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Retelling Molly's Pilgrim as a play.
Dear Parents,
 
This is Week 3 for the Readers as Leaders Contest.  We will use this short week to wrap up our Science Unit on Matter.  The students will also begin using the MobyMax site in math.  The three sites we use can be accessed from home if you want to provide more practice in reading, math, and spelling. 
 
This week for spelling, we are practicing oi and oy.
1.  voices
2.  cowboys
3.  toy
4.  enjoyment
5.  oil
6.  point
7.  join
8.  soil
9.  joy
10.  coin
11.  around
12.  without
13.  fire
14.  train
15.  wait
16.  January
 
Warm regards,
 
Cheryl Kintner
 
 
 
 
Building a tower.
Dear Parents,
 
This is Week 2 of Readers as Leaders contest.  The students are doing a great job getting their reading logs and homework in on Friday!  Keep up the great effort!!  It will make such a difference in the spelling and writing of the children.
 
We will be finishing up our study of Matter by separating solids and looking at different kinds of liquids.  We've been making corrections to our writing.  In Math we have been regrouping ones for a ten.  My read-a -loud has been The World of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.  The weather outside reminds us of Narnia!  
 
Spelling words for this week look at ou and ow words.  We had a great beginning to this unit today.
 
1.  how                                 11.  beauties
2.  mouth                              12. skies
3.  out                                   13. started
4.  house                              14.  mean
5.  without                             15.  cow
6.  found                                16.  January
7.  around
8.  sound
9.  now
10.  brow
 
Sincerely,
 
Cheryl
 
A January and February Reading Challenge
Dear Families,
 
Welcome back and Happy New Year!  This week we will begin our reading challenge for the months of January and February.  The challenge for the Gold Readers will be to read or be read to or listen to a book Monday through Thursday and to turn in a reading log each week.  The challenge for the Silver Readers will be to read Monday through Thursday also but there may be a few weeks that will be missed.  Everyone who is reading throughout January and February will receive a t-shirt.  
 
During the last home game and senior night in March, all second graders and their families are invited to sit with me and watch a wonderful basketball game as the U of I beats yet another visiting team.  Their t-shirt will get them in free to the game.  During half-time, I will line up with my second grade students and we will walk out to your applause!  We will join other students from Moscow and surrounding towns to be recognized for our hard work!  I hope you and your student can make it!
 
Thank you for all the wonderful surprises we found in our stockings!  Their was an audible gasp as students began to look through their stocking!  Thank you for your help with our party.  The cookies were delicious.  The mothers that came to demonstrate "Zip-Lock Bag Ice Cream" were so valued that day!  I hope some of you got to try the recipe.
 
Warmly,
 
Cheryl Kintner
 
Spelling Words for this week:  Words ending in s, es, ies
 
1.  beauties   6.  skies      12.  unknown
2.  babies      7.  copies    13.  drink
3.  cities        8.  cries        14.  hill
4.  duties      9.  pennies    15.  road
5.  bodies    10.  hobbies    16.  January
Second Grade Stockings
Dear Families,
 
Our stockings are made!  The Winter Party will be on Thursday starting at 1:30.  Several parents and myself will be demonstrating how to make ice cream in a bag.  I will be sure to send the recipe home with your children.  In science, we have begun studying matter and so this demonstration will extend are most recent activities.  
 
Our books are written and will be coming home this week too.  I was also able to give the I-Station reading assessment and also a quick two minute timing for addition math facts.  
 
Thank you for all the support and assistance you give your children every week!  It makes such a difference!
 
I hope your weekend was most enjoyable!  'Tis the season!
 
Warm regards,
 
Cheryl Kintner
 
Spelling Words for this week:
1.  knock      6.  sign            11.  scooter        16.  Christmas
2.  knew       7.  gnat            12.  cartoon
3.  knight      8.  wrist            13.  dark
4.  wrong      9.  unknown     14.  front
5  write        10.  writer          15.  past
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Christmas present made in second grade
Dear Families,
 
Our Friday project is completed and wrapped with love for you!
 
Our Winter Party, before our two week break, will be Thursday, December 19 at 1:30.  Will you please email me if you can bring 2 dozen vanilla icecream cups, cups and napkins for 22, chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, or cookies for 22 or so.  I always like to share with other staff members who aren't in a traditional classroom setting.  My email is ckintner@moscowcharterschool.org  Thank you for your support.
 
I just finished cutting out our paper sack stockings for next Friday.  The children always enjoy getting and giving their small treats.
 
Have a most enjoyable weekend! 
 
Sincerely,
 
Cheryl Kintner  
 
Spelling Words for this coming week:
 
1.  smooth    7.  moon            13.  answer
2.  roots        8.  cartoon         14.  paper
3.  food         9.  roof               15.  page
4.  scooter    10.  spoon          16.  Christmas
5.  boot         11.  springtime
6.  broom      12.  ostrich
Theater and Puppets fro Molly's Pilgrim
Dear Families,
 
I hope your Thanksgiving Holiday was simply wonderful!  
 
The next three weeks before Winter Break will be busy ones.  We will begin our narrative writing about our favorite winter memory.  We will continue to practice math facts.  I will be sending home cards this week.  In Science, we will begin studying solids and liquids.  On Thursday, December 19, we will make icecream to go along with our study of matter.  This will also be our Winter Party.
 
Each Friday in December, I like to do something special with the children.  I always have the children make a stocking before our party.  Each child is asked to bring a special favor for their fellow students.  A favor can be a piece of candy, a sticker a shell or something homemade.  We have 22 students.  Thank you for your help.  It is always exciting for the children to see what they have in their stockings!
 
Warm regards,
 
Cheryl Kintner
 
Spelling Words for this week:
 
1.  sprout                6.  springtime          11.  pioneers      16.  December
2.  streams             7.  spray                  12.  clearing
3.  through             8.  throat                  13.  air
4.  strong               9.  three                    14. different
5.  strap                10.  ostrich                 15. light
Second Grade Pictures of our immigrant roots!  Beautiful!
Dear Parents,
 
I've included all of our pictures showing where our families have come from to commemorate this special Thanksgiving Holiday.
 
     "We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic."
                                                            Jimmy Carter
 
We  will continue to work on our puppets as we plan to retell "Molly's Pilgrim" in our own words this week.  We will try to also build our Wampanoag Village too!  It will be a busy week but also a special week for the students.
 
Sincerely,
 
Cheryl Kintner (Ms. K.)
 
Spelling Words for this week:
1.  pioneers   12.  alarm
2.  cheers      13.  sleep
3.  clearing    14.  country
4.  hear          15.  rain
5.  nearby       16. Thanksgiving
6.  year
7.  beard
8.  reindeer
9.  steer
10. peer
11. remark
 
 
 
Class has earned a stuffy to bring to class!
Dear Parents:
 
This week we wrote our rough draft of an insect paragraph.  On Monday, we will rewrite and put it into a book to share with you.
 
We continue to work on strategies to help us remember our addition math facts.
Reviewing double addition facts and near doubles facts is very helpful to your children.  
 
        ( 5 + 5 = 10, 5+4 = 9 , 5 + 6 = 11)  for example
 
Recently, we reviewed how doubles helps us to subtract.  We will also review how addition and subtraction go together.
 
This week, I shared the book Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen with the class.  For their homework this coming week, I will be sending home a paper person to dress from the country of origin of your family.  We learned that all of us are pilgrims to the United States of America.  Later this month, we will build our Wampanoag Village.  This is the tribe of Native Americans that helped the First Pilgrims winter in their new home.
 
Enjoy your weekend, the weather is lovely! 
 
Warm regards,
 
Cheryl Kintner
 
Spelling words for the coming week:
1.  bar       11.  fourteen
2.  jar         12. source
3.  star       13. between
4.  farm      14. enough
5.  harm     15. idea
6.  charm    16. November
7.  dark
8.  remark
9.  sparkle
10.  alarm
 
 
 
Second graders looking at bugs.
Dear Parents,
 
Thank you for taking the time to meet with me last week.  I'm still researching books that boys will enjoy reading and will get back to you.  I enjoyed getting better acquainted with each of you.
 
Our visit to the Insect Museum at the U of Idaho went really well.  Dr. Leblanc always shares wonderful information with us.  We held walking sticks, hissing cockroaches, and touched a tarantula!  
 
Spelling words for this week are:
1.  four                      11.  Dr.
2.  poured                 12.  St.
3.  your                     13.  smell
4.  course                 14.  thank
5.  court                    15.  open
6.  fourteen               16.  November
7.  mourn
8.  source
9.  fourth
10.  resource
 
Sincerely,
 
Cheryl Kintner
Leaf Art
Dear Parents,
 
Thank you for signing up for a fall conference during the week of October 28 - November 1.  Thank you for the treats for our Fall Party on Wednesday from 12:45 - 1:30.  
 
It is also Spirit Week so Monday is Blue and White Day, Tuesday is PJ, Hat Day, or Crazy Hair Day and Wednesday is Costume Day.  It is always a busy week, but one that we hope is fun for the kids!
 
On Wednesday, second grade will go on their first field trip to the Insect Museum at the University of Idaho.  Dr. Luc LeBlanc will share his amazing insects with us.  We leave at 9:45 on Wednesday morning and will be back at school after 11:00.  Since we are taking a school bus, we will have room for parents.  You are welcome to join us.
 
The spelling test will be given on Tuesday.  Homework for this short week will be to continue to read.  This supports growth in conventional spelling and in writing.    
 
Spelling Words for this Week:  Tuesday Test
1.  Mr.
2.  Mrs.
3.  Dr.
4.  Jan.
5.  Aug.
6.  Dec.
7.  Tues.
8.  Wed.
9.  Sun.
10. St.
11. rehearse
12. search
13. before
14.  blue
15.  room
16.  October
 
Sincerely,
 
Cheryl Kintner
 
 
 

For the week of October 7 - 11

Dear Families,
 
Never underestimate a second grader!  Our own Max ran 35 laps around the school and tied a Jr. High student.  That is a lot of laps!!  Thank you Max and family for your support.  Thank you all second grade families for a wonderful fun run fundraiser!  
 
This week we finish up our money unit by counting quarters.  We will finish our social studies folder on continents and oceans.  We will begin writing an insect report.  I'm pleased with our progress!
 
This week our words are:
 
1.  black                 6.  lock              11.  appreciate
2.  pack                  7.  rocket          12.  acrobat
3.  crack                 8.  flock             13.  grow
4.  snack                9.  shock           14.  last
5.  horseback        10.  clock           15.  mouse
 
Sincerely,
 
Cheryl Kintner

September 23 - 27

Dear Families,
 
Friday is picture day at MCS!!
 
This week's spelling words are the following:
1.  cried
2.  hurried
3.  replied
4.  fried
5.  tried
6.  worried
7.  carried
8.  copied
9.  married
10.  studied
11.  remarked
12.  finished
13.  alone
14.  river 
15.  think
 
Thank you for homework, reading with your children, and spelling words studied.  It makes such a difference.
 
Sincerely,
 
Cheryl Kintner
 

Parent Volunteers for Reading/Language Arts ?

Dear Families,
 
I so enjoyed having a parent volunteer on Tuesday morning, that I thought I'd ask to see if any parents are available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?
 
Our reading time begins at 8:45 and continues to 10:10.  I work with three reading groups and have seatwork and Lexia for the students who are not working with me.  
 
Please let me know, if this opportunity would work for you.  Thank you.
 
Sincerely,
 
Cheryl Kintner
Second Grade Teacher
Moscow Charter School

For the Week of September 9 - 13

Dear Families,
 
I am pleased with the effort that the students are using to complete their work.  The homework packets came back on Friday with reading at home jotted down on their reading logs!  What a wonderful start to our year!
 
Please help  your child remember their tennis shoes for Wednesday.  They do not need to be new, just clean.  
 
Today, we caught our grasshoppers and took out our magnifying glasses.  Insects are super interesting and will help us understand biological adaptations and diversity.  Yes, they can catch some at home and bring them in!  
 
Thank you for your support.  It makes such a difference.  I couldn't do this job without you!
 
Sincerely,
 
Cheryl Kintner
Second Grade Teacher

First Week Back to School!

Specialty Schedule:
Monday - Music
Tuesday - Art
Wednesday - PE  (Shoes needed)
Thursday - Theater
Friday - Keyboarding
 
Dear Families,
 
Tonight, the students brought home their work in brightly colored folders.  Please have them return their folders on Tuesday.  PE shoes are needed for Wednesday. 
 
We had a nice week of introductions to our curriculum and classroom procedures.  We've been doing a lot of clipping up.  On Tuesday, we will draw for a Citizen of the Day.  I feel each of the students have been showing their very best effort.
 
I'm looking forward to our year together!  Have a wonderful long weekend!  See you on Tuesday!
 
Sincerely,
 
Cheryl Kintner