Valley Ridge Reader

========VRA Media Center News - May 2020=========


Get connected to the exciting literacy programs in our media center even when you are at home. Below you will find highlights of our upcoming events, special books, super readers, birthday book club members and much more. The Valley Ridge Media Center can help you with all your learning needs. Use this newsletter to guide you to all we have to offer our Hawk School Family.


We've reorganized the Digital Resources newsletter so you can easily find what you're looking for. Find online books to read or hear, watch great reading videos from actors, writers, educators and of course, Ryan & Craig, see current events, newspapers and interesting discoveries. Click on the link and start exploring.


Happy Children's Book Week! Please enjoy this Choice Board with great stories to read. In addition there are activities to do and stories to listen to. Our access to Capstone is Username: continue, Password: reading. Our VRA Epic class code is wrq8906.


We are so excited to announce the VRA Summer Reading Challenge! Help avoid the summer slide, be more prepared for next school year, and earn fun prizes. All VRA students can participate-find your grade and start reading. All the details can be found here.


Please join us in the Media Center Schoology group Friday and everyday for fun activities and discussions. You'll find the VRA Morning News posted every weekday, featuring a different teacher each day. You can connect from there to our online library or message Mrs. Ayrish Booysen, Mrs. Townsend or Mrs. Powell. We miss you and want to hear how you're doing.

Find your grade-level Media Center Schoology group. They are called Groups, not Courses, because everything we do is for fun and not tied to grades. Most students are already enrolled in their grade level groups, but if you find that you are not, below are the names and links to the Media Center Groups. Click on the link and request to become a member. We will host "Find a Book Friday" in these groups and a Middle School Book Club.

VRA Media Center SSYRA 6-8

VRA Media Center SSYRA Fifth Grade

VRA Media Center SSYRA Fourth Grade

VRA Media Center SSYRA Third Grade

VRA Media Center SSYRA Junior Second Grade

VRA Media Center K-1


Many students and parents have asked about returning their library books to school. Rest assured that all of the due dates have been extended to next school year. Please keep the book in a safe place. We will let you know when they can be returned to school. All library books still in the classrooms will be collected by VRA staff and returned to the media center.


In April, our VRA students joined students all around Florida to vote for their favorite SSYRA & SSYRA Jr. books for 2019-2020. The winners from the state are in the videos below.

Here's how VRA voted:

  • SSYRA 6-8 - Greetings from Witness Protection
  • SSYRA 3-5 - Cosmic Commandos
  • SSYRA Jr. - Rot the Cutest in the World
SSYRA Jr 19 20 favorite
SSYRA 3 5 Winner Reveal 19 20
SSYRA 6-8 Winner Reveal 19 20


We're so excited to share the new list of Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books! Most of them are available for you to read or listen to in Mackinvia. Check out the new lists and get a jump on next year. If you need help with logging in, scroll down to the Mackinvia section before clicking on the links.


VRA students and staff have been given access to another 8,000 e-books on our MackinVia e-book platform. We have also added some favorite titles like Dogman! Click this link to go directly to MackinVia on any internet device.

At this link type in the location - Valley Ridge Academy and select. You will be directed to the Follett Destiny login page (blue and white). If you are not directed to this login, please click, Not My Location, refresh your screen and try again.

Login to MackinVia with your student number including the 's' and your district password (same as I-ready and HAC). Select an e-book or an audio book then download the book to your device. Read or listen to your story and enjoy.

If you can’t log-in into your account, you can go in as a guest, don’t choose a location, username - vra and password – hawks. Most books will work in this mode but you won't be able to check-out single user eBooks or download them for offline use.

On the the MackinVia App on your phone or tablet. Same login.

Congratulations to Students that Read All 15 SSYRA Books

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Number of Mackinvia E-books Viewed -588

Number of Mackinvia E-books Checked Out - 71

Most checked out Mackinvia E-Book - DogMan Fetch-22

Most viewed Mackinvia E-Book: Land of Stories, The Enchantress Returns

Number of Mackinvia New E-Books purchased by VRA Media Center - 82

Number of Mackinvia E-books Available for Online Reading - 9,257

(There's something for everyone!)

Number of Mackinvia Audiobooks Checked Out - 6

Most checked out Mackinvia Audiobook - Ben Franklin's In My Bathroom

Number of Mackinvia Audiobooks Available for Online Listening - 77

Digital Resources Newsletter views - 1,444

Valley Ridge Reader April 2020 Newsletter views - 924


The St Johns County Public Library System (SJCPLS) is now offering county residents instant online eCard signup. If you don’t already have one, you can get a temporary library card, good for 60 days, to access the library’s online collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies, music, digital magazines, and more.

Sign-up with this link:

SJCPLS has so many digital resources including some of our most popular titles. Use their Overdrive and Hoopla apps on your phone or computer.

They also have online events every day including storytime, craft and activities.

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.

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.