Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - January 2019

Warm Up with a Good Book

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.

Lisa Graff Author Visit - January 16, 2019

The Pirate Cove is proud to host an author visit with Lisa Graff. She is the author of 10 middle grade books.
  • Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades have the opportunity to attend one of the grade level presentations after reading some of her books. She will be sharing about her experience as an author and telling us about her new book coming out in March. We have many copies of her books in the library available for check-out and we have 10 of her books on MackinVia.
  • We are also selling her books so that students and parents can attend a book signing after school on Jan. 16. The book sales flyer is below. We will continue to sell books until our author arrives.
  • Any student that reads 5 or more of her books and passes the AR test will be invited to a lunch with our author.
  • Brag tags will be given to students who read and pass the AR test on any of her 10 books.
  • We are having a Maker, Baker, Creator Contest featuring 4 of Lisa Graff's books. The flyer explaining the contest is below the book sales flyer and there are links and many more details in the Lisa Graff Newsletter. Four winners, one from each project category will be chosen to attend the Lisa Graff lunch.
  • Visit Lisa Graff's website and visit our awesome newsletter about Lisa Graff

Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! January 28 - February 1

During this week Palencia Elementary will join our state in celebrating all things reading. Our focus this year is reading magazines. We will combine this week with a fundraiser to purchase magazines for our school, build a Little Free Library and support the News Crew and Patrols. Events for the week are...
  • Reading Rally Video Kick-off on the News
  • Daily Magazine Minutes on the News highlighting a kids magazine students might want to purchase or checkout from the media center
  • Mystery Readers all week in honor of World Read Aloud Day!

Monday: Magazine Monday - students will read magazines during independent reading time

Tuesday: Hunt Down a Good Book - wear your camouflage clothes

Wednesday: Wear Words Wednesday - wear clothes with words on them

Thursday: Thinking Cap Thursday - wear a hat while reading a book or magazine.

Friday: Flashlight Friday – bring a flashlight and read and it's World Read Aloud Day!

World Read Aloud Day - Feb. 1, 2019

"World Read Aloud Day is an annual event where people all over the world read aloud as a way to advocate for literacy. This event is run by a nonprofit organization called LitWorld. Their mission is to provide reading and writing opportunities to young children around the world. This year World Read Aloud Day takes place on February 1." ~Kelly Hincks

Below is an informational packet with ideas and suggestions of ways to celebrate World Read Aloud Day.


Reading Rally Magazine Fundraiser

Our goal is to promote reading and raise money for a Little Free Library that will be placed on the edge of our school property. In addition we will use funds to support our News Crew and Patrols in their end of the year activities. Click on the link below to support our school by purchasing a magazine subscription for your family. If you aren't interested in magazines, the link below will take you to many different gift options that are also included in the fundraiser program. Reading Rally 2019

What magazines do you like to read? 3 of our favorites!

Over 3, 000 Free Digital Reads from Capstone until January 15, 2019

Free Access to a Huge Selection of eBooks until January 15th

username: capstonewinter

password: lovetoread

Website for online reading: www.mycapstonelibrary.com

Sign in with Capstone Interactive

Free iPad app that allows for offline reading:

"Capstone Interactive"

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)

  • Lisa Graff Author Visit - who is Lisa Graff and what books has she written?
  • Magazines and Periodicals - What are the magazines we have in the media center? How can I use magazines to improve my reading? What are the key features of magazines vs. other print materials? Media literacy includes recognizing advertisements and using consumer awareness.

2. Evaluating Books - how to choose great books

  • Pictures - Do they appeal to you and do they make the story better?
  • Plot/Theme/Subject - Does the plot 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
  • Red and Lulu by Matt Tavares

MackinVia Ebooks for Winter Time

PES students and families have access to 1700 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. Some e-books are multi-user while the others are single user check-out. Click the links below the book covers to read the e-books we have about winter. Username = Student # Password = district password (animal number, I-ready password). Click the linked words for additional books about Winter Time.

Bubble Gum Days - February 4-15

During this time students are invited to chew bubble gum during their media resource time. This holiday is traditionally a library fundraiser. We will collect quarters during media resource and use the proceeds to purchase new Bubble Gum print books and e-books for the media center. The best part of bubble gum days are the stories we read and the bubble gum we chew. Look for bubble gum fun ideas in next month's Pirate Cove Connection.

6th Annual Seusstastic Book Swap starting in March

If your book shelves are filling up and you need to start cleaning out the books your students' don't read anymore, plan to donate the books to our annual book swap. Then your students can start Spring Break with some fresh books. We will also use some of the book swap books to fill our Little Free Library.

Volunteer Profiles - Our News Crew

We are so lucky to have 10 wonderful students who volunteer everyday to be on the WPES News Crew. They write the scripts, anchor shows, edit the backgrounds, run the camera's and manage sound board. Everyday is a new show and amazingly they run the set like a true news broadcast. In addition our crew helps to set up technology in the media center and get library cards ready for classes each day. Thank you to Piper, Parker, Edmund, Jack, Rome, Parmis, Kacie, Lauren, CJ and Toby.

Our Awsome SSYRA Readers

Parmis - 15

James E.- 15

Julianna U.- 15

Emily W. - 15

Jill G. - 15

Sophie F. - 15

Eli E. - 15

Adah L. 15

Ellie L. - 15

Grady S. - 15

Hannah B. - 14

Colin C. - 13

Abbie T. - 12

Piper C. - 10

Laila K. - 11

Avery A. - 12

Dana W. - 12

Blair M. - 10

Gabby S. -11

Aliya N. - 10

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

SSYRA Jr. Fantastic Readers

Mikhaela C. - 15.......................Luke B. - 12

Avery R. - 15 ............................Brayden A. - 11

Frances - 15 ............................Juliet J. - 15

Miller R. - 13.............................Lauren G. - 10

Bennett L. - 15 ........................Ashlyn O. - 11

Waard A. - 15 ..........................Hailey S. - 10

Katherine W - 15 .................... Brooke W. - 13

Aidan B. - 15............................Emily P. - 15

Remi M. - 15............................Lauren G. - 10

Grace I. - 15.............................Luke C. - 11

Violet S. - 10............................Leighton E.- 12

Jack. O. - 15.............................Holden S. - 15

Luke K. - 15

Our Numbers for December 2018

Number of Books Checked Out - 3,081
Number of E-books Viewed - 1,215

Top E-book Read - Because I Stubbed My Toe
Number of Classes - 84
Number of Magazines Checked-out - 60
Most Check-outs by a Student - Rotlig 17 Checkouts

Class with the Most Check-outs - Mrs. Simpson's Class 148 Checkouts
Most Check-outs by a Teacher - Mrs. Edwards 13 Checkouts

Number of New Books and Magazines Added - 64

10 Most Checked Out Books in December

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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.