CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

March 11, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa

Middle School and Friendships

As students enter middle school, they start making new friends but continue to maintain existing friendships. As important as friendships are in middle school, that doesn't mean they will always be easy, which makes this a challenging time for students. Below are helpful resources from our school counselor, Ms. Adamo-Richardson, to help guide students through this important aspect of middle school. Whether the challenges of middle school are academic or social, we are here to support the students and guide them to have a productive and enjoyable middle school experience. We want students to not just survive middle school, but to thrive while here in middle school!

Helpful Resources:

At the bottom of each CDW Weekly Wrap-Up are upcoming, important dates!


Student Government Spirit Week: March 14th-18th

Monday, March 14th~ Pajama Day

Tuesday, March 15th~ Team Jersey Day

Wednesday, March 16th~ College Apparel Day

Thursday, March 17th~ St. Patrick's Day (Wear Green or CDW Spirit Wear)

Friday, March 18th~ Neon Day

NJHS Book Drive~ March 7th-16th

The National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring a used book drive from March 7th through March 16th. Please bring any used books -- cookbooks, children's books, nonfiction, etc ., -- and put them in the bins in the lobby. Books will be donated to benefit organizations in need of reading material.
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Standardized Testing Presentation with Dr. Da Giau

If you want to know more about the upcoming NJSLA standardized tests, Dr. Da Giau will offer an overview of the tests, test features, and question prototypes administrated in Grades 3-8.
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The CDW Digital Filmmaking Club's Film Festival

Friday, March 25th~ 3:10-4:10 PM in the Lynch Gym

All films were created and acted by students who participated in the Digital Filmmaking Club. Four films will be shown that were created so far this school year, and all students of CDW are welcome to attend to watch them. HERE is the trailer for the Festival.

8th Grade Reminders

  • The Philadelphia Rooming Google Form (emailed home yesterday) needs to be completed by Wednesday, March 16th. Here is the direct link to the roommate survey: CLICK HERE.
  • The Sharpe Trip payment, permission slip, dietary concerns, and administration of medication (if needed) forms are due Friday, March 25th to Mr. Westervelt.

Bergen County Youth Police Academy- 8th Grade Opportunity

The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office and the Bergen County Sheriff's Office are pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the Bergen County Youth Police Academy- Class #16. Although preference is given for students entering 11th and 12th grades, students entering 9th grade in the fall are permitted to apply. This year's Academy will be held July 11th-22th, 2022 at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack and runs from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM every day. Each accepted cadet is required to attend every day of the program with no exceptions.

The Academy curriculum will include educational presentations, interaction with public agencies, and physical activities.

If your child(ren) is interested, please have him/her stop by CDW's main office for an application.

Grade 8 Science Periodic Table of Elements Superhero Projects

The Grade 8 Students studied the periodic table and the the various families of elements that make up the table. Students then picked an element and created a superhero that highlighted the physical and chemical properties of that specific element.

Mr. L's Updates

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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Assemblies with Dr. Fowlin-March 23rd & March 24th

Dr. Fowlin is back with a different focus this year. The assemblies will be about decision making, character development, and anti-bullying. As his website states, "Dr. Fowlin hopes that all audience members will leave his performance with that wonderful, awakening feeling of beauty: the beauty within one’s self and the beauty within others; the celebration of our differences, and the acceptance of our shared experiences." Please feel free to visit Dr. Fowlin's website for more information.

Wednesday, March 23rd

5th Grade~ 8:45 AM

6th Grade~ 12:45 PM

Thursday, March 24th

7th Grade~ 8:45 AM

8th Grade~ 1:45 PM

**PARENT ASSEMBLY~ 6:30-7:30 pm**

Intramural Sports Program

Ms. Brock - Intramural Dates & Activities

March- BADMINTON (No Intramurals on 3/18/22)



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.


Marking Period 4 Curriculum Extension Selections

On Monday, March 7th, the Google Form for Marking Period 4 Curriculum Extension (CE) choices opened in Dr. Sullivan's Google Classroom for students to make their choices. The form will close on Monday, March 14, 2022.

Please see the descriptions of the possible CE choices below. We will do our best to get students into their first choice, but it is not guaranteed.

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CDW Musical: Donations Needed

CDW’s production of Fiddler on the Roof Jr. is looking for donations to create props, scenery, and costumes. Donations can be dropped off at the main office. Please make sure to indicate that the items are for the musical so that the office knows where to send them. We thank you in advance for your support!

Please look at the list of items needed HERE.


This year, the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) will be administered to all Grade 6 students on Tuesday, March 22nd. The OLSAT assessment is designed to measure a student's cognitive ability, as it relates to abstract thinking and reasoning ability; however, it does not produce an IQ score. Although the data from the OLSAT will not be used for grading purposes, the results help to identify students who qualify for LEAP, our gifted and talented program, while also providing teachers with additional data points regarding student ability and performance.

If your child becomes eligible for the LEAP Program, the school will contact you. If you are interested in your child’s test results, once they become available in early May, please contact Mrs. Hwang, our LEAP Teacher, at

No special preparation is necessary for this assessment. We just encourage our middle schoolers to do their best!

Please contact the school with any questions you may have.

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CDW Choir to Perform at the NVOT Choral Extravaganza

The CDW Choir, led by Ms. Osbahr, has been working hard preparing for the NVOT Choral Extravaganza! The CDW Choir will be performing at NVOT with the other Valley schools on Wednesday, March 16th at 7:30 PM in the NVOT Auditorium. Each choir in the Valley will perform one song individually, and then to conclude the night, the choirs will come together with the NVOT choir to perform a song together! Admission to the concert is free!

Grades 5, 6, 7 Parents

If your child is applying for admission to another school at any time (Private or Catholic) please contact Mrs. Richardson to let her know prior to requesting forms from the school.

Mrs. Richardson can be reached at 201-664-1475 ext 2203 or Speaking with Mrs. Richardson first will ensure a smooth application process.

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!

As of February 18th, we have over 1,200 lbs. of plastic!!!

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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.


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.

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 or park in 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.


  • 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) needs 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).

Thanks for keeping our kids safe!

Mark Your Calendar


Monday, March 14th-Friday, March 18th~ Student Government Spirit Week

Monday, March 21st~ The BOE Meeting is in the BOE Conference Room at 8 PM.

Tuesday, March 22nd~ The PTO Meeting will be at 7:00 PM in the CDW Media Center.

Wednesday, March 23rd~ Dr. Fowlin Assembly for Grades 5 and 6

Wednesday, March 23rd~ Standardized Testing Parent Workshop with Dr. Da Giau 1PM & 7PM

Thursday, March 24th~ Dr. Fowlin Assembly for Grades 7 and 8; Parent Assembly at 6:30 PM

Wednesday, March 30th-Friday, April 1st~ 8th Grade Trip

Old Tappan School Year Calendar - 2021-2022

Click here to view the calendar.

Approved School Year Calendar- 2022-2023

Our Board of Education approved the operating calendar for the 2022-2023 school year. The calendar can be found on the district website or by clicking here.