CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

November 3, 2021

A Message from Ms. Santa

This week is an important annual time in an educator's school year. He/she is given various opportunities to become better at their craft. Education is continually changing, and teachers are expected to continue to learn new ways of teaching to ensure that they are providing the best education for their students.

This week, teachers will gain knowledge for practice, knowledge in practice, and knowledge of practice. On Tuesday, November 2nd, Dr. Da Giau planned a District Professional Development Day that allowed our staff to reflect on their accomplishments and to grow as a educators through a variety of professional development opportunities.

Just a reminder, at the bottom of each CDW Weekly Wrap-Up are upcoming, important dates!


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.

Photo Retakes

Now that you have received your child(ren)'s photos, I wanted to remind you that photo retakes will be provided to any CDW student on November 30, 2021. Please see the flyer below.

Please note: If a student wishes to take a new photo, he/she must bring back the packet (minus any class composite) and return it to the photographer on that day.

Please also note: The Lifetouch photos will be provided to the yearbook committee to use in the 2021-2022 CDW Yearbook.

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8th Grade Fundraisers

Crazy about Cookie Dough Fundraiser easy online ordering

Poinsettia Fundraiser easy online ordering on the PTO website

Please see the fliers below!

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The End of Marking Period 1

  • Marking Period 1 closes on Friday, November 12th.
  • Report Cards will be available on the Genesis Parent Portal on Wednesday, November 17th at 12:00 PM.
  • Students will receive their Marking Period 2 schedules on Thursday, November 11th.

6th Grade's Science Field Trip: Part II

The second group of students were finally able to enjoy the Buehler Science Center today. Just like the first group, the students simulated a mission. The students were assigned different jobs and the groups had to communicate between Mission Control and the space shuttle, without seeing each other, in order to accomplish the goal of collecting information.

Students typically attend this trip in 5th Grade, so this was a great opportunity to make up that 5th Grade tradition.

CDW Happenings: Daily Pieces of Gratitude

Ms. DiPisa has started to infuse Thanksgiving gestures into the Media Center. She will be announcing students via OTBN to go to the library to add a feather to the Gratitude Turkey of CDW. See below!
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Mr. L's Corner

Reminders and updates from CDW's Student Manager

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CDW Soccer Team and Volleyball Team Updates

Congratulations to the CDW Soccer Team for defeating Harrington Park in the second round of the playoffs to advance to the CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!!! See pictures below.


*TBD=To Be Determined

Soccer - Final Game

CDW vs. Northvale

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

@ Northern Valley Demarest High School

7:00 PM

*Rain Date

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

@ Northern Valley Demarest High School

7:00 PM


Volleyball - Second Round Playoffs

CDW vs. Norwood

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

@ Northern Valley Old Tappan High School

4:00 PM

Volleyball - Final Game


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

@ Northern Valley Old Tappan High School

6:00 PM or 6:30 PM

REMINDER: Winter Sports at CDW

Boys' and Girls' Basketball


Intramural Sports Program

Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Forms

Boys' and Girls' Basketball:

Please submit all PPE / HHQ documents to Mrs. McCarthy. The due date has been extended to MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2021. Please email Coach Westervelt and Coach Vangelas for basketball details.

Intramural Sports Program:

Intramural Sports are a fun way to play some of your favorite activities while getting in a workout. If you are interested in basketball, badminton, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and you prefer to not tryout for a team, then INTRAMURALS are for you. No pressure - just FUN!

Please submit all PPE / HHQ documents to Mrs. McCarthy. The due date has been extended to MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2021. If you miss the deadline, you can contact Mr. Lauriello for assistance. Remember, the intramural program runs throughout the year, so medical information can be submitted when your child wants to join. The Intramural Calendar is coming soon!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Lauriello @

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.


8th Grade Information from Mrs. Richardson

Mrs. Richardson's 8th Grade Google Classroom is up and running. All information regarding applying to other high schools is posted there. 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.

Once first marking period report cards are generated, she will forward the records to the schools. If you have any further questions, please email Mrs. Richardson at

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Grade 5: Parent/Teacher Conference letters were sent home on Friday, October 15th for all Grade 5 students.

Grades 6-8: Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled on an as-needed basis. If your child(ren)'s teacher(s) requested a conference with you, it will be held in the evening on November 10, 2021. Letters have been provided to those parent/guardians with a specific time for your conference in the Genesis Parent Portal under the Documents Module.

Please return the bottom portion of the signed conference letter(s) to your child(ren)'s homeroom teacher!

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.

Nex-Trex Plastic Film Recycling Program

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! Please see the flyer below for more information!
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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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Join the PTO!

The PTO is looking for volunteers to join the board and committees for next year!

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.

Important Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders

Please see the information below to ensure that pick-up and drop-off procedures are safe and efficient for our students.


  • 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).

Mark Your Calendar


Thursday, November 4th and Friday, November 5th~ School Closed for NJEA Convention

Tuesday, November 9th through Thursday, November 11th~ 5th Grade Conferences

Wednesday, November 10th~ Parent/Teacher Evening Conferences (Teacher Invite)

Friday, November 12th~ CDW Spirit Day: Wear your CDW Spirit Wear or Green

Wednesday, November 17th~ MP 1 Report Cards Available on Parent Portal

Wednesday, November 17th~ 8th Grade Trip Parent Meeting at 6:30 PM at CDW

Thursday, November 18th and Friday, November 19th~ 5th Grade Field Trip

Wednesday, November 24th~ 12:30 PM Dismissal

Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th~ School Closed for Thanksgiving Recess

Tuesday, November 30th~ Picture Retakes

Old Tappan School Year Calendar - 2021-2022

Click here to view the calendar.