Obituary: Joscelle Shen

Joscelle Shen
Joscelle Shen

Joscelle Shen, a devoted daughter, wife, mother and beloved member of the Saint Mark’s School community, passed away at age 45 on Tuesday, Sept. 6, after a long battle with cancer.
Shen was born in 1971 in Quezon City, Philippines, and immigrated to the United States at age 13. She started working at Saint Mark’s in July 1999 as head of admissions. Her husband, Franklyn, has been the school’s business manager for more than 20 years. Continue reading “Obituary: Joscelle Shen”

Flintridge Sacred Heart Receives Challenge Grant

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy recently received a major boost in its ongoing effort to build a curriculum and environment that meets the ever-changing standards of a 21st-century world. The all-girls college prep school has been awarded a $50,000 challenge grant by the Edward E. Ford Foundation that will support the research and development of an Innovation Lab — an on-campus hub specifically designed to foster collaboration, design thinking and project-based learning. Continue reading “Flintridge Sacred Heart Receives Challenge Grant”

Seeking Stronger Footing for Pacific Asia Museum

Passersby along Los Robles Avenue between Union Street and Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena may not notice anything too different about the façade of the USC Pacific Asia Museum located on that busy city block. From the outside, the historical mansion built in the style of a Chinese palace stands out much as it has for the past 92 years since its construction. But stroll through its arched entryway guarded by stone dragons and it quickly becomes clear that the facility is an active construction site. Continue reading “Seeking Stronger Footing for Pacific Asia Museum”

FSHA to Create Innovation Lab With Challenge Grant

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy recently received a major boost in its ongoing effort to build a curriculum and environment that meets the ever-changing standards of a 21st-century world. The all-girls college prep school has been awarded a $50,000 challenge grant by the Edward E. Ford Foundation that will support the research and development of an Innovation Lab — an on-campus hub specifically designed to foster collaboration, design thinking and project-based learning. Continue reading “FSHA to Create Innovation Lab With Challenge Grant”

Curtail Morning Madness With Organization

Dear Parent Coach,
Since school started a couple of weeks ago, I thought we’d be in some sort of a routine by now — but the mornings are crazy. I have children at three different schools and we barely make it out the door in time. Everyone is in a bad mood once we finally get into the car. I don’t like to start the day this way. Any practical suggestions?
Signed, Going Crazy Continue reading “Curtail Morning Madness With Organization”

Local Students ‘Shop With a Cop’

Customers at Target on Colorado Boulevard may have noticed several Pasadena Police officers strolling the aisles during a recent Friday afternoon. The concentrated presence of local law enforcement did not inspire panic inside the popular retail chain, but rather smiles. Accompanying each officer was a Pasadena Unified School District student as part of the “Shop With a Cop” event, which provided area youth with money to spend on back-to-school clothes and supplies as well as an opportunity to befriend the police. Continue reading “Local Students ‘Shop With a Cop’”

Launching and Letting Go of Your College-Bound Student

Dear Parents,
Hopefully this summer has been full of good memory-making moments for your family. As you may have anticipated, your life is about ready to change. Sending a child off to college is a major transition that affects the entire family.
If this is your first offspring heading off to college, the launching and letting go phenomenon is all new and you may be understandably apprehensive about how it will affect the balance of the family mobile, as everything will begin to shift and change. Continue reading “Launching and Letting Go of Your College-Bound Student”