Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of September 21, 2015

Greenville Swamp Rabbits Scholars Book Club

By taking part in the Scholars Book Club Program, “Six For Sticks Challenge,” your young reading stars will have the opportunity to earn one (1) Buy One, Get One ticket voucher to attend the Saturday, November 14th home game! The hockey game will inspire school spirit and will be sure to get students excited about reading!

Reading logs and informational sheets will be sent home this week. Students can earn their game BOGO ticket voucher by taking our “Six for Sticks Challenge” and reading six (6) grade level books for which they will receive one (1) Buy One, Get One ticket voucher for the Scholars Book Club Game Night on November 14!

Each participating student will use the provided reading log to keep track of their success. Upon completion, just return the reading log to your teacher by Friday, October 16!

Students are also encouraged to take part in a book drive on the night of the game. If they bring three (3) or more children’s books, new or gently used to donate, they will receive a Buy One Get One free ticket voucher to a future Swamp Rabbits game. The donated books will be given to the “Friends of the Library” and sold at their annual book sale. All proceeds from the book drive will benefit the Greenville County library system.

Teacher’s Incentive– Teachers will receive two (2) free tickets to the November 14 game at 7 p.m. for their class’s participation.

Read Your Way to the Big Game!

Information has been sent home about the state's "Read Your Way to the Big Game" contest. The goal of this contest is to get your child excited about reading.

To enter this contest, make sure your child reads six reading-level appropriate books, complete the book list that was sent home, and return the book list and contest entry card 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)!

So, pick a team and start reading now!

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

The 1st quarter reading challenge is underway!

Your child's goal: Read as many pages as possible between now and October 22nd. Reading logs MUST be turned in to Ms. Knight no later than Wednesday, 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 have received reading logs, but you can print out extras here. 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.

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Book of the Week: Maple

Maple by Lori Nichols is a nominee for the 2015-16 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

This charming book tells the story of a young girl named Maple and her best friend, a maple tree planted before she was born. Maple can be as loud as she wants with her tree. She can sing and dance for her tree. She can even pretend to be a tree sometimes. Maple cares for her tree through the seasons, but part of her would like someone to really play with. (After all, a tree can't exactly throw snowballs back to her.)

One day, though, Maple gets a surprise. There's a new baby (and a new tree) around. Maple cares for her new sister just as she does for her tree, and she finds that sharing her tree with her sister Willow is what both of them really need.

Maple is an excellent book to showcase trees through the seasons and how even trees can be considered the most reliable of friends. I also think it could be a great gift for young children who are going to have new baby brothers or sisters. This book could give even some young readers and their parents the idea to plant trees in honor of children and new arrivals into their families.

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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Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Dates to Remember:

  • September 1-25 - Fall MAP testing (Teacher will send specific date.)
  • September 25 - Spirit Day
  • September 28 - Fall fundraiser begins
  • October 1 - Spirit Night at Moe's
  • October 5 - PTA Family Fun, Health, and Safety Night
  • October 9 - School Spirit Day

Summer Activity Log Participation

Last week, eligible students received an invitation to participate in the Summer Activities Log Celebration. The Celebration will be this Friday, September 25th.

PTA Family Fun, Health, and Safety Night - Monday, October 5th

We are happy to announce that this year, we are teaming up with several local health and safety contacts for this event. We have the mobile mammogram bus coming as well! A flyer can be found on our website and was sent home last week with information about how to make an appointment. Appointments will be required and should be made by September 23rd. A few appointments have already been scheduled. We need to have a certain number of appointments for them to come. Please share with others.

Health Room Screenings

Mrs. Peden will be doing vision and hearing screenings in the health room over the next few months.