Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of October 13, 2014

Be a Reading Warrior!

Fork Shoals is a proud participant in the Reading Warriors program. This program, sponsored by the Greenville Road Warriors ice hockey team, gives young readers the opportunity to earn a free ticket to the Reading Warriors Game Night by participating in the "Six for Sticks Challenge."

The Reading Warriors program runs through the week of October 20th. Students may count books that they're reading for the school reading challenge. Reading logs for the Reading Warriors program are due to Ms. Knight no later than Friday, October 24th.

Get ready for Halloween ComicFest!

If you'd like to get FREE comics and celebrate all the fun of Halloween, visit your local comic book store on Saturday, October 25th. Many stores will have costume contests, special guests, and much more!

The local stores participating in this year's Halloween ComicFest are:

For much more information on Halloween ComicFest, click here.

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The 1st quarter reading challenge is underway!

Your child's goal: Read as many pages as possible between now and October 23rd. Reading logs MUST be turned in to Ms. Knight no later than Tuesday, 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?

Use this reading log to document books read. 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.

Book of the Week: Summer of the Wolves

Twelve-year-old Nika should be used to change by now, but nothing prepares her for leaving her latest foster home in California and spending the summer in the wilderness of Northern Minnesota. Nika and her little brother are staying with an uncle they’ve never met in a place that is totally unfamiliar.

Nika’s brother, Randall, seems excited about this new adventure, but Nika is anxious. She wonders why her uncle never contacted them before now, how he feels about caring for two kids all summer, and what will happen to them when the summer ends.

Something happens, though, that gives Nika a sense of purpose in her new surroundings. Nika and her uncle find an orphaned wolf pup and decide to care for him. Nika grows attached to the pup–who she names Khan–and she does whatever she can to make sure the little wolf is healthy and happy. She even entertains thoughts of keeping him for her own.

As Nika cares for Khan and learns more about wolves and the wilderness around her, this lonely girl finds herself growing closer to her uncle and making something of a life for herself in Minnesota. For the first time since her mother’s tragic death, Nika feels like she belongs somewhere.

But what will happen when Nika realizes that she and Khan can’t stay together? Will separation from the wolf pup erase everything Nika has come to love about this place? Can she accept Khan’s fate as well as her own?

Read Summer of the Wolves, a 14-15 South Carolina Children's Book Award nominee by Polly Carlson-Voiles, to learn how one young girl’s relationship with a wolf pup helps her discover her own inner strength, her connection to nature, and what being part of a family really means.

Are you reading the SC Book Award nominees?

Fork Shoals participates in both the state Picture and Children's Book Award programs, sponsored by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians. 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

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Dates to Remember:

  • October 13 - SIC meeting, 7:30am; Boosterthon kickoff
  • October 14 - Chick-Fil-A Night, 5-8pm (Wear your Halloween costume!)
  • October 16-17 - Teacher workdays (No school for students.)
  • October 24 - Boosterthon Fun Run
  • October 26-31 - Red Ribbon Week
  • October 30 - Report cards
  • October 31 - Spirit Day; Science Day

Chick-Fil-A Night

Students (and parents) are invited to dress in their costumes at Chick-Fil-A for Spirit Night, Tuesday, October 14th, from 5-8 PM.

PTA Reflections

Reflection entries are due on Monday, October 13th. This year’s theme is The World Would be a better place if… Let’s have our most entries ever for Fork Shoals School! More information can be found on the front page of our school website.