Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of September 8, 2014

Summer reading results

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2014 summer reading program. Nearly 120 students, faculty, and staff participated, and we read almost 180,000 pages!

All summer readers have their names displayed on a poster outside the library. The top readers in each grade level were announced on the morning news last Friday. They will receive special awards, and their names and pictures will also be featured on the school website, Facebook page, Twitter, and other media outlets.

The top 2014 summer readers were:

  • Kindergarten - Adelaide Emmel
  • 1st grade - Peyton Curesky
  • 2nd grade - Zoe Sullivan
  • 3rd grade - Matthew Manning
  • 4th grade - Valerie Nicholson
  • 5th grade - Rachel Marquis
  • Faculty/Staff - Ms. Knight
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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?

Students will receive reading logs during their class' library orientation, but you can print out a reading log here if you want to begin documenting 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: Each Kindness

Each Kindness, written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis, is a nominee for the 14-15 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Each Kindness is a book that should be read by everyone, everywhere. Like the amazing Wonder by R.J. Palacio, this book addresses the importance of kindness, and that's definitely something that all of us could use more of.

In this amazing book, readers are introduced to Maya, a new girl in class who doesn't have the finest clothes or toys, but she tries her hardest to fit in and be liked. The other students, however, ignore Maya or make fun of her, and the girl learns to keep to herself.

One day, though, Maya is not at school, and the teacher talks to the class about how important it is to be kind to one another. This lesson resonates with young Chloe, who never said a kind word to Maya. She looks for Maya the next day and the next, but Maya doesn't return to school. When Chloe learns that Maya had to move away, she realizes that she'll never have a chance to be kind to Maya, a girl who tried her hardest to be friendly.

Each Kindness shows all readers how powerful just one kind word or action could be. We never know what those around us are going through. One small kindness could truly make a difference to someone who is having a hard time. We should take every opportunity to be kind to others. After all, we never know when those opportunities will come to an end.

Are you reading the SC Book Award nominees?

Every year, the South Carolina Association of School Librarians nominates twenty books for four different Book Award levels: Picture, Children's, Junior, and Young Adult. Fork Shoals participates in both the Picture and Children's Book Award programs. 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, and check out the videos below for a quick glimpse at this year's nominees!

14-15 SCPBA Nominees
14-15 SCCBA Nominees

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Fork Shoals Reads!

Fork Shoals School Library Blog

Knight Reader Junior

Explore books for the elementary school crowd!

Dates to Remember:

  • September 2-26 - Fall MAP testing (Teacher will send specific dates.)
  • September 8 - SIC meeting - 7:30am
  • September 9 - Ident-a-Kid pictures; Chick-Fil-A Night Out, 5-8pm
  • September 10 - Turn in Box Tops and Labels for Education
  • September 12 - Spirit Day
  • September 18 - Progress reports

Labels for Education and Box Tops

Turn in your Labels for Education and Box Tops by this Wednesday, September 10. Classes with the most of each will be recognized. Visit our school website for details.

MAP testing

All students in grades 2-5 will take MAP testing in September for reading and math. Classroom teachers will let you know specific dates for their class. Please be sure that your child is at school and gets a good night’s sleep. Encourage your child to do his/her best.

4th and 5th grade only

  • PASS scores and an explanation letter are in folders this week. Please review your child’s scores and let us know if you have any questions.
  • 4th and 5th grade students who are interested in participating in Robotics, please send an email to