Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

February 23, 2023

What's In This Newsletter

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


  • SENG Parent and Caregiver Group Dates & Times

  • Street Hockey Starting Next Month

  • STEAM Career Day for HS - Seeking Presenters

  • Last Chance to Sign-Up for CFN Tuesday Hot Dog Program

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

  • Grandparent and Special Friends Mornings - Submit Addresses


  • LS/ULS After School Singing Company Starting February 28!
  • Bulldog Wrestling Academy
  • Intramural Basketball - Last week 2/28-3/2; Kickball Starting Soon
  • MS Field Trip on March 13

  • MS/HS Climbing Club
  • MS/HS Surf Club
  • MS/HS Track and Field Sign-ups


  • Project Period Field Experience - Monday, February 27
  • High School Project Sales Days: March 3 and March 10


  • Free Boxing Strong Class


  • February & March Chartwell Team Birthdays

Upcoming Important Dates


Friday, February 24 - CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER: CFN Walk

Monday, February 27 - CANCELED - JOIN US TUESDAY ON CAMPUS: CFN Meet-up at Starbucks

Monday, February 27 - HS Project Period Field Experience

Tuesday, February 28 - Community Coffee - Parent Mix and Mingle, 8:30 am

Friday, March 3 - Financial Aid Application Deadline for Returning Families

Friday, March 3 - HS Corporations Sales Day - Custom House Plaza, Monterey

Friday, March 3 - Loyalty Discount Deadline

Friday, March 3 - CFN Walk (Leave from Campus - 8:40 am)*

*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

Looking Ahead

Friday, March 10 - HS Corporations Day - Chartwell Campus

Monday, March 13 - MS Field Trip to Mount Hermon

Friday, March 17 - Reenrollment Contracts Due

Monday, March 20 - Offers Extended to New Families

Friday, March 17 - Faculty In-Service Day - No Classes

Tuesday, March 21 - Community Coffee

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

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

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

Thursday, April 20 - HS STEAM Career Day - Looking for Presenters!

Friday, April 21 - Grandparents & Special Friends Day


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Reenrollment Deadlines Approaching

We want to remind families of two important enrollment deadlines coming up next week, Friday, March 3:

March 3 - Financial Aid Application Deadline for Returning Families

March 3 - Loyalty Discount Deadline ($500 per child)

March 17 - Reenrollment Contracts Due

March 20 - Offers Extended to New Families

If you have any questions about the reenrollment process, please contact Katia Stornetta in the Business Office at

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Parent Group

What: SENG Model Parent Groups (SMPG) are intended to give parents of gifted learners a forum to share experiences and information. The group will be guided by SMPG Facilitator and Chartwell School’s Learning Profile and 2e Specialist Jeff Morton. These meetings will provide an opportunity to work through the book A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by James Webb and others in addition to sharing resources and lived experiences.

Cost: Free (The book does cost ~$27 for those who want to have a personal copy of the book, which is recommended; a new edition will be released on April 11 if you want to pre-order and wait).

When: The group will meet for eight (8) weeks on Wednesdays from 5-6:30. Meeting dates are March 15, 22, and 29; April 12, 19, and 26; and May 3 and 10.

Where: The group will meet at Chartwell School, room TBA.

There is still room for additional participants. For more information or to register for the group, contact Jeff Morton at

Street Hockey Club: Open to All Divisions

The street hockey club will begin on Thursday, March 30 (the last day before spring break.) The club will meet one day per week (TBD) and take place between 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm. More details to come. Contact Coach Reggie with questions.

Sign-Ups Closing This Week for Hot Dog Tuesdays

Every Tuesday between now and the end of the year, the CFN and volunteers will be selling hot dogs for lunch. The cost is $40 for a Costco all-beef hot dog, a small bag of chips, and a juice box - this covers every Tuesday the school is in session between now and June. 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; and sign-ups will close Sunday night for the year. Hot dogs will NOT be available for purchase on the day of. Thank you for understanding that this program requires advanced ordering and planning.

Please sign-up here or at the button below.

You can pay by cash, Venmo or PayPal.

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!

Grandparents and Special Friends Mornings

We will be hosting two Grandparents and Special Friends Mornings this spring. Invitations will be sent in early March. Please share with us the mailing addresses of any grandparents or special friends you would like to receive an invitation.

Grandparents and Special Friends Morning

Lower and Middle School

Friday, April 21

Grandparents and Special Friends Morning

High School

Monday, May 8


LS/ULS Singing Company - Starts February 28

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.

2nd Annual Bulldog Wrestling Academy

The 2nd Annual Bulldog Wrestling Academy (BWA) started this week and will run after school every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:30 pm.

This is a four-week program that focuses heavily on fun, self-regulation, and the development of each student wrestler's self-esteem and confidence levels. We will not be competing against other schools, and practice sessions are strictly voluntary.

The BWA is open to all students in the Lower School and Upper Lower School only - and there is still time to join!

Coach Reggie will be distributing sign-up sheets to each LS/ULS homeroom by the end of this week. For further info, please email Coach Reggie at:

MS Field Trip - March 13

The Middle School will be going on a field trip to Mt. Hermon Adventures to participate in a ropes course on March 13, 2023. Transportation will be provided.

An email will be sent early next week with more information.

Last Week of ULS Intramural Basketball

Next week is the last week of intramural basketball with games taking place during lunch from February 28 through March 2.

Intramural kickball season begins March 10!


MS/HS Track and Field Sign-Ups Open

Track and field sign-ups for both middle/high school can be made by contacting Coach Patterson, Coach Garrett Rowe or Coach Regan. More details coming soon!

MS/HS Climbing Club

There is still time to join the climbing club! Contact Rory Patterson if interested in joining at A commitment form is required. The club meets on Fridays from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm.

The Climbing Club is NOT meeting tomorrow but will instead meet on Monday 2/27 from 3:30-5:00 pm

MS/HS Surfing Club

Surf Club is not meeting today due to weather.

The Surf Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 pm. Open to all grades. Contact Melissa Kelly at if interested in joining.


Project Period Field Experience: Monday, February 27

Our Project Period 3: Corporations field experience is taking place on 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.

High School Project Sales Days: March 3 and March 10

High school students have been hard at work planning, starting, and operating their own corporations as part of Project Period 3. Please consider attending one of their two sales days to look at the products, ask questions, and perhaps purchase the goods they are carefully producing.

Friday, March 3 at Custom House Plaza in Monterey 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Families and friends are encouraged to stop by this sale to support our students! All eight corporations will be on site selling a wide range of materials that they produced themselves. Please invite friends and family to attend!

Friday, March 10 - On Campus 8:45-9:45 am

Hang out after drop-off and peruse the goods our students have carefully produced! Lower and middle school students will have a chance to shop at this time as well. If you cannot stop by, please consider letting your student bring some cash to school that day. Many of the goods that the high schoolers are producing will be desirable to our younger students. Thank you for your support!


Free Boxing Strong Class

Boxing Strong is offering a free boxing class to support Teen Mental Wellness Day on March 2, from 5:00-6:00 pm. Youth ages 12-14 are encouraged to take on this challenging yet mentally and physically rewarding boxing class. Boxing Strong's goal is to help teens find their voice, confidence, and capabilities to build a strong foundation for their future successes through improving their authentic self.

Learn more at

February & March 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


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


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: