Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

December 15, 2022

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Happy Holidays to Our Chartwell Community

To all members of our Chartwell community, we wish you a wonderful break and a happy holiday season.

Tomorrow, Friday, December 16 is a NOON pick-up day.

We look forward to welcoming students back on Tuesday, January 3.

What's In This Newsletter

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


  • Home COVID testing kits sent home with all students; submit results on Monday, January 2
  • Holiday Self-Care Reminder


  • Summer Program: Reserve Your Spot Now!
  • Reminders: Dorothy's Kitchen Service Day and Pajama Day - Friday, December 16


  • December Activities
  • Basketball - See Team Snap



COVID Testing Kits Sent Home; Submit Results on Monday, January 2

Today, students are being sent home with a pack of two at-home COVID tests.

Please test your child on Monday, January 2 and submit your results to Roz Harris at

Thank you in advance for helping us ensure a safe and healthy return to school in January.

Holiday Self-Care Reminders

Self-care is just that, taking care of YOURSELF by doing things that promote your physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritually health. Although we may have extra time off of work during the holidays, it tends to feel more challenging to make time for self-care with packed calendars, traveling, visitors, and extra rich, delicious foods on hand.

Lisa Benjamin, Chartwell occupational therapist, encourages our community to end 2022 and start 2023 with a healthier body and mind for you and your family. Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to be your best for those you take care of (which as parents and educators we do often!). Please see attached self-care calendar.


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.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS - TOMORROW: Dorothy's Kitchen Service Day and Pajama Day

The tradition continues! Tomorrow, the entire Lower and Middle School will engage in a service project preparing lasagna, salad, garlic bread, cookies, and holiday notes for Dorothy's Kitchen in Salinas, a non-profit serving the marginalized in Monterey County. This is a longstanding tradition at Chartwell and a memorable and meaningful experience for everyone involved.

On Friday, all students are invited to wear pajamas as well. We are strongly recommending students wear masks during the activity as we will be working closely together. Masks will be available or your child can bring their own.

Also, DRESS WARMLY. Activities will be both inside and outside and the days have been chilly.

After the service project, students will return to the classrooms for class activities and celebrations. This is a NOON pick-up day.


Friday is Ugly Sweater Day!

Tomorrow is Ugly Sweater Day so be sure to find our holiday best! Also, there is still time to donate items to Catholic Charities (see button below for what is still needed.)

Also, we are in need of reusable grocery bags. Thank you!

Project Period Field Experience: Monday, January 9

On Monday, January 9th, 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 (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. If you know your student cannot attend this event, please email as soon as possible.

Schedule Adjustments for Semester 2

Lunch/Advisory time is changing on Mondays through Thursdays beginning in January. Lunch on Fridays will be from 11:20 am - 11:55 am.

See image below. Contact Amanda Zonghi at with questions.

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Make Your End of Year Gift to Chartwell

There is still time to make your end-of-year gift to Chartwell School! A portion of your gift can be matched when you give to Chartwell through Monterey County Gives, a year-end campaign that inspires local philanthropy and benefits a wide array of Monterey County nonprofits.

*** Everyone who contributed $40 or more (including anyone who purchased two or more tickets to see Elf) will receive a Chartwell canvas tote bag. ***

Children's Health Council: Resource for Families

The Children's Health Council provides life-changing services for learning differences and mental health for children, teens, and young adults. We encourage all families to take a moment to visit their website to learn more about podcasts, events, support groups, coaching and more.

Children's Health Council

Faculty & Staff December Birthdays

December 1 Crissy Maras & Miriam Romero

December 23 Garrett Rowe

December 28 Melissa Kelly


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

Technical Support: