CDW Summer Update

August 20, 2021

A Message from Ms. Santa

This summer is flying by! We are so excited that we will soon be opening the doors of CDW for the 2021-2022 School Year. I want to take this time to give a special thank you to the custodial and secretarial staff members for working endless hours in order to prepare for the opening of school. We are ready!

As always, if you have any questions/concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at or 201-664-1475.

Enjoy the last days of Summer Break, and we will see you soon!



Mr. Ryan Fearon~ 6th and 8th Grade Social Studies

Mr. Luke Finaldi~ PK-6 General Music

Ms. Elizabeth Fischer~ 5th and 7th Grade Language Arts

Ms. Grace Hwang~ LEAP Teacher

Genesis Homeroom/Period 1 Release Date

Each student's Homeroom/Period 1 class was shared with families via the Genesis Parent Portal today, August 20th. Prior to parents being able to access this information, parents need to complete the Summer Packet 2021-2022 Forms and Documents on the Genesis Parent Portal. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Rosica-Kirchner at (201)664-1475.

Morning Drop Off

  • Drop-off will continue to be on Interschool Drive.
  • For the safety of all students, we ask that you stay in your vehicle at drop-off and dismissal.
  • Please do not use the upper faculty parking lot for drop-off/pick-up/or exiting of school grounds during school hours. CDW faculty and BOE-approved bus companies are the only vehicles permitted in the upper lot.
  • There will be adult supervision starting at 8:10 AM, and the doors will open at 8:20 AM. If there is inclement weather, students will be ushered into the school gymnasiums.
  • The students in Grades 5 & 6 will line up on the blacktop in the back of the school near the basketball courts.
  • The students in Grades 7 & 8 will line up on the blacktop by the 7th and 8th Grade Wing Exterior Door.

New Jersey Standardized Testing Update: Start Strong

As mentioned in Dr. Da Giau's OT District Newsletter, the Start Strong assessments will be administered this fall to satisfy the federal statewide assessment requirement to administer assessments in English (ELA), mathematics, and science for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • On Monday, September 20th, the students in Grades 5-8 will take the NJ Start Strong Math Assessment.
  • On Tuesday, September 21st, the students in Grades 5-8 will take the NJ Start Strong Language Arts Assessment.
  • On Wednesday, September 22nd, the students in Grade 6 will take the NJ Start Strong Science Assessment.
  • Each assessment is 60 minutes.

Lunch Vendors are Back!

Students should either bring their lunch from home each day, or parents can order through one of the approved vendors for delivery. Please visit the Old Tappan District Website (see picture below), or click on this link to view the approved lunch vendors for this school year.
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Back to School Night

Back to School Night will be on September 23, 2021 and will be an IN PERSON event. The night will begin at 7:00 PM with your child's Period 1 teacher and will end at 8:35 PM with your child's Period 8 teacher.

Some important information:

  • Your child(ren) will bring home a schedule for you to follow throughout the night.
  • The 7th Grade Sharpe Trip Chaperones ONLY will meet with Mr. Westervelt in the Lynch Gym at 6:30 PM.
  • Since Language Arts is a double period, you will be able to visit Lynch Gym during the second session to enjoy refreshments and check out this year's CDW Spirit Wear. Stay tuned for information in the upcoming CDW Weekly Wrap-Ups about how to order Spirit Wear.
  • The Cycle/PE teachers will be stationed in the Rossi Gym.
  • Just a reminder, please do not park in the staff parking spots (designated by a number).

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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PTO Fundraisers

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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 we 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.

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OT August District Newsletter

Please click here to view the District Newsletter sent out from Dr. Da Giau on August 20th.


Summer Reading and Math Materials

Just a reminder that the Summer Reading and Math Materials can be found on the school website. Click on the links below for more information.

Summer Reading Materials

Summer Math Materials

Supply Lists for the 2021-2022 School Year

It is time to start shopping for school supplies! Please click here for the 5th through 8th Grade Supply Lists!

Important Genesis Parent Portal Reminder

When filling out the Parent Portal forms in Genesis, please remember to fill out the "Student Dismissal Options" for your child so that he/she is dismissed according to your preferences starting on the 1st day of school. See the picture below of what it will look like in your Parent Portal.
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Before Care/After Care Program

The Wyckoff YMCA runs a Before Care and After School Program for our TBD Squires and 5th Grade CDW Students who need adult supervision before and/or after school each day. Please see the flyer below for more information!
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Old Tappan School Year Calendar - 2021-2022

The first day of school is scheduled for Thursday, September 2. It is important to note this is before Labor Day! Click here to view the calendar.

Mark Your Calendar


Thursday, August 26th~ CDW Principal Meet and Greet 7:00 PM

Tuesday, August 31st~ New to District Student Orientation Part I 9:00 AM


Wednesday, September 1st~ New to District Student Orientation Part II 2:00 PM

Thursday, September 2nd~ First Day for Students with a 12:30 PM Dismissal

Monday, September 6th~ School Closed for Labor Day

Tuesday, September 7th~ School Closed for Rosh Hashanah

Thursday, September 9th~ 7th Grade Parent Sharpe Reservation Information Meeting, 6:30 PM

Thursday, September 16th~ School Closed for Yom Kippur

Monday, September 20th-Wednesday, September 22nd~ NJ Start Strong Assessments

Thursday, September 23rd~ Back to School Night 7:00 PM (More information will be shared soon!)