will must first pass through the court process known as 
The first step in the probate process is for the executor (the person named in the will to 
transfer the testator’s assets after death) to file a petition for probate, along with the original 
will – not a copy – with the court in the county where the testator resided at the time of death.
The court will then validate the will by determining if it is in fact the testator’s will and that 
it was executed properly. Once the will is validated, the court will qualify and appoint the 
executor and issue "Letters Testamentary" which grants the executor legal authority over the 
assets of the estate – the estate is simply whatever was owned by the decedent. 
Once the executor receives this authority from the court, the decedent’s assets can be gathe-
red. A taxpayer ID number for the estate should be applied for and a bank account for the 
estate should be opened. It is the executor's responsibility to safeguard all estate assets 
throughout the process. For example, property taxes must be paid, homeowner’s insurance 
maintained, heirlooms and other personal property must be protected from theft or damage. 
The executor must then file an inventory and appraisal of all estate assets with the court. 
Creditors will then have four months to make a claim for any debts owed against the assets 
of the estate. Once all creditor claims have been paid or settled and the final tax return for 
the decedent and the estate has been filed, the executor may petition the court to close the 
probate. The court will issue an order for distribution and the executor can then transfer all 
the estate assets to the beneficiaries. 
There are waiting periods and scheduling delays inherent in the process which often mean 
probate proceedings drag out for years. During probate, there’s also the chance that someone 
might contest the will, make a false claim against the assets, or dispute the division of the 
property. All of this can add time, expense, and emotional angst to the process. 
Unlike wills, however, trusts don’t require your family to go through probate, which saves 
them time, money, and the potential for conflict. Plus, when you have a trust set up, the dist-
ribution of your assets happens in months, rather than years, and in private rather than the 
completely public forum of a courtroom. 
While a simple will makes sense for some Californians, for those who own real estate and/
or have dependents, a trust should be seriously considered for the time, cost, energy, control, 
and privacy benefits it provides over the probate process. 


1. Instagram handle, e.g.
6. Faux one 
9. Floor cleaner or haircut, pl.
13. No such thing as a free one?
14. Middle-earth dweller 
15. Like Halloween night
16. Binary digits code
17. Biathlon glider
18. Take without asking
19. *Hockey’s ____ Cup
21. *Start of play
23. End of White House URL 
24. 1,000 grams
25. Spot for a massage
28. Chemistry Nobelist Otto ____
30. *The oldest U.S.-based team in NHL 
35. Bar bills 
37. Denials 
39. Thin Mints group, e.g.
40. Just one of British Isles 
41. Low landform 
43. Not in favor of 
44. Slap landing
46. Dutch cheese 
47. Property right
48. Kismet-related 
50. “All for one, one for all” sword
52. Shed tears 
53. Old in Scottish 
55. Time period
57. *Sandler as hockey player
61. *”The Great One” 
65. Radio show host: “Hello, you’re ____”
66. Sea in Spain
68. Witchy woman
69. Pore in a leaf 
70. *1980 Olympic “Miracle” winner
71. Ringworm
72. Gardner’s gear
73. Dashboard acronym
74. Same as sakis 

1. “Sad to say ...” 
2. A deadly sin
3. Ancient Peruvian 
4. Breezing through
5. Civil War battle 
6. Nosegay
7. Biblical boat 
8. “The Terminator” genre
9. Dole out 
10. Black and white treat 
11. “La Vie en rose” singer
12. Ego’s domain
15. Bodyguard, e.g.
20. *14-year NHL player, coached Whalers to 
playoffs, Jack ____
22. Priest’s vestment 
24. Worked the dough
25. *Hockey club
26. Ottoman title 
27. More competent
29. *Great Gordie 
31. Europe/Asia mountain divide
32. Not Doric nor Corinthian 
33. Post-it user 
34. Like a sea urchin 
36. Give an impression
38. *____ shot 
42. Arabian chieftain 
45. “Hats off,” in New Zealand (2 words)
49. Mixed breed puppy
51. Builds 
54. Madagascar primate
56. Skylit lobbies
57. “Gee!” 
58. Keen on 
59. Cambodia’s neighbor
60. Marcel Marceau, e.g.
61. 1/1000 of #24 Across
62. Fall asleep, with ‘out’
63. Between femur and tibia 
64. Confirmations 
67. Nile viper 
A local attorney and father, Marc Garlett is on a mission to help 
parents protect what they love most. Schedule an appointment to sitdown and talk about ensuring a legacy of love and financial securityfor your family by calling 626.355.4000 or visit 
for more information. 
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