Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

February 15, 2023

Kindness Day: Make Kindness the Norm!

What a day! Today, acts of kindness permeated our campus as students across all divisions learned about the science-backed effects of kindness, engaged in opportunities to show gratitude, created public messages of support and love, and planted sunflowers that they are bringing home to nurture and watch grow.

We encourage everyone in our community to keep the momentum of today's focus ongoing over the weekend and beyond. Here is a link to some random acts of kindness ideas.

Thank you to our Chartwell team for making this special day happen for our community. Enjoy just some of the images from the day below.

Enjoy the Long Weekend!

We hope all members of our community enjoy the long weekend. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on campus on Wednesday, February 22!

What's In This Newsletter

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


  • Pink Shirt Day! Wear Pink on Wednesday, February 22 to Show Support for Anti-Bullying

  • Chartwell Family Directories: LMS available here, HS available here.

  • SENG Parent and Caregiver Group Starting

  • STEAM Career Day for HS - Seeking Presenters


  • LS/ULS After School Singing Company Starting February 28!
  • MS Field Trip on March 13
  • LS Drama Club in Need of Harry Potter-Themed Costumes
  • MS/HS Climbing and Surf Clubs - See article in HS Section
  • Summer Program Registration is Open! Click here for more information.


  • Project Period Field Experience - Monday, February 27
  • Track and Field Sign-Ups Open
  • MS/HS Climbing and Surfing Clubs


  • Our Story: The Black History Musical Experience
  • Talking with Kids About Race: Courageous Conversations (Podcast)


  • February Chartwell Team Birthdays

Upcoming Important Dates

Thursday, February 16 - Tuesday, February 21 - No Classes; February Long Weekend

Next Week - February 22-24

Wednesday, February 22 - Pink Shirt Day! Wear Pink!

Friday, February 24 - CFN Walk (Leave from Campus - 8:40 am)*

*Every Monday, the CFN meets at Starbucks in Marina at 8:30 am; every Friday, all parents and caregivers are invited to join a walk from campus, leaving at 8:40 am

Looking Ahead

Monday, February 27 - HS Project Period Field Experience

Friday, March 3 - Financial Aid Application Deadline for Returning Families

Friday, March 3 - HS Corporations Sales Day - Custom House Plaza, Monterey

Friday, March 3 - Loyalty Discount Deadline

Friday, March 10 - HS Corporations Day - Chartwell Campus

Monday, March 13 - MS Field Trip to Mount Hermon

Friday, March 17 - Reenrollment Contracts Due

Monday, March 20 - Offers Extended to New Families

Thursday, April 20 - HS STEAM Career Day - Looking for Presenters!

Friday, April 21 - Grandparents & Special Friends Day


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Pink Shirt Day 2/22: Wear Pink & Show Support for Anti-Bullying

Pink Shirt Day started with a random act of kindness in 2007. A student new to a high school in Nova Scotia, Canada wore a pink shirt to school and was bullied for the clothing choice. Two other students at the school wanted to do something about the bullying. They bought 50 pink tank tops and distributed them to other male students at the school, asking them to wear it so the new student who was bullied would feel like they belong. They all gathered in the hallway as the new student entered the school. It was a powerful moment for all and the bullying stopped immediately.

Pink Shirt Day is now celebrated across the globe to raise awareness about the harm bullying can do and as an effort to make all people, no matter who they are, feel like they belong.

Chartwell will partake in this year’s Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 22. Faculty might be doing some activities and lessons around bullying leading up to the 22. We are encouraging all students and staff members to wear as much pink clothing as they can that day. We also have purchased supplies for students to make pink bracelets and will supply community members with anti-bullying stickers. Wearing pink on this day means that you are willing to recognize diversity as being crucial to human existence and growth, where we can learn from others, are sensitive to other's experiences, and prioritize kindness with an attempt for others to feel like they belong.

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Model Parent and Caregiver Group

This spring, our 2e and Learning Profile Specialist Jeff Morton will be facilitating a SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Model Parent Group (SMPG). The group will run 8 weeks; each meeting will last 90 minutes. The exact dates and times of our meetings will be determined based on the input from participants and will be held her in person and on campus at Chartwell School.

SMPGs are a forum during which parents of gifted learners can come together to share their experiences and learn from each other. The group will also work through content presented in the book, A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children. There is no cost for this group, but you are encouraged to purchase a copy of A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children ($26.95 from Amazon).

If you are interested, please fill out this google form: SMPG Spring 2023 Interest Form. Note that this is open to all interested caregivers, and more than one caregiver from each family can sign up.

If you have any questions or want to discuss if this group would be a good fit for you, please contact Jeff at

Family Directories

Thank you to all of our families who responded with your preferences for the information you wanted shared or not shared in the Chartwell family directories.

The information shared in the link below is for your personal use only. Please do not share or use any of this information for any non-Chartwell purpose. Thank you for respecting the privacy of our community.

If you see an error or would like any information changed, please email

Lower and Middle School Directory

High School Directory

Thank you for your patience.

Career STEAM Day - Thursday, April 20

Chartwell High School is planning a Career STEAM Day for Thursday, April 20!

We are looking for volunteers who work in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) fields to come present, share, and teach students about your career or area of expertise.

If you are interested in coming to present and share with high school students, please email Dr. Varajic at Thank you!


LS Drama Club Needs Harry Potter Costumes

The LS Drama club is looking for Harry Potter costumes, including house uniforms (ties, robes, hats, etc).

Costumes can be left in Miss Kanaski's office in Building 200 before school. Thank you!

LS/ULS Singing Company - Starts February 28

All lower and upper lower school students are invited to join the Chartwell Singing Company on Tuesdays from 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. The program will start on Tuesday, February 28. Please contact Ms. Franny Huck at or your homeroom teacher to sign up.

MS Field Trip - March 13

Tye Middle School will be on a field trip to Mt. Hermon Adventures to participate in a ropes course on March 13, 2023. Transportation will be provided.

More information to come!


HS Pizza Day Moving to Thursday

Reminder: Beginning after the February break, HS pizza day will move to Thursday due to the adjusted schedule.

Project Period Field Experience Rescheduled for February 27

Our Project Period 3: Corporations field experience has been rescheduled to Monday, February 27.

For this experience, the high school will leave campus for the full day. Please ensure students are on time as we are departing shortly after drop-off. As part of our “Corporations” project period, students will engage in an off-campus field experience to visit the Apple Campus. We will be traveling by bus.

  • All students will be going to Apple Campus.
  • We are aiming to be back on campus between 3:15-4:00 pm (traffic is unpredictable).
  • Lunch is included for all students.
  • Students should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Students can bring snacks for the bus rides if they choose.
  • Students who take medications during the school day will be responsible for bringing and managing their own medications. For those students who typically get their midday medication from Roz, we will bring and administer those medications.

If you know your student cannot attend this event, please email as soon as possible.

High School Project Sales Days: March 3 and March 10

High school students have been hard at work planning, starting, and operating their own corporations as part of Project Period 3. Please consider attending one of their two sales days to look at the products, ask questions, and perhaps purchase the goods they are carefully producing.

Friday, March 3 at Custom House Plaza in Monterey 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Families and friends are encouraged to stop by this sale to support our students! All eight corporations will be on site selling a wide range of materials that they produced themselves. Please invite friends and family to attend!

Friday, March 10 - On Campus 8:45-9:45 am

Hang out after drop-off and peruse the goods our students have carefully produced! Lower and middle school students will have a chance to shop at this time as well. If you cannot stop by, please consider letting your student bring some cash to school that day. Many of the goods that the high schoolers are producing will be desirable to our younger students. Thank you for your support!

Track and Field Sign-Ups Open

See your advisor or contact Coach Patterson at to sign up or for more information.

The athletic department is looking for additional coaches for our HS track and field team. Stipends available.

Climbing and Surfing Clubs

There is still time to join the climbing club! Contact Elizabeth Darovic at or Scott Bell at if interested in joining. A commitment form is required.

The Surf Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 pm. Open to all grades. Contact Melissa Kelly at if interested in joining.


Chartwell Family Network Updates and Events


Sign-up to help serve hot dogs on Tuesdays here.

Sign-up to help serve pizza (lower and middle school) on Fridays here.


Meet up with fellow Chartwell parents and caregivers over a cup of coffee at the Starbucks in Marina (140 General Stillwell Drive, Marina). The gathering starts right after carline around 8:40 am. No RSVP is needed - just show up!


Every Friday, after drop-off, the CFN will lead a walk from the Chartwell campus. Be prepared for a combination of trails and roadways and enjoy a brisk walk in the woods while getting to know other parents and caregivers. No RSVP is needed - just show up!


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Talking with Kids About Race: Courageous Conversations

During Black History month and beyond, it’s important to have conversations with your kids about diversity. But how do you start? What do you say? This episode will provide some inspiration for open family discussions around diversity.

Dr. Gloria Morrow, nationally recognized clinical psychologist, speaker, and author, shares her expertise and personal narrative of growing up “different.” Dr. Gloria teaches us how cultivating cultural humility creates a deeper understanding of our differences, helping to leave our kids with a “legacy of hope, love, and justice.” Listen now!

All Voices of Compassion podcast episodes are available on-demand, Apple Podcast or Spotify. #vocpodcast

Provided by the Children's Health Council

February Faculty & Staff Birthdays


Sandra Varajic - February 3

Emily Garber - February 5

John Langrill - February 5

Alex Kopelevich - February 11

Patti Kirshner - February 14

Roz Harris - February 17

Nicole Buice - February 18

Nancy Da Silva - February 21

Marshall Harvey - February 23


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: