Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

January 5, 2023

What's In This Newsletter

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


  • Family Conferences Sign-up - Wednesday, January 18 - Friday, January 20 - NOON Pick-up Days
  • Community Workshop: Traits and Challenges of Twice Exceptional Learners - 1/12/23, 5:30 pm via Zoom
  • Financial Aid Reminder 2023-24
  • Chartwell Board Members Observing Classes This Month


  • Middle School Shadow Days - Wednesday, January 11 and Thursday, January 12
  • Summer Program: Reserve Your Spot Now!
  • Middle School Basketball Information Meeting
  • MS/HS Climbing Club!


  • HS Field Experience - Monday, January 9
  • Basketball - See Team Snap
  • MS/HS Climbing Club (see article in Lower and Middle School Section)
  • Track and Field Sign-ups Open
  • Surf Club Coming Soon


  • January Faculty Birthdays

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 9 - HS Field Experience (Offsite, All Day) See details below.

Thursday, January 12 - Community Workshop: Traits and Challenges of Twice Exceptional (2e) Learners with Jeff Morton - 5:30 pm (Zoom link below)

Monday, January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr Day - No Classes

Tuesday, January 17 - Lower School (Ford, Phillips, Rhoads) Field Trip to The Tech Interactive

Wednesday, January 18 - Friday, January 20 - Family Teacher Conferences - NOON dismissal

Saturday, January 21 - FTC Robotics Tournaments (Sunnyvale)

Tuesday, January 24 - Chartwell High School Overview (Zoom) - 5:30 pm; RSVP to

Thursday, January 26 - Community Coffee - New Year Check-In with Jodi Amaditz and Danielle Patterson, 8:30 am, McMahan Hall


Family/Teacher Conferences Sign-Ups - Respond by January 8

Family/Teacher Conferences will be held from Wednesday, January 18 through Friday, January 20. School dismissal on these days will be 12:00 pm. Please use the division Google forms 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 by Friday, January 13. 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 35 minutes and can be held in-person or via Zoom.

Please complete the form by January 8. Contact your division director with any questions.

LS/ULS Sign-Up (English)

LS/ULS Sign-Up (Spanish)

MS Sign-Up (English)

MS Sign-Up (Spanish)

HS Sign-Up (English)

HS Sign-Up (Spanish)

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Traits and Challenges of Twice Exceptional Learners - January 12, 5:30 pm

The educational experiences of gifted individuals with additional learning differences are poorly studied and understood. These twice-exceptional, or 2e, learners frequently have negative school experiences, and often get neither the opportunity to excel in their areas of strength nor the support they need for their areas of challenge.

Join Learning Profile and 2e Specialist Jeff Morton for an informative and engaging exploration of the characteristics of 2e learners and the common barriers to learning they face. Participants will gain insight into the experiences of 2e learners and be presented strategies and resources to better help these students meet their potential.

This free workshop is open to the public and is being presented via Zoom. See link below to join next Thursday, January 12 at 5:30 pm.

Financial Aid Application Open for 2023-24 Year

The financial aid application for the 2023-2024 school year opened on Monday, January 2, 2023.

Here is a direct link to our online application:

If you have any questions or need assistance navigating through the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Danielle Patterson at

Chartwell Board of Trustees Observing Classes This Month

In an effort to further engage our board of trustees in the work we do, trustees will be observing classrooms in small groups (no more than three) throughout the month. They are encouraged to introduce themselves to students so you may hear about the conversations they have at home!


Grade 8 Shadow Days - January 11-12

Grade 8 students will participate in high school shadow days next week on Wednesday, January 11 and Thursday, January 12. Pizza lunch will be provided on the day that each middle school student is shadowing. Parents and caregivers will be informed of their child's shadow day by end of day tomorrow. Please contact Karla Bell at with any questions.

LS/ULS Intramural League 2022-23

Our first intramural basketball game for Lower and Upper Lower School students is on January 17 during lunch beginning at 12:25 pm. Games are 10 minutes long.

The goal is to have fun, learn new skills, compete amongst peers, and gain valuable experience in a team-oriented environment.

The game schedule:

January 17 - First game/scrimmage

January 31 - Practice and competitions

February 1 - Game/scrimmage

February 2 - Game/Scrimmage

February 14 -Game/scrimmage

February 15 - Game/scrimmage

February 28-March 2 - Playoffs & Championship

Middle School Basketball Information Meeting - Friday, January 6

There will be a middle school basketball meeting this Friday during lunch for anyone who is interested in playing. We will be meeting at 12:25 pm on the field (if no rain) and in the athletic office (if raining). Parents, caregivers, and students are welcome to attend. Contact Coach Regan Albee at with any questions.

Intro to Chartwell High School Zoom Presentation

For our middle school families that could not attend the previous Intro to High School meeting, we invite you to join the online presentation on Tuesday, January 24 at 5:30 pm. A Zoom link will be sent to all Middle School parents and caregivers prior to the event.

Summer Program: Reserve Your Spot Now

Once again, we are expecting for our Extended School Year Summer Program to fill very quickly, with several schools having already reached out to reserve spaces for groups.

If you think you will want your child to participate in the Chartwell Summer Program (June 14 - July 14, 2023), please complete the below form by January 15. Registration will open the first week in February and we will hold Chartwell student spots for two weeks until we will need to release them if you have not registered.

Our students are our priority and we appreciate you working with us.

MS/HS Chartwell Climbing Club 2023

The Chartwell Climbing Club is open to all middle and high school students. Contact Elizabeth Darovic at with questions or to sign-up.

  • The program is an 8-week commitment - January 23-March 24, 2023; Commitment forms are required to join: Each climber is expected to complete the entire 8-week program.
  • Meets Wednesdays and Fridays after school at Sanctuary Climbing and Fitness
  • All skill levels are welcomed
  • The gym fee (membership) is included for all Chartwell climbing club members.
  • Waivers are required by the gym; check for more information and the waiver form.
  • Approximately 10 students to 2 teachers/advisors ratio per skill group

The goal of the Chartwell rock climbing club is to introduce our students to the fundamentals of rock climbing. During our 8-week rock climbing program, students will eventually learn the proper fundamentals of rock climbing and they will be able to compete amongst themselves. Small teams of students will compete against each other in fun competitions.


Project Period Field Experience: Monday, January 9

On Monday, January 9, the high school will go off 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 various corporations in Silicon Valley. We will be traveling by bus. Due to our size, we are splitting the students into two groups. Half of the students will visit Apple and the other half will tour the Silicon Valley Innovation Center. 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 rain coat and 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 the few students who typically get their midday medication from Roz at the front desk, we will bring and administer those medications.

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

High School Basketball

  • CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: Friday, January 6: Green Team Monte Vista @ Monterey Sports Center
  • Wednesday, January 11: Green & Silver Teams Ceiba Prep 1:00 pm Green Team/ 2:30 pm Silver Team
  • Thursday, January 19: Silver Team North Valley Baptist - 5:30 pm
  • Friday, January 27: Silver Team North Valley Baptist - 5:30 pm

Be sure to check Team Snap for updates and changes.

HS Track & Field Begins Monday, January 9

Students interested in joining the track and field team or who want more information please, contact Coach Patterson at

** HS Surf Club Starts in February 2023. Watch for More Information.**

January Faculty & Staff Birthdays

Anthony Garcia - January 8

Kristen Bogue - January 13

Stacy Meheen - January 17

Jack Riley - January 18

Amanda King -January 19

Tayler Rutter - January 21

Jesse Vickers - January 21

Rory Patterson - January 29


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: