Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

October 20, 2022

What's In This Newsletter

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


  • NOON DISMISSAL - ALL DIVISIONS: Tomorrow; reminder, no pizza lunch.
  • Student Photos Next Week! October 25-27 - additional details
  • COVID Testing: Optional COVID testing will be available for students, faculty and staff Friday, October 21 and Monday, October 24 from 8:00 am - 8:30 am in McMahan Hall.
  • Community Workshop: The Hidden Senses - October 27, 5:30 pm
  • Halloween Costume Guidelines
  • Halloween Costume Closet - Donate Used or New Costumes
  • Research Partnership Overview with UCSF - Thursday, November 3, 8:30 am
  • Chartwell Annual Fund Kick-Off! Get Your Chartwell Tote Bag!


  • Middle School Movie Night - Wednesday, October 26, 3:15 - 5:30 pm
  • Cross Country and Soccer Schedule


  • HS Athletics: Basketball Season Begins Next Week!
  • Spirit Week - Next Week!
  • CHS Fall Frenzy - Friday, October 28, 6-10 pm


  • COVID Update for Week of 10/17/22


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Photo Day Details - Next Week!

Student photo days are next week! Please see the below details:
  • Your division photo day is a free dress day. Lower and Middle School students do not need to wear their cohort shirt or cohort color.
  • There are no forms to complete in advance of the photo day.
  • An email will be sent to families after the photo day with information on how to purchase the digital file for $20. Class photos will also be included if you order a digital file.
  • Please contact Nena Prakash at with questions.

Community Workshop: The Hidden Senses - Thursday, October 27 - 5:30 pm

We all know about our five senses, but what about our three hidden senses that shape how our minds and bodies experience the world around us? Join Chartwell occupational therapists, Lisa Benjamin and Katlyn Bach, to learn more about our vestibular, proprioceptive, and interoceptive sensory systems. We will discuss what to look for when these systems are not communicating well and provide some tips on how to support our kids to better access their occupations of socialization, academics, and play.

This event is free and open to the public. Spread the word!

Halloween Costume Closet

Chartwell will collect donated costumes and accessories to create a Halloween Costume Closet on campus for students. Any student who would like to choose or create a costume from the "closet" can visit McMahan Hall next week if we receive costumes to fill the closet.

Please consider donating any costumes and accessories by Monday, October 24. You can drop them off during carline or bring them to the business office in Building 100.

Middle and lower school families interested in visiting the closet should email their homeroom teacher. We hope this opportunity inspires creativity and a spirit of recycling and reducing waste!

Chartwell Community Coffee: Learn More About Our Partnership with UCSF

Join the research team from UCSF for an overview of the unique partnership with Chartwell School and our families. Christa Pereira, PsyD, UCSF assistant professor of neurology and advisor to the Multitudes project, will be present and share details about how Chartwell families can get involved in the phenotyping study and benefit from this tremendous opportunity to learn more about your child's unique learning profile. Information about a second research partnership, the Outcomes study, will also be shared.

Thursday, November 3

8:30 am

McMahan Hall

Coffee and refreshments provided

* The Community Coffee scheduled for October 26 is being rescheduled to accommodate this event.

Chartwell Annual Fund Kick-Off

THANK YOU to the several parents and caregivers who have contributed to the Chartwell Annual Fund so far! You will receive your tote bags next week via carline.

All donors who make a contribution of $40 or more will receive a Chartwell canvas tote bag in honor of the school's upcoming 40th anniversary!**

Please reach out to Elena Mueller, director of communications and advancement, at with any questions about the annual fund or making a gift to Chartwell.

Halloween Costume Guidelines - All Divisions

On Monday, October 31, students are encouraged to dress up for Halloween. We wanted to provide some costume guidelines for a school and work environment that ensures students are able to participate in their academic program despite being in costumes and follow our general rules and expectations, and are inclusive.

Guidelines include:

  • Be sensitive knowing we have young students on our campus who might scare easily.

  • Masks should not be worn during instructional time; masks can be worn in the halls and outside of class.

  • Costumes should not impact the ability to move freely around campus or in a classroom setting

  • Refrain from any items that depict or could be used as a weapon or violence

  • Refrain from any costumes that have blood or gore

Please consider costumes from a DEIJ lens and be mindful that costumes represent characters and not people or cultures. For example, if you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, we ask that you reconsider the costume or reach out to Billy Swift for support in determining if your costume meets Chartwell guidelines

  • Is your costume a historical figure that is controversial or problematic?

  • Does your costume represent violence or trauma that happened?

  • Does your costume represent a culture you don’t belong to?

  • Does your costume represent gender and/or sexual identity?

  • Does your costume represent a person with a disability or learning difference?

  • Does your costume represent any other identity aspect you don't belong to?


Middle School Movie Night - October 26

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Pumpkin Carving Contest - October 28, 2022

All lower and middle division students are invited to participate in a Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Please bring your carved or decorated pumpkin to school on Friday, October 28.

Our online students are welcome to join the contest; send a photo of your pumpkin to by 8:00 am, Friday, October 28.

Halloween Activities for Lower and Middle School

On Monday, October 31, all students are invited to dress up in costumes to celebrate the spirit of Halloween (see guidelines above.)

Class parties will take place in the afternoon and there will be a parade before pickup. Parents and caregivers are welcome to come for the parade. More details and specific times will be shared next week.

MS Athletics: Cross Country and Soccer Updates


Friday, October 21, 4:00 pm @ Carmel Middle School

Cross Country MTJAL Championship

Thursday, November 3, 4:00 pm @ Carmel Middle School


The first soccer game of the season takes place Tuesday, October 25 at 4:00 pm at Chartwell vs MB Charter. Come out and cheer on our Bulldogs!

Practices take place Mondays and Wednesdays 3:20 - 4:20 pm.


HS Athletics: Basketball Season Begins!

Parent and Caregiver Zoom Meeting - Wednesday, October 26

High School Basketball (all teams) is hosting a parent and caregiver Zoom meeting (link here) on Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30-6:30 pm. Please join us to learn more about the season, communications, and more.

Silver Team* High School Basketball Team

The Silver Team basketball conditioning days and times are Monday-Thursdays from 3:30-4:45 pm beginning Monday, October 24.

Our first official practice is on Tuesday, November 1. Practices will be Monday-Thursdays from 3:30-4:45 pm

All practice and game information will be accessible via TeamSnap.

* The Silver Team is open to boys and any non-binary students who would feel comfortable playing on the team.

Green Team* High School Basketball Team

The first practice will be on Tuesday, November 1.

Practices will be Monday-Thursday from 3:30-4:30 pm.

Game dates, locations, and times will be announced once the schedule is finalized.

First game will be Tuesday, November 15 at Harbor High School at 5:00 pm.

All practice and game information will be accessible via TeamSnap.

* The Green Team is open to girls and any non-binary students who would feel comfortable playing on the team.

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Faculty & Staff October Birthdays

October 5 - Ashton Plette

October 7 - Lizanne Garcia

October 11 - Katherine Kanaski

October 21 - Cris Ford

October 23 - Carlye Kuxhausen

October 30 - Cheryl Milton

October 31 - Katia Stornetta

Week of October 24: COVID Update

For the week of October 24, here are the current Chartwell guidelines:

  • Indoor masking is recommended but not required.

  • Testing will be offered by request. Please send an email to Roz Harris if you would like your child tested for COVID.

  • If Your Child Tests Positive: Chartwell will follow the California Department of Health Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines for students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID.


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

Technical Support: