CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

October 7, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa


In different aspects of life, we often have to work with a team. Research shows that teamwork creates student development which then leads to success. Teachers create teams for many lessons that are completed in the classroom, but did you ever wonder how you can help your child at home become a successful team member?

According to (a school in CA):

  • Help your child with communication skills.
  • Lead by example.
  • Listen carefully to what he/she says and communicate in a clear, respectful manner.
  • Do family activities such as cooking together and playing board games. These activities teach important skills for collaboration, compromise, and respect.
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Monday, October 10th~ 12:30 PM Student Dismissal for Staff Professional Development

Friday, October 14th~ Marking Period 1 Interim Reports released at 12:00 PM

Tuesday, October 18th~ School Picture Day; PTO Meeting at 7:30 PM in the CDW Media Center

Monday, October 17th~ BOE Meeting in the BOE Conference Room, 8:00 PM

Thursday, October 20th~ PTO Special Lunch

Monday, October 24th to October 28th~ Red Ribbon Week

Monday, October 31st~ Halloween


New Lunch Vendor

YogyBee Northvale has been approved as a new lunch vendor. Please visit the Approved Lunch Vendors list on the District Website for more information.

PTO Special Lunch: October 20th

The PTO special lunch for October is Butterworth's Bagel Dog on October 20th! The sale is open now through NOON on October 12th. The lunch includes a bagel dog and a cookie for $4.

Grade 7 Students- Art Project Materials

If your child(ren) has not handed in their old t-shirt for the Sharpe Art Project that will be completed at Sharpe, it is due MONDAY, OCTOBER 10th in a bag labeled with his/her name.

Art Contest

The Clean Energy and Sustainability Analytics Center (CESAC) of Montclair State University is hosting its annual Clean and Sustainable Energy Summit (November 17, 2022), and they are excited to bring back the Keep Our Planet Green (KOPG) student artwork contest! The KOPG contest is for students in Grades K-12 and will give them and their sponsoring teachers the opportunity to win an Amazon gift card and have their artwork displayed during the Summit.

Each grade group (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) will have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner AND the winning students’ sponsoring teacher will receive a prize match to go towards school supplies!

Submission deadline is Tuesday, November 8th. Please have your child(ren) see Ms. Watters if he/she will be participating.

Check out the 2021 winner's here!

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Grade 5 Math Lab

Each quarter, Grade 5 students get to experience a new and exciting class offered at CDW this year called, "Math Lab." Ms. Bambach is focusing on important math standards, and students are learning in a non-traditional way, as you see below. The students learned about symmetry by using their own names and creativity!

Grade 7 Science

The students in Grade 7 Science are finishing up their models of plant and animal cells.

Mr. L's Corner

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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TeenCAP (Child Assault Prevention) Project

Dear 8th Grade Parent/Guardian:

During the week of October 24, 2022, 8th grade students will be participating in the Child Assault Prevention TeenCAP project. TeenCAP was developed by the National Assault Prevention Center as a response to the violence in the lives of adolescents. TeenCAP aims to prevent assault against teens by training them to recognize and deal with potentially dangerous situations. CAP advocates preparing adults to recognize and care for youth who have been affected by abuse.

TeenCAP ‘s community approach includes the following:

Adult Education

The adult program provides information on assault against teens, identification of assault victims, reporting of abuse, and crisis intervention skills. For additional information, please go to the following resource

* A virtual parent program: October 25th - a link will be provided.

Student Workshops

The student workshop combines guided group discussion and a series of scenarios to focus on situations teens may encounter. Topics discussed include peer assault, sexual harassment, battering, dating violence, and sexual assault. Strategies emphasized to protect teens include self-assertion, seeking help from a trusted adult, and self-defense.

* Classroom workshops for students: October 26th, 27th, and 28th

If you have any questions regarding participation, please contact the school administration.

Thank you,

Tino Lauriello

CDW Soccer

The soccer team won on Monday beating an undefeated Closter team 5 to 4. The team rallied by scoring 4 second-half goals in a wild finish in freezing temperatures. The goals were scored by Chace Rosenfeld who had two, and Tim Mahler, Carmine Porcelli and Liam Agans who each added one. The defense was solid, led by Andreas Antonopolous, Nathaniel Kim, Jason Jun & Kyle Gagliano, who stopped a potent Closter offensive. It was a great team effort by the Knights.

The soccer team tied Harrington Park yesterday 2 - 2. The team rallied in the last 3 minutes to score the equalizer. Both goals were scored by forward Chace Rosenfeld. It was a great team effort by the Knights as everyone contributed.

CDW Volleyball

The volleyball team lost a tough game to Harrington Park yesterday. The girls were able to come back after losing the first set and tie the game late in the third. The girls did a great job of being aggressive at the net and with great blocking.

The next games are Monday, October 17th against Demarest at home at 4:00 PM.

Fall Sports Schedule


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!

Interim Progress Reports

The 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. This will continue for each marking period of the school year.

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.

The Mid-Marking Period Interim Reports will be available for parents to view on Friday, October 14th at 12:00 PM.

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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Grade 8: Harvest Kits for Sale!

The CDW Class of 2023 is selling Harvest Kits that will be delivered right to your door! Order directly with this LINK. When ordering, be sure to choose "OLD TAPPAN 8TH GRADE FUNDRAISER."
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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!

Picture Day

The CDW Picture Day will be on Tuesday, October 18th. The students will bring home a form in the beginning of October that will provide information about how to order pictures. All students will take an individual photo that day, whether a package is purchased or not. There will be retakes in November, and more information about that will be provided at another time.

*Grade 8 students: This will be the picture that is used for the 2023 Yearbook.

CDW Clothing Drive: November 19th!

The PTO Grade 8 Committee will be hosting a Clothing Drive on Saturday, November 19th from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. See below for specific information. Please do not drop off any clothing to the school before November 19th.

Start cleaning out your closets now!

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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 following membership requirements at the end of the third marking period in 2023:

  • Has a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.70 in academic (social studies, language arts, math, science and Spanish) subjects, with no grade below a B- in any subject (including cycle classes) for ALL marking periods of the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Demonstrates outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship.
  • Accumulates no more than six unexcused tardies. Tardies will only be considered excused if a doctor's note is submitted to the School Nurse.
  • Accumulates no detentions related to behavior in violation of the CDW Code of Conduct.
  • Performs eight hours of documented community service from a recognized nonprofit, community, or education organization from 9/1/2022-4/21/2023. Virtual service hours will no longer be accepted. Please note that there will be no extension of this date. Students should provide documentation on the organization’s letterhead when submitting their applications in April.
  • Completes at least three marking periods of the 7th grade year at CDW (unless a student moves into district and has been inducted as a member in another district).

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

Morning Drop-Off and Afternoon Pick-Up at CDW


  • Drop-off is on Interschool Drive. As soon as you reach the cones, please have your child(ren) exit the vehicle.
  • For the safety of all students, we ask that you stay in your vehicle at drop-off and dismissal.
  • Please do not use the upper faculty parking lot for drop-off/pick-up/or exiting of school grounds during school hours. CDW faculty and BOE-approved bus companies are the only vehicles permitted in the upper lot.
  • Please do not park in any staff parking spots when dropping off or picking up students.
  • Please do not exit your vehicle and leave your vehicle unattended on Interschool Drive.
  • There will be adult supervision starting at 8:10 AM, and the doors will open at 8:20 AM. If there is inclement weather, students will be ushered into the school gymnasiums at 8:00 AM.
  • The students in Grades 5 & 6 will line up on the blacktop in the back of the school near the basketball courts.
  • The students in Grades 7 & 8 will line up on the blacktop by the 7th and 8th Grade Wing Exterior Door.
  • Once you pull up to the cones on Interschool Drive, please have your child(ren) exit the vehicle. This allows many students to be dropped off at the same time and allows the line to move quickly.
  • Please do not park in any staff parking spots when dropping off or picking up students.
  • Please do not block any parking spots along the front side of the building at Pick-Up.


  • 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.
  • Please use both lanes on Interschool Drive for Pick-Up. A staff member will be available to cross your child(ren).

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).

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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