Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of March 11th

March of Dimes Reading Champions

Last week, packets for the March of Dimes Reading Champions program were sent home. This is an educational program in which every student is a winner! Children read books to improve their reading skills while raising money for the March of Dimes mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. After completing the program, participating students will receive awards for their efforts.

Students receive medals during awards day ceremonies. Medals are based on the number of books a child reads.

  • 30 books - 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!

Please encourage your child to participate in this program. Remember to mail in the registration card as soon as possible. Mail in the book list, sponsor list, and all money to the March of Dimes prior to April 10th. (No materials or money should be sent to the school.)

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Ms. Knight in the library.

Book of the Week: Stand Straight, Ella Kate by Kate and M. Sarah Klise

Stand Straight, Ella Kate, written by Kate Klise and illustrated by M. Sarah Klise, is a nominee for the 2012-13 South Carolina Picture Book Award. It tells the story of Ella Kate Ewing, a woman who grew to a height of 8 feet, 4 inches tall.

Ella Kate was born in 1872, and her life started fairly normally. But then she began to grow. She grew so much that people didn't know what to make of her. Her clothes and her school desk had to be specially made. People made fun of her because she was so tall. Even when people were being rude and disrespectful, Ella Kate's parents always urged her to "stand straight" and be proud of herself.

One day, a man came to Ella Kate and asked if she'd like to be part of a museum exhibit. Ella Kate agreed, and her journey across the world began. At at time when women had few real rights, Ella Kate was making money and seeing the world...all because she was super tall! She did things that people back home never had the opportunity to do, and, even though some gawkers were still mean, Ella Kate learned to stand straight and be proud of who she was, where she'd been, and all that she'd accomplished.

Stand Straight, Ella Kate is a great book for teaching kids (and adults) about accepting and making the most of differences. I would pair this book with others on overcoming bullying and adversity.

The book's afterword provides more information about Ella Kate's life, including an actual photo of Ella Kate. This could serve as a springboard to learn more about Ella Kate Ewing.

Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars

This year, Fork Shoals 3rd-5th grade students are once again participating in the Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars program.

To complete the program, students must read 5 books during the designated 5-week time period. If the students reach their reading goal, they will qualify as a 2013 Greenville Drive Reading All-Star.

The reading program will run for 5 weeks: Wednesday, February 6th until Wednesday, March 13th. Students who complete the program will be honored at Fluor Field before the 7:00 PM Drive game on Monday, April 15th.

Each student who succeeds in reading the designated number of books will be honored at the Monday, April 15th Greenville Drive Celebration Game. The student will receive free admission, recognition on the DriveVision, a parade around the outfield warning track, a chance to throw the First Pitch, and a Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars T-shirt.

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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Dates to remember:

  • March 11 - SIC meeting, 7:30am; SIC Legislative Visit, 6pm
  • March 12 - Chick-Fil-A Night, 5-8pm
  • March 13 - Greenville Drive reading logs due; Spring pictures
  • March 15 - Spirit Day
  • March 19-20 - PASS writing test
  • March 25 - End of 3rd quarter
  • March 25-26 - IB visit
  • March 29 - Makeup day #2 (No school if day is not needed)
  • April 1-5 - Spring Break

PTA Board Nominations

The Nomination Committee is taking nominations for the positions of secretary and treasurer for next school year. Our PTA Board plays an important role in making Fork Shoals a great school. Your input for potential persons to fill these roles is greatly appreciated. Nomination forms can be found on our school website or in the front office.

Spring MAP Testing

Students in grades 2 through 5 will begin MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing on March 4th. Classroom teachers will indicate the specific two dates for your child’s class. Please encourage your child to do his/her best as they strive to reach their goal that was set from Fall MAP testing. MAP testing gives teachers an idea of additional skills that students need to develop.

SIC Sponsored Legislative Visit Postponed

Due to an extension in the legislative sessions, Eric Bedingfield, District 28 House of Representatives, will need to reschedule his visit to Fork Shoals. A new date will be sent when it is scheduled.

Art Work

If you missed the art show but would like your child's piece of art framed, please contact Artworks at or call 877-750-0989. They will take orders for 2 more weeks.