Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of May 5, 2014

Cocky's Reading Express makes a stop at Fork Shoals!

On Monday, May 5th, Cocky's Reading Express will pay a visit to the first grade classes at Fork Shoals!

Members of the Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar Association are partnering with USC and the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy to read to first grade classes across the state, and they'll be with us on Monday afternoon.

Volunteers will read to each class, and every first grade student will receive a free book!

The Book Fair begins this Friday!

Our May Book Fair and Summer Reading Kickoff begins next Friday, May 9th! Be sure to come by and stock up on some excellent books for summer reading!

Look for an informational letter this week detailing Book Fair dates, shopping hours, and information on our online book fair (open now through May 24th at Every purchase helps the Fork Shoals Library!

*We accept cash, checks (made payable to Fork Shoals School), and all major credit cards. 6% tax is added to all purchases.*

"Spring Training" for summer reading!

Are you training your brain for summer reading?

All students and teachers are urged to read as many pages as possible between April 7th and the week of May 12th-16th. Individual student page totals will be turned in to Ms. Knight, and the class--in each grade level--that reads the most pages will earn a special celebration in the library!

If you need extra reading logs, click here.

The last day for book checkout is Wednesday, May 21st! All books must be returned to the library by Friday, May 23rd!

Book of the Week: The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, written by Michael Chabon and illustrated by Jake Parker, was nominated for the 2013-2014 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

This book will appeal to the superhero fan in all readers. As Awesome Man uses his super grip and positronic eyeball rays to fight evil, readers will be wondering what his astonishing secret is. Awesome Man himself kind of shows readers his secret identity, but many readers will not expect the truth when it is revealed.

The illustrations in this book are wonderful, and they could serve to introduce the youngest readers to the wonder of comic books and graphic novels. It's also cool that the author throws some physics terms into the narrative. This allows older science nerds (like Ms. Knight) to enjoy this story on an entirely different level.

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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Dates to Remember:

  • May 5 - Progress reports
  • May 6-9 - SC PASS testing (3rd-5th grades)
  • May 9-16 - May Book Fair & Summer Reading Kickoff
  • May 12 - SIC meeting @ 7:30am; PTA meeting/Spring Concert @ 6:30pm
  • May 13 - 1st grade field day; Chick-Fil-A Night Out, 5-8pm
  • May 14 - 2nd grade field day
  • May 15 - K5 field day
  • May 16 - 5th grade field day; Spirit Day
  • May 19 - 4th grade field day
  • May 20 - 3rd grade field day

SC PASS testing, May 6th-9th

Our state test will be May 6-May 9. The Palmetto Assessment of State Standards Test (PASS) enables educators to determine the extent to which students in grades 3-8 demonstrate grade-level knowledge in mathematics, English language arts (ELA), science, and social studies. PASS is part of a comprehensive approach to raising standards (expectations) for students throughout the state. Each school’s report card grade is based on the performance of the students on this test. Testing will begin at 8:30 A.M. each day.

To ensure that the students perform to the best of their ability, we need your assistance with the following:

  • See that your child gets plenty of rest on the nights before these tests.
  • Make sure your child eats a nourishing breakfast on the mornings of these tests.
  • Make every effort to have your child in school on the days of these tests. We have a very limited makeup schedule this year, and it is important that your child take all of the subtests in order for us to have a complete score. Makeups will be given on the day students return to school.
  • Have your child here on time each day. Although testing will not begin each day until 8:30 A.M., there are many things the teachers and students will have to do each morning before testing begins.