Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

November 17, 2022

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Enjoy the Fall Break!

Fall Break begins next week and there are no classes Monday, November 21 - Friday, November 25. We wish everyone a restful break with family and friends and we look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday, November 28.

What's In This Newsletter

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


  • Chartwell Community Coffee: November 30 with the Student Support Team, 8:30 am
  • Food Barrels on Campus
  • Follow Us on Social Feeds!
  • Count Me In: Private Showing of Elf! - Deadline to Register December 1


  • Cohort Colored Outerwear
  • Dorothy's Kitchen Service Day - Friday, December 16
  • Flag Football - Link to Team Snap and Game Calendar
  • Rock Climbing Club - Forms Available Friday


  • High School Potluck - Friday, November 18
  • November and December Events
  • Rock Climbing Club - Forms Available Friday
  • Basketball - See Team Snap


Chartwell Community Coffee: Wednesday, November 30, 8:30 am

All parents and caregivers are invited to gather in McMahan Hall on Wednesday, November 30 at 8:30 am to engage in conversation with members from Chartwell's Student Support Team.

Coffee and breakfast treats will be provided.

Chicken Coop Access Guidelines

Please do not enter the chicken coop area without a representative from the school. No other pets should be in the area with the chickens.

Members of the Peep Club can enter as needed to care for the chickens. Thank you for respecting our Peeps!

Food Donations Being Accepted Through December 16

Chartwell School is once again collecting non-perishable food items for the Second Harvest Food Bank. The barrels are located in McMahan Hall. Thank you for any food you an donate to help those in need in our community.

Follow Us on Social Feeds: NEW Athletics Instagram

Chartwell maintains several social feeds and we invite all members of our community to follow us.




Support Chartwell and Enjoy a Private Showing of Elf! Registration Needed by Dec 1

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 are 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.


Reminder: Outerwear Needs be Same as Your Child's Cohort Color

Please remember that your child's outerwear (hoody, jacket, sweater) needs to be the same color as your child's cohort.

You can purchase a Chartwell hoody here. Amazon and Target also offer plain hoodies in an assortment of colors for under $20.

Flag Football

  • No practice during fall break
  • Practice will take place when we return on Monday, November 28, 3:15-4:30 pm
  • First game Tuesday, November 29

Visit Team Snap for additional information.

Games are also posted on the school website:

Dorothy's Kitchen Service Day - Friday, December 16

The tradition continues! On Friday, December 16 (the last day before winter break) the entire Lower and Middle School will engage in a service project preparing lasagna, salad, garlic bread, cookies, and holiday notes for Dorothy's Kitchen in Salinas, a non-profit serving the marginalized in Monterey County.

In the spirit of this being a community service project, we invite families who can to make a small financial contribution to the project which is coordinated through the CFN. If you are interested in contributing, please Venmo or email

Rock Climbing Club for Middle and High School Students

The rock climbing club forms will be available to students on Friday. All MS/HS students are encouraged to sign up. Details will be included on the signup form.

Please contact Elizabeth Darovic at or Coach P at for additional details.


High School Basketball

The HS basketball practice and upcoming game schedules has been updated on TeamSnap. The game schedule for the Green Team and Silver Team are also posted on the school website:

Contact Coach P for details at

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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


Maximize Your Gift to Chartwell Through MC Gives!

If you are still considering a gift to Chartwell School's Annual Fund this year, here is a chance to maximize your gift!

A portion of your gift can be matched when you give to Chartwell through Monterey County Gives, a year-end campaign that inspires local philanthropy and benefits a wide array of Monterey County nonprofits.

The Chartwell Board of Trustees has made a $50,000 Challenge Gift to inspire others to support our important mission. Please help us fulfill this challenge opportunity.

Our goal is for 100% of Chartwell families to support the Annual Fund at any level. We are currently at 23%. Thank you to everyone who has made their gift to Chartwell - every gift makes a difference.

*** Everyone who contributed $40 or more will receive a Chartwell canvas tote bag. We will hand these out to you in carline the week after fall break. Or contact Elena Mueller at to pick it up on campus.***


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: