Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

September 29, 2022

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

To our families celebrating the Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashanah (September 26) and Yom Kippur (October 5), we wish you all peace and time with your family to celebrate and acknowledge these special days.

We welcome families who are interested in sharing information and traditions with students so our community can learn more about the religions and cultures of the world. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to reach out to their homeroom teacher if they would like to engage in a class or division level activity.

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

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

Students will return on Wednesday, October 12.

What's In This Newsletter

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


  • Communications Survey
  • Santa Cruz Family Looking for a Carpool
  • CFN Night Out - Friday, September 30 - The Dust Bowl in Monterey at 6:00 pm; for planning purposes, email Alissa Malakan at if you plan on attending!
  • Looking for Hosts for Chartwell Count Me Ins!


  • Thank you Ms. Ford's Class!
  • Volleyball and Cross Country Games Schedule


  • No updates


  • Faculty & Staff Birthdays - October
  • Free COVID and Flu Vaccine Clinic
  • COVID Update for Week of 10/3/22


Communications Survey: Weekly Schoolwide Communications

With Chartwell's growth across divisions and our return to pre-pandemic levels of activity, the need for clear, effective and timely communications with our community is critical. As we look at solutions to create a more centralized communications approach, we are inviting our families to share feedback, beginning with our weekly school-wide communications, about what would be most helpful for you. Please take a moment to complete the brief survey below.

Calling All Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley Families! Carpool Help Needed!

We have a high school student in Santa Cruz (located between Highway 17 and Glen Canyon Road, North of the Fishhook) in urgent need of a carpool. If you have any room in your carpool or know of a driver who may have space, please email with your contact information. The family can meet in Santa Cruz or Aptos if needed and can help with driving in the mornings (preferred, but flexible.)

Families throughout the Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties make many sacrifices to be able to send their students to Chartwell, and our community has always found a way to help each other out. Thank you in advance!

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Looking for Chartwell Count Me In Hosts!

This fall, as part of Chartwell's annual fund campaign, we would like to offer our community a series of Count Me Ins! Count Me Ins (also known as "buy-ins") are parent, caregiver, or faculty-hosted events in which attendees contribute to the annual fund at a certain level to attend. For example, a parent or caregiver hosts a movie night in their backyard with pizza and popcorn, and families contribute $25 per person to attend. The $25 goes towards the Annual Fund.

Thank you to the families and faculty and staff who have come forward with fun and creative ideas!

Some examples have included:

  • Karoake Night
  • Sunset Cocktails and Appetizers at a Private Home
  • Gingerbread House Making Class
  • Bocce Ball, Ping Pong or Pickle Ball Tournament
  • Picnic and Tidepooling at Asilomar
  • Art or cooking class at your home
  • Musical event

The list is endless based on the talents and interests of our community. These events help build community and help support Chartwell's program.

If you are interested in hosting a Chartwell Count Me In, please email Elena Mueller at


Free Pizza - Friday, September 30

This Friday, September 30, the CFN will be providing pizza for all lower and middle school students (who sign up through the link below) free of charge to gauge the interest in a longer term Friday Pizza program.

Please be sure you have completed the form below by 8:00 am tomorrow if your child would like pizza tomorrow. If they do not plan to have pizza, please pack them a lunch.

More information and registration information about the year-long pizza program will be shared next week and begin on Friday, October 14 (no school on October 7).

Thank You for the Breakfast Treats, Purple Cohort!

Thank you to the parents and caregivers in Ms. Ford's homeroom for providing the breakfast treats for our Chartwell Community Coffee. We had over 30 people attend and engage with division directors and ask questions.

The next Chartwell Community Coffee is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26 at 8:30 am and the topic will be a Safety and Security Update.

MS Athletics Schedule


MS Volleyball vs Madonna Del Sasso @ Chartwell

Thursday, September 29 - 4:00 pm

MS Volleyball vs Santa Catalina @ Santa Catalina

Friday, September 30 - 4:00 pm

MS Volleyball vs Bay View Charter @ Chartwell

Tuesday, October 4 - 4:00 pm

MS Volleyball vs Monterey Bay Charter @ Chartwell

Thursday, October 6 - 4:00 pm


Friday, September 30, 4:00 pm @ Carmel Middle School

* The team is looking for an additional coach. If you are interested, please email Rory Patterson at



Faculty & Staff October Birthdays

October 5 - Ashton Plette

October 7 - Lizanne Adams

October 11 - Katherine Kanaski

October 21 - Cris Ford

October 23 - Carlye Kuxhausen

October 30 - Cheryl Milton

October 31 - Katia Stornetta

Free COVID and Flu Vaccination Clinic

Palma School, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, and the Monterey County Health Department is inviting you, your family, and friends to a FREE COVID-19 and Flu vaccine clinic on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. in Brother Dunne Hall at Palma School. No appointments necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact Marta Martinez-Fife at 831.422.6391, ext. 210 or by email at

Week of October 3: COVID Update

For the week of October 3, 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

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