Valley Ridge Reader
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.
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
The VRA Media Center Workroom
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
SSYRA Battle of the Books
Our Awesome SSYRA Readers 3-5 and Middle School
Sam G. - 15
Lily H. - 15
Sanjana - 10
Kruti - 10
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.
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.
Our Awesome Volunteers - Mrs. Postell
MackinVia Ebooks and Audio Books
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
donated!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.