Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - January 2017

Curl 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.

Breakfast with Champion Readers

Did you meet your AR Goals last 9 weeks? Students who met all three areas of their AR Goal will be treated to a Breakfast with Champion Readers January 9-17. Each morning students will come to the media center to watch WPES and enjoy donuts, juice and champion medals. The top three Goal Leaders will be on the news and all students who met their goals will be announced.

Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida January! 23-27 - Time for Reading

During this week Palencia 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 and donate magazines to another school in our district. 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
  • Magazine Monday - students read magazines for independent reading
  • Hunting for Literacy on Tuesday – wear your “Camo” clothes and find a good book or magazine to read
  • Wear Words Wednesday - wear your favorite shirt that has words or a saying on it
  • Thinking Cap Thursday - wear your hat while you read your favorite book or magazine.
  • Flashlight Friday - bring your flashlight for a lights off independent reading time
Time For Reading 2017 - Day 1

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)
  • 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.
  • Reading Resolutions - New Year Customs with Brain Pop
  • Follet Destiny - our library catalog, log-in to see what books you have checked out or place a book on hold.
  • Accelerated Reader - what are goals and how can I check my progress?
2. Evaluating Books
  • 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
  • Because I Stubbed My Toe - learning about cause and effect
4. ROW Activities
  • Mackin VIA e-books with access to 1700 e-books that make-up the PES collection
  • Digital Citizenship with Net Smartz Kids and Digital Etiquette with BrainPop

Something New for Winter - A Poem for Peter

Be sure to look for A POEM FOR PETER, "a picture book from author Andrea Davis Pinkney that celebrates the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day, reaffirming that those who pursue their dreams can inspire generations of dreamers." Below you will find a link to The Snowy Day Read Aloud and an awesome blog post from All the Wonders that discusses this great new book.

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. Click the links below the book covers to read the e-books we have about Christmas. Username = Student # Password = pirates. Click the linked words for additional books about Winter Time.

Winnie the Pooh Day - A. A. Milne's Birthday January 18

Celebrate the amazing A. A. Milne’s birthday this month by reading Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick. You'll love this biographical picture book that shares the true story of Winnie the Bear. Of course you won't want to miss a classic Winnie the Pooh Tale too. You might also like Pooh games, videos and other activities on Disney's Winnie the Pooh site.
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

Teach Graphix Week January 23-27

"Scholastic and Skype Invite You To Connect with Graphix Authors, January 23-27

No longer an underground movement appealing to a small following of enthusiasts, graphic novels have emerged as a growing segment of book publishing, and have become accepted by librarians and educators as mainstream literature for children and young adults —literature that powerfully motivates kids to read."

#TeachGRAPHIXWeek Welcome from Dav Pilkey

Bubble Gum Days - January 31- February 7

During this week 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.

Our Numbers for December 2016

Number of Books Checked Out - 3,110
Number of E-books Viewed - 552
Number of Classes - 93
Number of Magazines Checked-out - 27
Most Check-outs by a Student - Vrinda 15

Class with the Most Check-outs - Ms. Isbell's Class 114
Most Check-outs by a Teacher - Mrs. Brown 34

Volunteer Profiles - Meet Ms. Char

Ms. Char is one of our go to volunteers in the media center. She helps with our Book Fair each Spring and Fall. You might see her helping students checking out books or adding an extra pair of helping hands during our AR celebrations. She is also the magic behind library displays and laminating projects in the media center. We are so very happy to have her helping in the library.

App of the Month - Buncee

A creation and presentation tool for students and educators to create interactive classroom content, allowing learners of all ages to visualize concepts and communicate creatively.

Our Awsome SSYRA Readers


Livanna - 15...........................Sophia P. - 15

Nova - 15................................Brody H. - 8

Nicholas - 15..........................Gharam - 7

Vrinda 15................................Kaleigh R. - 9

Cameran - 15 ........................Eli E. - 5

Aaron Lin - 5...........................Julianna U. - 8

Edmund P. - 8.........................Emma M. 8

Kayla P. - 6


Dylann - 14..............................Jaclyn G. - 6

Bridgett K. - 10..........................Harper - 8

Grace - 15.................................Derek B. - 5

Sophia P. - 8.............................Ella W. - 6

Parmis - 12 ..............................Steven L. - 9

Olivia - 13.................................Lauren G. - 8

Max W. - 5................................Brighten - 5

Lexi R. - 5

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

What are AR Goals?

AR Goals are made up three parts.
1. Comprehension
2. Points
3. Reading Level

This 9 weeks' deadline is March 3.

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.