Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

September 1, 2022

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.

Translations of Chartwell Communications Available for Families

It is important to us that our communications are available to families in the language they need or want. We are currently working with both internal and external translation resources to provide important documents and school reports in Spanish.

If you would like to receive communications in Spanish, or another language, please email

Traducciones de las Comunicaciones de Chartwell disponibles para familias

Es importante para nosotros que nuestras comunicaciones estén disponibles para las familias en el idioma que necesiten o deseen. Actualmente estamos trabajando con servicios de traducción internos y externos para proporcionar documentos importantes e informes escolares en español. Háganos saber si necesita un idioma distinto del inglés o español.

Si desea recibir comunicaciones en español, envíe un correo electrónico a

Enjoy Your Three Day Weekend!

Chartwell will recognize Labor Day on Monday, September 5 and school will be closed. We hope you all enjoy a wonderful three-day weekend. See you back on campus on Tuesday, September 6!

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.

What's New This Week:

  • Updated: COVID Guidelines for Week of September
  • MS Sports Meet and Greets & Sign-up
  • Clarification for LMS Families and Class Dojo
  • Holidays We Celebrate Form
  • High School CFN Potluck and Beach Party - Tuesday, September 13
  • Here is the link to Danielle Patterson's Letter to the Community from earlier this week
  • Here is the link to last week's Community Workshop on Executive Functioning

Upcoming Events (Details in articles below)
  • 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)
  • CFN Night Out - Friday, September 30 - 6:00 pm (more details to come)

Repeated from Last Week
  • First High School Field Experience - September 20-23

Week of September 6: COVID Updates + HS Testing on 9/6

For the week of September 6, 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.

Tuesday, September 6: TESTING: High School Students and Faculty

We will test all high students and faculty on Tuesday, September 6 in the morning. If you would like to test at home in advance of Monday, please email confirmation of a negative result to Roz Harris at

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.

REMINDER: Complete HS Field Experience Forms

Health Forms

Required Health Form (English)

Required Health Form (Spanish)

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

MS Sports Meet and Greets Scheduled

MS Volleyball Meet and Greet - Friday, September 2

The Middle School volleyball coaches, Coach Regan Albee and Coach Meghan Sanchez, will host a meet and greet tomorrow on the field during lunchtime. Students should bring their lunch.

MS Cross Country Meet and Greet - Tuesday, September 6

The Middle School cross country coaches, Coach Jeff Morton and Coach Garrett Rowe, will host a meet and greet Tuesday, September 6 on the field during lunchtime. Students should bring their lunch.

Reminder: Complete the sign-up form below with your child if there is interest.

Clarification for Downloading Class Dojo App

Thank you to the many parents and guardians who have started to download the app and sign-up for Class Dojo, the platform Lower and Middle teachers will use for their weekly newsletters.

Please note: Although there is a premium version that costs $59, Chartwell parents and guardians only need the FREE version. Please do not pay for this service.

Once you're on the page that asks for credit card information, you are done, just close that window. If you log back in and you see this message, you're properly signed up: "Welcome [YourName]! Here you'll see updates, photos, and announcements from school."

Invitations will be sent from Homeroom teachers after Back to School night.

If you did pay for the service and cannot get a refund from Class Dojo, please email and we will process a reimbursement for you.

We apologize for any confusion.

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.

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. Please email Sara Ellefsen with questions at Students can contact Ms. Nena.
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High School Overnight Field Experience Details

We are excited to announce our first high school field experience of the year. Please review the details below and be sure to complete and return the Health Form to Roz Harris by email at or paper.

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

When: Tuesday, September 20 through Friday, September 23

Where: College Tour & CIMI FoxLanding on Catalina Island

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

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 Form

Packing List


Back to School Nights - Save the Dates!

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 and high school students participate in the back to school program with their parents or guardians.

Child care will be available for 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.


Calendar of Upcoming Events

Monday, September 5 - Labor Day - No Classes

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!


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: