Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

September 8, 2022

What's In This Newsletter

Thank you to all our families for your support and engagement in this first week of the 2022-23 school year! If you missed previous issues of the Bulldog Bark, you can find the archives here.


**Health forms for HIGH SCHOOL Field Experience or opt-out DUE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12** (LINKS BELOW)

Join the Chartwell Walking Team this Sunday!

What's New This Week:

  • Updated: COVID Guidelines for Week of September 12
  • T-shirt Distribution Update (LMS)

Upcoming Events (Details in articles below)
  • TONIGHT: Back to School Nights in September (LS -September 8; MS/HS - September 15)!
  • AIM for Mental Health Walk - Join the Chartwell Team! (September 11, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
  • High School CFN Potluck and Beach Party - Tuesday, September 13
  • CFN Night Out - Friday, September 30 - 6:00 pm (more details to come)

Repeated from Last Week
  • Holidays We Celebrate Form

REMINDER: Complete HS Field Experience Forms - Deadline for Forms or Opt-Out is Monday, September 12

Health Forms

Required Health Form (English)

Required Health Form (Spanish)

Please email Amanda Zonghi, Assistant Director of the High School. at if your child is unable to attend this field experience.

High School Overnight Field Experience: Updated Details

Please note: All bags will be checked by Chartwell faculty and staff for any items in violation of our Student Handbook policies prior to boarding the buses on September 20.

Students Not Attending the CIMI Trip:

  • Are expected to come to school for the regular school hours of 8:30 am - 3:05 pm (an absence without a doctor's note is considered an unexcused absence)
  • Will work with high school teachers to complete assignments designed especially for them
  • Should bring their laptops, lunch, and all usual school supplies each day
  • Should bring or wear sneakers or other athletic shoes

Who: All High Students (9th-12th)

When: Tuesday, September 20 through Friday, September 23

Where: College Tour & CIMI FoxLanding on Catalina Island

Monday, September 12 - Deadline for Health Forms or Opt Out

Tuesday, September 20 - Leave from Chartwell Campus; time TBD

Friday, September 23 - Returning to Chartwell Campus after 10:00 pm

We will be traveling by charter bus to Long Beach enjoying a College Tour along the way. We will stay in a hotel on September 20 to catch the ferry by 8:00 am on Wednesday, September 21 for Catalina Island.

Program activities:

Ocean Kayaking

Oceanography/Plankton/Tidepool Laboratories

High & Low Rope Initiatives

Hiking & Climbing Wall

Squid Dissection

Environmental Awareness

A presentation about the Field Experience was shared with students this week.

Please email Amanda Zonghi, Assistant Director of the High School if your child is unable to attend this field experience.



Return Health Forms by September 12, 2022

Health Forms

Required Health Form (English)

Required Health Form (Spanish)

Packing List

Packing List (English)

Packing List (Spanish)

Week of September 12: COVID Update

For the week of September 12, here are the current Chartwell guidelines:

  • Indoor masking will be strongly recommended but not required beginning August 22

  • 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.

T-shirt Distribution Update - Lower and Middle School

Ace High Designs has confirmed that all parent and caregiver orders have been fulfilled. They are being distributed to students today.

Long sleeve orders have also arrived and will be available during Back to School Night for your division (if you requested a long-sleeve shirt.)

If you have any questions, email Elena Mueller at

High School CFN Beach Blanket Social and Potluck

See the flyer below for details about the Beach Blanket Social and Potluck for Chartwell HIgh School families and students. To sign-up for the potluck, click here or on the image below. Please email Sara Ellefsen with questions at Students can contact Ms. Nena.


Back to School Nights - Lower School BTSN Tonight!

All divisions will host Back to School Nights in September. Please save the dates below:

Thursday, September 8

3:15 pm - 6:00 pm

General pick-up and arrival at 3:15 pm. Program begins at 3:30 pm.

**Students can stay after school to enjoy a movie or outside activities. There will be child care and snacks for lower school students so parents and guardians can participate in the program.**


Thursday, September 15

3:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Middle School students at Chartwell are invited and expected to attend Back to School Night along with their parents/caregivers. Participating in this shared experience is an important step for our students as they take on increased personal responsibility for their learning during their middle school years and in preparation for high school. We look forward to seeing everyone next week!

Child care will be available for Chartwell lower school students with siblings in the middle or high schools.

Walk with Chartwell to Support Mental Health Awareness!

All members of our Chartwell community are invited to join our school walk team on Sunday, September 11 at 1:00 pm as we walk to support mental health awareness in our community.

AIM for Awareness Walk + Rally raises awareness of youth mental health by including resources and services offered by local community organizations. The aim is to help youth NOW with fun activities and critical mental health resources.

This event will feature exhibitors, speakers, food and beverage, games, activities, and more!

All adults and high school students who sign-up for the walk will receive a Chartwell t-shirt to wear for the walk. Our lower and middle school students are encouraged to wear their cohort-colored t-shirt.

There is a $25 registration fee for adults; $10 for children under 18. The event takes place at Lovers Point Park in Pacific Grove.

Register here.


Holidays and Traditions

We would like to gather information on holidays and/or celebrations that our families observe to ensure we accurately represent our community's needs. If you feel comfortable, please fill out this form to guide us.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 8 - Back to School Night - LS, 3:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday, September 11 - AIM Walk for Mental Health, 1:00 p - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, September 13 - CFN High School Potluck and Beach Party, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Thursday, September 15 - Back to School Night - MS/HS, 3:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Tuesday, September 20 - Friday, September 23 - HS Field Experience

Friday, September 30 - CFN Night Out!

How to View A Translated Version of The Bark

The Chartwell Bulldog Bark can be translated into many languages. Here's how to use its accessibility features:

When you receive The Bark, you will need to open the online version of the newsletter by clicking anywhere on the emailed image of the newsletter or the "Translate" button at the top of the email.

This will redirect you to the online newsletter where you can find the Accessibility Bar and the "Translate" option in the top right corner.

Cómo ver una versión en español de The Bark

Cuando reciba The Bark, deberá abrir la versión en línea del boletín haciendo clic en cualquier lugar de la imagen enviada por correo electrónico del boletín o en el botón "Traducir" en la parte superior del correo electrónico.

Esto le redirigirá al boletín en línea donde puede encontrar la barra de accesibilidad y la opción "Traducir" en la esquina superior derecha.


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 Athletics: Rory Patterson

Technical Support: