Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of November 4th

2nd Quarter Reading Challenge has begun!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 1st Quarter 30-Book Reading Challenge! Ms. Knight will be drawing names/classes for fabulous prizes this week!

The 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge began on Monday, October 28th. Once again, K5-2nd grade students are challenged to read 30 books (or more) this quarter. 3rd-5th grade students are challenged to read at least 500 pages!

Reading logs were placed in teachers' boxes and handed out to students. The Reading Challenge logs for the 2nd quarter will be due to Ms. Knight on Tuesday, January 21st.

Attention 4th and 5th graders! Battle of the Books is about to begin!

How to participate in Battle of the Books (BoB) at Fork Shoals:
  • Read a minimum of 3 (preferably 5) of the 10 books listed below by the beginning of December.
  • Attend practice sessions on Tuesday afternoons (2:30-3:00) in the library starting in December continuing through April.
  • Read at least 6 of the 10 books by the beginning of January.
  • Read all 10 books by the beginning of February.

*If the number of students participating exceeds the required number for a school team, it may be necessary to assess which students are most knowledgeable about the books through a written evaluation or a school competition round to be determined by the librarian.*

District competition is typically mid-April at Mauldin High School in the early evening. Students must have their own transportation to this event.

This year's Battle of the Books titles are:

  • Double Dog Dare by Lisa Graff
  • Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton
  • Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson
  • Pie by Sarah Weeks
  • Plunked by Michael Northrop
  • The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader
  • The Humming Room by Ellen Potter
  • The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio

See Ms. Knight if you'd like more information on Battle of the Books.

Book of the Week: The Adventures of Beanboy

Tucker MacBean feels like his life is spinning out of control. He’s virtually invisible at school, he rarely sees his mom (who works during the day and attends college at night), he has to take care of his younger brother, Beech, and his dad has packed up and moved to Boston. Tucker is desperate to find a way to make things a little better for everyone…and he may have just come across something that will work.

Tucker’s favorite comic book, H2O, is holding a contest to see who can come up with H2O’s sidekick. The prize? The new sidekick will be featured in upcoming episodes, and the prize winner will receive a full college scholarship. Pretty great, right? Well, Tucker gets the bright idea to enter the contest…and try to win the scholarship for his mom. Tucker thinks he’s come up with a great idea for a sidekick–Beanboy, a boy who harvests the majestic power of beans–but how can he prove to the contest judges that his creation has the heart of a true hero…and how can Tucker find the hero within himself?

In Tucker’s quest to come up with the perfect comic book sidekick, he’s also facing the scariest girl at Amelia Earhart Middle School, the terrifying Sam Zawicki. Sam seems to delight in being mean to everyone…except Beech, Tucker’s little brother. With him, she’s almost nice, and that small bit of niceness starts to make Tucker think that there may be more to Sam than anyone knows.

Time is running out for Tucker to enter the contest with the power to change his life. Things will get in the way–his run-ins with Sam Zawicki, finding time to work on his entry, coping with a mom who’s never around (but really wants to be) and a special needs brother (who he dearly loves and will do anything for), a school dance, mean girls, and doing the right thing–but Tucker will do everything in his power to not only enter this contest but win. Is H2O’s new sidekick (hopefully) everything he should be? More importantly, what has Tucker learned about himself as he’s struggled to create a hero? Find out when you read Lisa Harkrader’s The Adventures of Beanboy!

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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Dates to Remember:

  • November 5-7 - 2nd grade CogAT testing
  • November 8 - Bingo Night; Square One Art orders due
  • November 11 - SIC meeting @ 7:30am; Veterans' Day Lunch
  • November 11-12 - 2nd grade ITBS testing
  • November 12 - Chick-Fil-A Night Out, 5-8pm
  • November 14 - Parents invited for Thanksgiving lunch

Health Room news

Children must be fever free with no medication for 24 hours before returning to school. They should also not have vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.

Square One Art

Square 1 Art orders are due by November 8. Orders are done on online; however, paper orders can be sent to Mrs. Cianfarano with checks made payable to Square 1 Art. Last week, each child received stickers with their art work on them to keep. The order forms are to order “stuff” with their art on it. Student art work makes great gifts!

Food Drive

Student Ambassadors will be collecting canned food to help out the backpack blessing program. They are in need of individual servings of food that they can send home with students over the weekend. We are going to collect food from November 4-21 in the Bell Tower. Please help us help our community!


It’s not too late to turn in your Boosterthon pledges! Thank you for helping our school to raise funds to help meet our PTA budget including classroom supplies through mini-grants and upgrading technology. Each teacher also receives 10% of his/her classroom pledges to purchase books for the classroom. When we reach 95% collection, Mrs. Reid and Mrs. Stevenson will get slimed!!!