CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

February 17, 2023

A Message from Ms. Santa

CDW Principals for a Day!

Thank you to the PTO for providing this fundraising opportunity to the CDW students! The "CDW Principal for a Day" winners were 5th grader, Aren Shnorhokian and 7th grader, Paul Alzapiedi.

On Thursday, February 16th, Principal Shnorhokian learned the ins and outs of CDW. There were a few tours throughout the day of the various hidden elements of the CDW building, including the Teacher's Room! He met with the Student Government Executive Board and even made a few announcements! Great job Principal Shnorhokian!

On Friday, February 17th, Principal Alzapiedi led the school in a Fire Drill, met with the Business Administrator, and saw the Teacher's Room as well! He was provided a tour of all of the "behind the scenes" rooms in the building. The highlight of the day was seeing computer activity via Go Guardian and checking out the school's security cameras. Way to go Principal Alzapiedi!

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Monday, February 20th-Friday, February 24th~ School is closed for February Recess.

Monday, February 27th~ There will be a Board of Education meeting at 8:00 PM in the BOE Conference Room.


Thursday, March 2nd~ Chick-fil-A Fundraiser PTO Lunch

Monday, March 6th~ Midpoint Marking Period 3

Wednesday, March 8th~ Interim Reports available via Genesis Parent Portal at 12:00 PM

Monday, March 13th~ There will be a Board of Education meeting at 8:00 PM in the BOE Conference Room.

Tuesday, March 14th~ Grade 5 Author Visit

Friday, March 24th~ CDW Musical at 7:00 PM

Saturday, March 25th~ CDW Musical at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Monday, March 27th~ There will be a Board of Education meeting at 8:00 PM in the BOE Conference Room.

Tuesday, March 28th~ PTO Meeting at 7:30 PM in the CDW Media Center


Week of Kindness

The Student Government led the CDW community through a week of focusing on kindness. Each day, the Student Government challenged the students to do something kind during the school day, and OTBN shared a kindness quote each day during the morning announcements.

Kindness Project:

Students who would like to participate should show the CDW community what kindness means through a poster, poem, or artwork that will be displayed throughout the school. Submissions are due Tuesday, February 28th, to Ms. Cohen in room 209. If you have questions, see or email Ms. Cohen.

"The World is Full of Kind People. If you can't find one, be one!" -Author Nishan Panwar

Grade 5 Students are Shinetastic!

In addition to the ongoing Character Education programs Ms. Adamo (our school counselor) has been doing in Mr. Bambach's Social Studies classes this year, she began pushing into 5th grade language arts classrooms this week to provide SEL lessons through a program called, "Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E." The program began with the students learning the meanings and sign language behind the special acronym.

S: Self- Students will learn more about themselves.

H: Heart- What do they love to do?

I: Inspire- How can they give their best and not give up?

N: Navigate- What path do they want to take to reach their goals?

E: Exceptional- They will find out who they are meant to be.

The program's purpose is to help our 5th graders realize their strengths and goals as an individual and as a member of the CDW community. The program will continue throughout the remainder of 5th grade, and Ms. Adamo will pick up with the students again with new lessons when they become 6th graders.

The homework assignment for the parents is to ask your child(ren) how they are going to be SHINETASTIC!

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Grade 8 NVOT Schedule Changes

Any NVOT schedule changes need to be emailed to Ms. Adamo ( by March 1st. After March 1st, schedule changes will not be honored by NVOT.

Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Ms. Cohen's classes presented slideshows to their section. They talked about different historical people that are known for great accomplishments. Each student was given a person such as, Kobe Bryant, Jackie Robinson, Mildred Loving, and Barbara Johnson, just to name a few.

Grade 5 Science Lab

Fifth graders discovered that the different parts in an M&M will behave differently in water due to properties of matter - each part is made of different molecules.

Math Lab

In Math Lab, the students are learning about three dimensional solids and volume. This week they made containers out of paper, calculated the volume, and compared which designs held the most popcorn.

Grade 7 Science Lab

Seventh graders used the scientific method to examine how different exercise affect heart rate.

National Junior Honor Society: Changemaker Projects

Eighth grade National Junior Honor Society members are hard at work on their Changemaker projects. Four different teams are working on projects such as paracord bracelets for Operation Gratitude, adoption kits for the Bergen County Animal Shelter, Kindness Rocks to spread positivity in the school community, and Troopons for Support Our Troops.

The Troopons/Operation Gratitude Letter Writing team recently spent time after school creating coupon collection boxes which will be placed in each homeroom. The homeroom that collects the most manufacturer coupons - both current and expired -- will win an ice pop dessert!

Physical Education Badminton Champions

Ms. Scalisi led the students through a Badminton Unit which ended this week through a tournament. Check out the winners for each grade level below.

5th grade: Carlo and Ethan, Isaac and Jungyeok

6th grade: Blake and AJ, Kai and Vincent

7th grade: Matt and Rihan, Markus and Jake

8th grade: Isaac and Matt, Noel and Daniel

Hangers Needed!

Do you have any pant or skirt hangers that you can donate to Ms. Osbahr for the CDW Musical? If so, please drop them off at CDW labeled "Musical."

Thank you in advance for your contribution!

CDW's "Getting to Know Rogers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA" Boosters!

Boosters/advertisements are on sale! They will be published in the program that will be handed out to all audience members at all three of CDW's performances (March 24th at 7:00 pm and March 25th at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm). Use THIS LINK to submit your order.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the cast and crew of Charles DeWolf Middle School!

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Mrs. Franco's Class: Active in the Community

Mrs. Franco’s class had a great time on their community outing to the Pearl River ShopRite, Laundromat, and Pizzeria. The students participated in a tour of the different store departments and met the heads of each department and learned each department’s function and their importance within the store. The students then shopped for items to make a special Valentine’s Day snack. They ended their outing with a lovely lunch at Sorrento’s Pizzeria, where they practiced how to budget and order their favorite lunch.

Volunteer Opportunity for 7th and 8th Graders

The PTO needs 7th and 8th grade students to help hand out Pizza Kits at CDW on March 7th after school. If your child(ren) is interested, please click HERE to sign up.

2023-2024 School Calendar

The School Year Calendar for the PK-8 Old Tappan Public Schools was approved at Monday evening's Board of Education Meeting. For your convenience, this calendar also will be posted on our District website.


OT 2023-2024 Approved School Year Calendar

NVOT is Proud to Present: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels!

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the popular 1988 MGM film, takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity. Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of mischief, this hysterical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and was nominated for a staggering eleven Tony Awards.

Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together, only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress, Christine Colgate, wins, and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!


March 3rd, 7 pm

March 4th, 7 pm

March 5th, 2 pm

March 1st: Senior Citizen Dress Rehearsal at 6 pm

Contact or 201-784-1600 ext. 24550 for tickets for this performance or any questions.

Mr. L's Corner

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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CDW Spring Sports: Baseball, Softball, Track

Eligible Students

Baseball - 7th and 8th Grade

Softball - 6th, 7th and 8th Grade

Track - 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade

Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Forms

Please submit all documents to the school nurse (see links below) before March 3, 2023.

Additional Information:

The Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE) may ONLY be completed by a licensed physician, advanced practice nurse (APN), or physician assistant (PA). It is recommended that you verify that your medical provider has completed the Student-Athlete Cardiac Assessment before scheduling an appointment for a PPE.

Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE)

Inter-Scholastic Sports and Intramurals

Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes

History Form

Concussion Management Guidelines

Message from Mr. Baratta (Athletic Director) of NVOT

All 8th grade students in Old Tappan who may be interested in participating in athletics at Northern Valley Old Tappan High School (2023-2024) should use this link to indicate their interest.

PTO Fundraisers

Grade 8 Pizza Kit Fundraiser

The CDW Class of 2023 will be selling Pizza Kits from now until February 28th. Please visit the PTO Website to order your delicious kit!
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Grade 8 Fundraiser: Chick-fil-A Lunch on March 2nd

The 8th Grade Committee is excited to bring back the Chick-fil-A special lunch fundraiser at CDW on Thursday, March 2nd. The sale is open now on the PTO Website until Sunday, February 26th.

The lunch offers a chicken sandwich or 8 piece chicken nuggets and includes a large chocolate chip cookie.

Cost: $9

Chick-Fil-A sauce will be included.

Nutrition and Allergens

Chick-fil-A cooks in 100% refined peanut oil. According to the FDA, highly refined oils, such as highly refined soybean and peanut oil, are not considered major food allergens and therefore are not identified on this list. Due to the handcrafted nature of our food, variations in our supplier ingredients, and our use of shared cooking and preparation areas, we cannot ensure that our food is free from any allergens. We prepare our foods following procedures to prevent allergen cross-contact, but products containing wheat, egg, soy and milk are all made in our kitchens. There could be other potential allergens not addressed here. Please consult the ingredients on each product prior to consuming.

Lovable Labels Fundraiser

The CDW Lost and Found always has lots of items searching for owners! One way to help us locate the owner is by labeling your child's items with his/her name. The OT PTO is sponsoring a wonderful fundraiser where you can purchase labels to use to label your child(ren)'s items! Click here to purchase your Lovable Labels now!
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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

Save the Dates:

The CDW Musical performances are on March 24th at 7:00 PM and March 25th at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

Important Reminders for Upcoming Delayed Openings

As we get deeper into the winter months, here is information about delayed openings at CDW.
  • Staff will be available for drop off to begin at 9:30 AM.
  • Homeroom begins at 10:00 AM.
  • After 10:00 AM, students need to enter through the front door for a tardy pass. Please drive around to the front to drop them off since the other doors will be closed.


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.

Updated Old Tappan Traffic Ordinance- PLEASE READ!

The Borough of Old Tappan has amended Ordinance 242-17. The changes are noted below:

  • Left and right turns are prohibited onto Charles Place from Old Tappan Road between the hours of 7:30 AM-8:30 AM and 2:30 PM-3:30 PM on school days.

  • Left and right turns are prohibited onto Kay Street from Leonard Drive between the hours of 7:30 AM-8:30 AM and 2:30 PM-3:30 PM on school days.

Old Tappan Police Officers will be strictly enforcing the ordinance.

Bergen County Stigma-Free Sticker Contest!

Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III, the Board of County Commissioners, and the Bergen County Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services invite all middle and high school students to enter the Stigma-Free Sticker Contest! The Grand Prize winner will receive a $150 gift card. Entries are due by March 6th. Please see the attached flyer for rules and details and see Ms. Watters 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!

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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