Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of May 6th

Get ready for our Book Fair and Summer Reading Kickoff!

We invite you to visit our Scholastic Book Fair and Summer Reading Kickoff to experience a celebration of reading that provides families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: encouraging kids to read every day so they can lead better lives.

Our Scholastic Book Fair theme – Story Laboratory: Reading Gives You Super Power! – is part of an incredible energy source for reading that brings to school a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books kids want to read. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose their own books will motivate them to read more. And like most acquired skills, the more kids practice reading, the better they’ll get.

Reading is vital to every child’s success, and raising kids as readers means getting involved while they’re young. Now is the time. Since there will never be a substitute for a parent’s direct involvement in his/her child’s education, please make plans to visit our Book Fair. Hope to see you there!

Book Fair Dates: May 13th-17th

Shopping Hours:

  • Monday, May 13th – 8am-5:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 14th-Thursday, May 16th – 8am-3pm
  • Friday, May 17th – 8-11am

If you’re all booked up during Book Fair week (or just want to keep shopping), be sure to visit the Book Fair online at The online Book Fair is available for an extended time from May 5th-20th.

  • Find an expanded selection of books for the whole family—preschool to adults.
  • Share your Book Fair with family and friends by sending wish lists or eCards.
  • All orders ship to school for FREE and each purchase benefits our school.

*Note: 6% sales tax is added to all purchases.*

**Another note: All students will receive summer reading information when their classes visit the Book Fair.**

Book of the Week: Fair Cow by Leslie Helakoski

Fair Cow, a nominee for the 2012-13 South Carolina Picture Book Award, is an excellent book about simply being yourself.

Effie the cow dreams of winning a blue ribbon in the state fair. Her friend, Petunia the pig, convinces Effie to change nearly everything about herself to become a winner. Effie wants a blue ribbon, but she also wants to enjoy the breeze and sun outside, drink from the nearby pond, and swish flies away with her tail.

Even though Effie has made all these changes, she’s still a bit intimidated by the beautiful cows at the state fair. She finally decides to let everything go and do what she really wants to do, and she finds a way to be herself and still be a real winner!

With so many young girls and boys becoming obsessed with body image and looking “just right,” I think Fair Cow is a great book for teaching them that it’s okay to be themselves. It doesn’t matter if you’re a little messy or look different from all the other “cows” around you. What matters is that you’re true to yourself. This is a lesson that kids and adults could stand to learn. Fair Cow just makes it a little more accessible!

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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Dates to Remember:

  • May 6 - Progress reports
  • May 7-10 - PASS Testing for 3rd-5th grades
  • May 13-17 - Book Fair
  • May 13 - SIC meeting @ 7:30am; PTA meeting & Spring Concert @ 6pm
  • May 14-21 - Field days (See teacher newsletters for your child's day.)
  • May 17 - Last day for library book checkout
  • May 20 - All library books are due!
  • May 27 - Memorial Day - No school!

PASS testing (3rd-5th grades only)

The Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) tests will be administered to students in grades 3 through 5 on May 7th through May 10th.

Testing Schedule

  • Tuesday, May 7th—ELA (English Language Arts test)
  • Wednesday, May 8th-Math
  • Thursday, May 9th—Science test for grade 4 and Science OR Social Studies test for grade 3 and 5
  • Friday, May 10th—Social Studies for grade 4

PASS has been designed to assess higher levels of learning as well as basic skills. PASS tests are untimed for each day of testing. Help us help your child perform to the best of his or her ability.


Parents can be a great help to their child by following these suggestions:

  • Please see that your child gets rest on the nights before these tests.
  • Please see that your child eats a nourishing breakfast on the morning of these tests.
  • Make every effort to have your child in school and on time, except in cases of illness.
  • Please do not schedule any doctor's appointments during testing.
  • Do encourage your child to read each test question and each response carefully before marking an answer choice.
  • Do encourage your child to stay calm if there are questions that seem difficult.
  • Encourage your child to mark his/her best answer.
  • Provide positive feedback by praising your child for what he/she does well.
  • Students may not bring any electronic device that can be used for communicating, timing, or imaging into the testing location.

2013-2014 South Carolina Picture and Children's Book Award Nominees

13-14 SCPBA nominees
13-14 SCCBA Nominees
Fifth graders who want a head start on reading next year's Junior Book Award nominees should check out the booklist on the library blog!