Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

March 30, 2023

Spring Break Begins Tomorrow!

We wish all our families a relaxing break. There are no classes tomorrow and all next week.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back on campus on Monday, April 10.

Holidays and Celebrations Happening Over Break

What's In This Newsletter

If you missed previous issues of the Bulldog Bark, you can find the archives here.


  • Street Hockey Starting Next Month - Contact Rory Patterson for more information.

  • Monday CFN Coffee Meetups at Starbucks Cancelled for Remainder of Year



  • Help Our Seniors Raise Funds for Senior Grad Trip!
  • Project Period 4 - Schedule Update and Overview
  • Lip Sync and Air Band Battle - April 28, 4:00 pm
  • High School Grandparents and Special Friends Day - Submit Guest Info; Invitations to be sent after Spring Break
  • HS Sports: Check TeamSnap for updates and schedules.


  • Climbing Club: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 pm at Sanctuary Climbing; concludes on March 29 and will resume after spring break
  • Surf Club: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:00 pm


Upcoming Important Dates


Friday, March 31 - First Day of Spring Break - No Classes

Monday, April 3 - Friday, April 7 - Spring Break - No Classes

Saturday, April 1 - FRC Robotics Tournament at Seaside High School

Monday, April 10 - Classes Resume

*Every Monday, the CFN meets at Starbucks in Marina at 8:30 am; every Friday, all parents and caregivers are invited to join a walk from campus, leaving at 8:40 am; check The Bark weekly for updates due to weather.

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, April 18 - LS Field Trip to The Tech Interactive

Thursday, April 20 - HS STEAM Career Day

Friday, April 21 - LMS Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Tuesday, April 25 - ULS Field Trip to The Tech Interactive (Whitman and Morton)

Thursday, April 27 - ULS Field Trip to The Tech Interactive (Sanchez and Warcken)

Thursday, April 27 - LMS Free Dress Day

Friday, April 28 - CHS Lip Sync Battle, 6 pm

Monday, May 1 - Friday, May 5 - Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 8 - HS Grandparents & Special Friends Morning

Friday, May 12 - CHS Speakeasy

Monday, May 15 - MS Field Trip

Wednesday. May 16 - Friday, May 18 - Senior Trip to Disneyland

Thursday, May 18 - Parent & Caregiver Coffee, 8:30 am, McMahan Hall

Date Change! Friday, May 19 - Faculty In-Service - No Classes (previously May 26)

Thursday, May 25 - Community Workshop: Summer Learning Strategies, 5:30 pm (Zoom)

Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day - No Classes

Wednesday, May 31 - Friday, June 2 - Family Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

Monday, June 5 - Fun Day, Talent Show and All School BBQ

Wednesday, June 7 - Grade 8 Promotion; Last Day of School LMS

Thursday, June 8 - HS Retrospective, HS Graduation; Last Day of School HS

2023-2024 Academic Calendar


Monday CFN Meet-ups at Starbucks Canceled

Due to low attendance, the CFN will not be coordinating a meet-up each Monday.


LMS Athletics

ULS Golf

If students are interested in joining Golf, contact Regan Albee, Coach Postadan or Coach Patterson to be added to the roster.

ULS Kickball

ULS intramural kickball will begin after spring break and will last four weeks. Contact Coach Patterson at with any questions.

April 10 - April 14: First week

April 24 - April 28: Second week

May 8 - May 12: Third week

May 22 - May 25: Last week

MS Track & Field

Practice: Monday-Thursday, 3:30-4:30 pm DURING LUNCH @ Chartwell

MS Golf

Buena Vista Thu, March 23, 2023 4:00- 6:30 pm Twin Creeks Golf Course

Flag Football Summer Camp! Registration Open!

Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21 (9:30 AM - 2:00 PM)

● Cost:$300

● Age Group: 6-14 (Grades 1-8); Co-Ed/Non-Binary

● Schedule: 10:00 am-2:00 pm Monday-Friday (9:30 am arrival for stretch, warm up, socialize with teammates)

Email Rory Patterson at with any questions.

Chartwell Soccer Summer Camp

Monday, June 12 - Thursday, June 15

Age Group: 6-14 (Grades 1-8 for 2023-2024); Co-Ed/Non-Binary

Times: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Cost: $250

Email Rory Patterson at with any questions.


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Cheer On Chartwell! Monterey Bay Regional FIRST Robotics Competition

Monterey Bay Regional FIRST Robotics Competition

Friday 3/31 and Saturday 4/1 - Open to the public

Come cheer our fellow Bulldogs on! On these dates, Paige S., Matthew B., Alexa G., and Ethan S. will join their fellow teammates of Plus Ultra ( in qualifying matches at the Monterey Bay Regional event for FIRST Robotics.

They have, along with other teams worldwide, been building a robot that will satisfy a series of goals on a large field - and will hope to score points in a series of short (2.5 minute) qualifying events leading up to Saturday afternoon. At that time, the top-tier teams will choose allies for the final matches and various awards will be distributed at the end of Saturday.

These events are open to the public at Seaside High School (2200 Noche, Buena Seaside, CA 93955). For more information, including about spectating times, parking, remote viewing via Twitch, and more (including ways to join or mentor the team in the future), visit or contact mentor Topher Mueller at Go Bulldogs!

HS Grad Trip 2023 - Help Students Raise Funds

The Class of 2023 is planning a trip to Disneyland for Grad Night!

"We may have started high school online, separated during the pandemic, but we are ending it together! Help us celebrate together before we head off to college, gaps, and careers! Every little bit helps!"

Thank you for considering a gift to support their efforts to make this trip possible.

Project Period 4: Important Information and Service Options

In conjunction with Project Period 4, CHS is planning off-campus service work hours for Fridays in our fourth quarter (April & May). Students will choose from a variety of interesting opportunities at various non-profit organizations and will serve at the selected organization each Friday. The options range in location from Moss Landing to Salinas to Monterey, and there will be one on-campus service work opportunity as well.

Please note these Fridays are school days and attendance is expected. Excusal from these Fridays will require written excusal from caregivers and/or possibly a doctor's notes. Families will drop-off and pick-up at the organizations. Families in carpools may want to discuss choices with their students to ensure that all students in a carpool choose the same location, or choose an organization that is closer to home.

Our organizations will be: Meals on Wheels (Monterey), Last Chance Mercantile (Marina), Dorothy's Kitchen (Salinas), SPCA of Monterey County (Salinas/68), First Tee of Monterey County (Salinas), Asilomar State Beach (Pacific Grove), Elkhorn Slough Foundation (Moss Landing to Las Lomas), Chartwell School (Seaside). We are grateful to these organizations for their willingness to welcome our students, and many thanks to the Chartwell families that helped us connect with this organizations!

High School Grandparents and Special Friends Day - Monday, May 8

We will be hosting Grandparents and Special Friends Morning for the High School on Monday, May 8. Please share with us the mailing addresses of any grandparents or special friends you would like to receive an invitation through the form below. Invitations will be sent after Spring Break.

High School Grandparents and Special Friends Morning

Monday, May 8

Upcoming Events in the Community

AIM Youth Mental Health Symposium - Save the Dates!

A life-changing symposium you won’t want to miss: On April 19 – 21, 2023, AIM Youth Mental Health will gather world-renowned researchers, best-selling authors, youth experts, parents, clinicians, educators, first responders, and community members to protect the mental health and safety of our children.

This year’s AIM Youth Mental Health Symposium will be held at the Monterey Conference Center in beautiful Old Town Monterey, California. Chartwell is proud to be a sponsor of this event and Amanda Zonghi, assistant director of the high school, will be presenting at the symposium.

Click here to learn more.

STEAM Family Science Day - April 30, 2023

Hartnell College is hosting a free STEAM Family Science Day on Sunday, April 30 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. The event offers hands-on activities, health screenings, music, science demonstrations, and more. See the attached flyer for more information.


March Faculty & Staff Birthdays


Karla Bell - March 8

Amanda Chace - March 10

Diane Sunseri - March 18

Topher Mueller - March 24

Katie Whitman - March 24

Sarah Chavez - March 25

Genee Cahill - March 30

Maryn Sanchez - March 31

Chartwell Family Directories

Chartwell Family Directories: LMS available here, HS available here.


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

Head of School, Danielle Patterson:

Director of Teaching and Learning, Jodi Amaditz:

Assistant Director of Lower School, Katherine Kanaski:

Assistant Director of Middle School, Karla Bell:

Assistant Director of the High School, Amanda Zonghi:

Director of STEAM and EdTech, Sandra Varajic:

Director of Student Support: Billy Swift

Director of Campus Management and Safety, John Langrill:

Director of Advancement and Communications, Elena Mueller:

Director of Human Development and Wellness, Batya Fields:

Director of Athletics: Rory Patterson

Business Office: Katia Stornetta

Technical Support: