Chartwell School: The Bulldog Bark

Weekly Newsletter for Chartwell Families

February 9, 2023

What's In This Newsletter

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


  • Emergency Notification Test: Did you receive all three notifications (auto call, text and email) on Monday, February 6 at noon? If you did not, please email

  • Important - Update to CFN Hot Dog Days Sign-Up Process for Tuesday, February 14 (Read below)

  • Kindness Day - Wednesday, February 15 - Let's Make Kindness the Norm!

  • Pink Shirt Day! Wear Pink on February 22 to Show Support for Anti-Bullying

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

  • Correct link to FACTS Portal for Medical Expense Deductions:


  • Collecting addresses: Friday, April 21 - Grandparents and Special Friends Day (LMS)

  • LS/ULS After School Singing Company
  • LS Drama Club in Need of Harry Potter-Themed Costumes
  • Intramural Basketball Schedule
  • MS/HS Climbing and Surf Clubs - See article in HS Section
  • Summer Program Registration is Open! Click here for more information.


  • Track and Field Sign-Ups Open
  • HS Silver Team Final Scimmage
  • MS/HS Climbing and Surfing Clubs
  • Project Period Field Experience - February 27


  • Online Learning Program Admission Night - February 13, 6:00 pm - Spread the Word
  • February Chartwell Team Birthdays

Upcoming Important Dates

TONIGHT: State of the School - Click Here to Join at 6:30 pm; email with questions in advance.

Next Week

Friday, February 10 - Reenrollment Contracts Sent to Returning Families via FACTS

Monday, February 13 - CFN Coffee Social - Starbucks after Drop Off (near Target/REI)

Tuesday, February 14 - CFN Hot Dog Days - Advanced Sign-Up Required

Wednesday, February 15 - Kindness Day (Activities on Campus)

Thursday, February 16 - Tuesday, February 21 - February Long Weekend - No Classes

Looking Ahead

Monday, February 27 - HS Project Period Field Experience

Friday, March 3 - Financial Aid Application Deadline for Returning Families

Friday, March 3 - Loyalty Discount Deadline

Friday, March 17 - Reenrollment Contracts Due

Monday, March 20 - Offers Extended to New Families

Thursday, April 20 - HS STEAM Career Day

Friday, April 21 - Grandparents & Special Friends Day


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Kindness Week

Kindness Week is recognized by many the week of February 13-17, often with activities and lessons on World Kindness Day and Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17). Due to it being a short week of classes and Valentine’s Day falling on Tuesday, Chartwell students will partake in activities on Wednesday, February 15.

Over a 90-minute period of time, students in all divisions will learn about the science-backed effects of kindness, have opportunities to show gratitude, create public messages, and will even make something they can bring home to care for.

We encourage everyone in our community to practice continual kindness, but maybe put in some extra effort with some random acts of kindness over the break.

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Pink Shirt Day: Wear Pink & Show Support for Anti-Bullying

Pink Shirt Day started with a random act of kindness in 2007. A student new to a high school in Nova Scotia, Canada wore a pink shirt to school and was bullied for the clothing choice. Two other students at the school wanted to do something about the bullying. They bought 50 pink tank tops and distributed them to other male students at the school, asking them to wear it so the new student who was bullied would feel like they belong. They all gathered in the hallway as the new student entered the school. It was a powerful moment for all and the bullying stopped immediately.

Pink Shirt Day is now celebrated across the globe to raise awareness about the harm bullying can do and as an effort to make all people, no matter who they are, feel like they belong.

Chartwell will partake in this year’s Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 22. Faculty might be doing some activities and lessons around bullying leading up to the 22. We are encouraging all students and staff members to wear as much pink clothing as they can that day. We also have purchased supplies for students to make pink bracelets and will supply community members with anti-bullying stickers. Wearing pink on this day means that you are willing to recognize diversity as being crucial to human existence and growth, where we can learn from others, are sensitive to other's experiences, and prioritize kindness with an attempt for others to feel like they belong.

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Model Parent and Caregiver Group

This spring, our 2e and Learning Profile Specialist Jeff Morton will be facilitating a SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Model Parent Group (SMPG). The group will run 8 weeks; each meeting will last 90 minutes. The exact dates and times of our meetings will be determined based on the input from participants and will be held her in person and on campus at Chartwell School.

SMPGs are a forum during which parents of gifted learners can come together to share their experiences and learn from each other. The group will also work through content presented in the book, A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children. There is no cost for this group, but you are encouraged to purchase a copy of A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children ($26.95 from Amazon).

If you are interested, please fill out this google form: SMPG Spring 2023 Interest Form. Note that this is open to all interested caregivers, and more than one caregiver from each family can sign up.

If you have any questions or want to discuss if this group would be a good fit for you, please contact Jeff at

Family Directories

Thank you to all of our families who responded with your preferences for the information you wanted shared or not shared in the Chartwell family directories.

The information shared in the link below is for your personal use only. Please do not share or use any of this information for any non-Chartwell purpose. Thank you for respecting the privacy of our community.

If you see an error or would like any information changed, please email

Lower and Middle School Directory

High School Directory

Thank you for your patience.

Medical Expense Deductions Letter - New Link and Tax ID

Earlier this week a letter went to parents and caregivers with information regarding medical expense deductions.

The link to the FACTS portal was incorrect. Here is the correct link:

Several people also requested the school's Tax ID#. It is 77-0119013.


Hot Dog Days: New Process & One Time Cost - PLEASE READ

We had a strong interest in Hot Dog Day this week and we are extremely thankful to our CFN volunteers for making this event possible for our community!

To make things more streamlined for the volunteers in managing sign-ups and the funds, please note the following important changes to the process for the remainder of the year:

  1. There will now be a one-time fee of $45.00 to enjoy hot dog day for Tuesdays* through the end of the year. This one-time purchase helps simplify the process for the CFN.

  2. You can pay by Venmo or PayPal. PLEASE: No cash will be accepted.

  3. Please include your student’s name in the note section when you pay via Venmo or Pay Pal.

  4. Advance sign-up is required. Students will not be able to purchase hot dogs the days of.

  5. After you make your payment through Venmo or PayPal, please sign-up here or at the button below so we can make sure your child is on the lunch list.

  6. If for any reason the $45 fee is a challenge for your family, please reach out to Danielle Patterson or click here to complete a confidential request form.

Thank you for understanding that this is a volunteer effort and that coordinating a lunch option is a generous effort for our community. The funds collected go towards supporting faculty and building community through the Chartwell Family Network.

Sponsor a Hot Dog Day

Parents and caregivers (or a class cohort) interested in sponsoring a HOT DOG DAY as a way to support the CFN and help raise funds for future family events can reach out to Alissa Malakan at 559-824-1321or for more information.

*Hot Dog Lunch will not be available on half days or days when school is not in session.


Chartwell Family Network Updates and Events


Sign-up to help serve hot dogs on Tuesdays here.

Sign-up to help serve pizza (lower and middle school) on Fridays here.


Meet up with fellow Chartwell parents and caregivers over a cup of coffee at the Starbucks in Marina (140 General Stillwell Drive, Marina). The gathering starts right after carline around 8:40 am. No RSVP is needed - just show up!


Every Friday, after drop-off, the CFN will lead a walk from the Chartwell campus. Be prepared for a combination of trails and roadways and enjoy a brisk walk in the woods while getting to know other parents and caregivers. No RSVP is needed - just show up!

LS Drama Club Needs Harry Potter Costumes

The LS Drama club is looking for Harry Potter costumes, including house uniforms (ties, robes, hats, etc).

Costumes can be left in Miss Kanaski's office in Building 200 before school. Thank you!

LMS Grandparents & Special Friends Day - Friday, April 21

On Friday, April 21, we will be hosting a Grandparents and Special Friends Morning for the Lower and Middle School. We will provide an update regarding a high school event shortly.

To be sure your child's grandparent or special friend receives an invitation, please complete this form or click on the button below. This is not an RSVP form - we are only collecting addresses at this time,

We are so excited to bring back this community tradition! Please email Elena Mueller at with any questions.

Still Time to Join The Singing Company

All lower and upper lower school students are invited to join the Chartwell Singing Company on Tuesdays from 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. The program will start on Tuesday, February 28. Please contact Ms. Franny Huck at or your homeroom teacher to sign up.

Upper Lower School Intramural Basketball

Intramural basketball began this week. The schedule going forward is as follows:

February 14 - Scrimmage; 12:25 pm

February 15 - Scrimmage; 12:25 pm

February 28 - March 2- Playoffs and Championship

Email Coach P or Coach Regan if your student is interested in participating.


HS Pizza Day Moving to Thursday

Beginning after the February break, HS pizza day will move to Thursday due to the adjusted schedule.

Track and Field Sign-Ups Open

See your advisor or contact Coach Patterson at to sign up or for more information.

The athletic department is looking for additional coaches for our HS track and field team. Stipends available.

HS Basketball: Silver Team

The Silver basketball team's final team meeting and scrimmage will be on Monday, February 13 between 3:30-4:30 pm. Please bring your uniform to return to school.

Climbing and Surfing Clubs

The Climbing Club meets on Wednesdays at 3:30-5:00 pm and Fridays 1:30-3:00 pm. Contact Elizabeth Darovic at or Scott Bell at if interested in joining. A commitment form is required.

The Surf Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 pm. Open to all grades. Contact Melissa Kelly at if interested in joining.

Project Period Field Experience Rescheduled for February 27

Our Project Period 3: Corporations field experience has been rescheduled to Monday, February 27.

For this experience, the high school will leave campus for the full day. Please ensure students are on time as we are departing shortly after drop-off. As part of our “Corporations” project period, students will engage in an off-campus field experience to visit the Apple Campus. We will be traveling by bus.

  • All students will be going to Apple Campus.
  • We are aiming to be back on campus between 3:15-4:00 pm (traffic is unpredictable).
  • Lunch is included for all students.
  • Students should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Students can bring snacks for the bus rides if they choose.
  • Students who take medications during the school day will be responsible for bringing and managing their own medications. For those students who typically get their midday medication from Roz, we will bring and administer those medications.

If you know your student cannot attend this event, please email as soon as possible.

Career STEAM Day - Thursday, April 20

Chartwell High School is planning a Career STEAM Day for Thursday, April 20!

We are looking for volunteers who work in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) fields to come present, share, and teach students about your career or area of expertise.

If you are interested in coming to present and share with high school students, please email Dr. Varajic at Thank you!

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Chartwell Online Learning Program Overview Night

Did you know Chartwell has an online program for learners in Grades 4-8?

Chartwell’s Online Learning Program is an intimate, student-centered virtual educational setting where students learn through exploration and guided lessons covering all core classes.

If you know a family that could benefit from an online learning option, please share the information with them about next week's event.

The registration link is located at

February Faculty & Staff Birthdays


Sandra Varajic - February 3

Emily Garber - February 5

John Langrill - February 5

Alex Kopelevich - February 11

Patti Kirshner - February 14

Roz Harris - February 17

Nicole Buice - February 18

Nancy Da Silva - February 21

Marshall Harvey - February 23


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: