Fork Shoals Library Ledger
News for the week of March 23, 2015
Battle of the Books Finals this week!
All competing schools are: Fork Shoals, Mauldin, Sterling, Greenbrier, Stone, Paris, Buena Vista, and Lake Forest.
Come out and support the team at Finals on Thursday, March 26th, 6:30pm, at Pelham Road Elementary!
3rd Quarter Reading Challenge
Our 3rd Quarter Reading Challenge is underway! Your goal is to read as much as possible between now and the end of Spring Break. Reading logs have been sent home, and extras are available in the library or here.
All reading logs will be due no later than Tuesday, April 7th. (This is a new due date. This reading challenge has been extended due to missed days for winter weather.) Prizes will be awarded to the top readers in each grade level, and every participant will receive recognition.
Remember to list books completed with page numbers. An adult must sign by each book completed, and all pages must be totaled at the end.
Book of the Week: Alex the Parrot
Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird, written by Stephanie Spinner and illustrated by Meilo So, is a nominee for the 14-15 South Carolina Children's Book Award.
Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird is a true story of an extraordinary animal. This book tells the tale of Irene Pepperberg and her work with Alex, a truly phenomenal African grey parrot.
Irene believed that birds could learn language and communicate with the world around them, and she set out to prove just that. She patiently taught words and their meanings to Alex, and the clever parrot quickly showed everyone just how smart he was. He learned to sort by color, shape, and size, he could count up to six, he let everyone know what he wanted to eat, and he even played pranks on those around him. To top it all off, Alex made sure people knew that he was the boss!
In a time when most people believed that only larger animals, particularly apes, could be taught to communicate with humans, Alex proved everyone wrong. He and Irene showed the world that birds were intelligent creatures that often had quite a bit to say! Alex helped others learn more about birds, especially African grey parrots, and that has changed how these animals are viewed even today.
2015-2016 South Carolina Book Award Nominees
Dates to Remember:
- March 23-27 - Engineering Week
- March 23 - Spring pictures
- March 24 - Bellacino's Night
- March 26 - End of 3rd quarter; Battle of the Books Finals
- March 27 - Spirit Day/Fresh Fruit Friday
- March 30-April 3 - Spring Break
- April 7 - Skate Night, 6-8pm
- April 8 - Report cards