CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

April 8, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa

Congratulations to all of the students who are involved with the CDW Musical. I am so proud of the hard work and dedication that you have portrayed throughout the last few months to put on a successful show! Break a Leg!

CDW Musical~ Performances are Tonight and Tomorrow!

Under the direction of Ms. Osbahr, Ms. Watters, and Ms. Henry, the CDW students have been working tirelessly on preparing this year's CDW Musical. Performances are tonight, Friday, April 8th at 7:00 PM and tomorrow, Saturday, April 9th at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased on for $10 or at the door for $12. See the flyer below for more information.

At the bottom of each CDW Weekly Wrap-Up are upcoming, important dates!

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CDW Yearbook on Sale NOW!

This year, the CDW Yearbook will include Grades 5-8, in addition to highlighting our CDW Class of 2022. Please complete the form that your child received in homeroom (also attached), and provide payment of $70.00 (checks made out to "Charles DeWolf Middle School") to secure your CDW Yearbook. All forms and payment must be given to your child’s homeroom teacher by April 14th.

*A yearbook will be reserved for each Grade 8 student; however, yearbooks will be first come, first serve for students in Grades 5-7.

Grade 5 Literary March Madness- Weekly Update!

The Grade 5 students in Ms. Fischer's and Mrs. Park's classes vote on the book of their choice in the Literary March Madness bracket, which includes different genres of books. Each Friday, you can find the winners through the Weekly Wrap-Up!

After the voting this week, Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are heading to the finals! Voting will take place on Monday, April 11th.

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Nex-Trex Plastic Recycling Challenge Ends April 13th!

This is the last week of the Plastic Recycling Challenge. The bins will be removed on the morning of Wednesday, April 13th to be weighed for the last time. Thank you to everyone that has participated!

As of April 8th, we have collected 1,598 lbs. of plastic!!!

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Scoliosis Screening~ Grade 5, Grade 7, and New to District Students

Current New Jersey legislation requires the biennial examination of every pupil between the ages of ten and eighteen for the condition known as scoliosis (lateral curvature of the spine).

Students in grades 5 and 7 in the Charles DeWolf Middle School will be scheduled for scoliosis screening. New students entering Charles De Wolf School at any grade level may be screened if there is no documentation of recent scoliosis screening. The purpose of this program is to recognize scoliosis at its earliest stages so that the need for treatment can be determined.

The school nurse will conduct screenings during the next few weeks. Girls will be asked to wear bathing suits for the screening. Boys will remove shirts. The procedure for screening is a simple one. The nurse will inspect the child’s spine as he or she stands and bends forward. If a spinal problem is suspected, the parents will be notified and advised of the need for follow up.

If your child is currently under active treatment for a spinal problem, please notify Mrs. McCarthy in writing. If you have a specific reason to decline the screening of your child, you may do so using the form that was given to your child in homeroom (also attached) or by sending an email to the school nurse by April 14th.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mrs. Denise McCarthy, R.N.

Charles DeWolf Middle School Nurse

Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences~ Wednesday, April 27th

If your child(ren)'s teacher requested a conference with you to discuss him/her then you would have received an email from Mrs. Rosica requesting for you to view the letter in the Genesis Parent Portal. The letter will state the date, time, and location in CDW for your conference.

As a reminder, although Parent/Teacher Conferences are requested by the teacher, school-home connection is not only restricted to this day and time. Feel free to reach out to your child(ren)'s teacher(s) at any time.

Grade 8 Language Arts

As a follow up to the lesson in which the Grade 8 students used WWII letters to analyze sources, Mr. Gianetti graciously shared his late grandfather's stories and artifacts of his involvement with the Japanese during WWII. After listening to interesting tales of Mr. James Artuso, the students were given some time to peruse the artifacts that Mr. Artuso left behind.

The activity was a segue into the students' Marking Period 4 project in which they will research a family heirloom to apply the skill of using primary and secondary sources.

Art at CDW

The Grade 5 Art classes have been finishing up their Celtic Knot projects. When the knots are completed with color, they will be displayed in the hallways of CDW.

Mr. L's Updates

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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Grade 7 NJ Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program

On Monday, March 28th, there was a virtual CAP Program for parents, and on Tuesday, March 29th, the Grade 7 students experienced the program virtually in their classes. See the Teen Adult Guide HERE and the Teen Student Guide HERE. For more information on the New Jersey Child Assault Prevention Programs, you may visit their website at

Intramural Sports Program

Ms. Brock - Intramural Dates & Activities



Remember, the intramural program runs throughout the year so medical information can be submitted when your child wants to join. Please submit all PPE / HHQ documents to Mrs. McCarthy ( and forward all intramural-related emails to Ms. Brock (

Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE)

Inter-Scholastic Sports and Intramurals

Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes

History Form

Concussion Management Guidelines

All of this information can also be found in the Student Handbook.


April is School Library Month!

Please see the information below from Ms. DiPisa, CDW's School Librarian. HERE is the link to the Media Center Google Site where more information can be found.
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International Food Festival- May 3rd!

Please see the letter below (or attached) for more information.
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New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA)

Each spring, the state of New Jersey administers the NJSLA to all students in grades 3-8. The CDW students will participate as follows:

Grades 5 and 8

  • Students in Grades 5 and 8 will participate in the NJSLA for Language Arts, Math, and Science between May 9th and May 20th.

Grades 6 and 7

  • Students in Grades 6 and 7 will participate in the NJSLA for Language Arts and Math between May 9th and May 16th.

All students in grades 5-8 will need headphones or earbuds, which cannot be wireless, for these assessments. If your child does not have a pair of headphones or earbuds at school, please send in a pair from home.

The only electronic device students are permitted to use during NJSLA is a Chromebook provided by the school. If your child has a cell phone, smartwatch, or any other electronic device, it will need to be turned off and in his/her locker during the testing sessions.

On Friday, May 13th, as a result of NJSLA testing, the lunch periods will be as follows:

  • Lunch 1/Period 5A--> 11:05 AM-11:40 AM
  • Lunch 2/Period 5B--> 11:43 AM-12:18 PM

*All vendors have been notified.

If you have any questions regarding NJSLA, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at

Golden Knights Softball Camp- Spring Training 2022

The NVOT Golden Knights will be hosting a softball camp for players in Grades 3-8 during Spring Break. See the flyer below for more details. There will be copies in the CDW Main Office for your child(ren) to pick up as well! If you have any questions, contact Coach Landeck at

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Donation Drive for Ukraine

One of our TBD families, who is from Ukraine, shared the information below with us. If your family is looking for a way to support the people of Ukraine, please check out the Amazon Wish List that was put together by Baranova 27, a Ukrainian Humanitarian Project based in Fort Lee, NJ.

Click here to read an article about the donation drive.

Click here to see a video showing the donation site in Fort Lee, NJ.

Click here to view the Amazon Wish List.

Chromebook Usage and Safety

Our school-issued Chromebook device damage rates are on the rise and very high. Please remind your child to keep his/her Chromebook in his/her school-issued case. It is highly recommended that you purchase insurance for your child(ren)'s school-issued Chromebook. Please refer to the information below if you have not purchased the insurance yet.

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Grades 5, 6, 7 Parents

If your child is applying for admission to another school at any time (Private or Catholic) please contact Mrs. Richardson to let her know prior to requesting forms from the school.

Mrs. Richardson can be reached at 201-664-1475 ext 2203 or Speaking with Mrs. Richardson first will ensure a smooth application process.


Volunteers play a huge part in the PTO, and what they are able to offer our students and teachers. Without volunteers, many of the programs that students, teachers, and families enjoy will not be able to happen. Volunteer descriptions can be found at: under "More Info" and then "Flyers."

If you have interest in joining the PTO Board, joining or running a committee, or just want to learn more- please reach out to the PTO by visiting and selecting "Contact Old Tappan PTO" under the Help tab.

COVID-19 Reminder

If a member of your household has tested positive (or is waiting on Covid-19 test results), please do not send your child(ren) to school and contact Mrs. McCarthy, our school nurse, to inform her. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Santa or Mrs. McCarthy.

If Your Child is Not Feeling Well

In an effort to minimize the potential spread of illness (Covid or non-Covid) at school, please keep your child home if he/she:
  • has a fever. Students should be fever-free for 24 hours without medication prior to returning to school.
  • is nauseous or is vomiting.
  • has diarrhea

Due to Covid-19, if your child comes to school with the following symptoms, Mrs. McCarthy, our school nurse, will call you to pick up your child from school:

  • At least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, rigors, myalgia, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose; OR
  • At least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new olfactory disorder, new taste disorder.

Any student who falls into one of the categories above will be required to have a negative Covid-19 test to return to school. If your child has a chronic illness with one or more of the above symptoms, please contact Mrs. McCarthy so she is aware.

Anytime your child is not feeling well, and will not attend school, please contact Mrs. McCarthy at 201-664-1475 ext. 2103.

Travel Quarantine Requirements- updated

The CDC has updated its guidelines regarding international travel. Starting November 8, students who travel internationally will not be required to quarantine following their return to the United States. The United States is requiring a negative Covid-19 test to re-enter the US (from any international destination), so quarantine will not be required. We still ask for families to monitor their child(ren) for symptoms upon their return and quarantine if symptoms surface.

You may visit the CDC Travel Website HERE.

Mark Your Calendar


Friday, April 8th~ CDW Musical 7:00 PM in the Lynch Gym

Saturday, April 9th~ CDW Musical 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM in the Lynch Gym

Wednesday, April 13th~ CDW Coffee House 7:00 PM in the Lynch Gym

Thursday, April 14th~ Marking Period 3 Report Cards are available in the Genesis Parent Portal at 12:00 PM.

Friday, April 15th~ Good Friday- School Closed

Monday, April 18th-Friday, April 22nd~ Spring Recess

Tuesday, April 26th~ The PTO Meeting is at 7:00 PM in the CDW Media Center.

Thursday, April 28th~ The BOE Meeting is at 8:00 PM in the BOE Conference Room.

Old Tappan School Year Calendar - 2021-2022

Click here to view the calendar.

Approved School Year Calendar- 2022-2023

Our Board of Education approved the operating calendar for the 2022-2023 school year. The calendar can be found on the district website or by clicking here.