Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of October 27, 2014

1st quarter reading logs are due!

Our 1st quarter reading challenge ended last Thursday, and all reading logs are now due! The last day Ms. Knight will take reading logs for the 1st Quarter Challenge is Tuesday, October 28th! PLEASE total your pages before you turn in your reading logs!

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We're "Batty" about these spooky Halloween reads!

Want to scare up a spook-tacular book for Halloween? Try one of these fantastic tales in the Fork Shoals Library!

  • J Is for Jack-O'-Lantern: A Halloween Alphabet by Denise Brennan-Nelson
  • 2 x 2=Boo!: A Set of Spooky Multiplication Stories by Loreen Leedy
  • Hallowilloween : Nefarious Silliness by Calef Brown
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat by Lucille Colandro
  • Haunted House, Haunted Mouse by Judy Cox
  • It's Halloween, I'm Turning Green! by Dan Gutman
  • Babymouse: Monster Mash by Jennifer L. Holm
  • Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween by Melanie Watt
  • The Best Halloween Ever by Barbara Robinson
  • Click, Clack, Boo! by Doreen Cronin
  • Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann
  • Mrs. Patty Is Batty! by Dan Gutman
  • Substitute Creacher by Chris Gall
  • Cobwebs, Chatters, and Chills: A Collection of Scary Poems
  • and many, many more!

Visit the library catalog or see Ms. Knight or Mrs. Meredith for more spooky Halloween reads!

The 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge begins today!

Let's all warm up with some good books! It's time to begin our 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge! This challenge runs now through January 15th (the last day of the 2nd quarter).

Reading logs will be sent home with students this week, but you can also click here for extras. 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 2nd quarter.

These reading logs should be returned to Ms. Knight by Wednesday, January 21st.

Book of the Week: Keeper of the Lost Cities

Keeper of the Lost Cities, the first book in an awesome series by Shannon Messenger, is a nominee for the 14-15 South Carolina Children’s Book Award.

Sophie Foster has always been a bit different. She’s never had many friends, she doesn’t fit with her family, and she’s always been smarter than everyone around her. When she was five, she discovered that she could hear the thoughts of others. She never told anyone about her telepathic ability, but it seems someone out there knows just how special Sophie really is.

When Sophie meets Fitz, her entire world changes. Fitz is the only other Telepath she’s ever encountered, and he reveals that Sophie isn’t exactly human. She’s an Elf, and she definitely does not belong in the human world.

In order to keep her human family safe, Sophie must leave everything behind and move to Lumenaria, a land where she’ll learn what it means to be an Elf and how to harness her special abilities. At her new school, Foxfire, Sophie struggles, but she’s slowly figuring out this strange new world, and she’s finally making a few friends.

Some Elves, however, are less than happy with Sophie’s entrance into the Elf-world. Some have doubts about her place here, there is concern about her history in the human-world, and no one seems to know how to handle just how powerful Sophie appears to be. Her mind is impenetrable for even the most skilled Telepaths, and, while most Elves display just one special ability, Sophie has several. Why is she so different? What is so special about Sophie Foster?

As Sophie tries to piece together the puzzle that is her life, she discovers that her history, abilities, and place in this new world are more uncertain than she realized. Someone in the shadows is manipulating her, leading her on a chase to uncover the truth, but what is the end game? And can she figure out what’s going on before Sophie–and her new friends–are placed in mortal danger?

Read Keeper of the Lost Cities and join Sophie as she navigates this unfamiliar, strange world and attempts to find her place in it.

Are you reading the SC Book Award nominees?

Fork Shoals participates in both the state Picture and Children's Book Award programs, sponsored by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians. 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!

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Dates to Remember:

  • October 27-31 - Red Ribbon Week
  • October 28-29 - 2nd grade ITBS testing
  • October 29-31 - Ms. Knight to EdTech Conference
  • October 30 - Report cards
  • October 31 - Spirit Day; Science Day
  • November 4 - Election Day (Schools and offices will be closed.)
  • November 10 - SIC meeting @ 7:30am; Veteran's Day celebrations
  • November 14 - Spirit Day; Dynamite Dads; Book Fair begins
  • November 14-21 - Fall Book Fair

Science Day

Friday, October 31 is Science Day at Fork Shoals! Students will be participating in science activities by rotating around to the rooms on their grade level to do some exciting science experiments to extend their learning!

Red Ribbon Week

Fork Shoals will celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 27th-31st with the following daily events:

  • Monday, Oct. 27 - My Future is Bright, No Drugs in Sight - Everyone wears their favorite college team colors.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28 - United We Stand Against Bullying and Drugs - Everyone wears red, white, and blue, our school colors.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29 - I "mustache" you not to do drugs!
  • Thursday, Oct. 30 - Think of All that You Can Be When You Stay Drug Free - Everyone dresses as a future career.
  • Friday, Oct. 31 - Drug Free, the Healthy Choice for Me - Everyone has a fresh fruit for Fresh Fruit Friday.


Many thanks for coming to watch the Fun Run and for the pledges. Students will be bringing home envelopes to collect their pledges. Let’s go for 100% collection!

Career Day

Career Day is right around the corner, and we are in need of volunteers to speak at Career Day. Please send an e-mail to Ms. Cline at or give her a phone call at 355-5004 if you are able to volunteer. We would love to have a speaker in each classroom. We would need you here from 8:30 to around 10:00 on Tuesday, November 25th. This is the Tuesday right before Thanksgiving break. You would be volunteering to speak to each class on the grade level for close to fifteen minutes before the next class would rotate to you. Thank you for your time and consideration!