Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

From: The Administration Office

April 1, 2021

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Happy Spring Break!

We wish all members of our Chartwell community a fun, restful, and safe spring break. We have an exciting spring planned with all grades transitioning back to campus full time. Enjoy your time off and we'll see you soon!

The Bulldog Bark will return on April 15. You can always find archived copies of the Bulldog Bark here.


Key Dates Post Spring Break

Here is an outline of the key dates for when we return after spring break.

Monday, April 5- Monday, April 12
Spring Break

Tuesday, April 13-Friday, April 16
Distance Learning for LS/MS; LS/MS will use Distance Learning Schedule that week with classes in the morning only

Tuesday, April 13
High School ON CAMPUS for all classes

Friday, April 16

High School Field Experience (*see more details in the high school section below*)

Monday, April 19

All students, all grades on campus 5 days/week for the final quarter

School Hours Post Spring Break

Beginning April 13 for HS/April 19 for LS/MS
Monday through Thursday

Lower School: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Middle School: 8:30 am - 3:15 pm
High School: 8:30 am - 3:05 pm

(High School does not have a homeroom at the end of the day.)

ALL Students on campus from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
HS Optional Afternoon Classes in Fitness, Biking, and Art: 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm.


IMPORTANT: Returning After Spring Break

On Tuesday, April 13 all high school students will return for on-campus learning every day.

All students and faculty will complete a rapid COVID test before entering classrooms.


All high school students must register for the test. Those under the age of 18 must have a parent complete the appointment form and permission form for their child. High school students 18 and older may complete the form independently.

  1. Click on the link here

  2. Choose Appointment

    1. Chartwell School

    2. 8:00 am Tuesday, April 13 (all appointments are at 8:00 am for ease of coordinating once students are on campus; school start time is still 8:30 am and you can drop off at that time

  3. Complete your information and then your child’s information

  4. Review the confirmation and submit your form

  5. IMPORTANT: Check your email for a confirmation email. Parents can complete the permission form through the link that is sent in the confirmation email.

Students should wear their cohort shirts (or sweatshirt of same color).

We will spend time outside that morning doing various activities until all students and faculty have received negative tests.

When we are back on campus, please note the following:

  1. SCHEDULES: All students will spent time reviewing their new On-Campus Schedules with their advisors. Families are being sent a copy via email.
  2. SHIRTS: Students must wear their cohort shirts to school M-F. They will be cohorted at various points of the day, including lunch. They should secure a hoodie or jacket in the same color if needed. Students were given three cohort shirts by Chartwell. Additional shirts can be purchased from Ms. Nena for $10. Students are welcome to purchase extra shirts tomorrow when they come to campus.
  3. MASKS: Students will wear masks in classes and can ask for mask breaks.
  4. BRING: Students should bring a lunch, snacks, and a water bottle, in addition to a backpack and school materials. There is no food for purchase on campus.
  5. PIZZA: Pizza Friday will continue at no cost when we are on campus on Fridays (not during field experiences!)
  6. PHONES: Students can bring phones to campus but need to stow them in their backpacks. If you need to contact your student, please call the school at 831-394-3468.
  7. OFF-CAMPUS LUNCH: 11th and 12th graders will need to wait until we are in the orange tier before going off-campus for lunch.
  8. FITNESS: Students in Fitness class need to dress appropriately and wear sneakers to class
  9. ART: Art students should plan to bring their supplies back to school with them on 4/13.

*Our First High School FIELD EXPERIENCE in a Year!*


There is a waiver required for all students. We are sending home a paper copy with all students tomorrow. If you are picking up your student, please sign it at pick-up and give it to us (it's short!). You can also return it with your student after spring break, or scan it and email it to us.

On Friday, April 16, high school students will go on their first field experience of the year! We will be kayaking at Elkhorn Slough with Blue Water Ventures. The slough is enclosed and the water is calm (no waves) and all students will be wearing life vests at all times. We will be using double sea kayaks, which are very stable and easy to use. No previous kayaking experience is necessary. We’ll make a stop for lunch. This field experience is an essential part of Project Period 4. Field experiences are important at Chartwell High and we expect all to attend.

The hours are 9:30 am - 2:00 pm and we are asking that students be dropped off and picked up at the North Moss Landing Harbor (address and directions will be provided the week of the field experirence). Due to COVID, we need to minimize any students riding in teachers' cars. Please talk to your carpool about how your students can be dropped off at 9:30 am and picked up at 2:00 pm. If it's not possible for you to drop off or pick up your student at North Moss Landing Harbor, please email We may be able to transport a few students from Chartwell.

We will be outside all day.

  • Dress in layers & bring a warm top/jacket.
  • Long pants – pants that can be rolled up work well; nylon material dries quickly, but jeans get soggy and are not recommended.
  • Footgear – wear shoes that can get wet as you we wade into the water to launch
  • Hat with visor for sun protection
  • Water bottle– non-disposable please
  • Lunch in a compact lunch bag that you will take in boat with you
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses (or prescription glasses) attached with a leash
  • Binoculars or camera in waterproof bag (use at your own risk and optional)
  • Small, compact day pack (optional)
  • Change of clothes and towel for ride home (to be left in car)

Additional Details and COVID Protocol for the Day

  • Please do not arrive before 9:30 am.

  • For cars that remain at the parking area, there will be a $10 parking fee. You can purchase the parking pass directly from Blue Water Ventures when you arrIve.

  • Please read the COVID protocol here:

  • Take the temperature of your child and yourselves the morning of the field experience. If it is above 100 degrees, please notify Ms. LeValley and do not attend the field experience.

  • Please have masks or face coverings on before you exit your car. The harbor has clearly stated that masks must be worn in the launch areas.

  • When students get out of the car, they will need to maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times.

  • The school will provide each student with their own hand sanitizer for the kayak.


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Artist of the Week: Emmett Marks

As part of his Project Period 3: Sci Fi novel, Emmett created illustrations to support his story. Here is one of them from his book titled, A Textbook on Space History (years 2020-5077).

High School Students Wrap-Up Project Period 3


Recommit to the Chartwell Family Pledge

Returning to live school is not without risk. As a community, we must work together to foster the safety of our students, parents, faculty and staff. In light of the current statistics and increase in cases in California, we are asking our families to review and recommit to following specific community guidelines while we slowly and safely return to campus. Please review the below “pledge” and, for the safety of our faculty, students, parents, and community, uphold the following commitments on a daily basis:

  • Conduct a health and symptom screening before your child leaves home each day. Keep your child home when they are sick or exhibiting symptoms of general illness. If the temperature reads 100.4 or above, keep your child at home for the day. A temperature check will be done upon arrival at school, and students with temperatures in this range will be sent home.

  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering to minimize risks to others when out in public, and clean and sanitize them often.

  • Come to school directly from home, and return home after school, minimizing stops to essential errands when possible.

  • Limit your child’s outside of school engagement to only immediate family or students in the same cohort.

  • Wash hands frequently.

  • Avoid unnecessary travel this includes visits to or from family and friends in other parts of California, out of state, or out of the country. We will not accommodate students who miss school due to unnecessary travel.

  • If travel is necessary you must notify us and self-isolate for 10 days after traveling. Your child cannot come to school during this time.

  • Avoid all gatherings and events - especially those where people are not adhering to state and local safety guidance.

  • Self-report to Chartwell immediately if your child or a member of your household has been exposed to COVID-19.

  • Wear masks (adults and children) when carpooling, with windows open if possible. Masks are required to be double layered and cover the nose and mouth,

  • Abstain from the practice of providing fever reducing medicines for the purpose of sending your child to school.

Not following the guidelines of the Chartwell Family Pledge may put others at considerable risk. We ask all members of our community to embrace with positivity and an open mind the changes required this school year, understanding that because of COVID-19, our learning spaces, activities, and other events may look and feel different than in other school years.

If you do not feel you can follow these guidelines, we encourage you to continue with the online learning model. Thank you for being part of our community and working with us to bring our students back together, where they learn and grow best.

Chartwell Support Site

We encourage everyone to visit this site created by our STEAM Director, Topher Mueller. He is the mastermind behind the creation of our Distance Learning Platform. You will find the most up to date information regarding the 2020-2021 school year, answers to frequently asked questions, and technology tutorials to support distance learning from home.

Chartwell 20-21 Support Site

Updated: Important Dates for the 20-21 School Year


April 5-12: Spring Break - No Classes

April 13: High School returns to on-campus learning; PCR Rapid Testing

April 13- 16: Lower and Middle School Distance Learning

April 19: All divisions return to on-campus learning Monday - Friday

May 21: No Classes - Teacher In-Service

May 31: Memorial Day - No Classes

June 9 - 8th Grade Ceremony

June 10: Last day of school LMS; Transition Ceremony

June 11: Last day of school and Graduation for High School/ Retrospectives


Live Shark Cam

In anticipation of the reopening of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in May, take a moment to watch the live shark cam.

Sevengill sharks, leopard sharks, spiny dogfish, and the elusive Pacific angel shark all dwell in the Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit—like they do just beyond our walls in the cold waters of the bay. Designed with sharks in mind, this exhibit's 90-foot-long hourglass shape gives our big sharks plenty of room to glide and turn. Watch carefully and you might see big skates and bat rays pass by the window, just like their shark kin.

Plus, keep your eyes peeled for sturgeon coasting through the water, rockfish and giant sea bass relaxing by the reef, and flatfish nestling on the sandy seafloor.

Live Shark Cam - Monterey Bay Aquarium


If you have questions for us, please contact one of the following Chartwell Team Members:

Head of School, Kate Mulligan:

Director of Lower and Middle Schools, Jodi Amaditz:

Director of High School, Alyse LeValley:

Director of Outreach and Family Engagement, Danielle Patterson:

Director of Campus Management and Safety, John Langrill:

Director of Advancement and Communications, Elena Mueller:

Technical Support: John Langrill at or Topher Mueller at