Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

October 6, 2022

October Long Weekend - Friday, October 7 - Tuesday, October 11

October brings a well-timed break for students, families, and faculty. There is no school TOMORROW, October 7 - Tuesday, October 11.

Students will return on Wednesday, October 12.

Tragedy in Thailand

Early this morning, there was a tragic shooting at a daycare in Bangkok, Thailand. Images and details about this horrific event will most likely be the focus of media coverage today and this evening. We encourage families to utilize the below resources and prepare for potential conversations with their children.

How to Talk to Kids about School Shootings (Common Sense Media)

Anxiety over School Shootings: Finding Proactive Ways to Manage Worried Feelings (Child Mind Institute)

Tips for Parents & Teachers: Talking to Children About Violence (National Association of School Psychologists)

If you feel your child may need support, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher, advisor, or a member of our student support team. Email Billy Swift, director of student support, at and he can direct you to a team member.

What's In This Newsletter

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


  • Communications Survey (please complete)
  • Photo Days! October 25-27
  • Reminder: Bring Reusable Water Bottles
  • Reminder: Label Clothing and Personal Items
  • NOON DISMISSAL: Family Teacher Conferences - October 19-21
  • Save the Date: Grandparents and Special Friends Day, Friday, April 21, 2023



  • Athletic shoes and clothes needed on Friday, October 14
  • HS Seeking Connections with Non-Profits
  • HS Bowling Night: Thursday, October 13
  • CHS Fall Frenzy - Friday, October 28, 6-10 pm
  • Photos from the Field Experience
  • HS Family Teacher Conferences Sign-Up (English, Spanish)


  • Upcoming Chartwell Admission Nights - Spread the Word!
  • Faculty & Staff Birthdays - October
  • Free Dyslexia Awareness Training from Nessy
  • Specialized School Fair - October 20
  • COVID Update for Week of 10/10/22


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Please Bring Reusable Water Bottles to School

Please remember to bring a reusable water bottle to school each day. We have seen an increase in the use of disposable cups being used for water and this is not in line with our commitment to sustainability. Thank you.

Reminder: Label Clothing and Personal Items

Please remember to label your child's clothing and personal items with their name. Our Lost and Found area is filled with items and we cannot return them if we don't know to whom they belong. Thank you!

Grandparents & Special Friends Day Returns! Friday, April 21, 2023

We are so excited to once again celebrate our grandparents and special friends and welcome them to campus. We have scheduled this all-school event for Friday, April 21, 2023. More information to be shared in early 2023.

Also, if you would like any special friends or family members to receive the Bulldog Bark (so they can get excited for the event or just stay informed) please email Elena Mueller at


Lower and Middle School Family Conference Sign-Up

Family/Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 19 through Friday, October 21. School dismissal on these days will be 12:00 pm.

When you are signing up, select at least three preferred time slots and we will schedule a time for you. Feel free to select as many time slots as you wish, so that we have the most scheduling flexibility.

Choose any additional faculty members that you would like to attend. We will work to ensure that as many of them as possible are present. The meeting will last for 35 minutes and can be held in-person or via Zoom.

Please have the form completed by TOMORROW, October 7.

LMS 2022-23 Pizza Package - How It Works (Beginning October 14)

Free Pizza Friday for the Lower and Middle School was a hit! You can now register for LMS Pizza Fridays beginning October 14 through June 2023 for a one-time cost of $100.

This allows for up to two slices of pizza each Friday 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.

* During family conferences, pick-up is at noon and pizza will not be served these weeks.

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

MS Athletics: Upcoming Games and Meets


Middle School Volleyball vs MB Christian @ MB Christian

Thursday, October 13 - 4:00 pm


Friday, October 21, 4:00 pm @ Carmel Middle School



HS Family Teacher Conference Sign-Up

High School Family/Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 19 through Friday, October 21 from 12:45 pm - 4:00 pm. School dismissal on these days will be 12:00 pm. Please use the google forms below to sign up for conferences.

Google form link English:

Google form link Spanish:

When you are signing up, select at least three preferred time slots and we will schedule a time for you. Feel free to select as many time slots as you wish, so that we have the most scheduling flexibility. Choose four additional faculty members along with your student’s advisor. We will work to ensure that at least two of them are present. Students are asked to attend and participate in the conference. The meeting will last for 30 minutes and can be held in-person or via Zoom. Please have this filled out by TOMORROW, October 7.

Athletic Shoes & Clothes for 10/14/22

Next Friday, October 14, students will partake in a variety of activities that require close-toed shoes and clothing that can get dirty. Some students will be engaging in a cooking project that connects to themes in a novel they are reading in literature. Other students may be biking or participating in a basketball clinic.

Please help them remember to dress appropriately that day. Thank you!

HS Seeking Connections with Non-Profits for Volunteering

We are seeking connections to non-profits that would accept a small group of teenage volunteers this spring (April & May). During our fourth quarter, the high school students spend Fridays engaging in community service activities off campus. If you work at or have a personal connection with a non-profit that might take volunteers, please email Alyse LeValley at with contact information. We would love to find a wide range of options in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara counties for our students. Thank you for your help!
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Bowling Night Flyer created by Anthony V., Freshman

Digital Art Student

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Spread the News: Chartwell Admission Nights

Do you know someone who could benefit from the Chartwell experience? We are hosting two upcoming Admission Evenings via Zoom. If you know someone interested in learning more about Chartwelll and how we support neurodiverse students in achieving their full potential, please share with them the information about the events below:

Wednesday, October 12 - 5:30 pm
Chartwell Admission Overview - All Divisions, Grades 1-12

Wednesday, October 19 - 5:30 pm
Chartwell's Online Program (Grades 4-8)


Specialized School Fair - October 20, 2022

Specialized School Fair - October 20, 2022

Location: The Palo Alto Art Center

Thursday, October 20

11:00 am -12:30 pm

FREE Specialized Schools Fair! For parents and others to learn more about school options for your neurodiverse children or students.

Register to attend today here.

Includes 17 schools that offer:

  • Specialized programs for K-12 students with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning differences as well as the twice exceptional
  • Small class sizes and support for learning & social emotional growth

Sponsored by the Children's Health Council

Free Dyslexia Awareness Training through Nessy during October

Nessy, a website that advocates for dyslexia, is offering any teacher or parent, anywhere in the world, free dyslexia awareness training. Earn the Level 1 Dyslexia Awareness certificate, plus the Level 2 Structured Literacy Awareness certificate for free. The course is available October 1 – 31. Click here for more information.

Faculty & Staff October Birthdays

October 5 - Ashton Plette

October 7 - Lizanne Garcia

October 11 - Katherine Kanaski

October 21 - Cris Ford

October 23 - Carlye Kuxhausen

October 30 - Cheryl Milton

October 31 - Katia Stornetta

Week of October 10: COVID Update

For the week of October 10, here are the current Chartwell guidelines:

  • Indoor masking will be strongly 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: