CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

March 31, 2023

A Message from Ms. Santa

It's Cherry Blossom Season!

"Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower of the spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life. Their life is very short. After their beauty peaks around two weeks, the blossoms start to fall." -Smithsonian

As we come to the end of Marking Period 3 next week, I hope the students take time to reflect on the year and go into Marking Period 4 with renewal as they complete their last marking period of the 2022-2023 school year.

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Saturday, April 1st~ TBD Drama Production of Beauty and the Beast in the CDW Lynch Gym

Monday, April 3rd~ There will be a Board of Education meeting at 8:00 PM in the BOE Conference Room.

Tuesday, April 4th~ PTO Special Lunch- Garden Kitchen in Northvale

Thursday, April 6th~ Marking Period 3 Ends.

Thursday, April 6th~ School Spirit NEON DAY

Friday, April 7th~ School is closed for Good Friday.

Monday, April 10th-Friday, April 14th~ School is closed for Spring Recess.

Wednesday, April 19th~ Marking Period 3 Report Cards will be posted on the Genesis Parent Portal at 12:00 PM.

Friday, April 21st~ OTEA Movie Night

Monday, April 24th~ There will be a Board of Education meeting at 8:00 PM in the BOE Conference Room.

Thursday, April 27th~ Grade 6 Field Trip


Congratulations to the CDW Musical Students and Staff

Last weekend, Ms. Osbahr, Ms. Watters, and Ms. Henry directed the students through 3 amazing performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella on stage at CDW. The time and effort from the students and staff to put on a show is commendable, and the months of preparation certainly paid off! Thank you also to all of the parents who helped make the show a success!

Please enjoy pictures below from the performances.

TBD's Production of Beauty and the Beast- THIS SATURDAY!

The PTO cordially invites you to attend TBD's production of Beauty and the Beast on April 1, 2023. The shows will be at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM in the CDW Lynch Gym.

Online advance tickets are $7 each. Tickets are $10 at the door. Space is limited so buy your tickets now on the PTO Website.

Grade 5 Literary March Madness

The 5th graders in Ms. Fischer and Mrs. Park’s Language Arts classes culminated their Literary March Madness competition with argument essays and a class debate! Over the past week, students individually chose winners and worked to support their choices in writing. On Thursday, each class held a debate, during which the students were able to present their choices and reasons and tried to convince the other side to switch their vote. Ultimately, the Harry Potter series beat the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series in the final vote, with 66% of the 5th grade voting for Harry Potter!

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Grades 5 and 6: CDW Spirit Club

Ms. Bambach and Dr. Polizotto started a School Spirit Club for the Grade 5 and Grade 6 students who were interested in bringing more school spirit to CDW! The group of students meet at least once a month to share ideas.

The first School Spirit Day will be Thursday, April 6th to kick off Spring Break! All CDW students are asked to wear.....NEON!

Bergen County Women's Equality Day Art Exhibit

The purpose of the Women's Equality Day Art Exhibit is to recognize the artistic achievement of students and to increase their awareness of the importance of the equality of women. The Art Exhibit is open to students in Grades K-8 in Bergen County. Entries are due by Friday, April 28, 2023 between 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.

Art will be displayed virtually on the County's social media platforms on August 26, 2023. An in-person ceremony will be held later in September to announce the Grand Prize winners. Please see the flyer below or the attachment for more information.

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March District Newsletter

Here is Dr. Da Giau's March edition of our District Newsletter, which highlights some of our

events over the past month.

Mr. L's Corner

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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2023 Summer Skill Booster

In July, we will host another Summer-Skill Booster Program for students currently enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Please see the flyer below for specific information.
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Golden Knights Baseball Camp Spring Training

All baseball players, ages 7-14, are welcome to attend the Golden Knights Baseball Camp at NVOT. Please see the flyer below for more information and the attached registration form.
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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 Updates

PTO Board Positions are Available!

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International Food Festival

Hi CDW Parents,

The CDW International Food Festival is back! The Food Festival is a highlight of the year and we hope this year will be no exception! As in past years, we provide a food item (lunch or dessert category) from your country to share with the students and teachers at CDW. Past participating countries included Armenia, China, Cuba, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Spain, Mexico and USA. Spread the word and if you know someone who is interested, please let me know.

The date has been set for Wednesday , May 3rd, in the CDW Rossi gym. We will be serving BOTH lunch periods, so from 11:00 AM(set-up) to 12:45 PM(clean-up) serving approximately 400 students and staff.

This is a PTO sponsored event, so we will be able to reimburse part or all of your food expense, but there are ways to cut down either by reducing the choices of food offered, home cooking part or all, or maybe donating a portion.

Please let me know by Thursday, April 21st, if you would like to participate. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you and looking forward to a great Food Festival!

Kind Regards,

Vas Cialdella

Damian Krohn

Florentina's Bakery Fundraiser

Mention the flyer below, and the OTPTO will 10% of the proceeds!
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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


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


Board of Education Vacancy

Due to the resignation of a Board of Education member, the Old Tappan Board of Education has a vacancy. Please click on the picture below to open the letter to learn more about how this position will be filled and how to submit your information if you are an interested candidate.

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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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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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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