CDW Summer Update

August 26, 2022

A Message from Ms. Santa

I hope everyone is enjoying the final days of Summer Break! We look forward to opening the doors of CDW to the students on September 6th to watch them grow academically, emotionally, and socially!

In preparation for the new school year to begin, the custodial and secretarial staff members worked tirelessly throughout the summer. I would like to express my gratitude to them.

Please see important information and updates below. As always, if you have any questions/concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at or 201-664-1475.



New to Old Tappan

Ms. Olga Escobar ~ Spanish Grades 5-7

Ms. Kiana Vetrero ~ Music Grades PK-6

New to CDW

Ms. Sara Franco ~ Special Education 5-8

Genesis Schedule Release Date

CDW student schedules were shared with families via the Genesis Parent Portal on Wednesday, August 24th. The Homeroom teacher listed will also be your child's Period 1 teacher. You also will see the child’s full schedule. A paper copy of your child’s middle school schedule will be distributed on the first day of school. Prior to these assignments being released, parents need to complete the Summer Packet 2022-2023 Forms and Documents on the Genesis Parent Portal.

If you have any questions about the Parent Portal, please reach out to Mrs. Rosica-Kirchner at (201)664-1475 or

LEAP Identification and Notification - Grade 6

In the spring, our Grade 6 students took the OLSAT, and score reports were mailed to families prior to the end of the school year. The letter accompanying the score report explained that the OLSAT scores were one of the data points used to determine which students are eligible for the LEAP pull-out program. NJSLA standardized test results and teacher evaluations are also used as part of the identification criteria. Therefore, LEAP screenings are still in progress and will be finalized at the end of August. If your child qualifies for LEAP, you will receive notification via email by September 1, 2022.

Please email Mrs. Hwang at if you have any questions.

Morning Drop-Off and Afternoon Pick-Up at CDW


  • Drop-off will continue to be on Interschool Drive.
  • For the safety of all students, we ask that you stay in your vehicle at drop-off and dismissal.
  • Please do not use the upper faculty parking lot for drop-off/pick-up/or exiting of school grounds during school hours. CDW faculty and BOE-approved bus companies are the only vehicles permitted in the upper lot.
  • There will be adult supervision starting at 8:10 AM, and the doors will open at 8:20 AM. If there is inclement weather, students will be ushered into the school gymnasiums at 8:00 AM.
  • The students in Grades 5 & 6 will line up on the blacktop in the back of the school near the basketball courts.
  • The students in Grades 7 & 8 will line up on the blacktop by the 7th and 8th Grade Wing Exterior Door.


  • 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).

Start Strong Standardized Assessments

The Start Strong assessments will be administered at CDW September 20th-22nd. The Start Strong tests are short- 60 minutes per subject, ELA in Grades 4-8; Math in Grades 4-8, Algebra I, and Geometry; and Science in Grade 6.

CDW Schedule:

  • On Tuesday, September 20th, the students in Grades 5-8 will take the NJ Start Strong Math Assessment.
  • On Wednesday, 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.

Score reports, which we will be available in the fall, will give teachers a reading on which students need support with which NJ Student Learning Standards. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will receive score reports, too. The score reports will consist of the following components:

1. Overall Performance

2. Performance Levels

  • Strong Support May Be Needed
  • Some Support May Be Needed
  • Less Support May Be Needed

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. You can find the Lunch Vendors on the Old Tappan School District Website, or refer to the flyer below.
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PTO Pizza Sales are Now Open!

Visit to order pizza for Monday lunches, which will begin on Monday, September 19th.

If you're not a member of the PTO, please first join, log out and then log back in to order pizza.

The sale will close on September 14th.

Wyckoff YMCA Before Care/After Care Program

The Wyckoff YMCA runs a Before Care and After Care Program for our TBD Squires and Grade 5 CDW Knights who need adult supervision before and/or after school each day. Please see the flyer below for more information.
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Back to School Night

Back to School Night will be on Thursday, September 15, 2022. The night will begin at 7:00 PM with your child's Period 1 teacher and will end at 8:35 PM with your child's Period 8 teacher.

Some important information:

  • Your child(ren) will bring home a schedule for you to follow throughout the night.
  • Since Language Arts is a double period, you will be able to visit Lynch Gym during the second session to enjoy refreshments and check out this year's CDW Spirit Wear.
  • The Cycle/PE teachers will be stationed in the Rossi Gym.
  • Just a reminder, please do not park in the staff parking spots (designated by a number).
  • The 7th Grade Sharpe Trip Chaperones ONLY will meet with Mr. Westervelt in the Lynch Gym at 6:30 PM.

District Newsletter for August

Click HERE to access Dr. Da Giau's August Newsletter.


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 the 2022-2023 School Year

The 2022-2023 Supply Lists are 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.

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Join the PTO!

The PTO is looking for volunteers for the upcoming school 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.

Important Genesis Parent Portal Reminder

When filling out the Parent Portal forms in Genesis, please remember to fill out the "Student Dismissal Options" for your child so that he/she is dismissed according to your preferences starting on the 1st day of school. If you choose Option 3, your child must be signed out from the Main Office each day at dismissal. See the picture below of what it will look like in your Parent Portal.
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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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Mr. L's Corner

Reminders and Updates from CDW's Student Manager

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Fall Sports: Soccer and Volleyball

Dear Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s):

In order to participate in any of our middle school sports programs, your child(ren) must have his/her most recent medical records on file. Please speak with your child(ren) to see what sport(s) he/she is interested in and make sure to submit all medical documents by the dates below. Unfortunately, your child(ren) will not be able to participate/compete until all medical documents have been submitted, reviewed, and approved. Please be mindful that all physicals expire after one calendar year. Therefore, if your child(ren) submitted a physical around October 2021, then he/she will need to submit a new physical before October 2022 to complete the fall season on the team.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Tino Lauriello





B/G Basketball




*Intramurals will begin in the fall and will be held throughout the year.


Fall Sport:

Submit between July 1, 2022, and August 30, 2022

Winter Sport:

Submit before October 14, 2022

Spring Sport:

Submit before February 10, 2023

*All forms must be submitted to the school nurse, and coaches will verify all medical documents are on record.

Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Forms

Please use the Health Office Information Link for all medical documents.

All of this information can also be found in the Student Handbook.

Mark Your Calendar


Wednesday, August 31st~ New to District Student Orientation Part I 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM


Thursday, September 1st~ New to District Student Orientation Part II 2:00 PM

Monday, September 5th~ School Closed for Labor Day

Tuesday, September 6th~ First Day for CDW Students; 12:30 PM Dismissal for Staff PD Day

Thursday, September 8th~ Grade 7 Parent Sharpe Information Meeting, 6:30 PM

Monday, September 12th~ BOE Meeting in the BOE Conference Room, 8:00 PM

Thursday, September 15th~ Back to School Night 7:00 PM

Tuesday, September 20th~ NJ Start Strong Math

Wednesday, September 21st~ NJ Start Strong Language Arts

Thursday, September 22nd~ NJ Start Strong Science (Grade 6 only)

Monday, September 26th~ School Closed for Rosh Hashanah