Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

December 8, 2022

NOON Pick-Up On Friday, December 16

Please note: Friday, December 16 will be a NOON PICK-UP DAY. Thank you for making this adjustment to your calendars.

What's In This Newsletter

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


  • School photos - link being sent tomorrow
  • NOON Pick-Up on Friday, December 16


  • Middle School Intro to Chartwell High School Presentation (On Campus): Monday, December 12, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm (RSVP to
  • Dorothy's Kitchen Service Day and Pajama Day - Friday, December 16
  • Lower School Field Trip to The Tech Interactive Museum, Tuesday, January 17 - Email sent earlier this week
  • Food Barrels for Second Harvest Food Bank - Please donate nonperishable food items by December 16.
  • Flag Football - See Team Snap
  • Rock Climbing Club Sign-Ups Still Open


  • Rock Climbing Club Sign-Ups Still Open
  • December Activities
  • Basketball - See Team Snap



Link to School Photos Being Sent Tomorrow

A link will be sent to all families tomorrow to access your child's school photo. You can download the digital file for your personal use. Families will be charged $20 for the file through your student account. If you would not like to purchase the image or the cost is prohibitive for your family, please email Katia Stornetta at

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.

Food Donations Being Accepted Through December 16

Chartwell School is once again collecting non-perishable food items for the Second Harvest Food Bank. The barrels are located in McMahan Hall. Thank you for any food you an donate to help those in need in our community.


Friday, December 16 - Dorothy's Kitchen Service Day and Pajama Day

The tradition continues! On Friday, December 16 (the last day before winter break) 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. After the service project, students will return to the classrooms for class activities and celebrations. This is a NOON pick-up day.

In the spirit of this being a community service project, we invite families who can to make a small financial contribution to the project which is coordinated through the CFN. If you are interested in contributing, please Venmo or email

Rock Climbing Club for Middle and High School

All MS/HS students are invited to sign up for the rock climbing club.

Please contact Elizabeth Darovic at or Coach P at for additional details and the signup form.


Upcoming High School Basketball Games

Come out and support our Bulldogs!

Green Team: TONIGHT! December 8 @ Catalina, 5:30 pm

Silver Team: December 13 vs Ceiba Prep @ 7:00 pm


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: