CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

November 23, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa

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Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th~ School is closed for Thanksgiving Recess.

Tuesday, November 29th~ School Picture Day Make-Ups

Tuesday, November 29th~ PTO Meeting in the CDW Media Center at 7:30 PM


Thursday, December 1st~ Grade 8 Language Arts Renaissance Test, Period 4

Monday, December 5th~ PTO Holiday Shop during lunch periods

Thursday, December 8th~ Grades 7 and 8 to NVOT for Winter Concert

Monday, December 12th~ There will be a Board of Education Meeting in the BOE Conference Room at 8:00 PM.

Wednesday, December 14th~ 5th and 6th Grades Band Concert, 7:30 PM in the

Lynch Gym

Thursday, December 15th~ 7th and 8th Grades Band Concert and CDW Choir Concert, 7:30 PM in the Lynch Gym

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


CDW Student Wins First Place in Art Contest

Congratulations to Jason Jun who won First Place in the Montclair State University Art Contest. Montclair State University’s Clean Energy and Sustainability Analytics Center (CESAC) sponsored its 3rd Annual “Keep our Planet Green” Student Artwork Contest, during this year’s Clean and Sustainable Energy Summit! Students in New Jersey submitted their artwork based on a future running on clean and sustainable energy. There were more than 1,000 entries, and Jason's artwork below came out on top in his 5th-8th grade group! Ms. Watters and the CDW Staff are beyond proud of Jason's success!
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What are CDW Teachers Grateful For?

Today, Ms. DiPisa put the CDW Gratitude Turkey out on the display case in the main hallway. CDW Teachers/Staff Members "plucked" a feather and wrote what they were thankful for and displayed it on the turkey for all students to see!
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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).

Knightly Chronicles

The next meeting for the Knightly Chronicles will be on Monday, November 28th right after school in room 401. All students are welcome, even if you did not make the last session. Reach out to Mr. Johnson with any questions at

The Clothing Drive was a success!

Thank you to all of the student and parent volunteers that helped out. We collected a lot of clothes and other items that were picked up for donation.
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Grade 8 Information from NVOT

NVOT invites all Grade 8 parents/guardians to a live, virtual Q&A Session on:

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 6:00 P.M.

This is an opportunity to learn more about our district, ask any questions you may have and hear other peoples’ questions.

Please take some time to explore messages to 8th Graders and families in advance:

8th Grade Open House Presentation - Video Presentation

8th Grade Presentation - Updated PPT

Use this Google Survey Form to RSVP for the Q & A Session and to post questions in advance. They will also take live questions on the night of the event.

Please use this Zoom Meeting Link on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:00 P.M.:


Grade 7 Science: Seed Lab

The students in Mr. Gagliano, along with Ms. Cimorelli and Ms. Osbahr had their classes dissect lima beans and corn kernels to guide them in learning about the parts of a seed. After opening up the seeds, the students drew a picture of what they saw and then used the research that was provided to help them label the seeds' parts in the picture.

PTO Fundraisers

Grade 8 Cookie Dough Sale: Extended

The CDW Class of 2023 extended the cookie dough fundraiser through November 30th. PLEASE CLICK HERE to submit your order, and the products will ship directly to your home.
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Mr. L's Corner

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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CDW Basketball

The Boys' and Girls' Basketball teams will be opening the season away at Norwood Middle School on Monday, December 5th at 4:00 PM.

The first home game at CDW will be on Monday, December 12th at 4:00 PM. Come out and support the Knights!

2022-2023 CDW Basketball Schedule

Intramurals Club for Grades 5-8

Intramurals will start on Friday, December 2nd. Please see Ms. Brock-Henriquez to sign up and make sure that an up-to-date physical is provided to Mrs. McCarthy. Intramurals is open to 5th through 8th grade students!

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:


Grade 8 Information from Ms. Adamo

Any 8th grader applying to a Catholic or Private high school MUST provide their teachers and Ms. Adamo the necessary forms by December 2nd in order to meet the deadlines for the schools.

If you give the recommendation forms or transcript release forms after December 2nd, we cannot guarantee they will arrive on time. We have a large number of students applying this year, and we need ample time to meet these deadlines.

Recommendation forms and transcript release forms are not provided by Charles DeWolf Middle School. The school you are applying to has these forms.

Any questions, please contact Ms. Adamo at

School Pictures Retake Date

Picture retakes will be available on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Students should bring back their original package, if already purchased. Please keep the homeroom composite.

CDW Winter Concert

Wednesday, December 14th 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, December 15th 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

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:

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 Update...We Need Your Help!

CDW's Production of Getting to Know Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella needs your help! Ms. Osbahr and Ms. Watters are looking for an adult(s) to assist with building/acquiring a rolling wooden staircase that can be used year-to-year. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Ms. Osbahr at

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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