Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of September 29, 2014

Save the Date: Star Wars Reads Day is coming soon!

If your kids (or the kid in you) are Star Wars fans, come celebrate the third annual Star Wars Reads Day at Fiction Addiction's new location (1175 Woods Crossing Rd.) on Saturday, October 11th, from 12-2pm. They will have Star Wars story time, a costume contest and other activities. They will also be serving Star Wars-themed refreshments.

For more information on other Star Wars Reads Day events, click here or follow Star Wars Reads on Facebook.

Be a Reading Warrior!

Fork Shoals is a proud participant in the Reading Warriors program. This program, sponsored by the Greenville Road Warriors ice hockey team, gives young readers the opportunity to earn a free ticket to the Reading Warriors Game Night by participating in the "Six for Sticks Challenge."

Reading logs and information for this program have been sent home. The Reading Warriors program runs now through the week of October 20th. Students may count books that they're reading for the school reading challenge.

Reading logs for the Reading Warriors program are due to Ms. Knight no later than Friday, October 24th.

The 1st quarter reading challenge is underway!

Your child's goal: Read as many pages as possible between now and October 23rd. Reading logs MUST be turned in to Ms. Knight no later than Tuesday, 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?

Use this reading log to document 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.

Book of the Week: Summer of the Gypsy Moths

While Stella’s flighty mother is drifting from one town to the next, Stella is sent to live with her Great Aunt Louise on Cape Cod. Even though Louise is kind of grumpy sometimes, Stella likes living with her. Louise keeps things nice, neat, and orderly, something Stella’s mom never did. Stella has high hopes that her mom will eventually settle in Cape Cod with her and Louise, and they’ll be a happy family.

One obstacle to that “happy family” scenario–along with Stella’s mom’s lack of reliability–may be Angel, a foster kid who’s also living with Louise. Angel and Stella are like oil and water, and they seem to work best when they stay far away from each other. Fate, however, seems to have other ideas.

When the girls discover that Louise has suddenly passed away, they must work together to decide what to do. Neither girl wants to go into group homes or anything like that, so they do the only thing they can think of. They keep Louise’s death a secret. They make up plausible excuses for Louise’s absence. They take care of the vacation cottages that Louise was responsible for. Stella takes comfort in cleaning, gardening, and keeping Louise’s prize blueberries alive. Both girls do what they must to survive as long as they can. It’s not easy, but Stella and Angel think they have no other choice. They must learn to rely on each other.

Both Stella and Angel have taken on more than any two kids should, but their predicament is bringing them closer together. They’re communicating, working together, and learning more about each other. They each have their own ways of coping with this horrible situation, and they’re doing the best they can.

But what happens when the secrecy finally becomes too much? When the truth is revealed, what will it mean for Stella, Angel, and their future? Will they find the sense of family and home they so desperately need? Will someone finally take care of them? Find out when you read Summer of the Gypsy Moths, a 14-15 South Carolina Book Award nominee by Sara Pennypacker!

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!

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Dates to Remember:

  • September 29 - PTA Family Fun Night
  • October 2 - Faculty Book Club, 3:15-4:15
  • October 7 - Skate Night @ Golden Skate, 6-8pm
  • October 9 - Bucky's BBQ/BINGO, 5-7pm
  • October 10 - Spirit Day
  • October 13 - SIC meeting, 7:30am; Boosterthon kickoff
  • October 16-17 - Teacher workdays (No school for students.)

PTA Family Fun Night

Join us on Monday, September 29th, for Family Fun Night! Pre-ordered meals can be picked up beginning at 6pm. A brief PTA/SIC meeting will be at 6:30 followed by a live auction for first in line car passes, special seating at holiday programs, and principal and assistant principal of the day. Our 5th grade teachers will host a few games of Bingo after that. Join in the fun!

Bucky's BBQ and BINGO Night

Help our 5th graders and join us on Thursday, October 9th, from 5-7pm, for Bucky’s BBQ and Bingo Night. Fifth graders attending the Washington, DC trip are pre-selling tickets for $10.00 BBQ plates. Carry out plates will be available. Meals can be purchased at the door but will be limited. Bingo will start at 6:30.