Longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident Moine (Su) Kim is in the midst of a remarkable golf year, which included her winning the Southern California Golf Association’s Women’s Amateur net championship last week. The two-day competition, held Aug. 17-18 at the Omni La Costa Resort Legends Course, marked Kim’s third title of the year. On the 5,472-yard course, she shot a 93 (net 76) on the Mission “A” flight. On the next day, she rallied by shooting 89 (net 72) and won in a card off with a total net of 148.
Each year, Kiwanis International holds a District Governor’s Official Visit for Division 3, representing Kiwanis Clubs from throughout the California-Nevada-Hawaii District. A highlight of the visit is a ceremony to recognize exemplary volunteer service to the Kiwanis and the community. Recently, the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada was recognized with 2020-21 Distinguished Service Awards presented to Dennis Fors, Trish McRae and Alice Perez.
The annual Les Tupper Award recipients, whose names were released in early 2020 for the prestigious honor by the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council, will finally be recognized at a ceremony after a 17-month delay. Caroline Craven and Bill Pounders will be honored with individual Community Service Awards. Christie Crahan and the La Cañada Junior Women’s Club will receive the Special Service Award and David Baker has been selected as the Student Service Award recipient, which will be presented on Monday evening, Sept. 13. The event will be held at Flintridge Prep’s Norris Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.
Daniel Charles Schaller, 68, of Lake Havasu City, AZ, passed away on July 18, 2021. He was surrounded by his closest family and loved ones. Daniel was born on September 22, 1952, to Veral and Phyllis in Chicago, IL. After graduating from St. Francis High School in La Cañada, CA, he studied Psychology at the University of California, LA. He went on to pursue a profitable career at Transo Envelope, Co. He met Debra Merle and they wed in 1985, going on to have two children, Erika and Dane. They successfully owned and operated Orv’s Forest Nursery.
Each year we welcome back students, families and employees to our schools, but this year is extra special. We continue to persevere through a challenging pandemic. Most of us have been impacted by this pandemic in many ways. However, with the rise of vaccines and the appropriate health guidelines, we are now in a position to return students and employees full-time to campuses this fall. We are going to continue to follow research, data and health guidelines to protect our students and employees. We will also have an independent study option for families who feel it is not safe for their child to return at this time. As we start the school year, we have the opportunity to build upon the innovations and learnings from this past year to improve upon the excellent teaching and learning that takes place in our schools each day. For the 2021-22 school year, the Board of Education has adopted the following goals:
Students will be career/college ready via high-quality instruction
Students will be physically, emotionally and mentally healthy
Recruit and retain highly qualified employees
Maintain efficient and effective operations To help our students with their academic and social-emotional needs, we are also implementing additional supports: • Expanded academic interventions • Expanded mental health resources via our partnership with Burbank Family Service Agency • Expanded focus on social-emotional learning at each of our schools • A stronger commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) via professional development and supports. By continuing to work together, we will build a stronger BUSD. Here’s to a great year!
Keck Medicine of USC announced last week that all visitors to its locations, including USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative test before entering its facilities for an inpatient visitation. Visitors must be two weeks removed from their final dose of vaccine — that is, the second doses of the Pfizer or Moderna shots or the singular dose of the Johnson & Johnson variety — before visiting. Those visitors can provide their vaccination cards issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show a photo or copy of the card or use the electronic record to provide proof of vaccination.
The Pasadena Pops celebrate the best of the Beatles with the cover band Classical Mystery Tour on Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia. “Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles” brings the timeless hits of the Fab Four to life with a fresh set list of favorites from the early years to “Sgt. Pepper’s” through their solo careers. Spanning the Beatles’ vast catalog, tracks include “Yesterday,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “A Day in the Life,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Hey Jude,” “Imagine,” plus many more. Classical Mystery Tour performers include Jim Owen (John Lennon), Paul Curatolo (Paul McCartney), Joe Bithorn (George Harrison) and Joe Bologna (Ringo rr).
While we find ourselves grappling with the new norms of our changing world, a return to a regular school year for our students is imminent. Youth are transitioning back to a traditional classroom-based academic year with regular school-based and extra-curricular activities. This transition is certain to have implications for resocialization and for the ever-shifting identity development that naturally occurs in childhood and adolescence. School provides important opportunities for critical development, not only for academic advancement, but also for socializing, peer support, experiencing memorable events and moments, and self-expression. Certainly the increased isolation and removal from typical socialization that has resulted from the pandemic may have short- and long-term consequences that we still cannot fully know.
Students in grades 5-10 are invited to join the ALFie Company production of “Willy Wonka Kids.” This fall production of the Assistance League of Flintridge (ALF) Drama program is a delightful adaptation of the 1964 children’s novel by British author Roald Dahl. The story features the adventures of 11-year-old Charlie Bucket, who wins an opportunity to get a peek inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka.
Accompanied by a parent or an adult sibling or by their entire family, students 12 years and older stepped up for a COVID vaccination that would protect them as schools reopen. With an alarming surge in the city’s infection rate, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health partnered with the Glendale Unified School District to provide walk-up vaccination clinics at each of the public middle and high schools.