CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

December 17, 2021

A Message from Ms. Santa

A Busy December!

December is supposed to be fun and easy, yet it's so busy! It's a time to sit back and reflect on the year before it comes to a close. We often think about how much we have accomplished, and how much has changed in just a year! Take this time to be proud of all you have done in the past year and to start thinking of the goals you will set for yourself in the upcoming year.

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


Marking Period 2 Interim Reports

Each marking period is marked by a mid-point. The mid-point of Marking Period 2 was yesterday, December 16, 2021. At this time, teachers are reviewing your child(ren)’s progress in their classes, and they are entering a comment(s). These comments will be compiled on the Interim Report for Marking Period 2 in our Genesis Portal. If all of your forms are completed and up-to-date, you will be able to view the Interim Reports for Marking Period 2 on December 20, 2021 at 12:00 PM.

Marking Period 3 Curriculum Extension Selections

On Monday, December 20, 2021, the Google Form for Marking Period 3 Curriculum Extension (CE) choices will be open in Dr. Sullivan's Google Classroom for students to make their choices. The form will close on Thursday, December 23, 2021.

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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Math Assessments: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Geometry Students

Students in Mr. Sammarco and Mr. Clark's Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Ms. Reiser's Geometry classes are scheduled to take mid-year benchmark assessments on Tuesday, January 18th during Periods 1-3. These assessments will offer students an opportunity to show what they have learned in their courses thus far. They also will offer the teachers an opportunity to see what students have mastered and what will need to be re-taught. The Algebra I mid-year assessment results are used to assist with placement decisions in Grade 9 at NVOT. Please be sure your child(ren) gets a good night's rest prior to this assessment.

Science Assessment: Grade 7

Grade 7 students will take a Science Assessment on Tuesday, January 25th during Periods 2-4. This assessment is administered throughout the Northern Valley schools, and it gives the teachers an overview of students' scientific understandings to-date. The results from this mid-year Science Assessment will be used to assist with placement decisions next year, when we course plan for our eighth graders going into NVOT.

CDW Musical: "Fiddler on the Roof, Jr."

Is your child interested in being involved with this year's CDW Musical?

  • There will be student information meetings on Monday, December 20th at 3:00 PM.
  • Students who would like to audition to be in the Musical will meet with Ms. Osbahr in the Music Room (Rm. 402).
  • Students who are interested in set design and/or stage crew will meet with Ms. Watters in the Art Room (Room 106).

  • There will be a Parent Informational Meeting on Tuesday, December 21st at 6:00 PM at CDW.

Winter Concerts

Bravo! It was great to welcome CDW Families into the Lynch Gym on Wednesday and Thursday nights to hear music prepared by CDW students under Mr. Rosolanko and Ms. Osbahr's direction. Both shows were fantastic!

Thank you to Ms. Watters and Ms. Mueller and her STEM students for decorating the Lynch Gym with spectacular decor!

CDW Spirit Week

The students started the week off wearing their PJ's to school on Monday. On Tuesday, each grade level wore a different color: 5th~Purple; 6th~Red; 7th~Yellow; and 8th~Blue. Wednesday was certainly wacky with holiday flair galore! Students' favorite sports team were represented on Thursday, and to end Spirit Week, CDW attire could be seen all around the building!

5th Grade Writing

The 5th Graders have been working hard on their "Monster in a Bottle" Writing assignment. The students began the process drawing a picture of their monster using as much detail as possible. The students then used their picture to create a story! The pictures below certainly display the hard work that the students put into this assignment.

December 23rd: Ugly Sweater Day!

In collaboration with the PTO, we have planned fun-filled festivities for December 23rd before we dismiss for Holiday Recess. To continue with the tradition here at CDW, Students and Staff may celebrate by wearing an Ugly Sweater!

The celebration will begin with the Staff vs. Volleyball Team/8th Graders Game, and then the students will have pizza and special treats organized by the PTO Class Parents.

Thank You PTO for your partnership!

Art in the Media Center

Ms. DiPisa and Ms. Watters collaborated on bringing winter cheer into the CDW Media Center by having students decorate the windows with painted scenery. Beautiful job!
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Our Lost and Found bin in the Lynch Gym is overflowing with many items waiting to be picked up. We will display the Lost and Found items in the cafeteria during the week of December 20th. If your child(ren) is missing any items, please have him/her claim them before we pack them up and donate them just in time for the holidays.

Mr. L's Updates

Reminders and updates from CDW's Student Manager

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CDW Basketball

The Girl's Basketball team is on a winning streak with a record of 4-0. They defeated two teams this week while at home in the Rossi Gym.

The Boy's Basketball team won on the road this week to maintain their undefeated record which is now 3-0.

Keep up the good work CDW Basketball!

Basketball Schedules

Intramural Sports Program

Ms. Brock - Intramural Dates & Activities

December through January - VOLLEYBALL

January through February - BADMINTON

March through April - BASKETBALL


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.

Sports Spectators

Charles DeWolf Middle School will continue to follow and enforce the following safety measures in respect to indoor athletics.

1. Basketball players are permitted to play without a mask when they are in the game.

2. Players who are on the bench are required to wear their masks.

3. All spectators are required to wear a mask when attending an indoor sports activity.

Any questions, please contact Mr. Lauriello @

Volleyball Players: 4th through 8th Grade Girls

Please see the information below about the 2022 Winter Volleyball Clinics at NV - Old Tappan and Demarest High Schools. These clinics are open to 4th through 8th grade girls. Feel free to share with neighbors and classmates in the seven Northern Valley communities.

Please make sure you register by clicking HERE.

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Harry Potter Read-Aloud

Students are invited to join Ms. DiPisa in the library on Tuesdays during lunch to eat and listen to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

A sign out sheet will be available each Tuesday in the cafeteria. Students must sign out of lunch to attend.

8th Grade Updates from Mrs. Richardson

All information regarding applying to other high schools is posted on Mrs. Richardson's Google Classroom. Additionally, all information that pertains to NVOT is also posted in her classroom, including any communication from NVOT. Every 8th Grader has been invited to the class and has access to the information.

If you have any further questions, please email Mrs. Richardson at


For those who could not attend the 8th Grade NVOT Q&A Session, or for those who wish to revisit any part of it, you may view the 8th Grade Open House Q &A Recording.

Also, NVOT will be hosting a future virtual event (planned for January 12, 2022, at 6:00 pm) about high school scheduling.

Other important sites:

NV Old Tappan 8th Grade Open House

Program of Studies / Scheduling Information

The 2022 NASAO International Aviation Art Contest

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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!
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CDW Clubs 2021-2022

Updated information about the clubs that CDW offers will be posted onto our CDW Clubs Webpage. Students also hear OTBN Morning Announcements for more information.

More clubs will be added as their schedules are confirmed.

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.

Chromebook Insurance Information

If you would like to purchase insurance for your child(ren)'s school issued Chromebook, please refer to the information below.
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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 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) need 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, December 20th~ Marking Period 2 Mid-Point

Monday, December 20th~ Musical Student Information Meeting after-school with Ms. Osbahr

in the Music Room

Tuesday, December 21st~ Musical Parent Meeting 6:00 PM

Thursday, December 23rd~ Ugly Sweater Day; 12:30 PM Dismissal for Holiday Recess

Friday, December 24th-Friday, December 31st~ Holiday Recess


Tuesday, January 4th-Friday, January 7th~ Musical Auditions 3:30 PM

Monday, January 17th~ Martin Luther King Day: School Closed for students; Professional Development for Staff

Wednesday, January 19th~ AMC 8 Math Competition, 3:00 PM (invite only)

Wednesday, January 19th~ District-Based Planning Team Meeting with Dr. DaGiau, 1PM and 7PM in the BOE Conference Room

Thursday, January 27th~ Marking Period 2 Ends (Report Cards will be viewable via the Parent Portal on February 1st at 12PM.)

Old Tappan School Year Calendar - 2021-2022

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