CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

May 19, 2023

A Message from Ms. Santa

Bike/Scooter Safety

As the weather is warming up, more students are riding their bikes and scooters to school. To ensure that your child(ren) rides their bike or scooter to school safely, please keep the following in mind:

  • Helmets are required by law for anyone 17 years of age or younger.

  • Teach your child the rules of the road to keep them safe while riding on the street.

  • Make sure your child’s bike is kept in good working order.

  • Students are not to ride on school grounds, but should walk their bike/scooter.

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Monday, May 22nd~ The BOE Meeting will be in the BOE Conference Room at 8:00 PM.

Tuesday, May 23rd~ The PTO Meeting will be in the BOE Conference Room at 9:00 AM.

Wednesday, May 24th~ The Transition Meeting for Grade 4 to Grade 5 parents will be in the CDW Lynch Gym at 7:00 PM.

Thursday, May 25th~ The Transition Meeting for Grade 5 to Grade 6 parents will be in the Media Center at 7:00 PM.

Friday, May 26th~ School Spirit Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Day

Monday, May 29th~ School is closed for Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 31st to Friday, June 2nd~ Grade 8 Trip

Wednesday, May 31st~ Grades 5-7 Math Criterion-Referenced Tests


Thursday, June 1st~ The Transition Meeting for Grade 6 to Grade 7 parents will be in the Media Center at 7:00 PM.

Monday, June 5th~ Grade 8 NVOT Social 3:45PM-5:30 PM

Monday, June 5th~ There will be a BOE Meeting in the BOE Conference Room at 8:00 PM.

Tuesday, June 6th~ Knights' Fest 6-9 PM

Wednesday, June 7th~ The Transition Meeting for Grade 7 to Grade 8 parents will be in the Media Center at 7:00 PM.

Thursday, June 8th~ Grade 5 LEAD Picnic

Thursday, June 8th~ Liberty Science Center visit to CDW for Grade 6

Friday, June 9th~ Liberty Science Center visit to CDW for Grade 5

Monday, June 19th~ 12:30 PM Dismissal; Grade 8 Graduation at 5:30 PM

Tuesday, June 20th~ Last Day of School; 12:30 PM Dismissal; MP 4 Report Cards will be released at noon.

School Spirit Fun Fridays!

Friday, May 26th~ Stars & Strips/ Red, White, Blue: Patriotic Day in honor of Memorial Day


Car Wash on May 20th- POSTPONED

Unfortunately, the Student Government Car Wash on Saturday, May 20th will be postponed due to the weather and our CDW students having a busy spring. Hopefully, we will have more students available to help out in the fall.

Spring Band Concerts

On Wednesday and Thursday nights, the CDW musicians performed in the spring concerts. With each concert, the CDW students and community came together to enjoy not only the music that is heard, but the progress that is being made by the students under Mr. Rosolanko's direction.

Congratulations to Mr. Rosolanko and his students on the successful spring concerts!

Grade 8 Annual Band Trip

Today, May 19th, the 8th grade band students performed at Manchester High School and then spent the day at Six Flags Great Adventure. This trip is a tradition that Mr. Rosolanko does each year, and the students always have a wonderful time!
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National Junior Honor Society

On Tuesday, May 16th, the 2023 National Junior Honor Society Induction took place in the Rossi Gym at CDW. Each student successfully met the criteria and will continue to demonstrate the pillars of the National Junior Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. The prestigious ceremony was led by Mrs. DeSciora, the NJHS Advisor, and the current Grade 8 NJHS students.

The 8th grade National Junior Honor Society members displayed their Changemaker projects. Some of the Changemaker projects that were displayed included: Operation Gratitude paracord bracelets, Coupons for Troopons, Kindness Rocks, Resin Art, and Project Paws.

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Teen Arts

Today, May 19th, Grade 7 students attended the Bergen County Teen Arts Festival at Bergen Community College. While there, the students attend workshops in all the arts disciplines and the Festival showcases the extraordinary talents of middle and high school students and their teachers. You can click HERE to learn more about the Bergen County Teen Arts Festival.

Thank you to Ms. Watters and Mr. Westervelt for providing this opportunity for our students!


Team Ravenclaw, which consists of CDW students Jimin Choi and Gyubeen Noh, has advanced to the final round! Team Ravenclaw's video can be seen HERE. The People's Choice Awards are live and anyone (ages 13+) can vote for their favorite UK and US finalist teams. Voting ends Thursday, May 25th!

Thank you Ms. Osbahr for providing this opportunity for our students!

Book Fair- Virtual Link

TBD and CDW book fairs are still open to shop online using the links below.

TBD ends May 21st:

CDW ends May 29th:


Ella Shin, a 5th grader at CDW, competed at the 2023 East Zone Region B Championship Synchronized Swimming in Philadelphia last weekend. She placed 1st in the individual figure and trio and 2nd in the duet and team.

Ella has also qualified for the 2023 East Zone Championships in Buffalo, NY, in June. Good Luck, Ella!

NJSLA Make-Up Testing

If your child(ren) missed a unit due to an absence, Dr. Sullivan will schedule a time for him/her to complete the assessment in the upcoming weeks.

Mr. L's Corner

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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Boys' Volleyball- 2023

Charles DeWolf Middle School - and all other Northern Valley middle schools - will have a boys' volleyball team starting September 2023. All rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders interested in playing are eligible once they submit their updated medical records to Mrs. McCarthy. Additional information, including pre-participation and medical forms, will be shared in June and July.

CDW Baseball

The baseball team earned a bye this week so they will be playing today's winner of Closter and Haworth on Monday, May 22nd at Stone Point Park at 4:00 PM.

Sports Schedule and Updates

CDW Softball

The softball team played their first game of the playoffs on Thursday, May 18th and defeated Harrington Park. The second playoff game is on Monday, May 22nd at Stone Point Park at 4:00 PM.

Sports Schedules and Updates

CDW Track

The second Track Meet of the season was on Friday, May 12th at Northern Valley Demarest against Haworth and Demarest. Once again the squad was led by the dominant performance of Caroline Ognibene who won all four events that she entered. Other outstanding athletes on the were: Christina D'Andrea, Lexi Caunedo, Ashton Pearson, Mauimi Quiros, Layla Dyer, Ava D'Angelo, Marie Tenebruso, Matt Kosmark, Andreas Antonopolous, Guy Geallat, Stefan Wiklinski, Josh Jin, Jason Jun, Peter Ognibene, Nate Park, Daniel Song, Scott Houba, and Paul Alzapiedi.

Sports Schedules and Updates


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We are excited to offer the Summer Skill-Booster Program again this summer to all Old Tappan students currently enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Sessions have been set, and it is time to register! Click here to find more information about the program and links to register for a summer session. Space is limited so register early! Registration closes on June 30, 2023.

Keep in mind when signing up for a session, the AM sessions are designed to review the material presented to your child(ren) in his/her current grade level (If your child is in 5th grade, sign him/her up for a 5th grade session.). The PM sessions are designed to preview material for your child(ren)'s next grade level (If your child is in 5th grade, sign him/her up for a 6th grade session.).

Please reach out to Mr. Lauriello at with any questions.

PTO Updates

Last PTO Meeting of this School Year!

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Garden Kitchen and Woori Mart Gift Cards

Garden Kitchen and Woori Mart will donate 10% of total proceeds to the OTPTO. Garden Kitchen Gift cards can be purchased in $20, $30, $50, $100 and $200 increments. The Woori Mart Gift Cards can be purchased in $100 increments.

Order now until May 24th. Cards can be picked up on May 25th and 26th at both store locations.

Proceeds to fund Teacher Appreciation gifts.

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.

LONG TERM: Charles DeWolf Middle School


Math Placement Procedures

The Northern Valley Criterion-Referenced Tests are developed by committees of teachers from schools in the Valley. The tests, which provide useful program planning information, are a viable measure of inter-district commitment and cooperation in order to achieve a sequential and articulated curriculum among the elementary and secondary schools in the region. The testing program is supported by the Northern Valley Schools Consortium and local boards of education in the region.

CDW students in grades 5-7 will take the Criterion-Referenced Test on Wednesday, May 31st, which will provide specific information about a student's understanding of math content according to their grade levels.

For Current Grade 5 Students:
All Grade 5 students will take the Grade 5 Criterion-Referenced Test, as explained above. This test offers us a gauge of student performance. For students who perform extraordinarily well on this test, earning a score of 95% or higher, they will be asked to sit for a secondary assessment. Families of these identified students will be notified by June 1st. The purpose of a secondary assessment would be to ascertain the selected students' potential success in skipping Grade 6 Math and moving directly into accelerated Pre-Algebra as a sixth grader. You will be notified by July 1st if your child is eligible to make this Grade 6 Math skip.

To be eligible for this Grade 6 course skip, the students would have to:

  • Earn a score of 95% or higher on the Grade 5 Criterion-Referenced Test, as stated directly above
  • Earn a score of 90% or higher on the secondary math placement test, as explained above
  • Earn a minimum average of 95% or higher for each marking period in Grade 5 Math
  • Earn teacher recommendation, based on class performance, work ethic, motivation, ability to work independently, and participation
  • NJSLA scores are also considered.

For Current Grade 6 Students:
In Grade 7, we offer two courses of study: Pre-Algebra, which is an accelerated course, and Grade 7 Math, which is an average-level course. Prior to placing students into either Pre-Algebra or Grade 7 Math, the following criteria are considered:

  • Teacher recommendation, based on class performance, work ethic, motivation, ability to work independently, and participation
  • Criterion-Referenced Test Score (math placement test) of 85% or higher - see test explanation above
  • Year-end math average of 93% or higher
  • NJSLA scores are also considered.

Notification of course placement will be communicated to all families by July 1st.

For Current Grade 7 Students:
We use the Criterion-Referenced Test to assess students' current placement and to determine if movement into Algebra I is appropriate in Grade 8.

Old Tappan Memorial Day Parade

The CDW band students will once again perform together during the Old Tappan Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29th. The parade starts around 9:30 AM at NVOT and concludes at approximately 10:15 AM at Oakes Park.

If band students have any questions, they should contact Mr. Rosolanko at

Want to perform?

Any student that would like to perform at Knights' Fest on June 6th should see Mr. Rosolanko. Students may sing, dance, play an instrument, or demonstrate any talent they would like to share with the school. (This is the event previously called, "Coffee House," which will now be part of Knights' Fest!)

Working Papers for Teens

The way teens obtain working papers in New Jersey will be changing on June 1, 2023! The working papers process will be online and streamlined. Rather than going through local schools, younger workers will simply visit this site and be walked through a few easy steps.



OTEC Digital Photo Contest and Show

The Old Tappan Environmental Commission (OTEC) will again host the Digital Photo Contest and Show for any CDW Old Tappan student. The photo must represent one ore more environmental themes. See the flyer below for more information.

One submission per student can be submitted now through June 9, 2023.

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CDW Transition Meetings

Each year, CDW offers transition meetings for parents to learn about their child(ren)'s next grade level. Topics that will be presented include academics, extracurricular activities, and other highlights for the upcoming grade level. Although we foster an environment of independence at the middle school level, home and school partnership is always a necessity. This year, the dates of the transition meetings are as follows:

  • Grade 4 to Grade 5 Transition Meeting- Wednesday, May 24th, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Grade 5 to Grade 6 Transition Meeting- Thursday, May 25th, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Grade 6 to Grade 7 Transition Meeting- Thursday, June 1st, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Grade 7 to Grade 8 Transition Meeting- Wednesday, June 7th, 7:00-8:00 PM

The meeting presentations will be posted to the school's website following the last meeting date.


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.

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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Old Tappan 2022-2023 School Year Calendar (Revised 4/2023)

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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