Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of November 30, 2015

The library's last two Makerspace Mondays for 2015 will be November 30th and December 7th.

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Battle of the Books @ Fork Shoals!

Battle of the Books is a competition for students to have fun reading books and answering questions about them. Fourth and fifth grade students compete in teams of five people. There are ten books in the program. Fork Shoals’ Battle of the Books team will train to compete against other teams from Greenville County.

If you want to participate in Battle of the Books, please complete this form and return it to Ms. Knight in the Library no later than Monday, November 30th. Please have a parent sign this form to be sure that you both understand what is involved. If you have any questions please send an email to You can also visit the library blog for more information on this program.

We will have practices on Tuesdays after school from 2:30 until 3:00, and Wednesday mornings before school from 7:30 -7:55. The first after school practice will be on Tuesday, December 1st. We will only have afternoon practices in December, and we’ll add morning practices in January.

Regional and final competition dates will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

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2nd Quarter Reading Challenge

All Fork Shoals students have 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.

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Book of the Week: Hey, Charleston! The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band

Hey, Charleston!: The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band, written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Colin Bootman, is a nominee for the 2015-2016 South Carolina Children's Book Award.

An ideal book for studies of jazz music and South Carolina history, Hey, Charleston! introduces readers to Reverend Daniel Joseph Jenkins and his work with orphans in and around Charleston.

Reverend Jenkins saw that these children needed care and education, and, knowing that he would need money to meet those needs, he devised a plan to create the Jenkins Orphanage Band. He asked the community to donate instruments that had been gathering dust since the Civil War, and he and his boys polished and repaired them. Local musicians came in to give lessons, and the band was born.

The Jenkins Orphanage Band traveled through the U.S. (and even to England) raising money to care for even more kids. And they did. They also spread joy through music and did their part in creating what we know as ragtime and jazz music.

Hey, Charleston! is an important book for those interested in books on overcoming adversity. It demonstrates how hard work, kindness, and love for one another can create something truly great even in tough circumstances.

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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:

  • December 3—Moe’s Night
  • December 4—School Spirit Day
  • December 8 - Class/club pictures; Chick-fil-A Night
  • December 14-18 - PTA Holiday Shop
  • December 14 - PTA meeting & 2nd Grade Play, 6:30pm
  • December 15 - Chorus Holiday Concert, 6:30pm
  • December 18 - School Spirit Day
  • December 19-January 3 - Winter Break

Project Warm-Up

Our Student Ambassadors are sponsoring Project Warm-Up November 30th-December 11th. Bring in new hats, gloves, scarves, and socks. Donations will benefit those who do not have warm clothes for the winter. Donations can be left in our bell tower.

Donations Needed

We are collecting several items to help our Robotics Team AND also to begin collecting items for our Engineering Week coming up on February. Please continue to send in any of these items as you are able. Thanks!

Robotics: used ink cartridges, Capri Sun/Kool Aid pouches, old crayons

Engineering Week: craft sticks, school glue bottles, packs of rubber bands, small pom poms, marshmallows, decks of cards, paper towel and toilet paper tubes, masking tape, recycled fruit cups or other recyclable supplies.