CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

December 2, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa

CDW Winter Concert: POSTPONED

Please see the new 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

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Monday, December 5th~ PTO Holiday Shop during lunch periods

Thursday, December 8th~ Grades 7 and 8 to NVOT for Winter Concert (Students may only attend if a permission slip is submitted.)

Monday, December 12th~ There will be a Board of Education Meeting

at 8:00 PM in the Lynch Gym.

Thursday, December 15th~ PTO Special Lunch

Friday, December 23rd~ Staff/Student Volleyball Game and Holiday Party; 12:30 Dismissal


Our School Newspaper: The CDW Knightly Chronicles

Have you ever wondered which month has the most birthdays at CDW, or what are teachers' pet peeves? The website for the Knightly Chronicles is LIVE for the 2022-2023 school year! You can find the LINK HERE. The Knightly Chronicles, our school newspaper, contains videos and news stories created by students in CDW. Some of these stories will be streamed live on OTBN, but you can access them at any time by going directly to the website. Keep an eye out for brand new stories coming soon!

Grade 5: LEAD (Law Enforcement Against Drugs)

The Grade 5 LEAD (formerly DARE) program has begun! Officer DeVita introduced the program to the students and discussed the importance of short-term goals. The students recorded their Short-Term Goal(s) in their Student Workbook to refer back to as the lessons continue.

Grade 5: Language Arts

Fifth graders reflected on all that they were thankful for as they welcomed the holiday season. They filled their plates with words and drawings and reminded each other of all the big and small things that fill our hearts with gratitude.

Grade 6 Science

Students in Mr. Johnson’s sixth grade science class pulled apart strips of paper to help model sea-floor spreading. Each pattern change represents about 250,000 years of time, and the two strips represent oceanic crust spreading apart on the mid-ocean ridge on the bottom of the ocean floor.

Grade 8 Baby Pictures for the Yearbook

Mr. Westervelt and the Yearbook Club have been collecting baby pictures from all Grade 8 students. If you have not submitted your child(ren)'s picture yet, please do so no later than Friday, December 9th.

CDW Debate Team

On Thursday December 1st, the CDW Debate Team participated in the Novice Debate Tournament at Tenafly Middle School with students from Tenafly, Northvale, Cresskill, Harrington Park, and Haworth. After extensive preparation, teammates Madeline Iacono and Francis McGowan were tasked with presenting cases for and against the United States federal government increasing its cooperation with NATO in the areas of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Although they did not place, their Affirmative score against Cresskill was 13 to 27 while their Negative score against Tenafly was 21 to 27.

PBA 34th Annual Toy Drive

Once again, the PBA will be holding its annual Toy Drive. There is a box in the CDW Lobby for your donations of new, unwrapped toys.
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PTO Fundraisers

PTO Holiday Shop: Monday, December 5th

During lunch, the students will be given an opportunity to visit the PTO Holiday Shop to buy a variety of gifts. Please do not forget your money!

Chick-fil-A Special Lunch: Thursday, December 15th

The PTO 8th Grade Committee is excited to announce its first Chick-fil-A special lunch fundraiser at CDW on Thursday, December 15th!

The sale is open now on the OTPTO website and ends on Sunday, December 11th.

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Mr. L's Corner

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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CDW Basketball

The Boys' Basketball team will be opening the season away at Norwood Middle School on Monday, December 5th at 4:00 PM. The first Boys' Basketball home game at CDW will be on Thursday, December 15th at 4:00 PM.

The Girls' Basketball team will be opening the season home against Norwood Middle School on Monday, December 5th at 4:00 PM at CDW. Come out and support the Knights!

2022-2023 CDW Basketball Schedule

NVOT Winter Girls Volleyball Clinic

The Northern Valley Volleyball Club. offers a great opportunity for girls to learn volleyball skills from experienced high school coaches and players at our weekly clinics. ONLY FEMALE athletes from Northern Valley towns in grades 4 through 8 are welcome to attend.


Mondays & Wednesdays: January 9th through February 15th (* no clinic on 1/16)

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Monday nights at Old Tappan High School

Wednesday nights at Demarest High School

On the first night, Monday, January 9th, at Old Tappan High School, each athlete must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for registration and a brief informational meeting at 6:30 PM.

Registration Link:


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:

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

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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Dropping Off Forgotten Items

As you know, safety is always a first priority for our students. Now that the school year is underway, it's a good time to be reminded of the guidance, which can be found in the CDW Student Handbook which states: "Parents are encouraged not to bring forgotten articles to the school. In the event that a student requires a forgotten essential (i.e. medication, eyeglasses, a dietary need etc.), the parent should contact/report to the main office to arrange to have the item(s) delivered to the student. The school will not disrupt the morning or afternoon session to deliver Chromebooks, chargers, or other non-essential items to students during the school day."

Although we want your child(ren) to be successful in school and to have what they need to succeed, we also want your child(ren) to learn independence. We will continually work with your child(ren) on organizational methods if necessary. Just reach out!

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


Lunch at CDW

Students should either bring their lunch from home each day, or parents may order through one of the approved vendors for delivery to CDW. If you order lunch from an approved vendor for delivery, please make sure the vendor knows your child's first and last name and grade level. This will help to ensure your child receives their lunch on time. At times, we understand that a parent/guardian may need to drop off lunch at school. All lunches need to be placed on the table with the green tablecloth in the vestibule.

5th/6th Grade Lunch ~ 11:27AM-12:01 PM

7th/8th Grade Lunch ~ 12:10PM-12:44 PM

Join the PTO!

The PTO is looking for volunteers throughout the school year!

Volunteers play a huge part in the PTO and what we are able to offer the 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.

Old Tappan 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

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