CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

October 1, 2021

A Message from Ms. Santa

It was a great week here at CDW! There are many highlights in this week's Wrap-Up to share some of the wonderful planning by the teachers and learning by the students happening here at CDW!

As I visited many classes this week and sat in on instruction, I continue to value the different types of learners there are in education. One way to become a successful student is to know your learning style. Does your child learn best as a visual learner, auditory learner, or tactile learner? Here is a short quiz by Education Planner if you are curious to see what learning style works best for your child(ren), or even yourself. We all have our natural tendency for retaining new information, and knowing our learning style is the first step to becoming successful!

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


Interim Progress Reports

The teachers will take the opportunity to enter comments about your child(ren) and how they are doing with the content in each class. These comments are compiled in a Mid-Marking Period Interim Report. This will continue for each marking period of the school year.

If you have any questions about any of the comments on the Interim Report and/or grades that you see in the Grading module, please feel free to contact the teacher(s) for more information.

The Mid-Marking Period Interim Reports will be available for parents to view on Tuesday, October 12th at 12:00 PM.

Picture Day

The CDW Picture Day will be on Tuesday, October 19th. Your child(ren) should have brought home a form with information on how to order. 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.

Please see the fliers below for more information.

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Nex-Trex Plastic Film Recycling Program

We are collecting plastic film in the three 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!
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5th Grade Language Arts

The 5th Graders in Ms. Park's class are learning to format titles correctly. They showed off their title formatting knowledge in a fierce battle with friends and discovered a fun way to study the content!

Art Class

Art students in 7th Grade have been hard at work creating value scales with paint. Ms. Watters taught them about cubist works from Picasso and Braque, and they are now creating their own cubist style paintings! See examples below!

Advanced Art

The 8th Grade Art Extension is creating Yayoi Kusama inspired pumpkins! Using recycled materials, students created the shape of their pumpkins, then covered them with a layer of plaster gauze. Next class, they will paint them and decorate them in the style of Kusama!

National Junior Honor Society

The NJHS members, led by Mrs. DeSciora, have been hard at work volunteering their time around the community. This past week, they volunteered their time at the TBD Book Fair, and Mrs. DeSciora received noteworthy feedback that they were "FABULOUS!"

Keep up the good work CDW Knights!

The Hallways of CDW

This week's hallway is featured in the 6th Grade Hallway across from the Media Center. The CDW Knights are fabulous readers, and Ms. DiPisa created this board to encourage students to share and browse the titles on the books' bindings!
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CDW Soccer and Volleyball Teams

Both teams are off to a great start! Volleyball, led by Coach DiPisa, is 4-0. Soccer, led by Coach Gagliano, is 3-0. Way to go Knights!

You can see the full schedule HERE, and enjoy the action pictures below!

Last Call for the 8th Grade Harvest Fundraiser

Please use this link to place your order.
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District Newsletter

Each month, Dr. Da Giau sends out a District Newsletter highlighting the wonderful happenings in the Old Tappan School District. If you happened to miss it yesterday, here is LINK.


8th Grade Parents

Mrs. Richardson created an 8th Grade Google Classroom that houses all of the information that you need to prepare your child for NVOT (coming soon) or applying to other high schools.

Every 8th Grader has been invited to the class and has access to the information.

If your child is applying to a high school other than NVOT, please send Mrs. Richardson ( an email by Friday, October 1st to let her know.

Walk to School Week: October 4th-8th

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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!

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!

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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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


Tuesday, October 5th-Friday, 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/Tuesday, 26th~ 6th Grade Field Trip

Old Tappan School Year Calendar - 2021-2022

Click here to view the calendar.