Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

May 18, 2023

Chartwell School Overview 2023

We are excited to share a new video that provides an overview of Chartwell School and the critical work we do. Thank you to Chartwell parent and film director Daniel Vital for your talented storytelling and commitment to our important mission.

No Classes Tomorrow - May 19

Friday, May 19 is a Faculty In-Service Day and there will be no classes. See you all Monday!

End of Year Schedule and Details

We are entering one of the most event-filled times of the year. Earlier this week, we sent a comprehensive email to the Lower and Middle School families and to High School families outlining the schedules for June 5 - June 8. You can access the newsletters through the links below.

Please remember to RSVP by June 1 if you plan to attend the BBQ on Tuesday, June 6, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm.

What's In This Newsletter

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


  • Family Conference Sign-ups
  • Weather is Getting Warmer - Don't Forget Water Bottles
  • NEW CLUB: Boxing Strong
  • Summer Soccer Camp Now Open to High School


  • Climbing Club Extended
  • Last Week of Intramural Kickball (Lower): Monday, May 22 - Thursday, May 25
  • Flag Football and Soccer Summer Camps - Registration Open!


  • Climbing Club Extended
  • Return Chromebooks on June 7
  • Golf Club

Upcoming Important Dates


Thursday, May 18 - Friday, May 19 - ULS Science Overnight (Warcken)

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

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 - Friday, May 26 - ULS Science Overnight (Morton, Sanchez, and Whitman)

Friday, May 26 - Middle School Dance, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, McMahan Hall

Looking Ahead

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


Reminder: Bring Your Water Bottle to School

As the weather begins to get warmer, students need to stay hydrated. Please remember to bring a refillable water bottle to school every day. This also helps us reduce the waste generated by single-use cups.

Sign-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

Now Open to All Grades - Including High School: Soccer Summer Camp - June 12 -15

Join us for our summer Soccer Camp which emphasizes the technical pillars of soccer as well as teamwork to build upon our campers' soccer foundations. Our camps are geared toward local players of a variety of ages and skill levels, while grouping players accordingly. Our goal is to give our campers the best overall soccer experience to inspire them as they pursue their soccer ambitions.

All Divisions: Boxing

Students can learn about proper boxing techniques in a fun and supportive environment. This is open to all grade levels.


Fridays: 5/19, 5/26 - 2:00 - 3:00 pm after school at Boxing Strong (Monterey)

Wednesdays: 5/24, 5/31 at 3:30-4:30 PM at Chartwell School

Anyone interested in signing up should email Coach Patterson at

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MS Sports: Please Return Uniforms and Equipment

All middle school sports have concluded for the 2022-23 school year. Please make sure that all athletes have returned their uniforms and any equipment they borrowed for their sport. Thank you for all of your support of Chartwell Athletics!

Space Still Available: Chartwell's Inaugural Flag Football Camp - July 17-21

Gather your friends and sign up today for a developmentally challenging and fun program. Camp is open to participants in the 1st to 8th grade (2023/2024 school year).

The Chartwell Flag Football Summer Camp teaches sound fundamental offensive and defensive football skills to both experienced and beginner youth athletes. Individual and group drills will be demonstrated to teach basic techniques. Proper warm-up, physical conditioning, skills drills, and review are part of each scheduled session.

Coach Jason Fisk, assisted by local coaches/athletes, will lead the Chartwell Flag Football Summer Camp 2023 Program. Camp will focus on core skill development (offensive and defensive principles), proper play execution, understanding situational roles, and of course...competitive and fun game action.

No previous flag football experience is required to attend the camp. See below for the full camp details.


Chromebook & Charger Return Day: Wednesday, June 7 by 2:45 pm

  • Students are to return school-issued Chromebook and Charger to advisor on Wednesday, Jun7 at 2:45 pm

  • The charger must be working. Students will be charged $35 dollars for broken or lost charger.

  • All stickers must be removed. Students can be charged $35 dollars for any stickers on Chromebook/Chromebook case

  • Students' final grades will be held if Chromebook is not returned by the morning of June 8.

  • Please contact Amanda Zonghi for any questions.

HS Golf Club

The last day of the HS golf club is Friday, May 26 at Laguna Seca Golf Course from 1:30-5:00 pm.

Local Events and Resources

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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: