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PES Media Center News - September 2017
We had a great month!
Media Calendar Page and Bags
Accelerated Reader is program that allows students to read books that have been leveled by readability and then take a test that determines their understanding of the book. AR tests can only be taken at school, but the books can be found many places.
Quizzes: Students will read books within their independent reading levels (ZPD). Then they will take a test on the computer to check their understanding or comprehension of the story. The quizzes have 5-10 questions depending on the level of the book. Students will receive points for the quizzes they pass. The goal is to maintain an average quiz score of 85% or above while reading on level.
At Home: Parents can check to see if a book is AR or on a student’s level by going to http://www.arbookfind.com. Student progress can be monitored by going to https://hosted81.renlearn.com/707343/HomeConnect. Use the following information to log-in. These usernames and passwords are new!
Username: s + student number
Password: first and last name initials + student number
Microsoft Office for Teachers and Students
September is National Library Card Month
SSYRA and SSYRA JR
Each year students are challenged to read books from the Sunshine State Reader list. There are 15 books on the list for grades 3-5. There are also 15 books for first and second grade in the SSYRA Jr. program. Once students have read at least 3 books and passed an AR test with 70% accuracy, they are eligible to vote for their favorite book. There will be incentives for reading each of the books. For more information and a list of books, visit the PES Media Center website.
MackinVia Ebooks - Password Change
Click the links below the book covers to read the e-books we have about fall.
Are your ready for fall?
Are you ready for fall?
Rustad, Martha E. H.
Daisy's Fall Festival
Coming September 15 - International Dot Day
"International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.
The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe."- http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/get-started
Check out this blog with dots created by authors, illustrators and celebrities all around the world who wish to encourage creativity. See dots created by authors Sharon Creech, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Kristin Tubb, Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, as well as Carole Hart of Sesame Street fame and Craig Bartlett, creator of Hey Arnold! and PBS KIDS’ Dinosaur Train.
ColAR app creationsThe ColAR app has been created so that students can now color their own dot design and then see it in 3D form through the technology of augmented reality. Students' designs come alive. More information can be found on the FableVision Learning blog - http://fablevisionlearning.com/blog/
What will we be learning in media this month?
2. Accessing the media center website
4. SSYRA and SSYRA Jr. - Book Trailers and Rewards
5. International Dot Day
Birthday Book Club
The Palencia Elementary School Media Center’s Birthday Book Club is a wonderful way to commemorate your child’s birthday. Your participation not only enriches the library collection but allows you and your child to be personally involved in its growth.
To take part in the Birthday Book Club donate one new undamaged hardback book. This book should be a book that your child enjoys and one that we don’t have in the media center already. You can choose a new book at the book store or a new book from the Book Fair. A quick check of our library catalog (Destiny) will tell you if we already have the book. If you would prefer, you may make a monetary donation of $15 and your child can choose from recently acquired books that are waiting to be put on the shelves. For more information, contact the media center.
Scholastic Book Fair October 18-27, 2017
Students will shop with their class during their Media Resource time. Check with your child’s teacher if you would like to shop with your child. Book fair flyers will go home with students the week of October 9.
- Teacher Preview – Tuesday, October 17 from 3PM-4PM Teachers will make wish baskets so that parents can purchase books for teachers during the fair.
We also have great family events scheduled:
- Donuts for Dads – Tuesday, October 24 from 7:30AM-8:30AM
- Muffins for Moms – Wednesday, October 25 from 7:30AM-8:30AM
- Pumpkin Character Contest/Family Night - Thursday, October 26 5:30-7:30
Our Numbers for August 2017
Number of Books Checked Out - 3239
Number of E-books Viewed - 5
Number of Classes - 93
Number of New Books and Magazines Added - 180
Most Check-outs by a Student - Jacob C.
Most Check-outs by a Teacher - Mrs. Simpson Third Grade