Resources for Students
This year's Lanier Regional Technology Competition will be held at Whitlow Elementary School on January 21, 2023. This competition is open to all students in grades 3-12 who reside within Forsyth County, Dawson County, Lumpkin County, and Union County.
Deadline for student registration is January 13, 2023. Scan the QR code or visit http://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/techfair
Celebrate Multicultural Children's Book Day on January 26, 2023 by checking out one of our library's diverse books! Print or pick up a copy of this January 2023 Reading Challenge to earn a lunch in the library pass. Some multicultural book suggestions are listed below, in case you need some book ideas!
Multicultural Children Book Suggestions
"Children around the world live different lives from one another--different cultures, different geographic and socio-economic realities, differing access to health and education. Despite these differences, they all share common needs: the need to feel loved and protected, the need to have a place to live, the need to learn, to eat, to play, to share, and to dream for the future. Grounded in careful and extensive research, this book introduces readers to kids from around the world and the lives they lead. The child-centered narrative and playful illustrations explore how education, family, free time, and other aspects of daily life look different depending on who you are and where you lives"--Provided by publisher
Inspired by the authors’ experiences in school and as a parent, Adrea Theodore’s debut picture book is a powerful testament to the past as well as a benediction for the future. Having also been the only black person in a classroom of white students, the girl’s mother offers an empowering point of view: she is a reflection of the powerful women that have come before her, of the intelligence, resilience, and resourcefulness that have been passed down through the generations. Her history is a source of pride, a reason to sit up straight and recognize everything beautiful and powerful in herself. What really matters is what we see when we look in the mirror, and what we want to become. - From the Publisher
A stunning picture book debut, showcasing the love between grandparents and grandchildren, the challenges of memory loss, and the joy that sweet reminders of a faraway home can bring, from award-winning, bestselling author Thanhhà Lại.
When her grandmother gets trapped in her cloudy memories, An and her grandfather Ông come up with a plan to bring her back to a happy moment so she can remember her wedding wish with Ông: hundred years of happiness. - From the Publisher
"When Nigel looks up at the moon, his future is bright. He imagines himself as . . . an astronaut, a dancer, a superhero, too! Among the stars, he twirls. With pride, his chest swells. And his eyes, they glow. Nigel is the most brilliant body in the sky. But it's Career Week at school, and Nigel can't find the courage to share his dreams. It's easy to whisper them to the moon, but not to his classmates--especially when he already feels out of place"--Provided by publisher
Mindy is super excited to go to South Korea to visit her grandparents! She has never taken such a big trip before, and she can’t wait to see her family again. Plus, Dad’s girlfriend, Julie, is also going to meet the family for the first time.
Mindy and Julie decide to make a traditional Korean meal for the family as a thank-you for hosting. But after a few mishaps, Mindy fears they are cooking up a big disaster in the kitchen! Can Mindy and Julie make sure their meal passes the most important taste test of them all? - From the Publisher
Lou Montgomery has the voice of an angel, or so her mother tells her and anyone else who will listen. But Lou can only hear the fear in her own voice. She’s never liked crowds or loud noises or even high fives; in fact, she’s terrified of them, which makes her pretty sure there’s something wrong with her.
When Lou crashes their pickup on a dark and snowy road, child services separate the mother-daughter duo. Now she has to start all over again at a fancy private school far away from anything she’s ever known. With help from an outgoing new friend, her aunt and uncle, and the school counselor, she begins to see things differently. A sensory processing disorder isn’t something to be ashamed of, and music might just be the thing that saves Lou—and maybe her mom, too. - From the Publisher
Bo and her mom always had their own rhythm. But ever since they moved to Harlem, Bo’s world has fallen out of sync. She and Mum are now living with Mum’s boyfriend Bill, his daughter Sunday, the twins, Lili and Lee, the twins’ parents…along with a dog, two cats, a bearded dragon, a turtle, and chickens. All in one brownstone! With so many people squished together, Bo isn’t so sure there is room for her.
Set against the bursting energy of a New York City summer, award-winning author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich delivers a joyful novel about a new family that hits all the right notes! - From the Publisher
When the Germans invade Ukraine, Zhanna, a young Jewish girl, must leave behind her friends, her freedom, and her promising musical future at the world’s top conservatory. With no time to say goodbye, Zhanna, her sister Frina, and their entire family are removed from their home by the Nazis and forced on a long, cold, death march. When a guard turns a blind eye, Zhanna flees with nothing more than her musical talent, her beloved sheet music, and her father’s final plea: “I don’t care what you do. Just live.” - From the Publisher
Did you see the steam fog on Lake Lanier back in December, when the temperatures were extremely low? Do you know what causes this? What about what causes ghost apples in winter? Ever heard of thunder snow? Click on this PBSLearningMedia link to learn more about the science behind these phenomena!
Resources For Families
Sharon Forks Public Library
Click on the links below to find out about the exciting events happening at our local, Sharon Forks Public Library this month! Play chess, learn Hindi, explore 18 Jewish artifacts from the Breman Museum, and more!
Elementary January Events Calendar
Common Sense Media Tip
Every year, 1st through 4th grade students receive a county digital citizenship lesson, from Mrs. Merck, on ways to stay safe while online. This article, How do a I protect my kid's privacy online? provides tips to help families guide their children in developing life-long digital literacy habits.