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VRA Media Center News - January 2020

Resolve to Read in 2020!

The Media Center is filled with new books that are perfect to meet your reading resolutions. Our collection is growing thanks to our PTO Book Fair. Many books have been added to the early chapter books, picture books and middle school books. We know you will find something just right to read.

Please use this newsletter to discover all the exciting literacy programs, reading challenges, district resources and "Maker Opportunities" the media center has to offer throughout the year. You will find this newsletter posted on the VRA Media Center homepage. Past newsletters are posted at Media News.

Easy Ways to Get Your Kids to Read More This Year by Melissa Taylor

Start the new year off with these great ideas on motivating reading at home. The article is broken down into all age groups and has quick and easy ideas.

Easy Ways to Get Your Kids to Read More This Year by Melissa Taylor

Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! January 27 - 31

During this week Valley Ridge Academy will join our state in celebrating all things reading. This year's theme is "Book Your Trip; Adventure Awaits." Help us celebrate by participating in the following events.

Events for the week are...

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

Root for the 3-5 SSYRA Battle Team as they compete in the Battle of the Books!

Tuesday: Hunt Down a Good Book - wear your camouflage clothes and find something to read

Wednesday: Wear Words Wednesday - wear clothes with school appropriate words on them and read all day long

Buddy Reading Day - team up with your reading buddies and enjoy a good book!

Thursday: Thinking Cap Thursday - wear a hat while reading a book or magazine.

Root for the Middle School SSYRA Battle Team as they compete in the Battle

of the Books!

Friday: Students check-out a book from the media center and read while you enjoy the day off. Teachers join us in the media center for a Digital Literacy Resources Presentation.

Parents can support Magazine Monday by giving teachers kid appropriate magazines that they might have to share. Back copies of Ranger Rick, Highlights, or Nat Geo Kids are great examples of magazines that motivate reading!

January's Reading Challenge

Do you like to read and check-out books? Each time in the month of January that students and teachers check-out a book, they will be given a colored sticker. The sticker will then be placed on our mosaic poster. The image will not appear until all the stickers have been placed on the mosaic. What do you think the image will be?

The VRA Media Center Workroom

Have you noticed there are new additions to our Media Center workroom? Before our winter break we added a great new Button Maker, a handy Book Binder and a Cover One binding repair machine. In addition we are working to grow our professional collection that lives in the workroom and we are adding to the workroom bulletin board with relevant information you may need as members of the Hawk Family. Mrs. Frericks recommended Teach Like a Pirate and we have added it to our collection. Let the media center staff know if you have additions that you would like to add.

Our Numbers for December 2019

Number of Books Checked Out - 2,701

Number of E-books Viewed - 15

Open Access Visits - 801
Number of Class Visits - 82
Number of New Books and Magazines Added - 146
Most Check-outs by an Elementary Student - Danielle from Ms. Yarbrough's Class 37 Books

Most Check-outs by a Middle School Student - Mathew O. - 36 Books

Most Class Check-outs - Ms. Yarbrough 163 Books

Most Check-outs by Grade Level - Third Grade 424 Books

Middle School Check-outs - 123 Books

Most Professional Book Check-outs - Ms. Frericks

Most Check-outs by a Teacher - Ms. Pounder 77 Books

December's Character Ornament Challenge

In December the media center enjoyed getting some awesome character ornaments to display. Students read extensively from our holiday collection of books and shared their creativity. Below are just a few examples of the great ornaments we had on display. If you turned in an ornament and would like to take it home, come by the media center to pick it up. They are waiting for you.

SSYRA Battle of the Books

We have two awesome teams of readers who are preparing for the ultimate reading competition called Battle of the Books. There are two competitions, one for the elementary students in the north part of the county and one for the middle school students that encompasses the whole district. The events will take place on January 27th and January 30th at FCTC during the school day. We will take our teams on the field studies to compete. Students will be given quotes from the 15 SSYRA books that they have been reading over the past year. The team will need to decide which of the books the quotes come from. The team with the most correct answers after 3 rounds is the winner and takes home a fabulous trophy.
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Our Awesome SSYRA Readers 3-5 and Middle School

Grades 6-8

Sam G. - 15

Lily H. - 15

Sanjana - 10

Kruti - 10

Grades 3-5

Kira S. - 15

Trevor R. - 15

Maia P. - 15

Nathan L. - 15

Mihika C. - 15

Sophia I. - 15

Xavier P. - 15

Bridget W. - 15

Sree A. - 15

Mariia R. - 15

J.C. A. - 15

Danielle P. - 15

For more information and a list of books, visit the VRA Media Website or see the link below. Names updated at the beginning of the month.

SSYRA Jr. Readers

Thomas F. - 15

Richie D. - 15

Nolan M. - 15

Kason R. - 15

Emily R. - 15

Lucas V. - 14

Alexis S. - 13

Kayla B. - 12

Christopher T. -11

Joseph N. - 11

Lucas K. - 11

Nathan T. - 11

Brooklyn G. - 10

Capri G. - 10

Jessie T. - 10

Bucks for Buttons PBIS Reward Grades 3-8

Bucks for Buttons is a big hit with our Hawks. We will continue offering button design rewards for students for 2 Hawk Bucks. Get a design template from the media center. Turn in your design and 2 Hawk Bucks to make a button on January 10, 17, and 24.
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What will we be learning in media this month?

1. Wintertime STEAM Stations

2. Historical Connections - Winnie: the True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie the Pooh

3. Point of View - firsthand and secondhand accounts with Martin Luther King

4. Battle of the Books Team Practice

5. Inky the Octopus - Non-fiction text features and SSYRA Jr.

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 by Lindsay Mattick

Our Awesome Volunteers - Mrs. Postell

Mrs. Postell helps in the media center in the mornings when it is our busiest time of the day. You'll find her shelving books and helping students look for books and take Book Taco quizzes. She is a very popular volunteer, so we are lucky to have her twice a week. Her smiling face makes everyone feel welcome in the library. Come by and tell her "Thank you, for volunteering!" VRA loves their volunteers.

MackinVia Ebooks and Audio Books

On the go ... download the MackinVia App on your phone or tablet. Login to MackinVia with your student number including the 's' and your district password (same as I-ready and HAC). Select an ebook or an audio book then download the book to your device. Read or listen to your story and enjoy. If you don't know your username and password, you can request it from your teacher. Click this link to go directly to MackinVia books about Wintertime or click the images below.

Birthday Book Club

The Valley Ridge Academy 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 hardcover book (not a board 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.

The following is included with your enrollment;

- A special book plate placed inside the front cover of the donated book with your child’s name and birthday.

- A photo will be taken of your child with the book he/she chooses and will be displayed in the media center and online in the Valley Ridge Reader. This photo will be sent home with your child at the end of the year to keep and enjoy.

- Your child will be the first to read and/or check-out the book that he/she


For more information, contact the media center or fill out the form attached below.

Happy Birthday to our Book Club Hawks!

Valley Ridge Academy Media Center

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 and a love of reading is at the heart of our program.