CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

December 3, 2021

A Message from Ms. Santa

Dressing for the Weather and Safety Protocols

As the cold weather takes over, it is also important to send your child to school with the appropriate attire to attend outside Recess. Students have been reminded during OTBN's morning announcements to bring their coats, gloves, scarves, and hats to lunch with them so that they are prepared for Recess.

Please remind your child(ren) to have a mask as they arrive to school each day. The mask is to be worn over their nose and mouth indoors. As the temperatures get colder, there are more coughs and sneezes being heard at CDW. It's a good idea to also keep 2-3 extra masks in your child(ren)'s backpacks.


Traffic Reminders


Please help keep our students safe during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up by practicing the following traffic rules.

1. Please do not enter the BOE parking to drop-off or pick-up your child(ren). Many of our students use that entrance to walk to their homeroom locations or pass through when walking home at the end of the day. We ask that you refrain from entering the BOE parking lot from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM and from 2:30 PM to 3:10 PM.

2. Please do not drive through any of the staff parking spots along Interschool Drive. Students should have a clear - safe - path to the sidewalk as they exit their vehicles.

3. If you drop your child(ren) off before the traffic cones on Interschool Drive, you can enter the right lane. This change in lanes will expedite your exit off school property.

Thanks for keeping our kids safe!

Harry Potter Read-Aloud

Students are invited to join Ms. DiPisa in the library on Tuesdays during lunch to eat and listen to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

A sign out sheet will be available each Tuesday in the cafeteria. Students must sign out of lunch to attend.

NVOT Physics Club Visit

On Thursday, December 2, 2021, the NVOT Physics Club visited with some CDW 8th grade students. The Physics Club set up four stations for the students to rotate through. They performed and discussed their recent experiments. In the Fun Physics Club, NVOT students have discussions about research in physics, prepare for and compete in the Physics Olympiads and Physics Bowl, and watch and discuss physics-related movies.

National Junior Honor Society Holiday Cards

Members of the National Junior Honor Society continued a 15 year tradition of writing holiday cards to local soldiers who are stationed overseas during the holiday season. Completed in conjunction with American Legion Post 192 based in Hillsdale, each student completed three cards, writing messages of thanks, support, and season's greetings. Over 90 cards were written!

Social Studies

6th Grade: After studying early human history and early examples of cave art, the students created their own interpretations based on what they learned. Many of them created exciting stories about cave men and women and their daily lives.

7th Grade: Students were assigned either a Spanish conquistador or leader of the Mayan/ Aztec Empires. Students had to describe who their person was and the impact they had on establishing North America and/or the role Europe had in colonizing. A gallery walk with the posters followed.

PBA Toy Drive

The PBA 33rd Annual Toy Drive has begun! They are accepting new, unwrapped toys for children.

The Toy Drive will benefit:

  • Tomorrow's Children Hospital
  • Sanzari Children's Hospital
  • Valley Hospital Pediatric Center
  • 508th Military Police
  • U.S. Military Families
  • And more!

There is a bin in the CDW Lobby, or you may drop off toys at the police department.

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8th Grade NVOT Q&A Session

For those who could not attend this past Wednesday, or for those who wish to revisit any part of it, you may view the 8th Grade Open House Q &A Recording.

Also, NVOT will be hosting a future virtual event (planned for January 12, 2022, at 6:00 pm) about high school scheduling.

Other important sites:

NV Old Tappan 8th Grade Open House

Program of Studies / Scheduling Information

Mr. L's Updates

Reminders and updates from CDW's Student Manager

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CDW Basketball

The CDW basketball season is off to a great start! On Thursday, December 2nd, both the boys' and girls' basketball teams started their season off with a WIN against Norwood. The boys were away playing in Norwood, and the girls were home at CDW.

Basketball Schedules

Intramural Sports Program

Ms. Brock - Intramural Dates & Activities

December through January - VOLLEYBALL

January through February - BADMINTON

March through April - BASKETBALL


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.

Sports Spectators

Charles DeWolf Middle School will continue to follow and enforce the following safety measures in respect to indoor athletics.

1. Basketball players are permitted to play without a mask when they are in the game.

2. Basketball players that are on the bench are required to wear their masks.

3. All spectators are required to wear a mask when attending an indoor sports activity.

Any questions, please contact Mr. Lauriello @

Volleyball Players: 4th through 8th Grade Girls

Please see the information below about the 2022 Winter Volleyball Clinics at NV - Old Tappan and Demarest High Schools. These clinics are open to 4th through 8th grade girls. Feel free to share with neighbors and classmates in the seven Northern Valley communities.

Please make sure you register by clicking HERE.

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Upcoming Assembly

On Monday, December 6, 2021, Charles DeWolf Middle School will host Timothy Shoemaker. He is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer, and consultant. His notable career has been praised by state and national politicians, profiled by several media outlets, and referenced by influential parenting sites. In addition, his latest eBook, There's More To Life, has been acclaimed by teens and parents alike.

Tim's story has touched many lives and rewarded him with a truly rare blend of experience. He now gifts that powerful experience to others, delivering it with enticing details, penetrating clarity, and a disarming wit that has endeared audiences of all backgrounds. Using logic, tact, and leadership, Tim's innovative techniques inspire self-motivated success.

The Grade 5 and Grade 6 Assemblies will be, "Emotional Resiliency."

The Grade 7 and Grade 8 Assemblies will be, "Mental Health/Decision Making- Digital Dangers: Best Practices for Online Citizenship."

There will also be a PARENT ASSEMBLY from 6:30-7:30 PM on December 6, 2021, at CDW. We look forward to seeing you!

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Winter Concerts

Band- 5th and 6th Grades:

There will be a winter concert on Wednesday, December 15th at 7:30 PM.

  • Students should report to their assigned classroom no later than 7:15 PM the night of the performance.
  • The concert will be held in the CDW Lynch Gym.
  • The concert will be approximately 30-45 minutes.
  • The concert will include performances from both the 5th and 6th grade bands.

Band- 7th and 8th Grades and Choir:

There will be a winter concert on Thursday, December 16th at 7:30 PM.

  • Students should report to their assigned classroom no later than 7:15 PM the night of the performance.
  • The concert will be held in the CDW Lynch Gym.
  • The concert will be approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
  • The concert will include performances from both the 7th and 8th grade bands and the CDW Choir.

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

CDW Musical

Is your child interested in being in this year's CDW Musical?

  • There will be a student information meeting with Ms. Osbahr in the Music Room on Monday, December 20th at 3:00 PM.
  • There will be a Parent Informational Meeting on Tuesday, December 21st at 6:00 PM at CDW.

The 2022 NASAO International Aviation Art Contest

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Nex-Trex Plastic Recycling Challenge

We are collecting plastic film in the 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! Please see the flyer below for more information!
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8th Grade Information from Mrs. Richardson

Mrs. Richardson's 8th Grade Google Classroom is up and running. All information regarding applying to other high schools is posted there. Additionally, all information that pertains to NVOT is also posted in her classroom, including any communication from NVOT.

Every 8th Grader has been invited to the class and has access to the information.

Once first marking period report cards are generated, she will forward the records to the schools. If you have any further questions, please email Mrs. Richardson at

CDW Clubs 2021-2022

Updated information about the clubs that CDW offers will be posted onto our CDW Clubs Webpage. Students also hear OTBN Morning Announcements for more information.

More clubs will be added as their schedules are confirmed.

NJHS Information for the Current 7th Grade Students

Membership in the NJHS at Charles DeWolf Middle School will be open to seventh graders who meet the criteria at the end of the third marking period. Please visit the NJHS Webpage for more information.

Art Room Supplies Needed!

Please have your child bring the needed art supplies to Ms. Watters in Room 106.
  • Plastic Bags
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
We thank you in advance for your support!

See the Flyer from Ms. Watters HERE.

Chromebook Insurance Information

If you would like to purchase insurance for your child(ren)'s school issued Chromebook, please refer to the information below.
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Join the PTO!

The PTO is looking for volunteers to join the board and committees for next year!

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.

Important Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders

Please see the information below to ensure that pick-up and drop-off procedures are safe and efficient for our students.


  • The drop-off line is a continuously moving line. Please do not park in the staff parking spaces along Interschool Drive to drop off your child(ren). Children are exiting their vehicles and heading towards the sidewalk, and this causes an unsafe walking zone.
  • Please remind your child(ren) to exit the vehicle and walk behind your car.
  • Parent(s)/Guardian(s) should not exit the vehicle. If your child(ren) need assistance, the staff members are there to help.
  • Please do not use the right lane to drop off your child(ren). This lane is designated for cars moving through to the exit.


  • 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).

Mark Your Calendar


Monday, December 6th ~ Timothy Shoemaker Assembly

Wednesday, December 8th~ PTO Holiday Shop during Lunches

Wednesday, December 15th~ Winter Concert 5th and 6th Grade Bands 7:30 PM

Thursday, December 16th~ Winter Concert 7th/8th Grade Bands and Choir 7:30 PM

Monday, December 20th~ Musical Student Information Meeting after-school with Ms. Osbahr

in the Music Room

Monday, December 20th~ Marking Period 2 Mid-Point

Tuesday, December 21st~ Musical Parent Meeting 6:00 PM

Thursday, December 23rd~ 12:30 PM Dismissal for Holiday Recess

Friday, December 24th-Friday, December 31st~ Holiday Recess

Old Tappan School Year Calendar - 2021-2022

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