Head of Lower & Middle School Blog

May 24, 2018                                                                                                                                                  

New Information:

No School Monday

· Monday is Memorial Day. The school is closed honoring the people who died while in military service to the United States of America.

2018-2019 Academic Calendar

· Attached to this email and available here is the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar.

· This calendar is the same for the Lower School and the High School. In previous years, the High School had a different calendar.

Next year, considering changing starting time and ending time of the school day

· Chartwell is considering changing the start time for the Lower School day from 8:15 to 8:30 and the end time from 3:00 to 3:15. The High School start time would change from 9:00 to 8:30 and the end time would change from 4:00 to 3:15.

· This proposed change helps us have alignment between the LS daily schedule and the HS daily schedule.

· Having the same daily schedule helps the school better utilize teaching resources and improve scheduling of electives like art and PE, and our burgeoning STEAM program. It also helps the school create more flexible groupings for middle school students.

· Please help us with our thinking process by completing this survey.

Closing Ceremony and 8th Grade Promotion Friday June 8

· Please RSVP with this very brief form

· Friday June 8 is the last day of school and is a half day with noon dismissal.

· The Closing Ceremony and 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony will begin promptly at 10:45

· All families are invited to attend.

· Each Homeroom is recognized in brief remarks by the homeroom teacher.

· Following homeroom recognitions, 8th-grade students will parade into McMahan Hall and onto the stage for the promotion ceremony.

· Chartwell students under the direction of Music Teacher Chris West will provide musical interludes.

· Cookies and punch will be served at the conclusion of the Closing Ceremony.

· Please plan on arriving at 10:30

Closing Ceremony Dress Code:

· For all students:

o Girls - may wear appropriate dresses, skirts, or pantsuits. Dresses should be the sort one would wear to a church event or special celebration. This is not a fancy, dress-up occasion and students will be in class, playing at recess, gathering their personal effects, etc. the rest of the day. Elevated heels are discouraged. Dresses should not be: too short or too tight, revealing, strapless, or backless. Heels should not be higher than 2 inches.

May 12, 2018                                                                                                                                                          

New Information:

Announcements:

  • Did you find an extra backpack in your car Friday afternoon? A student is missing a backpack, if you found a backpack, please bring it to the office

  • The last day of the Afterschool Program is Wednesday, May 30th.

June Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • The last week of school begins Monday, June 4, which is a full “regular” day.

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (6/5, 6/6 and 6/7) are HALF DAYS WITH 12:00 DISMISSAL

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are the primary conference days, with meeting times in the afternoon.

  • Click here for the Conference Sign Up Sheet.

  • During the conference days, Mr. Lukin will be on duty at the basketball court and play structure and children are welcome to play under his supervision while you conference.

Closing Ceremony and 8th Grade Promotion Friday, June 8

  • Friday, June 8 is the last day of school and is a half day with noon dismissal.

  • The Closing Ceremony and 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony will begin promptly at 10:45

  • All families are invited to attend.

  • Each Homeroom is recognized in brief remarks by the homeroom teacher.

  • Following homeroom recognitions, 8th grade students will parade into McMahan Hall and onto the stage for the promotion ceremony.

  • Chartwell students under the direction of Music Teacher Chris West will provide musical interludes.

  • Cookies and punch will be served at the conclusion of the Closing Ceremony.

  • Please plan on arriving at 10:30

New Summer Reading Program

  • We are launching a new and exciting summer reading program!

  • Summer reading will feature our new partnership with Learning Ally.

  • The goal of the summer reading program is to build the joy and love of reading a good book and BUILD VOCABULARY. Take a deep dive  here, here, here and here

  • More information coming this week.

Repeated Information:

Become a Reading Teacher or Tutor!

  • Are you interested in becoming a really good reading teacher or tutor trained in the world’s best method for teaching reading?

  • Do you want to learn more about the Structured Literacy approach to teaching Reading at Chartwell School?

  • Enroll in our new Summer Teacher Training Program which now includes an afternoon Reading Clinic and Practicum where Chartwell Master Teachers and workshop participants will teach together with Chartwell Students in small reading instruction groups.

  • Attached to this email is a flyer with more information and a link to the registration portal on our website.

  • Email Chartwell Dean of Academics Jodi Amaditz for more information at jamaditz@chartwell.org

Summer Camp Ideas

Summer School at Chartwell FOR Chartwell Students!

  • A new 3 week program (June 18 - July 6) and we are forming groups for current Chartwell Students.

  • We have added an afternoon Reading Clinic where in addition to morning Structured Literacy and Language Arts, your child will get very small group (2:1) individualized extra instruction and practice.

  • There is also Art, Woodworking, Storyboarding and Animation, Computer Coding, Robotics, and Sports and Fitness.

  • This will be the best Chartwell Summer Camp ever!

  • Go to our website for more information and to register or contact Danielle Patterson to register (dpatterson@chartwell.org)

May 14, 2018                                                                                                                                     

Monday = Sports Jersey Day

  • Monday is Sports Jersey Day at Chartwell where students are encouraged to wear a sports jersey of their favorite high school, college or pro team.

  • I am either going to wear my Elway jersey or my Villanueva jersey.

  • The Sports Day theme is produced by the Chartwell Student Leadership Club.

Teacher Appreciation Week

  • OMG! Thank you to a large cadre of Chartwell parents for helping create a truly epic Teacher Appreciation Week!

  • Teachers really appreciated being appreciated!  We’ve never eaten so well and the individual gifts that students brought were truly touching.

  • On behalf of the Faculty of Chartwell School, THANK YOU! 🙏🙌😃

June Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • The last week of school begins Monday, June 4, which is a full “regular” day.

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (6/5, 6/6 and 6/7) are HALF DAYS WITH 12:00 DISMISSAL

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are the primary conference days, with meeting times in the afternoon.

  • Next Wednesday, May 16th at 5:00 pm we will send a conference sign up sheet via email.

  • Directions will accompany the sign-up sheet, it will be the same process as February and October. Unfortunately, as we have discovered, you cannot complete the form using your mobile phone, but instead, have to use a laptop or desktop computer.

  • During the conference days, Mr. Lukin will be on duty on the basketball court and play structure and children are welcome to play under his supervision while you conference.

Last day of School is Friday, June 8

  • June 8 is also a half day with noon dismissal.

  • The Closing Ceremony and 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony will begin at 10:45. All families are invited to attend.

  • More detailed information in future Bulldog Barks.

Become a Reading Teacher or Tutor!

  • Are you interested in becoming a really good reading teacher or tutor trained in the world’s best method for teaching reading?

  • Do you want to learn more about the Structured Literacy approach to teaching Reading at Chartwell School?

  • Enroll in our new Summer Teacher Training Program which now includes an afternoon Reading Clinic and Practicum where Chartwell Master Teachers and workshop participants will teach together with Chartwell Students in small reading instruction groups.

  • Attached to this email is a flyer with more information and a link to the registration portal on our website.

  • Email Chartwell Dean of Academics Jodi Amaditz for more information at jamaditz@chartwell.org

Repeated Information:

Head of School Coffee and Chat

  • EVERY Tuesday morning 8:00-9:30 until the end of the school year (Except Tuesday, May 29.)

  • Have coffee and chat with Head of School Kate Mulligan

Release your Inner Librarian!

  • Do you have any library experience? Have you always wanted to learn about library operations?

  • We are looking for parent volunteers to staff the library during library time NEXT YEAR.

  • It’s a wonderful opportunity to spend a few hours per week at Chartwell and work with the students and their teacher when they come to the library.

  • Please contact me if you would like to learn more.

Summer Camp Ideas

Summer School at Chartwell FOR Chartwell Students!

  • A new 3 week program (June 18 - July 6) and we are forming groups for current Chartwell Students.

  • We have added an afternoon Reading Clinic where in addition to morning Structured Literacy and Language Arts, your child will get very small group (2:1) individualized extra instruction and practice.

  • There is also Art, Woodworking, Storyboarding and Animation, Computer Coding, Robotics, and Sports and Fitness.

  • This will be the best Chartwell Summer Camp ever!

  • Go to our website for more information and to register or contact Danielle Patterson to register (dpatterson@chartwell.org)


All Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Sports Jersey Day

Monday May 14

Parent/Teacher Conference Sign up begins

Wednesday May 16

Memorial Day - No School

Monday May 28

Free Dress Day

Wednesday May 30

Fun Day at Chartwell!

Thursday May 31

Parent-Teacher Conferences

June 5-7

Last Day of School, Closing Ceremony and 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Friday June 8

Summer School at Chartwell Begins

Monday June 18

Independence Day - No School

Wednesday July 4

Summer At School Chartwell end

Friday July 6

First Day of the New School Year

Monday August 20

 

May 3, 2018                                                           

New Information:

No School Friday, May 4th

Teacher Appreciation Week

  • Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week

  • We have GREAT teachers

  • While we have some nice things planned and several parents have volunteered to help, show your appreciation with a note, email or big hug!

  • 💙💙💙 Teachers!!!

Release your Inner Librarian!

  • Do you have any library experience? Have you always wanted to learn about library operations?

  • We are looking for parent volunteers to staff the library during library time NEXT YEAR.

  • It’s a wonderful opportunity to spend a few hours per week at Chartwell and work with the students and their teacher when they come to the library.

  • Please contact me if you would like to learn more.

 

The Human Race in Santa Cruz

  • Saturday, May 12.

  • See the attached flyer for more information

 

Head of School Coffee and Chat

  • Tuesday morning 8:00-9:30

  • Have coffee and chat with Head of School Kate Mulligan

  • See Flyer attached for full details

 

Repeated Information:

Bowling at Chartwell - the Bulldog Bowling Club for students AND families

  • Continuing a new Chartwell activity started last year by Mr. Lukin, The Bulldog Bowling Club, which includes students and parents, will begin meeting this Monday April 23.

  • Bulldog Bowlers meet at Monterey Lanes andl bowl 2 games for $7 with shoes included.

  • 4:00 at Monterey Lanes 2161 N. Fremont, Monterey 93940.

  • The Bulldog Bowlers will meet every Monday from 4/23 through Monday 5/21.

  • Email John Lukin at jlukin@chartwell.org if you will attend, or talk to him in person on Monday.

 

Parenting an iGen Kid

Summer Camp Ideas

The Way of the Bulldog

  • What is the Way of the Bulldog?

    • How we talk, act, and treat each other to create a safe school where people can feel successful and happy

    • The Way of the Bulldog creates a school where everyone feels Safe, Respected and Included.

  • How do we do work together to achieve The Way of the Bulldog?

    • Be Kind.

    • Cooperate with other people.

    • Solve hurt feelings by talking it out and explaining.

    • Be Your “Best Self”

What is Emotional Literacy?

  • Click here for a short video explaining emotional literacy as we define it at Chartwell.

Summer School at Chartwell FOR Chartwell Students!

  • A new 3 week program (June 18 - July 6) and we are forming groups for current Chartwell Students.

  • We have added an afternoon Reading Clinic where in addition to morning Structured Literacy and Language Arts, your child will get very small group (2:1) individualized extra instruction and practice.

  • There is also Art, Woodworking, Storyboarding and Animation, Computer Coding, Robotics, and Sports and Fitness.

  • This will be the best Chartwell Summer Camp ever!

  • Go to our website for more information and to register or contact Danielle Patterson to register (dpatterson@chartwell.org)

All Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

No School - Teacher In-Service

Friday May 4

The Human Race

Saturday May 12

Memorial Day - No School

Monday May 28

Free Dress Day

Wednesday May 30

Fun Day at Chartwell!

Thursday May 31

Parent-Teacher Conferences

June 5-7

Last Day of School and Closing Ceremony

Friday June 8

Summer at Chartwell Begins

Monday June 18

Independence Day - No School

Wednesday July 4

Summer At Chartwell end

Friday July 6

First Day of the New School Year

Monday August 20

April 23, 2018 

As most of you know, I started teaching at Chartwell in 2003 as a middle school LTLA and Humanities teacher. In my early years at Chartwell, I had two mentors, one formal and one informal. My formal mentor was Judy Gaughf. Judy taught me the detailed nuts and bolts of teaching decoding the Chartwell Way. My informal mentor was Jim Kirshner and he taught me how to be a good teacher. Building strong relationships with students, understanding the implications of student learning profiles in the classroom, and how to be a positive and contributing member of a Professional Learning Community are all lessons I learned from Jim. More importantly, he taught me how to surf and imparted to me local knowledge of all the breaks. He shaped two boards for me, one of which I surf regularly and have taken on surf safaris to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and several places in Mexico.

Because Jim Kirshner is my mentor, colleague, and friend, I am both honored and excited to announce that he is beginning a new phase of his 30-year career at Chartwell School. Next year Mr. Kirshner will teach part-time and focus most of his energy on working with students in the Workshop. Mr. Kirshner developed and built out our new workshop this year and next year he will focus on continuing its development and integrating this Makerspace into our burgeoning STEAM Program. Next time you see Jim, please join me in congratulating him on a remarkable 30-year journey as Chartwell Science teacher and welcome him to his new role in our learning community.

New Information:

WASC Visiting Committee at Chartwell this Sunday - Wednesday

  • As many of you know, the Chartwell Professional Learning Community has spent much of our collaborative time this year engaged in a self-study as part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process.
  • Chartwell has been accredited by WASC since 2006.
  • We earned a 6-year accreditation, the maximum term for really good schools, in 2006, and again in 2012.
  • This week the WASC Visiting Committee will be on campus to validate our report, which is 130 pages!😄
  • There are three members on the Committee, they are volunteers from other schools in California.
  • They will spend Monday and Tuesday observing classes and meeting with faculty, staff and students.
  • Monday several students will lunch with the Visiting Committee members.
  • Monday we will have a special Community Meeting at 9:00 for all students, faculty, and staff to meet the WASC Visiting Committee. You are welcome to attend!
  • Email me if you want more information.

Bowling at Chartwell - the Bulldog Bowling Club for students AND families

  • Continuing a new Chartwell activity started last year by Mr. Lukin, The Bulldog Bowling Club, which includes students and parents, will begin meeting this Monday April 23.
  • Bulldog Bowlers meet at Monterey Lanes andl bowl 2 games for $7 with shoes included.
  • 4:00 at Monterey Lanes 2161 N. Fremont, Monterey 93940.
  • The Bulldog Bowlers will meet every Monday from 4/23 through Monday 5/21.
  • Email John Lukin at jlukin@chartwell.org if you will attend, or talk to him in person on Monday.

Celebrate the Strengths and Successes of Students Who Learn Differently

  • A fun and informative event on Tuesday April 24th in Los Gatos
  • Maryanne Wolf is the keynote speaker, she is the author of Proust and The Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
  • Several of the Chartwell Crew will be in attendance. Join us! The venue is the Loma Brewing Company. Baseball fans, this brewery is owned by this guy.
  • I’ve attached a flyer with all the details. Change your plans and get to Los Gatos, this is sure to be a great event!
  • Don’t worry about the RSVP date, Chartwell has pull with this group, you can crash.

The Human Race in Santa Cruz

  • Save the Date!
  • Saturday May 12. It is Saturday, earlier I sent out the wrong date.
  • We are finalizing plans to have our students and you involved in this great Santa Cruz event.

Repeated Information:

An important message from Mrs. Gaughf

  • I would like to remind students that only forest green sweatshirts or the Chartwell logo green sweatshirts are considered uniform.
  • Many students are wearing various jackets and sweatshirts to school instead of the uniform.
  • Students have been warned they will not get free dress at the end of the month if they are not in uniform.
  • On another note, there are quite a few nice green sweatshirts in the lost and found without a name. If they are not claimed, they are up for grabs by anyone who needs a uniform sweatshirt.

Parenting an iGen Kid

Summer Camp Idea

The Way of the Bulldog

  • What is the Way of the Bulldog?
    • How we talk, act, and treat each other to create a safe school where people can feel successful and happy
    • The Way of the Bulldog creates a school where everyone feels Safe, Respected and Included.
  • How do we do work together to achieve The Way of the Bulldog?
    • Be Kind.
    • Cooperate with other people.
    • Solve hurt feelings by talking it out and explaining.
    • Be Your “Best Self”

What is Emotional Literacy?

  • Click here for a short video explaining emotional literacy as we define it at Chartwell.

Summer School at Chartwell FOR Chartwell Students!

  • A new 3 week program (June 18 - July 6) and we are forming groups for current Chartwell Students.
  • We have added an afternoon Reading Clinic where in addition to morning Structured Literacy and Language Arts, your child will get very small group (2:1) individualized extra instruction and practice.
  • There is also Art, Woodworking, Storyboarding and Animation, Computer Coding, Robotics, and Sports and Fitness.
  • This will be the best Chartwell Summer Camp ever!
  • Go to our website for more information and to register or contact Danielle Patterson to register (dpatterson@chartwell.org)

All Upcoming Events:

 

Event

Date and Time

3K-By-The-Bay Race

Saturday 4/28

No School - Teacher In-Service

Friday May 4

The Human Race

Saturday May 12

Memorial Day - No School

Monday May 28

Fun Day at Chartwell!

Thursday May 31

Parent-Teacher Conferences

June 5-7

Last Day of School and Closing Ceremony

Friday June 8

Summer at Chartwell Begins

Monday June 18

Independence Day - No School

Wednesday July 4

Summer At Chartwell end

Friday July 6

 

 

 

April 16, 2018

New Information:

Monday is College Shirt Day!

  • College Shirt day is an initiative of the Student Leadership Club
  • It is a fun and educational way to deviate slightly from the standard school uniform.
  • College shirt day will build cultural knowledge amongst our students about college.
  • Please help your child find a college shirt for Monday!

Traffic disruption on Fort Ord 😖😖😖

  • You’ve already seen it this week.
  • Next week the Work Crew will be moving closer to Lightfighter Drive.

The Book Fair is here!

  • All week, April 16 - April 20
  • Come into McMahan Hall and behold the sight of many books
  • Buy books, support your child’s growing love of literacy and support the school

An important message from Mrs. Gaughf

  • I would like to remind students that only forest green sweatshirts or the Chartwell logo green sweatshirts are considered uniform.
  • Many students are wearing various jackets and sweatshirts to school instead of the uniform.
  • Students have been warned they will not get free dress at the end of the month if they are not in uniform.
  • On another note, there are quite a few nice green sweatshirts in the lost and found without a name. If they are not claimed, they are up for grabs by anyone who needs a uniform sweatshirt.

The Human Race in Santa Cruz

  • Save the Date!
  • Sunday, May 18
  • We are finalizing plans to have our students and you involved in this great Santa Cruz event.

Parenting an iGen Kid

Summer Camp Idea

Repeated Information:

The Way of the Bulldog

  • What is the Way of the Bulldog?
    • How we talk, act, and treat each other to create a safe school where people can feel successful and happy
    • The Way of the Bulldog creates a school where everyone feels Safe, Respected and Included.
  • How do we do work together to achieve The Way of the Bulldog?
    • Be Kind.
    • Cooperate with other people.
    • Solve hurt feelings by talking it out and explaining.
    • Be Your “Best Self”

What is Emotional Literacy?

  • Click here for a short video explaining emotional literacy as we define it at Chartwell.

Summer School at Chartwell FOR Chartwell Students!

  • A new 3 week program (June 18 - July 6) and we are forming groups for current Chartwell Students.
  • We have added an afternoon Reading Clinic where in addition to morning Structured Literacy and Language Arts, your child will get very small group (2:1) individualized extra instruction and practice.
  • There is also Art, Woodworking, Storyboarding and Animation, Computer Coding, Robotics, and Sports and Fitness.
  • This will be the best Chartwell Summer Camp ever!
  • Go to our website for more information and to register or contact Danielle Patterson to register (dpatterson@chartwell.org)

All Upcoming Events:

March 16, 2018

Today we met in a special session of Community Meeting to introduce a new initiative called The Way of the Bulldog. The Way of the Bulldog builds on the RULER approach of having an Emotional Intelligence Charter that helps us define the kind of culture and climate we want to create in our learning community.

I need you to know about The Way of the Bulldog and talk to your child about it. While there is much to celebrate about the Chartwell Learning Community, we can always get better. The Way of the Bulldog will help us get better; and as we work with students in guiding our culture in a positive direction, I may need to reach out to you if your child encounters a challenge in the daily practice of The Way of the Bulldog.

Here is an outline and please don’t hesitate to call, email or drop in to talk more about it.

Creating a Safe, Supportive and Kind School through our words and actions.

Achieving The Way of the Bulldog

What is the Way of the Bulldog?

  • The Way of the Bulldog is how we talk, act, and treat each other to create a safe school where people can feel successful and happy

How do we do work together to achieve The Way of the Bulldog?

  • There are three parts.
  1. How people need to feel at Chartwell
    • People at Chartwell need to feel Safe, Respected, Included
  1. What other people need to do to support those feelings
    • What should I do?
      • Be Kind.
      • Cooperate with other people.
      • Solve hurt feelings by talking it out and explaining.
      • Be Your Best Self”

3. What I CANNOT DO because it will hurt feelings:

    • Be Mean. Being mean includes calling people names, ignoring or excluding people, bullying, or otherwise using body language gestures and tone of voice.

4. What I REALLY CANNOT DO is act in a bullying way:

    • What is bullying? Bullying is mean behavior that purposely creates a power imbalance. Bullying means putting someone else down so you can feel more powerful. When this behavior is repeated it is definitely bullying, but it can also be bullying if it has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as calling people names or unwanted nicknames, saying mean things about them, spreading rumors, attacking someone with other words besides name calling, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
    •  
  • 5. What will happen if I don't support positive feelings?
    • Need to Improve:
      • If I don’t show the Way of The Bulldog, if I am not kind, cooperative or don’t solve hurt feelings in a positive way, then Teachers give “needs to improve” when you don’t follow The Way of the Bulldog.
      • An entry in the “bulldog log”
      • If you get more than 5 needs to improves in a week, you cannot participate in Club Friday. Your parents will get a report and you, Mr. Henderson, and your parents will have a phone conversation.
    • Mean or Bully - if a teacher observes your action is mean or bullying:
      • 1st time:
        • Sent to the office and an immediate phone call home
        • Lunch Detention/Community Service
      • 2nd time:
        • Sent to the office, phone call homeIn-school suspension for the day
        • Lunch detention/community service
        • In person meeting with you, your parents before returning to regular classes
      • 3rd time
        • Sent to the office, phone call home
        • Parent must pick you up from school
        • In-person meeting with you, Mr Henderson and parents before starting going back to school and classes

When Students demonstrate The Way of the Bulldog

  • Teachers can recognize you when you are upholding The Way of The Bulldog
  • Teachers recognize students and make a positive entry (Bulldog Log) and give you a special ticket
  • This is like the Kindness Tickets from December
  • Teachers send positive entries to parents at the end of the week
  • Students who get a lot of positive entries are awarded the Order of the Bulldog and receive recognition.
    • The Bulldog Den is a monthly pizza party for people who have earned the Order of the Bulldog.

Why?

Why do we need to have these feelings? Why do we need to work as a community to create The Way of the Bulldog?

  • Because young people grow in their heads and hearts best when they are in a safe and supportive place with other kind people who support them. People are not able to grow when they are around mean people and bullies.

New Information:

  • Summer School at Chartwell FOR Chartwell Students!
    • We have “rebooted” summer school at Chartwell for 2018
    • It is now a 3 week program (June 18 - July 6) and we are forming groups for current Chartwell Students.
    • We have added an afternoon Reading Clinic where in addition to morning Structured Literacy and Language Arts, your child will get very small group (2:1) individualized extra instruction and practice.
    • There is also Art, Woodworking, Storyboarding and Animation, Computer Coding, Robotics, and Sports and Fitness.
    • This will be the best Chartwell Summer Camp ever!
    • Go to our website for more information and to register or contact Danielle Patterson to register (dpatterson@chartwell.org)
  • Upcoming Events
    • Grandparents Day and the Beginning of Spring Break
      • Grandparents and Special Friends Day is next week, Friday, March 23
      • Student return Monday, April 9
    • The Book Fair is coming!
      • April 16 - April 20
      • Get great books and support the school.
    • The Human Race in Santa Cruz
      • Sunday May 18 - more information is coming
    • EdRev 2018
      • 8th grade students will go to SF for this amazing event on Friday April 20
      • The general public is invited for Saturday April 21
      • If you haven’t been to this event, it’s a great, and held in AT&T Park, and a wonderful reason to visit SF for the weekend.
    • Traffic Disruptions on General Jim Moore Blvd.
      • Construction will begin Monday, 26 March
      • There will be lane closures and traffic re-routing. The Northbound lanes of General Jim will be especially impacted for a significant period of time.

Have a great weekend!

Steve Henderson, Ed.M.

March 5, 2018

New Information:

Quick Reminder

  • Ariel Theater Field Trip Tomorrow, Tuesday

Parent Workshop Friday, March 9: IEPs, 504 plans and building a supportive and successful academic plan for your child after Chartwell

  • 1:00-2:00
  • Chartwell Library
  • Highly recommended for families leaving Chartwell at the end of this year.
  • Presenters:
    • Steve Henderson, Head of Lower and Middle School
    • Jodi Amaditz, Chartwell School Dean of Academics
    • Daniel Patterson, Director of Outreach and Family Engagement

EdRev 2018

  • EdRev is coming soon click here for information about this great event
  • Saturday, April 21st at ATT Park in San Francisco
  • Chartwell will be there
  • It’s fun for kids and informative for families

Should We Set a Two-Hour Limit on Children’s Daily Screen Time?

I am excerpting this summary from a Journal I read called the Marshall Memo. Kim Marshall is a school leader from Boston who curates and summarizes articles and research for educators.

In this article in Teachers College Record, Kurt Squire and Constance Steinkuehler (University of California/Irvine) say that since 1999, the idea that children should have no more than two hours of screen time a day (zero time for children under two) has been regarded as “a good parenting commandment writ in stone, with schools, pediatricians, social workers, teachers, and clergy alike admonishing parents to protect their children from harmful media exposure.” Among the reputed results of too much screen time: aggression, poor social skills, obesity, and stunted literacy skills.

This scary advice notwithstanding, the two-hour limit is widely ignored. On average, children 8-18 years old spend about 7.5 hours on their devices every day (more like 11 if we factor in multitasking); primary-grade children are glued to their screens 3 hours a day; toddlers about 2 hours; and 0-1-year-olds one hour a day. Horrors!

But Squire and Steinkuehler question whether this is necessarily a bad thing. To be worried about these statistics, they say, is to “ignore the activity engaged in, its nature, and its quality, and black-box them into the singular, deceptively simple variable, ‘screen time.’” There’s a difference between spending an hour and a half on a mindless flashcard game versus building a redstone circuit in Minecraft; between reading a digital book versus rewriting a book you read last week. Strictly limiting screen time, say the authors, is “as counterproductive as cutting off a child from reading or writing a paragraph of text midsentence based on word count.”

Squire and Steinkuehler unpack the notion of screen time by studying the way a seven-year-old boy named Walt uses a popular video game, Madden NFL. The conclusions of their case study:

A digital device is not a silo. It’s not “sequestered from the everyday life of children and parents because the boundary between them and off-screen is radically porous,” say the researchers. “In Walt’s case, for example, his screen time activity of Madden grew out of an interest in off-screen football in real grass with an actual pigskin ball and his actual father, but his off-screen understanding of the game, the plays, even his own body, is very much mediated and shaped by his on-screen gameplay.”

Screen time can create social capital. We do not, say Squire and Steinkuehler, “divide our world up into pencil work versus computer keyboard work versus touchscreen tablet work, nor do kids. Instead, we divide our world into coherent (albeit transmedia) systems of meaning – preparing for a graduate course, planning a wedding, or, as in this case study, playing football… Football is a crucial site of male bonding for Walt, and he trades his knowledge and skill in the domain for social and material capital in different contexts – convincing his father to take him back to the football card store for additional purchases, for example, or gaining popularity among his peer group at school for his ability to beat others at their invented card game.”

Screen time is part of a much broader context. When asked about his hobbies, Walt responds, “football,” not “playing Madden.” The time he spends playing the video game spans a “complex ecosystem of videogame consoles, iPads, televisions, card decks, notepads, novels, and playgrounds,” say Squire and Steinkuehler. “These myriad activities constitute Walt’s engagement in American football. Screen time is thoroughly entangled with corporeal time, and there is no single or stable material or social context in which it resides… To carve Walt’s ‘football’ at the joints of digital versus analog is to ignore the sense that he makes of his activity and fetishize our own.”

Screen activity lets a child develop interests independent of parental control. “Screen time also allows [Walt] to accrue social capital within his social network,” say the researchers, “and he is a more complex, differentiated person as a result of his screen time. One could even argue that, at times, Walt is even more connected with his family and community as a result of screen time through co-viewing and co-play.”

Not all screen time is the same, just as not all off-screen time is the same. Time spent on devices can be dead time, fostering isolation and anomie, or it can be enriching and intensely social. The key is the content and its links to personal relationships and the wider world of ideas and content. “We should worry not when devices are out,” say Squire and Steinkuehler, “but when devices are used in ways that do not support the development of meaningful interests and expertise, or when ‘screen time’ is segregated from ‘off-screen time’ in ways that sever sustained transmedia endeavors or that disconnect us from meaningful relationships.”

The two-hour-a-day limit is not a good idea. It risks robbing young people of the more-robust forms of media use on which they thrive. Walt would really resent strict time limits, which would diminish the richness of his experiences playing Madden. The best advice for his parents, and other parents who worry about their children’s screen time? Engage with your children in their media use rather than taking a disciplinary/regulatory approach; monitor the quality of their interaction with media; watch your own media use and the messages it sends to children; and make sure all media serve to connect rather than isolate.

“The Problem with Screen Time” by Kurt Squire and Constance Steinkuehler in Teachers College Record, December 2017 (Vol. 119, #12, p. 1-24), available for purchase at http://www.tcrecord.org/ExecSummary.asp?contentid=22163; the authors can be reached at ksquire@uci.edu and const@uci.edu.

Repeated Information:

Grandparents and Special Friends Day:

  • Events of the Day:
    • A morning welcome at 8:15 a.m. and information session in McMahan Hall
    • A very special musical presentation by Chartwell music students led by music teacher Chris West
    • A special schedule similar to Back to School night where Grandparents and Special Friends experience a” day in the life” and go around to classes with their grandchild
    • Finally, a delicious catered lunch for everyone in McMahan Hall!
    • Noon dismissal for all and the beginning of Spring Break!
    • Questions? Email or call Crissy.

 

February 8, 2017

New Information:

  • 3K-By-The-Bay Race is coming soon!
  • Saturday, April 28
  • Sign up now for this fun event that also supports the school!
  • Registration forms due Thursday, February 22
  • The registration form is attached to this email

We would like to invite Chartwell families and any of their relatives or friends to participate in the 3K-By-The-Bay race in association with the Big Sur International Marathon. This activity is actually a fundraiser because the school can earn funds depending on how many participants we are able to sign up. We have been promoting good health in the Wellness and Fitness classes and this is a way to put it into practice. The 3K race is a lot of fun and it all takes place along the beautiful coastline around Lovers Point in Pacific Grove.

The cash prizes are distributed to schools based on the number of participants who register for the race. We encourage all students to participate and to sign up as many family members and friends as possible. Anyone can sign up for the race but they must: use the form provided, list Chartwell School as their organization, and turn in the registration form to the office by Thursday, February 22nd. Registrants are not obligated to run the race on April 28th in order for Chartwell School to get the credit.

Use the registration form that is attached to this email. You may make more copies if you want or ask the office for additional copies. The more people who register in our name increases our odds of winning a cash prize.

If you have any questions regarding the form or the race on April 28th, please contact Judy Gaughf, Dean of Students at 831-394-3468 x2015.

Repeated Information:

Sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • If you have not already, sign up electronically via this google sheet linked below. Here are directions:
  • Click here for the link to 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!
  • You may not be able to write in the document from a Smartphone and instead may have to use a computer.
  • 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

More information about February Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Wednesday 2/21, Thursday 2/22, and Friday. 2/23
  • Conference Days are 1/2 days, noon dismissal for students
  • Wednesday 1/31 at 5:00 pm the Conference Sign Up Form will be sent as a link via email.
  • Conference times are 40 minutes, with most conference times between 12:30 and 4:00
  • Thursday 2/15 and Friday 2/16 Report Cards will be emailed to you.
  • Conferences focus on:
    • Reviewing the goals and February benchmarks in your child’s Education Plan (CEP).
    • Discussing skill development as measured by the Report Card.
    • A conversation answering your questions and concerns, and exploring next steps between February and June.
    • A conversation about continuing your child’s enrollment at Chartwell next year or making plans to ensure a successful transition from Chartwell to another school.
  • Your child’s Language/Literacy teacher leads the conference.
  • In the online sign up form, you may ask for other teachers to attend the conference.

Social Emotional Learning and RULER

  • Continuing into February and in different ways reflecting the emotional maturity of groups of students at Chartwell, teachers are working with students to learn about the 3rd Anchor of RULER, the Meta Moment.
  • The main idea of the Meta Moment is reflected in this quote:
    • "Between stimulus and Response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl
  • The Meta-Moment is a tool that helps us press the pause button between a challenging feeling and our first impulse. The Meta-Moment helps you prolong the space in time between when you are triggered and when you respond.
  • Watch this video to learn more about the Meta Moment.
  • For a deep dive on RULER and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, click here.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day:

  • We are planning for a wonderful Chartwell family event, Grandparents and Special Friends Day!
  • We send a special invitation for the event, by mail, to your child’s grandparent of special friend.
  • Please click on this link and enter the contact information for your child’s grandparent or special friend.
  • Not all students have grandparents available to attend, thus the Special Friend, which can be another relative or good friend of the family; however we do ask that it not be a parent.
  • Events of the Day:
    • A morning welcome at 8:15 a.m. and information session in McMahan Hall
    • A very special musical presentation by Chartwell music students led by music teacher Chris West
    • A special schedule similar to Back to School night where Grandparents and Special Friends experience a” day in the life” and go around to classes with their grandchild
    • Finally, a delicious catered lunch for everyone in McMahan Hall!
    • Noon dismissal for all and the beginning of Spring Break!
    • Questions? Email or call Crissy.

Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Holiday - President’s Day

Monday 2/19

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wed-Fri 2/21 - 2/23

Registration forms due for 3K By the Bay

Thursday 2/22

Free Dress Day!

Wed. 2/28

Parent Workshop: IEP’s and 504s

Friday 3/2

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Friday 3/23

2 Week Spring Break 🏄

3/24-4/8

Students Return to School😃

Monday 4/9

3K-By-The-Bay Race

Saturday 4/28

Teacher Emails:

Tracy Earle

tearle@chartwell.org

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

 

Good Stuff Here!

 

February 3, 2017

Happy Saturday folks! I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weekend. If you are a football fan, or just look for an excuse to have friends over for a fun get together, enjoy Super Bowl Sunday!
 
Sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • If you have not already, sign up electronically via this google sheet linked below. Here are directions:
  • Click here for the link to 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!
  • You may not be able to write in the document from a Smartphone and instead may have to use a computer.
  • 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

Repeated Information:

More information about February Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Wednesday 2/21, Thursday 2/22, and Friday 2/23
  • Conference Days are 1/2 days, noon dismissal for students
  • Conference times are 40 minutes, with most conference times between 12:30 and 4:00
  • Thursday 2/15 and Friday 2/16 Report Cards will be emailed to you.
  • Conferences focus on:
    • Reviewing the goals and February benchmarks in your child’s Education Plan (CEP).
    • Discussing skill development as measured by the Report Card.
    • A conversation answering your questions and concerns, and exploring next steps between February and June.
    • A conversation about continuing your child’s enrollment at Chartwell next year or making plans to ensure a successful transition from Chartwell to another school.
  • Your child’s Language/Literacy teacher leads the conference.
  • In the online sign up form, you may ask for other teachers to attend the conference.

Social Emotional Learning and RULER

  • Continuing into February and in different ways reflecting the emotional maturity of groups of students at Chartwell, teachers are working with students to learn about the 3rd Anchor of RULER, the Meta Moment.
  • The main idea of the Meta Moment is reflected in this quote:
    • "Between stimulus and Response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl
  • The Meta-Moment is a tool that helps us press the pause button between a challenging feeling and our first impulse. The Meta-Moment helps you prolong the space in time between when you are triggered and when you respond.
  • Watch this video to learn more about the Meta Moment.
  • For a deep dive on RULER and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, click here.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day:

  • We are planning for a wonderful Chartwell family event, Grandparents and Special Friends Day!
  • We send a special invitation for the event, by mail, to your child’s grandparent or special friend.
  • Please click on this link and enter the contact information for your child’s grandparent or special friend.
  • Not all students have grandparents available to attend, thus the Special Friend, which can be another relative or good friend of the family; however we do ask that it not be a parent.
  • Events of the Day:
    • A morning welcome at 8:15 a.m. and information session in McMahan Hall
    • A very special musical presentation by Chartwell music students led by music teacher Chris West
    • A special schedule similar to Back to School night where Grandparents and Special Friends experience a ”day in the life” and go around to classes with their grandchild
    • Finally, a delicious catered lunch for everyone in McMahan Hall!
    • Noon dismissal for all and the beginning of Spring Break!
    • Questions? Email or call Crissy.

Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Holiday - President’s Day

Monday 2/19

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wed-Fri 2/21 - 2/23

Free Dress Day!

Wed. 2/28

Parent Workshop: IEP’s and 504s

Friday 3/2

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Friday 3/23

2 Week Spring Break 🏄

3/24-4/8

Students Return to School😃

Monday 4/9

 

More Repeated Information:

Parent Workshop Friday March 2

  • IEPs, 504 plans and building a supportive and successful academic plan for your child after Chartwell
  • Friday, March 2
  • Chartwell School Library
  • 1:00-2:00
  • Steve Henderson, Head of Lower and Middle School
  • Jodi Amaditz, Chartwell School Dean of Academics

 

Teacher Emails:

Tracy Earle

tearle@chartwell.org

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

 

Good Stuff Here!

 

January 27, 2018

New Information:

Social Emotional Learning and RULER

  • Continuing into February and in different ways reflecting the emotional maturity of groups of students at Chartwell, teachers are working with students to learn about the 3rd Anchor of RULER, the Meta Moment.
  • The main idea of the Meta Moment is reflected in this quote:
    • "Between stimulus and Response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl
  • The Meta-Moment is a tool that helps us press the pause button between a challenging feeling and our first impulse. The Meta-Moment helps you prolong the space in time between when you are triggered and when you respond.
  • Watch this video to learn more about the Meta Moment.
  • For a deep dive on RULER and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, click here.

Science Camp!

Repeated Information:

February Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Wednesday 2/21, Thursday 2/22, and Friday 2/23
  • Conference Days are 1/2 days with noon dismissal for students
  • Wednesday 1/31 at 5:00 pm the Conference Sign Up Form will be sent as a link via email.
  • Conference times are 40 minutes, with most conference times between 12:30 and 4:00
  • Thursday 2/15 and Friday 2/16 Report Cards will be emailed to you.
  • Conferences focus on:
    • Reviewing the goals and February benchmarks in your child’s Education Plan (CEP).
    • Discussing skill development as measured by the Report Card.
    • A conversation answering your questions and concerns, and exploring next steps between February and June.
    • A conversation about continuing your child’s enrollment at Chartwell next year or making plans to ensure a successful transition from Chartwell to another school.
  • Your child’s Language/Literacy teacher leads the conference.
  • In the online sign up form, you may ask for other teachers to attend the conference.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day:

  • We are planning for a wonderful Chartwell family event, Grandparents and Special Friends Day!
  • We send a special invitation for the event by mail to your child’s grandparent or special friend.
  • Please click on this link and enter the contact information for your child’s grandparent or special friend.
  • Not all students have grandparents available to attend, thus the Special Friend, which can be another relative or good friend of the family; however we do ask that it not be a parent.
  • Events of the Day:
    • A morning welcome at 8:15 a.m. and information session in McMahan Hall
    • A very special presentation by Chartwell music students led by music teacher Chris West
    • A special schedule similar to Back to School night where Grandparents and Special Friends experience a "day in the life” and go around to classes with their grandchild
    • Finally, a delicious catered lunch for everyone in McMahan Hall!
    • Noon dismissal for all and the beginning of Spring Break!
    • Questions? Email or call Crissy.

Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

 

 

Free Dress Day!

Wednesday 1/31

Noon Dismiss - Faculty In-Service

Friday 2/2

Holiday - President’s Day

Monday 2/19

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wed-Fri 2/21 - 2/23

Free Dress Day!

Wed. 2/28

Parent Workshop: IEP’s and 504s

Friday 3/2

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Friday 3/23

2 Week Spring Break 🏄

3/24-4/8

Students Return to School😃

Monday 4/9

 

More Repeated Information:

Parent Workshop Friday, March 2

 

  • IEPs, 504 plans and building a supportive and successful academic plan for your child after Chartwell
  • Friday, March 2
  • Chartwell School Library
  • 1:00-2:00
  • Steve Henderson, Head of Lower and Middle School
  • Jodi Amaditz, Chartwell School Dean of Academics

January 20, 2018

New Information:

February Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Wednesday 2/21, Thursday 2/22, and Friday 2/23
  • Conference Days are 1/2 days, noon dismissal for students
  • Wednesday 1/31 at 5:00 pm the Conference Sign Up Form will be sent as a link via email
  • Conference times are 40 minutes, with most conference times between 12:30 and 4:00
  • Thursday 2/15 and Friday 2/16 Report Cards will be emailed to you
  • Conferences focus on:
    • Reviewing the goals and February benchmarks in your child’s Education Plan (CEP)
    • Discussing skill development as measured by the Report Card
    • Answering your questions and concerns, and exploring next steps between February and June
    • A conversation about continuing your child’s enrollment at Chartwell next year or making plans to ensure a successful transition from Chartwell to another school
  • Your child’s Language/Literacy teacher leads the conference
  • In the online sign up form, you may ask for other teachers to attend the conference

Grandparents and Special Friends Day:

  • We are planning for a wonderful Chartwell family event, Grandparents and Special Friends Day!
  • We send a special invitation for the event, by mail, to your child’s grandparent of special friend.
  • Please click on this link and enter the contact information for your child’s grandparent or special friend.
  • Not all students have grandparents available to attend, thus the Special Friend, which can be another relative or good friend of the family; however, we do ask that it not be a parent.
  • Events of the Day:
    • A morning welcome and information session at 8:15 in McMahan Hall
    • A very special presentation by Chartwell music students led by music teacher Chris West
    • A special schedule similar to Back to School night where Grandparents and Special Friends experience a ”day in the life” and go around to classes with their grandchild
    • Finally, a delicious catered lunch for everyone in McMahan Hall!
    • Noon dismissal for all and the beginning of Spring Break!
    • Questions? Email or call Crissy.

Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

Science Camp - 5th and 6th grade

M-F 1/22-1/26

Free Dress Day!

Wednesday 1/31

Noon Dismiss - Faculty In-Service

Friday 2/2

Holiday - President’s Day

Monday 2/19

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wed-Fri 2/21 - 2/23

Free Dress Day!

Wed. 2/28

Parent Workshop: IEP’s and 504s

Friday 3/2

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Friday 3/23

2 Week Spring Break 🏄🏄🏄

3/24-4/8

Students Return to School😃😃😃

Monday 4/9

Repeated Information:

Social Emotional Learning and Building Positive Character

  • January’s theme is Tolerance and Anti-Bullying
  • Understanding the importance of tolerance in community is supported by learning about the Meta-Moment in RULER
  • Every Wednesday all students learn and discuss these concepts during the Flex Period after lunch.
  • Contact our school counselor Carolyn Kelleher to learn more about RULER and Social Emotional Learning the Chartwell Way (her email is below).

Vote for Chartwell!

  • It’s that time of year for the Monterey County Weekly’s annual “Best Of” award nominations.
  • Between Now and through January 28th you can nominate Chartwell School and Chartwell faculty who you think deserve the title of "Best Of."
  • Vote for Chartwell School in these categories:
    • Best School
    • Best Local Nonprofit
    • Best K-12 Teacher
  • Click here to vote for Chartwell!

Parent Workshop Friday March 2

 

  • IEPs, 504 plans and building a supportive and successful academic plan for your child after Chartwell
  • Friday, March 2
  • Chartwell School Library
  • 1:00-2:00
  • Steve Henderson, Head of Lower and Middle School
  • Jodi Amaditz, Chartwell School Dean of Academics

January 11, 2018

Happy New Year Chartwell Family! The Faculty is rested and ready to continue creating a positive, challenging and supportive learning community the Chartwell Way. We are blessed in the New Year to be partners with you in teaching, growing, and mentoring your child. Remember to scroll to the bottom of this email where all Faculty and Staff email addresses are listed. Never hesitate to shoot a quick message asking about how things are going. Before you know it, we will be meeting again during our February Parent-Teacher Conferences.

New Information:

Social Emotional Learning and Building Positive Character

  • January’s theme is Tolerance and Anti-Bullying
  • Understanding the importance of tolerance in community is supported by learning about the Meta-Moment in RULER
  • Every Wednesday all students learn and discuss these concepts during the Flex Period after lunch.
  • Contact our school counselor Carolyn Kelleher to learn more about RULER and Social Emotional Learning the Chartwell Way (her email is below).

Vote for Chartwell!

  • It’s that time of year for the Monterey County Weekly’s annual “Best Of” award nominations.
  • Between Now and through January 28th you can nominate Chartwell School and Chartwell faculty who you think deserve the title of "Best Of."
  • Vote for Chartwell School in these categories:
    • Best School
    • Best Local Nonprofit
    • Best K-12 Teacher
  • Click here to vote for Chartwell!

Parent Workshop

  • IEPs, 504 plans and building a supportive and successful academic plan for your child after Chartwell
  • Friday, March 2
  • Chartwell School Library
  • 1:00-2:00
  • Steve Henderson, Head of Lower and Middle School
  • Jodi Amaditz, Chartwell School Dean of Academics

Upcoming Events:

 

Event

Date and Time

Martin Luther King Day - No School

Monday 1/15

First Basketball Game

Wednesday 1/17

Science Camp - 5th and 6th grade

M-F 1/22-1/26

Free Dress Day!

Wednesday 1/31

Noon Dismiss - Faculty In-Service

Friday 2/2

Holiday - President’s Day

Monday 2/19

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wed-Fri 2/21 - 2/23

Parent Workshop: IEP’s and 504s

Friday 3/2

Grandparents Day

Friday 3/23

 

Teacher Emails:

Tracy Earle

tearle@chartwell.org

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

 

Good Stuff Here!

Steve Henderson, Ed.M.

Head of Lower and Middle School

December 15, 2017

New Information:

Chartwell December Community Service Activities:

  • Food Donations:
    • Monday is the last day to make donations of canned food for the Food Bank.
  • Dorothy’s Place donations:
    • We still need more donations for our service project to create a meal for Dorothy’s place.
    • A $10 donation on Monday would be greatly appreciated!!

Kindness

  • The month of celebrating kindness continues. We are continuing to catch students in random acts of kindness.
  • It is said that everyday small acts of kindness are the glue of successful societies.
  • Here is a small blog post/poem about kindness I like.
  • Here are some of the examples of small acts of kindness over the last two weeks:
    • gave up her turn to allow another student to go first
    • After being tagged in a game he told the other student good job
    • At lunch, he said he would clean tables for the other student
    • She gave him her mountain bike when his tire was flat so he could continue to ride. She then walked the bike back to the bike shed.
    • He offered to give two of his ticket he had earned to help another student.
    • He showed concern for a younger student who had fallen
    • picked up a rotten apple and threw it away for me
    • She reminded the whole class to save their working inspiration documents (because it doesn’t save automatically like Google docs do).
    • He was very polite and kind to our special guest from CSUMB
    • Volunteered to set up chairs for community meeting
    • Help a classmate detangler her headphones
    • She was very kind and gave something she had she had and really liked to a friend who expressed interest in it
    • At the end of morning homeroom help pick up things before heading to next class
    • stopped at the door and held it open for me
    • Took time to show another student how to login to the application
    • held the door open for all the other students
    • set up equipment for intramural sports without being asked
    • she invited the student to join her during the recess game
    • cleaned up after the other students without being asked to
    • give a fellow student a high-five and then ask him if he was OK out of concern
    • asked if I needed someone to talk to because I was not doing well

Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

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

 

December 7, 2017

New Information:

December is the Month of Kindness!

  • We are catching kids engaged in genuine acts of kindness!
  • Teachers give out Kindness Tickets naming the act of kindness
  • Students put the Kindness Ticket on the bulletin board in the hallway
  • WE ARE STRIVING FOR 100 ACTS OF KINDNESS BEFORE THE WINTER BREAK
  • WE JUST STARTED AND ALREADY HAVE 23!!
  • Start a conversation with your child about kindness and that being kind not only makes others feel good, it makes you feel really good too!
  • Don’t believe me? Kindness is a fundamental human trait, watch this short video.

Repeated Information:

Chartwell December Community Service Activities:

  • Season of Caring
    • Please help us make food donations to the Food Bank.
    • We are asking students to bring in non-perishable food items to fill two large barrels.
    • These barrels will be picked up by the Food Bank on Monday, December 18, and the food will be distributed to needy families
    • Suggested foods to send in include: cans of soup, chili, beef 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
    • Families 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.
  • Dorothy’s Place.
    • Students at Chartwell spend the morning prior to winter break making a special luncheon for Dorothy’s Place in Salinas, which serves lunch and dinner each day to those in need.
    • Students and faculty make lasagna, garlic bread, handmade greeting cards, flower decorations, and decorated cookies to be delivered to Dorothy’s Place.
    • We are asking that each family donate $10 (or whatever you can afford) to help pay for all the food items and materials we will need to make 24 meat and cheese lasagnas, 30 loaves of garlic bread and hundreds of decorated sugar cookies.
    • Send in your $10.00 donation no later than Friday, December 15,
    • Thank you in advance for supporting this worthy effort. It makes a genuine difference, especially at this time of year, and the students enjoy making the meal and can feel good about being able to help and support the people in our community who need i

Upcoming Events:

 

Event

Date and Time

Middle School 6-8 grade Dance

Friday 12/8 6pm - 8 pm

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

 

November 30, 2017

I hope everyone is enjoying the beginnings of this wonderful holiday season!

New Information:

Chartwell December Community Service Activities:

  • Season of Caring
    • Please help us make food donations to the Food Bank.
    • We are asking students to bring in non-perishable food items to fill two large barrels.
    • These barrels will be picked up by the Food Bank on Monday, December 18, and the food will be distributed to needy families
    • Suggested foods to send in include: cans of soup, chili, beef 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
    • Families 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.
  • Dorothy’s Place.
    • Students at Chartwell spend the morning prior to winter break making a special luncheon for Dorothy’s Place in Salinas, which serves lunch and dinner each day to those in need.
    • Students and faculty make lasagna, garlic bread, handmade greeting cards, flower decorations, and decorated cookies to be delivered to Dorothy’s Place.
    • We are asking that each family donate $10 (or whatever you can afford) to help pay for all the food items and materials we will need to make 24 meat and cheese lasagnas, 30 loaves of garlic bread and hundreds of decorated sugar cookies.
    • Send in your $10.00 donation no later than Friday, December 15.
    • Thank you in advance for supporting this worthy effort. It makes a genuine difference, especially at this time of year, and the students enjoy making the meal and can feel good about being able to help and support the people in our community who need it!

Box Tops for Education

  • We’ve received an amazing number of box tops!
  • Monday, December 4th is the last day to turn in box tops.
  • The homeroom and/or student(s) with the most box tops wins a special lunch with me!

Final Fall Parent Workshop Series: Student Learning Profiles

  • Friday, December 1 from 1:00-2:00 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.

Upcoming Events:

Event

Date and Time

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

 

Repeated Information:

  • Join us for a Holiday Sing Along led by Chartwell 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.
  • 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?

Good Stuff Here!

 

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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