CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

April 14, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa

Thank you to everyone who participated in the CDW Nex-Trex Recycling Challenge. We collected 1,796 pounds of plastic! Stay tuned to find out if we will win another bench!

HAVE A WONDERFUL SPRING BREAK! We will see all refreshed and refocused students and staff back in the building on Monday, April 25th!

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


The CDW Musical was a SUCCESS!

Last weekend, over 40 CDW students worked together on various aspects of the musical to perform three amazing shows of Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.! They are commended for their hard work and success! Enjoy pictures from the performances below.

The CDW Coffee House

Under the organization of Mr. Rosolanko, the students (and staff) of CDW performed many talents on stage Wednesday night to an entertained audience. The performances included playing of instruments, DJing of music, singing, and more! Congratulations to all of the amazing performers for a fun night!

CDW Grade 7 Spanish Students Visit TBD!

On Wednesday, April 12th, Mrs. Kenduck brought 35 7th grade students on a trip to TBD. The CDW students have been working hard writing and illustrating Spanish books to share with the first graders in our district. The books were written in Spanish so the 7th graders practiced their reading and speaking skills while sharing their books. They also used the illustrations to teach the 1st grade students the words in Spanish.

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming, and the PTO needs your help!

Monday, May 2, 2022

Breakfast (5th/6th Grade Volunteers Needed!)

  • As part of the Teacher Appreciation Week celebration, the PTO is asking for volunteers to provide supplies so that they can provide the teachers with a nice breakfast on Monday, May 2nd.
  • The 5th and 6th grade parents who would like to volunteer can use this BREAKFAST LINK.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Desserts (7th/8th Grade Volunteers Needed!)

  • As part of our Teacher Appreciation Week celebration, the PTO is asking for volunteers to provide desserts for our teachers on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.
  • The 7th and 8th grade parents who would like to volunteer can use this DESSERT LINK.

If you have any questions, you can contact Kelly Shahdanian at or at 201-925-0918, or Kristen Zales at

Murr is Coming to CDW on May 19th!

The PTO is excited to announce that Murr from "Impractical Jokers" is coming to CDW on May 19th!

All students will be invited to the assembly, AND for an extra special treat, you can purchase his book for $25 and get a personalized inscription in your book as well as a photo with him!

Books are on sale now! Visit

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Grade 5 Literary March Madness Champion...

The Grade 5 students in Ms. Fischer's and Mrs. Park's classes voted on the book of their choice in the Literary March Madness bracket, which included different genres of books. Each Friday, the winner was posted in the Weekly Wrap-Up.

The voting has ended, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid won the tournament by just 5 votes over Harry Potter.

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CDW Staff vs. Volleyball Team and 8th Graders Game!

The tradition that the students continue to look forward to each year at CDW took place this afternoon! The CDW Volleyball Team took the court to face the CDW Staff members while the student body cheered them on.

The American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 8 Results Are In!

Congratulations to Jongho Yun, Gymin (Ryan) Kwon, Junho Kee, and Aileen Ko for their strong performances on the 2022 AMC 8 Mathematics competition. Aileen had the third highest score at our location (which included other students from the Valley) while Jongho, Ryan, and Junho all tied for 2nd place at our location and overall, scored in the top 5% nationally!

Math and Art: Pre-Algebra Tessellation Projects

Accelerated Pre-Algebra students have just finished working with transformations of two-dimensional figures culminating with a tessellation project. Students used translations, reflections, and rotations to create patterns using artist M.C Escher's work for inspiration.

Reminder for Dismissal Pick-Up Procedures

Both lanes on Interschool Drive are open for Pick-Up. Students will be crossed at the crosswalk by a staff member when necessary. By allowing Pick-Up in both lanes, there is less traffic for cars entering Interschool Drive.

Mr. L's Updates

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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Spring Sports Have Begun!

Coach Gianetti led the CDW Knights Softball Team to their first win of the season against Northvale. Congratulations!
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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.


April is School Library Month!

Please see the information below from Ms. DiPisa, CDW's School Librarian. HERE is the link to the Media Center Google Site where more information can be found.
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Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences~ Wednesday, April 27th

If your child(ren)'s teacher requested a conference with you to discuss him/her then you would have received an email from Mrs. Rosica requesting for you to view the letter in the Genesis Parent Portal. The letter will state the date, time, and location in CDW for your conference.

As a reminder, although Parent/Teacher Conferences are requested by the teacher, school-home connection is not only restricted to this day and time. Feel free to reach out to your child(ren)'s teacher(s) at any time.

International Food Festival- May 3rd!

Please see the letter below (or attached) for more information.
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New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA)

Each spring, the state of New Jersey administers the NJSLA to all students in grades 3-8. The CDW students will participate as follows:

Grades 5 and 8

  • Students in Grades 5 and 8 will participate in the NJSLA for Language Arts, Math, and Science between May 9th and May 20th.

Grades 6 and 7

  • Students in Grades 6 and 7 will participate in the NJSLA for Language Arts and Math between May 9th and May 16th.

All students in grades 5-8 will need headphones or earbuds, which cannot be wireless, for these assessments. If your child does not have a pair of headphones or earbuds at school, please send in a pair from home.

The only electronic device students are permitted to use during NJSLA is a Chromebook provided by the school. If your child has a cell phone, smartwatch, or any other electronic device, it will need to be turned off and in his/her locker during the testing sessions.

On Friday, May 13th, as a result of NJSLA testing, the lunch periods will be as follows:

  • Lunch 1/Period 5A--> 11:05 AM-11:40 AM
  • Lunch 2/Period 5B--> 11:43 AM-12:18 PM

*All vendors have been notified.

If you have any questions regarding NJSLA, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at

Golden Knights Softball Camp- Spring Training 2022

The NVOT Golden Knights will be hosting a softball camp for players in Grades 3-8 during Spring Break. See the flyer below for more details. There will be copies in the CDW Main Office for your child(ren) to pick up as well! If you have any questions, contact Coach Landeck at

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Donation Drive for Ukraine

One of our TBD families, who is from Ukraine, shared the information below with us. If your family is looking for a way to support the people of Ukraine, please check out the Amazon Wish List that was put together by Baranova 27, a Ukrainian Humanitarian Project based in Fort Lee, NJ.

Click here to read an article about the donation drive.

Click here to see a video showing the donation site in Fort Lee, NJ.

Click here to view the Amazon Wish List.

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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Grades 5, 6, 7 Parents

If your child is applying for admission to another school at any time (Private or Catholic) please contact Mrs. Richardson to let her know prior to requesting forms from the school.

Mrs. Richardson can be reached at 201-664-1475 ext 2203 or Speaking with Mrs. Richardson first will ensure a smooth application process.


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


Friday, April 15th~ Good Friday- School Closed

Monday, April 18th-Friday, April 22nd~ Spring Recess

Tuesday, April 26th~ The PTO Meeting is at 7:00 PM in the CDW Media Center.

Wednesday, April 27th~ Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences 6:00 PM (by teacher request)

Thursday, April 28th~ The BOE Meeting is at 8:00 PM in the BOE Conference Room.

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.