Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of August 31, 2015

The 1st quarter reading challenge is underway!

Your child's goal: Read as many pages as possible between now and October 22nd. Reading logs MUST be turned in to Ms. Knight no later than Wednesday, October 28th. We’ll have prizes for those who read the most in each grade level, and every participant will receive recognition!

How do you record reading?

Students will receive reading logs during their class' library orientation, but you can print out a reading log here if you want to begin documenting books read. 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 1st quarter.

FSS Library Blog

Fork Shoals School Library Blog

Interested in the News Team?

Ms. Knight is looking for a few good students to be on this year's News Team! Auditions are open to any 4th or 5th grade student.

Interested students can pick up an application packet in the library. Applications MUST be turned in by Wednesday, September 2nd! Auditions will be held on September 3rd and 4th. The announcement of the 15-16 News Team will be at the end of school on Friday, September 4th.

An electronic copy of the application packet is also available here and on the library blog.

Book of the Week: Almost Super

“At 4:23 in the afternoon, on February 29, any Bailey age twelve or over gets a superpower.”

This year, brothers Rafter and Benny Bailey will finally get the superpowers they’ve been waiting for. Will they be able to fly? Have super strength or speed? Shoot fire or water out of their hands? What powers will they get to aid in their family’s fight against the Johnsons, the evil family of supervillains?

When the clock strikes 4:23, Rafter and Benny finally get their long-awaited powers…and they’re total duds. No, they couldn’t get useful powers like flight, strength, speed, or even super-smarts. Nothing useful like that. No, Rafter now has the astounding ability to light matches on polyester, and Benny can turn his belly button from an innie to an outie. It doesn’t look like these two boys will be much help when it comes to fighting crime.

Rafter is shocked by how worthless his new power is. Why did he and Benny get such dumb powers? How can they possibly help the family fight evil with powers like these? Rafter becomes determined to find out just what is going on, and his quest leads him right to one person–Juanita Johnson. (Yes, of the evil supervillain Johnsons.) Did she get a worthless power, too? Or did this embarrassment somehow skip the Johnsons?

As Rafter and Benny learn more from Juanita, they begin to realize that maybe the two families–who’ve been fighting for decades–aren’t all that different. Maybe they both see themselves as superheroes. And maybe there’s an even bigger problem that they need to work together to solve.

Join Rafter, Benny, and Juanita in Almost Super as they uncover a plot to manipulate both of their families and learn that one doesn’t need superpowers to do something truly heroic. Sometimes, being almost super is enough.

Almost Super is a nominee for the 2015-16 South Carolina Children's Book Award.

Knight Reader Junior

Explore books for the elementary school crowd!

Are you reading the SC Book Award nominees?

Every year, the South Carolina Association of School Librarians nominates twenty books for four different Book Award levels: Picture, Children's, Junior, and Young Adult. Fork Shoals participates in both the Picture and Children's Book Award programs. 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, and check out the videos below for a quick glimpse at this year's nominees!

15-16 SCPBA nominees
15-16 SCCBA Nominees

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Dates to Remember:

  • August 31-September 4 - K5/1st grade library orientation
  • September 1-25 - Fall MAP testing (Teacher will send specific date.)
  • September 2 - News Team applications due
  • September 3 - Moe's Night
  • September 3-4 - News Team auditions
  • September 4 - 15-16 News Team members announced
  • September 7 - Labor Day (Schools and offices will be closed.)
  • September 11 - Spirit Day
  • September 14 - SIC meeting, 7:30am


  • Remember to return all forms as soon as possible (emergency, PTA, volunteer, etc.).
  • Join PTA! We would love to get 100% membership!
  • Be sure to write your child’s names in belongings that could be left at school. Our lost and found will be sent to charity once a month.

MAP testing

All students in grades 2-5 will take MAP testing in September for Reading and Math. Classroom teachers will let you know specific dates for their class. Please be sure that your child is at school and gets a good night’s sleep. Encourage your child to do his/her best.

Parent Portal

Parent Portal access is now available to be picked up in the office. An informational sheet about the portal can be found in this week’s folders.