CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

March 25, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa

Time Flies When You're Having Fun!

One of the biggest challenges a middle school student faces is time management. How does a student do well in school, while doing well at extracurricular activities, and having a fulfilling social life?

"Time flies when you're having fun" is a popular idiom that applies to a variety of life situations, but how does your child manage his/her time? Below are some easy steps in guiding students to manage their time wisely and efficiently.

  • Use an agenda.
  • Eliminate distractions.
  • Set goals, both long term and short term.
  • Make a plan on how to reach those goals.
  • Prioritize tasks.
  • Work on one thing at a time.
  • Study in shorter bursts.
  • Break tasks into shorter, manageable parts.
  • Take breaks.
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep.

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


Grade 5 Literary March Madness

Two times a week, the Grade 5 students in Ms. Fischer's and Mrs. Park's classes will vote on the book of their choice in the bracket, which will include different genres of books. Each Friday, you can find the winners through the Weekly Wrap-Up!
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CDW Film Festival

Today, Mr. Johnson hosted a CDW Film Festival after school. The Festival featured four films that were created by the students in the Digital Filmmaking Club. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the students. It was an enjoyable event had by all!
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Grade 8 Language Arts

The Grade 8 Language Arts students are reading Unbroken. An important part of the plot is that the mother continually writes letters to her son. The Grade 8 students took a break from reading the novel this week to read actual WWII Letters between Paul (who was stationed overseas during WWII) and his family!

Using the letters as a primary source to find key points and evidence, the students completed a graphic organizer. The students were engaged and did a wonderful job using their analytical skills!

Dr. Fowlin Assemblies

On March 23rd and March 24th, Dr. Fowlin visited CDW to share his words of wisdom on decision making, character development, and anti-bullying. His approach included humor, character play, personal stories, and important lessons. The students were evidently engaged, and we hope that Dr. Fowlin's inspiring words provided students with pertinent information.

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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Mr. L's Updates

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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Grade 7 Child Assault Prevention Program

Next Tuesday, during periods one through three, our seventh-grade students will participate in the Child Assault Prevention "TeenCAP" project. TeenCAP aims to prevent assault against teens by training them to recognize and deal with potentially dangerous situations. *The National Assault Prevention Center developed TeenCAP as a response to the violence in the lives of adolescents.

TeenCAP 's community approach includes:
* A parents/guardians program
* Classroom workshops for students

The adult program, which typically goes out to parents/guardians first, provides information on assault against teens, identification of assault victims, reporting of abuse, and crisis intervention skills. Please see the Zoom Meeting details below in preparation for Monday's Parent Zoom Meeting.

When: March 28, 2022

Where: Zoom Meeting
Topic: TeenCAP Old Tappan parent
Time: 6:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 846 0449 3404
Passcode: 066384

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.


CDW Musical~ April 8th and 9th

The CDW Musical, Fiddler on the Roof Jr., will have performances on Friday, April 8th at 7:00 PM and on Saturday, April 9th at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Tickets, advertisements, and boosters are now on sale! Tickets can be purchased online at, or see the fliers below for more information.
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CDW Musical: Donations Needed

CDW’s production of Fiddler on the Roof Jr. is looking for donations to create props, scenery, and costumes. Donations can be dropped off at the main office. Please make sure to indicate that the items are for the musical so that the office knows where to send them. We thank you in advance for your support!

Look at the list of items needed HERE.

Student Government Sock Drive

Charles DeWolf Middle School’s Student Government is hosting a Sock Drive!!!

Where: CDW lobby (there will be labeled boxes)

When: Wednesday, March 23rd- Wednesday, April 6th

How to participate:

  1. Bring unused, tagged/in-bag socks.

  2. Put the socks in a Ziploc bag with:

    1. First and last name

    2. Grade

    3. Homeroom number & teacher

    4. Number of pairs of socks in the bag

If you donate 5 or more pairs of socks following all the steps above, you will be awarded a HOMEWORK PASS!

Questions?: Ms. Cohen, Student Government Advisor, can be reached at:

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 chid(ren) 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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Nex-Trex Plastic Recycling Challenge Ends April 15th!

We are collecting plastic film in the containers outside of CDW. Once a month through April 5th, our CDW students in the Environmental Justice classes will retrieve the collection bags, weigh the contents, and track our collections. Our custodians will then bring our recycling to the collection center. Soon enough, we will find out how our school ranked in the collection of recyclable plastic film. If we collect the most in our school size category, we could win another Trex bench for our outdoor classroom! Please see the flyer below for more information!

As of March 14th, we have 1,480 lbs. of plastic!!!

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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


Wednesday, March 30th-Friday, April 1st~ 8th Grade Trip


Thursday, April 7th~ Marking Period 3 Ends

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.