CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

December 9, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa

Dressing for the Weather

As the cold weather takes over, it is 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.

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

in the Lynch Gym at 8:00 PM.

Thursday, December 15th~ Marking Period 2 Mid Point; PTO Special Lunch

Monday, December 19th~ Marking Period 2 Interim Report available via the Genesis Parent Portal at 12:00 PM

Monday, December 19th to Friday, December 23rd~ CDW Spirit Week

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


Marking Period 2 Interim Progress Reports

The mid-point of Marking Period 2 is Thursday, December 15th. At that time, teachers will take the opportunity to enter comments about your child(ren), and how they are doing with the content in each class. These comments are compiled in a Mid-Marking Period Interim Report.

The Mid-Marking Period Interim Reports will be available for parents to view on the Genesis Parent Portal on Monday, December 19th at 12:00 PM.

If you have any questions about any of the comments on the Interim Report and/or grades that you see in the Grading module, please feel free to contact the teacher(s) for more information.

CDW Spirit Week: December 19th-23rd

The CDW Student Government is hosting another Spirit Week. Check out the days below:

Monday: Grade Color Day*

Tuesday: Patriotic Day (Wear Red, White, and Blue)

Wednesday: Tacky Wacky Wednesday (Mix-Match Clothing)

Thursday: Ugly Sweater Day

Friday: Holiday Flair Day

*For Grade Color Day

5th Grade--> Blue

6th Grade--> Purple

7th Grade--> Red

8th Grade--> Gold/Yellow

CDW Holiday Party: Friday, December 23rd

Class parties will be held on Friday, December 23rd after the Annual CDW Staff/8th Grade Volleyball Game. Your child(ren)'s Class Parent will be emailing you soon to request festive plates and napkins, snacks, and water. Each homeroom teacher will be collecting $5.00 per student for 2 slices of pizza, garlic knots and/or mozzarella sticks by Friday, December 16th.

Students are not obligated to send in the $5 for the Pizza Party and may still enjoy the snacks sent in for all to enjoy. Students who do not want pizza may bring in their own lunch that day.

NVOT Winter Concert

NVOT invited the CDW Grades 7 and 8 students to visit on Thursday, December 8th to get a sneak preview of the Winter Concert that they would perform at night. The performance was filled with a variety of holiday tunes that were enjoyed by all of staff and students in the audience. This is an important tradition with NVOT that we enjoy each year.

NJHS Holiday Cards for Soldiers

The 39 members of the National Junior Honor Society continued a 16 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 two cards, writing messages of thanks, support, and season's greetings. Over 80 cards were written!
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Grade 5 Math Lab

Ms. Bambach's Grade 5 Math Lab students are completing an activity inspired by the longest gym wrapper chain in the world. The students are using tootsie rolls (since no gum in schools) and figuring out the cost and time it would take to make a 15 mile chain!

PTO Fundraisers

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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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

Mr. L's Corner

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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Code of Behavior for Athletic Events

In Ms. DiPisa's PR and Marketing Curriculum Extension (CE) class, the students use their creativity to produce information pieces for the CDW community. Their latest designs incorporated "CDW Code of Behavior for Athletic Events." The sign below was chosen to be posted around the Rossi Gym.
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CDW Basketball

The CDW Girls' Basketball team won its season home opener vs Norwood with a score of 45-8. Alivia Badurina led all scorers with 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. In her New Jersey middle school debut Maiumi Quiros scored seven points and had 3 steals. Lexi Caneudo scored 6 points and had a game high 3 blocks. Christina D'Andrea scored 5 points and had a game high 6 steals. The tenacious backcourt defense of Farrington, Puma, and Richards kept Norwood scoreless for the first quarter and gave up only 2 points in the entire first half. In the first game of their CDW careers, Lea Savino, Ava Candullo, and Gianna McGowan each scored 4 points.

The Girls' Basketball Team plays on Monday, December 12th at Demarest and Wednesday, December 14th at home.


The boys' basketball began their season defeating Norwood. Four players scored in double figures led by Carmine Porcelli with 15 points. Zach Miceli added 11 points and 7 rebounds, Leo Etter scored 11, and Maximos Demaras chipped in with 10. Jake Totten came off the bench and added 5. Thanks to team managers Sam Bilali and Chris Lanzaro. Special thanks to Ava Estevez, Ava Richards, Emma Ellison, and Bailey West who traveled all the way to Norwood to support the team.

The Boys' Basketball Team plays at Haworth on Wednesday, December 14th and at home on Thursday, December 15th.

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:


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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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

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!

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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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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