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BACK TO SCHOOL New principal aims to foster school pride at Los Angeles High School By Laura Eversz School, leaving John Bur For Helena Yoon-Fontamil- roughs Middle School—where las, who recently took over as she’d been assistant principal principal at Los Angeles High for the 9:52 pastAMfive years—was a Admissions-FALL-Ads-2012_Larchmont 8/14/12 Page 1

bittersweet experience. At John Burroughs, “I built so many wonderful relationships with students, staff and

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the community,” said Yoon- She’s also excited about the chance to work with older Fantamillas. Her accomplishments there kids. included building a rapport “It’s definitely a new expewith students and families and rience that I embrace. It’s an creating a strong professional amazing opportunity to work development program for with high school youth and to teachers. She also served as have direct influence and imthe school-community liaison pact on their college and life choices,” said Yoon-Fantamilwith Hancock Park residents. In addition, she worked side las. by side with school neighbor “I find it powerful and inand supporter Joanne Med- spiring to engage in convererois—who Yoon-Fantamillas sation with students about college, their calls a true hopes and friend of JB— dreams,” added on a three-year the principal, beautification who holds three project. masters’ de “Take a look grees as well as at the front of a doctorate in the school and K-12 Leadersee just how ship in Educagorgeous it is,” tion from USC. she said. “It’s Her focus at a great honor L.A. High is to knowing that build a strong I had a part in learning comcreating somemunity and thing beautiful help foster that will last a school pride by long time for HELENA working toward many to enjoy.” YOON-FANTAMILLAS increasing stu Now Yoondent achieveFantamillas is looking forward to the exciting and challeng- ment. ing work of leading the high “I plan to work closely with school on Olympic Blvd. “I the faculty to strengthen our know that L.A. High, like John instructional program to atBurroughs, has a long and tract the best and the brightrich history. There is tremen- est students, and to work coldous legacy and pride being a laboratively with community Roman, and I feel extremely stakeholders to rebuild L.A. honored to be a part of the High to its premier days,” she said. school’s history.”

Christ the King School debuts transitional kindergarten By Jane Gilman Christ the King Catholic School is inaugurating the first transitional kindergarten in the Los Angeles Diocese. “We are adopting the Montessori method,” said Ruth Anderson, principal of the elementary school at 617 N. Arden Blvd. Anderson, a native of Ireland, said her first teaching experience in her home country was as a Montessori teacher. The kindergarten class is for four- to five-year-olds to get them ready for the older kindergarten. “It encourages independent learning,” said Anderson. The method, founded by Maria Montessori in 1907 in Italy, involves constant interaction, problem solving, child-to-child teaching and socialization. Children are challenged according to their

ability. Montessori materials let the students learn at their own pace. They learn to tie bows, unbutton buttons and lace shoes. Other materials are used to teach arithmetic and geography. The youngsters learn the alphabet by tracing letters. Shannon Holeva, who is beginning her sixth year as a kindergarten teacher at the school, is excited about the program. The children will be learning how to build words and put them into sentences. “This is among the methods that prepare them for the next level,” she added.

About the cover The kindergarten students on the cover attend Christ the King School. Photo by Bill Devlin.

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BACK TO SCHOOL Tuition-free charter school opens on Robertson Blvd.


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Using locally grown flowers, kids can create summer bouquets and learn fun facts about California’s flower farms at a workshop on Sat., Sept. 8 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The event, for children ages seven to 12 accompanied by an adult, is at the Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. For more information, go to


A recent open house introduced The City School, a public, tuition-free charter middle school that opened its doors on Aug. 27. The school has started with grades 6th and 7th this year, and will add a grade each year until it becomes a 6th through 12th grade school. The City School emphasizes “student-centered education” with small class sizes of approximately 14-24 students per class, said cofounder Lindsay Sturman, Larchmont Village. She is also co-founder of the Larchmont Charter School. Sheri Werner is the school’s founding principal and has been a professional educator for the past 22 years. Werner has taught at both elementary and middle school levels. She cofounded Foundations School Community, a K-8th grade constructivist-based school, where she served as head of school for 15 years. "Offering an exceptional, student-centered education is what The City School is all

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BACK TO SCHOOL Nature-themed story time for kids at Descanso Bring your little ones, two and older, to hear naturethemed stories in the giant Little Owls Reading Nest at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso

Dr., LaCanada Flintridge. Mama and Papa Owl are welcome to snuggle up with their young and enjoy picture books read by Descanso staff

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PUPPETEERS bring Ice Age creatures back to life.

Cool saber-tooth cats on stage at the Page Museum Starting this month the Ice Age’s coolest cat will have a regular gig at the Page Museum, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. The extinct relative of the house cat and her kitten Nibbles will be on stage at the East La Brea Theater on Mon., Sept. 3. Show times are at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 1:45 p.m. The Ice Age Encounter of the life-size cats in puppet form continues bi-weekly ev-

Academic Playday for Eighth Graders Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 9 am Open House for Prospective Families, Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 1 pm

Examination for Entrance and Merit Scholarships Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8:30 am

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Open House for Prospective Families • Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 1 pm

Night of music, comedy supports school programs

Entrance Examination for Grade 6 • Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 8:30 am

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ery Wednesday and Saturday starting Sept. 12. Same hours apply. Visitors can also witness ongoing fossil excavations of the fanged cat that once prowled the area. Fossils are also on display inside the museum. The stage show takes the experience a step further to imagine what this gnarly, furry creature acted like 20,000 or so years ago, museum officials said.

Keepin’ Music Beyond the Bell, hosted by comedian Tommy Chong, is at The World Famous Conga Room @ LA Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd. on Wed., Sept. 5. The fundraiser supports after-school programs in L.A. public schools in music, art, recreation and academic activities. Doors open at 6 p.m.; Chong’s performance is at 7:15 p.m. Additional entertainment

will be provided by Wil-Dog from Ozomatli and his Banda Viento de Oro as well as The Latin All Stars featuring Rudy Salas from Tierra. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $60 for reserved seating and $75 for VIP, which includes priority seating and the chance to meet and greet the performers. For more information, go to For tickets, go to

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BACK TO SCHOOL Wilshire Warriors finish strong at Cooperstown

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By Laura Eversz The Wilshire Warriors have come a long way in the past couple of years, finishing ninth overall in a recent tournament held in Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Warriors, made up of the best players from Wilshire Sports Assoc. baseball teams, started in 2010 as a 10 and under travel team. They lost their first game 23-0. Later that season, coach David Adams was introduced to Ryne Tacker, who played WILSHIRE WARRIORS are pictured following their play-off vicbaseball in college and with tory over the New Hampshire Diamond Dawgs. the Oakland A’s minor league team. Before long, Tacker was It was a great end to two secretary. Aliza Lesser remains on board, and the Warriors be- years of hard work for the as treasurer. team, especially the five origi- Anyone interested in pargan to improve. The thing about baseball, nal players who have been ticipating in the Warrior prosaid coach Adams, is that it with Warriors from the begin- gram should contact Rake at prepares you for life. “It teach- ning, said Adams. es you how to work together In addition to Plum, team as a team, strive for successes members include Tiger Adams, Isaac Rose, Ethan Faband recover from failure.” ricant, Jake As news Gannon, of the team Eric Johns p r e a d son, Austin throughout Lee, Finn the neighStarzek, borhood, Nick Silk, additional Jack Lipteams were man, Hiram added for Smith, Alex boys ages Terry and six to 10. Jacob MartiAnd by nez. spring of this year, “These plays e v e n ers are all teams competed in PITCHER Eric Johnson threw a i n d i v i d u a l complete game victory over Andy's stars and weekly trav9ers from Ohio. great playel games as well as a recreational league ers in their own right,” said that played at Pan Pacific Steven Johnson, assistant coach. Park. At the Cooperstown tourna- “When they first started ment, which was sponsored in playing together, they got depart by Chocoholics in Larch- stroyed by the competition mont Village, “the boys played because they were playing better than they ever had,” as nine individual stars,” he added. “But after nearly 200 said Adams. After losing their first games, they realized that the game, the team came back whole was greater than the strong and defeated the Fort sum of the parts. When they Wayne Cubs, with Avery Plum let go of their individual ampitching the entire game and bitions, they started to win.” starting a four-game winning The team recently elected streak. In the end, the War- new offers, including Jeff riors were defeated by the Mil- Rake, president; John Wells, vice president; and Chad Saul, waukee Angels.


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BACK TO SCHOOL Her ‘vacation’ in Asia was filled with hard work By Jane Gilman Would you like to spend three weeks in Asia with only a backpack to carry your possessions?

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The daughter of Angela Wilson Gyetvan of Windsor Square, this was Cassidy’s second summer on a foreign vacation. Last year she helped to build a school and teach English in Fiji. The Immaculate Heart High VISITING a temple in Thailand is Cassidy School senior Gyetvan, pictured with a guide. spent her first week in Thailand in a small traveling with only a backpack, Cassidy said she no longer worvillage. “When we got off the plane, ries about having possessions. we were given $30 to buy “The people were happy with clothes with. I bought long- the minimum of things.” sleeve blouses and long pants. Cassidy may have “come We learned the natives think with nothing,” but she reit is rude to show shoulders turned with a trunk full of wonderful memories. or knees.” The only Californian in a group of 11 girls and three boys, she helped to build a water tank in the first village. The girls slept in a church and the boys were in private houses. “The natives were very friendly, especially the kids,” she said. by Nanci Leonard Their day began at 7 a.m. with “Shopping” for colleges is breakfast, sometimes served outno different than shopping side (the weather was humid and in the 90s). Work began around for any product: You establish 9 a.m. Then lunch was served criteria, you research a range and the group had free time. of similar items and then you “Often we went to nearby choose the product that best waterfalls where we could fits your needs. go swimming,” Cassidy said. There are nearly 4000 col“The waters were an amazing leges, nationwide and almost bright blue.” Dinner was at 6 p.m. fol- 300 California schools from which to choose. In fact, lowed by more free time. Rustic Pathways provides there are dozens of colleges several leaders with the group which would be perfect for your child, yet, many of those as well as cooks. The people weren’t as friend- schools are not well-known. ly in Laos, she noted during her So, whether your child is stay in two different villages in 5 or 15, while you have the that country. The group stayed luxury of time, begin explorin private homes, and the rouing colleges. tine was the same. Make an Saturday appoint The project in Laos was m ent with your family building community bathrooms. “We didn’t finish, but and the admissions office another group would be com- of nearby public and private schools: UCLA, USC, pleting the jobs.” Cassidy discovered the Rus- Loyola Marymount, Cal State tic Pathways community ser- - Northridge or any of the vice projects while attending a Claremont Colleges. These summer camp fair. schools are similar and differ The 29-year-old organization ent in size, location, courses offers travel programs for high of study and calendars. The school and college students, discussions that will follow families and groups. Summer your visits will be valuable in programs are available for studetermining what “kind” of dents from 12 years of age. college will be best for your Rustic Pathways says its child. Then, you can begin goal is “to expand children’s exploring some of those 4000 horizons, teach them about their wonderful planet, chal- colleges!

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BACK TO SCHOOL Congresswoman Bass tells her goals for foster care system By Suhauna Hussain as a co-chair,” said Bass. “We Student Intern might not agree about other Congresswoman Karen Bass things, but we agree about is deeply concerned about foster care.” foster care. As a result, she The new foster youth caucus founded the bipartisan Con- is working to protect and progressional Caucus on Foster mote the welfare of all chilYouth, she told Miracle Mile dren in foster care and those Chamber of Commerce mem- who have “aged out” of the bers at a meeting in August at system. Park La Brea. Bass said she strongly opBass, who poses the represents way the fosthe 33rd dister care systrict of Calitem “emanfornia, said cipates,” she hoped to or abruptly improve the ceases suplives of chilporting youth dren receivonce they’ve ing foster reached a cercare through tain age. the caucus. “They kick B a s s ’ s [foster chilgroup is bi- INTERVIEW. Karen Bass talks to dren] to the partisan, al- Suhauna Hussain at a Miracle Mile curb when lowing peo- Chamber of Commerce meeting. they’re 18 ple of both and call that parties to come together and emancipation,” Bass said at work at improving the foster the meeting. care system. She ultimately hopes to give “That’s why I chose Congress- children in foster care tools to woman Michele Bachmann increase the stability of their

lives after they’ve officially aged out of the system. “Foster children lack the financial, social, and emotional safety nets they need in order

to lead a successful life after they’ve turned 18,” said the congresswoman. Bass also serves on the Budget Committee, the Foreign

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Back to School Film on Marco Polo at Echo Horizon Author, explorer, and filmmaker Denis Belliveau will present his PBS documentary, “In the Footsteps of Marco Polo” at Echo Horizon School

on Mon. Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. It is open to the public. Belliveau’s 90-minute film showcases his and his partner, Francis O’Donnell’s two-year

excursion retracing Marco Polo’s journey from Venice to China and back. To attend the screening at the school at 3430 McManus Ave., Culver City, contact Sarah Aleksich at 310-838-2442.

Why Marlborough School? STUDENTS AT Page Private School, Larchmont Blvd., welcomed the school year with a new computer lab outfitted with iMacs. Preschoolers play educational games and kindergarteners are introduced to the keyboard. Elementary students are tested on typing speed and accuracy, and by third grade, are introduced to Microsoft Office.

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By Jasper Gough 3rd Grade For Curtis students, school began on Aug. 29. Kindergarten and developmental kindergarten already had their Ice Cream Socials. All the stores advertise Back to School sales. Everyone is going into a new grade. Parents and students need to pay attention to the Calendar so they do not miss important events. Back-to-School Night includes the headmaster’s address, refreshments on the quad and classroom presentations. Upper elementary’s Back-to-School Night is on Sept. 13 and lower elementary’s is on Sept. 20. Luckily, Mulholland Bridge won’t be closed until Sept. 21. Students look forward to playing on school teams. The calendar mentions meetings for the 4th, 5th and 6th grade parent athletic orientations. In the next few weeks, teams will be formed


By Karthik Jayaraman 5th grade My name is Karthik Jayaraman and I’m the new Page Private School student author for the Larchmont Chronicle. The first day of school was Mon., Aug. 6, and it was awesome thanks to all of the students and teachers. There were several changes that I noticed coming back.  To name a few, our computer lab had a makeover during the summer with new iMacs, rooms have been repainted and are more colorful, and new and exciting after-school programs are being offered.   We had our first field trip to Soak City, and we will have our first iJog for Technology this month, where we will jog as a fundraiser for our school.   and practices will start. Curtis has a swim team, a football team and a basketball team.

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