Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of December 8, 2014

Battle of the Books begins this week!

Battle of the Books is about to begin at Fork Shoals! Our team of 4th and 5th grade students will compete against other schools in the county to see who knows our selected books the best. Students interested in participating need to pick up a registration form from Ms. Knight this week, and forms are due no later than Tuesday, December 8th.

Practices will begin on Tuesday, December 9th, 2:30-3:00, and the team will practice each Tuesday until our regional competition on March 10th. After the New Year, we may also have practices on Wednesday mornings before school.

Battle of the Books is open to any 4th or 5th grade student.

Students will have to read each of these books by the beginning of February:

  • Almost Home by Joan Bauer
  • How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor
  • Capture the Flag by Kate Messner
  • Dangerous Waters by Gregory Mone
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Red Thread Sisters by Carol A. Peacock
  • Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli
  • Ungifted by Gordon Korman

For more information on Battle of the Books, click here.

A Christmas Carol opens this weekend!

Make plans to see A Christmas Carol at the Pelzer Auditorium this holiday season. The Mill Town Players' adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic work opens this Friday, December 12th, and it runs for two weekends. This play features several current and former Fork Shoals students!

Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for seniors, and $7 for students. You can buy tickets online, at the door, or at the theater box office between 10am and noon on Saturdays.

For more information on this production, visit

The 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge has begun!

Let's all warm up with some good books! Our 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge has begun! This challenge runs now through January 15th (the last day of the 2nd quarter).

Reading logs were sent home with students, but you can visit the library or click here for extras. 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 2nd quarter.

These reading logs should be returned to Ms. Knight by Wednesday, January 21st.

Book of the Week: Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar?

Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar?, written by George Shannon and illustrated by Julie Paschkis, is nominated for the 14-15 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar? is a great book for teaching students that we are all interdependent. Many young readers have likely never thought about what really goes into making a cookie (or anything else). It's much more than simply baking cookies with mom or dad and placing the treats in a jar. Who grew the flour to make the cookies, who created the cookie sheets for baking, who cared for the chickens that laid the eggs needed in the recipe, who drove the trucks that delivered ingredients to the grocery store?

The questions are seemingly endless, but this book at least helps students to start thinking about these things. By helping others and cooperating, they can achieve a common goal. It can be something as simple as making a cookie or something as huge as working toward a peaceful world. The idea of working together has to start somewhere. Why not with a cookie?

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!

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Dates to Remember:

  • December 9 - Club and class pictures; Chick-Fil-A Night, 5-8pm
  • December 12 - Spirit Day
  • December 15 - PTA meeting, 2nd grade play, and holiday fair, 6:30pm
  • December 16 - Chorus concert and holiday fair, 6:30pm
  • December 15-19 - PTA holiday shop
  • December 22-January 2 - Winter break

Yearbook Pre-Orders

Be sure to pre-order your yearbook by January 15th. Forms have been sent home and can be found on our website. Yearbooks will be in ALL COLOR and cost $17.00. There will only be a limited number of extras in the spring, so order yours by January 15th!

Math & Science Challenge

The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded a grant to United Community Bank Ice on Main to create the first ever “Ice on Main Math & Science Challenge.” This incentive program is for 3rd-8th grade students in Greenville, Pickens, and Anderson County Schools. The Challenge will be held the first three Wednesdays in December (3, 10, and 17) from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The first fifty (50) students who turn in a copy of their first term report card showing a B or higher in Math or Science will skate for free at United Community Bank Ice on Main. Any additional students after the first 50 will skate for a discounted rate of $5. Students MUST bring a PRINTED COPY of their 1st Quarter Report Card or a PRINTED COPY of their 2nd quarter Interim Progress Report to get free or discounted skating. These printed copies will be turned in to rink staff to be counted (if parents or guardians wish to remove student ID and address information, they can). Please note the copies turned into rink staff will be placed into a sealed envelope to be counted by Ice on Main Committee members and will be destroyed. Only school name, student’s letter grade and grade level will be recorded; no identifying information will be retained.