CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

March 18, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa

Bathroom Vandalism and Pranks

Unfortunately, our custodial crew is continually being taken away from their other duties to clean up or fix what is left after students' vandalism. As a result, it has become quite burdensome to fix the various items that are being destroyed in the boys' bathrooms at CDW. We are asking for your support! Please speak with your child(ren) about the severity of these choices. As always, we appreciate your partnership.

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


CDW Spirit Week

As we wrap up another successful Spirit Week here at CDW, I want to thank the Student Government, the Advisor Ms. Cohen, and the students and staff who participated to show CDW School Spirit! It was a fun week had by all!

NVOT Choral Extravaganza

The Choral Extravaganza at NVOT this past Wednesday, March 16th featured the NVOT Choral ensembles, the middle school choruses in the Valley, and at the conclusion of the concert, all of the singers performed together in a combined performance! It was an amazing night with beautiful music performed by all! Congratulations to Ms. Osbahr and the CDW Choir!
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CDW Musical~ April 8th and 9th

The CDW Musical, Fiddler on the Roof Jr., will have performances on Friday, April 8th at 7:00 PM and on Saturday, April 9th at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Tickets, advertisements, and boosters are now on sale! Tickets can be purchased online at, or see the fliers below for more information.
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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!

Look at the list of items needed HERE.

Student Government Sock Drive

Charles DeWolf Middle School’s Student Government is hosting a Sock Drive!!!

Where: CDW lobby (there will be labeled boxes)

When: Wednesday, March 23rd- Wednesday, April 6th

How to participate:

  1. Bring unused, tagged/in-bag socks.

  2. Put the socks in a Ziploc bag with:

    1. First and last name

    2. Grade

    3. Homeroom number & teacher

    4. Number of pairs of socks in the bag

If you donate 5 or more pairs of socks following all the steps above, you will be awarded a HOMEWORK PASS!

Questions?: Ms. Cohen, Student Government Advisor, can be reached at:

Donation Drive for Ukraine

One of our TBD families, who is from Ukraine, shared the information below with us. If your family is looking for a way to support the people of Ukraine, please check out the Amazon Wish List that was put together by Baranova 27, a Ukrainian Humanitarian Project based in Fort Lee, NJ.

Click here to read an article about the donation drive.

Click here to see a video showing the donation site in Fort Lee, NJ.

Click here to view the Amazon Wish List.

Chromebook Usage and Safety

Our school-issued Chromebook device damage rates are on the rise and very high. Please remind your chid(ren) to keep his/her Chromebook in his/her school-issued case. It is highly recommended that you purchase insurance for your child(ren)'s school-issued Chromebook. Please refer to the information below if you have not purchased the insurance yet.

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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




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.



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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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 for 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.

Nex-Trex Plastic Recycling Challenge Ends April 15th!

We are collecting plastic film in the containers outside of CDW. Once a month through April 5th, 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. Soon enough, 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 March 14th, we have 1,480 lbs. of plastic!!!

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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.

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

Tuesday, March 22nd~ The PTO Meeting will be at 7 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 & 7 PM

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.