Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of February 10, 2014

Olympic Reading Challenge

Your Goal: Read as many pages as possible between February 6th and 23rd (the dates of the Winter Olympic Games)!

Prizes: Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will be awarded to the top three readers in each grade level. These grade level medalists will also receive a fabulous prize! Each participating student will earn a bookmark, pencil, and recognition on a school display.

How do you record your reading?

List books (with page numbers) as you complete them. Use this reading log, and have your parent/guardian verify your reading by signing by each book.

*Note: This is an individual competition. Whole-class reading logs will not be accepted.*

Get ready to vote for your favorite book!

In just a couple of weeks, students at Fork Shoals will be voting for their favorite book in the South Carolina Book Award program. Ballots will be given to each student, and students can check off which books they've read and indicate their favorite among those books.

If you need a refresher on which books we'll be voting on, here's a handy check-off sheet featuring the Picture and Children's Book Award nominees. How many have you read this year?

The state winner of each Book Award category will be announced at the SCASL conference in March, and Ms. Knight will share that information as soon as possible.

Send in your Shelfies!

Have you ever taken a selfie? Well, go one step further, and take a "shelfie!" What's a "shelfie?" It's a picture of you in front of your bookshelf! Ms. Knight is creating a display of "shelfies," and she wants your pictures! The display features teachers, students, and even family members!

Digital photos are preferred and should be sent to Ms. Knight at Be sure to include the name of the person(s) in the picture!

Book of the Week: The President's Stuck in the Bathtub

The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents, written by Susan Katz and illustrated by Robert Neubecker, is nominated for the 2013-14 South Carolina Children’s Book Award.

The poems about each president in this book are very informative and, in several cases, funny. The notes explaining each poem’s content were also extremely helpful.

The cartoon-like illustrations were often humorous and depicted each U.S. President in a less-than-serious light. Most people view these leaders as super-serious, straight-laced politicians, but we often forget that presidents are also people. The poems in this book kind of highlight that and may even give students something to relate or even aspire to.

The notes on each president at the back of the book also provide readers with information. Each president is listed in order with his full name, birth and death (where applicable) dates, terms of office, nicknames, most notable quote, and a first for each man. Teddy Roosevelt, for example, was the first president to ride in an automobile, submerge in a submarine, and fly in an airplane. These little tidbits are kind of cool and could prove very useful in trivia contests!

This book of poems is a welcome addition to the Fork Shoals library and could be an integral part of Presidents’ Day celebrations.

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Dates to Remember:

  • February 10 - SIC meeting @ 7:30am
  • February 11 - Chick-Fil-A Night Out, 5-8pm
  • February 14 - Spirit Day
  • February 17 - Presidents' Day (GCSD schools and offices will be closed.)
  • February 20 - Progress reports
  • February 23 - Olympic Reading Challenge ends
  • February 26 - Last day to turn in Olympic Reading Challenge logs
  • February 28 - Spirit Day; Bingo Night

Black History Month

Don’t forget to research the Black History Month questions and enter into the drawing each Friday during the month of February! Questions can be found on our website.

Pennies for Patients

Pennies for Patients starts February 3rd and runs until February 21st. Students may bring in money to go towards the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Valentine Grams

The Beta Club will be selling Valentine Grams for 50 cents each on Feb. 10-13 during lunch. Valentine Grams will be a heart with a Hershey Kiss and a pencil. Students can write a message as well. Proceeds will go to Pennies for Patients. Students can buy for other students or teachers. They will be delivered to classrooms on Valentine’s Day.

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