CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

September 9, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa

The CDW doors were opened to students on Tuesday, and it was such an exciting week. Our school year 2022-2023 began with a successful start thanks to all stakeholders!

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Monday, September 12th~ BOE Meeting in the BOE Conference Room, 8:00 PM

Thursday, September 15th~ Back-to-School Night 7:00 PM

Tuesday, September 20th~ NJ Start Strong Math

Wednesday, September 21st~ NJ Start Strong Language Arts

Thursday, September 22nd~ NJ Start Strong Science (Grade 6 only)

Monday, September 26th~ School Closed for Rosh Hashanah


Monday, October 3rd~ BOE Meeting in the BOE Conference Room, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, October 5th~ School Closed for Yom Kippur

Friday, October 7th~ Marking Period 1 Mid-Point

Monday, October 10th~ 12:30 PM Dismissal for Staff PD

Friday, October 14th~ Marking Period 1 Interim Reports released at 12:00 PM

Tuesday, October 18th~ School Picture Day

Monday, October 24th~ BOE Meeting in the BOE Conference Room, 8:00 PM

Monday, October 31st~ Halloween


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 (see picture below).

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

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

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PTO Pizza Sales

Visit to order pizza for Monday lunches, which will begin on Monday, September 19th.

If you're not a member of the PTO, please first join, log out and then log back in to order pizza. The sale will close on September 14th.

Choir Rehearsals

The first CDW Choir rehearsal will be on Tuesday, September 13th from 3:00-4:00 PM in Room 402 under the direction of Ms. Osbahr. All students in Grades 5-8 are welcome to join!

Morning Drop-Off and Afternoon Pick-Up Reminders

  • Once you pull up to the cones on Interschool Drive, please have your child(ren) exit the vehicle. This allows many students to be dropped off at the same time and allows the line to move quickly.
  • Please do not park in any staff parking spots when dropping off or picking up students.
  • Please do not block any parking spots along the front side of the building at Pick-Up.
  • Please do not exit your vehicle and leave your vehicle unattended on Interschool Drive.
  • Please do not drive through/across the traffic cones on Interschool Drive. Cutting through cones could cause additional traffic or unsafe driving conditions.
  • Speak to your child(ren) and create a dismissal plan. This will ensure the safety and quickest exit from school property.
  • Please feel free to use both lanes on Interschool Drive for Pick-Up. A staff member will be available to cross your child(ren).

Visitor Parking

If you need to visit the school, please only park in a spot labeled "Visitor." All numbered spots are assigned to staff members.

Back-to-School Night: Thursday, September 15, 2022

The night will begin at 7:00 PM with your child's Period 1 teacher and will end at 8:35 PM with your child's Period 8 teacher.

Some important information:

  • Your child(ren) will bring home a schedule for you to follow throughout the night.
  • Since Language Arts (and possibly math) is a double period, you will visit the Lynch Gym during the second session to enjoy refreshments and check out this year's CDW Spirit Wear.
  • The Cycle/PE/CE teachers will be stationed in the Rossi Gym.
  • Just a reminder, please do not park in the staff parking spots (designated by a number).
  • Back-to-School Night is for parent(s)/guardian(s) only. Students should not attend.

Please enjoy this video explaining the Back-to-School Night Schedule in further detail.

CDW Media Center Website

Ms. DiPisa would like to introduce the new Media Center Website! We encourage you to take a tour and learn about all of the wonderful happenings going on in our CDW Media Center!

Picture Day

The CDW Picture Day will be on Tuesday, October 18th. The students will bring home a form in the beginning of October that will provide information about how to order pictures. All students will take an individual photo that day, whether a package is purchased or not. There will be retakes in November, and more information about that will be provided at another time.

*Grade 8 students: This will be the picture that is used for the 2023 Yearbook.

Grade 8 Information from Ms. Adamo

All students applying to Bergen Academies/Tech, Private or Catholic schools must email Ms. Adamo by October 3; she will then provide you with important information to assist with the application process. Her email is

Ms. Adamo also has a Google Classroom to assist with all aspects of the transition process to high school. Every 8th grader has been invited to join her classroom. If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss the application process, please email Ms. Adamo at

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 following membership requirements at the end of the third marking period in 2023:

  • Has a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.70 in academic (social studies, language arts, math, science and Spanish) subjects, with no grade below a B- in any subject (including cycle classes) for ALL marking periods of the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Demonstrates outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship.
  • Accumulates no more than six unexcused tardies. Tardies will only be considered excused if a doctor's note is submitted to the School Nurse.
  • Accumulates no detentions related to behavior in violation of the CDW Code of Conduct.
  • Performs eight hours of documented community service from a recognized nonprofit, community, or education organization from 9/1/2022-4/21/2023. Virtual service hours will no longer be accepted. Please note that there will be no extension of this date. Students should provide documentation on the organization’s letterhead when submitting their applications in April.
  • Completes at least three marking periods of the 7th grade year at CDW (unless a student moves into district and has been inducted as a member in another district).

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 Broadcasting Network (OTBN)

Under Mr. Johnson's direction, the Grade 8 CDW students in the OTBN Club arrive to school early every morning to prepare for morning announcements. They go live around 8:25 AM. HERE is the direct link to the broadcasting network.
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Mr. Rosolanko's Grade 5 Band

Mr. Rosolanko is some recruiter! He has 73 out of the 99 Grade 5 students in his Grade 5 band, and we cannot wait to hear them create their first sounds together!
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Mr. L's Corner

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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Grade 7 and 8 Soccer Tryouts

Coach Gagliano will be hosting Soccer tryouts on Tuesday, September 13th and Wednesday, September 14th at the field behind CDW from 3:15 to 4:30 PM. Students must have shin guards and cleats in order to tryout. In order to tryout, students must hand in a completed physical form to Mrs. McCarthy, the school nurse.

Grade 7 and 8 Volleyball Tryouts

Coach Gianetti will be hosting Volleyball tryouts on Wednesday, September 14th and Thursday, September 15th from 3:15 to 4:15 PM in the Rossi Gym at CDW. Students must wear appropriate clothing and sneakers. In order to tryout, students must hand in a completed physical form to Mrs. McCarthy, the school nurse.

Fall Sports: Soccer and Volleyball

Dear Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s):

In order to participate in any of our middle school sports programs, your child(ren) must have his/her most recent medical records on file. Please speak with your child(ren) to see what sport(s) he/she is interested in and make sure to submit all medical documents by the dates below. Unfortunately, your child(ren) will not be able to participate/compete until all medical documents have been submitted, reviewed, and approved. Please be mindful that all physicals expire after one calendar year. Therefore, if your child(ren) submitted a physical around October 2021, then he/she will need to submit a new physical before October 2022 to complete the fall season on the team.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Tino Lauriello





B/G Basketball




*Intramurals will begin in the fall and will be held throughout the year.


Fall Sport:

Should have been submitted by August 30, 2022

Winter Sport:

Submit before October 14, 2022

Spring Sport:

Submit before February 10, 2023

*All forms must be submitted to the school nurse, and coaches will verify all medical documents are on record.

Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Forms

Please use the Health Office Information Link for all medical documents.

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


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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Morning Drop-Off and Afternoon Pick-Up at CDW


  • Drop-off will continue to be on Interschool Drive.
  • For the safety of all students, we ask that you stay in your vehicle at drop-off and dismissal.
  • Please do not use the upper faculty parking lot for drop-off/pick-up/or exiting of school grounds during school hours. CDW faculty and BOE-approved bus companies are the only vehicles permitted in the upper lot.
  • There will be adult supervision starting at 8:10 AM, and the doors will open at 8:20 AM. If there is inclement weather, students will be ushered into the school gymnasiums at 8:00 AM.
  • The students in Grades 5 & 6 will line up on the blacktop in the back of the school near the basketball courts.
  • The students in Grades 7 & 8 will line up on the blacktop by the 7th and 8th Grade Wing Exterior Door.


  • 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 do not block designated emergency lanes that connect TBD and CDW.

General Traffic Rules Regarding Parking

  • Never park in a "No Parking, Fire Lane." These lanes are designated with yellow paint in diagonal lines on the pavement along with the words, "No Parking Fire Lane."
  • Never park along a curb that is painted yellow and leave your vehicle unattended.
  • Do not double park (park your vehicle beside another vehicle that is in a designated parking space).

Start Strong Standardized Assessments

The Start Strong assessments will be administered at CDW September 20th-22nd. The Start Strong tests are short- 60 minutes per subject, ELA in Grades 4-8; Math in Grades 4-8, Algebra I, and Geometry; and Science in Grade 6.

CDW Schedule:

  • On Tuesday, September 20th, the students in Grades 5-8 will take the NJ Start Strong Math Assessment.
  • On Wednesday, September 21st, the students in Grades 5-8 will take the NJ Start Strong Language Arts Assessment.
  • On Wednesday, September 22nd, the students in Grade 6 will take the NJ Start Strong Science Assessment.

Score reports, which we will be available in the fall, will give teachers a reading on which students need support with which NJ Student Learning Standards. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will receive score reports, too. The score reports will consist of the following components:

1. Overall Performance

2. Performance Levels

  • Strong Support May Be Needed
  • Some Support May Be Needed
  • Less Support May Be Needed

Lunch Vendors Are Back!

Students should either bring their lunch from home each day, or parents can order through one of the approved vendors for delivery. You can find the Lunch Vendors on the Old Tappan School District Website, or refer to the flyer below.
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Join the PTO!

The PTO is looking for volunteers for the upcoming school year!

Volunteers play a huge part in the PTO and what we 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.

Old Tappan 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

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