CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

March 10, 2023

A Message from Ms. Santa

7 Common Middle School Problems (And How to Fix Them)

I found this article on that focuses on 7 common middle school problems. This information might spark a conversation with your child(ren) so that you can continue to guide them through these precious years.

1. The problem: The social scene is changing. The fix: Have Compassion.

2. The problem: Your child feels abandoned by friends. The fix: Ask questions and listen.

3. The problem: Grades start to plummet. The fix: Find the root of the problem.

4. The problem: Homework is overwhelming. The fix: Play the (temporary) role of homework monitor.

5. The problem: Your child doesn't know how to handle big projects. The fix: Teach time-management skills.

6. The problem: Tests are bigger and cover more material. The fix: Hone those study skills.

7. The problem: Your child finds a teacher difficult. The fix: Have a face-to-face meeting.

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Monday, March 13th~ There will be a Board of Education meeting at 8:00 PM in the BOE Conference Room.

Tuesday, March 14th~ Grade 5 Author Visit with Jessie Janowitz

Friday, March 17th~ PTO Special Lunch: Green Bagels

Tuesday, March 21st~ Grade 5 OLSAT Testing (more information below)

Wednesday, March 22nd~ Grade 6 OLSAT Testing (more information below)

Friday, March 24th~ CDW Musical at 7:00 PM

Saturday, March 25th~ CDW Musical at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Monday, March 27th~ There will be a Board of Education meeting at 8:00 PM in the BOE Conference Room.

Tuesday, March 28th~ PTO Meeting at 7:30 PM in the CDW Media Center


Marking Period 4 Curriculum Extension

On Monday, March 13, 2023, the Google Form for Marking Period 4 Curriculum Extension (CE) choices will be open in Dr. Sullivan's Google Classroom. The form will close on Friday, March 17, 2023.

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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CDW MUSICAL: Tickets are on sale!

CDW is proud to present "Getting to Know Rogers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA" at the following times:

March 24th at 7:00 PM

March 25th at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Tickets are on sale! Here is the link to the box office.

NVOT Musical Production: New Dates!

NVOT All School Musical Production

Tickets Now on Sale!


March 17, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

March 18, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

March 19, 2023 @ 2:00 pm

Please Note: Previous Date Tickets will NOT be honored.

Individuals who purchased tickets for previous dates should have received a separate communication regarding the refund process. Please contact Ms. Amy Wilcox with any questions,

Donations Needed

The National Junior Honor Society members are working on their Changemaker Projects. The Animal Shelter Changemaker group put a donation box in the CDW Lobby to collect the following items for their shelter project:

cat and dog toys

cat and dog food

small blankets

cat and dog treats

Donations will be collected until the end of March.

Need Volunteer Hours?

The Tenafly Nature Center is conducting a Boundary Walk on Sunday, March 12th. Please see the flyer below for more information. You can sign up HERE.
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Grade 5 Language Arts

Fifth grade students learned how plot elements develop fictional stories. Students enjoyed favorite picture books and practiced identifying the essential parts to a plot. Students continued their study with flashcards. They showed off their creativity as they played charades, Pictionary, and adapted card games! If you're up for the challenge, ask your child for a round of a plot map flashcard game.

Grade 6 Science

The 6th grade science students put on their paleontologist (a scientist who studies the history of life on Earth through the fossil record) hats and debated the best location to dig for fossils. Using evidence acquired throughout their rock cycle unit, students created a claim, and then used reasoning to explain why their claim was correct.

New Gaga Pit

CDW is grateful to the PTO for funding the Gaga Pit, which completes our updated playground! We would also like to thank our Maintenance Team for building the Gaga Pit for our students to enjoy. The Gaga Pit will be officially opened during recess on Monday.
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Mr. L's Corner

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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CDW Baseball and Softball Tryouts!

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Golden Knights Softball Camp Spring Training

All softball players in grades 3-8, first time, as well as experienced players, are welcome to attend the Golden Knights Softball Camp at NVOT. Please see the flyer below for more information and the attached registration form.
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PTO Fundraisers

PTO St. Patrick's Day Special Lunch

The PTO will be offering a special St. Patrick's Day lunch on Friday, March 17th with Butterworths. Your child(ren) will have the option of a green bagel plain, with butter, or with cream cheese.

Please go to the PTO Website to order. Sale closes Monday, March 13th.

BOSFA Fundraiser: March 21st

On Tuesday, March 21st, if you mention the below flyer, 10% of the proceeds will go to the OTPTO!
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Lovable Labels Fundraiser

The CDW Lost and Found always has lots of items searching for owners! One way to help us locate the owner is by labeling your child's items with his/her name. The OT PTO is sponsoring a wonderful fundraiser where you can purchase labels to use to label your child(ren)'s items! Click here to purchase your Lovable Labels now!
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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



This year, the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) will be administered to all Grade 5 students on Tuesday, March 21st and to all Grade 6 students on Wednesday, 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 at the end of August. Your child's OLSAT scores will be mailed home early June.

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.

2023 CDW Yearbook

The CDW Yearbook will include Grades 5-8, in addition to highlighting our CDW Class of 2023. A form was sent home with your child(ren) on Monday, March 6th. Please complete the form, and provide payment of $65.00 (checks made out to "Charles DeWolf Middle School") to secure your CDW Yearbook.

All forms and payment must be given to your child’s homeroom teacher by Friday, March 24th.

*A yearbook will be reserved for each Grade 8 student; however, yearbooks will be first come, first serve for students in Grades 5-7.

Whom do I ask?

It is important to remember that our school is full of staff members who are here to help you and your child(ren) all year long. In some cases, you may not be sure whom to contact for specific information. For questions about your child(ren)'s classes, please utilize the teacher as a primary resource before implementing the flow chart.

Ms. Jennifer Santa, Principal:; phone extension 2101

Mr. Sabatino Lauriello, Student Manager:; phone extension 2104

Ms. Jenni Adamo, Counselor:; phone extension 2203

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Below is information about delayed openings at CDW.

  • Staff will be available for drop off to begin at 9:30 AM.
  • Homeroom begins at 10:00 AM.
  • After 10:00 AM, students need to enter through the front door for a tardy pass. Please drive around to the front to drop them off since the other doors need to be closed.

NJSLA Parent Workshop

Dr. Da Giau will be providing a Parent Workshop on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 1:00 PM or 7:00 PM to offer an overview of the State's standardized tests in Grades 3-8, test features, and question prototypes. See the flyer below for more information.
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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.

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!

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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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 membership requirements at the end of the third marking period in 2023.

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


2023-2024 School Calendar

The School Year Calendar for the PK-8 Old Tappan Public Schools was approved at Monday evening's Board of Education Meeting. For your convenience, this calendar also will be posted on our District website.


OT 2023-2024 Approved School Year Calendar

Old Tappan 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

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