CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

December 23, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa

Happy New Year!

December is the month of joy, happiness, and time to finish what you started! As we near the end of 2022, take some time to reflect on your accomplishments and think about a fresh start for the new year.

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Monday, December 26th-January 30th~ Holiday Recess: School is closed.


Monday, January 2nd~ School reopens.

Monday, January 2nd~ There is a Board of Education Meeting at 8:00 PM in the BOE Conference Room.

Friday, January 6th~ Grade 8 Instrumental Music Day at NVOT

Monday, January 16th~ Martin Luther King Day: School is closed to students for a staff professional development day.

Wednesday, January 18th~ Winter Concert for 5th grade band and 6th grade band.

Thursday, January 19th~ Winter Concert for 7th grade band, 8th grade band, and the CDW Choir.

Thursday, January 26th~ Marking Period 2 ends.

Tuesday, January 31st~ Marking Period 2 Report Cards available in the Genesis Parent Portal at 12:00 PM.


CDW Spirit Week!

Thank you to the Student Government for hosting another fabulous CDW Spirit Week! It was great to see the participation among the students and staff. Enjoy pictures below.

Monday: Grade Color Day

Tuesday: Patriotic Day

Wednesday: Tacky, Wacky Wednesday

Thursday: Ugly Sweater Day

Friday: Holiday Flair Day/Staff Volleyball Game

CDW Holiday Cup Contest

Ms. DiPisa and Ms. Watters led the students in an exciting CDW Holiday Cup Contest. All participants had to create their own holiday cup and provide an explanation along with it. It was great to see so many students participate! See the four winners below, along with all of the cups that were submitted.
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Name that tune!

As part of this week's holiday spirit, Mr. Rosolanko and his students played a short piece of a holiday tune each morning. With the help of their homeroom, teachers could guess and call into the office to win a prize. After the correct tune was guessed correctly, the musician played the song in its entirety. Thank you to our musicians, Gyubeen Noh, Lana Khan, Khanho Lee, and Mr. Rosolanko!


Day 1~ Ms. Osbahr

Day 2~ Ms. DiPisa

Day 3~ Mr. Fearon

Day 4~Mr. Clark

Day 5~ Mr. Gagliano

CDW Hosts the Bergen Brain Busters Meet!

Ms. Hwang, along with CDW students, hosted the Bergen Brain Busters competition on Monday, December 19th. Our 7th and 8th grade Brain Busters team competed in this first School vs. School meet of the year. Two teams represented CDW as they competed against other Northern Valley teams. Haworth came in first place.

Megan Collins, Isabella Duan, Leila Hilmo, Ethan Kahanov, Tim Mahler, Lyla Murphy, Peter Ognibene, and Posey Ring represented CDW. There will be two more Mixed meets and one more School vs. School before the season culminates with the Bergen County Meet in June.

A big thank you to the custodial staff, students, and staff who helped make our first Brain Busters competition a success!

Grade 7 Science

Last week, the 7th graders classified organisms in Kingdom Animalia based on their physical characteristics.

High Honors and Honors for Marking Period 1

Congratulations to the CDW students who were recognized at the December 12th Old Tappan Board of Education meeting for their outstanding academic performance for Marking Period 1.

Physical Education Volleyball Tournament Winners!

Mr. L's Corner

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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CDW Basketball

Although the boy's basketball team fell short at Northvale on Monday, they stepped it up with a 75-61 win over Closter on Tuesday. The team persevered and overcame an early 14 point deficit for the win. Leo Etter led all scorers with 28 points. Maximos Demaras poured in 20 connecting on 4 threes. Carmine Porcelli had an all around outstanding game, with 12 points, 10 assists, 6 steals, and one ankle breaker. Zach Miceli had his third triple-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

On Wednesday, the boys defeated Harrington Park 56-31. Maximos Demaras led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points. Carmine Porcelli added 11, Zach Miceli finished with 10, and Leo Etter chipped in for 8. Cole Sheridan and Chace Totten came off the bench and added 5 and 6 points. Kyle Gagliano and Matt Kosmark also played solid ball in the 4th quarter. Congratulations!


The girls' basketball team improved its record with a 50-30 victory over Northvale on Monday. Three Lady Knights scored in double figures. Christina D'Andrea led the team with 14 points. Alivia Badurina scored 13 and Mauimi Quiros chipped in 11.

On Tuesday, the girls' basketball team lost to Closter by a score of 43-26. Lexi Caneudo and Alivia Badurina each scored 8 points, and Christina D'Andrea had a season high of 6 points.

On Wednesday, the girls were victorious versus Harrington Park. The 45-11 score improved the team's record to 5-1. Lexi Caneudo led all scorers with 16 points. She also grabbed 13 rebounds and had a career high of 7 blocks. Alivia Badurina scored 8 and Christina D'Andrea tallied 7 points. Congratulations!

2022-2023 CDW Basketball Schedule

PTO Fundraisers

Old Tappan PTO Casino Night

Tickets are available at
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Spirit Wear!

The CDW Spirit Wear store is available on! The Long Term Store is open year round and orders are shipped directly to the purchaser. The Short Term Store will reopen in the spring.

Both stores offer different merchandise. Links are on or see below:

SHORT TERM: Charles DeWolf Middle School Old Tappan Spirit Wear 2022

LONG TERM: Charles DeWolf Middle School


CDW Musical Auditions

Calling all actors, singers, and dancers! Auditions for CDW's production of "Getting to Know Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" will take place the first week of January. The signup will close at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, January 3rd. If interested, students should see Ms. Osbahr for an audition form.

CDW Winter Concerts

Please see the dates below:

Wednesday, January 18th at 7:30 PM: 5th/6th Band

  • The concert will include performances from both the 5th and 6th grade bands.
  • Students should arrive at 7:15 pm in their concert dress clothes.
  • The concert will be held in the CDW Lynch Gym.
  • The concert will be approximately 30-45 minutes.

Thursday, January 19th at 7:30 PM: 7th/8th Band and Choir

  • The concert will include performances from both the 7th and 8th grade bands and the CDW Choir.
  • Students should arrive at 7:15 pm in their concert dress clothes.
  • The concert will be held in the CDW Lynch Gym.
  • The concert will be approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

Please reach out to Mr. Rosolanko with any questions about band at, and please reach out to Ms. Osbahr with any questions about choir at

Dismissal Procedure Reminders

  • Please arrange a meeting area with your child(ren) so that you can locate them efficiently.
  • Please do not park and/or exit your vehicle regardless of your child(ren) being at TBD or CDW.
  • Please move your car up after the car in front of you exits Interschool Drive to keep the traffic flowing.
  • Please do not block designated emergency lanes that connect TBD and CDW.
  • Please use BOTH LANES on Interschool Drive for Pick-Up. A staff member will be available to cross your child(ren).

New Genesis Parent Portal Link

Genesis had to make some updates to the platform; therefore, their link has changed. Please use the following link moving forward to access the Genesis Parent Portal:

**Please note, the app we have for parents to access the Genesis Parent Portal on a mobile device is no longer supported by the Apple Store. If your app is no longer working, please log in using the link above. We are working to update our app so it is supported by the Apple Store; however, we do not have a projected date when this will be complete.

Quantum Steampunk Short Story Contest

Below is a flyer for a short story contest that Ms. DiPisa introduced to the students at CDW. Submissions are due by January 15th, 2023. Please contact Ms. DiPisa at with any questions or for more information.
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The Nex-Trex Plastic Film Recycling Program is Back!

We are collecting plastic film in the three containers outside of CDW. Once a month, from October through April, 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. In April, 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! Last year we collected 1,796 lbs of plastic!

Please see the flyer below for more information!


If your child is not going to attend school, please contact Mrs. McCarthy at 201-664-1475 ext. 2103 or

In an effort to minimize the potential spread of illness 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.

Art Supplies Needed!

When you deliver the items to the main office, please label them with "Art Room." Thank you in advance for your support and generosity!
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Chromebook Insurance Information

If you would like to purchase insurance for your child(ren)'s school issued Chromebook, please refer to the information below, or you may purchase directly from
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National Junior Honor Society Information for Current 7th Grade Students

Membership in the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at Charles DeWolf Middle School is open to any seventh grade student who meets all the membership requirements at the end of the third marking period in 2023.

During the week of April 24, 2023, eligible students will be identified and invited to apply

for admission to the NJHS by email. An email will also be sent to parents of eligible

students. The induction ceremony will be held during the week of May 15, 2023 (subject to


Old Tappan 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

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