Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

May 11, 2023

Message from Danielle: Thank You to the CFN

On behalf of our Chartwell team, thank you to the Chartwell Family Network and all members of our community who contributed to making Teacher Appreciation Week so special. The meals and cards and gratitude have been overwhelming - and we are all basking in the thoughtfulness of all the effort made.

I would especially like to thank Alissa Malakan, Stephanie Oshman, and Sara Ellefsen for their leadership and efforts to build community at Chartwell this week, and all year long. Their commitment to Chartwell and efforts to engage parents and caregivers in ways to support the school is extraordinary.

Thank you again - we are so grateful for our community and appreciate being appreciated!

With gratitude,


IMPORTANT REMINDER: May 19 is a Faculty In-Service Day - No Classes

Friday, May 19 is a Faculty In-Service Day and there will be no classes. This was previously on the calendar as May 26 and was changed in March due to professional development and timing for comment writing.

Thank you for noting this change on your calendars.

End of Year Schedule and Details

We are entering one of the most event-filled times of the year! Early next week we will be sending a comprehensive "last week of school" special edition of the Bark to help our families plan for these special events.

This week's Bark includes the schedules for graduation and moving-up ceremonies to mark your calendars. We encourage all families to read The Bark thoroughly each week through the end of the year to stay informed and in the know.

If you have urgent questions that are not answered in this week's Bark, email and we will be sure you get a timely response.

What's In This Newsletter

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


  • Talent Show Auditions - Tuesday, May 16 - All Divisions!
  • Family Conference Sign-ups
  • May In-Service Date Change: Friday, May 19 - NO CLASSES (previously May 26)
  • Community Coffee - Next Thursday, May 18 - 8:30 am
  • Fun Day Schedule: Tuesday, June 6
  • NEW CLUB: Boxing Strong


  • ULS Intramural Kickball - During Lunch This Week (Monday - Thurs)
  • Middle School Track and Field: Final Meet this Friday
  • MS Field Trip - Monday, May 15
  • Middle School Dance: May 26 - Save the Date!
  • End of Year Ceremony Schedule - Wednesday, June 7
  • Flag Football and Soccer Summer Camps - Registration Open!


  • Spring Speakeasy - Friday, May 12 - Sign-up for Desserts & Volunteers
  • Retrospective & Graduation Ceremony - Thursday, June 8
  • Project Period 4 - Students Go to Locations TOMORROW
  • Golf Club

Upcoming Important Dates


Friday, May 12 - CHS Speakeasy, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Monday, May 15 - MS Field Trip

Tuesday, May 16 - Thursday, May 18 - Senior Trip to Disneyland

Thursday, May 18 - Parent & Caregiver Coffee, 8:30 am, McMahan Hall

Friday, May 19 - Faculty In-Service - NO CLASSES (previously May 26)

Looking Ahead

Thursday, May 25 - LMS Free Dress Day

Thursday, May 25 - MS/HS Athletics Banquet - 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, McMahan Hall

Thursday, May 25 - Community Workshop: Summer Learning Strategies, 5:30 pm (Zoom)

Friday, May 26 - Middle School Dance

Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day - No Classes

Wednesday, May 31 - Friday, June 2 - Family Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

Tuesday, June 6- Fun Day, Talent Show, and All-School BBQ (parents and caregivers invited)

Wednesday, June 7 - All LMS Moving Up Ceremony; Grade 8 Promotion; Last Day of School LMS

Thursday, June 8 - HS Retrospective, HS Graduation; Last Day of School HS


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Sing-Up for Family Conferences

Family/Teacher Conferences will be held from Wednesday, May 31 through Friday, June 2. School dismissal on these days will be 12:00 pm. Please use the division Google form links below to sign up for conferences.

When you are signing up, select at least three preferred time slots and we will schedule a time for you and share via email beginning Monday, May 22. Feel free to select as many time slots as you wish, so that we have the most scheduling flexibility.

Choose any additional faculty members you would like to attend your conference. We will work to ensure that as many of them as possible are present. The meeting will last for 30 or 35 minutes depending on the division and can be held in-person or via Zoom.

It is recommended that high school students attend the conference with their parents or caregivers. Middle school students are also invited and encouraged to attend conferences.

Please complete the form by May 26. Contact your division director with any questions.

Lower/Upper Lower School Conference Sign-Up: English

Lower/Upper Lower School Conference Sign-Up: Spanish

Middle School Conference Sign-Up: English

Middle School Conference Sign-Up: Spanish

High School Conference Sign-Up: English

High School Conference Sign-Up: Spanish

MS/HS Athletics Banquet - Thursday, May 25

The Athletic Banquet on Thursday, May 25 between 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm is for all Middle School and High School teams. All coaches, parents, caregivers, and Chartwell athletes are invited to attend. The event takes place in McMahan Hall.

Certificates and awards will be given. Please plan on attending to celebrate and acknowledge our athletes.

Fun Day - Tuesday, June 6

Fun Day is, well, one of the most fun days of the year! More details and volunteer sign-ups will be shared in next week's Bark and through homeroom teachers and advisors - but here is a rundown of the day for your planning purposes. We hope to see you at Fun Day!

8:30 am - Noon - Fun Day Activities (additional details will be shared through your homeroom teachers or advisors)

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm All School BBQ - All parents and caregivers are invited to join. An RSVP form will be shared net week.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Talent Show - All parents and caregivers are invited to attend

All Divisions: NEW CLUB: Boxing

We are excited to share there is a new club starting Friday, May 12. Students can learn about proper boxing techniques in a fun and supportive environment. This is open to all grade levels.


Wednesdays 3:30 pm @ Chartwell

Fridays - Meet at Boxing Strong from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (2700 Garden Road., Monterey, CA 93940)

First Class is on Friday, May 12 @ Boxing Strong gym. MUST arrive at least 10 minutes early.

Anyone interested in signing up should email Coach Patterson at

MS/HS Clubs

The climbing club resumes on Monday, May 15 - Wednesday, May 31. The club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 at Sanctuary Climbing.


MS Field Trip - Mount Hermon Adventures - Next Monday!

The Middle School field trip to Mount Hermon Adventures is Monday, May 15. Students should arrive at school before 8:30 am for a prompt departure. We will return between 3:30 and 4:00 pm. A more specific ETA will be sent when we are on the way home. Students should bring a lunch and water bottle and wear comfortable clothing in layers. Please reach out to Karla Bell ( with any questions.

Middle School Dance - Friday, May 26

There will be a Middle School Dance in McMahan Hall on Friday, May 26 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Mark your calendars - more details to come!

Moving Up Ceremony & Grade 8 Promotion Scheduled for Wednesday, June 7

We are excited to bring back the Chartwell Lower and Middle School Moving Up Ceremony this year! The event honors all of our lower and middle grade classes as they complete this year at Chartwell and prepare for the next step in their academic journey. This event will take place beginning at 10:30 am on Wednesday, June 7 and conclude by noon. All parents and caregivers in the lower and middle divisions are invited to attend this special event.

Wednesday. June 7 Schedule (Last Day of School LMS)

8:30 am Regular arrival time

10:30 am All LMS Moving Up Ceremony - Parents and Caregivers Invited

12:00 pm Noon Dismissal - All grades except Grade 8

1:30 pm Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony

Middle School Spring Sports

Middle School Track & Field

  • FINAL Championship Meet on May 12 at Pacific Grove High School at 4 PM

  • Please contact Coach Ray if your athlete needs a ride from school to the meet.


High School Retrospective & Graduation Schedule

Watch for a special edition of the Bark with more last week of school details, but for planning purposes, here is the schedule for Thursday, June 8. All high school families are encouraged and invited to attend the Retrospective and Graduation ceremony.

8:30 am Seniors arrive at school; graduation rehearsal

9:00 am Sophomores - Juniors arrive at school for Retrospective set-up

9:30 am -10:30 am Retrospective

10:30 am -11:00 am Break; Seniors prepare for the ceremony

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Grade 12 Graduation Ceremony & Reception

Speakeasy Volunteer & Dessert Bar Sign Up

If you are available to help with setting up or contributing to the dessert bar, below is a signup spot for you to complete.

Sign Up Here!

Please deliver the donated item(s) to the business office and tag any dish with your name for a safe return.

All High School Speakeasy - Friday, May 12

The all-high school spring Speakeasy is next Friday, May 12 from 7:00 - 10:00 pm in McMahan Hall. All students Grades 9-12 are invited to attend. The event is free for Chartwell students.


Passcode: Bulldogs1

Please use the QR below for more information and to purchase tickets.

Forms to bring guests were due Wednesday, May 10. Please see Ms. Zonghi if you have questions.

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High School Clubs

Golf Club

Chartwell's golf club meets on Fridays at 1:30 pm at Twin Creeks Golf Course.

Anyone interested in signing up or would like more information should contact Coach Postadan or Coach Patterson.

Project Period 4: Service Locations - Tomorrow!

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Special Event: Chartwell's Talmon Owens to Perform at Sunset Center

Terrace Hour with Magenta Spreen

Presented by Sunset Presents

Friday, May 19

More information here.

Magenta Spreen is a collaboration between singer-songwriters Kristen Gradwohl and Talmon Owens. Together they bring dreamy soundscapes and vocal harmonies coupled with rich storytelling and mindful melodies. Kristen and Talmon draw inspiration from folk acts of the 1960's and 70's and modern artists like Kacy and Clayton.

Terrace Hour is free and open to the public - no tickets for reservations required; the bar opens at 5:30pm; the show starts at 6:00pm. Food and drinks are allowed, but alcohol must be purchased at the venue. Rain cancels. Terrace Hour is sponsored by KRML.

May Chartwell Birthdays

May 5 - Asha Cox

May 8 - Regan Albee

May 8 - Lauren Christensen

May 15 - Alana Warcken

May 27 - Elena Mueller

May 27 - Billy Swift

May 28 - Katlyn Bach

May 30 - Aaron Kanak


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: