Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of February 1, 2016

Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars Program

This week, all 2nd-5th grade students will receive information on the Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars program, a reading incentive program aimed at promoting reading and academic success.

To complete the program, students must read 5 books within the next five weeks. If the students reach their reading goal, they will qualify as a Reading All-Stars and will be eligible to receive free admission to the Reading All-Star Celebration Game on April 11th. Other incentives include a free t-shirt and book, recognition on the DriveVision, a parade around the outfield warning track, and a chance to throw the first pitch.

In order to qualify, please help your child complete the reading challenge and return the completed form to the library no later than March 4th.

3rd Quarter Reading Challenge

All Fork Shoals students have received their reading logs for the 3rd quarter. Students should read as many pages as possible between now and March 18th. Reading logs MUST be turned in no later than Tuesday, March 22nd. We’ll have prizes for those who read the most in each grade level, and every participant will receive recognition.

List books (with page numbers) as you complete them. Add your total number of pages read during the 2nd quarter. Please print clearly and total your pages at the end. If you need extra reading logs, click here.

Harry Potter Night at the Greenville Public Library!

Join the Greenville Public Library for the worldwide celebration of the Harry Potter series. The event will be Thursday, February 4th, 6:00-7:30pm, in meeting room A of the Main Library.

Enjoy trivia, crafts, activities, and wizard snacks. Hogwarts attire welcome. Fun for the whole family! Registration required. Call 527-9248 to register.

Battle of the Books practices

The Battle of the Books team will have practices on Tuesdays after school from 2:30 until 3:00, and Wednesday mornings before school from 7:30 -7:55. Team members can attend one or both practices each week.

All BoB team members should have read at least 5 of the books for competition by now. All 10 books should be read by mid-February.

The BoB Regional competition will be held at Bell's Crossing Elementary on Tuesday, March 15th, at 6pm. BoB Finals will be on Tuesday, March 22nd, 6pm, at Pelham Road Elementary.

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Book of the Week: This Is the Rope

This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration, written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by James Ransome, is a nominee for the 2015-16 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

This Is the Rope is a moving tale of one family's journey from rural South Carolina to New York City during the Great Migration. The story begins with a girl finding a simple rope under a tree. This rope would play a part in the girl's move north, serving as a luggage tie, a clothesline, a jump-rope, a reminder of times gone by, and a symbol of how far one family has come and the bonds that hold them together.

For younger readers, This Is the Rope is useful for illustrating stories with one object tying events together. Pun intended. This book could serve as an example to follow when writing their own similar stories. Some young readers may not understand much about the Great Migration, but this book could start discussions on why people move from place to place, the differences between living in rural and urban areas, or what life was like during the North and the South during different periods of time.

For older readers, This Is the Rope is a simple yet powerful introduction to the Great Migration, which is something that is often glossed over in some history classes. This book could start discussions on why many African Americans chose to move north during post-Reconstruction America, the conditions in the South that forced them to move, and how much work is still to be done to achieve racial equality, not only in the South but also across the nation.

Knight Reader Junior

Explore books for the elementary school crowd!

Are you reading the SC Book Award nominees?

Every year, the South Carolina Association of School Librarians nominates twenty books for four different Book Award levels: Picture, Children's, Junior, and Young Adult. Fork Shoals participates in both the Picture and Children's Book Award programs. Students who read at least five books from each level are eligible to vote for their favorite in February!

Click here for a handy checkoff sheet to keep track of your Book Award reading!

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Dates to Remember:

  • February 1-5 - National School Counselor Week
  • February 8 - SIC meeting, 7:30am
  • February 9 - Chick-fil-A Night
  • February 12 - Spirit Day
  • February 15 - Presidents' Day (All GCSD schools and offices are closed.)
  • February 18 - Progress reports; Panera Night

Narrative Report Cards

As part of our IB program, we want to give feedback on how students are progressing with the Learner Profile. A letter of explanation along with the report will be sent home on Monday, February 1st. Please review and complete the goal setting piece on the back with your child and return to school. These will be added to their student portfolios that will be shared at Student Led Conferences at the end of the year. Imagine the thoughts year after year seeing the progression of their goals! Thank you for your support and participation in this important part of student development.

May Calendar Revisions

Due to the recent changes with testing windows released by the state department, a few changes with our May calendar were necessary. The revision will be attached to this week’s eNews and can be found on our website.

Pennies for Patients

Student Ambassadors will sponsor Pennies for Patients from Monday, February 1st- Friday, February 19th. Students may bring in any type of money to donate to this cause. Checks will be accepted, but please make them out to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A flyer will come home explaining new activities we have planned for the week to help raise money for this fabulous cause.

The Beta Club will also be selling Candy Grams during lunch on February 8th-11th for delivery on February 12th. Candy Grams will be a gourmet lollipop and valentine’s pencil. The cost is $1.00 and proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students may purchase for anyone in the school, and they will be delivered on Friday, February 12th.