Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - April 2016

Vote for Books - April 12

SSYRA Voting - April 12

Have you read 3 SSYRA books? Students who have read and passed an AR test on at least 3 SSYRA or SSYRA Jr. books are getting ready to vote for their favorite book. St. Johns County Election Officials will be setting up voting booths and distributing ballots in the PES Pirate Cove. The deadline to read 3 books is April 8.

We are going to have a Groovy Good Time at the Spring Book Fair!

April 26-May 6, 2016 in the Palencia Media Center (The Pirate Cove)

Purchase books to support our school and classroom libraries. Students will shop with their class during their Media Resource time starting April 26 with Resource Day D. Send in money with your child or join us for shopping times and special family events.

Teacher Wish Basket Party – Monday, April 25 from 3PM-4PM Teachers will make WISH BASKETS so parents can purchase books for classrooms.

We also have great family events scheduled:

Night of the Arts – Thursday, April 28 from 5PM-7:30PM

Muffins for Moms – Thursday, May 5 from 7:30AM-8:30A

Donuts for Dads – Friday, May 6, from 7:30AM-8:30AM

You can order from our On-Line Book Fair too! Online shopping begins on April 21.

Visit http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/palencia to order and to see a schedule of events.

Bingo for Books - March 30

The end of the 3rd nine weeks was right before Spring Break. Students who met their AR Goals were rewarded with Bingo and prizes in the Media Center. There is one more opportunity this school year to meet your AR goals. Keep reading Pirates!

3rd Annual Pirate Cove Book Swap Was a Success

For three years the Pirate Cove has had a book swap in the media center to celebrate Read Across America. Every student was able to get a book during the exchange and some students swapped several books. This exciting week also included a class door decorating contest. Mrs. Campbell's Class won for the primary grades and Mrs. K. Worthington's class won the door contest for intermediate grades. Each of the winning classes received a new Dr. Seuss book to add to their classroom libraries.

Plastic Bags are a BIG DEAL! - Protect your library books. Please donate large bags.

Wishy Life Buddies

Kindergarten enjoyed an author visit during Resource on Wednesday (ROW) before Spring Break from Tiffany Oliva the author of Wishy Life Buddies: The Original Easter Tradition. This story provides families with a sneaky, seasonal pal who gives treats, rewards and encouraging messages to well-behaved children during the Easter season. The story and gift set can be purchased at http://www.wishylife.com .

What are we learning in Media this month?

1. Media Center resources that can be accessed from the Pirate Cove Website (Media Center Website)
  • Destiny Library Catalog - Dewey Decimal System
  • Digital Citizenship - Digital Passport and Net Smartz Kids
  • Book Fair Preview
2. Voting for Books - FRA, SSYRA and SSYRA Jr.
  • Pictures - Do they appeal to you and do they make the story better?
  • Plot/Theme/Subject - Does the topic 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?

Our Battle Team

Payton P.

Brody H.

Ethan B.

Alexandria K.

Riley H.

Elizabeth S.

Cameron S.


April 8 - Read 3 books to vote on April 12

May 6 - SSYRA Deadline for Awards. Read 5 books to join the Ice Cream Sunday Party

May 10 - Battle of the Books South at Sebastian Middle 10:00AM

May 16 and 17 - Ice Cream Sunday Party

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.