Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

From: The Administration Office

March 25, 2021

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Key Dates Post Spring Break

Here is an outline of the key dates for when we return after spring break.

Monday, April 5- Monday, April 12
Spring Break

Tuesday, April 13-Friday, April 16
Distance Learning for LS/MS; LS/MS will use Distance Learning Schedule that week with classes in the morning only

Tuesday, April 13
High School ON CAMPUS for all classes

Friday, April 16

High School Field Experience (*see more details in the high school section below*)

Monday, April 19

All students, all grades on campus 5 days/week for the final quarter

School Hours Post Spring Break

Beginning April 13 for HS/April 19 for LS/MS
Monday through Thursday

Lower School: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Middle School: 8:30 am - 3:15 pm
High School: 8:30 am - 3:05 pm

(High School does not have a homeroom at the end of the day.)

ALL Students on campus from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
HS Optional Afternoon Classes in Fitness, Biking, and Art: 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm.

Last Week of School Details

Conferences (all day) on Friday, June 4 and the afternoons of Monday and Tuesday, June 7 - 8. Additional High School conferences will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, June 9 and 10.

8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony: Wednesday, June 9 at 2:00 pm (following the 8th-grade lunch and yearbook signing) (Immediate family only; event will be live-streamed for extended family and friends)

Last Day for LS/MS: Thursday, June 10; HALF DAY with 12:20 pm dismissal.

High School Last Day: Friday, June 11

Final Project Presentations: 11:00 am

Family Picnic: 12:00 pm

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

More details forthcoming after spring break.


New Stop Sign

Please come to a complete stop and look both ways before turning left onto Numa Watson Road. There is a new STOP sign to help ensure we all follow this safety measure.

We will be using our back parking lot for faculty and student parking once the high school students return to campus.

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Basketball Court to be Resurfaced over Spring Break!

Exciting news! The basketball court is being resurfaced over spring break. Our Bulldogs will return to a safer, more versatile court -- one we can be proud to host schools at next fall when our competitive sports program returns!


Important HS Information for Friday, March 26

Students planning to create a physical object for their Sci-Fi project (art piece, artifact, 3-D alien, etc) should BRING whatever supplies they need to school. We will spend most of the day working on these projects.

Rain cancels after-school basketball.

Returning After Spring Break

On Tuesday, April 13 all high school students will return for on-campus learning every day.

All students and faculty will complete a rapid COVID test before entering classrooms.


All high school students must register for the test. Those under the age of 18 must have a parent complete the appointment form and permission form for their child. High school students 18 and older may complete the form independently.

  1. Click on the link here

  2. Choose Appointment

    1. Chartwell School

    2. 8:00 am Tuesday, April 13 (all appointments are at 8:00 am for ease of coordinating once students are on campus; school start time is still 8:30 am and you can drop off at that time

  3. Complete your information and then your child’s information

  4. Review the confirmation and submit your form

  5. IMPORTANT: Check your email for a confirmation email. Parents can complete the permission form through the link that is sent in the confirmation email.

Students should wear their cohort shirts (or sweatshirt of same color).

We will spend time outside that morning doing various activities until all students and faculty have received negative tests.

When we are back on campus, please note the following:

  1. SCHEDULES: All students will spend time reviewing their new On-Campus Schedules with their advisors next week. Families will be sent a copy.
  2. SHIRTS: Students must wear their cohort shirts to school M-F. They will be cohorted at various points of the day, including lunch. They should secure a hoodie or jacket in the same color if needed.
  3. MASKS: Students will wear masks in classes and can ask for mask breaks.
  4. BRING: Students should bring a lunch, snacks, and a water bottle, in addition to a backpack and school materials. There is no food for purchase on campus.
  5. PIZZA: Pizza Friday will continue at no cost when we are on campus on Fridays (not during field experiences!)
  6. PHONES: Students can bring phones to campus but need to stow them in their backpacks. If you need to contact your student, please call the school at 831-394-3468.
  7. OFF-CAMPUS LUNCH: 11th and 12th graders will need to wait until we are in the orange tier before going off-campus for lunch.
  8. FITNESS: Students in Fitness class need to dress appropriately and wear sneakers to class
  9. ART: Art students should plan to bring their supplies back to school.

High School Tutoring Update

Because high school students will have direct access to their teachers, and because teachers will have classes to teach in the afternoons, most afternoon tutoring will discontinue. Some students who have tutoring assigned as a class during the school day will continue. Alyse LeValley and Billy Swift will discuss this with each family.

*Our First High School FIELD EXPERIENCE in a Year!*

On Friday, April 16, high school students will go on their first field experience of the year! We will be kayaking at Elkhorn Slough with Blue Water Ventures. The slough is enclosed and the water is calm (no waves) and all students will be wearing life vests at all times. This is an essential part of Project Period 4. Field experiences are important at Chartwell High and we expect all to attend.

The hours are 9:30 am - 2:00 pm and we are asking that as many students as possible be dropped off and picked up at Elkhorn Slough (address and directions will be provided as we get closer to the date). Due to COVID, we need to minimize any students riding in teachers' cars. Please talk to your carpool about how your students can be dropped off at 9:30 am and picked up at 2:00 pm. If this is not possible for you, please email

We will be outside all day. Students should bring a lunch, a jacket, and consider sunscreen a hat. Clothes and shoes that dry quickly are recommended.

Additional Details and COVID Protocol for the Day

  • Please do not arrive before 9:30 am.

  • For cars that remain at the parking area, there will be a $10 parking fee. You can purchase the parking pass directly from Blue Water Ventures when you arrIve.

  • Please read the COVID protocol here:

  • Take the temperature of your child and yourselves the morning of the field experience. If it is above 100 degrees, please notify Ms. LeValley and do not attend the field experience.

  • Please have masks or face coverings on before you exit your car. The harbor has clearly stated that masks must be worn in the launch areas.

  • When students get out of the car, they will need to maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times.

  • The school will provide each student with their own hand sanitizer for the kayak.


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Join Topher Mueller to learn more about STEAM at Chartwell School, and get the inside scoop about an exciting recent grant where each student has access to LEGO engineering and building kits. He will also be available for topics about technology tools and computer science at Chartwell School.


A Big List of Podcasts for Bigger Kids

There has been an explosion of new shows for children in the past year. Here are 30 of the best for kids between 6 and 10 compiled by the New York Times.



Recommit to the Chartwell Family Pledge

Returning to live school is not without risk. As a community, we must work together to foster the safety of our students, parents, faculty and staff. In light of the current statistics and increase in cases in California, we are asking our families to review and recommit to following specific community guidelines while we slowly and safely return to campus. Please review the below “pledge” and, for the safety of our faculty, students, parents, and community, uphold the following commitments on a daily basis:

  • Conduct a health and symptom screening before your child leaves home each day. Keep your child home when they are sick or exhibiting symptoms of general illness. If the temperature reads 100.4 or above, keep your child at home for the day. A temperature check will be done upon arrival at school, and students with temperatures in this range will be sent home.

  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering to minimize risks to others when out in public, and clean and sanitize them often.

  • Come to school directly from home, and return home after school, minimizing stops to essential errands when possible.

  • Limit your child’s outside of school engagement to only immediate family or students in the same cohort.

  • Wash hands frequently.

  • Avoid unnecessary travel this includes visits to or from family and friends in other parts of California, out of state, or out of the country. We will not accommodate students who miss school due to unnecessary travel.

  • If travel is necessary you must notify us and self-isolate for 10 days after traveling. Your child cannot come to school during this time.

  • Avoid all gatherings and events - especially those where people are not adhering to state and local safety guidance.

  • Self-report to Chartwell immediately if your child or a member of your household has been exposed to COVID-19.

  • Wear masks (adults and children) when carpooling, with windows open if possible. Masks are required to be double layered and cover the nose and mouth,

  • Abstain from the practice of providing fever reducing medicines for the purpose of sending your child to school.

Not following the guidelines of the Chartwell Family Pledge may put others at considerable risk. We ask all members of our community to embrace with positivity and an open mind the changes required this school year, understanding that because of COVID-19, our learning spaces, activities, and other events may look and feel different than in other school years.

If you do not feel you can follow these guidelines, we encourage you to continue with the online learning model. Thank you for being part of our community and working with us to bring our students back together, where they learn and grow best.

Chartwell Support Site

We encourage everyone to visit this site created by our STEAM Director, Topher Mueller. He is the mastermind behind the creation of our Distance Learning Platform. You will find the most up to date information regarding the 2020-2021 school year, answers to frequently asked questions, and technology tutorials to support distance learning from home.

Chartwell 20-21 Support Site

Updated: Important Dates for the 20-21 School Year


April 5-12: Spring Break - No Classes

April 13: High School returns to on-campus learning; PCR Rapid Testing

April 13- 16: Lower and Middle School Distance Learning

April 19: All divisions return to on-campus learning Monday - Friday

May 21: No Classes - Teacher In-Service

May 31: Memorial Day - No Classes

June 9 - 8th Grade Ceremony

June 10: Last day of school LMS; Transition Ceremony

June 11: Last day of school and Graduation for High School/ Retrospectives

Faculty Birthday - March

March 1 - Matt Madron

March 4 - Shon Fields

March 15 - Helen Ruisi

March 24 - Topher Mueller

March 25 - Sarah Chavez

March 30 - Genee Cahill


Dream Big

Soar is the story of a young girl Mara who dreams of one day building airplanes. ... A cross between Miyazaki and Pixar, Soar is the 3D short animation film born from the creative mind of Alyce Tzue, a student of the Academy of Art University (San Francisco).
CGI Animated Short Film "Soar" by Alyce Tzue | CGMeetup


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