Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

From: The Administration Office

May 6, 2021

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Thank You, Chartwell Family Network!

This week, Chartwell parents came together to show their appreciation of our faculty and staff. On Wednesday, the Bella Bee Coffee Truck arrived on campus along with a table filled with breakfast treats. Tomorrow, they are providing smoothies and, later in the month, a catered lunch. We are so grateful for the leadership of Dawn Alva, head of the CFN, and the support of our entire parent community. Thank you!

Update on Safety Protocols

Each Tuesday at noon, we receive an updated Covid 19 status report from the California Department of Health to determine next steps in our reopening plan. Below are the statistics from this week's email for Monterey County. We have reached all data points for Yellow Tier and will be officially assigned to that tier as a county if we maintain these levels for three consecutive weeks. Given this new information, we made the following changes at Chartwell effective Wednesday, May 5:

  • We will discontinue morning temperature checks of faculty and students. Please monitor your child for any COVID 19 symptoms, and keep symptomatic children at home.
  • We will allow teachers to remove three-side plexiglass shields from student desks
  • We will not require a quarantine period after in-state travel.
  • We will allow parents to be on our campus for special events and field trips.

Here are the safety requirements that will remain a part of our COVID 19 safety protocols:

  • Masks must be worn on campus at all times by all students, faculty and visitors. The exceptions are an adult working alone in a private office, small groups of fully vaccinated adults meeting outdoors or in a well-ventilated space, and while eating or drinking in a private office or outdoors in a stable cohort with social distancing.
  • Desks in classrooms will be spaced 3 feet apart
  • All classrooms must have adequate airflow (open windows and doors)
  • Outdoor classes when possible
  • Social distancing throughout the campus and play areas with limited cohort mingling and the continued adherence to one cohort only at lunch times when masks can be removed.
  • Families are asked to limit exposure in the community and avoid out-of-state or international travel

Important High School Updates and Upcoming Events

Friday, May 7 - Tomorrow

Tomorrow we will be on campus and it's a Pizza Friday. Pizza will be provided for all students. After school biking, basketball, and art are happening and students are welcome to stay for those activities.

Thursday, May 20 - High School Spring Social - Late Drop Off & Late Pick Up

On Thursday, May 20 we will host an event for high school students in the evening. To avoid students needing to drive home and back for an evening event, we will start school late that day. Drop off is at 1:00 pm. We will have our Friday classes for much of the afternoon and then transition to an evening of fun. We will enjoy a taco truck, s'mores, games, and a DJ. The event ends at 10:30 pm, but families are welcome to pick up students earlier if desired. Students who need to be dropped off at school before 1:00 pm can attend a supervised study hall and work on classwork. Students are encouraged to bring: very warm clothing, a flashlight or headlamp, games, musical instruments, snacks to share, camp chairs, and/or outdoor blankets.

Friday, May 28 - Whale Watching Last Field Experience of the Year

Our last Field Experience of the year will be Friday, May 28. We will be whale watching with Chris' Whale Watching in Monterey. We will meet at the entrance to Wharf #1 in Monterey (also known as Old Fisherman's Wharf). We recommend dropping off students on Oliver Street where there is an easy place to turn around.

Please drop off your student at 9:30 am. Pick up students in the same location at 1:00 pm. We understand that some students have a fear of deep water or get seasick easily. Those students can opt out of this field experience and do an online lesson that day instead. If your student cannot attend or if they need a ride to the wharf from Chartwell, please email Ms. LeValley at

Important: Last Week of School Details

Friday, June 4

LMS Parent-Teacher Conferences

No classes for LMS

Monday, June 7

Half Day - Pick-up LMS/HS at 12:20 pm

LMS/HS Parent -Teacher Conferences - All Afternoon

Tuesday, June 8

Half Day - Pick-up LMS/HS at 12:20 pm

LMS/HS Parent -Teacher Conferences - All Afternoon

Wednesday, June 9

Half Day - Pick-up LMS/HS at 12:20 pm

12:30 pm Grade 8 students stay for a special lunch in their honor

2:00 pm 8th Grade Transition Ceremony (Immediate family only)

HS Parent-Teacher Conferences - All Afternoon

Thursday, June 10 - Last Day of School LMS

Half Day - Pick-up LMS/HS at 12:20 pm

Lower School Fun Day (On Campus)

Middle School Beach Day (Off Campus - More Details to Come)

High School Fun Day (On Campus)

HS Parent-Teacher Conferences - All Afternoon

Friday, June 11 - Last Day of School HS

11:00 am Final Project Presentations

12:00 pm Family Picnic

1:00 pm Graduation Ceremony (Immediate family only; event will be live-streamed for extended family and friends)

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Final Push for Parent Participation in the Pear Fund

Last fall, we reached out to our Chartwell parent community and invited your participation in the school’s annual fund. We reached 65% and are so grateful to the many families who made a gift. As we approach the end of the school year, we are doing a final push to see if we can move closer to our goal of 100% parent participation.

  • Our goal as a school is to achieve 100% participation from our Chartwell families by June 30, 2021.

  • Every gift makes a difference, no matter the size.

  • High parent participation in annual giving is a positive indicator of our community’s engagement in our mission when we apply for grants.

Here are the ways you can give:

  • Give online at

  • Request a remit envelope to make a donation by check (or simply deliver during car line.)

Contact Elena Mueller, director of advancement and communications, at or 831-394-3468 x1023 if you have questions about gifts of stocks or appreciated securities, pledges, matching gifts, or giving to Chartwell in general.


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Free Webinar Series Starts Tomorrow

This Friday, ConnectEd, is offering a free webinar series. The series begins with Part 1 “Return to Regulation, an Educator’s Guide for Fall 2021."

Tickets are going fast for this FREE event on Friday, May 7 @ 9:00 am. Join the webinar for a conversation about the empirical foundations of regulation, 2020 regulation loss, and how to best meet student’s social emotional needs in Fall 2021. School leaders, educators and parents will walk away with a deep understanding of how to build a school community that both understands and teaches self-regulation.

Part 2 of the virtual event provides a deep dive into specific classroom strategies for school leaders, teachers, and specialists. Don’t miss this opportunity to move from theory to practice in understanding how to teach self-regulation in the classroom. Part 2 attendees will have access to five, 90-minute topical break out sessions with thought leaders and educators in the field. REGISTER NOW and have full access to: Part 1, Part 2 live sessions, recordings of all sessions for up to 30-days, and handouts/resources.

ConnectEd provides professional development, individualized and group regulation and social cognitive groups, and parent coaching/advocacy.

No Parent Tea on Wednesday, May 12

There will not be a Chartwell Parent Tea next week on Wednesday, May 12. We hope you will attend the presentation by UCSF on Thursday, May 13 (see below).

Save the Date: Thursday, May 13 - UCSF Outcomes Presentation

On Thursday, May 13 at 5:30 pm, Dr. Robert Hendren and his team at UCSF Program for Research On Neurodevelopmental and Translational Outcomes (PRONTO) will present the outcome study and describe the value of tracking students with dyslexia over time to better understand this population, including understanding the risk factors for various outcomes and signals of effective treatments. We will also provide updates on our progress on the role of grit and resilience in children with dyslexia. Zoom link to be sent to all parents next week.


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Artist of the Week: Gabe Aquino

Gabe Aquino captured this beautiful photo during the recent field experience at Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz.
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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