News for the week of January 13, 2014

Fork Shoals Library Ledger

It's the last week of the 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge!

The Reading Challenge logs for the 2nd quarter are due to Ms. Knight on Tuesday, January 21st. Will your name be on the reading challenge poster? Could you be the one to earn the prize for completing the challenge? Which class will have the most participants? It’s not too late to get it completed. Remember, the more you read, the more you know!

Additional reading logs can be found here.

The next reading challenge will begin on Thursday, February 6th. More information will be available on that program next week.

Send in your Shelfies!

Have you ever taken a selfie? Well, go one step further, and take a "shelfie!"

What's a "shelfie?" It's a picture of you in front of your bookshelf!

Ms. Knight is now creating a display of "shelfies," and she wants your pictures! The display will feature teachers, students, and even parents!

Digital photos are preferred and should be sent to Ms. Knight at Be sure to include the name of the person(s) in the picture!

Are you ready for the Book Fair?!

We invite you to visit our Scholastic Book Fair and 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 - Book Fair Fiesta: ¡Yo Quiero Libros! ¡Vamos a Leer! (I Want Books! Let's Go Read!) –surrounds students in the celebration of reading with hundreds of fun, engaging, affordable books for them to discover. 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: Friday, January 24th-Friday, January 31st

Shopping Hours: 8am-3pm – January 24th-30th; 8-11am – January 31st

Special Events: Family Night – Monday, January 27th – 5-8pm

Before you visit the Book Fair be sure to download the FREE Book Fairs App to help you find the right fit books for your child. For more information, visit: And if you’re all booked up during Book Fair week be sure to visit the Book Fair online at Our Online Fair is available for an extended time from January 19th to February 8th.

We look forward to having you participate in our Fair, and remember, all purchases benefit our school.

*We accept cash, checks (made payable to Fork Shoals School), and all major credit cards. 6% tax will be added to all purchases. No returns or exchanges.*

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books practice is held each Tuesday in the library from 2:30 to 3:00. This team is open to any 4th or 5th grade student. For more information, click here or see Ms. Knight in the library.

Book of the Week: Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend

This book is a nominee for the 2013-2014 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Belle, The Last Mule at Gee’s Bend tells the true story of a very special mule and the people she represented. As young Alex learns from Mrs. Pettway, Belle’s owner, this animal played a very important part in the Civil Rights Movement.

Years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visited the small town of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, and urged the folks there to do whatever they could to vote. For many of them, it meant traveling by mule for half a day to visit the polls. Many of those who voted lost their jobs in nearby Camden, but, like their mules, these hardworking people kept going, no matter what others did or said to them.

A few years later, when Dr. King was assassinated, the people of Gee’s Bend were asked to send mules to carry his coffin through the streets of Atlanta. Belle was one of those mules.

As Alex learns the history behind Belle and the Civil Rights Movement, so will young readers. This book is an excellent addition to reading lists about this important period in history, and it will also be welcome as part of celebrations for Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month.

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Dates to Remember:

  • January 13 - SIC meeting, 7:30am
  • January 14 - Chick-Fil-A Night Out, 5-8pm
  • January 16 - End of 2nd quarter
  • January 17 - Teacher workday (No school!)
  • January 20 - MLK Day (No school!)
  • January 21 - Reading Challenge sheets due
  • January 23 - Report cards
  • January 24-31 - Book Fair
  • January 27 - Family Math and Science Night

First in Math

We are close to the mid-year mark of this school year. How many First in Math points do you have? If everyone has perseverance, we could still reach our end of the year goal of 1,000,000 stickers to put a pie in the face of our administrators.

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