Fork Shoals Library Ledger
News for the week of November 9, 2015
The Book Fair starts this Friday!
Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.
Book Fair dates: Friday, November 13th-Friday, November 20th
- Friday, November 13th – 8am-3pm
- Monday, November 16th – 8am-7pm
- Tuesday, November 17th-Thursday, November 19th – 8am-3pm
- Friday, November 20th – 7:15am-noon
We accept cash, checks (made payable to Fork Shoals School), and all major credit cards. 6% sales tax is added to all purchases.
If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair. Our online Fair is available from November 8th to November 21st, and all purchases ship free to the school.
"Big Game" entry cards due today!
All contest entry cards for the "Read Your Way to the Big Game" contest are due to your child's teacher no later than Monday, November 9th.
All students who meet the six-book challenge qualify for the grand prize--a trip to the Palmetto Bowl (otherwise known as the Carolina/Clemson game)!
If you need copies of the reading log, student entry card, or bookmark, please click here.
Are you interested in joining the Battle of the Books team?
If you want to participate in Battle of the Books, please complete this form and return it to Ms. Knight in the Library no later than Monday, November 30th. Please have a parent sign this form to be sure that you both understand what is involved. If you have any questions please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the library blog for more information on this program.
We will have practices on Tuesdays after school from 2:30 until 3:00, and Wednesday mornings before school from 7:30 -7:55. The first after school practice will be on Tuesday, December 1st. We will only have afternoon practices in December, and we’ll add morning practices in January.
Regional and final competition dates will be announced as soon as they are finalized.
The 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge has begun!
List books (with page numbers) as you complete them. Add your total number of pages read during the 2nd quarter. *Please print clearly and total your pages at the end!*
If you need extra reading logs, click here.
November is Picture Book Month!
Not sure what to read? Start with this year's South Carolina Picture Book Award nominees. You can also visit one of Ms. Knight's blogs, Knight Reader Junior. Click on the "Recommended Picture Books" page, and select a few books to help you observe this month-long celebrations of reading!
Book of the Week: Gingersnap
The year is 1944, and war continues to hold the world in its grips. Jayna knows it’s just a matter of days before her big brother Rob, the only family she has, will be deployed on a ship headed for the fighting in the Pacific. Jayna tries to put on a brave face, but she’s not happy about being separated from her brother once again, and she doesn’t want to live with Celine, their grumpy landlady, while Rob is away.
After Rob leaves for duty, Jayna is comforted by her turtle Theresa, cooking soup, and by an odd presence that seems vaguely familiar. Is this a ghost? If so, who is it, and what does it want with Jayna?
When Jayna receives the devastating news that her brother is missing in action, this “ghost” leads the girl back to their house and to an old box in a closet. There Jayna finds an old blue cookbook and the address of a Brooklyn bakery called Gingersnap (which happens to be Jayna’s nickname).
Jayna, though scared and unsure, sees the bakery’s name as a sign, and she packs up her turtle, the blue cookbook, and most of her belongings and sets off for an uncertain future and a grandmother she’s never known. Jayna is accompanied by the voice of her ghostly companion, and she eventually arrives in Brooklyn. What she finds there, however, may not be exactly what she expected.
Jayna is very confused about her current circumstances and what will happen to her should her brother never return. She likes being in Brooklyn and the friends she’s made, but what if Rob never comes back to her? What if he’s gone forever? Jayna seeks out her ghostly friend to give her some measure of help, but she doesn’t know if that will be enough to keep her brother safe or to preserve the little family she’s made for herself in Brooklyn.
What will become of young Jayna in this time of turmoil? Read Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff to find out!
Gingersnap is a nominee for the 15-16 South Carolina Children's Book Award as well as a Battle of the Books title.
Are you reading the SC Book Award nominees?
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!
Dates to Remember:
- November 9 - SIC meeting, 7:30am; Veteran's Day lunch
- November 10 - Chick-fil-A Night
- November 11 - Coffee with the Principal/Internet Safety presentation, 8am
- November 13 - Square 1 Art orders due; Book Fair opens
- November 13-20 - Book Fair
- November 20 - Spirit Day; Dynamite Dads breakfast, 7:30