CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

September 10, 2021

A Message from Ms. Santa

Today at 8:46 AM, students, faculty, and staff had a moment of silence to honor those people and their family members that lost their lives on September 11, 2001. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks.

"Never forget. A time to remember those who died, those who served, and those who carry on."

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


Important Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders

  • 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.
  • Parent(s)/Guardian(s) should not exit the vehicle. If your child(ren) need assistance, the staff members are there to help.
  • 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/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).


The PTO, along with the CDW Class of 2022, will be hosting a car wash tomorrow! See the flyer below for specific information.

If any 8th grade students or parents would still like to sign up to volunteer, please use the following links:

Student Volunteers

Parent Volunteers

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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.


Please have your child(ren) wear a mask to school each day. Your child(ren) should have extra masks in their backpack. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

The Hallways of CDW

One of the best parts of beginning a new school year are the wonderful bulletin boards being completed in the hallways of CDW. I will continue to feature bulletin boards throughout the Weekly Wrap-Ups. This week's bulletin board can be found outside of the STEM lab.
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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.
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CDW Media Center Website

Ms. DiPisa would like to introduce the new Media Center Website! We encourage you to take a tour and learn about all of the wonderful happenings going on in our CDW Media Center!

Picture Day

The CDW Picture Day will be on Tuesday, October 19th. The students will bring home a form in the beginning of October that will provide information on how to order pictures of your child(ren). 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.

Morning Drop Off

  • 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.
  • 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.

New Jersey Standardized Testing Update: Start Strong

As mentioned in Dr. Da Giau's OT District Newsletter, the Start Strong assessments will be administered this fall to satisfy the federal statewide assessment requirement to administer assessments in English (ELA), mathematics, and science for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • On Monday, September 20th, the students in Grades 5-8 will take the NJ Start Strong Math Assessment.
  • On Tuesday, 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.
  • Each assessment is 60 minutes.

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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Back to School Night

Back to School Night will be on September 23, 2021 and will be an IN PERSON event. 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.
  • The 7th Grade Sharpe Trip Chaperones ONLY will meet with Mr. Westervelt in the Lynch Gym at 6:30 PM.
  • Since Language Arts and some Math Schedules are 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. Stay tuned for information in the upcoming CDW Weekly Wrap-Ups about how to order 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).

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.

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Mark Your Calendar


Thursday, September 16th~ School Closed for Yom Kippur

Monday, September 20th-Wednesday, September 22nd~ NJ Start Strong Assessments

Thursday, September 23rd~ Back to School Night 7:00 PM; There will be a meeting for Sharpe Chaperones at 6:30 PM.


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

Old Tappan School Year Calendar - 2021-2022

Click here to view the calendar.