Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

September 22, 2022

What's In This Newsletter

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


  • Morning Coffee & Conversation- Division Breakouts: Wednesday, September 28, 8:30 am (email to let us know you'll be joining!)
  • Community Workshop - Understanding Dyslexia: Thursday, September 29, 5:30 pm (Zoom link here)
  • Family Interest Survey from the Chartwell Family Network (click here)
  • ICYMI: LS and MS/HS Back to School Night Presentations
  • CFN Night Out - Friday, September 30 - The Dust Bowl in Monterey at 6:00 pm; for planning purposes, email Alissa Malakan at if you plan on attending!
  • Looking for Hosts for Chartwell Count Me Ins!


  • Spirit Week: Monday, September 26 - Friday, September 30 (details in LMS section below)
  • How to Manage Class Dojo Notifications (click link for instructions)
  • Volleyball and Cross Country Games Schedule


  • Spirit Week: Monday, September 26 - Friday, September 30 (details in HS section below)
  • High School Field Experience Details - Important Pick-Up Details
  • Hiking Field Trip on 9/23 for HS Students NOT Attending Field Experience


  • Faculty & Staff Birthdays - September
  • COVID Update for Week of 9/26/22


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ALL SCHOOL: Chartwell Family Network Annual Interest Survey

Each year, the Chartwell Family Network shares a survey with families to gain a sense of community interests to help plan future events, activities, and gatherings. Please take a moment to complete the survey.

Looking for Chartwell Count Me In Hosts!

This fall, as part of Chartwell's annual fund campaign, we would like to offer our community a series of Count Me Ins! Count Me Ins (also known as "buy-ins") are parent, caregiver, or faculty-hosted events in which attendees contribute to the annual fund at a certain level to attend. For example, a parent or caregiver hosts a movie night in their backyard with pizza and popcorn, and families contribute $25 per person to attend. The $25 goes towards the Annual Fund.

Some examples have included:

  • Karoake Night
  • Sunset Cocktails and Appetizers at a Private Home
  • Gingerbread House Making Class
  • Bocce Ball, Ping Pong or Pickle Ball Tournament
  • Picnic and Tidepooling at Asilomar
  • Art or cooking class at your home
  • Musical event

The list is endless based on the talents and interests of our community. These events help build community and help support Chartwell's program.

If you are interested in hosting a Chartwell Count Me In, please email Elena Mueller at


Spirit Week Next Week!!!

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MS Athletics Schedule


MS Volleyball vs Bay View Charter @ PG Middle School

Saturday, September 24 - 2:30 pm

MS Volleyball vs Monterey Bay Christian @ Chartwell

Tuesday, September 27 - 4:00 pm

MS Volleyball vs Madonna Del Sasso @ Chartwell

Thursday, September 29 - 4:00 pm

MS Volleyball vs Santa Catalina @ Santa Catalina

Friday, September 30 - 4:00 pm


Friday, September 23, 4:00 pm @ Carmel Middle School

Friday, September 30, 4:00 pm @ Carmel Middle School

* The team is looking for an additional coach. If you are interested, please email Rory Patterson at



HS Field Experience Pick-Up Update

The pick-up for the Field Experience students will be late Friday evening at Chartwell School, most likely after 11:00 pm.

The group will be leaving Long Beach by bus around 4:00 p.m. and stopping for dinner along the way.

Faculty on the trip will have students text or call families when we are about 45 minutes away from the school. If you do not hear from your student, you can text Amanda Zonghi at (831) 308-1188.

HS Hiking Field Trip - Friday, September 23 (Students NOT attending Field Experience)

REMINDER: HS Students Not Going on the Field Experience

Friday, September 23

Point Lobos Hike

Parents or caregivers need to drop-off and pick-up students at:

Piney Woods Picnic Area (this is located inside the park and rangers will allow free entrance when you say you are with the Chartwell group picking up or dropping off)

62 CA-1

Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Drop-off is at 9:00 am

Pick up is at 12:30 pm

Students should bring a water bottle, bag lunch, and wear shoes for walking/hiking.

High School Spirit Week Next Week!

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Faculty & Staff September Birthdays

September 9 - Lisa Benjamin

September 11 - Nina Phillips

September 20 - Stephanie Driscoll

September 20 - Cindy Price

September 24 - Danny Cunningham

September 25 - Batya Fields

Week of September 26: COVID Update

For the week of September 26, here are the current Chartwell guidelines:

  • Indoor masking will be strongly 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:

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 Athletics: Rory Patterson

Technical Support: