Head of Lower & Middle School Blog

September 14, 2017

Hello Chartwell Families,

New Information:

  • Next Wednesday is Back To School Night!
    • 5:30 McMahan Hall
    • Light appetizers will be served
    • You will follow your child's schedule
    • Ends at 7:35
    • We prefer no children attend back to school night
    • No After School Homework Program on Wednesday

  • LiveScan Finger Printing for Field Trip Drivers at Back To School Night
    • We will have the fingerprinting service on Back-to-School-Night
    • Drop in from between 3:00 and 5:30, so stay late after dismissal or come early before Back to School Night.
    • RSVP to Crissy if you want to LiveScan
    • academic.assistant@chartwell.org

  • Think Piece, an article from a Blog called Deep Roots At Home.
    • Read it if you are inclined. Agree or disagree?
    • I like the second part of the article, titled Train The Brain (a little more than 1/2 way down.)
    • Click here

  • Box Tops For Education
    • We are looking for a parent volunteer to be Chartwell's Box Tops Coordinator.
    • We will be announcing a classroom contest soon and will need your help to submit the Box Tops by the November deadline.
    • Let Crissy know if you can volunteer.
    • Collect the Box Tops!!

  • AIM For Mental Health
    • click here for more information about this organization
    • AIM is sponsoring a contest to create a cool advertisement
    • Students can participate and winners receive cash prizes
    • Information for students is coming soon!


Upcoming Events:


Event

Date and Time

Back To School Night

Wednesday 9/20 5:30-7:30

Parent Workshop: Technology at Chartwell

Friday 9/29 1:00-2:00

No School, Teacher in-service training

Friday 10/6 -

No School, Columbus Day

Monday 10/9 -

Parent Workshop: The Road To College

Friday 10/20 1:00-2:00

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wed. - Fri. 10/25-10/27


Repeated Information:
  • Release your Inner Librarian!
    • We want to expand the days and hours the library is open.
    • Are you available to volunteer for a few hours on Monday?
    • Contact Parent Library Volunteer Wendy Docker at:
    • sapphireaster78@gmail.com
    • 831.747.0344
  • The Age of the Robots: Chartwell is creating a robotics team!
    • We will announce this exciting program to students on Monday.
    • The team(s) will compete as part of the FIRST robotics competitions, found at www.firstinspires.org.
    • FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology, and is a popular organization that has grown since 1989, known for creating "sports for the mind."
    • Interested students will meet with Topher Mueller in our new Tech Hub and learn about expectations.
    • Like other sports, this program requires time commitments for the Fall and Winter season. We will be organizing 1-2 teams (each with students aged 11 - 16) and practice for 90 minutes after school on Mondays and Thursdays.
    • On some Saturdays, we will have the optional opportunity to practice with additional coaches and mentors in the area, including from the Apple Store in Monterey's Del Monte Center.
    • No experience is required to start!
  • OT (Occupational Therapy) @ Chartwell
    • Our OT provides free consultation based on observation and record review.
    • Contact Chartwell's OT Specialist Catherine Shirley.
    • cshirley@chartwell.org
  • What is Emotional Literacy?
Good Stuff Here!
Teacher Emails:

Tracy Earle

tearle@chartwell.org

Lizanne Garcia

lgarcia@chartwell.org

Katherine Kanaski

kkanaski@chartwell.org

Jim Kirshner

jkirshner@chartwell.org

Patti Kirshner

pkirshner@chartwell.org

Wendy Kurtz

wkurtz@chartwell.org

John Lukin

jlukin@chartwell.org

Topher Mueller

tmueller@chartwell.org

Cindy Price

cprice@chartwell.org

Jodi Amaditz

jamaditz@chartwell.org

Judy Gaughf

jgaughf@chartwell.org

Carolyn Kelleher (Counselor)

ckelleher@chartwell.org

Catherine Shirley (OT)

cshirley@chartwell.org

Katharina Kornhuber (SLP)

kkornhuber@chartwell.org

Chris West (Music)

cwest@chartwell.org


Thank you!

Mr. Henderson

(shenderson@chartwell.org)


September 7, 2017

Hello Chartwell Families,

New Information:
  • Release your Inner Librarian!
    • We want to expand the days and hours the library is open.
    • Are you available to volunteer for a few hours on Monday?
    • Contact Parent Library Volunteer Wendy Docker at:
    • sapphireaster78@gmail.com
    • 831.747.0344
  • The Age of the Robots: Chartwell is creating a robotics team!
    • We will announce this exciting program to students on Monday.
    • The team(s) will compete as part of the FIRST robotics competitions, found at www.firstinspires.org.
    • FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology, and is a popular organization that has grown since 1989, known for creating "sports for the mind."
    • Interested students will meet with Topher Mueller in our new Tech Hub and learn about expectations.
    • Like other sports, this program requires time commitments for the Fall and Winter season. We will be organizing 1-2 teams (each with students aged 11 - 16) and practice for 90 minutes after school on Mondays and Thursdays.
    • On some Saturdays, we will have the optional opportunity to practice with additional coaches and mentors in the area, including from the Apple Store in Monterey's Del Monte Center.
    • No experience is required to start!
  • OT (Occupational Therapy) @ Chartwell
    • Are you interested in a free screening or a consult regarding OT for your child?
    • Contact Chartwell's OT Specialist Catherine Shirley.
    • cshirley@chartwell.org
  • What is Emotional Literacy?

Upcoming Events:
  • Wednesday 9/20 5:30-7:30 - Back To School Night
  • Friday 9/29 1:00-2:00 Parent Workshop: Technology at Chartwell
  • Friday 10/6 - No School, Teacher in-service training
  • Monday 10/9 - No School, Columbus Day
  • Wed. - Fri. 10/25-10/27 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Repeated Information:

Technology Talk at Chartwell
  • Friday 9/29 from 1:00-2:00
  • Parent information workshop about technology at Chartwell.
  • STEAM teacher Mr. Mueller and IT Director Mr. Langrill present
  • Topics will include keyboarding at home, assistive technology tools at Chartwell, how to sign up for Learning Ally, and much more
Calling for volunteer field trip drivers!
  • We are looking for volunteers to drive for upcoming field trips
  • You must be fingerprinted and be approved by the Department of Justice.
  • If you were on the approved driving list previously at Chartwell you do NOT have to go through the process again.
  • If you are a new driver, you also need to provide proof of insurance
  • We will have the fingerprinting service on Back-to-School-Night
  • Please let Crissy know if you are interested in getting fingerprinted so we can allow the proper amount of time for the fingerprinting agency.
Good Stuff Here!

Thank you!
Mr. Henderson


August 31, 2017

Dear Chartwell Families,
We've finished Day 7 and it's been a week since our Welcome Back BBQ. The BBQ was a lot of fun and I'm glad that parents had a chance to talk informally with teachers and connect with each other. I hope you enjoy the three day weekend, the official closing act of Summer 2017.
Upcoming Events:
  • Monday 9/4 - No School, Labor Day
  • Wednesday 9/20 5:30-7:30 - Back To School Night
  • Friday 9/29 1:00-2:00 Parent Workshop: Technology at Chartwell
  • Friday 10/6 - No School, Teacher in-service training
  • Monday 10/9 - No School, Columbus Day
New Information:
  • On Friday 9/29 from 1:00-2:00 STEAM teacher Mr. Mueller and IT Director Mr. Langrill will present a parent information workshop about technology at Chartwell. Topics will include keyboarding at home, assistive technology tools at Chartwell, how to sign up for Learning Ally, and much more. Come an hour early before Friday dismissal and join us for an informative.
  • More workshops are scheduled in October and November including Social Emotional Learning and RULER, The Road to College, and Learning Profiles: understanding psychoeducational assessments. Dates and more information will follow.
  • You can find the Academic Calendar for the year here. Print a copy and keep it on your refrigerator at home!
  • What is a Growth Mindset? Your children will be getting a steady diet of Growth Mindset talk over the course of this year. Watch this Ted Talk to learn more!
  • Have you heard of the dyslexic advantage? Click here.
  • Like Chartwell on Facebook!
Repeated Information:
Calling for volunteer field trip drivers!
  • We are looking for volunteers to drive for upcoming field trips
  • You must be fingerprinted and be approved by the Department of Justice.
  • If you were on the approved driving list previously at Chartwell you do NOT have to go through the process again.
  • If you are a new driver, you also need to provide proof of insurance
  • We will have the fingerprinting service on Back-to-School-Night
  • Please let Crissy know if you are interested in getting fingerprinted so we can allow the proper amount of time for the fingerprinting agency.

Please contact me or drop by if you have questions.


Mr. Henderson


August 24, 2017

Dear Chartwell Families,

Chartwell School is alive again thanks to your children! The Faculty is building and renewing relationships, setting classroom routines and procedures, and learning more about your child's learning profile through direct interaction and formative assessments.

I misspoke at the welcome event yesterday regarding the Technology Use Agreement Form. There is no such form. The Tech Agreement is now part of the Handbook Acknowledgement Form. Crissy will contact you directly if we need this form from you.

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday 8/25 - Spirit Day (more info below)
  • Tuesday 8/29 - School Photo Day (more info below)
  • Monday 9/4 - No School, Labor Day
  • Wednesday 9/20 5:30-7:30 - Back To School Night
  • Friday 10/6 - No School, Teacher in-service training
  • Monday 10/9 - No School, Columbus Day

New Information:

School Photo Day

  • Tuesday, August 29th.
  • Payment envelopes were sent home today.
  • Return envelopes by next Tuesday.

Social Emotional Learning and RULER

Spirit Day

  • Students were given a Chartwell spirit shirt today.
  • Students are encouraged to wear their spirit shirt every Friday.
  • The privilege of wearing the spirit shirt is permission to wear jeans to school that day instead of uniform pants (although uniform pants are also allowed).
  • This year students may wear any dark colored jeans - blue, green, black, brown.
  • Questions? Contact Mrs. Gaughf (jgaughf@chartwell.org).

Calling for volunteer field trip drivers!

  • We are looking for volunteers to drive for upcoming field trips
  • You must be fingerprinted and be approved by the Department of Justice.
  • If you were on the approved driving list previously at Chartwell you do NOT have to go through the process again.
  • If you are a new driver, you also need to provide proof of insurance
  • We will have the fingerprinting service on Back-to-School-Night

Please let Crissy know if you are interested in getting fingerprinted so we can allow the proper amount of time for the fingerprinting agency (academic.assistant@chartwell.org).

Repeated Information:

Homework philosophy and guidelines

The purpose of homework at Chartwell School is threefold:

  • To provide children with the opportunity to realize their independent mastery of newly acquired skills and/or concepts
  • To provide teachers with diagnostic feedback of students’ ability to perform independently with newly acquired skills
  • To provide parents with regular opportunities to observe class content, as well as their child’s progress and independent work habits

Changes to Homework guidelines

Introduction of keyboarding practice for homework

o After introduced and practiced at school

o Cloud based program

Nightly Reading

o Distinguishing between decoding, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary building

o Audio nightly reading to develop a love of stories, comprehension, and vocabulary.

o Audio books or read aloud

Please contact me or drop by if you have questions.

Mr. Henderson

shenderson@chartwell.org


July 26, 2017

Dear Chartwell Parents:

I hope you and your family are continuing to enjoy a fun and relaxing summer! At Chartwell School, we are looking forward to starting the new school year and seeing all the returning students as well as welcoming the new students who will be joining us this year. Included as attachments to this email are the following:

  • 2017-2018 Academic Calendar
  • Daily Schedule
  • Chartwell Family Handbook
    • Please review this with your child
  • How to shop for the school uniform
    • Read pages 21-22 of the Handbook regarding uniform requirements
    • Reminder: write your child’s name on all clothing, sweatshirts, etc.
  • Forms to complete and return by Monday August 21st:
    • The Handbook Acknowledgment and Conduct Form
    • Emergency Contact Form
    • Permission and Release Form
    • Image Release Form
    • Volunteer Vehicle Use Policy
    • Counseling Services Consent Form
    • Field Trip/Experience Release and Waiver Form
    • After-School Homework Program Agreement
      • Complete this if you want to sign your child up for the afterschool program
    • Current student roster
      • Use this roster to start forming carpools and contact other families who may be in the same geographic area
      • This roster will be updated as new families complete the enrollment process


School supplies:

You Provide

Chartwell Provides

  • A sturdy binder, preferably that zips shut (2” for Grades 2-6 and 3” for Middle School, 7/8)
  • Three-hole pencil pouch with extra pencils, erasers and 3 highlighter pens
  • 6 preprinted subject dividers
  • Assignment Book
  • Plastic Pocket page/folder
  • Binder paper

Lunch and Snacks:

  • All students should bring a snack and a bag lunch every day of the school year.
  • Please review the Food/Nutrition guidelines in the Family Handbook.
  • No carbonated sodas, drinks with high levels of sugar or caffeine, candy, gum or chocolate (including milk).
  • The school is unable to refrigerate or heat up lunches for students
  • We keep emergency supplies on hand in the event a student forgets to bring a lunch.

First Day:

  • Please arrive at Chartwell by 8:15 on Wednesday August 23rd
  • At that time, we will meet on the basketball court or in McMahan Hall to welcome our students and divide into homerooms.
  • School dismisses at 3:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday.
  • School dismisses at 2:00 p.m. EVERY Friday.

I am excited to announce three new faculty members joining the Chartwell teaching team. As some of you know, Kris Hill, Kristen Thompson, and Britney Hill are not returning this year. Topher Mueller is joining the Chartwell Faculty as Technology teacher and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Director. Mr. Mueller is developing a retooled technology program that emphasizes STEAM, Design Thinking, building/tinkering, and Makerspaces. In partnership with Science and Art teachers Mr. and Mrs. Kirshner, we are repurposing several rooms and outfitting them as fabrication labs. In addition to our continued emphasis on teaching assistive technology tools and Digital Media Arts, students will have opportunities to engage in projects that build skills in design thinking, making, and fabricating. Wendy Kurtz is also joining our faculty as a 20-year teaching veteran and Associate Level Orton-Gillingham trained practitioner. Wendy has taught at schools similar to Chartwell on the east coast and in Colorado and she brings a high degree of expertise and experience in teaching students with language based learning differences. Finally, Chris West is joining the Faculty as the Music Teacher. Chris brings over 30 years’ experience teaching music at Stevenson and is excited to infuse her passion into our program. Finally, our new Interim Head of School, Kate Mulligan, is eager to meet you! Please take a moment to say hello to Kate on the first day.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions and I will see you soon.

Sincerely,

Steve Henderson

Head of Lower and Middle School




June 22

Dear Summer School Families,

Chartwell Summer School is off to a great start thanks to a great group of students. I see new friendships being made and students settling into our unique learning environment.

National Public Radio did a special series called Unlocking Dyslexia late last year. Here is a link to the third part of the series titled Raising a Child with Dyslexia: 3 Things a Parent Can Do.

Here are the emails of our Core Summer Teachers. Please don’t hesitate to email your child’s teacher if you have a question or concern.

Mrs. Garcia – lgarcia@chartwell.org

Ms. Kanaski – kkanaski@chartwell.org

Mrs. Price – cprice@chartwell.org

Mrs. Gaughf – jgaughf@chartwell.org

Ms. Hill Krishill@chartwell.org

I am usually available in the morning if you want to drop in and talk, or email me to set up a meeting time. Also, please take a minute to like our Facebook page!

Steve Henderson

Upcoming Events:

  • July 4th – No School
  • July 10-14th – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • July 13th – Last Day of Enrichment Program
  • July 14th – Last Day of Core Program

#dyslexia #thedyslexicadvantage

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