Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of September 14, 2015

Read Your Way to the Big Game!

Last week, information was 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!

Battle of the Books titles announced!

Attention 4th and 5th graders interested in Battle of the Books:

Your booklist is here! See below for the ten books we'll be reading for this year's BoB competition:

  • Almost Super by Marion Jensen
  • Anna Was Here by Jane Kurtz
  • Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley
  • Duke by Kirby Larson
  • Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • The Girl from Felony Bay by John Thompson
  • Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
  • Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle
  • Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
  • A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

At least three of these books should be read before our first practice on December 1st.

For more information on BoB, visit the Battle of the Books page on the library blog or see 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 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 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.

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Book of the Week: Anna Was Here

Anna Nickel is a safety expert. She knows just what to do if disaster strikes near her home in Colorado. There’s one big problem, though. Her family is moving to Oakwood, Kansas for a while. (Her dad is a preacher, and he’s been asked to help out an ailing church in his hometown.) Anna doesn’t know a lot about Kansas–and she doesn’t really want to. She’s not happy about the move, and she hopes that she’ll be back in Colorado before her birthday. Well, Anna may not get her wish.

Life in Kansas is much more complicated that Anna thought it would be. She’s encountering family members she’s never met. Her dad is totally wrapped up in the church, her mom is too busy to write, and, worst of all, Anna’s room is pink! Anna also seems to be instantly loathed by one of the kids nearby…who happens to be one of her distant cousins.

Eventually, Anna finds a few things to like about her temporary home. She’s connecting with her dad’s family (something she’d never done before), and she’s learning about farming, emus, and how one should stay safe in all sorts of situations…including tornadoes. There are still many things she doesn’t like about Kansas–the time her dad spends at church, missing her family and friends in Colorado, going to a new school, or her pink room–but maybe it’s not all bad.

When disaster hits Oakwood, Anna must put everything she knows about safety to work. She must come together with everyone in this new town to find something very valuable to her. In the process, Anna learns just what it means to be part of a community. She realizes that others will do whatever they can to help her…simply because it’s the right thing to do.

Join Anna as she discovers more about her family, her faith, and herself when you read Anna Was Here by Jane Kurtz, a 15-16 South Carolina Children's Book Award nominee.

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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!

Fork Shoals School Library

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 14 - SIC meeting, 7:30am
  • September 16 - Ident-a-kid pictures
  • September 17 - Progress reports
  • September 18 - Fall picture day
  • September 25 - Spirit Day
  • September 28 - Fall fundraiser begins

Summer Activity Log Participation

Eligible students will receive an invitation to participate in the Summer Activities Log Celebration. The Celebration will be on Friday, September 25th. Invitations will be coming home this week. Remember that students had to get 100 points (which includes turning in the summer reading log).

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.

PTA Reflections

It’s Reflections time again! Many of you may have worked on your entries as part of your summer activity sheets; however, it is not too late! Information about how to enter can be found on the school website. The final entry date is sometime in October, so you have plenty of time. There are several categories for your student to enter in order to show their talents including the areas of visual arts, dance choreography, music composition, literature, and photography. Reflections has both a primary (for grades K-2) and intermediate (for grades 3-5) division. This year’s theme is Let Your Imagination Fly! Let’s have our most entries ever for Fork Shoals School!