Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

February 2, 2023

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February is Black History Month

Black History Month celebrates the rich cultural heritage, triumphs and adversities that are an indelible part of our country's history. Each year there is a theme set by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and this year’s theme is Black Resistance.

Learn more about this year's theme here.

What's In This Newsletter

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


  • TONIGHT: Life After Chartwell High School with Alyse LeValley; Join here at 5:30 pm

  • Monday, February 6 at NOON - Emergency Notification Test for Parents and Caregivers

  • Tuesday, February 7 - CFN Hot Dog Sale Day! $5/ chips and juice box included

  • Monday, February 9 - CFN Social at Starbucks in Marina, CA

  • Friday, February 13 - CFN Walk at Chartwell after Drop-Off

  • Friday, April 21 - Grandparents and Special Friends Day (LMS)

  • Chartwell Family Directories: LMS available here, HS available next week


  • Wrestling League Carpool Interest
  • LS/ULS After School Singing Company
  • Intramural Basketball Schedule
  • Summer Program Registration is Open! Click here for more information.


  • Project Period Field Experience Rescheduled for February 27
  • STEAM Career Day - Thursday, April 20
  • Climbing and Surfing Clubs


  • February Chartwell Team Birthdays


February 10 - Reenrollment Contracts Sent to Families via FACTS

March 3 - Financial Aid Application Deadline for Returning Families

March 3 - Loyalty Discount Deadline

March 17 - Reenrollment Contracts Due

March 20 - Offers Extended to New Families


Next Week: Test of the Emergency Notification System

Prior to the winter break, we engaged the services of a new emergency notification platform, Titan HST. On Monday, February 6 at 12:00 pm NOON, you can expect to receive a test notification email, text, and auto-call from the system. If you do not receive all three notifications, please email with the details of which notifications you did not receive.

Thank you for your feedback and support throughout the implementation process. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

LMS Grandparents & Special Friends Day - Friday, April 21

On Friday, April 21, we will be hosting a Grandparents and Special Friends Morning for the Lower and Middle School. We will provide an update regarding a high school event shortly.

To be sure your child's grandparent or special friend receives an invitation, please complete this form or click on the button below. This is not an RSVP form - we are only collecting addresses at this time,

We are so excited to bring back this community tradition! Please email Elena Mueller at with any questions.

Family Directories

Thank you to all of our families who responded with your preferences for the information you wanted shared or not shared in the Chartwell family directories.

The information shared in the link below is for your personal use only. Please do not share or use any of this information for any non-Chartwell purpose. Thank you for respecting the privacy of our community.

If you see an error or would like any information changed, please email

Lower and Middle School Directory

The High School Directory will be available next week.

Thank you for your patience.


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Chartwell Family Network Updates and Events

This week the Chartwell Family Network held a meeting to brainstorm parent and caregiver engagement ideas for the reminder for the year. The focus through the end of the year will be building connections among the parent and caregiver community and raising funds for snacks for the faculty work room and future Chartwell family events.


Beginning Tuesday, February 7, every Tuesday between now and the end of the year, the CFN and volunteers will be selling hot dogs for lunch. The cost is $5 for a Costco all-beef hot dog, a small bag of chips, and a juice box. Vegetarian and Kosher dogs are available as is a gluten-free bun option. This option is open to all students and faculty and staff.

Advance sign-up is required.

Please sign-up here or at the button below.

You can pay by cash, Venmo or PayPal.

Sponsor a Hot Dog Day

Parents and caregivers (or a class cohort) interested in sponsoring a HOT DOG DAY as a way to support the CFN and help raise funds for future family events can reach out to Alissa Malakan at 559-824-1321or for more information.


Sign-up to help serve hot dogs on Tuesdays here.

Sign-up to help serve pizza (lower and middle school) on Fridays here.


Meet up with fellow Chartwell parents and caregivers over a cup of coffee at the Starbucks in Marina (140 General Stillwell Drive, Marina). The gathering starts right after carline around 8:40 am. No RSVP is needed - just show up!


Every Friday, after drop-off, the CFN will lead a walk from the Chartwell campus. Be prepared for a combination of trails and roadways and enjoy a brisk walk in the woods while getting to know other parents and caregivers. No RSVP is needed - just show up!


Carpool Request for Wrestling League

A Chartwell family is looking for carpool options back to Santa Cruz after the LS/ULS wrestling academy. If anyone is planning on picking up and heading back to Santa Cruz (and has extra space in their vehicle), please send an email to Regan Albee at

Singing Company

All lower and upper lower school students are invited to join the Chartwell Singing Company on Tuesdays from 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. The program will start on Tuesday, February 28. Please contact Ms. Franny Huck at or your homeroom teacher to sign up.

Upper Lower School Intramural Basketball

Intramural basketball began this week. The schedule going forward is as follows:

February 2 - Scrimmage; 12:25 pm

February 14 - Scrimmage; 12:25 pm

February 15 - Scrimmage; 12:25 pm

February 28 - March 2- Playoffs and Championship

Email Coach P or Coach Regan if your student is interested in participating.


HS Basketball Season Wrapping Up

The last practice and scrimmage for the high basketball teams is on Tuesday, February 7.

Track & Field Starting Soon

Signups for the high school track and field team will begin on Friday, February 3. Email Coach Morton at, Coach Rowe at, or Coach Patterson at for more information.

High School Clubs: Climbing and Surfing

  • The climbing club begins on Friday, February 3 from 1:30-3:00 pm. Contact Coach Darovic at with any questions. The club meets Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 pm and Fridays 1:30-3:00 pm.
  • The surfing club begins Tuesday, February, 7 and will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 pm. Signups are here. Email Melissa Kelly at or Coach Patterson at if interested in joining.

Project Period Field Experience Rescheduled for February 27

Our Project Period 3: Corporations field experience has been rescheduled to Monday, February 27.

For this experience, the high school will leave campus for the full day. Please ensure students are on time as we are departing shortly after drop-off. As part of our “Corporations” project period, students will engage in an off-campus field experience to visit the Apple Campus. We will be traveling by bus.

  • All students will be going to Apple Campus.
  • We are aiming to be back on campus between 3:15-4:00 pm (traffic is unpredictable).
  • Lunch is included for all students.
  • Students should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Students can bring snacks for the bus rides if they choose.
  • Students who take medications during the school day will be responsible for bringing and managing their own medications. For those students who typically get their midday medication from Roz, we will bring and administer those medications.

If you know your student cannot attend this event, please email as soon as possible.

Career STEAM Day - Thursday, April 20

Chartwell High School is planning a Career STEAM Day for Thursday, April 20!

We are looking for volunteers who work in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) fields to come present, share, and teach students about your career or area of expertise.

If you are interested in coming to present and share with high school students, please email Dr. Varajic at Thank you!

January & February Faculty & Staff Birthdays


Sandra Varajic - February 3

Emily Garber - February 5

John Langrill - February 5

Alex Kopelevich - February 11

Patti Kirshner - February 14

Roz Harris - February 17

Nicole Buice - February 18

Nancy Da Silva - February 21

Marshall Harvey - February 23


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: