Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

April 13, 2023

What's In This Newsletter

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


  • Earth Day Activities at Chartwell - Saturday, April 22
  • ULS/MS/HS Street Hockey League
  • BOGO Book Fair - Next week! Volunteers Needed - Sign-Up Here


  • Volunteers and Breakfast Treats Needed for Grandparents/Special Friends Day: Sign-Up Here
  • Grandparent and Special Friends Day Next Week - Please Read Important Info for All Families
  • Flag Football and Soccer Summer Camps - Registration Open!
  • Flag Football Info and Sign-up Session for Students - Monday, 4/17, Lunch
  • Singing Performance, April 25, 3:30 pm, McMahan Hall
  • Seeds4STEM at Chartwell: After School Enrichment Opportunity for ULS Students



Upcoming Important Dates


Friday, April 14 - CFN Weekly Walk; Leaves from campus at 8:30 am

Tuesday, April 18 - LS Field Trip to The Tech Interactive

Thursday, April 20 - HS STEAM Career Day

Friday, April 21 - LMS Grandparents & Special Friends Day - Noon Dismissal Day

Saturday, April 22 - Join us for Earth Day Activities on Campus

Looking Ahead

Monday, April 17 - Thursday, April 20 - BOGO Spring Book Fair

Tuesday, April 25 - ULS Field Trip to The Tech Interactive (Whitman and Morton)

Tuesday, April 25 - LS/ULS Singing Performance - 3:30 pm, McMahan Hall

Thursday, April 27 - ULS Field Trip to The Tech Interactive (Sanchez and Warcken)

Thursday, April 27 - LMS Free Dress Day

NEW DATE: Thursday, April 27 - Community Workshop: Preparing for the Transition to College with Alyse LeValley; 5:30 pm (Zoom)

Friday, April 28 - CHS Lip Sync Battle, 6 pm

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

Monday, May 8 - HS Grandparents & Special Friends Morning (Times TBD)

Friday, May 12 - CHS Speakeasy

Monday, May 15 - MS Field Trip

Wednesday. May 16 - Friday, 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 - 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)

Monday, June 5 - Fun Day, Talent Show, and All-School BBQ

Wednesday, June 7 - Grade 8 Promotion; Last Day of School LMS

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

2023-2024 Academic Calendar - New Dates Added


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JOIN US! Chartwell Earth Day Gathering - Saturday, April 22 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Think globally - act locally. That's the theme for our inaugural Earth Day gathering at Chartwell School, Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Come and learn, work, and play:

First, you'll learn briefly about Ocean Guardian and how our school is working to protect our watershed through education and stewardship.

Then we'll get to work in small groups for 60-90 minute activities such as removing non-native plants, removing debris around the campus, and planting native plants donated by local organization Habitat Stewardship Project.

After we work - let's play! Come picnic on the Chartwell field and enjoy some live music from our resident reggae artist, Danny Cunningham. We'll have games set up on the field, and a chance to meet our friendly flock of chickens by the fruit orchard. Feel free to bring your own games.

Gloves and other protective gear will be provided. Bring your own reusable bottle and pack your own lunch for the picnic on the field; we will have some fruit and snacks as well. If you have any questions, please contact Topher Mueller at

BOGO Book Fair - Next Week!

Chartwell's Spring BOGO (buy one get one free!) book fair will take place next week, Monday, April 17 - Thursday, April 20.

It will be open for shopping:

Morning drop-off (8:00 am - 8:30 am)

Break (10:20 am - 10:40 am)

Lunch (12:15 pm - 1:25 pm)

Volunteers are needed to help our young shoppers - please sign-up here. Homerooms will also visit the Book Fair throughout the week.

Safe, Cash-Free Shopping

Families can set up an eWallet (a safe, cash-free way for your child to shop) from Chartwell's Book Fair homepage. From there, an eWallet information page will display. Families will be asked to sign in to Scholastic registration or set up a new account. All on-screen instructions should be followed to complete the eWallet setup.

ULS/MS/HS Street Hockey League

The Chartwell Street Hockey League kicked off with its first practice today - but there's still time to join.

The group meets every Thursday from 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm on campus.

No equipment is needed.

Open to all ULS/MS/HS students and faculty

Contact Rory Patterson at with any questions.


Grandparents & Special Friends Day: Important Information for All Chartwell LMS Families

Friday, April 21 - Grandparents and Special Friends Day


Light lunch buffet provided for all LMS students and guests.

Next Friday, April 21 is the Lower and Middle School Grandparents and Special Friends Day. We are excited to host guests for the morning and have a wonderful program planned. We have about 50 percent of our LMS students bringing guests. Students without guests will be included in all activities, including lunch, and will be invited to partner with friends and classmates if they’d like to.

Guests need to RSVP. Please ensure your guests have responded to Nancy Da Silva at or 831-394-3468 so teachers can be prepared for space in their rooms. Space will be a challenge and understanding the number of guests attending is critical to our planning.

Please note:

  • A light lunch buffet (assorted sandwiches and salads, chips, cookies, and beverages) will be provided for ALL LMS students and guests as an option. You are welcome to pack a lunch if your student prefers.

  • Pizza will not be available on this day due to the special lunch being provided.

  • Friday, April 21 is a noon dismissal day. If you cannot adjust your schedule for this earlier pick-up, faculty will be available to watch students until the regular pick-up time at 1:00 pm.

  • If you would like your child to leave with your special guest at noon, please ensure they are on your approved pick-up list. Email Roz Harris at if you need to make any additions to your approved pick-up list.

Additional details will be shared directly with guests early next week (parking, directions, etc..) If you have any questions, please email

Thank you for your support as we bring back this favorite tradition.

Middle School Spring Sports

Middle School Track & Field

  • Practice: Monday - Thursday, 3:45 - 5:00 pm at MPC
  • The next meet is Friday, April 21 at Carmel Middle School at 4:00 pm (arrive by 3:30 pm)
  • Please contact Coach Ray if your athlete needs a ride from school to the meet.

Middle School Golf

  • Practice: Tuesday, April 18 at Laguna Seca, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Match: Thursday, April 20 at Twin Creeks at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Practice: Friday, April 21, Location TBD, 1:30 - 5:00 pm

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

Info Session and Sign-up for Summer Flag Football Camp - Monday, April 17

The Chartwell Flag Football Summer Camp - for Grades 1-8 - teaches sound fundamental offensive and defensive football skills to both experienced and beginner youth athletes. Individual and group drills will be demonstrated to teach basic techniques. Proper warm-up, physical conditioning, skills drills, and review are part of each scheduled session.

No previous flag football experience is required to attend the camp. See below for the full camp details.

Coach P and Coach Jason Fisk will be meeting with any interested students during lunchtime on Monday, April 17. They will follow-up with parents and caregivers of the students who express an interest.

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Seeds4STEM at Chartwell: After School Enrichment Opportunity for ULS Students

A middle school parent, Shannon Bliss, is providing an after-school enrichment opportunity through her non-profit organization, Seeds4STEM for Upper Lower School students.

Seeds4STEM utilizes local natural resources to provide facilitated, hands-on experiences to engage students with STEM concepts. Shannon Bliss, Dr. V and STEM college students trained to present the concepts in each module will meet with students every Thursday in the month of May from 3:15-4:30pm.

You can find more about the program through their website:

We only have 16 slots available for sign-up. If you are interested in signing up your ULS student, please fill out this Google Form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Dr. Varajic at


High School Sports

Track & Field

Practice: Monday - Thursday 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm at MPC

Meet: Saturday, April 15 at Alisal High School - 9:30 am

Meet: Saturday, April 22 at San Mateo High School - 8:30 am

Contact Coach Patterson or Coach Ray if your athlete needs a ride to the meet.

Golf Club

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

Surf Club

Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Sanctuary Gym

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Project Period 4: Important Information and Service Options

For our fourth Project Period of the year, students will get to volunteer in various capacities at local non-profit organization. Students will spend each of the six Fridays in this quarter working as part of a small team (with at least one teacher chaperone) to support a local non-profit.

Students need to be dropped off and picked up at the location, so it’s important that the location they selected works well for their family/carpool. Please note that SPCA and Meals on Wheels require students to be age 16 before 4/14. Please also note that all organizations' hours are 9:00-12:30 with the exception of Dorothy’s kitchen in Salinas, which has 8:00-11:30 as the hours.

Below are the groups and locations. Please carefully look to see what your student has chosen and consider pick-up and drop-off issues. Families that carpool can communicate with each other about a shared location. We do not have the option for teachers to pick-up and drop-off students for most locations. You should have received an email with additional information that is specific to your student's assigned organization.

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

Please share with us the mailing addresses of any grandparents or special friends you would like to receive an invitation through the form below. Invitations will be sent next week.

Upcoming Events in the Community

AIM Youth Mental Health Symposium - Save the Dates!

A life-changing symposium you won’t want to miss: On April 19 – 21, 2023, AIM Youth Mental Health will gather world-renowned researchers, best-selling authors, youth experts, parents, clinicians, educators, first responders, and community members to protect the mental health and safety of our children.

This year’s AIM Youth Mental Health Symposium will be held at the Monterey Conference Center in beautiful Old Town Monterey, California. Chartwell is proud to be a sponsor of this event and Amanda Zonghi, assistant director of the high school, will be presenting at the symposium.

Click here to learn more.

STEAM Family Science Day - April 30, 2023

Hartnell College is hosting a free STEAM Family Science Day on Sunday, April 30 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. The event offers hands-on activities, health screenings, music, science demonstrations, and more. See the attached flyer for more information.


April Faculty & Staff Birthdays

Shane Whitman - April 9

Danielle Patterson - April 15

Rob Owen - April 16

Joseph Shannon - April 23

Chartwell Family Directories

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


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: