Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

From: The Administration Office

March 11, 2021

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Reminder: Morning Drop-Off Times

Morning drop-off begins at 8:00 am and we ask that parents do not drop-off students before this time. We do not have sufficient adult coverage for early drop-off. If you need to make special arrangements due to commutes or job commitments, please reach out to Danielle Patterson at

School begins at 8:30 am - so please have your child here by then to ensure a smooth beginning to the day.

Thank you!

Updated Schedule Post Spring Break

If you missed the letter from Kate Mulligan, head of school, in last week's Bulldog Bark, please read it here.

In summary, we anticipate the following schedule:

Tuesday, April 13 - Friday, April 16

Lower and Middle School (Grades 1-8) - Distance Learning

High School (Grades 9-12) - On-Campus Learning; Rapid COVID Testing

Monday, April 19

All divisions - On-Campus Learning*

We will then continue on-campus learning for all students Monday - Friday through the end of the year. More detailed information will be sent next week.

*Online cohort remains in distance learning

Chartwell Family Network Updates

Earlier today a CFN newsletter was sent to parents with important information about the CFN cookbook, biking event this weekend, an update on the Chartwell directory, and more. A copy of the newsletter is linked below. If you have any questions, please send an email to


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Guest Speaker: Dr. Hooton, Author and Educator

Join next week's Parent Tea for an interactive discussion with a special guest speaker, Dr. Hooton.

Dr. Hooton, author of If Your Teen Could Talk, has graciously given the Chartwell community a copy of his book and will join us on March 17 for a round-robin discussion. This is a very quick user-friendly read and will provide parents a new way to understand what our children are trying to say.

You can download the book below. Come prepared to discuss:

  • What resonated most with you?
  • What was confusing or confusing or perplexing, or what you are questioning?
  • What did it make you think about, want to try, or what sparked a thought or insight?
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Save the Date: The Next Chartwell Community Workshop is March 25

Join Chartwell's OTR/L Lisa Benjamin to learn about and better understand our vestibular, proprioceptive, and interoceptive sensory systems. We will discuss what to look for when these systems are not integrated and how we can support our kids to better access their occupations of academics, socialization, and play. The Zoom link will be sent to all families in advance of the workshop.


Celebrate Pi Day with the Exploratorium: Sunday, March 14 • 1:15–2 p.m. PST

Don’t miss your chance to celebrate one of math’s most famous constants on a holiday invented at the Exploratorium in 1988: Pi (π) Day.

This year, join the Exploratorium from wherever you are for a live online celebration packed full of pi trivia, pi art, pi activities, and pi music. And bring your own pi stories to share in the live chat.

Free online, no registration required, all ages

Click here for more information.

California Wildlife Days: March 20-21

California Wildlife Day, celebrated each year on the spring solstice, will be held virtually this year.

This year's theme is Cultivating Resilience in a Changing Climate. Check out the website for pre-recorded presentations, activities, and live events.


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Artist(s) of the Week: Ms. McClelland's Class

Ms. McClelland's class submitted artwork to the California Wildlife Contest (see above). Each student chose an endangered or threatened California species to research and create.

Top: California Bobcat Cubs, Tino M.

From Left Hooded Oriole, Maizy S., Songbird by Eliza Z., and California Red Sided Garter Snake by Quinn A.

Bottom: Sierra Nevada Red Fox by Coral R.

Images shown are those of the students who gave permission to share.

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CyberDogs Head to the Championship Round

After qualifying in the Silicon Valley FIRST Robotics event held virtually at Google in January, our Chartwell CyberDogs team will compete again this Sunday at a championship event. The team has worked hard the past few weeks to increase their robot game score and further their innovative project. If you see Kai, Bryce, Finn, Tyler, Matthew V., and Gil - wish them luck!

The CyberDogs are working to qualify once again and continue competing, and hope to be recognized once again for representing FIRST's Core Values, or to gain additional awards. They will also present at an Innovation Expo at the end of March, having been recognized for their progress in their innovative project.


Recommit to the Chartwell Family Pledge

Returning to live school is not without risk. As a community, we must work together to foster the safety of our students, parents, faculty and staff. In light of the current statistics and increase in cases in California, we are asking our families to review and recommit to following specific community guidelines while we slowly and safely return to campus. Please review the below “pledge” and, for the safety of our faculty, students, parents, and community, uphold the following commitments on a daily basis:

  • Conduct a health and symptom screening before your child leaves home each day. Keep your child home when they are sick or exhibiting symptoms of general illness. If the temperature reads 100.4 or above, keep your child at home for the day. A temperature check will be done upon arrival at school, and students with temperatures in this range will be sent home.

  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering to minimize risks to others when out in public, and clean and sanitize them often.

  • Come to school directly from home, and return home after school, minimizing stops to essential errands when possible.

  • Limit your child’s outside of school engagement to only immediate family or students in the same cohort.

  • Wash hands frequently.

  • Avoid unnecessary travel this includes visits to or from family and friends in other parts of California, out of state, or out of the country. We will not accommodate students who miss school due to unnecessary travel.

  • If travel is necessary you must notify us and self-isolate for 10 days after traveling. Your child cannot come to school during this time.

  • Avoid all gatherings and events - especially those where people are not adhering to state and local safety guidance.

  • Self-report to Chartwell immediately if your child or a member of your household has been exposed to COVID-19.

  • Wear masks (adults and children) when carpooling, with windows open if possible. Masks are required to be double layered and cover the nose and mouth,

  • Abstain from the practice of providing fever reducing medicines for the purpose of sending your child to school.

Not following the guidelines of the Chartwell Family Pledge may put others at considerable risk. We ask all members of our community to embrace with positivity and an open mind the changes required this school year, understanding that because of COVID-19, our learning spaces, activities, and other events may look and feel different than in other school years.

If you do not feel you can follow these guidelines, we encourage you to continue with the online learning model. Thank you for being part of our community and working with us to bring our students back together, where they learn and grow best.

Chartwell Support Site

We encourage everyone to visit this site created by our STEAM Director, Topher Mueller. He is the mastermind behind the creation of our Distance Learning Platform. You will find the most up to date information regarding the 2020-2021 school year, answers to frequently asked questions, and technology tutorials to support distance learning from home.

Chartwell 20-21 Support Site

Updated: Important Dates for the 20-21 School Year


April 5-12: Spring Break - No Classes

April 13: High School returns to on-campus learning; PCR Rapid Testing

April 13- 16: Lower and Middle School Distance Learning

April 19: All divisions return to on-campus learning Monday - Friday

May 21: No Classes - Teacher In-Service

May 31: Memorial Day - No Classes

June 7-9: Parent-Teacher Conferences

June 9 - 8th Grade Ceremony

June 10: Last day of school LMS; Transition Ceremony

June 11: Last day of school and Graduation for High School/ Retrospectives

Faculty Birthday - March

March 1 - Matt Madron

March 4 - Shon Fields

March 15 - Helen Ruisi

March 24 - Topher Mueller

March 25 - Sarah Chavez

March 30 - Genee Cahill


GoPro Highlights Reel - Best of 2020

Each year GoPro asks their users to capture life’s epic moments and share with the company their footage for a cash prize. The result is two minutes of pure joy, from backyards, the backcountry, and beyond. Of 29,200 clips submitted, the GoPro creative team selected 56 creators for the final video. Get ready for a thrill ride!
GoPro Awards: Million Dollar Challenge Highlight in 4K | HERO9 Black


If you have questions for us, please contact one of the following Chartwell Team Members:

Head of School, Kate Mulligan:

Director of Lower and Middle Schools, Jodi Amaditz:

Director of High School, Alyse LeValley:

Director of Outreach and Family Engagement, Danielle Patterson:

Director of Campus Management and Safety, John Langrill:

Director of Advancement and Communications, Elena Mueller:

Technical Support: John Langrill at or Topher Mueller at