CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

June 17, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa

End of the Year Activities

I cannot believe that the end of the 2021-2022 school year is already here. With only a few days left, I wanted to update you on the important End-of-Year Events for the last week.

Monday, June 20th~

  • All books will be returned to teachers during class time.
  • All library books and/or headphones must be returned to the library.
  • Grade 8 students will return their Chromebooks during homeroom. Students will keep their Chromebook cases. (Grades 5-7 students will keep their Chromebooks over the summer.)
  • Grade 7 students will complete the Language Arts End-of-Year assessment.
  • Grade 8 will take a group picture with the "Congratulations to the Class of 2022" sign.
  • Grade 8 students will receive their yearbooks during the Grade 8 Ice Cream Social at 1:30 PM.

Tuesday, June 21st~

  • CDW will have a 12:30 PM dismissal for all students.
  • Grades 5-7 students will receive their yearbooks (if purchased).
  • The Grade 8 students will have their last graduation practice.
  • The CDW Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony will be at 5:30 PM at Old Tappan High School.

Wednesday, June 22nd~ Last day of school.

  • CDW will have a 12:30 PM dismissal for all students.
  • Grade 8 will have a breakfast at 9:00 AM while enjoying the video montage. Thank you, Mr. Johnson for putting it together!
  • Grades 5-7 will have their End-of-Year Pizza Parties at 11:30 AM.
  • Reports Cards will be available on the Genesis Parent Portal at 12:00 PM.
  • Grade 8 students will receive their diplomas at dismissal.
  • Grade 8 Dance


Grades 5-7 Chromebooks

Over the summer months, Grades 5-7 students will bring their Chromebooks home with them. Please remind your child(ren) to follow the rules set forth in the Chromebook Agreement Form to continue to protect his/her school-issued Chromebook during the summer months.

HERE is the link to purchase Chromebook Insurance for the 2022-2023 School Year for the same low price of $24 as this school year.

Transition Meetings

As promised, all of the Transition Meeting presentations have been shared to the CDW Website. Please see the links below:

Grade 4 to 5 Transition Meeting

Grade 5 to 6 Transition Meeting

Grade 6 to 7 Transition Meeting

Grade 7 to 8 Transition Meeting

After viewing the presentation(s), please feel free to reach out to Ms. Santa at with any questions.

Old Tappan Environmental Commission (OTEC) Digital Photo Contest

The CDW students in all grades were eligible to participate in the OTEC Digital Photo Contest. We were honored to have Ms. Wendy King visit our school today to award the students of the winning photos with monetary gift cards. The digital photos will be showcased on the Town Website and School Websites and digitally at the Town Library. A photobook will also be made to be showcased at the Borough Hall and in the next Town Time Capsule.

Congratulations to all of the students that participated: Amily M., Brandon F., Nathaniel F., and Mingyeom J.

Grade 6 Fashion Show in Spanish

The Grade 6 students from Ms. Kenduck's class walked the red carpet in class this week, not only showcasing their stylish clothes, but also demonstrating their grasp of the Spanish language. Enjoy pictures below!

Grade 8 Picture

On Monday, June 20th, the staff will be bringing the Grade 8 students to the front of the building to take a picture with the "Congratulations to the Class of 2022" sign that is on CDW's front lawn. Many staff members will be present to ensure safety measures are followed.

Mr. L's Updates

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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Spring Sports ~ Champions!


The Knights' baseball team defeated #1 seeded Closter 9-8 on Friday, June 10th in a very exciting game to win the baseball championship! Closter jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Knights' resiliency helped lead them to a come-from-behind victory. This win capped off a 7 game winning streak after starting the season 0-2. Every player on the team worked very hard and contributed in many different ways throughout the season to make this championship possible. A very special shoutout to all of the students who traveled to Closter to support the team. Way to go Coach Fearon and the Knights!


The Knights' softball team defeated Closter 4-2 in the championship game on Friday, June 10th. Ella Ferraro pitched a career high 6 innings giving up only 2 hits and striking out 10 batters. The defense made crucial stops with big plays from catcher Leah Savino, shortstop Nicolette Cialdella, first baseman Ava Candullo, and second baseman Giselle Conway. The girls scored 4 runs on big hits led by Captain Sofia Savino. Congratulations to the girls on a perfect season. Special thanks to team managers Bailey West and Ava Richards. Way to go Coach Gianetti and the Knights!


Under Head Coach Mr. Westervelt and Assistant Coach Gagliano's guidance, the CDW track team continued its dominance at the Golden Knights Invitational winning once again at NVOT. Number-wise, it was the smallest team in years, but when it comes to heart, effort, and teamwork, it was the greatest. It is the 19th consecutive championship for the girls and 18th out of 19 for the boys. This is certainly an astounding achievement!

A special thanks to Mr. Clark and the NVOT track team, Ms. Brock, and team manager Bailey West. Thanks also go out to all the CDW students that came out to support the team. It was very much appreciated.

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Summer Skill-Booster Program REMINDERS and UPDATES

Please take time to review your child's summer session selection and make sure they are registered for the correct morning and/or afternoon program. Remember that all morning sessions are REVIEW of the current 2021-2022 grade level and the afternoon session is for their 2022-2023 enrollment grade - descriptions below.

From April Flyer:

Students will have an opportunity to REVIEW grade-level academic skills learned this school year (AM Option) and/or explore new material (PM Option) by PREVIEWING activities/lessons they will experience when the new school year starts. PREVIEW sessions will be tailored and designed to explore new topics, develop new skills, and leave learners wanting to learn more come September. *Math and Language Arts are the two main academic areas for AM and PM options.

Example of Morning REVIEW:
Grade 1 Class - A registered first-grader can/will review material covered during the 2021-2022 school year. *Lessons will be based on student needs.

Example of Afternoon PREVIEW:
Grade 2 Class: The same child who took the first-grade morning class can register for a second-grade preview class. Lessons will be based on academic concepts typically introduced in September and October. Parents may like this option, as it offers an acceleration-type experience for their child(ren).


GRADE 2 Preview & Review Options are now available. We were able to get another teacher and add the additional Grade 2 Section. Please revisit the registration if you are interested.

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.


NO MORE PTO Pizza Mondays!

June 6th was the LAST Pizza Monday!

Summer Academic Work

Summer work is meant to guide students to review the essential skills learned in reading and math throughout the year. This allows them to transition more smoothly to the next grade level. The links are below, and the information can also be found via the CDW website under, "For Students."

Summer Reading

Summer Math

Here is the strongly suggested Summer Math Work. Please read the correspondence and complete the work associated with your child's grade level completed during the 2021-2022 school year.

Supply Lists for 2022-2023

The 2022-2023 Supply Lists are now posted to the CDW website under "For Parents."

The PTO will be selling prepackaged school supplies through School Tool Box. Please see the School Tool Box information below, and your child(ren) will get a paper copy in homeroom next week.

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Arrival and Pick-Up Procedure Reminders

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

  • Please make sure that students exit the car as soon as you reach the cones (or even sooner) on Interschool Drive. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 exit your vehicle regardless of your child(ren) being at TBD or CDW.
  • Please use BOTH lanes on Interschool Drive for Pick-Up. A staff member will safely cross your child across the crosswalk.
  • 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.

Thanks for keeping our kids safe!

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


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.