Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

November 3, 2022

What's In This Newsletter

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


  • Count Me In: Private Showing of Elf!
  • Community Workshop Recording: The Hidden Senses


  • Thank You Parents and Caregivers for Your Halloween Support!
  • Soccer Schedule


  • Leadership Opportunity: All Seniors & Interested Juniors. Starts November 11, 2022
  • Pack Healthy Snacks and Lunch
  • Basketball - Practices Move to Monterey Sports Center Next Week


  • COVID Update for Week of 11/7/2022


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Support Chartwell and Enjoy a Private Showing of Elf!

We are excited to share the first "count-me-in" opportunity. Through the generosity of a parent donor, families can enjoy a private showing of Elf with other members of the Chartwell community and support the school's fundraising efforts!

Here's how it works:

  • Families "purchase" a spot at the event for $30 per person
  • The contribution goes to Chartwell's Annual Fund which supports all aspects of the school's programs.
  • You and your family get to enjoy a private showing of Elf with other members of the Chartwell community

Wednesday, December 7

4:00 pm

Century Marina and XD (100 10th Street, Marina; next to Best Buy)


$30 per person - includes popcorn and a drink

This is not a school-organized event; all lower and middle school students must be accompanied by an adult.

Siblings welcome to attend.

If your family would like to participate and is in need of financial support to attend, please email Katia Stornetta at

Donors should consult with their tax advisers or the IRS to determine what portion of a contribution is deductible.

Community Workshop Recording: The Hidden Senses

The Hidden Senses October 2022


Thank You to Our Parents and Caregivers for Halloween Help!

A giant thank you to our parents and caregivers who helped our lower and middle school celebrate Halloween. The students had so much fun, and we are grateful for all of your support.

Reminder: LMS Pizza Program

This will be the last week until January to sign-up for the LMS Pizza Program. The price has been lowered to $90 as two weeks of the program have gone by.

This allows for up to two slices of pizza each Friday, through June 2023, during which school is in session*, options will include cheese, pepperoni, and gluten-free. We are working on providing a dairy-free option, and will update the community when we know it is possible.

At this time, we are only offering the one-time package for the year to simplify the process. You can register here or via the link below.

For families for which this program would be a financial challenge, please email Alex Kopelevich, finance director, at to arrange a reduced fee.

If you want to confirm your sign-up or have questions, please email Elena Mueller at

** The high school program is separate from this program and remains at $2 a slice.

MS Athletics: Soccer Updates


Tuesday, November 8 vs Bayview @ Chartwell

4:00 pm

Thursday, November 10 vs Madonna @ Chartwell

4:00 pm

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


Leadership Opportunity: Aim for Mental Health Ideas Lab

AIM Youth Mental Health invites high school students to take part in AIM Ideas Lab: A Youth Participatory Action Research project focused on elevating the voices of youth in discovering emerging mental health issues and advocating for programs, research, and public policy to address them.

Earn community service hours while working with teens from other high schools. Together, you'll learn about how to conduct your own mental health research, design and distribute surveys, and make recommendations to policy makers, researchers, and your community about how to address the youth mental health crisis that is growing in the wake of COVID.

If your child is interested in participating in the Ideas Lab or have additional questions, please contact Amanda Zonghi, assistant director of the high school, at

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Please Bring Healthy Snacks and Lunch

Please encourage your High School student to bring healthy food to campus each day. The following information is from page 18 from our Chartwell Family Handbook.
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HS Athletics: Basketball Season Has Begun

Both teams will begin practicing at the Monterey Sports Center next week from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Please contact Coach Patterson at if you need help with transportation or have additional questions.


Faculty & Staff November Birthdays

November 3 Alyse LeValley

November 3 Barbara Rees

November 9 Elizabeth Darovic

November 19 Amy Johnson

November 26 Carolyn Kelleher

November 26 Meghan Sanchez

Week of November 7: COVID Update

For the week of November 7, 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: