Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of January 5, 2015

2nd Quarter Reading Challenge

There's still time to participate in our 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge! It runs through January 15th (the last day of the 2nd quarter).

Reading logs were sent home with students, but you can visit the library or 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.

Battle of the Books has begun!

Battle of the Books has begun at Fork Shoals! Our team of 4th and 5th grade students will compete against other schools in the county to see who knows our selected books the best. It's not too late to join the team! Just pick up a registration form and return it to Ms. Knight as soon as possible!

Our next practice will be this Tuesday, January 6th, 2:30-3:00. We'll also practice on Wednesday morning, 7:30-7:55. Team members can choose to attend one or both of our weekly practices. We'll practice each Tuesday and Wednesday until our regional competition on March 10th.

Battle of the Books is open to any 4th or 5th grade student.

Students must read each of these books by the beginning of February:

  • Almost Home by Joan Bauer
  • How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor
  • Capture the Flag by Kate Messner
  • Dangerous Waters by Gregory Mone
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Red Thread Sisters by Carol A. Peacock
  • Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli
  • Ungifted by Gordon Korman

For more information on Battle of the Books, click here.

Book of the Week: Lost and Found

Lost and Found, written by Bill Harley and illustrated by Adam Gustavson, is a nominee for the 2014-15 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Lost and Found is a charming, colorful book about Justin, a boy who has lost his hat. He looks everywhere for this special hat made by his grandmother, but he can't find it anywhere. Eventually, he makes his way to the Lost and Found at school. Everyone avoids the Lost and Found because they're scared of the custodian, Mr. Rumkowsky.

Justin soon learns that Mr. Rumkowsky isn't so scary, and the Lost and Found is full of neat stuff, even things that his friends have been looking for! But he still can't find his hat. But what's that at the bottom of the Lost and Found box? Could it be his hat, or maybe something even more special?

Lost and Found is a wonderful picture book that lots of kids and adults will be able to relate to. After all, we've all lost things and had no clue where to find them! Sometimes, though, when we're looking for one thing, we find something even better!

This book could also be a cool gift for school custodians. I think they'll find humor in how the book ends!

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!

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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Knight Reader Junior

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Dates to Remember:

  • January 9 - Spirit Day
  • January 12 - SIC meeting, 7:30am
  • January 12-15 - K5/1st grade registration
  • January 15 - End of 2nd quarter
  • January 16 - Teacher workday (No school for students)
  • January 17 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (GCSD schools and offices will be closed.)
  • January 23 - Report cards

Yearbook Pre-Orders

Be sure to pre-order your yearbook by January 15th. Forms have been sent home and can be found on our website. Yearbooks will be in ALL COLOR and cost $17.00. There will only be a limited number of extras in the spring, so order yours by January 15th!

Kindergarten/First Grade Registration

Registration for kindergarten and first grade in Greenville County Schools will be held Monday-Thursday, January 12-15, 2015. Children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2015 must enroll in public or private kindergarten, unless the parent or legal guardian signs a waiver. Any child who will be six years old on or before September 1, 2015, must enroll in first grade. Visit your Greenville County public school January 12-15 to register.