Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of February 8, 2016

Book Award voting begins this week!

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.

This week in computer lab, students will vote on their favorite books in the Picture and Children's Book Award categories. Ms. Knight will then send Fork Shoals' votes to the state level. The South Carolina Book Award winners will be announced on Friday, March 4th.

Click here for a reminder of the books we'll be voting on. Will your favorite win?

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.

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: The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky

The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly Schindler is a nominee for the 2015-16 South Carolina Children's Book Award.

Auggie Jones is pretty happy with her life. She lives with her Grandpa Gus, rides around in his old truck, and helps him with his trash hauling business. She doesn’t really care that she and her neighbors live on the poor side of town. They have everything they need, and they’re always willing to help each other in times of need.

All of that, however, is about to change. This year, thanks to budget cuts, Auggie is being moved to a new school, where she’ll come face to face with people who judge her and her neighbors for what they don’t have. One of Auggie’s new classmates, Victoria, is particularly cruel, and it doesn’t help matters that she’s a junior member of the newly formed House Beautification Committee, a group intent on making the town a little more pleasing to the eye. But whose eyes are they worried about pleasing? And what does this mean for those who don’t have the money to make large improvements?

Well, Auggie decides to show the committee and Veronica that her house is something to be proud of. Auggie begins looking through the trash that Gus hauls around, and she starts to see potential in some of the discarded items. Where some people might simply see a broken toaster, Auggie sees a lovely metal flower. Where one person sees broken windows and pottery, Auggie sees a way to make colorful mosaics. And it doesn’t stop there. Pretty soon, Auggie and Gus are taking old, broken-down machines, and giving them life as whimsical pieces of art.

But not everyone sees Auggie’s creations as the beautiful works of art that she does. Some call them eyesores and demand they be removed…or else. What is Auggie to do? How can she convince people that her house and others in her neighborhood are beautiful in their own special ways? Can she find a way to show people that beauty is all around? It doesn’t matter if it comes from a trash dump or a fancy store. Beauty can be found anywhere if one takes the time to simply look.

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Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Dates to Remember:

  • February 8 - SIC meeting, 7:30am; Makerspace Monday
  • 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
  • February 22 - Makerspace Monday; Family Math, Science, & Technology Night
  • February 22-26 - Engineering Week

Family Math, Science, & Technology Night

Our NEW Family Math, Science, and Technology Night has been rescheduled for Monday, February 22nd. This will coincide with Engineering Week. More details to come soon.

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 came home last week 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 this week 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.