Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

From the Administrative Team

August 26, 2021

Important Update for Parents on Campus

We continue to monitor and follow local and state guidelines around COVID protocols. Due to a CDPH order (Here) all adults working on campus are required to show proof of vaccination status. Chartwell is extending this to all visitors, parents, and guests who request to work on campus for an extended period of time. Please scan or send a copy of your vaccination card to Katia Stornetta in the Business Office at to confirm your vaccination status if you are a parent requesting a workspace on our campus during the school day. This order is also inclusive of campus volunteers, so please be prepared to show proof of vaccination status if you would like to drive on field trips as well.

For outdoor gatherings that do not involve students, such as next week’s Parent Coffee, proof of vaccination is not required. We simply ask all parents to wear masks while socializing. Likewise, parents walking onto campus briefly to pick up their children are not subject to showing proof of vaccination status. This is only for those requesting to work inside a building on our campus for an extended period of the day.

Masks continue to be required indoors at all times. We will provide updated guidance for Back to School Nights and sporting events as we get closer to those events.

Our commitment to maintaining a safe environment for our students is our highest priority and we greatly appreciate our community’s shared participation in achieving this goal.

Protocol for Students on Campus after 3:30 pm

Students in the lower and middle divisions who are still on campus after 3:30 pm - and are not registered with other after-school offerings (i.e. Robotics) - will be directed to the After School Homework Program and parents will be charged for the extended day program ($25/day). The program ends at 5:00 pm. Late pick-ups will be charged $25. Please be on time to avoid the fee and to be considerate of our faculty who need to leave campus and return home.

High School students who are on campus after 3:30 pm will be directed to after school program. This program ends at 4:00 pm. There is no fee for this program.



12:45 PM - High School (staff parking lot - see map below)

1:00 PM - Lower and Middle School (Bulldog Way/Circle)


2:30 PM - Lower School Pick-Up (Ms. Ford, Ms. Phillips, and Ms. McClelland's classes)

  • If staying for the extended day program, pick-up is at 3:15 pm (see below)

3:05 PM - High School Pick Up (see map below)

3:15 PM - Lower and Middle Pick-up

4:00 PM - High School After School Program Pick Up

5:00 PM - Grades 1-8 After School Homework Program Pick Up


  • Parents may drop off clean, lightly worn solid-colored t-shirts and outerwear for the September 8 cohort clothing exchange during the Chartwell Family Network parent coffee. Please bring them to the administrative office in Building 100 (Business Office area).
  • BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHTS: The Lower School Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 9 and the Middle and High School Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 16. Parents should arrive after 3:30 pm for a 4:00 pm start. The event will end around 5:30 pm. There will not be a BBQ following the event as in previous years. The event schedule will be shared in next week's Bark.
  • Join us for our first Parent Coffee of the year on Wednesday, September 8 right after drop-off. We will gather on the field with coffee and treats to get know one another and reconnect as we kick-off a new year.

Personal Hygiene Checklist

Personal hygiene is an important part of educating our students as they grow up from children to adolescents to teenagers to young adults. Billy Swift, director of student support, has put together this useful resource that outlines healthy hygiene guidelines and a daily checklist.


  • The Middle School Athletics Department is looking for parents interested in coaching: Volleyball or Soccer. Please contact Rory Patterson for more information at

Middle School Sports Signup

We are excited to announce the following competitive sports teams for Chartwell Middle School during the 2021-2022 school year. Both boys and girls are eligible to sign-up for all sports.

Fall- Volleyball (based on interest), Soccer, Cross Country, Flag Football

Winter- Basketball, Cheerleading, Wrestling

Spring-Track and Field, Golf

In order to prepare, please complete the form below (or click here) indicating which sports your child is interested in joining. The volleyball team's first game is in early September. If we have enough interest, Coach Patterson will begin practices shortly after school starts.

If you have any questions at all, please reach out to Coach Rory Patterson at


  • REMINDER: Pizza will be provided by the school for all high school students on Fridays. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. Any additional snacks and beverages should be brought by the students.

High School Sports Signup

We are excited to announce the following competitive sports teams for Chartwell High School during the 2021-2022 school year. Both boys and girls are eligible to sign-up for all sports.

Winter- Basketball (Boys and Girls Teams), Wrestling

Spring- Co-Ed Golf

In order to prepare, please complete the form below (or click here) indicating which sports you are interested in joining.

If you have any questions at all, please reach out to Garrett Benjamin at


Monday, September 6 - NO SCHOOL (Labor Day)

Wednesday, September 8 - Parent Coffee & Cohort Clothing Exchange (after drop-off)

Thursday, September 9 - LOWER SCHOOL Back to School Night

Wednesday, September 15 - Monthly Parent Meeting 5:30 pm (Zoom Only)

Thursday, September 16 - MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL Back to School Night

Wed, September 29 - Fri, October 1 - LMS/HS Parent Conferences

Wednesday, October 6 - Parent Coffee (after drop-off)

Monday, October 11 - NO SCHOOL (Indigenous Peoples Day)

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ROBOTICS 2021-22

Every student at Chartwell has experience in coding and using their own LEGO Engineering kits, thanks to our grant last year with Apple and FIRST Robotics.

Our Chartwell Robotics team program, available to students aged 11-14 (or through 8th Grade), offers motivated students a chance to extend that experience. Here are some details about the program:

  • The season length is dependent on the team's success! Students should be ready to commit for at least up to winter break.

  • Participation is important in this program as teammates work together on shared goals. Missing practices regularly is discouraged.

  • Practices will be Monday & Thursday after school until 4:30. Sometimes we practice on Saturdays later in the season. Events may happen 1x/month and are full-days on Saturdays.

  • New this year: We are excited to plan an all-girls team! Note that girls have the choice to join any group.

If your child is interested, please complete this form and I will send more details. If your child does not meet the age requirements for our teams but is still interested, let me know as there is a community-based option that I can connect you with, including for high school.

Topher Mueller

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Vote for Chartwell and Mr. Mueller!

Thank you to everyone who nominated Chartwell in the first round of the Monterey County Weekly's annual Best of Monterey County poll. Because of your support, we made it to the final round in two categories!

We invite our families and friends to VOTE for Chartwell in the Best School category and Topher Mueller, K-8 STEAM and Education Technology Director, in the Best K-12 Teacher category. Both categories are in the AROUND TOWN section.

Voting is open until September 7, 2021, and you must vote for 20 categories for your ballot to count.

Thank you for your support of Chartwell and our dedicated faculty!


Mask Guidelines

Please be sure your child's mask adheres to the following guidelines outlined in the slide below.

Also, during one of the parent Zoom sessions this week, there was a discussion around where to find high-quality KN95 masks. Thank you to parent Michael Geluardi who shared this link to purchase KN95 disposable masks: This site also offers child sizes to ensure a snug fit.

Here is another site that comes to us with high recommendations and quality assurance:

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COVID Exposure Protocol

The Monterey County Department of Health has outlined important protocol for when a student has close contact exposure with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Please review the chart below.
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If you have questions for us, please contact one of the following Chartwell Team Members:

Head of School, Kate Mulligan:

Assistant Head and Director of Outreach and Family Engagement, Danielle Patterson:

Director of Lower and Middle Schools, Jodi Amaditz:

Co-Directors of High School: Cheryl Milton ( and Jeff Morton (

Director of Student Support: Billy Swift

Director of Campus Management and Safety, John Langrill:

STEAM or EdTech: Topher Mueller at

Director of Advancement and Communications, Elena Mueller:

Middle School Athletics: Rory Patterson

High School Athletics: Garrett Benjamin

Technical Support: John Langrill at