Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - April 21, 2015

Book Fair Under the Sea

April 30 through May 8, 2015

Palencia Media Center (The Pirate Cove)

Students will shop with their class during their Media Resource time starting April 30th with Resource Day B. Check with your child’s teacher if you would like to shop with your child. Our goal is to sell 3,400 books during our fair with proceeds going to our media center.


Teacher Preview – On Wednesday, April 29th from 2:30PM-3:30PM teachers will make wish baskets so that parents can purchase books for teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.

We also have great family events scheduled:
Donuts for Dads – Tuesday, May 5th from 7:30AM-8:30AM Muffins for Moms – Wednesday, May 6th from 7:30AM-8:30AM Family Night – Thursday, May 7th 5PM – 7PM

You can order from our On-Line Book Fair too! Online shopping begins on April 18th and ends May 8th.

Visit http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/palencia.

Please volunteer to help with the Book Fair at http://tinyurl.com/lh4mwc2. Class shopping schedules are listed at this link. Volunteers will receive a 10% discount on their purchases.

The Florida Reading Association Book Award

Throughout the year primary students have been reading 8 special books nominated by the Florida Reading Association during their media resource times. Now that we have finished reading the books students have voted for their favorite book. The votes are in and our school winner is Interrupting Chicken. The overall winner for Florida was also Interrupting Chicken. For more information on the FRA Book Award visit http://www.flreads.org/Book_Award/childrenftpage.htm.

It's Time to Find Your Overdue Books

If you have overdue media center books, now is the time to get them turned in. The deadline for returning books is May 22, 2015. The last day for check-out will be May 15, 2015. If your books are lost, below are a few tips on locating them.
Top 10 Places Library Books Hide

One book, two books, we have a bunch of new books!

Every week we add new books to the Pirate Cove Collection. Pictured below are some of the latest. Come check-out your favorites.

April's Non-Fiction AR Challenge can be completed using MackinVia.

The media center offers hundreds of non-fiction e-books that students can access with any internet device. MackinVia is the name of the software application that hosts our e-book collection. Your student can easily search for AR levels within MackinVia and then choose a book that is within their reading range. For details on how to access MackinVia go to http://www-pes.stjohns.k12.fl.us/media/mackinvia-ebooks-public-library-ebooks. There are even short videos that can be viewed to learn how to access our e-books.

In April students can read 4 books within the non-fiction genre. Then they take AR tests to show that they have actually read the books. To qualify for the challenge, students must read within their ZPD (reading range set by STAR Test) and pass the AR tests with a 70% or higher. Teachers will use a short form to sign-off on the student’s successful completion of the challenge. Finally, students can come to the media center to pick up their reward. Each challenge has a Brag Tag signifying the challenge and students will have their names announced on WPES. To see all of this year's challenges and download the recording sheet visit http://www-pes.stjohns.k12.fl.us/media/sample-page/ar-challenges.