Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly News and Announcements

July 14, 2022

A Message from Danielle Patterson, Interim Head of School

Dear Chartwell Community,

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer with time to relax and recharge as we prepare to start the new school year in just six weeks. This is the first of many communications you will receive in the weeks ahead prior to our first days of school on August 15, 2022 (High School) and August, 16, 2022 (Lower & Middle School).

Here is a link to our 2022-2023 School Calendar.

The Summer Session at Chartwell ends tomorrow. We had 80 students on campus this summer who all demonstrated growth and learned so much over their four weeks with us. Many of the students who joined us for the summer will be continuing with us in the fall.

We are excited to welcome nearly 35 new families into our learning community and over 20 new faculty members. In the coming weeks, each of the new team members will be highlighted in the BARK. Throughout the last year, we intentionally listened to family, student and teacher input in order to realign and expand our resources to best support our students and team. These resources will further enhance our academic, social-emotional and athletic programs as well as bolster support in our business office.

I am currently at the National Association of Independent School Conference for New Heads in Atlanta and then will be on vacation with my family from July 20th-26th. When I return on Wednesday, July 27th I will answer any emails received in my absence. If you have any immediate concerns, please reach out to Elena Mueller, Director of Advancement and Communications, at

I am honored to be embarking on this journey with this community and value your positive energy and dedication to the work we do at Chartwell.

All my best,

Danielle Patterson

Interim Head of School

Outreach & Family Engagement

“You have to be unique, and different, and shine in your own way.” anonymous

RSVP for Chartwell Family Picnic

On Thursday, August 11 we invite all students and families to join us for a Back to School Picnic from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Students and families will have the opportunity to meet teachers and advisors for the first hour, and then we will enjoy food, games, and music for the remainder of the event.

Please let us know if you plan to attend this celebration of the new school year.

IMPORTANT: T-shirt Sizes Needed by July 20

This year we will once again assign each Lower and Middle School cohort a color. Chartwell provides each student (2) short sleeve shirts and (2) long sleeve shirts. Parents and guardians will have the opportunity to order more shirts and hoodies in August.

PLEASE complete the form below so we can order shirts in advance and have them available for distribution at the August 11 Chartwell Family Picnic.

Middle School Elective Choices

An email was sent earlier this week to Middle School families about elective options for the fall. If you have not responded, please talk with your child and make your choices! Thank you!

Middle School Elective Choices

Elite Basketball Camp Cancelled; Open Court Time Next Week

Due to conflicts with schedules, the Elite Basketball Camp scheduled for next week has been canceled.

In its place, Coach Rory Patterson will host open court time Monday, July 18 - Wednesday, July 20 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm for all Chartwell middle and high school athletes. Please RSVP to Coach Patterson at if you plan to attend.

Yearbook Update

The 2021-22 yearbooks will be mailed to families in early August. Please contact Nena Prakash at with any questions.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Thursday, August 11 - Chartwell Family Picnic, 4-6 pm

Friday, August 12 - New Student Orientation (HS)

Monday, August 15 - First Day of School - HIGH SCHOOL

Tuesday, August 16 - First Day of School - LOWER and MIDDLE

Thursday, August 25 - Community Workshop: Executive Functioning Tips for A New School Year, 5:30 pm (Zoom)

Tuesday, August 30 - Chartwell Community Coffee, 8:30 am

Monday, September 5 - Labor Day - No Classes

Thursday, September 8 - Back to School Night - LS

Thursday, September 22 - Back to School Night - MS/HS

Meet New Leadership on Campus

We are excited to introduce several new leadership team members to our Chartwell community in addition to faculty members who have moved into leadership roles. Watch for new faculty profiles in future Bulldog Barks.


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

Interim 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 Zhonghi:

Director of Student Support: Billy Swift

Director of Campus Management and Safety, John Langrill:

Director of Advancement and Communications, Elena Mueller:

Director of Athletics: Rory Patterson

Technical Support: