Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - April 8, 2015

Public Libary Visitors

We were delighted to have song and story time with Mr. Andy and Ms. Marcia today during Kindergarten ROW. These two awesome librarians are from the St. Johns County Public Library's Main Branch. Students enjoyed the bass and ukulele while singing some of Pete the Cat's Groovy Songs. Mr. Andy read the story Pirate Pete's: Talk Like a Pirate. We all learned about the fun activities for kids at the Public Library on Thursdays @ 4. Visit the libraries main calendar for more details on each week's activities.

Book Fair April 30 through May 8, 2014

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.


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

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

More details and on-line shopping links will be in next weeks Pirate Cove Connection.

April AR Challenge is Non-fiction

Each month the media center hosts an AR Challenge. 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.

The Pirate Cove Website

Our website can answer your questions:
  1. When does my child have media? Media Calendar
  2. What is AR and how does it work? Accelerated Reader
  3. When is the book fair? Scholastic Book Fair
  4. How can my child access Palencia's e-book collection? MackinVia
  5. What resources are offered at the Palencia Media Center Pirate Cove? Media Center Brochure
  6. How can I read past issues of the Pirate Cove Connection? Media Center Newsletter

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.


If you would like to take part in the Birthday Book Club, a donation of one new hard back book is requested. This book should be a book that your child really likes and one that we don’t have in the media center already. You can choose a new book at the book store or a book from the Book Fair. A quick check of our library catalog (Alexandria) will tell you if we already have the book. In lieu of a book, you may make a monetary donation of $15 and your child can choose from recently acquired books that are waiting to be processed.


For more information and to get a form please visit http://www-pes.stjohns.k12.fl.us./media/sample-page/birthday-book-club