Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of January 12, 2015

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It's the last week for the 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge!

There's still time to participate in our 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge! It runs through this Thursday, 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.

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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.

Practices are held each Tuesday afternoon, 2:30-3:00, and each 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.

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

Book of the Week: Dangerous Waters

Patrick Waters wants to work. He wants to be seen as valuable to his family, particularly his big brother James, who has a job in the engine room of the new ship, Titanic. One night, Patrick gets the chance of a lifetime. He finds a way to sneak aboard and work on the Titanic himself, but he’s not exactly cut out for the engine room. (He’s only twelve, after all.) Instead, Patrick finds a place as a steward on the mammoth ocean liner, and this position will change his life forever…

Patrick catches the eye of a wealthy passenger, Harry Elkins Widener, and eventually becomes the man’s private steward, not realizing that this new job will lead him down an intriguing and dangerous path. Harry is in possession of a rare and valuable book, and there are a couple of nefarious types on board who will do anything to steal such a prize.

Patrick isn’t sure what’s so special about this old book, so he does whatever he can to learn more. It seems this book may have the key to unlocking the most powerful force in the world, and some people will do anything–even kill–to learn its secrets. Patrick does his best to help Harry protect the book, but the Titanic is on a path that could put Patrick’s quest–and his very life–in jeopardy…

As the Titanic makes its way to its eventual demise, Patrick is trying to keep himself, his brother, Harry, and his precious book safe. In the process, Patrick discovers his own strengths and what really matters to him.

Will Patrick be able to save Harry’s book from those bent on stealing it? And will he be able to save himself from the tragedy that is to come? Join Patrick on his adventure aboard the Titanic when you read Dangerous Waters by Gregory Mone, a nominee for this year's South Carolina Children's Book Award!

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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Dates to Remember:

  • 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 22 - Spirit Night at Bellacino's
  • January 23 - Report cards
  • January 26 - Family Reading Night, 6:30pm
  • January 30 - Spirit Day

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!

Labels for Education and Box Tops

Turn in your Labels for Education and Box Tops by this Wednesday, January 14th. Classes with the most of each will be recognized. Visit our school website for details.

Attendance, Tardies, and Morning Arrival

If you arrive after 8:00 and a staff member is not on duty, please remember that an adult must walk the child into the building. Remember that good attendance is important to student success. Please have your child arrive to school on time and only get early dismissals when absolutely necessary.

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.