Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of January 25, 2016

2nd Quarter Reading Challenge Results

Thanks to all who participated in our 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge. Nearly 300 students and staff members turned in reading logs, and participants read a total of 374,385 pages!

The grade level reading totals were:

  • Kindergarten - 24,925 pages
  • 1st grade - 56,547 pages
  • 2nd grade - 55,601 pages
  • 3rd grade - 31,699 pages
  • 4th grade - 59,420 pages
  • 5th grade - 100,310 pages
  • Faculty/Staff - 45,883 pages

The top readers in each grade level were:

  • Kindergarten - Angel Bullock-Lytle - 5,180 pages
  • 1st grade - Jack Seaton - 4,990 pages
  • 2nd grade - Peyton Curesky - 11,024 pages
  • 3rd grade - Madelyn Warrington - 3,406 pages
  • 4th grade - Najibah Alam - 10,327 pages
  • 5th grade - Shannyn Alcantara - 6,253 pages
  • Faculty/Staff - Ms. Knight - 12,423 pages

Each grade level winner will receive a special prize this week, and all participants will be recognized on a poster outside of the library.

The 3rd Quarter Reading Challenge has begun!

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.

Help our WFSS News Team get new equipment!

Please consider contributing to the News Team's Donors Choose project. If funded, this project will help the News Team get some updated equipment, including microphones, video cameras, a CD player systerm, and a TV.

To learn more or make a donation, 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.

FSS Library Blog

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Book of the Week: The Girl from Felony Bay

Abbey Force has had a rough time of it lately. Her father is in a coma and can’t defend himself against some fairly awful accusations. Her beautiful home, Reward Plantation in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, had to be sold to pay off her dad’s supposed debts. And Abbey had to move in with her horrible Uncle Charlie and his wife, Ruth.

But it’s not all bad…

Abbey soon meets the daughter of Reward Plantation’s new owner. Bee Force (no relation) is Abbey’s age, and their families have a connection that goes back to before the Civil War. It appears that Abbey’s ancestors kept Bee’s ancestors as slaves, and Bee’s family took on Force as their last name after the war was over. Even though their family stories could have driven a wedge between these two girls, instead it brings them closer together, and they soon become as close as sisters…and they’ll need that closeness to weather the storm that’s headed their way.

Abbey is determined to prove to everyone that her father is innocent, and Bee wants to help her new friend. It quickly becomes clear that the two girls are on to something, but what? Why are there “No trespassing” signs and big holes around Felony Bay? Why was this parcel of land sold separately from Reward Plantation? Why is Uncle Charlie so smug all of a sudden, and what does the Deputy Sheriff have to do with his new attitude? What’s the connection with Abbey’s dad and the accusations made against him? Can two twelve-year-old girls really prove that something sinister is going on?

Abbey and Bee are working to solve this mystery, and their investigation takes them all over Charleston and Reward Plantation. Danger abounds, and the girls eventually uncover a plot that dates back over a century. Can they reveal the truth before it’s too late? Or will all of their sleuthing make them the next target of whoever is trying to frame Abbey’s dad?

Join Abbey and Bee Force in their quest for the truth when you read The Girl from Felony Bay by J.E. Thompson, a nominee for the 15-16 South Carolina Children's Book Award!

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:

  • January 25 - Family Math, Science, & Technology Night
  • January 26 - La Fogata Spirit Day
  • January 29 - Spirit Day; Fresh Fruit Friday
  • 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.)

Family Math, Science, and Technology Night

January 25th is Family, Math, Science, and Technology Night! Pre-ordered meals will be available for pick up at 5:30 PM. Rotations start at 6:00 PM. Some activities will require a ticket and will be first come. We are excited about a great night!

Fresh Fruit Friday is back!

Bring in a piece of fresh fruit on Friday, January 30th. Listen for the announcement for everyone to enjoy their fresh fruit. What a great way to remind us to stay healthy!

New Spirit Day/Night

La Fogata in Simpsonville will give 10% of the proceeds back to Fork Shoals during both lunch and dinner times on January 26th. Be sure to share with family and friends. Remember that there is also a coupon for La Fogata in the Entertainment Coupon book that was sold at the beginning of the year.