Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of May 4, 2015

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2015-2016 South Carolina Book Award Nominees

It's time to start reading the nominees for the 2015-2016 South Carolina Book Awards! For a quick peek at the nominated titles, check out the Book Award videos on the Fork Shoals Library's YouTube channel.

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 of 2016.

Click here for a handy checkoff sheet to keep track of your Book Award reading!

4th Quarter Reading Challenge

Our final reading challenge for the year is underway. Your goal is to read as much as possible between now and May 22nd. Reading logs will be sent home and will be available in the library, on the school website, and here.

All reading logs will be due no later than Wednesday, May 27th. Prizes will be awarded to the top readers in each grade level, and every participant will receive recognition.

Remember to list books completed with page numbers. An adult must sign by each book completed, and all pages must be totaled at the end.

The last day for book checkout is Wednesday, May 20th. All library books must be turned in by Friday, May 22nd.

Book of the Week: Jedi Academy

Roan has always dreamed of going to pilot school, but what’s a poor kid on Tatooine to do when he’s not accepted? Roan is sure he’s going to end up at farm school, but he receives a letter that will change everything. Roan has been accepted into the Jedi Academy! He’ll study at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and learn all about the Force, lightsabers, and all that other cool Jedi stuff.

Roan is very nervous about this new adventure. What if he’s not Jedi material? Most of the other kids have been training since they were toddlers. How can Roan hope to catch up? Well, he’ll have some help from his teachers, including Jedi Master Yoda (who is a young 700-year-old in this book), and some new friends.

Will Roan have problems at the Jedi Academy? Sure! All middle schoolers do! Bullies, girls, learning new things, feeling unsure, exploding science fair projects, and finding a place to fit in. Roan goes through all of that, but he might just discover that he’s stronger than anyone (including Roan) ever realized. Is the Force strong in Roan? Read Jedi Academy to find out!

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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Dates to Remember:

  • May 4 - Progress reports; National Nurse's Day
  • May 7 - Moe's Night
  • May 7-8 - SCPASS science and social studies testing (grades 4-5)
  • May 10 - Mothers' Day
  • May 11 - SIC meeting, 7:30am; PTA meeting & Spring Concert, 6:30pm
  • May 12 - Chick-Fil-A Night
  • May 14-21 - Field Days (see teacher newsletters for specific dates)

SCPASS Testing (4th and 5th grades)

Students in fourth and fifth grades will take SCPASS science and social studies tests (May 7-8). SCPASS is an untimed test and will require students to answer multiple choice questions. The SCPASS test is aligned to state standards and what is taught in your child’s classroom. Your assistance in ensuring that students are at school and on-time and avoiding doctor’s appointments during the testing windows is greatly appreciated.

Calendar change reminders

Due to the make-up Snow Day on June 5th, the following calendar changes will occur:

  • June 2 is now a full day
  • June 3-5 are half days (noon dismissal)
  • June 5—Last day of school for students


Mark your calendars! Yearbook day is Wednesday, May 27th. Mrs. McLaney will reveal the winner of our cover contest that morning on the FSS morning news. At 9:00, we will distribute yearbooks starting with 5th grade and working our way down to K5. The next day, Thursday, May 28th, we will sell the few extras we have starting at 7:30 in the bell tower. It will be on a first come, first served basis. They will sell for $19.00, and checks should be made payable to Fork Shoals School.