CDW Weekly Wrap-Up

September 3, 2021

A Message from Ms. Santa

Welcome Back! The first two days of school were amazing! It was so great to see all of the students back in the hallways of CDW! We are going to have a fabulous year!


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!

Getting to Know You, STEM Style!

In Ms. Mueller's STEM Lab the students were presented with the opportunity to do a "Getting to Know You" challenge, but with a STEM Style twist! The students were asked to build their answers to questions about themselves.

For example, the questions included, but were not limited to:

"What is your favorite animal?"

"What did you do this summer?"

See the outstanding work below!


Thank you to all who have submitted updated physical records. We have extended the deadline until September 8, 2021, for those who still need time. Please see the following information, and if you have any questions, reach out to Mrs. McCarthy.

Thank you,

Tino Lauriello

Additional Information:

The Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE) may ONLY be completed by a licensed physician, advanced practice nurse (APN), or physician assistant (PA) that has completed the Student-Athlete Cardiac Assessment professional development module. It is recommended that you verify that your medical provider has completed this module before scheduling an appointment for a PPE.

Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE)

Inter-Scholastic Sports and Intramurals

Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes

History Form

Concussion Management Guidelines

Lunch in the Cafeteria

Today's first lunch of the year was successful! As we continue to follow safety protocols, we have a different cafeteria set up this year (see picture below) to ensure safe distancing, and there is a maximum amount of students at each table.

*If you are dropping off a lunch for your child(ren), please ring the bell and when you are let in, please place the lunch on the table to your right with the green table cloth (see picture below). Do not place it in the drop off bins outside of the school.

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CDW Butterfly

The CDW Butterfly in the hallway was completed over the summer! A huge thank you to Nathalie Arboleda (Our Head Custodian Willie's daughter) for the outstanding work! When you are in the building, please feel free to take a picture of or with the butterfly (as Ms. DiPisa is modeling for us below).
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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).

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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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


Monday, September 6th~ School Closed for Labor Day

Tuesday, September 7th~ School Closed for Rosh Hashanah

Thursday, September 9th~ 7th Grade Parent Sharpe Reservation Information Meeting, 6:30 PM

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

Old Tappan School Year Calendar - 2021-2022

Click here to view the calendar.