Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of March 3, 2014

Congratulations to our Reading Olympics Medalists!

Thanks to all who participated in our Olympic Reading Challenge! Each participating student will receive a pencil, a bookmark, and recognition on a poster outside the library. (Each participating teacher gets a jeans pass!)

The top three readers in each grade level earned gold, silver, and bronze medals for their efforts. Our medalists are:


  • Gold - Peyton Curesky
  • Silver - Kayla Wrenn
  • Bronze - Grayson Campbell

1st grade

  • Gold - Hannah Zandarski
  • Silver - Bryson Neal
  • Bronze - Nahvia Spadafora

2nd grade

  • Gold - Matthew Manning
  • Silver - Salena Scudiero
  • Bronze - Lauren Marquis

3rd grade

  • Gold - Larson Tazuma
  • Silver - Brady Connelly
  • Bronze - Joseph Smith

4th grade

  • Gold - Ahnnalise Wolf
  • Silver - Paige Farr
  • Bronze - Rachel Marquis

5th grade

  • Gold - Dylan Finkbeiner
  • Silver - Tatiana Sanz
  • Bronze - Kayla Masterson


  • Gold - Ms. Knight
  • Silver - Mrs. Garren
  • Bronze - Mrs. Crain

March of Dimes Reading Champions

The March of Dimes Reading Champions is an educational program in which every child is a winner! Students read books to improve reading skills while raising money for the March of Dimes mission! This program takes placing March-early April. After completing the program, children receive awards for their efforts.

Students receive medals during awards days based on the number of books read. After raising $1, students are eligible for the following medals:

  • 30 books or more - Gold medal
  • 20-29 books - Silver medal
  • 15-19 books - Bronze medal

Bonus: Every participating school will have a Caldecott Award winning book donated to the library. This book will be placed in the library in honor of the student who raises the most money! Every child who raises $50 or more will receive a free tshirt.

Reading Champions program packets will be sent home this week. Make sure to mail off your registration card (or register online at as soon as possible, and start reading! Gather pledges and any other donations and place them in your collection envelope. No amount is too small!

Collection envelopes must be received by the March of Dimes no later than April 10th. These should be sent directly to the March of Dimes. No money is sent to the school.

Check the school website or library blog often for other opportunities to help the March of Dimes!

Book Award voting results

Last week, students at Fork Shoals voted for their favorite book in the South Carolina Book Award program, and the results are in!

The Fork Shoals winner for the Picture Book Award is Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean.

The Fork Shoals winner for the Children's Book Award is Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

The state winner of each Book Award category will be announced at the SCASL conference next week, and Ms. Knight will share that information as soon as possible.

Tell us how much you love the library!

Express your love of the library with our newest display! Come to the library, fill out one of our hearts, and we'll add your message to the wall!

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 creating a display of "shelfies," and she wants your pictures! The display features teachers, students, and even family members!

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!

Book of the Week: Here Come the Girl Scouts!

Here Come the Girl Scouts! is a nominee for the 2013-2014 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Here Come the Girl Scouts!, written by Shana Corey and illustrated by Hadley Hooper, is sure to be an inspiration to all girls (no matter their ages). Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low didn’t let anything stop her from achieving her goals, and that is a lesson that all readers, girls and boys alike, should learn.

From traveling the world, to fishing at a fancy dinner party, to starting the Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low is a figure to be admired, and it is my hope that many young readers will take the message of this book and truly make it their own.

Peppered with quotes from the Girl Scouts guide, Here Come the Girl Scouts! tells readers all about Low and the founding of the Girl Scouts. The book emphasizes the importance of helping others, protecting the environment, being strong females, and looking past differences. At a time when both feminism and conservation were considered controversial, Juliette Gordon Low was truly visionary, and we can all look to her for an example of how we should live our lives…by not being afraid to go after our dreams.

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Dates to Remember:

  • March 3 - PTA All Arts Night (and Ms. Knight's birthday!)
  • March 7 & 10 - Snow makeup days
  • March 11 - Chick-Fil-A Night Out, 5-8pm
  • March 12 - Spring pictures
  • March 12-14 - Ms. Knight to SCASL Conference in Columbia
  • March 14 - Spirit Day; Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars sheets due
  • March 17 - SIC meeting, 7:30am
  • March 18-19 - PASS writing, 3rd-5th grade

All Arts Night

Join us on Monday, March 3, for our All Arts Night! We will have displays showing our students’ art work, square dancing, and music making stations. Pre-ordered meals will be available at 5:45. The PTA Meeting will start at 6:15. At 6:30, enjoy making instruments, seeing artwork, and square dancing.

Make-Up Days

Students will make up three of the missed school days per the make-up days on the calendar March 7, 10, and June 6. The last day for students will now be June 6. June 3 is now a full day of school. The last three days (June 4-6) will be half days. No other information is known as far as the other three days that we missed. Once final legislation is approved for the other three days, the district administration will consider the impact of and date options for additional makeup days in making a recommendation to the Board of Trustees.

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