Antoinette DiPalma | Kindergarten

Antoinette DiPalma | Kindergarten


Kindly, send in a school wallet size picture of your child for a special project. If you do not have a school picture, you may send any picture you would like. Pictures are due by Thursday, Dec. 13. Thanks so much!



The first marking period report cards will be available to view today at 3:00 on RenWeb. In order to access RenWeb, you need your login information and password that already has been sent from our office. On the report card you will see three levels of assessment. They include: Consistently Observed (mastered), Sometimes Observed (emerging,progressing) Needs Practice and Support (having trouble with the subject area). At this time of year,the majority of the students will fall under the category of Sometimes Observed. They are in the process of emerging and progressing toward mastery.  Also, included are subskills for each subject. A plus or minus sign may be given to show significant strengths and weaknesses. Not all subskills will be marked. The report card will help to familiarize you with skills that will continue to be taught throughout the year. Kindly, take the time to review it. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I am looking forward to discussing your child’s progress during our conference.



As our OUTREACH PROJECT for October, our school will be collecting socks for the needy. Since St. Joseph School turns 60 years old this year, the goal for each classroom is to collect 60 pairs of new socks. You may send the socks to school with your child. So far, our class has collected 15 pairs. The drive ends on October 31. Thank you so much in advance for your generosity!

WEEK OF December 17

Each week, I will be posting the skills that will be taught throughout the week in Language Arts, Math, and other subject areas. Kindly, review the skills as it will help you to also reinforce these skills at home.  I will usually update my webpage on Sundays.

*** Please make sure to write your child’s name on the tag of his/her sweatshirt. If you are missing a sweatshirt, please let me know. I have 2 that no one is claiming. Thanks so much!


***  The children had a great time on our field trip to see “The Grinch”. It was such a heart-warming movie that conveyed the true meaning of Christmas. Our lunch at Manco and Manco ‘s was delicious and topped off with some free time on the boardwalk and a gift from Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy. 

This week the children are going to be busy completing holiday activities. Our dress rehearsal for the play will be on Monday in front of the entire school (children are to wear their uniform).  The show for the parents will be held on Tuesday morning at 8:45.  The boys and girls are to dress – up.  If you are planning to put a bow in your daughter’s hair, Mrs. McCarthy is requesting that it be a small one so that it does not block the person behind her.  The children will be meeting with their buddies on Thursday to exchange gifts. They made their buddies  a stocking filled with a candy cane and ornament.We  will also be going to the hospital to sing Christmas  carols. That afternoon, we will be having a “Happy Birthday, Jesus ” party with cake and ice cream. The children will be exchanging their gingerbread ornaments during the party.On Friday, we will be enjoying the Piano Recital.

Important Information:

  • Friday Dismissal – 12:00
  • If you have not yet sent in a wallet size picture of your child for a special project, please do so by Tuesday.
  • The BEHAVIOR CHART will resume in January. The children are so excited for Christmas. It would not be fair for them to have to worry about their chart when Santa is just around the corner!!

  I wish you and your family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR filled with happiness, good health, and prosperity! Have a wonderful time together!!

LANGUAGE ARTS – This week  the children will continue to practice their blending skills. we will be meeting our new superkid when we return in January.  They will blend and identify words containing the _ ot and _ it families. They will also recognize capital letters at the beginning of sentences and periods at the end. Other skills include: reading the story “Tag,” answering questions about the story,  drawing conclusions, and following oral directions.

The boys and girls are doing a good job emerging into creative writing as they write in their journals. They are completing and illustrating a variety of prompts using a capital letter at the beginning of the prompt and a period at the end. They are using inventive spelling (writing the word how it sounds) to spell some words.

The children are doing a great job blending sounds to decode word parts and words. It is so wonderful to watch the excitement on their faces as they begin to emerge into reading. Please practice the “Big Book of Blending” for 10 to 15 minutes each day. This will help the children improve their blending skills as well as enhance reading fluency. Please do not go ahead in the book as I assign the pages as the letters are taught, however, I encourage you to occasionally go back and review the previous pages. 

BIG BOOK OF BLENDING – Letters – S,L,I,T….Please try to take some time during our vacation to continue practicing the pages that have already been assigned.

MATH –  The children will complete activities that will help them decompose numbers 5,to 10 into pairs in more than one way and record each decomposition with an equation.

Math Workbook Homework – Finish the pages in  Chapter 5

RELIGION –  The children will continue to learn about “The First Christmas” They will be making a Nativity scene.

SCIENCE – The boys and girls will continue to learn about animals and their habitats.




Behavior Chart

 I will not be sending the behavior chart home until I explain our classroom discipline policy to the parents on Back to School night. For the next few weeks, I will be doing a trial run with the children

Kindly, look at the behavior chart each day and initial the appropriate day. If your child comes home with yellow, orange or red, I will write the number of the behavior code in the box. The codes are listed at the top of the calendar. Always discuss proper classroom behavior with your child. Thank you


It is a pleasure to welcome you and your child to KD. I really enjoyed meeting all of my boys and girls last week. We have a great class filled with  a group of children who are so full of excitement and so ready to learn. I am beginning to get know each and every one of them.. They all bring into the classroom their unique personalities that blended together will create a family-centered environment filled with enthusiasm, learning, fun, and many friendships. These first few days of school have marked one of the most important milestones in your child’s life. I am honored to be a special part of it!  I am looking forward to working together with you as a team to make this year an unforgettable and successful educational experience for your child.

It is a pleasure to introduce myself to you. My name is Antoinette DiPalma. I am a graduate of Glassboro State College ( Rowan) with a BA in Elementary Education and a MA in Reading Education and Supervision. I taught primarily first grade in Galloway Township for 25 years until my retirement. I was privileged to re-enter the wonderful profession of teaching here at St. Joseph. This is my sixth year teaching kindergarten. Teaching is my passion, and I am honored to be your child’s teacher.


The children will be having a snack each morning at about 9:30. Kindly, pack your child a light, healthy snack. No candy, please. Since we have lunch at 11:15, one snack will be sufficient,  Please include a juice container or a small bottle of water. Also, pack your child’s snack separately from lunch because it will be placed in his/her cubby. Thank you so much for your cooperation!



 Kindly,  subscribe to my webpage in order to become informed of all my important classroom announcements and information. School events are also posted on the St. Joseph website and calendar. Very few paper notices are now sent home so please take the time to check the site daily.  At times, the children are disappointed because they were not made aware of an important notice or event.  Thanks so much!



1. Please empty your child’s green folder each night. Place all notes, money, and important papers in the folder and return it back to school.
2.  Kindly, check the web page daily for any updates.
3.  Subscribe to the “Special” teachers webpage to be informed of assignments or news concerning their classes.
4.  Click on “School Calendar” to be informed of school – wide important dates.


As part of our school’s Outreach Program, I have adopted the “THE ALCOVE” as our class’s charity in need.  It is a wonderful and caring organization that helps grieving children deal with the overwhelming loss of a parent or loved one. Throughout the year, the children may bring in, at anytime, loose change to put into our class jar.  They truly love watching the jar fill up as they help children of all ages. Thank you in advance for your generosity to this worthy cause.    

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