CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

September 17, 2021

A Message from Ms. Santa

This week, Ms. Santa and Mr. Lauriello visited the afternoon PE classes to have a meeting about the expectations of middle school students. As we know, middle school is the period between elementary and high school that is often an exciting yet challenging time in a preteen's life. We discussed the many ways that the staff of CDW is here to support the students and to provide them with opportunities to learn more about themselves and grow into successful teenagers.

Just a reminder, at the bottom of each CDW Weekly Wrap-Up are upcoming, important dates!


New Jersey Standardized Testing Update: Start Strong

The Start Strong assessments will be administered next week at CDW 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.

PTO Upcoming Meeting

Please see the flyer below for specific information about the upcoming PTO Meeting on Tuesday, September 21st in the CDW Media Center. Want more information about the Old Tappan PTO? Click on the Old Tappan PTO graphic below to visit their website!
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Today your child received a permission slip to be filled out by you for their intent for the Sharpe Trip. Please complete the form and return it to Mr. Westervelt by Monday, September 20th.

Back to School Night

The CDW Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 7:00 PM. Please see this parent letter for more specific information, and watch this video from Ms. Santa as an introduction to the night.

OTEA: Josephine's Garden

The Josephine's Garden Fund at Hackensack UMC supports pediatric cancer research while honoring the memory of a beautiful, courageous child who passed away after a year-long battle with a brain tumor.

Please see the information letter and flyer below.
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Physical Education Class- Attention all 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Parents/Guardians

All 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade students will be asked to bring in a combination lock (as seen in the picture below) by next Wednesday or Thursday depending on when they have afternoon PE class. They will also be asked to bring a change of clothes (T-shirt).

Optional: Your child can bring a change of bottoms(shorts/sweatpants), old sneakers, & stick deodorant to keep in their PE locker as well if they would like. SPRAY COLOGNE OR FRAGRANCE is prohibited in the locker rooms. More information will follow during Back to School Night on 9/23. Thank you!

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CDW Spirit Wear!

The Student Government is selling CDW Spirit Wear! There will be examples of colors and sizes in the Lynch Gym during Back to School Night. Click this LINK if you would like to order!

Travel Quarantine Requirements

We know that families are planning trips in the near future so below is the current information regarding the need to quarantine after travel. Please remember that travel quarantines are subject to change based on guidance from the CDC and/or Governor Murphy. The information below is current as of September 17, 2021.

  • Traveling within the United States - Currently, there is no requirement to quarantine if you and your family travel within the United States.
  • Traveling Internationally - If you and your family travel to a country on the CDC's Travel Ban list, your child(ren) is required to quarantine for 7-10 days upon their return to the United States. This list can be found by clicking here. If you plan to travel internationally, please contact me to discuss your child's quarantine period.

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 schoo:

  • 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.

TREX Recycling Program

CDW, led by the Environmental Justice class, will participate in the NEX-TREX Recycling Challenge again this year! We are competing against schools our size nationwide to win another TREX bench for our outdoor classroom. Drop off your plastic in CDW's outside containers starting in October!

Please click here to see the CDW Flyer!

The 8th Grade Car Wash was a Success!

The PTO, along with the CDW Class of 2022, hosted a car wash last Saturday, and it was a huge success. Thank you to all of the Old Tappan families, staff, and teachers who came out to support the CDW Class of 2022. If you have not picked up the towels that you donated, they are washed and ready for pick-up at CDW.

Please enjoy the pictures below from the event.

The Hallways of CDW

One of the best parts of beginning a new school year are the wonderful bulletin boards being completed in the hallways of CDW. I will continue to feature bulletin boards throughout the Weekly Wrap-Ups. This week's bulletin board can be found in the 200 Corridor and features Mrs. DeSciora's class.


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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CDW Media Center Website

Ms. DiPisa would like to introduce the new Media Center Website! We encourage you to take a tour and learn about all of the wonderful happenings going on in our CDW Media Center!

Important Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders

  • 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.
  • Parent(s)/Guardian(s) should not exit the vehicle. If your child(ren) need 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).

Picture Day

The CDW Picture Day will be on Tuesday, October 19th. The students will bring home a form in the beginning of October that will provide information on how to order pictures of your child(ren). All students will take an individual photo that day, whether a package is purchased or not. There will be retakes in November, and more information about that will be provided at another time.

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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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.

Mark Your Calendar


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

Tuesday, September 21st~ PTO Meeting, CDW Media Center, 7:00 PM

Thursday, September 23rd~ Back to School Night 7:00 PM; There will be a meeting for Sharpe Chaperones at 6:30 PM.


Tuesday, October 5th-8th~ 7th Grade Field Trip

Monday, October 11th~ Columbus Day 12:30 PM Dismissal for Students

Thursday, October 14th~ 8th Grade NJHS Induction Ceremony

Tuesday, October 19th~CDW Picture Day

Monday, October 25th/26th~ 6th Grade Field Trip

Old Tappan School Year Calendar - 2021-2022

Click here to view the calendar.