Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

March 23, 2023

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Ramadan Mubarak: March 22- April 20, 2023

Ramadan is a holiday that falls on the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It lasts either 29 or 30 days, depending on when the new crescent moon is, or expected to be, visible. This year Ramadan began the evening of March 22 and goes through the evening of April 20. The holiday is dedicated to a season of reflection, prayer, charity, fasting and community. We wish those observing this holiday ‘Ramadan mubarak’.

How Muslims Mark Ramadan and What Makes it a Holy Month (PBS)

The Meaning of Ramadan with Students (Edutopia)

Global Muslim Population Map (Pew Research Center)

What's In This Newsletter

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




  • Help Our Seniors Raise Funds for Senior Grad Trip!
  • Quarter 3 High School Progress Reports: Sending via Email Tomorrow, March 24
  • Project Period 4 - Schedule Update and Overview
  • High School Grandparents and Special Friends Day - Submit Guest Info
  • HS Sports: Check TeamSnap for updates and schedules.


  • Climbing Club: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 pm at Sanctuary Climbing; concludes on March 29 and will resume after spring break
  • Surf Club: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:00 pm



  • March Chartwell Team Birthdays

Upcoming Important Dates


Thursday, March 23 - Community Workshop: The Science of Reading, 5:30 pm (Zoom)

Friday, March 24 - CFN Walk; Leave from Campus at 8:40 am; all welcome!

Monday, March 27 - CFN Meet Up at Starbucks in Marina (Near Target and REI), 8:30 am

Thursday, March 30 - 1st Annual Students vs. Staff Hockey Game

Thursday, March 30 - LMS Free Dress Day

Friday, March 31 - First Day of Spring Break - No Classes

Monday, April 3 - Friday, April 7 - Spring Break - No Classes

Saturday, April 1 - FRC Robotics Tournament at Seaside High School

*Every Monday, the CFN meets at Starbucks in Marina at 8:30 am; every Friday, all parents and caregivers are invited to join a walk from campus, leaving at 8:40 am; check The Bark weekly for updates due to weather.

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, April 18 - LS Field Trip to The Tech Interactive

Thursday, April 20 - HS STEAM Career Day

Friday, April 21 - LMS Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Tuesday, April 25 - ULS Field Trip to The Tech Interactive (Whitman and Morton)

Thursday, April 27 - ULS Field Trip to The Tech Interactive (Sanchez and Warcken)

Thursday, April 27 - LMS Free Dress Day

Monday, May 8 - HS Grandparents & Special Friends Morning


Climate & Culture Survey

As part of our efforts to better understand and continually work to improve our community, Chartwell asks our parent and caregiver community to complete a climate and culture survey. This survey helps us ensure our community feels safe and supported.

Please take a moment to complete the survey below (18 multiple choice questions -- 5 minutes!)

Carpool and Transportation Survey

Carpools and transportation to and from school continues to be a challenge within our growing community. In an effort to develop more options and better support for our families who commute long distances, we have developed a survey to gather information. Please take a moment to complete the survey and help us work to find better solutions.


Free Dress Day Guidelines: Thursday, March 30

We will be offering free dress days on the last Thursday of each month for lower and middle school students from now until the end of the school year. This means that students do not have to be in their cohort colors. Please keep in mind the following guidelines that appear in our handbook:

Allowable Dress and Grooming - All Students

  • Students must wear clothing, including both a shirt, shorts, pants or skirt, or the equivalent, and shoes.

  • Clothing must cover undergarments and must not be see-through.

  • Sturdy athletic shoes are recommended.

  • Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities, including fitness and wellness, STEAM labs, or other activities where unique hazards exist. High school students are expected to have a change of clothing for Wellness & Fitness such as sweatpants, shorts, sneakers, t-shirt, or sweatshirt.

Non-Allowable Dress and Grooming - All Students

  • Clothing may not depict, advertise, or advocate the use of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, or other controlled substances.

  • Clothing may not depict pornography, sexual acts, or sexual innuendos.

  • Clothing may not use or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, political affiliation, or any other protected groups.

  • Open-toed shoes like flip-flops, sandals, etc. are discouraged for safety reasons.

  • Clothing, including gang-identifiers, must not threaten the health or safety of any other person.

LMS Athletics

ULS Golf

If students are interested in joining Golf, contact Regan Albee, Coach Postadan or Coach Patterson to be added to the roster.

ULS Kickball

ULS intramural kickball will begin after spring break and will last four weeks. Contact Coach Patterson at with any questions.

April 10 - April 14: First week

April 24 - April 28: Second week

May 8 - May 12: Third week

May 22 - May 25: Last week

MS Track & Field

Practice: Monday-Thursday, 3:30-4:30 pm DURING LUNCH @ Chartwell

MS Golf

Buena Vista Thu, March 23, 2023 4:00- 6:30 pm Twin Creeks Golf Course

Flag Football Summer Camp! Registration Open!

Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21 (9:30 AM - 2:00 PM)

● Cost:$300

● Age Group: 6-14 (Grades 1-8); Co-Ed/Non-Binary

● Schedule: 10:00 am-2:00 pm Monday-Friday (9:30 am arrival for stretch, warm up, socialize with teammates)

Email Rory Patterson at with any questions.

Chartwell Soccer Summer Camp

Monday, June 12 - Thursday, June 15

Age Group: 6-14 (Grades 1-8 for 2023-2024); Co-Ed/Non-Binary

Times: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Cost: $250

Email Rory Patterson at with any questions.

There's Still Time: Join Us for a Summer of Fun and Learning!

Chartwell School’s Summer CORE Program is academically focused and open to students Grades 1-8 who would benefit from specialized instruction or would like to maintain progress achieved over the preceding academic year.


June 14 - Orientation

June 15 - Program Begins

June 19 - No Classes

July 4 - No Classes

July 14 - Last Day


Cheer On Chartwell! Monterey Bay Regional FIRST Robotics Competition

Monterey Bay Regional FIRST Robotics Competition

Friday 3/31 and Saturday 4/1 - Open to the public

Come cheer our fellow Bulldogs on! On these dates, Paige S., Matthew B., Alexa G., and Ethan S. will join their fellow teammates of Plus Ultra ( in qualifying matches at the Monterey Bay Regional event for FIRST Robotics.

They have, along with other teams worldwide, been building a robot that will satisfy a series of goals on a large field - and will hope to score points in a series of short (2.5 minute) qualifying events leading up to Saturday afternoon. At that time, the top-tier teams will choose allies for the final matches and various awards will be distributed at the end of Saturday.

These events are open to the public at Seaside High School (2200 Noche, Buena Seaside, CA 93955). For more information, including about spectating times, parking, remote viewing via Twitch, and more (including ways to join or mentor the team in the future), visit or contact mentor Topher Mueller at Go Bulldogs!

HS Grad Trip 2023 - Help Students Raise Funds

The Class of 2023 is planning a trip to Disneyland for Grad Night!

"We may have started high school online, separated during the pandemic, but we are ending it together! Help us celebrate together before we head off to college, gaps, and careers! Every little bit helps!"

Thank you for considering a gift to support their efforts to make this trip possible.

Project Period 4: Important Information and Service Options

In conjunction with Project Period 4, CHS is planning off-campus service work hours for Fridays in our fourth quarter (April & May). Students will choose from a variety of interesting opportunities at various non-profit organizations and will serve at the selected organization each Friday. The options range in location from Moss Landing to Salinas to Monterey, and there will be one on-campus service work opportunity as well.

Please note these Fridays are school days and attendance is expected. Excusal from these Fridays will require written excusal from caregivers and/or possibly a doctor's notes. Families will drop-off and pick-up at the organizations. Families in carpools may want to discuss choices with their students to ensure that all students in a carpool choose the same location, or choose an organization that is closer to home.

Our organizations will be: Meals on Wheels (Monterey), Last Chance Mercantile (Marina), Dorothy's Kitchen (Salinas), SPCA of Monterey County (Salinas/68), First Tee of Monterey County (Salinas), Asilomar State Beach (Pacific Grove), Elkhorn Slough Foundation (Moss Landing to Las Lomas), Chartwell School (Seaside). We are grateful to these organizations for their willingness to welcome our students, and many thanks to the Chartwell families that helped us connect with this organizations!

High School Grandparents and Special Friends Day - Monday, May 8

We will be hosting Grandparents and Special Friends Morning for the High School on Monday, May 8. Please share with us the mailing addresses of any grandparents or special friends you would like to receive an invitation through the form below. Invitations will be sent after Spring Break.

High School Grandparents and Special Friends Morning

Monday, May 8

Upcoming Events in the Community

AIM Youth Mental Health Symposium - Save the Dates!

A life-changing symposium you won’t want to miss: On April 19 – 21, 2023, AIM Youth Mental Health will gather world-renowned researchers, best-selling authors, youth experts, parents, clinicians, educators, first responders, and community members to protect the mental health and safety of our children.

This year’s AIM Youth Mental Health Symposium will be held at the Monterey Conference Center in beautiful Old Town Monterey, California. Chartwell is proud to be a sponsor of this event and Amanda Zonghi, assistant director of the high school, will be presenting at the symposium.

Click here to learn more.


March Faculty & Staff Birthdays


Karla Bell - March 8

Amanda Chace - March 10

Diane Sunseri - March 18

Topher Mueller - March 24

Katie Whitman - March 24

Sarah Chavez - March 25

Genee Cahill - March 30

Maryn Sanchez - March 31

Chartwell Family Directories

Chartwell Family Directories: LMS available here, HS available here.


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: