CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

May 27, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa

Memorial Day Celebration

Our CDW Band will be performing in this year's Old Tappan Memorial Day Parade. This is a great CDW tradition and the only time 5th through 8th grade band students perform together. The Memorial Day Parade begins at the back of NVOT promptly at 9:00 AM and concludes at Oakes Park on Central Avenue at approximately 10:00 AM for the Memorial Day Ceremony.

In the event of inclement weather, the Fire Department siren will be sounded at 8:15 AM, advising that the Parade is canceled. In that event, the Memorial Day Ceremony will be held in the Charles DeWolf School Gym at 9:30 AM.

At the bottom of each CDW Weekly Wrap-Up are upcoming, important dates!


The CDW Band Goes on the TBD!

Led by Mr. Rosolanko, the CDW band students who will be participating in the Memorial Day Parade, walked over to TBD on Thursday, May 26th to play for the TBD students.
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CDW Spring Film Festival for the Creative Writing CE

On Wednesday, May 25th, Ms. DiPisa hosted a Film Festival for her Marking Period 3 and Marking Period 4 Creative Writing students. The students worked hard in class to produce short films that they were able to show off at the festival for all of the attendees to enjoy.

Grade 5 Punctuation Fun!

Who knew the 5th graders were such comedians! Students put their humor to the test as they used various forms of dialogue to tell their funniest jokes. Students learned the importance of quotation and comma placement with macaroni pieces, and they experienced the power of words as they crafted vivid narration lines.

Grade 8 Science: Preparing for the Egg Drop

The 8th graders in Mr. Gagliano's class have been hard at work designing and constructing their containers/devices for the Egg Drop Project. It will be the ultimate test next week when Mr. Gagliano launches an egg, while tucked inside its container, into the air and smashes it on the ground. Will the egg withstand the force? Stay tuned for the results in the next CDW Weekly Wrap-Up.

Honors Band Recipients

Congratulations to the following students who auditioned and were accepted to various honor bands this spring.

Region 1 Wind Symphony

Nathaniel Kim - 7th grade

MEBCI Bergen County Middle School Honors Band

Nathaniel Kim - 7th grade

Aliya Khan - 8th grade

Mr. L's Updates

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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Spring Sports Update!


Yesterday the Knights' baseball team knocked off undefeated Closter 9-5 in a great team win. The Knights played stellar defense behind strong pitching performances from Cayden Yoon, Zach Miller and Joey Crescitelli. The bats also stayed red hot with big hits coming from Thomas Collins and Dylan Kim. Special shoutout to the Knights' managers, Nina Caunedo and Sadie Murphy, for helping the Knights continue their winning streak.


The CDW Softball Team defeated Harrington Park in a hard fought game 7-4 on Tuesday, May 24th. Every girl stepped up and played a big role in winning the game. Giselle Conway had two perfect bunt singles and stole over 6 bases. The Ella Ferrara and Leah Savino dynamic duo pitched and caught their best game of the season allowing only a few runs over five innings! All of the girls played heads up on the bases and were able to score big runs. Big time shout out to Bailey West and Ava Richards on their first game and helping the team win! Special thanks to the managers Finley Zimmerman and Reagan Tama! The girls are now 6-0 on the season.

The girls softball team won their final game of the season beating Closter in an epic 2-1 game. Ella Ferraro pitched her best game of the season allowing no earned runs over 5 innings! Lea Savino caught the best game of her season making great defense stops and throwing out a runner. Captain Sophia Savino got a clutch hit late in the game and scored a crucial run to take the lead. The defense played a great game and made big plays to hold Closter to 1 run. The girls finished the season undefeated and number 1 in the league. In what could be the final game, Coach Gianetti congratulates 8th graders Lauren Shehdanian, Erin Collins, Nicole Carbone, Regan Garrity, Ava Hull, Giselle Conway, Nicollete Cialdella, and Sophia Savino on an unforgettable season. Special thanks to manager Finley Zimmerman!


The CDW Track Team will have its final meet on June 7th at NVOT.

HERE is the Spring Sports Schedule.

Intramural Sports Program

Ms. Brock - Intramural Dates & Activities


Remember, the intramural program runs throughout the year so medical information can be submitted when your child wants to join. Please submit all PPE / HHQ documents to Mrs. McCarthy ( and forward all intramural-related emails to Ms. Brock (

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.

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Summer Skill-Booster Program

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 will close on June 30, 2022. Should you have any questions about the Summer Skill-Booster Program, please contact Mr. Lauriello, CDW Student Manager and Summer Program Supervisor, at

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Golden Knights Boys Basketball Camp~ July 11th-15th

The Golden Knights Boys Basketball Camp at NVOT is specifically designed to provide a complete in-depth basketball experience that will emphasize the fundamentals in order to help boys, ages 8-17, reach their full potential. Please see the registration information HERE.


Grade 7 and 8 Year-End Assessment Schedule

The purpose of year-end assessments is to see what our students learned in their core

subjects and what learning they will carry with them to the next grade level. Students are exposed to Year-End Assessments that require them to think back on their learning and to share what they have learned. Teachers plan for these assessments to be meaningful and to assess the big ideas of their subject's content. Please see the schedule below.

Grade 7 Year-End Assessments:

  • Tuesday, June 14th- Spanish
  • Thursday, June 16th- Social Studies
  • Friday, June 17th- Math
  • Monday, June 20th- Language Arts

*The Grade 7 Year-End Science Assessment is an ongoing project assessment. There is no end date at this time.

Grade 8 Year-End Assessments:

  • Monday, June 13th- Language Arts (AM) and Spanish (PM)

  • Tuesday, June 14th- Science (in class) and Social Studies (in class)

  • Wednesday, June 15th- Pre-Algebra, Algebra, or Geometry (AM)

*Teachers will continue to have class conversations that lead up to these assessments.

The students will know what to expect in each of their classes.

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- Tuesday, June 7th, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Grade 5 to Grade 6 Transition Meeting- Monday, June 13th, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Grade 6 to Grade 7 Transition Meeting- Tuesday, June 14th, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Grade 7 to Grade 8 Transition Meeting- Thursday, June 16th, 7:00-8:00 PM

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

The CDW Art Show~ Thursday, June 9th

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Calling All Artists!

August 26th marks Women's Equality Day commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. To increase awareness of this historical achievement, the Bergen County Commission on the Status of Women is inviting all schools in Bergen County to participate in the Women's Equality Day Art Exhibit on August 28th, 2022.

The artwork should represent the student's interpretation of the meaning and significance of Women's Equality. Work should be 2-Dimensional, and no larger than "9x12". See Ms. Watters for further requirements or with any questions!

All work must be to Ms. Watters no later than Monday, June 13th!

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Girls in Engineering and Technology Camp

The Northern Valley Regional Technology and Engineering department is proud to announce that they will be running the Girls in Engineering and Technology camp this June from 6/27-6/29. The camp is free for rising 7th and 8th grade girls who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. Please see the flyer below for more information.
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CELEBRATE the EARTH 2022 Old Tappan Environmental Commission (OTEC)

If you are a Grade 5-8 student interested in the OTEC's Digital Photo Contest and Show, see the flyer below for information on how to enter the contest.
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Chromebook Usage and Safety

Our school-issued Chromebook device damage rates are on the rise and very high. Please remind your child to keep his/her Chromebook in his/her school-issued case. It is highly recommended that you purchase insurance for your child(ren)'s school-issued Chromebook. Please refer to the information below if you have not purchased the insurance yet.

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Old Tappan PTO

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.

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.

Mark Your Calendar


Monday, May 30th~ School is Closed for Memorial Day.

Old Tappan Memorial Day Parade

Tuesday, May 31st~ NVOT 8th Grade Picnic at 4:30 PM


Wednesday, June 1st to Friday, June 3rd~ 8th Grade Trip

Wednesday, June 1st~ 6th Grade Class Challenge (Periods 2-3)

7th Grade Class Challenge (Periods 7-8)

Thursday, June 2nd~ 5th Grade Class Challenge (Periods 2-3)

Monday, June 6th~ The Board of Education Meeting will be in the BOE Conference Room

at 8 PM.

Tuesday, June 7th~ Grade 4 Transition Visit to CDW

Tuesday, June 7th~ PTO Special Lunch

Tuesday, June 7th~ Grade 4 to Grade 5 Transition Meeting for Parents, 7 PM

Wednesday, June 8th~ CDW Spirit Day

Thursday, June 9th~ Art Show 3-7 PM

Monday, June 13th~ 5th to 6th Grade Transition Meeting, 7 PM

Tuesday, June 14th~ 6th to 7th Grade Transition Meeting, 7 PM

Wednesday, June 15th~ Choir Trip

Thursday, June 16th~ 7th to 8th Grade Transition Meeting, 7 PM

Tuesday, June 21st~ Half Day Dismissal; Grade 8 Graduation, 5:30 PM

Wednesday, June 22nd~ Half Day Dismissal/Last Day of School; Marking Period 4 Report Cards on the Genesis Parent Portal at 12 PM

Old Tappan School Year Calendar - 2021-2022

Click here to view the calendar.

Approved School Year Calendar- 2022-2023

Our Board of Education approved the operating calendar for the 2022-2023 school year. The calendar can be found on the district website or by clicking here.