Head of Lower & Middle School Blog

February 14, 2019

Dear Chartwell Families,

I hope everyone enjoys the next several days as a mini winter break. School resumes Wednesday, February 20.

Check out this video of two Chartwell homerooms at the Chevron STEM Zone field trip during the ATT PRO-AM last weekend! Click here to watch on YOUTUBE.

Some say Facebook is the Evil Empire, but our Facebook Page is THE BEST. Worth a few swipes down the feed to see lots of cool pictures and things happening at this great school!

A special Shout Out to our Chartwell High School Senior Class, who so far have seven college acceptances amongst them!!! 🙌🙌🙌

Chartwell Tuesday Coffee

  • The next Sit and Sip Chartwell Coffee is Tuesday, February 26 at 8:30 AM

  • Family Network: Run by families for families! We welcome new and existing families to the Chartwell community, generate potential new workshops, and create new ideas for future family and social events.

  • Join fellow Chartwell parents in McMahan Hall for this community-building event!

Parent Conferences are coming in 3 weeks!

  • Wednesday 3/6, Thursday 3/7 and Friday 3/8

  • These are ½ days with 12:00 dismissal

  • Expect the Conference Sign Up form next Thursday 2/21

  • Lower School Conferences are 40 minutes long and are led by your child’s Homeroom teacher

  • High School Conferences are 30 minutes and include all of your student’s teachers

  • Lower School families will receive a Report Card By Friday 3/1 via email

  • You will also receive an updated CEP (Chartwell Education Plan)

  • The Lower School Report Card includes a course description and a checklist. The checklist notes student development on specific skills using a scale assessing the level of mastery. The Chartwell philosophy is to teach to mastery, as opposed to covering content. At the top of the Report, there is a key explaining the scale.

  • The Report Card also includes a summary of attendance and the Work Habits Checklist. This part of the Report Card 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 daily work of Chartwell teachers involves creating conditions for your child to experience success in growing these habits.

  • For more information about non-cognitive skills, scroll to the bottom of this email.

Big Sur Marathon 3K by the Bay

  • This is a VERY FUN Family friendly way to raise money for student activities like FUN DAY at Chartwell.

  • Registration is due March 1

  • Crissy will email you the flyer and your child has a copy somewhere in his or her backpack… :)

  • Sign up! The race is on Saturday, April 27.

  • Click here to see the website.

High School Announcements from Alyse LeValley:

  • The Monterey Sports Center has started hiring for summer. These are great jobs for students who are 16+. Applications are due March 15.

  • High school students are required to get a late slip from the front desk (Crissy) if they arrive to school late.

  • The Queer, Trans & Allied Student Summit 2019 is coming up on Saturday, March 2nd, from 9:30-AM - 2:00PM at Lakeview Middle School in Watsonville. The summit includes students from throughout the tri-county area who want to help create safer schools. The Summit includes snacks and lunch. The theme this year is “Soaring Above the Gender Binary.”

What are we really doing at Chartwell? Non-Cognitive Skills...


All Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Teacher In-Service Day

No School

Friday 2/15

Presidents Day Holiday

No School

Monday 2/18

Tuesday 2/19

School Resumes

Wednesday 2/20

Lower School Parent Conferences

Wednesday 3/6 - Friday 3/9

Half Days - noon dismissal

Ariel Theater Field Trip

Lower Division Homerooms

Tuesday 3/12

PI Day

Thursday 3.14

Grandparents Day

End of Project Period 3

Begin Spring Break

Friday 3/29

Half Day - noon dismissal

Spring Break

No School

Monday 4/1 - Friday 4/5

School Resumes

Monday 4/8

 

Click here for the email directory for all teachers and staff.

Sincerely,

Steve Henderson, Ed.M.

Associate Head of School

Chartwell School

831.394.3468

February 2, 2019

Dear Chartwell Families,

Last week I traveled to a school in the Bay Area called Northstar School as part of a WASC Visiting Committee. I spent 3 days in a unique and cohesive learning community and my work there provided me with a moment to reflect on the Chartwell learning community.  For 35 years Chartwell School has served students who think and learn differently and today we remain true to our mission and our “learner outcomes.” The learner outcomes guide teachers as we first seek to understand our student’s distinctive learning profiles, understand skill gaps, and then plan individualized instruction. The learner outcomes continue to guide us as we teach diagnostically, meaning we adjust what we are teaching and how we are teaching it, based on how the individual student is responding. Take a look at our Learner Outcomes here.

Coffee with Kate and expanded Tuesday morning coffees

· This Tuesday February 5th at 8:30 AM

· Join Kate for coffee and talk

· Next Tuesday 2/12: Connecting the Dots with Danielle Patterson

o This is part of our new expanded Coffee Series

· More info to come

No School on Friday February 15

· This is a Faculty In-Service Day

Presidents Day Mini Break

· No School Monday and Tuesday 2/18 and 2/19

· School resumes Wednesday 2/20

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram

· A picture is worth 1,000 words and Chartwell School is alive every day in our Facebook and Instagram streams.

· Facebook

· Instagram

High School

Welcome back Alyse LeValley! Alyse has returned from maternity leave. Alyse and I will be working closely together with high school students and teachers. Alyse is your first point of contact regarding questions and concerns. Her email is alevalley@chartwell.org. I will work with Alyse and the HS Faculty guiding students in social and emotional learning, as well as managing the inevitable challenges that arise with poor choices and social challenges. I am most excited to be working directly with HS teachers in their capacity as Advisory developing an engaging and thought-provoking series of talks and group discussions related to personal emotional growth and strategies for building social skills for success in school and life.

Field Experience Thursday February 7

· 6:30 AM - Students arrive for loading

· 7:00 AM - Depart

· 7:40 AM - Pick up students at Capitola Starbucks, 2740 41st Avenue (Home Depot/Safeway center)

· High School students and teachers will travel to the UCSF Dyslexia Center.

· Thursday February 7 - All Day

· Students will go the Emotions Lab in the morning. In the afternoon students will go the Neuroscape Lab.


Lower School

Bulldog Basketball!

· We have two really good teams this year exhibiting the best of Chartwell: building skills, competing, showing perseverance and having fun!

· Check out the main page of our website for upcoming games.

Chevron Stem Zone Field Trip

· Price and Whitman Homerooms will travel to the STEM Zone

· Friday February 8 all day

· STEAM teachers Mr. Mueller and Ms. Fields will lead the field trip

· Click here to see the STEM Zone

· Contact your HR teacher for more information.

All Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Coffee with Kate

Tuesday 2/5

HS Field Experience - UCSF

Thursday 2/7

Coffee: Connecting the Dots with Danielle Patterson

Tuesday 2/12

Teacher In-Service Day

No School

Friday 2/15

Presidents Day Holiday

No School

Monday 2/18

Tuesday 2/19

School Resumes

Wednesday 2/20

Lower School Parent Conferences

Wednesday 3/6 - Friday 3/9

Half Days - noon dismissal

Grandparents Day

End of Project Period 3

Begin Spring Break

Friday 3/29

Half Day - noon dismissal

Spring Break

No School

Monday 4/1 - Friday 4/5

School Resumes

Monday 4/8

January 22, 2019

Dear Chartwell Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful three-day weekend! At the Lower School Community Meeting last week, I talked about the important contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  When I teach high school history, I make the argument to my students that Dr. King is a Founding Father. Certainly, when you read his speeches, he speaks powerfully to the most fundamental American Ideal expressed in the Declaration of Independence, that all people are created equal. Teachers had classroom activities that explored his legacy. I was fortunate to substitute for Mr. Whitman last week and he had prepared a reading comprehension lesson from Scholastic News that featured an interview with Dr. King’s granddaughter. The article was unique in that it presented Dr. King through the eyes of a new generation.

Parent Workshop This Friday, January 25

· What is the Way of Council? How does it relate to other SEL programs at Chartwell like RULER? Why do we feel it is important to include as part of Chartwell School? These questions and more will be addressed by me and Danielle Patterson.

· Friday January 25 from 1-2 PM in the Library.

· We will live stream the talk on our Facebook page.

· The workshop will be followed by the Parent Discussion Forum. After each Chartwell workshop, parents convene to continue a discussion on the topic.  Chartwell provides child supervision during this time.

Chartwell Family Movie Night!

· Showing: The Incredibles 2

· Saturday, January 26th at 5:00 PM

· Dress as your favorite superhero

· Potluck style, contact Nena or Crissy

High School

This week and possibly early next week, I will meet with HS students in Advisory groups, leading a discussion on empathy. We will watch this short video (click here) then I will lead a Council discussion inviting students to share a time when they felt the power of empathy or other thoughts related to sympathy and empathy.

This will be the first in a series exploring different facets of life that will hopefully provoke thought and create rich discussions. Some books I am reading now to prepare these seminars include:

· The Little Book of Lykke

· The Art of Communicating

· The Gift of Imperfection

· The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

Upcoming HS Field Experience Thursday 2/7/19

· High School students and teachers will travel to the UCSF Dyslexia Center.

· Thursday, February 7 - All Day

· Students will go to the Emotions Lab in the morning. In the afternoon students will go the Neuroscape Lab.

· We need to leave very early as we must arrive in SF by 9:00 am. Expect an email with more details by the end of the week.

Lower School

Over the last two weeks, we’ve conducted a “soft opening” of expanded library days and hours. The library is now open every recess and lunch, except Tuesdays, due to Music class. Activities include reading and looking at books, legos, card games, coloring and drawing, sitting in the bean bags, and asking questions of the magic eight ball.  We are also starting new library subscriptions to popular kids magazines for student enjoyment.

Middle School Basketball this week:

· Today’s game is canceled

· Wednesday Away at Catalina School

· Thursday Home Game at Chartwell

· Games will start at 3:45 and 4:45.

All Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Parent Workshop: Way of Council

Parent Discussion Group

Friday 1/25 1-2 pm

2-3 pm

Free Dress Day

Wednesday 1/30

Coffee with Kate

Tuesday 2/5

HS Field Experience - UCSF

Thursday 2/7

Teacher In-Service Day

No School

Friday 2/15

Presidents Day Holiday

No School

Monday 2/18

Tuesday 2/19

School Resumes

Wednesday 2/20

Parent Conferences

Wednesday 3/6 - Friday 3/9

Half Days - noon dismissal

Grandparents Day

End of Project Period 3

Begin Spring Break

Friday 3/29

Half Day - noon dismissal

Spring Break

No School

Monday 4/1 - Friday 4/5

School Resumes

Monday 4/8

January 14, 2019

Dear Chartwell Families,

High School Begins Project Period Ⅲ

The High School has completed the first week of Project Period Ⅲ, The Brain. The project is exploring the question: How can learning about my brain help me be successful in life?

Students will explore this question in their classes from different perspectives and will travel to UCSF Dyslexia Center as part of the project. They will review several books and read articles related to neurodiversity, exercise and the brain, creativity, the effect of mindfulness and meditation on the brain, and more. Students will journal about their experiences, examine data surrounding brain research and learn analysis strategies to identify trends Students will also have individual consultations with Academic Director Jodi Amaditz where they will review their Chartwell student learning profile. Students have the opportunity to participate in a Yoga Club and will also learn and practice Mindfulness strategies with a guest teacher during Community Meeting Friday.

Project Period Ⅲ will culminate in a Presentation of Findings where students will answer the project’s question through individual presentations during a public Exhibition in McMahan Hall. More information will be forthcoming about the field experiences and the Project Exhibition.

Parent Workshop Friday, January 25 1-2 PM

At the parent coffee last Tuesday we reached a consensus that Chartwell should do more to inform you about our integrated social-emotional learning program and about Way of Council in particular. I wrote about the Way of Council in the Bulldog Bark earlier in the year and teachers in both the Lower School and the High School have been incorporating Council into their Homeroom and Advisories. I’ve used the Council format and protocol in both Lower School and High School Community Meetings. What is the Way of Council? How does it relate to other SEL programs at Chartwell like RULER? Why do we feel it is important to include as part of Chartwell School? These questions and more will be addressed by me and other members of the Chartwell Team in a Workshop on Friday, January 25 from 1-2 PM in the Library. Additionally, we will live stream the talk on our Facebook page. I hope you will join us and I thank the parents at last week’s monthly Coffee with Kate event for suggesting it.

Middle School Basketball and the Chartwell Way

The Middle School boys and girls basketball teams won their first games last week. Boys Coach and HS teacher Randy Postadan talked to the boys after the game about how their win exemplified what he called  “Bulldog Basketball.” Mr. Postadan explained that Bulldog Basketball is the combination of 3 “C’s” Communication, Competitiveness, and Character.

As I listened to Coach Postadan, it occurred to me the three C’s of Bulldog Basketball is analogous to Chartwell School’s overall goals for our students. Communication is required for self-advocacy. This is an important skill we seek to grow in our students so they understand who they are as learners and appropriately and effectively advocate for themselves as they make their way forward in school and life after Chartwell.  Competitiveness is a mindset of perseverance, and perseverance through challenges is a critical aspect of self-development for our students. Finally, Character is sometimes described as what you do while others are not looking; character is a sum of your habits over a period of time.  We hope the character of our students includes a core personal belief in a vision and belief in their own potential - a potential that is not limited by difficulties in certain specific academic skills. At Chartwell, teachers help students learn that they be successful in school, and with perseverance, advocacy, and support, or communication, competitiveness, and character, they can formulate and achieve a vision of themselves that is not bound by previous limitations.

As a teacher or school leader at Chartwell, I aspire to this vision of the Chartwell Way.

Click here and check our website for upcoming boys and girls basketball games.

All Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

MLK Day - no school

Monday 1/21

Free Dress Day

Wednesday 1/30

Coffee with Kate

Tuesday 2/5

Teacher In-Service Day

No School

Friday 2/15

Presidents Day Holiday

No School

Monday 2/18

Tuesday 2/19

School Resumes

Wednesday 2/20

Parent Conferences

Wednesday 3/6 - Friday 3/9

Half Days - noon dismissal

Grandparents Day

End of Project Period 3

Begin Spring Break

Friday 3/29

Half Day - noon dismissal

Spring Break

No School

Monday 4/1 - Friday 4/5

School Resumes

Monday 4/8

Steve Henderson, Ed.M.

Associate Head of School

Chartwell School

831.394.3468

January 5, 2019

Dear Chartwell Families,

On behalf of Kate and the Chartwell Faculty and Staff, I wish you a happy New Year and hope your holiday season was filled with joy and special moments with your children, extended family, and other friends. I am writing to let you know about two new teachers joining our team.

Ms. Batya (Bah-Ta-Yah) Fields is joining the Lower School Faculty in the STEAM Department. Batya is a graduate of the University of California and has a Masters Degree in Environmental Science. She taught science at All Saints School and MEarth in Carmel. Batya also coached volleyball at Santa Catalina and served as a judge for the Monterey County Science and Engineering Fair. Many of the students met her in early December as she spent several days at Chartwell in a process including classroom observations and teaching a demonstration lesson. Batya will teach with Mr. Mueller and Mrs. Kirshner in the Science, Art, and Technology wheel for the Lower Division students and will also teach a Middle School STEAM class.

Ms. Rebecca Llach-Gonzalez is joining the High School Faculty. Rebecca is a graduate of Hunter College in New York, has a Masters in Education, and a California Special Education Credential. Rebecca is a veteran special education teacher with more than a decade of experience, much of which is in a high school setting. Most recently she spearheaded the development of a new academic high school program at Spectrum School in the Bay Area. Some high school students met her in December when she observed other classes and taught a demonstration lesson. Rebecca will teach Literature, World History, and Economics. She will also take over Mr. Blossom’s Advisory.

Mr. Blossom will not rejoin the HS Faculty as a full-time teacher when we resume classes on Tuesday. John is returning to his passion for writing and will restart work on a publication he is developing about project learning.  We were fortunate to have such a capable hand as John augment our team for the first semester. Having developed and taught 18 project periods when I was a member of the HS team, I can say John’s work in producing Project Period 2 was truly exemplary. Many students will reflect back on their work in that project as deeply formative toward their understanding of themselves and their capabilities. Please join me in thanking Mr. Blossom and wishing him well. John will remain in the Faculty as a substitute teacher and I suspect we will see him around the school.

Finally, a significant family situation has arisen requiring Kate to spend next week away from school. I have the happy pleasure to fill in for her at Tuesday’s Parent Coffee! Please join me for a cup of java at 8:30 AM and I can provide my perspective on the Chartwell learning community, education, and more. In addition to the parent coffee on Tuesday, I will also host a meet and greet with new Chartwell teachers Batya and Rebecca in McMahan Hall on Friday, January 11 from 1-2 PM (just before Friday early dismissal at 2:00 PM).

I hope 2019 is a year of growth and success for your child at Chartwell School. We deeply appreciate your trust in us and we are resolved to continue our dedication in creating the best possible learning environment where your child can grow into his or her full potential.

And don’t forget, school starts on Tuesday, January 8th!

Sincerely,

Steve Henderson

Associate Head of School

December 15, 2018

Happy Holidays! I hope you are enjoying this wonderful time of year with your children. Don’t forget to donate items to the Chartwell Food Drive. We only have a few more days and there is still a bit of room left in those barrels!

Also - the last day of School is Friday 12/21 and students are dismissed at 12:00 pm.

· Upcoming Special Dress Days for the Lower School

o Monday 12/17 is a special themed School Spirit Day!

§ College Day:  wear college t-shirt/sweatshirt with jeans

o Wednesday 12/19 Free Dress Day!

§ The last Wednesday of the month that school is in session

§ For students who have received less than two dress code violations

§ See below for guidelines on Free Dress.

o Friday December 21 - Pajama Day!

§ This is also our Dorothy’s Kitchen Community Service event

§ NOON DISMISSAL ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 21

 

· Donate to the Chartwell Food Drive - Food Barrels

o Please donate non-perishable food items to fill the Food Bank donation barrels

o Food Bank distributes to needy families who would not have a holiday meal

o The list of suggested food includes: soup, chili, stew, tuna, chicken, ham, beans, vegetables or fruits; non-breakable jars of peanut butter, jelly, fruit juice; bags of rice, noodles, ramen, pasta, beans, flour, sugar, Harina  de Maiz, etc.

o You may also want to make a tax-deductible cash donation to the Food Bank; for every $1 donated, the Food Bank can provide $5 worth of food.

 

· Lost and Found - Sweatshirts aplenty!

o Next week we are going to be hanging up items from the lost and found.

o There are a lot of sweatshirts!

o Please come early to pick up or stay late after drop off and see if there are any of your child’s items in the lost and found.

 

· After School Homework Club for Lower School

o Wednesday 12/19 is the last day of the HW Program

o There is no after school homework program for the lower school Thursday and Friday.

 

· Free Dress Day Details:

·       Free dress days will be designated randomly throughout the school year in addition to the last Wednesday of each month beginning in September.  The dress code on free dress days is the same as the dress code that is followed during the summer session. Students who receive notification of 2 or more dress code violations during any given month will not be eligible for free dress that month.  

·       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. Skirts are fine, but no mini-skirts. Pajama pants should not be worn on regular free dress days.

·       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. No tank tops, spaghetti straps, cropped/midi tops, or transparent shirts.

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


All Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Special Lower School Dress Day

College Day - wear college t-shirts, sweatshirts and jeans

Monday 12/17

Free Dress Day

Wednesday 12/19

Last Day of School, Winter Holiday Begins, Noon dismissal

ALSO Lower School Special Dress Day: Pajama Day

Friday 12/21

12:00 dismiss

Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL

Monday 1/7/19

School Resumes

Tuesday 1/8/19

MLK Day - no school

Monday 1/21/19

 

December 12, 2018

Dear Chartwell families, 

On Friday, December 21st, Chartwell students, staff and faculty will prepare a lasagna dinner for the people served by Dorothy's Place. Please consider donating items listed on the attached form. Just fill in your name next to the item you'd like to donate and send it in by Monday! 

Also, the food barrels are here! We're collecting items for donation to the Food Bank for Monterey County, especially: 

  • Ready to eat meals (ravioli, soup, chili)
  • Cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix & syrup
  • Pasta, sauce
  • Baby food
  • Meat (chicken, tuna packed in water)
  • Peanut butter & jelly
  • Macaroni & cheese

Thank you for generously supporting our community this holiday season.

December 7, 2018

By all accounts, the Chartwell Film Festival is a huge success! The Awards Ceremony will start in just a few minutes and we will update you on the winners.

· Season of Caring

o Please donate non-perishable food items to fill Food Bank donation barrels.

o The food will be distributed to needy families.

o The list of suggested foods to send in include: cans of soup, chili, beef stew, tuna, chicken, ham, beans, vegetables or fruits; non-breakable jars of baby food, peanut butter, jelly, fruit juice; bags of rice, noodles, ramen, pasta, beans, flour, sugar, Harina de Maiz, etc.

o You may also want to make a tax-deductible cash donation to the Food Bank; for every $1 donated, the Food Bank provides $5 worth of food.

· Upcoming Special Dress Days for the Lower School

o Monday December 17 is a special themed School Spirit Day, brought you by the Lower School Student Leadership Team!

§ College Day:  wear college t-shirt/sweatshirt with jeans

o Friday December 21 - Pajama Day!

§ This is our Dorothy’s Kitchen Community Service event

§ NOON DISMISSAL ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 21

· Notes from the Parent Workshop Friday November 30th, 2018 1pm-2pm

o Topic: Understanding ADHD & Anxiety at Home and at School

o ADHD and anxiety can occur together. When that happens, how can you as a parent effectively support your child? Learn to recognize the difference and some strategies that you can use at home and at school to make life better for your child. Presented by Chris Harris, MEd, Director of EBC Schools at CHC, and former head of Chartwell School.

o Click here to view a copy of the Presentation

All Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Special Lower School Dress Day

College Day - wear college t-shirts, sweatshirts and jeans

Monday 12/17

Last Day of School, Winter Holiday Begins, Noon dismissal

ALSO Lower School Special Dress Day: Pajama Day

Friday 12/21

12:00 dismissal

Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL

Monday 1/7/19

School Resumes

Tuesday 1/8/19

MLK Day - no school

Monday 1/21/19

November 27, 2018

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving week holiday! Students have settled back in school and we’re prepared for the next four weeks of teaching and learning before Winter Break.

New Information:

· Tomorrow, Wednesday, Free Dress for Lower School

o Free dress day is the last Wednesday of each month. Students who receive 2 or more dress code violations during any given month will not be eligible for free dress that month. Families will be individually notified in this situation.

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

o Shirts - solid, striped, floral or patterned shirts and T-shirts are fine. Shirts with offensive pictures and/or sayings are not permitted. No tank tops, spaghetti straps, cropped/midi tops, or transparent shirts. Athletic jerseys that fit appropriately are allowed.

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

· Friday is a special themed Spirit Day!

o Sports day: Students are encouraged to wear sports gear with jeans. Celebrate your favorite sports team and wear your sports gear.

o This idea for spirit day is brought you by the Lower School Student Leadership Team.

· Parent Workshop Friday November 30th, 2018 1pm-2pm

§ Topic: Understanding ADHD & Anxiety at Home and at School

§ ADHD and anxiety can occur together. When that happens, how can you as a parent effectively support your child? Learn to recognize the difference and some strategies that you can use at home and at school to make life better for your child. Presented by Chris Harris, MEd, Director of EBC Schools at CHC, and former head of Chartwell School.

· Chartwell Students raise $507 for the SPCA!

o Two students from Mr. Swift’s homeroom, Zander and Kash, created and led an initiative to raise money for the SPCA.

o First, Zander and Kash created a poll and invited students to vote for which charity to raise money. The SPCA got the most votes from lower school students.

o Then students voted on the method used to raise money. The idea of an ice cream sale won.

o Over three days Zander and Kash, with the help of a few teachers and staff, sold ice cream at lunch. The sales totaled $507!

o As an incentive, the two students pitched the idea that if students bought at least $8 worth of ice cream, they could receive an extra free dress day.

o Next week there will be an extra free dress day for eligible students. I will confirm the day with you later this week.

· The Chartwell Film Festival is on Friday Dec. 7th from 10:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.

o The Festival is the “Exhibition of Learning” component for Project Period Two exploring the essential question: “What does it take to create a ten-minute film?

o You are invited to attend!

o The Festival will screen four films produced by high school student production teams.

o The films will be shown “festival style” in classrooms so that audience members may rotate during the day and choose the films they wish to attend.

o At 1:00 PM, there will be an awards ceremony in McMahan Hall.

· What I am reading right now:

o Interesting article about multi-player games (like Fortnite) and kids with social skills challenges.

All Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Free Dress for Lower School

Wednesday November 28

Parent Workshop: ADHD, Anxiety or both?

Friday November 30, 1-2 pm

Bonus Free Dress Day for SPCA fundraiser

TBD

Chartwell Film Festival

Friday 12/7

Last Day of School, Winter Holiday Begins

Friday 12/21

Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL

Monday 1/7/19

School Resumes

Tuesday 1/8/19

Steve Henderson, Ed.M.

Associate Head of School

Chartwell School

831.394.3468

November 13, 2018

· No School in honor of  Veteran’s Day Monday 11/12

o What is Veteran’s Day?

· Thanksgiving Break is the WHOLE WEEK! ��

o The school is closed Monday 11/19 - 11/23

o School resumes Monday 11/26

o What is Thanksgiving? The British perspective….

· The Chartwell Film Festival on Friday, Dec. 7th from 10:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.

o The Festival is the “Exhibition of Learning” component for Project Period Two exploring the essential question: “What does it take to create a ten-minute film?

o You are invited to attend!

o The Festival will screen four films produced by high school student production teams.

o The films will be shown “festival style” in classrooms so that audience members may rotate during the day and choose the films they wish to attend.

o At 1:00 PM, there will be an awards ceremony in McMahan Hall.

· Parent Workshop Friday, November 30th, 2018 1pm-2pm

o Topic: ADHD, Anxiety or Both?

o Presenters: Children's Health Council Elliott Harris, PhD Chief Psychiatrist and Medical Director and Chris Harris, Director Esther B Clark Schools

All Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

No School Veterans Day

Monday November 12

Thanksgiving Week Holiday

Monday 11/19-Friday 11/23

School Resumes

Monday 11/26

Chartwell Film Festival

Friday 12/7

Last Day of School, Winter Holiday Begins

Friday 12/21

Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL

Monday 1/7/19

School Resumes

Tuesday 1/8/19

Repeated Information

Social Emotional Learning Parent Workshop October 26

· We had a great turn out for the Friday Parent Workshop. Here is the slide deck and videos regarding RULER.

· Click here for the presentation slide deck in .pdf format.

Here is the integrated Chartwell Way of SEL:

· Toolbox

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

· RULER

o For upper elementary through middle school

o RULER acronym explained - video for RULER at home.

· Way of Council

o 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 new 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 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.

· The Growth Mindset

o 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.

o 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

o This is a part of the Lower School Student Report, marked 3 times per year and reviewed at the Parent-Teacher Conference. The high school embeds these concepts in Advisory.

o Lower School homeroom teachers review this with students during Flex time and use a worksheet to help students set goals.

o The Work Habits is Chartwell School’s take on “non-cognitive skills” or “soft skills.”

o See the research of University of Pennslyvania Professor Angela Duckworth.

o And more Professor Duckworth here.

-- 

Steve Henderson, Ed.M.

Associate Head of School

Chartwell School

831.394.3468

October 29, 2018

Dear Chartwell Families,

· This is Parent Conference week. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are ½ days with 12:00 dismissal.

· If you have not received your report via email, contact Crissy at cmaras@chartwell.org or 394-3468.

· If you do not know or remember when your conference is scheduled, contact Crissy.

· It is also Book Fair week. Please stop by and browse the great selection.

· No After School Homework program Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

· Wednesday is Halloween and Lower School students are allowed to dress in costume.

o Costume restrictions - no weapons, face paint or hair dye. Please save the elaborate make-up for the evening trick-or-treating. Students may bring their masks to school, but are not allowed to wear them indoors or during class time. Hair must be the regular, natural color at school on November 1st. Also, students should be able to move freely and easily in their costumes.

· Thursday is Free Dress for the Lower School. As the last Wednesday of the month is Halloween, Free Dress is instead scheduled for Thursday.

· Picture Retake Day Thursday, November 8

· No School Monday, November 12 in observance of Veteran’s Day.

Social Emotional Learning Parent Workshop last Friday

· We had a great turn out for the Friday Parent Workshop. Here is the slide deck and videos regarding RULER.

· Click here for the presentation slide deck in .pdf format.

Here is the integrated Chartwell Way of SEL:

· Toolbox

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

· RULER

o For upper elementary through middle school

o RULER acronym explained - video for RULER at home.

· Way of Council

o 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 new 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 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.

· The Growth Mindset

o 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.

o 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

o This is a part of the Lower School Student Report, marked 3 times per year and reviewed at the Parent-Teacher Conference. The high school embeds these concepts in Advisory.

o Lower School homeroom teachers review this with students during Flex time and use a worksheet to help students set goals.

o The Work Habits is Chartwell School’s take on “non-cognitive skills” or “soft skills.”

o See the research of University of Pennslyvania Professor Angela Duckworth.

o And more Professor Duckworth here.

All Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Noon Dismissal for students

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

Free Dress for Lower School

Thursday November 1

No School Veteran’s Day

Monday November 12

Thanksgiving Week Holiday

Monday 11/19-Friday 11/23

School Resumes

Monday 11/26

Last Day of School, Winter Holiday Begins

Friday 12/21

School Resumes

Tuesday 1/8/19

   

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