Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, October 14, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, October 14, 2023 


Alverno Heights Academy

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 

Head of School: Joanne Harabedian

E-mail address:

Arcadia Christian School

1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006

Preschool - TK - 8th Grade


Principal: Cindy Harmon


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:

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School

Ms. Rose Navarro, Principal

2660 East Orange Grove Blvd.

Pasadena, Ca 91107


Barnhart School

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 446-5588 

Head of School: Tonya Beilstein

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 

Preschool-TK-8th Grade

Principal: Jonathon Hawes

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, Jo-Anne Woolner


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road 

Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989


La Salle College Preparatory

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website:

Interim Principal Ernest Siy

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: Mathew Kodama


St. Rita Catholic School

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

Principal: Adela Solis (626) 355-6114


Sierra Madre Elementary School

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 

Principal: Dr. Jodi Marchesso

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




Dear PUSD Staff and Community,

Military attacks and human suffering are difficult topics for 
adults to understand, let alone school-age children. As violent 
events in Israel and Gaza make headlines, and as the war in 
Ukraine and the current crisis in Armenia continue to unfold 
on the news, it is important for parents, caregivers and educators 
to connect with students, listen to their concerns, and 
reassure them that they are safe. 

Many of our students and staff may be deeply disturbed by current events as well as the recent 
rise in Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic incidents. Some PUSD families have relatives 
in the war-torn areas of Israel, Gaza, Ukraine, Armenia, and Artsakh.

Our youngest students may have access to distressing images and misinformation online, 
on television, and on social media. It is our responsibility as adults to foster a sense of calm 
and clarity amid the confusion. PUSD would like to share some strategies for talking with 
your child about war and conflict. 

1. Find out what your children know and how they feel. Try to shield very young children 
(age 2-6) from news. If you suspect they know something, check if it's something that 
needs further discussion.

2. Older children (age 7 - 12) should learn about what’s going on in the world but 
adults also have a duty to keep them safe from distress. 

3. Teens are likely all-too-aware of what’s going on but their knowledge may not be 
complete. Teach them to question their social media sources and talk to a trusted adult. 

4. In any case, try to listen to your student’s questions, validate their feelings, offer 
comfort and prepare to have multiple conversations as these complex world events evolve. 

Additionally, PUSD offers all students free mental health services from experts at school 
through a referral process. Individual counseling services are offered through Student 
Wellness and Support Services. Mental health professionals are available to help students 
cope with their emotions, manage anxiety, and provide a safe space to express their feelings. 
Care Solace is another complimentary service available to the PUSD community. To 
find a mental health care provider who will help you through the challenges you are facing, 
contact Care Solace at 888-515-0595 or We also have 
Hazel Health, a telehealth option to mental health.

Wellness Rooms are open for students who may need to take a 10-15 minute break, learn 
and practice self-care strategies, and return to class. They offer safe spaces for students to 
gather, share stories and connect with other students who share similar struggles. 

The following resources were shared by the LA County Office of Education.

• Talking to children about violence: Tips for parents and teachers (NASP) 

• Fostering Civil Discourse: How Do We Talk About Issues That Matter (Facing 

 History and Ourselves) 

• Teaching Controversial Issues: A Framework for Reflective Practice (Judy Pace) 

• Classroom Deliberations (Street Law) 

• Conducting a Civil Conversation in the Classroom (Constitutional 

 Rights Foundation) 

• Talking With Children About War and Violence In the World (Teacher Vision) 

• Resources For Educators, Families to Discuss the Events in Israel and Gaza with 
Students (San Diego County Office of Education) 

 Social and Emotional Learning Resources 

• How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War (Common Sense Media) 

• Talking to Your Kids About War (VeryWell Family) 

• How to Talk to Your Children About Conflict and War (UNICEF) 

• Handle with Care: Supporting Young People During Crises (Learning for Justice) 

Thank you for your consideration and cooperation in ensuring the wellbeing and safety 
of all PUSD students





The Music Center’s Spotlight

The Music Center’s Spotlight, a free annual competition that provides more than 
$100,000 in performing arts scholarships and artistic development to Southern California 
high school students through auditions, feedback and mastery classes taught 
by professional artists and arts administrators, has been extended to Friday, October 
20, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Applying for Spotlight is free; students with all skill levels are 
encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a video audition online and may apply to multiple categories, 
which include acting, ballet, dance, classical instrumental, classical voice, non-
classical voice and contemporary instrumental. They receive written feedback from a 
distinguished panel of judges, a certificate of achievement and also have the opportunity 
to gain valuable audition experience and knowledge in their disciplines through 
mastery classes and performances. Through a supportive environment, students can 
develop important life skills, including self‐esteem, prepa-ration and perseverance.


Application deadline extended to October 20, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.



Available to view on demand, The Spotlight Academy is an episodic series of online 
videos and tutorials, including an overall introduction to Spotlight; application rules 
for each of the seven categories; tips to create a great video audition; and topical epi-
sodes with guest experts including Superstore actress Carla Renata, opera singer Suzanna 
Guzmán and New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck, among others.

For more information, including details on how to apply in each category, visit musiccenter.

Bethany Christian School 
honored area pastors with a 
Pastor Appreciation Breakfast 
and Chapel on Thursday, 
October 5, 2023. Over 
twenty pastors attended representing 
area churches from 
as close as our own Sierra 
Madre to as far as Arleta.

 Churches represented included: 
The Chapel Pasadena, 
Friendship Baptist 
Church, Lighthouse Church, 
Bethany Church Sierra 
Madre, The Church We 
Hope For, Christian Assembly, 
Interwoven Church, Pasadena 
Foursquare, CrossLife 
Community Church, Christ 
Church Sierra Madre, Epicentre 
Church, Calvary Chapel 
Monrovia, and Osborne 
Neighborhood Church . The 
pastors were treated to a hot 
breakfast with plenty of time 
for discussion and mutual 

The pastors then attended a 
special Pastor Appreciation 
Chapel dedicated to honoring 
them and their ministry 
to our communities.

The chapel included 
worship, choir music, 
students reciting 
their Bible memory 
verses, and prayer. 
After the pastors 
were introduced to 
the student body, 
each pastor paired up 
with and prayed for 
the Bethany students 
and teachers who attend 
their church. 
The event concluded 
with the Bethany 
Lions Choir singing 
special music. 

This event took place 
in October which is 
Pastor Appreciation 

For more information 
about Bethany 
Christian School, 
please visit www.bcslions.

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