If you are a third or fourth grader here at Shallowford Falls and are a super reader, you might be interested in being on the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team next year. It's a lot of work, but it makes you a better reader and a smarter student. What do you have to do to be on the team?
1. Read all 16 Georgia Book Award books (more than once!)
2. Write practice questions for our drills.
3. Attend practice one day a week after school.
4. Be competitive.
5. Be a team player.
Here are the books that will be read next year for our reading bowl team.
Appelt, Kathi The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
Burg, Ann Serafina's Promise
Deedy, Carmen Agra The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale
Engle, Margarita Mountain Dog
Evans, Richard Paul Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25
Grabenstein, Chris Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Hiaasen, Carl Chomp
Hunt, Lynda One for the Murphys
Korman, Gordon Ungifted
LaFleur, Suzanne Eight Keys
Levine, Kristin Lions of Little Rock
Leyson, Leon The Boy on the Wooden Box
Nielsen, Jennifer The False Prince
Shurtliff, Liesl Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
We would like to thank everyone who puchased books and volunteered at the Book Fair. We had a very successful fair and even did better than we did last year (always our goal). We could never have the program we have without the extra funds that come in through book fair sales. With these funds, we are able to buy items that we cannot purchase with state funds. These items are used in the media center, studio and classroom. Thank you so much for all you do to make our book fairs run smoothly. You are the best!!
We are purchasing new books for the media center very soon. Do you have an amazing book you'd like for us to have for checkout? Email Mrs. Kelley and let her know. It must be age appropriate for elementary school. We want to buy what you want to read!
Last week I attended the Georgia Children's Literature Conference in Athens, GA. One of the reasons I wanted to go to the conference was that Jennifer Holm was a featured author. She's one of my favorites, and I often recommend her books to girls who want to read touching and meaningful stories. I was thrilled to hear her speak about how important her family is to her writing. She worte about her mother's family in Penny from Heaven, and as she spoke, I realized that I had so many connections to my own childhood and family in her work. I got to talk with her after her presentation and she was as friendly and genuine as her characters. Just wanted to share my happy experience with you, and I hope your child has a chance to meet a favorite author at some point in his/her life.
Our incredible Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team placed fourth in our Northern division championship on Saturday, February 22. The other teams were so fantasic (just like us) and it was a tough competition. We're so proud of our team for keeping every round close and fighting hard to win. You all are the best!! Thanks to your wonderful parents for being so supportive and positive all season long!
Our great readers are now Cobb County champions after winning the Cobb County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl on Saturday, January 18. All nine of our team members were great competitors and displayed the best manners and sportsmanship at the bowl. We're all so proud of the way you represented our school. The next bowl will be on February 1 at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. Great going, foxes!