Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - October 2015

Fall into a Good Book in October

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.

Book Fair October 8-16, 2015

October 8-16, 2015 in the Palencia Media Center (The Pirate Cove)

Purchase books to support our school and classroom libraries. Proceeds go directly to our school media center materials and programs. Students will shop with their class during their Media Resource time starting October 8 with Resource Day B. Send in money with your child or join us for shopping times and special family events.

Teacher Preview – Wednesday, October 7 from 3PM-4PM Teachers will make wish baskets so that parents can purchase books for classrooms.

We also have great family events scheduled:

Donuts for Dads – Friday, October 9 from 7:30AM-8:30AM

Muffins for Moms – Tuesday, October 13 from 7:30AM-8:30AM

Legos and Literature – Thursday, September 15 from 5PM – 7PM Join us for a Lego Literature contest. Bring your entry to the fair. Projects will be judged and 3 winners will get $25 to spend at the book fair. Pick up an entry form from your teacher or the media center.

You can order from our On-Line Book Fair too! Online shopping begins on Oct. 2.

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

Please volunteer to help with the Book Fair at


Volunteers will receive a 10% discount on their purchases.

Legos and Literature October 15, 2015

Our evening Book Fair event will host a LEGO creation project contest. Students will make a creation that represents a character, setting, or any other feature from a favorite book using LEGO pieces from home. LEGO creations may be completed by individuals or groups of students. Look for more information coming home with your Book Fair flyer or visit the media center website to download an application.

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.

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. This photo will be sent home with your child at the end of the year to keep and enjoy.

- An opportunity to share the book on WPES Morning News on the day of your child’s birthday.

- Your child will be the first to check-out the book that he/she donated!

This is a very special honor and a gift that keeps on giving to all who use the Palencia Elementary Media Center. If you would like to donate a book for your child’s birthday, please fill out the form below and send it to the media center with the book or donation at least 2 weeks prior to your child’s birthday. Monetary donations should be made out to Palencia Elementary. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Ayrish or Mrs. Degutis at Shannon.ayrish@stjohns.k12.fl.us or call (904) 547-4037.

Accelerted Reader

Accelerated Reader is program that allows students to read books that have been leveled by readability and then take a test that determines their understanding of the book. AR tests are taken at school, but the books can be found many places.

Quizzes: Students will read books within their independent reading levels (ZPD). Then they will take a test on the computer to check their understanding or comprehension of the story. The quizzes have 5-10 questions depending on the level of the book. Students will receive points for the quizzes they pass. The goal is to maintain an average quiz score of 85% or above while reading on level.

At Home: Parents can check to see if a book is AR or on a student’s level by going to http://www.arbookfind.com. Student progress can be monitored by going to . Use the following information to log-in https://hosted81.renlearn.com/707343/HomeConnect/.

Username: student number

Password: pes