Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - September 2015

We had a great month!

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.

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 https://hosted81.renlearn.com/707343/HomeConnect. Use the following information to log-in.


Username: student number

Password: pes

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.

Scholastic Book Fair October 8-16, 2015

Students will shop with their class during their Media Resource time starting October 8 with Resource Day B. Check with your child’s teacher if you would like to shop with your child. Our goal is to sell 3,483 books during our fair. Book fair flyers will go home with students the week of September 28.


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


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


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

Visit http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/palencia. A preview of the book fair is also available at this site.

Sunshine State Young Readers Award

Each year students are challenged to read books from the Sunshine State Reader list. There are 15 books on the list for grades 3-5. Once students have read at least 3 books and passed an AR test with 70% accuracy, they are eligible to vote for their favorite book. There will be incentives for reading each of the books. Students who read 10 or more will be invited to try out for the Battle of the Books team. For more information and a list of books, visit the PES Media Center website.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Winners - Coming Soon

Thank you so much to all who helped promote the Summer Reading Challenge. We had 36 classes participate and 336 students who recorded minutes. Our school total minutes read was about 85,000, which was about the same as last year. Below are the top 3 students from each grade level. Students were rewarded whith a $5 voucher to the Book Fair and bag of treats. I hope that our participation in this program helped our pirates avoid the “Summer Slide.”


Fifth: Faith Jewell, Ava Giraud, and Ethan Bhula

Fourth: Makinley Schmidt, Evan Hodak, and Marion Sallas

Third: Alexander Hodak, Nathan M., and John Wozniak

Second: Mackenzie Cole, Emily McCarthy, and Eli Edwards

First: Tre Rivera, Ava Schmidt, and Thomas Temple