CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

February 4, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa

It's official...we are halfway through the year!

Can you believe it? We have officially met the mid-point of the 2021-2022 School Year. One way to prepare for the second half of the school year is to make a plan.

  • What did your child(ren) do that was successful in the first half of the year, and what does your child(ren) need to do to moving forward?
  • Focus on one or two things that will help guide the way for your child(ren).
  • Reach out to the teachers with concerns or questions.
  • Talk with your child(ren) about school, share your thoughts, and ask open-ended questions such as, "What are you looking forward to?"

Now is a great time to set goals and have discussions about the second half of the 2021-2022 school year with your child(ren).

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


REMINDER: Morning Drop Off Update

The temperature continues to get colder, and we need to keep the morning drop off line moving. Please see the suggestions below so that your child(ren) is not late to school.

  • Doors to both gyms will be open between 8:00-8:05 AM so if it is possible, please drop your child(ren) off earlier to reduce the number of cars arriving together.
  • Please have your child(ren) leave your car at the beginning of the cones (or before the cones) to help keep a steady flow of cars.
  • If you drop your child(ren) off before the cones, you are permitted to enter the right lane to exit school grounds. This will allow more vehicles to enter the drop-off lane.
  • Please do not pull off into the staff spots on the left to drop your child(ren) off.

As per the student handbook, homeroom begins at 8:25 AM so the doors to both gyms will be closed at that time. Students are sent to their lockers at 8:18 AM so that they have enough time to be in homeroom by 8:25 AM. After 8:25 AM, drop off should occur in the front of the building so students can report to the office for a late pass.

High Honor Roll and Honor Roll

Students who received Honor Roll for Marking Period 2 received their certificates today in homeroom. If your child(ren) received High Honors for Marking Period 2, they will be invited to a BOE meeting to collect their certificate, and their invitation was put in the mail to ensure that the information reaches you.

Congratulations to all of our students on a successful Marking Period 2!

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) program includes grade-based assessments for Grades 4 & 8, as well as the long-term trend assessment for 9-year-olds. Some CDW students in Grade 8 have been chosen at random by the NAEP program to complete subject-area questions in civics, mathematics, reading, or U.S. History. Each student will be assessed in one subject only. Please note: NAEP results will not be used for CDW or NVOT placement.

If your child(ren) was selected, you will be receiving a letter via the Genesis Parent Portal on Thursday, February 10th.

OTEA Pure Vida Bracelet Sale

The Old Tappan Education Association (OTEA) is having a Pure Vida bracelet sale. All proceeds from the sale of the bracelets will support the OTEA Philanthropic Fund which provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors and programs such as, "Kids Night Out." Please read the flyer below for information on how to order. Flyers were also handed out to all students during homeroom. Thank you in advance for helping the OTEA support your community.
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8th Grade NVOT High School Conference Information

NVOT conferences will take place on Monday, February 7th through Tuesday, February 15th.

  • Please remember to tell your child(ren) when the conference takes place. They will not be called out of class! Students are allowed to just leave class for their meeting. Click HERE if you do not remember which time slot you chose.

  • You MUST complete the high school registration forms in order to receive a high school schedule. The high school has previously sent email notifications regarding this process. You may access the forms using this link.

  • On January 12, 2022, a virtual meeting was conducted with 8th Grade parents and 8th graders. By clicking on this link, you may access complete Registration and Scheduling information for the 2022-2023 school year at Northern Valley Old High School.

Every 8th Grader has been invited to Mrs. Richardson's Google Classroom and has access to all high school information. If you have any further questions, please email Mrs. Richardson at

8th Grade Sharpe Reservation Trip Meeting

REMINDER: The 8th Grade Parent Sharpe Reservation Field Trip Information Meeting with Mr. Westervelt is on Thursday, February 10th at 6:00 PM in the Rossi Gym at CDW.

CDW Debate Team

On Wednesday February 2nd, the Debate Team, under Ms. Fischer's direction, participated in its first virtual Novice Debate Tournament with students from Tenafly, Northvale, Cresskill, and Harrington Park. After extensive preparation, teammates Zoe Geallat and Sally Ma, and Neha Anoo and Arav Wadhwani presented cases for and against the United States Federal Government substantially increasing its protection of water resources. Official scores have not been released yet, but both teams did an amazing job!
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STEM: 5th Grade Playground Project

Ms. Mueller's Grade 5 students worked really hard on creating their own playgrounds out of PAPER! The students were given criteria to include in their playgrounds. Some students even included swings or other equipment that moved! We certainly have future architects here at CDW!
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Grade 5 Spanish

Mr. Bambach's Spanish students have been learning the Spanish words for "parts of the body." What better way to learn than to draw aliens! The students loved choosing an alien, using the Spanish description to draw them, and then presenting them to the class!

Mr. L's Updates

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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CDW Knights Basketball Updates

After another great week of basketball, the boys' basketball team completed the regular season with a record of 10-1. They will have a bye for the first round of the playoffs. Great job!

The girls' basketball team completed their season UNDEFEATED with a record of 10-0! They will take a break during the first round of playoffs with a bye as well!

Good Luck in the playoffs, CDW Knights!

Playoff Dates

GIRLS' BASKETBALL - OT (home) vs. Northvale - Tuesday, 2/8/22 @ 3:45 PM

Tentative -- BOYS' BASKETBALL - OT (home) vs. winner of Northvale / Haworth - Wednesday, 2/9/22 @ 3:45 PM

Finals @ Northern Valley Demarest High School~ Monday, February 14th

Girls @ 4:15 PM (Teams to be determined.)

Boys @ 5:30 PM (Teams to be determined.)

Intramural Sports Program

Ms. Brock - Intramural Dates & Activities

February - BADMINTON

March through April - BASKETBALL


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.

2022-2023 School Year Calendar

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.


Important Reminders for Delayed Openings

On Thursday, CDW had a delayed opening. Since it was the first delayed opening of the 2021-2022 school year, here are important reminders for possible delayed openings in the future.
  • Staff will be available for drop off to begin at 9:30 AM.
  • Homeroom begins at 10:00 AM.
  • After 10:00 AM, students need to enter through the front door for a tardy pass. Please drive around to the front to drop them off since the other doors will be closed.

Dressing for the Weather

As the weather continues to get colder, it is important to send your child to school with the appropriate attire to attend outside Recess. Students are reminded during OTBN's morning announcements to bring their coats, gloves, scarves, and hats to lunch with them so that they are prepared for Recess.

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.

Harry Potter Read-Aloud

Students are invited to join Ms. DiPisa in the library on Tuesdays during lunch to eat and listen to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

A sign out sheet will be available each Tuesday in the cafeteria. Students must sign out of lunch to attend.

Nex-Trex Plastic Recycling Challenge

We are collecting plastic film in the 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! Please see the flyer below for more information!

As of January 7th, we have 410 lbs. of plastic!!!

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NJHS Information for the Current 7th Grade Students

Membership in the NJHS at Charles DeWolf Middle School will be open to seventh graders who meet the criteria at the end of the third marking period. Please visit the NJHS Webpage for more information.

Art Room Supplies Needed!

Please have your child bring the needed art supplies to Ms. Watters in Room 106.
  • Plastic Bags
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
We thank you in advance for your support!

See the Flyer from Ms. Watters HERE.

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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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.

Traffic Reminders


Please help keep our students safe during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up by practicing the following traffic rules.

1. Please do not enter the BOE parking to drop-off or pick-up your child(ren). Many of our students use that entrance to walk to their homeroom locations or pass through when walking home at the end of the day. We ask that you refrain from entering the BOE parking lot from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM and from 2:30 PM to 3:10 PM.

2. Please do not drive through any of the staff parking spots along Interschool Drive. Students should have a clear - safe - path to the sidewalk as they exit their vehicles.

3. If you drop your child(ren) off before the traffic cones on Interschool Drive, you can enter the right lane. This change in lanes will expedite your exit off school property.


  • The drop-off line is a continuously moving line. Please do not park in the staff parking spaces along Interschool Drive to drop off your child(ren). Children are exiting their vehicles and heading towards the sidewalk, and this causes an unsafe walking zone.
  • Please remind your child(ren) to exit the vehicle and walk behind your car.
  • Parent(s)/Guardian(s) should not exit the vehicle. If your child(ren) needs assistance, the staff members are there to help.
  • Please do not use the right lane to drop off your child(ren). This lane is designated for cars moving through to the exit.


  • Please arrange a meeting area with your child(ren) so that you can locate them efficiently.
  • Please do not park and/or exit your vehicle regardless of your child(ren) being at TBD or CDW.
  • Please do not block designated emergency lanes that connect TBD and CDW.

General Traffic Rules Regarding Parking

  • Never park in a "No Parking, Fire Lane." These lanes are designated with yellow paint in diagonal lines on the pavement along with the words, "No Parking Fire Lane."
  • Never park along a curb that is painted yellow and leave your vehicle unattended.
  • Do not double park (park your vehicle beside another vehicle that is in a designated parking space).

Thanks for keeping our kids safe!

Mark Your Calendar


Thursday, February 10th~ 8th Grade Sharpe Parent Information Meeting at 6:00 PM

Monday, February 21st-Friday, February 25th~ February Recess- No School for Students

Old Tappan School Year Calendar - 2021-2022

Click here to view the calendar.