Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

May 4, 2023

What's In This Newsletter

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


  • CANCELLED: Lip Sync Battle
  • May In-Service Date Change: Friday, May 19 - NO CLASSES
  • Street Hockey - Final Week
  • Teacher Appreciation Week - May 8-12


  • Future Holders Marketplace: Thursday, May 11
  • Middle School Sports Update
  • Flag Football and Soccer Summer Camps - Registration Open!


  • Spring Speakeasy - Friday, May 12
  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day - Monday, May 8
  • Project Period 4 - Students Go to Locations TOMORROW
  • High School Sports Updates

Upcoming Important Dates


CANCELLED: Thursday, May 4 - Lip Sync Battle

Monday, May 8 - Friday, May 12 - Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 8 - HS Grandparents & Special Friends Morning (8:30 am - 11:00 am)

Thursday, May 11 - Future Holders Marketplace, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Friday, May 12 - CHS Speakeasy

Looking Ahead

Monday, May 15 - MS Field Trip

Tuesday, May 16 - Thursday, May 18 - Senior Trip to Disneyland

Thursday, May 18 - Parent & Caregiver Coffee, 8:30 am, McMahan Hall

Friday, May 19 - Faculty In-Service - NO CLASSES (previously May 26)

Thursday, May 25 - LMS Free Dress Day

Thursday, May 25 - MS/HS Athletics Banquet - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, McMahan Hall

Thursday, May 25 - Community Workshop: Summer Learning Strategies, 5:30 pm (Zoom)

Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day - No Classes

Wednesday, May 31 - Friday, June 2 - Family Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

Tuesday, June 6- Fun Day, Talent Show, and All-School BBQ (parents and caregivers invited)

Wednesday, June 7 - All LMS Moving Up Ceremony; Grade 8 Promotion; Last Day of School LMS

Thursday, June 8 - HS Retrospective, HS Graduation; Last Day of School HS


IMPORTANT REMINDER: May 19 is a Faculty In-Service Day - No Classes

Friday, May 19 is a Faculty In-Service Day and there will be no classes. This was previously on the calendar as May 26 and was changed in March due to professional development and timing for comment writing.

Thank you for noting this change on your calendars.

Teacher Appreciation Week

National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8-12. Thank you to the Chartwell Family Network for coordinating a week full of meals and surprises for our faculty and staff. If you would still like to support the CFN's efforts, please contact Alissa Malakan at

ULS/MS/HS Street Hockey League

Next week is the last week of the Chartwell Street Hockey League. The last league meet-up will be next Thursday, May 11.

Contact Rory Patterson at with any questions.

MS/HS Clubs

The climbing club resumes on Monday 5/15- Wednesday 5/31. The club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 at Sanctuary Climbing.

MS/HS Athletics Banquet - Thursday, May 25

The Athletic Banquet on Thursday, May 25 between 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm is for all MS and HS teams. All coaches, parents, caregivers, and players are invited to attend.

Certificates and awards will be given. More information to come.


Next Week: Future Holders Marketplace -Thursday, May 11

The Lower and Middle division homerooms have been creating companies as part of the Future Holders Entrepreneurship Project, Turning Thoughts into Things, since mid-November.

Students have been learning and practicing many skills along the way and on Thursday, May 11, all of their products will be on sale at a Marketplace held at Chartwell from 1:30-3:00 pm. Parents and caregivers from all divisions are welcome to come to support the students and purchase their creative products (cash only).

Fifty percent of the money earned will go to a charity (not yet decided); 25% will go to help with end-of-the-year parties, celebrations, and gifts and the final 25% helps provide seed money for the project next year.

The chart below shows each homeroom's product and price range. We hope you will come out and support our students' innovation and hard work.

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Moving Up Ceremony & Grade 8 Promotion Scheduled for Wednesday, June 7

We are excited to bring back the Chartwell Lower and Middle School Moving Up Ceremony this year! The event honors all of our lower and middle grade classes as they complete this year at Chartwell and prepare for the next step in their academic journey. This event will take place during the morning of Wednesday, June 7; the specific time will be shared soon. All parents and caregivers are invited to attend this special event.

The Grade 8 Promotion will take place at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, June 7. More details about this event will be shared with families soon.

Middle School Spring Sports

Middle School Track & Field

  • Practice May 9, 10, 11 at MPC from 3:45-5

  • FINAL Championship Meet on May 12 at Pacific Grove High School at 4 PM

  • Please contact Coach Ray if your athlete needs a ride from school to the meet.

Middle School Golf

  • Middle school golf season has concluded

For all Middle School and High School Athletics, please check Team Snap for updates.


All High School Speakeasy - Friday, May 12

The all-high school spring Speakeasy is next Friday, May 12 from 7:00 - 10:00 pm in McMahan Hall. All students Grades 9-12 are invited to attend. Guests are welcome but a Chartwell Student Guest Permission Form must be completed and returned to Ms. Zonghi by end of the day on May 10. The event is free for Chartwell students; $10 for guests.

Chartwell Student Guest Permission (also attached below)


Passcode: Bulldogs1

Please use the QR below for more information and to purchase tickets.

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High School Grandparents and Special Friends Day - Monday, May 8

We are looking forward to hosting guests for the High School Grandparents and Special Friends Day on Monday, May 8 from 8:30 am - 11:00 am.

Students may leave for the day with their grandparents or special guests after the program concludes. Students need to communicate with Ms. Zonghi if they plan to leave. Otherwise, they return to Period 3 for a regular school day.

Information about the schedule for the day has been shared directly with guests.

High School Sports

Golf Club

Chartwell's golf club has started! Anyone interested in signing up or would like more information should contact Coach Postadan or Coach Patterson.

The club meets on Friday at Twin Creeks golf course from 1:30-5:00 pm.

Project Period 4: Service Locations

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May Chartwell Birthdays

May 5 - Asha Cox

May 8 - Regan Albee

May 8 - Lauren Christensen

May 15 - Alana Warcken

May 27 - Elena Mueller

May 27 - Billy Swift

May 28 - Katlyn Bach

May 30 - Aaron Kanak

Chartwell Family Directories

Chartwell Family Directories: LMS available here, HS available here.

2023-2024 Academic Calendar


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: