CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

November 18, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa


As we continue the month of November, it's a good time to pause and think about all that we are thankful for in our lives. This week, I want to highlight the CDW teachers and staff!

Thank you to the CDW teachers and staff for:

  • providing the best education possible for your child(ren).
  • providing academic, emotional, and social support.
  • working as a team and partnering with you on your child(ren)'s educational journey.
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Saturday, November 19th~ Grade 8 Clothing Drive from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM at CDW

Wednesday, November 23rd~ 12:30 Dismissal for Thanksgiving Recess

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 lunches

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~ The 5th and 6th Grades Band Concert, 7:30 PM in the

Lynch Gym

Thursday, December 15th~ The 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


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.

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

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

Grade 7 Language Arts: Veterans Day

Ms. Fischer's and Mr. Westervelt's 7th grade classes took time last week to discuss Veterans Day and the significance of that day. Students wrote reactions and thoughts in response to quotes that honor all those who have served our country for the freedoms we live in today.

CDW Brain Busters

The CDW Brain Busters team, represented by Max, Leon, Ethan, Isabella, Gloria, Leila, Marie, and Posey participated in their second meet at Harrington Park. Students answered trivia questions from a wide range of topics and competed in mixed groups with other students from Northern Valley Schools. CDW's Max was a member of the winning team! The next Bergen Brain Busters Meet will be a competitive School vs. School Meet at home at CDW in December.
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Physical Education Soccer Tournament Winners!

At the end of each soccer unit, the students in Ms. Brock-Henriquez's Physical Education classes use the skills that they learned to compete in a tournament. The winning teams from Grades 5-8 are below!
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NV Eagles BCJFL Championship Game: Saturday, November 19th

The 7th/8th grade Eagles Football Group has advanced to the final round and will be playing this Saturday, November 19th at 5:00 PM in the BCJFL Championship against the Norwood Raiders. The game is being played at the Pascack Valley HS Turf field in Hillsdale (200 Piermont Avenue) at 5:00 PM.

PTO Fundraisers

CDW Clothing Drive: TOMORROW, 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.

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Grade 8 Cookie Dough Fundraiser

The CDW Class of 2023 is doing a cookie dough fundraiser now through November 21st. 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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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:


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 Udpate...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 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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