Head of Lower & Middle School Blog

October 10, 2018

Dear Lower School and High School Families,

As you know, today (Wednesday) is the last day of school this week as we start a mini-Fall break. School resumes Tuesday, October 16.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

· Wednesday, October 31, Thursday, November 1, and  Friday, November 2.

· These are ½ days for the whole school - Lower, Middle and High School. Students will be dismissed at 12:00.

· You will receive information on how to sign up for conference times next week.

· Conferences are 40 minutes in length and are led by your child’s Homeroom/Language Arts teacher, or for High School students, by the Advisor.

· Supervision for your child is available during your conference.

· The conference focuses on reviewing goals for the year established in your child’s Chartwell Education Plan (CEP) as well as progress and observations so far this year.

· You will receive a packet of information via email including a report on progress as well as the CEP by Friday, October 26.

High School Project Period 2

· Begins Tuesday 10/16

Teacher (and Tutor) Training Institute

· It is not too late for you or a friend to register for the Fall Teacher (and tutor) Training Institute.

· October 18, 19, and 20

· Full details and registration information here.

Parent Workshop on Social Emotional Learning at Chartwell

· Friday, October 26

· 1-2 pm in the Library

· Presenters: Carolyn Kelleher and Steve Henderson

· The workshop will be followed by the Parent Conversation where parents will have the opportunity to discuss the workshop topic and other topics the groups wish to discuss. Chartwell will provide supervision for your children during the Parent Conversation.

Family Movie Night

· Saturday, October 27 6:30-9:00 PM

· Building community, please join us in McMahan Hall to kick off Halloween with Disney’s movie Hocus Pocus on its 25th Anniversary. Bring your beanbag and comfy clothes and we will provide the yummy popcorn. This is a fun family event.

· Please RSVP to Nena at exec.assistant@chartwell.org


All Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

No School  - Teacher Professional Development and Fall mini-break

Thursday 10/11 - Monday 10/15

Teacher Training Institute

10/18, 10/19, 10/20

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Noon Dismissal for students

Wed 10/31, Thurs 11/1 and Fri 11/2


Repeated Information:

Stay in touch

· See the school in action and LIKE us on Facebook, click here.

· Follow Chartwell on Instagram!

· Don’t forget about our website, where we archive a copy of these weekly messages, The Bulldog Bark, and have many more parent resources.

· Academic Calendar

September 22, 2018

Hello Lower and High School Families,

I am writing to you LIVE from the morning after the great Chartwell High School tradition of the All-Nighter! We had a good turn out and the students worked hard at living up to the name of this wonderful community building event - and staying up all night! Chartwell High teachers Randy Postadan and Greg Higashi are making breakfast, and students are now rousing themselves, following their noses to the smell of fresh bacon and pancakes on the griddle. As for me, I am gulping down my second third cup of coffee and reflecting back on the first All-Nighter in 2011 and in general the remarkable nature of Chartwell High: one of only a few high schools envisioned from the beginning as a project learning school designed to unwrap the potential of unique and creative young people.  While the All-Nighter is a community building tradition and just plain old fun, it also helps students become accustomed to working and living with each other outside of the confines, structure, and routines of daily school, and prepares them for the immersive Field Experiences. Field Experiences are an integral part of the educational design of the school where students extend and apply their learning beyond the four walls of the classroom. Field Experiences typically help answer the “Driving Question,” which guides the exploration of the theme of the project period.

And speaking of Field Experiences, Chartwell High students and faculty will embark upon a field experience to Ashland, Oregon, and the Shakespeare Festival as they work to conclude Project Period 1, Perspective: how does my perspective construct my reality?

Students depart Monday, October 1 and return Thursday, October 4. High School families can expect another email this week with more details.

Fall Parent Workshop Series begins THIS FRIDAY

· Friday 9/28 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (just before Friday early dismissal)

· Take a deep dive on Executive Functioning with Chartwell wizard Billy Swift

· No RSVP necessary.

· Mr. Swift will conduct the seminar in the Library.

· Put it in your calendar, with an alarm, so you don’t, um, forget…..�

Chartwell Birthday Bash!

· Sunday September 30 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

· Come and celebrate 35 years of a school dedicated to the proposition that Not All Great Minds Think Alike.

· Free for the whole family!

· Food, Music, Games, and FUN!!

Teacher (and Tutor) Training Institute

· Why is Chartwell School successful? Because at our core, we are really good at teaching reading to the 1 in 5 learners who process language differently.

· Have you ever wondered how we do it? Would you like to learn how or do you have a friend who is a teacher or wants to acquire the skills to be a successful reading tutor?

· Attend the next Chartwell Teacher Training Institute and learn the “secret sauce” of Chartwell School, our Orton-Gillingham (OG) based reading instruction program. This intensive course is taught by Chartwell Academic Dean Jodi Amaditz and Chartwell Teacher Billy Swift.

· You will not only learn the theory of how and why this well researched and proven method works, BUT you will also have the opportunity to practice your newly acquired skills under the supervision of Chartwell School’s OG doyen and Master Teacher Judy Gaughf.

· As we continue to develop ourselves as a Lab School, we’ve created a Lab Classroom under the supervision of Mrs. Gaughf, where TTI participants can earn the Level 1 Certification in Structured Literacy through the practical application of teaching reading to a small group of Chartwell students.

· October 18, 19, and 20

· Full details and registration information here.

· Spread the Word!!

Lower School Field Experience to the Egyptian Museum

· The Homeroom of Mrs. Price, Mr. Whitman, and Ms. Chavez will embark on their own field experience to extend their learning of the Egyptian Civilization.

· Wednesday, September 26th, all day.

· Several parents have volunteered to drive and Crissy will be in touch with the final details.

Lower School Free Dress Wednesday! ��

· Free Dress days are typically the last Wednesday of every month.

· Students who receive notification of 2 or more dress code violations during any given month will not be eligible for free dress that month.  

· The Rules of Free Dress at Chartwell:

o Pants - any pants, shorts or jeans as long as they are not too baggy, too tight, ripped or torn. Capri pants and shorts are fine, but no short shorts please. For girls: skirts are fine, but no mini skirts. Pajama pants should not be worn on regular free dress days.

o Shirts - solid, striped, floral or patterned shirts and T-shirts are fine. Shirts with offensive pictures and/or sayings are not permitted. Athletic jerseys that fit appropriately are allowed.

o Shoes – flip-flops and sandals without a backstrap are not allowed. Uggs are allowed.

o For girls: no tank tops, spaghetti straps, cropped/midi tops, or transparent shirts.

All Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Lower School Free Dress Day

Wednesday 9/26

Egyptian Museum Field Trip

Price, Whitman and Chavez HRs

Wednesday 9/26

Parent Workshop: Executive Functioning for Back to School

Friday 9/28 1-2 PM

Chartwell 35th Birthday Bash

Sunday 9/30 noon - 3:00 pm

HS Field Experience to Ashland Oregon

Monday - Thursday 10/1 - 10/4

End of HS Project Period 1

Wednesday October 10

No School  - Teacher Professional Development and Fall mini-break

Thursday 10/11 - Monday 10/15

Teacher Training Institute

10/18, 10/19, 10/20

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Noon Dismissal for students

Wed 10/31, Thurs 11/1 and Fri 11/2

Repeated Information:

Stay in touch

· See the school in action and LIKE us on Facebook, click here. �

· Follow Chartwell on Instagram!

· Don’t forget about our website, where we archive a copy of these weekly messages, The Bulldog Bark, and have many more parent resources.

· Academic Calendar

 

Steve Henderson, Ed.M.

Associate Head of School

Chartwell School

831.394.3468

September 17, 2018

Dear Lower School and High School Families,

Beginning this week the Bulldog Bark (aka Thursday Notice) will be inclusive of both Chartwell Lower School and High School families. As many of you know, Alyse LeValley, our longest serving Head of Chartwell High (which is now 9 years old) is beginning her maternity leave a bit earlier than originally planned.

In addition to the ongoing work of the Lower School, I’ll be helping coordinate high school activities including project periods and field experiences as well as parent-teacher conferences. I will work with Kate Mulligan, Danielle Patterson, and high school students in promoting good choices and behavior, and we may be in touch with you should the need arise when we need to work as a school-home team to solve problems.

I am happy to say that I will be helping to produce and chaperone the High School All-Nighter! This annual Chartwell High tradition will take place this coming Friday night (all night!) and Saturday morning in McMahan Hall. I’ll be hosting along with Faculty members Randy Postadan and Greg Higashi. Other High School teachers will join at different times. I am looking forward to the community cooking of dinner, funny and scary movies, video games and just an all around good time!

It was a very busy and successful week for the school! Events included a presentation on our new partnership with the UCSF Dyslexia Center, the middle school (7th/8th grade) going to Mt. Hermon for team building and a high element ropes course challenge, and an all-school picture day and Back to School event, with a family BBQ! This was the first time we did an all-school Back to School, both LS and HS, AND included the students! Many teachers commented about how great it was having the students with families at Back to School night.

What did you think of Back to School and the Family BBQ?

Click here to take a short survey. It will help us think about planning this event next year.

The Way of Council:

Many of you have already heard that this year our major Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) initiative is introducing The Way of Council into the Chartwell Learning Community across all the grades. The Way of Council is a way of building community and communication skills for people within the community.  We are in partnership for a series of faculty professional developments this year with Circle Ways, click here to visit their website.

SEL has been a core component of Chartwell School for decades. In recent years we have successfully introduced a set of programs across the grades to bring research-based curricula, structure, coherence and robust faculty professional development to our approach.  

Here is the integrated Chartwell Way of SEL:

  • Toolbox

    • For our youngest groups at the elementary level of the Lower School

  • RULER

    • For upper elementary through middle school

  • Mindfulness

    • For HS students, currently driven independently by Advisors as we collaborate on determining best practices.

  • Way of Council

    • The Way of Council is a protocol for group communication. It was introduced this year for three reasons:

      • Improve RULER, and our ability to speak and listen from the heart when we are engaged in talking about feelings and conflict resolution within groups or students.

      • Provide a structure for HS Advisory Students to communicate with each other, set norms of behavior for their Advisor and School, and provide a protocol for communication.

      • To begin a whole school culture transformation whereby best practices of Restorative Justice can be incorporated into our Learning Community.

  • The Growth Mindset

    • Sustained faculty professional development at Chartwell revolves around a deep understanding of the Growth Mindset as first researched and defined by Stanford Professor Carol Dweck.

    • Teaching the Growth Mindset is where the “rubber hits the road” in the daily learning conversations Chartwell Faculty have with your children. It’s less about a program and more about living it through experience, both positive and negative, and “coaching” of students from teachers.

  • Work Habits Report Card

Stay in touch

Great Resources

All Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

High School All Nighter

Friday 9/21

Lower School Free Dress Day

Wednesday 9/26

Egyptian Museum Field Trip

Price, Whitman and Chavez HRs

Wednesday 9/26

Chartwell 35th Birthday Bash

Sunday 9/30 noon - 3:00 pm

No School  - Teacher Professional Development and Fall mini-break

Thursday 10/11 - Monday 10/15

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Noon Dismissal for students

Wed 10/31, Thurs 11/1 and Fri 11/2


Steve Henderson, Ed.M.

Associate Head of School

Chartwell School

831.394.3468

September 9, 2018

Happy Sunday Chartwell Families,

I hope you are having a relaxing day with this beautiful weather!  We have a lot going on this week and in September:

  • Back to School Night Wednesday

    • Wednesday 9/12 3:30 PM - 5:15 PM & BBQ Dinner  5:15-6:00

    • Please arrive by 3:15 - 3:20 to give yourself time to park

    • We start promptly at 3:30 PM in McMahan Hall

    • After a brief welcome, you will go with your child to Homeroom

    • In Homeroom, you will get a schedule

    • The schedule will allow you to experience all of your child’s classes and meet the teachers

    • Teachers will talk about the class, what the goals are, what students are working on, expectations, and other things you need to know.

    • Back to School night is not the same as Parent Teacher Conferences and teachers are not able to talk to you individually about your child.

    • Siblings (over the age of 5)  are welcome, we will have a supervised activity set up in the Library.

    • 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM Family BBQ

  • Picture Day

    • Wednesday 9/12

    • Students have their pictures taken during the school day.

    • If you have not completed a picture order form, please contact Crissy at 394-3468 or cmaras@chartwell.org

  • Chartwell School partners with UCSF Dyslexia Center

    • Thursday, September 13 from 8:30 - 10:00

    • ALL SCHOOL Parent Presentation led by Dr. Marilu Gorno Tempini, a Neuroscientist from UCSF to explain the partnership and describe how Chartwell Students and Families can participate in this ground-breaking research on The Dyslexic Brain.  

  • 7th and 8th grade Ropes Course at Mt. Hermon

    • Thursday 9/13 All Day

    • Carpools are nearly finalized. If you live in the North Monterey Bay, Watsonville up to Santa Cruz, you will receive an email about a meeting place and time for the Santa Cruz carpool which will go directly to Mr. Hermon.

    • Other Carpools will leave from Chartwell at 8:25 AM

    • The Chartwell Carpools will arrive back at Chartwell late, after school. We anticipate students returning at 5:00 PM.

    • I will be at Chartwell waiting for the students to return. I will be in contact with the teachers and will contact families if the pick up time changes.

  • Field Trip to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose

    • Homerooms: Price, Whitman, and Chavez

    • Wednesday, September 26 all day

    • Expect an email from the homeroom teachers with more information

    • We are looking for carpool drivers, if you can drive (and want to see the Museum!) please contact Crissy at 394-3468 or cmaras@chartwell.org

  • Dress Code review and preview of requirements for Free Dress Day on September 26
  • Click here

Repeated Information:

Stay in touch

Great Resources

All Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Picture Day

Wednesday 9/12

Back to School Night

Wednesday 9/12

Mt. Hermon Ropes Course

Mr. Swift, Ms. Chavez & Ms. Purganan Homerooms

Thursday 9/13

UCSF Dyslexia Center Presentation

Thursday 9/13

8:30 - 10:00

Free Dress Day - more info to come

Wednesday 9/26

Egyptian Museum Field Trip

Price, Whitman and Chavez HRs

Wednesday 9/26

Chartwell 35th Birthday Bash

Sunday 9/30 noon - 3:00 pm

No School  - Teacher Professional Development and Fall mini-break

Thursday 10/11 - Monday 10/15

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Noon Dismissal for students

Wed 10/31, Thurs 11/1 and Fri 11/2

Lower School Teachers and Support Staff Emails - full Chartwell Directory here

Sarah Chavez

schavez@chartwell.org

Lizanne Garcia

lgarcia@chartwell.org

Katherine Kanaski

kkanaski@chartwell.org

Jim Kirshner

jkirshner@chartwell.org

Patricia Kirshner

pkirshner@chartwell.org

John Lukin

jlukin@chartwell.org

Topher Mueller

tmueller@chartwell.org

Liese Murphree

lmurphree@chartwell.org

Cindy Price

cprice@chartwell.org

Amanda Penn

apenn@chartwell.org

Billy Swift

bswift@chartwell.org

Chris West (Music)

cwest@chartwell.org

Shane Whitman

swhitman@chartwell.org

Carolyn Kelleher (Counselor)

ckelleher@chartwell.org

Catherine Shirley (OT)

cshirley@chartwell.org

Asha Cox  (SLP)

acox@charwell.org

Jodi Amaditz, Academic Director

jamaditz@chartwell.org

Judy Gaughf, Master Teacher

jgaughf@chartwell.org

 

September 2, 2018

Hello Chartwell Families!

Visit our table at the Monterey County Fair today, Sunday!

New Information:

  • Coffee with Kate Tuesday morning

    • 9/4 (Tuesday 8:30-9:30 AM) Coffee with Kate Mulligan, Head of School

    • Meet in McMahan Hall for fresh coffee and a chance to get to know our parent community and Head of School.   

  • Picture Day

    • Wednesday 9/12

    • Students have their pictures taken during the school day.

    • Complete and return the picture order form sent home Thursday

    • Didn’t get a form or need another? Stop by Crissy’s desk in Bldg 200

  • Back to School Night

    • Wednesday 9/12

    • 3:30 PM - 5:15 PM

      • Follow your child’s daily schedule

      • You and your child will start in Homeroom and spend 10 minutes in each class.

      • You will get to learn more about your child’s teachers and classes

      • Back to School night is not the same as Parent Teacher Conferences and teachers are not able to talk to you individually about your child.

      • Siblings are welcome, we will have a supervised activity set up in the Library.

    • 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM Family BBQ

      • Stay after and have dinner at the Family BBQ!

  • 7th and 8th grade Ropes Course at Mt. Hermon

    • Thursday 9/13 All Day

    • Homeroom teachers will send a permission form and provide more information this week.

    • We are looking for drivers. If you are able to drive, please contact Crissy.


Repeated Information:

Stay in touch

Great Resources

All Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

No School Labor Day

Monday 9/3

Coffee with Kate

Join Head of School Kate Mulligan for fresh coffee and a chance to get to know our parent community and Head of School. It's a friendly group and an easy way to meet other parents!

Tuesday 9/4  8:15 - 9:15

Picture Day

Wednesday 9/12

Back to School Night

Wednesday 9/12

Mt. Hermon Ropes Course

Mr. Swift, Ms. Chavez & Ms. Purganan Homerooms

Thursday 9/13

Free Dress Day - more info to come

Wednesday 9/26

Chartwell 35th Birthday Bash

Sunday 9/30 noon - 3:00 pm

No School  - Teacher Professional Development and Fall mini-break

Thursday 10/11 - Monday 10/15

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Noon Dismissal for students

Wed 10/31, Thurs 11/1 and Fri 11/2

Lower School Teachers and Support Staff Emails - full Chartwell Directory here

Sarah Chavez

schavez@chartwell.org

Lizanne Garcia

lgarcia@chartwell.org

Katherine Kanaski

kkanaski@chartwell.org

Jim Kirshner

jkirshner@chartwell.org

Patricia Kirshner

pkirshner@chartwell.org

John Lukin

jlukin@chartwell.org

Topher Mueller

tmueller@chartwell.org

Liese Murphree

lmurphree@chartwell.org

Cindy Price

cprice@chartwell.org

Amanda Penn

apenn@chartwell.org

Billy Swift

bswift@chartwell.org

Chris West (Music)

cwest@chartwell.org

Shane Whitman

swhitman@chartwell.org

Carolyn Kelleher (Counselor)

ckelleher@chartwell.org

Catherine Shirley (OT)

cshirley@chartwell.org

Asha Cox  (SLP)

acox@charwell.org

Jodi Amaditz, Academic Director

jamaditz@chartwell.org

Judy Gaughf, Master Teacher

jgaughf@chartwell.org

 

August 24, 2018

Hello Chartwell Families!

It is wonderful to see the school spring back to life with the presence of your children! We are off to a good start! Do you want to see?

New Information:

Picture Day, Back to School Night and Family BBQ

  • All on the same day, Wednesday 9/12

  • Back to School Night is from 3:30-5:00

  • You will visit all your child’s classes, with your child!

  • Family BBQ from 5:00 - 6:00

Middle and High School Performance Choir

  • This year, our music teacher, Ms. West, will offer a Middle and High School Performance Choir

  • Weekly after school on Tuesdays (3:15-4:00 PM)

  • Instrumental musicians and drummers welcome, too!

  • Contact Crissy if you are interested cmaras@chartwell.org

After School Homework Club starts Monday 8/27

  • 3:15-5:00 pm

  • Additional agreement and fee required

  • Contact Crissy for more information

Great Resources


All Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Coffee with Kate

Join Head of School Kate Mulligan for fresh coffee and a chance to get to know our parent community and Head of School. It's a friendly group and an easy way to meet other parents!

Tuesday 8/28  8:15 - 9:15

No School Labor Day

Monday 9/3

Picture Day

Wednesday 9/12

Back to School Night

Wednesday 9/12

Mt. Hermon Ropes Course

Mr. Swift, Ms. Chavez & Ms. Purganan Homerooms

Thursday 9/13

Free Dress Day - more info to come

Wednesday 9/26

Chartwell 35th Birthday Bash

Sunday 9/30 noon - 3:00 pm

No School  - Teacher Professional Development and Fall mini-break

Thursday 10/11 - Monday 10/15

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Noon Dismissal for students

Wed 10/31, Thurs 11/1 and Fri 11/2

 

Teacher Emails:

   

Lizanne Garcia

lgarcia@chartwell.org

Katherine Kanaski

kkanaski@chartwell.org

Jim Kirshner

jkirshner@chartwell.org

Patricia 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

Bailey Purganan

bpurganan@chartwell.org

Catherine Shirley (OT)

cshirley@chartwell.org

Katharina Kornhuber (SLP)

kati@speechpedals.com

Chris West (Music)

cwest@chartwell.org