Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of February 9, 2015

Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars

Forms have been sent home for the Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars Program. This can be done along with our school Quarterly Reading Challenge. Reading All-Stars forms will be due to Ms. Knight on or before March 6th.

All students who turn in the form will receive a voucher for the Greenville Drive celebration game on Monday, April 13th. Let's plan to have a huge turnout for Fork Shoals School by showing our love of reading!

Book Award voting begins soon!

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 next week!

Click here for a handy checkoff sheet to keep track of your Book Award reading!

Save the Dates: Our Spring Book Fair is coming soon!

Our Spring Book Fair is just weeks away! The fun will begin on Friday, February 27th, and will last though Friday, March 6th. We'll also be open before and during All Arts Night on Monday, March 2nd, and following our Walk at School event on Wednesday, March 4th. Make plans to visit this exciting celebration of reading!

3rd Quarter Reading Challenge

Our 3rd Quarter Reading Challenge has begun! Your goal is to read as much as possible between now and March 24th. Reading logs have been sent home, and extras will be available in the library or here.

All reading logs will be due no later than Friday, March 27th (our last day before Spring Break)! After Spring Break, prizes will be awarded to the top readers in each grade level, and every participant will receive recognition.

Remember to list books completed with page numbers. An adult must sign by each book completed, and all pages must be totaled at the end.

Book of the Week: Touch the Sky

Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper, written by Ann Malaspina and illustrated by Eric Velasquez, is nominated for the 14-15 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Touch the Sky gives young readers a closer look at a sports figure they may not know much about. Alice Coachman, a young, black girl from Georgia, wanted to fly through the air. Even though things were not always easy for Alice and her family in the South in the 1930s, Alice always dreamed of doing more than people had planned for her.

After seeing a track meet for the first time, Alice knew she was meant to soar. With the help of her friends, she practiced high jumping, and she was soon invited to join the Tuskegee Golden Tigerettes. Alice eventually went on to win national medals, she attended Tuskegee Institute High School, and she competed in various track and field events.

Segregation still closed many doors for Alice, but she didn't let that stop her. This National Champion high jumper went on to compete in the 1948 Olympic Games in London. Alice not only competed, but she won the only gold medal for the U.S. women track and field team. Even today, Alice Coachman is recognized as one of the most gifted athletes in Olympic history.

Touch the Sky is a great book for teaching the importance of perseverance through difficult obstacles. Alice Coachman battled prejudice and the wishes of her own family to achieve her dream. She let nothing, not even her own doubts, stop her. That is an example that anyone can stand to follow.

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

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Dates to Remember:

  • February 8-13 - National School Counseling Week
  • February 10 - Chick-Fil-A Night, 5-8pm
  • February 13 - SIC meeting, 7:30am; Spirit Day
  • February 16 - Presidents' Day (GCSD schools and offices will be closed.)
  • February 17-20 - Engineering Week
  • February 19 - Progress reports
  • February 27 - Spirit Day; Fresh Fruit Friday; Opening day of Book Fair

Pennies for Patients

Fork Shoals will sponsor Pennies for Patients from Monday, February 2nd- Friday, February 20th. Students may bring in any type of money to donate to this cause. Checks will be accepted, but please make them out to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Valentine Candy Grams

The Beta Club will also be selling Candy Grams during lunch on February 9th-12th for delivery on February 13th. Candy Grams will have a Hershey Kiss and a pencil. The cost is 50 cents and proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students may purchase for anyone in the school, and they will be delivered on Friday, February 13th.

Black History Month

Students are encouraged to take action and research famous African Americans and their inventions and/or accomplishments during the month of February in honor of Black History Month. These projects will be displayed in the cafeteria for all to see.