Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - January 2018

Warm Up with a Good Book

Please use this newsletter to discover all the exciting literacy programs the media center has to offer throughout the year. You can subscribe by clicking FOLLOW at the top of the newsletter and add your email. Please stop by the media center and get a media brochure or check-out our Pirate Cove website.
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We Have New Media Bags - Please use them and bring them to media classes.

A Wrinkle In Time Challenge for 3rd-5th Grade

Have you heard of the Newbery Award winning book A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle? A new movie version of the book is coming out in early March. The movie trailer is posted below. The PES challenge is to read the book and pass an AR test. Students who accomplishes this goal will be entered into a contest for two tickets to see the movie and a brag tag! We have about 25 copies of the book in the library. Come check out yours and take the challenge. The Deadline is March 2.

Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! January 22-26 - Find Yourself in a Book

During this week Palencia will join our state in celebrating all things reading. The theme this year is "find yourself in a book." We will be celebrating with a week full of these fun activities.

Monday: Magazine Monday - students will read magazines during independent reading time

Tuesday: Hunt Down a Good Book - wear your camouflage clothes

Wednesday: Wear Words - wear clothes with words on them

Thursday: Buddy Reading Day - intermediate classes will read with primary classes

Friday: Flashlight Friday – bring a flashlight and read

What will we be learning in media this month?

1. Media Center Resources that can be accessed from the Pirate Cove Website (Media Center Website)
  • Reading Resolutions and our Media Center Reading Survey
  • New Year Customs with Brain Pop
  • Accelerated Reader - what are goals and how can I check my progress in order to set my reading resolutions
  • Pete the Cat Celebrates New Year's - What is a resolution?
2. Evaluating Books - how to choose great books
  • Pictures - Do they appeal to you and do they make the story better?
  • Plot/Theme/Subject - Does the plot of the story make you think or teach a lesson? Do you and other children like the topic of the story?
  • Characters - Can you relate to the characters? Are the characters funny or appealing in some way?
  • Author/Illustrator - Does the author have a reputation for good books? Do you like other books by that author?
3. Florida Reading Association Books - voting for our favorite books
  • Douglas, You Need Glasses! - Ebook on MackinVia
  • Memoirs of a Parrot - What is a memoir? What is a biography?
4. Digital Citizenship
  • Digital Citizenship with Net Smartz Kids and Digital Passport
  • Digital Etiquette with BrainPop

Congratulations to all the Students that Met Their AR Goal

MackinVia Ebooks for Winter Time

PES students and families have access to 1700 e-books to read via MackinVIA. Some books are interactive, some can be used as a read aloud, while others are simply a standard book to be read online. Click the links below the book covers to read the e-books we have about Christmas. Username = Student # Password = pirates. Click the linked words for additional books about Winter Time.

Winnie the Pooh Day - A. A. Milne's Birthday January 18

Celebrate the amazing A. A. Milne’s birthday this month by reading Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick. You'll love this biographical picture book that shares the true story of Winnie the Bear. Of course you won't want to miss a classic Winnie the Pooh Tale too. You might also like Pooh games, videos and other activities on Disney's Winnie the Pooh site.
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

Bubble Gum Days - January 29- February 9

During this time students are invited to chew bubble gum during their media resource time. This holiday is traditionally a library fundraiser. We will collect quarters during media resource and use the proceeds to purchase new Bubble Gum print books and e-books for the media center. The best part of bubble gum days are the stories we read and the bubble gum we chew. Look for bubble gum fun ideas in next month's Pirate Cove Connection.

World Read Aloud Day - Feb. 1

"World Read Aloud Day is an annual event where people all over the world read aloud as a way to advocate for literacy. This event is run by a nonprofit organization called LitWorld. Their mission is to provide reading and writing opportunities to young children around the world. This year World Read Aloud Day takes place on February 1." ~Kelly Hincks

Early Spring Book Fair - March 12-20 2018

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5th Annual Book Exchange starting in May

Volunteer Profiles - Meet Ms. Char

Ms. Char is one of our go to volunteers in the media center. She helps with our Book Fair each Spring and Fall. You might see her helping students checking out books or adding an extra pair of helping hands during special events. She is also the magic behind library displays and laminating projects in the media center. We are so very happy to have her helping in the library.

Our Awsome SSYRA Readers

Parmis - 15

Aaron L. - 15

Hannah B. - 15

Liam C. - 15

Nick V. - 13

Graham - 14

Isabella M. - 14

Catiria - 10

Max T. 10

James E. - 10

Julianna U. - 14

Jack K. - 9

Will L. - 8

Vrinda - 8

Emma M. - 9

Ethan C - 8

Gabby B. - 9

Kayleigh R. - 9

Kendall S. 7

For more information and a list of books, visit the PES Media Center website.

SSYRA Jr. Fantastic Readers

Lana S. - 15
Finley - 15
Brody G. - 15

Liam - 12

Mikey 12

Isaac - 11

Braeden H. - 11
Payton - 9
Riley - 9
Smiriti - 8

Our Numbers for December 2017

Number of Books Checked Out - 3,208
Number of E-books Viewed - 429
Number of Classes - 94
Number of Magazines Checked-out - 37
Most Check-outs by a Student - Harlow from Mrs. Devlin's Class 15

Class with the Most Check-outs - Mrs. Bozard's Class 103
Most Check-outs by a Teacher - Mrs. Simpson 40

Number of New Books Added - 42

10 Most Checked Out Books in December

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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.

Palencia Elementary Media Center - The Pirate Cove

The mission of the library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas, information and technology. Creating a foundation for lifelong learning is at the heart of our program, so that we are prepared to set sail into tomorrow’s world.