CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

April 28, 2023

A Message from Ms. Santa

2022-2023 Revised School Calendar

The Board of Education approved our revised 2022-2023 school year calendar, which reflects the following adjustment: Our last day of school will be Tuesday, 6/20.

Monday, 6/19, and Tuesday, 6/20, will be 12:30 PM Dismissal days.

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Wednesday, May 3rd~ PTO International Food Festival (during lunches)

Monday, May 8th~ The BOE Meeting will be in the Lynch Gym at 8:00 PM.

Monday, May 8th to Thursday, May 18th~ NJSLA State Testing

Monday, May 8th to Friday, May 12th~ Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday, May 16th~ Mid-point of Marking Period 4

Tuesday, May 16th~ National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony,

Rossi Gym at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 17th~ CDW Scholastic Book Fair hosted by the PTO (Students will attend the Book Fair during the day.)

Wednesday, May 17th~ Spring Concert for the Grade 5 and Grade 6 Bands

Thursday, May 18th~ Marking Period 4 Interim Reports will be available at noon in the Genesis Parent Portal.

Thursday, May 18th~ Spring Concert for the Choir and the Grade 7 and Grade 8 Bands

Friday, May 19th~ Grade 8 Band Trip

Monday, May 22nd~ The BOE Meeting will be in the BOE Conference Room at 8:00 PM.

Tuesday, May 23rd~ The PTO Meeting will be in the CDW Media Center at 7:30 PM.

Wednesday, May 24th~ The Transition Meeting for Grade 4 to Grade 5 parents will be in the CDW Lynch Gym at 7:00 PM.

Thursday, May 25th~ The Transition Meeting for Grade 5 to Grade 6 parents will be in the Media Center at 7:00 PM.

Monday, May 29th~ School is closed for Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 31st to Friday, June 2nd~ Grade 8 Trip

Wednesday, May 31st~ Grades 5-7 Math CRT


School Spirit Fun Fridays!

5/5 Tie Dye Day

5/12 Pajama Day

5/19 Mismatch Day

*5/26 Stars & Strips/ Red, White, Blue Patriotic Day

Save the Date for Knights' Fest: June 6th

CDW's first official Knights' Fest is coming soon! This open-house style event will be on June 6, 2023 from 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM and feature student performances, artwork, OTBN creations, creative writing movies, STEM projects, and more! More information about the times of featured events will be released soon; however t-shirts are available for families to purchase HERE. The cart will close on May 16, 2023.

Want to perform?

Any student that would like to perform at Knights' Fest on June 6th should see Mr. Rosolanko. Students may sing, dance, play an instrument, or demonstrate any talent they would like to share with the school. (This is the event previously called, "Coffee House," which will now be part of Knights' Fest!)

CDW Library Month

April is School Library Month and to celebrate, the annual bookmark contest was held. The four winners are representative of grade level participation. Congratulations to the winners: Mirna Abdi, Elaine Lee, Kayla Shim, and Nicole Moon. The winners' bookmarks are being professionally printed and will be distributed to corresponding grade levels in the coming weeks.

Honorable mentions were awarded to: Sally Ma, Lola Stern-Crespo, Hayul Kim, Tyler Ebrahimi, Yuna Lee, Aiden Gallo, and Regan McNamara.

Bookmark contest submissions are displayed in the media center for all to see!

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The CDW OurEcho Challenge Team is a Finalist!

EarthEcho International just announced the student-led teams advancing to the finals of the OurEcho Challenge. The annual STEM competition encourages U.S. students in grades 5-9 and U.K. students attending years 6-10 to explore biodiversity in their communities. To preserve, protect, or repair local ecosystems, students identify threats and propose solutions.

Team Ravenclaw, which consists of CDW students Jimin Choi and Gyubeen Noh, has advanced to the final round! Team Ravenclaw's project can be seen HERE. The People's Choice Awards are now live and anyone (ages 13+) can vote for their favorite UK and US finalist teams. Thank you Ms. Osbahr for providing this opportunity for our students!

CDW Students Perform at the Whitehouse!

On Tuesday, April 25th and Wednesday, April 26th, the students from CDW and The Korean School of New Jersey performed at the White House for the US-Korea Summit. As you can see from the Whitehouse's Instagram post below, President Yoon and Mrs. Kim were welcomed to the White House by the children's choir.

The CDW students included Jimin Kwon and Elaine Lee.

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Grade 6 Field Trip

On Thursday, April 27th, the Grade 6 students headed to Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ to experience the Middle Ages. While the students feasted on a meal from the Queen's royal chefs, they cheered on their Knight!

April District Newsletter

Here is the April edition of Dr. Da Giau's District Newsletter, which highlights some of our many events over the past month.

Mr. L's Corner

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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CDW Baseball

The Knights Baseball team won Monday with a hard-fought 5 to 2 victory over Closter. The game was an all-around team win that saw key contributions from several players. On the mound, Maximos Demaras was lights out in his first appearance of the season, throwing a complete game. Demaras also combined with Cayden Yoon for 5 of the Knights’ 7 hits. The defensive effort featured some stellar plays by Chace Rosenfeld, and Cole Sheridan displayed some heads-up baserunning to give the Knights opportunities to score runs.

On Tuesday, the Knights lost a tough game against Northvale, but they plan on bouncing back on Tuesday, May 2nd against Harrington Park at Stone Point Park at 3:45 PM.

Sports Schedule and Updates

CDW Softball

The girls softball team lost a close game Monday against Closter with a score of 4-3. Ella Ferraro and Lea Savino did an outstanding job on the mound and behind the plate. The team was able to make a great comeback late in the game with key hits by Ava Candullo, Alivia Badurina, Olivia Magnoli, Gianna DeMarco, Leah Savino, and Julianna DeAngelis. Ava DeAngelo and Caroline Oginbene combined for 6 stolen bases, helping the team score runs late in the game.

The softball team played a great game Wednesday beating Northvale 12-0. Ella Ferraro threw a one hitter allowing no runs and striking out over ten hitters. The offense came up big with key hits by Ava Candullo, Ella Ferraro, and Juliana DeAngelis. The defense was led by shortstop Olivia Richards making incredible diving and leaping plays.

On Thursday, the softball team improved to a 3-1 record defeating Norwood. Ella Ferraro pitched an incredible game striking out over ten batters. The 3 runs came from smart base running and hits by Ava Candullo, Ella Ferraro, and Lea Savino.

Special thanks to the amazing team managers Ava Richards and Finley Zimmerman.

The next home game will be Tuesday, May 2nd against Harrington Park at Stone Point Park at 3:45 PM.

Sports Schedules and Updates

CDW Track

Practices will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:10 PM until approximately 4:30 PM. If there are any questions, please contact Mr. Westervelt at

The first CDW Track Meet is at NVOT on May 4th at 4:00 PM.

Sports Schedules and Updates

2023-2024 NVOT Cheerleading

Any incoming freshmen interested in participating in Fall or Winter Cheerleading at NVOT for the 2023-2024 season, please use the link below to fill out the sign-up form. Even if you are not sure yet - please sign up so you can continue receiving email updates throughout the summer.

Cheerleading Sign Up Form

An Interest Meeting will be held at NVOT High School in the Cafeteria on May 2nd at 4:00pm. At this meeting, you will receive information regarding the upcoming season & may ask any questions that you have.

PTO Updates

International Food Festival

Hi CDW Parents,

The CDW International Food Festival is back! The Food Festival is a highlight of the year and we hope this year will be no exception! As in past years, we provide a food item (lunch or dessert category) from your country to share with the students and teachers at CDW. Past participating countries included Armenia, China, Cuba, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Spain, Mexico and USA. Spread the word and if you know someone who is interested, please let me know.

The date has been set for Wednesday, May 3rd, in the CDW Rossi Gym. We will be serving BOTH lunch periods, so from 11:00 AM(set-up) to 12:45 PM(clean-up) serving approximately 400 students and staff.

This is a PTO sponsored event, so we will be able to reimburse part or all of your food expense, but there are ways to cut down either by reducing the choices of food offered, home cooking part or all, or maybe donating a portion.

Please let me know by Thursday, April 21st, if you would like to participate. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you and looking forward to a great Food Festival!

Kind Regards,

Vas Cialdella

Damian Krohn

Teacher Appreciation Week

The PTO will be providing the TBD and CDW teachers and staff with Teacher Appreciation Week treats for May 8th through May 12th. To help make these events great, the PTO is asking for you to please sign up to donate food and supplies for the Breakfast Buffet on Monday May 8th and the Dessert Buffet on Wednesday May 10th.

CDW Teacher Appreciation Sign Up

TBD Teacher Appreciation Sign Up

Please note details regarding dropping off the donated items:

  • For nonperishable foods and supplies (coffee, sugar, utensils, etc,) please drop off anytime during the school day on Friday May 5th to the front office of either school labeled for the specific buffet.
  • For refrigerated foods (butter, creamer, cream cheese, etc) you can choose to deliver to the front office of either school the morning of (see times below) or anytime in advance to either Donna's house for TBD or Nicole's house for CDW.
  • For freshly made baked goods (bagels, croissants, etc) please bring to main office of either school during the following times: Breakfast Buffet between 7:15 and 8am on Monday May 8th; Dessert Buffet between 10:30 and 11:15am on Wednesday May 10th. Please do not wait until school drop off for the breakfast items as the teachers will likely enjoy the buffet prior to the start of the school day.

Please refer to the April 27th PTO email if you have any questions.

PTO Board Positions are Available!

Applications are due by May 9th. Applications can be found on the OTPTO website under "More Info" then "Forms."
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Lovable Labels Fundraiser

The CDW Lost and Found always has lots of items searching for owners! One way to help us locate the owner is by labeling your child's items with his/her name. The OT PTO is sponsoring a wonderful fundraiser where you can purchase labels to use to label your child(ren)'s items! Click here to purchase your Lovable Labels now!
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Spirit Wear!

The CDW Spirit Wear store is available on! The Long Term Store is open year round and orders are shipped directly to the purchaser.

LONG TERM: Charles DeWolf Middle School


New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA)

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 8th and May 18th.

Grades 6 and 7

  • Students in grades 6 and 7 will participate in the NJSLA for Language Arts and Math between May 8th and May 12th.

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 their school-issued Chromebook. 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.

If you have any questions regarding NJSLA, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at


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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 closes on June 30, 2023.

Keep in mind when signing up for a session, the AM sessions are designed to review the material presented to your child(ren) in his/her current grade level (If your child is in 5th grade, sign him/her up for a 5th grade session.). The PM sessions are designed to preview material for your child(ren)'s next grade level (If your child is in 5th grade, sign him/her up for a 6th grade session.).

Please reach out to Mr. Lauriello at with any questions.

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 to Ms. Adamo by Friday, May 12th. 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. Adamo at

CDW Transition Meetings

Each year, CDW offers transition meetings for parents to learn about their child(ren)'s next grade level. Topics that will be presented include academics, extracurricular activities, and other highlights for the upcoming grade level. Although we foster an environment of independence at the middle school level, home and school partnership is always a necessity. This year, the dates of the transition meetings are as follows:

  • Grade 4 to Grade 5 Transition Meeting- Wednesday, May 24th, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Grade 5 to Grade 6 Transition Meeting- Thursday, May 25th, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Grade 6 to Grade 7 Transition Meeting- Thursday, June 1st, 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Grade 7 to Grade 8 Transition Meeting- Wednesday, June 7th, 7:00-8:00 PM

The meeting presentations will be posted to the school's website following the last meeting date.

OTEC Digital Photo Contest and Show

The Old Tappan Environmental Commission (OTEC) will again host the Digital Photo Contest and Show for any CDW Old Tappan student. The photo must represent one ore more environmental themes. See the flyer below for more information.

One submission per student can be submitted now through June 9, 2023.

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Teen Arts Festival: Grades 7 and 8

The Teen Arts Festival is May 19th, and Ms. Watters is accepting original 2-D artworks to display at the festival. Ten artworks will be chosen to display. Grade 7 and 8 students who are interested can submit their artwork to Ms. Watters no later than May 9th!


If your child is not going to attend school, please contact Mrs. McCarthy at 201-664-1475 ext. 2103 or

In an effort to minimize the potential spread of illness 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.

Chromebook Insurance Information

If you would like to purchase insurance for your child(ren)'s school issued Chromebook, please refer to the information below, or you may purchase directly from
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Old Tappan 2022-2023 School Year Calendar (Revised 4/2023)

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2023-2024 School Calendar

The School Year Calendar for the PK-8 Old Tappan Public Schools was approved at Monday evening's Board of Education Meeting. For your convenience, this calendar also will be posted on our District website.


OT 2023-2024 Approved School Year Calendar