CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

May 6, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa

Teacher Appreciation Week!

Thank you to all of the students and parents who made this Teacher Appreciation Week so special for the CDW teachers and staff. It is evident that CDW Teachers go above and beyond for their students with passion and dedication. We cannot thank the CDW teachers and staff enough for instilling the love of learning into each student who crosses their paths.

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


New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) STARTS MONDAY!

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

International Food Festival!

Thank you so much to the PTO for organizing and providing the food for the International Food Festival that took place at CDW on Tuesday, May 3rd. The aroma that filled the air in the Rossi Gym was from food from America, Ireland, Poland, Puerto Rico, Greece, France, Italy, Venezuela, China, Japan, Korea, India, Dominican Republic, and Armenia. It was evident that the students truly enjoyed the special lunch!

Art at CDW

The Grade 7 Art students have been working on Lino Block Carving. After creating a design and carving it into their blocks, the students used colored ink to roll over the carving to create prints.

The Grade 5 Art students wrapped up the Graffiti Unit by going outside and doing some graffiti art with chalk!

Grade 5 Science

Ms. Osbahr's class completed the "White Powder Lab" to observe the outcome of mixing different powders with liquids such as water, vinegar, iodine, and more.

Grade 8 Students~ Want to find out more about the NVOT Marching Band?

See what it's like to be a part of the

NVOT Marching Band!

There will be two open rehearsals...

one for the Color Guard

on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:30 pm in the NVOT Band Room

and one for Winds & Percussion

on Thursday, May 12th at 4:00 pm in the

NVOT Band Room

Don't play an instrument?

No problem - they take beginners and will teach you!

Play piano, but never in the band? Don't worry - they have spaces for piano players!

Play an instrument for a few years, but you want to try something new? They can even switch your instrument!

Please e-mail Ms. Wilcox, band director, at with any questions!

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Mr. L's Updates

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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Spring Sports Update!


The Knights' baseball team dropped their second game of the season by a score of 12-10 in a hard-fought battle against Northvale. The Knights combined for 12 hits overall, and every batter had at least one hit. The pitching effort was led by Joe Crescitelli, Cayden Yoon, Zach Miller, and Chris Cho. The Knights will look to bounce back on Monday, May 9th against Harrington Park.


The softball team defeated Northvale yesterday in the last inning! The Knights wound up winning the game 8-7 on a walk off hit from Nicole Carbone! The Knights are now 3-0 on the season with the next game on May 11 against Norwood. Thank you to the hard working team managers Bailey West and Ava Richards.


The CDW Knights Track Team's first Meet will be on May 12th at Norwood. Good Luck!

HERE is the Spring Sports Schedule.

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.

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.


If Your Grade 8 Student is NOT Attending NVOT...

If your Grade 8 student will not be attending NVOT in the fall, please print, complete, and submit the form below (and attached) to Ms. Richardson by Friday, May 13th. We must be sure that students' records are transferred to the appropriate high schools, and this will allow us to double-check that our records are accurate. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Richardson at
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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, or complete the order form (attached) and return it to Ms. DiPisa. If your child(ren) needs an order form, he/she can get one from Ms. DiPisa in the Media Center.

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Grade 8 Students Interested in NVOT Cheer

NVOT will be holding a Cheer Interest Meeting at NVOT High School in the Cafeteria on May 17th at 4:00pm for any students interested in trying out. At this meeting, they will go over everything regarding the upcoming season and answer any questions. ALL are welcome at tryouts!

Cheerleading Sign Up Form

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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Old Tappan PTO

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


Monday, May 9th to Tuesday, May 16th ~ Grades 5-8 NJSLA LA and Math Testing

Monday, May 9th~ The BOE Meeting is in the Lynch Gym at 8 PM.

Tuesday, May 17th-Friday, May 20th~ Grades 5 and 8 NJSLA Science Testing

Tuesday, May 17th~ National Junior Honor Society Grade 7 Induction Ceremony, 7 PM

Wednesday, May 18th~ Marking Period 4 Mid-Point

Wednesday, May 18th~ Grades 5 and 6 Band Spring Concert at 7:30 PM

Thursday, May 19th~ Author Visit: Murr comes to CDW!

Thursday, May 19th~ Grades 7 and 8 Band and Choir Spring Concert at 7:30 PM

Friday, May 20th~ Band Field Trip

Friday, May 20th~ Marking Period 4 Interim Reports will be available in the Genesis Parent Portal at 12 PM.

Tuesday, May 24th~ Grades 5-7 Math CRT

Tuesday, May 24th~ The PTO Meeting is in the CDW Media Center at 7 PM.

Monday, May 30th~ School is Closed for Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 31st~ NVOT 8th Grade Picnic at 4:30 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.