Head of Lower & Middle School Blog

November 19, 2017

The Thankful Project

  • As a homeroom activity this week, students are responding to the question, what are you thankful for? They will write their responses on a leaf cut out and we will decorate the school next Monday with the Thankful Thanksgiving Leaves.
  • What are you thankful for?

Food Barrels are coming!

  • Continuing a long-standing Chartwell tradition, we will be collecting canned food for the Food Bank.
  • We will be talking to students soon about how when everybody does a little bit, a lot can happen. When everybody donates a few cans of food, the Food Bank can make a big difference in the lives of folks who need some extra help.
  • Get your extra cans of food ready!

Parent Workshop Series

  • Friday, December 1 from 2:00-3:00 in the library will be our last Fall Series Workshop, titled Student Learning Profiles.
  • This workshop will be led by Chartwell Dean of Academics Jodi Amaditz and will focus on cognitive processing and implications for academics.
  • Bring your thinking caps! This is sure to be an informative and useful session.

Devices/Cell Phones

  • A reminder that it is school policy for students to hand in their phone to the homeroom teacher at the beginning of the day.
  • This ensures our learning community is free from the extra distraction of a personal device and it keeps all devices in the safekeeping of the homeroom teacher.
  • Please remind your child about this important policy.
  • On a related note, remember that we are the first generation of parents to raise children in the Age of the Smartphone. Did you see this piece in The Atlantic?

Other items:

  • Volleyball Camp at Monterey Peninsula College.
  • Homework Club will be open next Monday and Tuesday, though most students will not have homework Tuesday.
  • Join us for a Holiday Sing-Along led by Music Teacher Chris West and Chartwell Students at a special Community Meeting in McMahan Hall on Tuesday 12/19 from 12:45-1:15.
  • Chartwell High School students will be presenting their work from Project Period 2 on Wednesday 12/20 between 12:30 and 2:00 in McMahan Hall. Come see what the HS students have been working on. There will be presentations from 12:30-1:30 and a gallery walk from 1:30-2:00.

Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday 11/22 - Friday 11/24

Free Dress Day

Wednesday 11/29

Parent Workshop: Student Learning Profiles

Friday 12/1 1:00 - 2:00

Middle School 6-8 grade Dance

Friday 12/8

Special Community Meeting and Holiday Sing-Along

Tuesday 12/19 12:45-1:15

Free Dress Day

Wednesday 12/20

Chartwell High School Presents Project Period 2: Photography

Wednesday 12/20 12:30-2:00

Half Day

Pajama Day!!!

Last Day before Winter Holiday :)

Thursday 12/21 12:00 pm Dismiss

Students return to school :(

Monday 1/8/18

Martin Luther King Day - No School

Monday 1/15/18

Good Stuff Here!

I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!

November 9, 2017

New Information:

No School tomorrow, Friday, for Veteran’s Day. Thank a Vet!

For 7th and 8th Grade Families

  • Chartwell High School invites you to attend an information session about the High School
  • For parents & students in grades 7 & 8
  • Tuesday, November 14 from 2 pm-3 pm in McMahan Hall
  • HS students will be available to speak about their high school experiences here at Chartwell as well as answer any specific questions you may have about the program.

For 8th Grade Families

  • Tuesday, November 14, 8th-grade students will attend school at the High School.
  • They will shadow and experience the program first hand.
  • 10 am - 2 pm
  • At 2 pm, the 8th-grade students attend the Information session discussed above.
  • 8th-grade students should wear “Free Dress” on Tuesday, as the HS does not have a school uniform like the Lower School.
  • 8th-grade students should bring lunch as usual but will eat with HS students.

Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

8th Grade Shadow Chartwell High & Parent Info session

Tuesday 11/14

Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday 11/22 - Friday 11/24

Free Dress Day

Wednesday 11/29

Parent Workshop: Student Learning Profiles

Friday 12/1 1:00 - 2:00

Middle School 6-8 grade Dance

Friday 12/8

Half Day and Last Day before Winter Holiday

Thursday 12/21

12:00 pm Dismissal

Students return to school

Monday 1/8

Repeated Information:

Good Stuff Here!

November 2, 2017

Dear Chartwell Families,

New Information:

The Bark this week is written by Mrs. Gaughf. I apologize for missing the Bark last week when Mr. Henderson was away.

Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Conferences went well and the faculty enjoyed meeting with parents to discuss the academic progress of their child(ren).
  • If you haven't yet attended a parent conference, please make an appointment to meet next week.
Book Fair!
  • Today is the last day for the Book Fair, so be sure to stop by and visit.
  • It is a fun reading-centric event that provides the books kids want to read. There is a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.
  • The Book Fair helps foster a positive relationship with reading and books. It unlocks the power of information and imagination which can help children discover who they are!
  • All purchases benefit Chartwell in the form of Scholastic Dollars, which we use to purchase books for classrooms and the school Library.

    Missing Shoes
  • A student left her black and white Nike shoes at school after a soccer game on October 19th. The shoes were in the girl's bathroom but somehow disappeared by 8:00 a.m. the following morning. If you somehow ended up with an extra pair of shoes, or if you know anything about the shoes, please contact Mrs. Gaughf - no questions asked. We really need to get those shoes back.
Coming Up:
  • Parent Workshop on Friday, November 3rd - Social Emotional Learning and RULER
  • Science camp meeting on Monday, November 6th in the Library. Parents have been notified by email if their child is participating.
  • No school on Friday, November 10 in honor of Veterans Day
  • More information about the annual high school shadow day and parent information session for 7th and 8th-grade families about Chartwell High on Tuesday, November 14th.
Repeated Information:
Chartwell and Dyslexia in the News
  • Did you see the article written by Chartwell Board President Katrina Maestri?
  • Click here
There is an App for that!Good Stuff Here!

October 19, 2017

Hello Chartwell Families,

New Information:

Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences begin next week
  • You will receive your child’s first-trimester report tomorrow (FRIDAY) via email
  • There are three parts to the report:
    • The Report Card with course descriptions and skills checklist for each course, comments from teachers on your child’s progress, and the “Work Habits” report
      • The Course Description explains what was taught during this trimester.
      • The checklist uses the Chartwell School Scale of Mastery to indicate your child’s progress on specific skills and content knowledge.
      • The Work Habits report is an important part of the holistic program at Chartwell. It represents on-going observations of your child’s “non-cognitive” skills, that is, those habits of heart and mind that are foundations for success in school, college, work, and life. Much of the “underground” work of Chartwell teachers involves creating conditions for your child to experience success in growing these habits.
    • The Chartwell Education Plan (CEP):
      • The CEP comes from the core of the Chartwell program, the Language Training and Language Arts (LTLA) class, and shows specific goals and benchmarks for that class. You will meet with your child’s LTLA teacher next week to review and discuss the CEP.
      • In subsequent conferences (February and June) your child’s LTLA teacher will report to you progress made on the specific goals set in the CEP.
    • Chartwell Standardized Testing Grid:
      • This is a report showing your child’s most recent standardized testing data. We use this data as another indicator of your child’s progress.
  • The day of your conference:
    • Please arrive a few minutes early and check in with Crissy at the front desk in building 200.
    • She will notify the teacher that you have arrived and Crissy will tell you when you may go to your child’s classroom for the conference.
    • Mr. Lukin will be supervising the basketball court and playground area if you would like to leave your child there while you attend the conference.
    • Mr. Lukin will be available before or after your conference on the playground to chat with you about your child’s progress in PE.

Book Fair!

  • The Scholastic Book Fair begins Monday October 30 and runs through the week!
  • It is a fun reading-centric event that provides the books kids want to read. There is a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.
  • The Book Fair helps foster a positive relationship with reading and books. It unlocks the power of information and imagination which can help children discover who they are!
  • All purchases benefit Chartwell, in the form of Scholastic Dollars which we use to purchase books for classrooms and the school Library.
  • Visit the Book Fair with your child on Monday and all week and buy some books!

Coming Soon:

  • More information about the annual high school shadow day and parent information session for 7th and 8th grade families about Chartwell High on Tuesday 11/14.

Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Parent Workshop: The Road To College

Friday 10/20 1:00-2:00

Free Dress Day!

Wednesday 10/25

Parent/Teacher Conferences

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

Parent Workshop:

Social Emotional Learning and RULER

Friday 11/3 1:00-2:00

No School Veterans Day

Friday 11/10

High School Shadow Day and Parent Info session

Tuesday 11/14


Repeated Information:

Chartwell and Dyslexia in the News

  • Did you see the article written by Chartwell Board President Katrina Maestri?
  • Click here

There's an App for that!

Good Stuff Here!

October 12, 2017

Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • Wednesday-Friday 10/25-10/27
  • Students are dismissed at 12:00 pm
  • Conferences are 40 minutes long and begin at 12:35

Sign up for your conference now!

  • Click here for the conference sign-up sheet.
  • You will see the conference day and date and teacher's names.
  • Type your student's name directly into the sheet under your student's LTLA teacher's name.
  • If the area is black, that time is not available for a conference.
  • Enter other names for Chartwell teachers or administrators if you would like to request additional staff members to participate in the conference.
  • There is a small possibility we may need to reschedule your conference. We will contact you directly by Friday if we need to reschedule.
  • Please don't delete or overwrite any information on the form!
  • If these dates and times are not convenient, you may contact the teacher and we will try to accommodate your availability.
  • If you have trouble with the link or using the form, please call Crissy at (831) 394-3468 or email her at academic.assistant@chartwell.org

Chartwell and Dyslexia in the News

  • Did you see the article written by Chartwell Board President Katrina Maestri?
  • Click here

There is an App for that!

Coming Soon:

  • More information about the upcoming special Parent workshop for 7th and 8th-grade families about Chartwell High School.
  • More information about the annual shadow day, scheduled for Tuesday 11/14, where 8th-grade students spend the day at Chartwell High.

Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Parent Workshop: The Road To College

Friday 10/20 1:00-2:00

Free Dress Day!

Wednesday 10/25

Parent/Teacher Conferences

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

Parent Workshop:

Social Emotional Learning and RULER

Friday 11/3 1:00-2:00

No School Veterans Day

Friday 11/10

High School Shadow Day and Parent Info session

Tuesday 11/14

October 6, 2017

Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • Halloween is coming and so are Parent-Teacher Conferences!
  • Wednesday-Friday 10/25-10/27
  • Students are dismissed at 12:00 pm on these three days
  • Conferences are 40 minutes long and begin at 12:35
  • The Conference sign up form, where you can pick the day and time of your conference, will be sent out electronically at 6:00 pm Wednesday 10/11

Ropes Course for 7th/8th Grade Students

  • On Thursday 10/12, 7th and 8th grade students will mountain bike over to the CSUMB Ropes Course from 12:30-3:00.
  • Mr. Lukin will lead the students and other teachers to the course where students and teachers will participate in team building and low and high elements on the ropes course.
  • Students will return a little late, after 3:00 pm, arriving back to campus.
  • This will likely affect carpools. Students will return as quick as possible.
  • We regret any inconvenience and appreciate your flexibility to support this fantastic opportunity.

Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

No School, Columbus Day

Monday 10/9

Parent Workshop: The Road To College

Friday 10/20 1:00-2:00

Free Dress Day!

Wednesday 10/25

Parent/Teacher Conferences

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

Parent Workshop:

Social Emotional Learning and RULER

Friday 11/3 1:00-2:00

No School Veterans Day

Friday 11/10

Repeated Information:

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!!

Social Emotional Learning and RULER - Preview of October

  • Students will explore the Mood Meter in greater depth in October
  • Learn about the Mood Meter in this short video.
  • My favorite part begins at 2:32, where RULER Founder Mark Brackett talks about non-verbal communication
  • When working with children (and adults too!) I often talk about the 10%-90% rule. That is, that only 10% of our interpersonal communication is verbal, with our words. 90% is nonverbal, through our facial expressions, body posture, and tone of voice.
  • A deeper dive on this concept can be found at this website.
  • Please don’t glare at me if you don’t like this information :-)
  • Watch the video and talk to your child about the importance of nonverbal communication!

Speech and Language Screening is happening now

  • All new students are screened by our excellent Speech and Language Pathologist Katharina Kornhuber.
  • Results from the screening will be shared with you in the October Conference and if the screening indicates that your child may benefit from additional services, Katharina and I will contact to discuss the results in greater detail.
  • Contact me if you want to learn more.

Good Stuff Here!

September 28, 2017

Technology at Chartwell Parent Workshop Today- Friday - 1 pm - 2 pm

  • Titled STEAM, not just for trains anymore! This informative workshop lead by STEAM Director and Robotics Master Topher Mueller and IT Director John Langrill will help you understand assistive technology and other tech tools we use at Chartwell.
  • RSVP Here or just drop by!

Social Emotional Learning and RULER - Preview of October

  • Students will explore the Mood Meter in greater depth in October
  • Learn about the Mood Meter in this short video.
  • My favorite part begins at 2:32, where RULER Founder Mark Brackett talks about non-verbal communication
  • When working with children (and adults too!) I often talk about the 10%-90% rule. That is, that only 10% of our interpersonal communication is verbal, with our words. 90% is nonverbal, through our facial expressions, body posture, and tone of voice.
  • A deeper dive on this concept can be found at this website.
  • Please don’t glare at me if you don’t like this information :-)
  • Watch the video and talk to your child about the importance of nonverbal communication!

Speech and Language Screening is happening now

  • All new students are screened by our excellent Speech and Language Pathologist Katharina Kornhuber.
  • Results from the screening will be shared with you in the October Conference and if the screening indicates that your child may benefit from additional services, Katharina and I will contact to discuss the results in greater detail.
  • Contact me if you want to learn more.

A little bit more:

  • See all previous editions of the Bulldog Bark here!
  • In the next Bulldog Bark I will start barking about upcoming October Conferences. Stay tuned.

Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Parent Workshop: Technology at Chartwell

Today!

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

Parent Workshop:

Social Emotional Learning and RULER

Friday 11/3 1:00-2:00

No School Veterans Day

Friday 11/10

Back to School Night Feedback Survey

  • We want to learn and grow, please take a minute to complete this feedback survey on Back to School Night.
  • Click here for the survey.

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!

Parent Ambassador

  • Are you interested in helping Chartwell by talking to prospective families about your experience with Chartwell School?
  • We are looking for volunteers on Tuesday October 3 and Tuesday November 7 from 10:30-12:00 to talk to families visiting the school during our Tuesday Tour Events.

Sleep is important

  • More and more research about how devices (phones, ipods, ipads) affect good sleep
  • Experts recommend turning off devices 1 hour before bedtime and putting all family devices together in a common room for charging. No screens in children’s rooms after bedtime.


September 21, 2017

Back to School Night Feedback Survey

  • We want to learn and grow, please take a minute to complete this feedback survey on Back to School Night.
  • Click here for the survey.

Captain Underpants is in Santa Cruz!

  • The Author of the wildly popular Captain Underpants book series is signing books in Santa Cruz
  • Click here for details

Parent Ambassadors

  • Are you interested in helping Chartwell by talking to prospective families about your experience with Chartwell School?
  • We are looking for volunteers on Tuesday, October 3 and Tuesday, November 7 from 10:30-12:00 to talk to families visiting the school during our Tuesday Tour Events.
  • Contact Crissy at academic.assistant@chartwell.org

Workshop Series

Sleep is important

  • More and more research about how devices (phones, ipods, ipads) affect good sleep
  • Experts recommend turning off devices 1 hour before bedtime and putting all family devices together in a common room for charging. No screens in children’s rooms after bedtime.
  • Here is a short article on technology and sleep and here is an article on tips for managing tech at home.

Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

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

Parent Workshop:

Social Emotional Learning and RULER

Friday 11/3 1:00-2:00

No School Veterans Day

Friday 11/10

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Mr. Henderson

(shenderson@chartwell.org)


September 14, 2017
Hello Chartwell Families,
  • 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, 2017

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

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