Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark
Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families
October 13, 2022
What's In This Newsletter
If you missed previous issues of the Bulldog Bark, you can find the archives here.
- NOON DISMISSAL - ALL DIVISIONS: Family Teacher Conferences - October 19-21
- Halloween Costume Guidelines
- Halloween Costume Closet
- Photo Days! October 25-27 - REVISED DATES FOR DIVISIONS (SEE BELOW)
- Community Workshop: The Hidden Senses - October 27, 5:30 pm
- Research Partnership Overview with UCSF - Thursday, November 3, 8:30 am
- Chartwell Annual Fund Kick-Off! Get Your Chartwell Tote Bag!
LOWER AND MIDDLE SCHOOL
- Middle School Movie Night - Wednesday, October 26, 3:15 - 5:30 pm
- Volleyball and Cross Country Schedule - Soccer Starts Next Week
- Athletic shoes and clothes needed on Friday, October 14
- HS Athletics: Basketball Season is Near!
- HS Seeking Connections with Non-Profits
- CHS Fall Frenzy - Friday, October 28, 6-10 pm
- Specialized School Fair - October 20
- COVID Update for Week of 10/17/22
ALL SCHOOL EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Family Conferences - Next Week!
Reminder: NOON Dismissal for All Divisions Wednesday, October 19 - Friday, October 21 for Family Conferences
If you have not signed up for conferences, please do so using the links below:
- LS Family Teacher Conferences Sign-Up
- MS Family Teacher Conferences Sign-Up
- HS Family Teacher Conferences Sign-Up (English, Spanish)
High school advisors and lower and middle school homeroom teachers will be sharing schedules by end of the day tomorrow, Friday. CEP and reports will be emailed home on Monday. Please let us know if we need to update your student’s name or gender noted in CEP’s and reports.
High school students are expected to attend the first 20 minutes of their family conferences.
Child care is available for families during their family conferences.
We look forward to seeing our families next week!
Collect Lost and Found Items During Conferences
Halloween Costume Guidelines - All Divisions
On Monday, October 31, students are encouraged to dress up for Halloween. We wanted to provide some costume guidelines for a school and work environment that ensures students are able to participate in their academic program despite being in costumes and follow our general rules and expectations, and are inclusive.
Be sensitive knowing we have young students on our campus who might scare easily.
Masks should not be worn during instructional time; masks can be worn in the halls and outside of class.
Costumes should not impact the ability to move freely around campus or in a classroom setting
Refrain from any items that depict or could be used as a weapon or violence
Refrain from any costumes that have blood or gore
Please consider costumes from a DEIJ lens and be mindful that costumes represent characters and not people or cultures. For example, if you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, we ask that you reconsider the costume or reach out to Billy Swift for support in determining if your costume meets Chartwell guidelines
Is your costume a historical figure that is controversial or problematic?
Does your costume represent violence or trauma that happened?
Does your costume represent a culture you don’t belong to?
Does your costume represent gender and/or sexual identity?
Does your costume represent a person with a disability or learning difference?
Does your costume represent any other identity aspect you don't belong to?
Halloween Costume Closet
Please consider donating any costumes and accessories (in line with the guidelines above) by Wednesday, October 19. You can drop them off during carline or bring them to the business office in Building 100.
Middle and lower school families interested in visiting the closet should email their homeroom teacher. We hope this opportunity inspires creativity and a spirit of recycling and reducing waste!
Community Workshop: The Hidden Senses - Thursday, October 27 - 5:30 pm
This event is free and open to the public. Spread the word!
Chartwell Community Coffee: Learn More About Our Partnership with UCSF
Thursday, November 3
Coffee and refreshments provided
* The Community Coffee scheduled for October 26 is being rescheduled to accommodate this event.
Chartwell Annual Fund Kick-Off
Chartwell is a unique place in the world – and because you have found your way here, you know the difference our school makes in the lives of children. To help us maintain the Chartwell experience - small class sizes, an extraordinary student support team, engaging field trips and experiences, and faculty who understand each child’s distinct learning profile - every year we need to ask our parent and caregiver community to support the Chartwell Annual Fund.
Tuition and fees do not cover the full cost of education at most independent schools, and Chartwell is no different. Annual giving exists to close that gap. The Annual Fund supports all aspects of Chartwell's program including academics, athletics, arts, field trips, music, STEAM, technology, financial aid, and more.
Our goal for our parent and caregiver giving effort is 100% participation. Each of our Chartwell families’ financial situation is unique and we deeply respect the sacrifices all of you have made to have your child or children here.
Letters were mailed to Chartwell families last week and we hope you will consider making a contribution at any level.
** All donors who make a contribution of $40 or more will receive a Chartwell canvas tote bag in honor of the school's upcoming 40th anniversary!**
Please reach out to Elena Mueller, director of communications and advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the annual fund or making a gift to Chartwell.
LOWER AND MIDDLE SCHOOL
Middle School Movie Night - October 26
Halloween Activities for Lower and Middle School
On Monday, October 31, all students are invited to dress up in costumes to celebrate the spirit of Halloween (see guidelines above.)
Class parties will take place in the afternoon and there will be a parade before pickup. Parents and caregivers are welcome to come for the parade. More details and specific times will be shared next week.
MS Athletics: Upcoming Games and Meets
Middle School Volleyball vs MB Christian @ MB Christian
Thursday, October 13 - 4:00 pm
Middle School Volleyball - End of Season Jamboree
Saturday, October 15
9:00 am - Santa Catalina School
Friday, October 21, 4:00 pm @ Carmel Middle School
Practices begin next week and will be communicated via TeamSnap and coaches.
HIGH SCHOOL NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Reminder: Bring Athletic Shoes & Clothes That Can Get Dirty
Tomorrow, Friday, October 14, students will partake in a variety of activities that require close-toed shoes and clothing that can get dirty. Some students will be engaging in a cooking project that connects to themes in a novel they are reading in literature. Other students may be biking or participating in a basketball clinic.
Please help them remember to dress appropriately that day. Thank you!
High School Athletics
Basketball season is almost here! There is a meeting for the boys (Silver) basketball team on Monday, October 17 from 3:30-4:15 pm. The location is not yet determined. Coach P will follow up with additional details on where to meet. The Zoom link for this meeting is here.
Parents and caregivers can watch for an invitation to an athletics information meeting via Zoom soon.
Chartwell basketball practices will begins Tuesday, November 1.
HS Seeking Connections with Non-Profits for Volunteering
Specialized School Fair - October 20, 2022
Specialized School Fair - October 20, 2022
Location: The Palo Alto Art Center
Thursday, October 20
11:00 am -12:30 pm
FREE Specialized Schools Fair! For parents and others to learn more about school options for your neurodiverse children or students.
Includes 17 schools that offer:
- Specialized programs for K-12 students with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning differences as well as the twice exceptional
- Small class sizes and support for learning & social emotional growth
Sponsored by the Children's Health Council
Week of October 17: COVID Update
For the week of October 17, here are the current Chartwell guidelines:
Indoor masking is 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: email@example.com
Director of Teaching and Learning, Jodi Amaditz: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Director of Lower School, Katherine Kanaski: email@example.com
Assistant Director of Middle School, Karla Bell: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Director of the High School, Amanda Zonghi: email@example.com
Director of STEAM and EdTech, Sandra Varajic: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Student Support: Billy Swift email@example.com
Director of Campus Management and Safety, John Langrill: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Advancement and Communications, Elena Mueller: email@example.com
Director of Human Development and Wellness, Batya Fields: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Athletics: Rory Patterson email@example.com
Technical Support: firstname.lastname@example.org