Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of November 2, 2015

1st Quarter Reading Challenge results

Thanks to all who participated in our 1st Quarter Reading Challenge. As a school we read over 325,000 pages. Check out the grade level page totals below:

  • Kindergarten - 14,953 pages
  • 1st grade - 55,547 pages
  • 2nd grade - 51,281 pages
  • 3rd grade - 49,265 pages
  • 4th grade - 58,041 pages
  • 5th grade - 71,482 pages
  • Faculty/staff - 26,947 pages

Our top readers for each grade level are below. Each of these students received a gift certificate to be used at the upcoming Book Fair.

  • Kindergarten - Abram and Job DeJong
  • 1st grade - Caylee Meadows
  • 2nd grade - Peyton Curesky
  • 3rd grade - Madelyn Warrington
  • 4th grade - Mariah Santiago
  • 5th grade - Ethan Turner

All students and staff who participated in the Reading Challenge are recognized on a poster outside of the library.

Get ready for the Book Fair!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: Friday, November 13th-Friday, November 20th

Shopping hours:

  • Friday, November 13th – 8am-3pm
  • Monday, November 16th – 8am-7pm
  • Tuesday, November 17th-Thursday, November 19th – 8am-3pm
  • Friday, November 20th – 7:15am-noon

We accept cash, checks (made payable to Fork Shoals School), and all major credit cards. 6% sales tax is added to all purchases.

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair. Our online Fair is available from November 8th to November 21st, and all purchases ship free to the school.

November is Picture Book Month!

Celebrate Picture Book Month by reading some wonderful picture books!

Not sure what to read? Start with this year's South Carolina Picture Book Award nominees. You can also visit one of Ms. Knight's blogs, Knight Reader Junior. Click on the "Recommended Picture Books" page, and select a few books to help you observe this month-long celebrations of reading!

The 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge has begun!

Last week, all Fork Shoals students received their reading logs for the 2nd quarter. Students should read as many pages as possible between now and January 14th. Reading logs MUST be turned in no later than Wednesday, January 20th. We’ll have prizes for those who read the most in each grade level, and every participant will receive recognition!

List books (with page numbers) as you complete them. Add your total number of pages read during the 2nd quarter. *Please print clearly and total your pages at the end!*

If you need extra reading logs, click here.

Read Your Way to the Big Game!

All contest entry cards for the "Read Your Way to the Big Game" contest are due to your child's teacher no later than Monday, November 9th.

All students who meet the six-book challenge qualify for the grand prize--a trip to the Palmetto Bowl (otherwise known as the Carolina/Clemson game)!

If you need copies of the reading log, student entry card, or bookmark, please click here.

FSS Library Blog

Fork Shoals School Library Blog

Book of the Week: Doug Unplugged

Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino is a nominee for the 2015-16 South Carolina Picture Book Award

Doug is a robot. Every day, his parents plug him up, and he downloads information about all sorts of things. On this particular day, Doug is learning all about the city. But when Doug sees a real-life pigeon, he begins to wonder if there's even more to learn out there in the real world.

So...Doug unplugs!

He experiences what happens when he flies into a flock of pigeons, when he walks down a crowded sidewalk or rides the subway, and so many other things. Doug also encounters something that wasn't included in his daily downloads. He makes a friend and learns, for the very first time, how to play.

Join Doug as he ventures out into the city, gains real-life understanding of the world around him, and learns what it means to be a friend and a good robot son.

I think Doug Unplugged is an excellent book for showing children how important it truly is to UNPLUG! Sometimes, they need to put away the phones, tablets, gaming devices, or whatever else is streaming information/entertainment to them. They need to go out and experience the real world! (Of course, this is a message many adults could stand to learn as well.)

Knight Reader Junior

Explore books for the elementary school crowd!

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!

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Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Dates to Remember:

  • November 3-5 - CogAT testing (2nd grade only)
  • November 5 - Moe's Night
  • November 6 - Spirit Day
  • November 9 - Veteran's Day lunch
  • November 10 - Chick-fil-A Night
  • November 11 - Coffee with the Principal/Internet Safety presentation

Square 1 Art

Students received Square 1 Art packets in Art class last week. Each child received a free set of stickers of their art and can order items with their artwork on them! This makes great gifts and supports our art program. Orders can be placed online at or with the paper order form sent home. Please make checks payable to Square 1 Art. Thank you for supporting our artists! Orders are due by November 13th.

Career Day

We are in need of career day speakers for Tuesday, November 24th, from 8:30-10:30. You would speak to one grade level and have 15 minutes with each class before the next class on the grade level comes in to see you. We are really focusing on careers this year and would love a wide variety of speakers to come and participate in our career day! If you know of someone in your family who would like to come speak, please let us know. Feel free to contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Cline if you or someone you know would consider volunteering. Mrs. Cline can be reached at or 355-5004. Thank you again for your consideration to volunteer for this wonderful event!

Donations Needed

Please help our robotics team by sending in a few items. Capri Sun and Kool Aid drink pouches can be left in the cafeteria. Used printer cartridges and old or broken crayons can be sent to Mrs. Moroney’s room. Profits earned will go towards a new robot.