Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - March 2018

Hat's Off to Reading

Get connected to the exciting literacy programs in our media center. Below you will find highlights of our up coming events, special books, super readers, birthday book club members and much more. The Pirate Cove is your place to connect with books.

Wrinkle in Time Challenge Deadline is Friday March 2.

Read Across America Week Feb. 26 - March 2

Monday – “Thing 1, Thing 2 Day”

Find a friend and dress like twins

Tuesday – “Oh The Places You’ll Go Day”

Dress like “what you want to be when you grow-up”

Wednesday – “Wacky Inside Out Wednesday”

Wear you shirt inside out

Thursday – “Fox in Socks”

Wear fun or mismatched socks

Friday – Favorite Dr. Seuss Character Day

Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss Character

PAWS for Books Book Fair March 12-20

March 12-20, 2018 in the PES Pirate Cove

Purchase books to support our school and classroom libraries. Students shop with their class during their Media Resource time and other times added to the schedule starting March 12 with Resource Day G. Check with your child’s teacher if you would like to shop with your child.

  • Teacher Preview – Monday, March 12 from 3:00PM-4:00PM Teachers can make wish baskets so that parents can purchase books for classrooms.

We also have “Puurrfectly” fun family events scheduled:

  • Donuts for Dads – Wednesday, March 14 from 7:30AM-8:30AM
  • Mojos and Magic Family Night - Thursday, March 15 5:00PM-7:00PM. We are excited to welcome Mark Allen the Magician. His show will begin at 5:30.
  • Paws for Books Pet Photo Contest – Show us how much fun your pet has reading with you. Enter an 8x10-color photo by March 15. Winners in each grade will win Book Bucks.
  • March 16 No School, Plenty of Books at the Book Fair – open 10-2 for shopping
  • Muffins for Moms – Tuesday, March 20 from 7:30AM-8:30AM


Volunteers will receive a 10% discount on their purchases. You can sign-up at the media center website or the PTO website. Visit http://www.scholastic.com/bf/palenciaelementaryschool - for online orders, eWallet sign-up, book flyer and book fair apps.

*We can no longer accepts checks at the book fair. Cash, Charge and eWallet.*

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MackinVia Ebooks for Dr. Seuss and Pets

PES students and families have access to 1750 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 book covers to read the e-books we have about Dr. Seuss . Username = Student # with S Password = District Password. Click the linked words for additional books about Dr. Seuss Books and Pets.

Our Numbers for February 2018

Number of Books Checked Out - 4,078
Number of E-books Viewed - 2,289
Number of Classes - 122
Number of Magazines Checked-out - 75
Most Check-outs by a Student - Vrinda 20 books

Class with the Most Check-outs - Mrs. Ledford's Class 187 books
Most Check-outs by a Teacher - Mrs. Simpson 105 books

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Volunteer Profiles - Meet Ms. Lana

Ms. Lana is our ever faithful Book Fair volunteer. She helps out almost everyday and with many of our special events. We love having her cheerful smile helping out on busy days. When she is not volunteering in the Pirate Cove, you can probably find her combing the beach in search of turtle nests. She works with other volunteers to count the nests in order to protect our area's sea turtles.

Super SSYRA Readers

Parmis - 15

Aaron L. - 15

Hannah B. - 15

Liam C. - 15

Nick V. - 15

Graham - 15

Isabella M. – 15

Emlynn - 15

Catiria – 14

Max T. 15

James E. - 15

Julianna U. - 15

Jack K. – 12

Carlyn - 10

Russel - 9

Will L. - 9

Vrinda - 14

Emma M. - 13

Ethan C - 10

Gabby B. - 14

Kayleigh R. - 11

Lindsey G. - 10

Jackson M. - 9

Ethan E. - 10

Gabby C. - 9


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


If a student reads 3 or more SSYRA or SSYRA Jr. books they are eligible to vote on April 10. Once students have read 10 or more books they are eligible to participate in the Battle of the Books test which will determine our Battle team members. The battle test is March 22, 2017. Keep reading pirates!

Awesome SSYRA Jr. Readers

Lana S. – 15

Finley – 15

Brody G. - 15

Lauren G. - 15

Aidan B. - 15

Avery R. - 15

Kahleb B. - 15

Ryan G. - 13

Bennett - 15

Portland - 10

Liam - 12

Mikey - 15

Isaac – 10

Braeden H. - 15
Payton - 9
Riley - 9
Smiriti – 15

Luke C. – 12

Kelek - 9

Harrison - 9

SSYRA and SSYRA Jr. Voting April 10 in the Media Center

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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)
  • Dr. Seuss Trivia and Biography - Wrote over 60 books, pen name, rhyme, moral lesson
  • What is a call number and how do I find books searching Destiny?
  • Book Fair Book Talks - what are the latest books that will be in the book fair this spring
  • Bookmark Orgami
2. Evaluating Books - FRA, SSYRA and SSYRA Jr.
  • VOTING April 10 in the Media Center
  • 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?
3. Florida Reading Association Books - voting for our favorite books

App of the Month - Socrative

Socrative is a great way to use technology for formative assessments with any type of internet device. It is your app for fun and effective classroom engagement. Get instant insight into student learning with easy-to-create quizzes, polls, exit tickets and more! There is a free and a pro edition for educators.

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.