Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of September 28, 2015

Mark your calendars for Star Wars Reads Day!

Celebrate Star Wars and reading during the annual Star Wars Reads Day! This celebration is coming to Roper Mountain Science Center on Saturday, October 10th, 9am-1pm. The event will include a book fair provided by Barnes & Noble and hands-on learning activities. Children ages 12 and under are invited to attend in costume!

To learn more about Star Wars Reads Day, visit the Roper Mountain Science Center website or You can also check out the official Star Wars Reads Facebook page.

Book of the Week: Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year, written by Bill Harley and illustrated by Adam Gustavson, is a nominee for the 2015-16 South Carolina Children's Book Award.

Charlie Bumpers should be excited about going into the fourth grade. He would be...if his teacher were anyone but Mrs. Burke. Charlie has history with Mrs. Burke, so he's sure that she's going to make his life absolutely miserable. And he doesn't care that she's the Teacher of the Year. Charlie didn't vote for her.

At first, it seems that Charlie may be right about his new teacher. Mrs. Burke really does appear to have it in for Charlie Bumpers. It doesn't help that Charlie always finds himself in the middle of trouble. (He doesn't mean to get into these messes, really! They just kind of happen.)

Charlie hopes that his entire fourth grade year won't be horrible, but how can he get things on the right track when Mrs. Burke is always waiting on him to mess up? Can he turn things around? Is Mrs. Burke really all that bad? Find out how Charlie comes to terms with Mrs. Burke when you read Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year!

Knight Reader Junior

Explore books for the elementary school crowd!

Greenville Swamp Rabbits Scholars Book Club

By taking part in the Scholars Book Club Program, “Six For Sticks Challenge,” your young reading stars will have the opportunity to earn one (1) Buy One, Get One ticket voucher to attend the Saturday, November 14th home game! The hockey game will inspire school spirit and will be sure to get students excited about reading!

Reading logs and informational sheets were home last week. Students can earn their game BOGO ticket voucher by taking our “Six for Sticks Challenge” and reading six (6) grade level books for which they will receive one (1) Buy One, Get One ticket voucher for the Scholars Book Club Game Night on November 14!

Each participating student will use the provided reading log to keep track of their success. Upon completion, just return the reading log to your teacher by Friday, October 16!

Students are also encouraged to take part in a book drive on the night of the game. If they bring three (3) or more children’s books, new or gently used to donate, they will receive a Buy One Get One free ticket voucher to a future Swamp Rabbits game. The donated books will be given to the “Friends of the Library” and sold at their annual book sale. All proceeds from the book drive will benefit the Greenville County library system.

Teacher’s Incentive– Teachers will receive two (2) free tickets to the November 14 game at 7 p.m. for their class’s participation.

The 1st quarter reading challenge is underway!

Your child's goal: Read as many pages as possible between now and October 22nd. Reading logs MUST be turned in to Ms. Knight no later than Wednesday, October 28th. We’ll have prizes for those who read the most in each grade level, and every participant will receive recognition!

How do you record reading?

Students have received reading logs, but you can print out extras here. List books (with page numbers) as you complete them. An adult must sign by each book read. Add the total number of pages read during the 1st quarter.

Read Your Way to the Big Game!

Information has been sent home about the state's "Read Your Way to the Big Game" contest. The goal of this contest is to get your child excited about reading.

To enter this contest, make sure your child reads six reading-level appropriate books, complete the book list that was sent home, and return the book list and contest entry card to your child's teacher no later than Monday, November 9th,

All students who meet the six-book challenge qualify for the grand prize--a trip to the Palmetto Bowl (otherwise known as the Carolina/Clemson game)!

So, pick a team and start reading now!

If you need copies of the reading log, student entry card, or bookmark, please click here.

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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, and check out the videos below for a quick glimpse at this year's nominees!

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Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Dates to Remember:

  • September 28 - Fall fundraiser begins
  • October 1 - Spirit Night at Moe's
  • October 5 - PTA Family Fun, Health, and Safety Night
  • October 8 - Lunch & Learn with Julie Valentine Center
  • October 9 - School Spirit Day
  • October 10 - Star Wars Reads Day
  • October 12 - SIC meeting, 7:30am; Fall Fundraiser ends

PTA Family Fun, Health, and Safety Night - Monday, October 5th

Join us for some family fun and information about health and safety. A flyer is included in this week’s folders.

Art news

Once again, our student will be participating in the Square 1 Art Project. Students are excited about the work that they are creating. Parents may get mugs, calendars, or other items with their child’s artwork. More information will come home soon.

Health room screenings

Mrs. Peden will be doing vision and hearing screenings in the health room over the next few months.

PTA Reflections

Entries are due to the front office by Friday, October 9th. Details for each category can be found on the school website. Contact Ellington Willis at 864-490-6022 or with questions. This year’s theme is Let Your Imagination Fly!