Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of October 28th

Reading program deadlines

All 1st quarter Reading Challenge forms are due to Ms. Knight by Monday, October 28th.

Greenville Reading Warriors reading logs should be turned in to Ms. Knight no later than 8am on Thursday, October 31st!

2nd Quarter Reading Challenge begins this week!

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

The 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge begins 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 will be 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 Aviary

Clara Dooley has been cooped up in the Glendoveer mansion her entire life. Her mother takes care of the house, and young Clara, who has a weak heart, has lessons with the aging Mrs. Glendoveer, widow to the famed magician, the Great Glendoveer. The Glendoveers were once a big, happy family, but tragedy struck–the Glendoveer children were kidnapped and killed–and the family was reduced to little but tears, bitterness, and a longing for times past.

The Glendoveer mansion is shrouded in mystery, a mystery made even more strange by the birds that inhabit the house’s aviary. These birds have lived longer than any birds should, and they have some odd connection to the Glendoveer family. Clara has always been a bit frightened of the birds–who squawk madly whenever she’s near–and her fear reaches a new level when one of the birds speaks a name–Elliot.

As one would imagine, Clara is intrigued by this, and she asks elderly Mrs. Glendoveer if she knows anyone by the name of Elliot. That seemingly simple question starts Clara down a path that will eventually unravel the mystery of what really happened to the Glendoveer children…and how the birds in the aviary–and Clara herself–fit into the puzzle she’s attempting to solve. But how can Clara hope to figure out what happened if she can’t even leave the house? Well, she’ll have a little help from a new friend, and Clara may just discover that she’s stronger than anyone ever realized…

What really happened to the Glendoveer children? Who is Elliot? What is so special about the birds in the aviary? Why is so important that Clara be the one to uncover the truth? And can this young girl solve a mystery that has puzzled everyone for decades and help the Glendoveer family finally find peace? Answer these questions and many more when you read The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell!

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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Dates to Remember:

  • October 29 - Makeup picture day
  • October 31 - Report cards
  • November 1 - Spirit Day
  • November 3 - Daylight Savings Time ends (Remember to "Fall back" one hour!)
  • November 5-7 - 2nd grade CogAT testing
  • November 8 - Bingo Night; Square One Art orders due


It’s time to get in those pledges for Boosterthon. 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.

Box Tops and Labels for Education

Its’ time again to start sending in your Labels for Education and Box Tops. Please have your student deposit these in the box provided in their classrooms. These will be collected and counted Wednesday, October 30th. Prizes will be awarded to the classes with the most Labels for Education and Box Tops. If you have any questions, please contact the PTA. Thank you for supporting Fork Shoals School.

Square One Art

The students have been busy in their art class creating work for Square 1 Art, and are very excited! Through Square 1 you can order your child's art on a variety of items- water bottles, mugs, tshirts, ornaments, even iPod and phone cases! Keep your eyes open for more information sent home with your child soon.