Fork Shoals Library Ledger
News for the week of February 3, 2014
Book Fair extended!
Due to last week’s school closings, the Book Fair has been extended. The Fair will be open at least through noon on Wednesday, February 5th. You can also order from the Online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair through February 8th.
*We accept cash, checks (made payable to Fork Shoals School), and all major credit cards. (We cannot accept prepaid debit/credit cards.) 6% tax will be added to all purchases. No returns or exchanges.*
For more information on our Book Fair, click here.
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.*
Send in your Shelfies!
Digital photos are preferred and should be sent to Ms. Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the name of the person(s) in the picture!
Book of the Week: The Mighty Miss Malone
Twelve-year-old Deza Malone is probably the smartest girl in Gary, Indiana. Everyone–including Deza–knows she’s destined for great things, but the journey from here to greatness is going to be a long, tough road.
The year is 1936, and the Great Depression is in full swing. It’s tough for folks to find work, especially black folks. Deza’s father is no exception. The Malone family is struggling, and things are going to get much worse before they get better. At least they have each other, right?
After tragedy strikes their community in Gary, Deza’s father leaves to find work in Flint, Michigan. He’s promised to send word when things are well, but, when the Malones hear nothing from their beloved father, Deza, her mom, and her big brother Jimmie–who has problems of his own–set off to find Mr. Malone.
Their journey is peppered with disappointment, adjustments to new and often frightening situations, and simply trying to survive in a world that is by no means kind to those who are poor. Through it all, Deza tries to keep her spirits up and her eyes focused on a brighter future. It’s not always easy…especially when her father–and eventually her brother–seem to be slipping farther away. It’s also difficult for Deza to accept that some people (like her new teachers in Flint) can’t see past the color of her skin.
Deza does what she must to be strong for her family. Will that strength see her through the tough times and into a future filled with possibilities? What will Deza learn about herself and the world around her during this journey? Will the Mighty Miss Malone win in the end? Find out when you read The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis!
This book is a nominee for the 2013-14 South Carolina Children’s Book Award.
Dates to Remember:
- February 3-5 - Book Fair extended
- February 4 - Skate Night @ Golden Skate, 6-8pm
- February 10 - SIC meeting @ 7:30am
- February 11 - Chick-Fil-A Night Out, 5-8pm
- February 14 - Spirit Day
Black History Month
As an IB World School, we want to promote diversity, open-mindedness, and keep our kids thinking, researching, and inquiring. Our Social Studies Committee has come up with a plan to celebrate Black History Month. Teachers will send a link with questions, and they will also be available on the school website. Feel free to research the answers with your student. Students that provide a correct answer to any of the questions will be in the drawing for some funtastic prizes. Multiple names will be pulled each Friday during the month of February on the morning news! Good luck!