Colors of Our Worlds: 4-2016

Providing A High Quality Education for ALL Students of MCSD

Introducing OpenEbooks

What is Open eBooks?

Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for children from in-need households. These eBooks can be read without checkouts or holds. Children from in-need families can access these eBooks, which include some of the most popular works of the present and past, using the Open eBooks app and read as many as they like without incurring any costs. The goal of Open eBooks is to encourage a love of reading and serve as a gateway to children reading even more often, whether in school, at libraries, or through other eBook reading apps.

NYPL created the app enabling children to read eBooks on a wide variety of devices, including tablets donated as part of the President’s ConnectED initiative and on smartphones increasingly used by Americans at all income levels.

First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides access to millions of brand new, high quality print books and other educational resources to classrooms and programs serving children in need. First Book is providing full access to Open eBooks to every educator in its Network, and will distribute access codes for Open eBooks to educators serving children in need at

DPLA’s national network of librarians and cultural heritage organizations is helping to coordinate books for inclusion in Open eBooks. In summer 2015, DPLA issued a call for interested librarians and school media specialists to apply for the opportunity to be a part of the inaugural Curation Corps. DPLA evaluated over 140 compelling applications from across the country and selected nine passionate individuals who represent a broad range of expertise and a commitment to serving in-need and diverse populations. The DPLA Curation Corps applied their knowledge and professional skills to shape a compelling collection that is diverse, exciting, and age-appropriate so that every child has a book to read and enjoy.

Thanks to the generous contributions of the eBook platform delivery service, AXIS 360 from Baker & Taylor, Open eBooks is able to provide access to titles from the following publishers:

  • Bloomsbury: Providing unlimited access to over 1,000 of its most popular titles.
  • Candlewick: Providing unlimited access to all relevant children’s and young-adult eBook titles in their catalog.
  • Cricket Media: Offering full digital access to all of its market-leading magazines for children and young adults, including Ladybug and Cricket.
  • Hachette: Offering access to a robust catalog of their popular and award-winning titles.
  • HarperCollins: Providing a vast selection of their award-winning and popular titles.
  • Lee & Low: Providing unlimited access to over 700 titles from this leading independent publisher of multicultural books.
  • Macmillan: Providing unlimited access to all of the K-12 age-appropriate titles in their catalog of approximately 2,500 books.
  • National Geographic: Providing unlimited access to all of their age-appropriate content.
  • Penguin Random House: Committing to provide an extensive offering of their popular and award-winning books.
  • Simon & Schuster: Providing access to their entire e-catalog of books for children ages 4-14, comprised of 3,000 titles.
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MCSD Elementary School Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to PSE's 3rd grade teacher,Melissa Fischer-Rasmussen who was named Martin County's Elementary School Teacher of the Year for 2015-16. We are all so proud of Mrs. Rasmussen. Her dedication to her students and her enthusiasm for learning are tremendous!!

PSE is awarded the Keys + Kids Grant

Congratulations to PSE with a huge thank you to Chelsea Hartz for writing the $10,000 Keys + Kids Grant. The announcement has been made nationally that PSE is one of only 10 schools nationwide to receive the grant. So proud of the work being done at PSE and of the effort to incorporate music into our children’s lives!
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Pinewood Elementary School Hosts Family Literacy Night!

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Pinewood Elementary School hosted its Family Literacy Night which included literacy activities that included teachers as presenters where parents got a glimpse at read alouds, reading workshop mini lessons and writing workshop mini lessons. These activities are a reflection of the work students do in the classroom around balanced literacy that supports the ELA and Writing Florida Standards. In addition, parents learned ways to support literacy in the home.

Satine Mulberry, Fourth Grade Student, Principal for a Day

At the Pinewood PTA Fall Festival, her mom bid on Principal for a Day and won. Satine Mulberry got to “hang” with principal Larry Green all day and see what the life of an administrator is all about.

Cottonball Olympics at Pinewood Elementary School!

Indiantown Middle School hosted a S.T.E.A.M night!

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Showcasing SeaWind!

Garrett Reiber of SeaWind Elementary School Earned Honorable Mention in The Children's Art Contest Sponsored by the GFWC Hobe Sound Women's Club

The GFWC Hobe Sound Women’s Club sponsors the Children’s Art Contest for the Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts, and each of the local elementary schools get the opportunity to participate. The winning artwork goes on T-shirts sold at the Festival with the profits being returned to the schools. The GFWC Hobe Sound Women’s Club is dedicated to community needs in our area.

Literacy Night at SeaWind Elementary School

Students at SeaWind Elementary enjoyed their Literacy Night in celebration of Literacy Week. Students read poems and performed a song about how music is a common language. Parents were able to view book displays and a collage of vocabulary words created by students.

Warfield Elementary Positive Behaviors Team

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Meg Medina, Award Winning Cuban Author

Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. Her books include Tía Isa Wants a Car, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, and the recent Mango, Abuela, and Me, winner of the 2016 Pura Belpré Honor Award.

In this in-depth interview with Colorín Colorado, Meg talks about growing up in Queens and the Cuban relatives that loomed large in her childhood, why she likes writing about strong girls, being dis-invited to a school visit just before Banned Books Week, and the experiences that inspired some her best-loved work.

Becoming a strong girl in the 1970s

Ongoing Events at Our Schools!

Coffee Chats at Pinewood Elementary School

Pinewood parents and guardians are invited to join Pinewood Elementary Literacy and Math Coaches for Coffee Chats on the first Thursday of each month.

Please see the following schedule of topics. We look forward to having learning discussions with you while enjoying a morning cup of coffee.

Location: Pinewood Elementary Front Office Conference Room

Time: 7:45 am

(Coffee Chats will last approximately one hour)

Hosted by: Andrea Asciutto-Houck, Literacy Coach (3-5); Angie Gilbride, Literacy Coach (K-2); Heather Padget, Math Coach (3-5); Kelly Raiford, Math Coach (K-2)

Dates - Topics for 2016:

4/7/16 Geometry & Language Standards

5/5/16 Summer Learning

Port Salerno Talks! Empower yourself with the tools to help grow your child’s language abilities!

Research shows that when families engage their children in high levels of quality verbal interactions in their home language their children have higher vocabularies, are more advanced readers, and receive higher test scores!

Interested in building your child’s brain using the power of language?

Come join your neighbors in learning activities such as games and puzzles that can help increase the quality of interactions you have with your child. Provided in each class will be materials you get to take home. Each family will be paired with a coach that will work with you to increase the quality of verbal interactions you and your child share. Families will also receive individualized attention during monthly home visits where additional activities and games are shared.

Location: Once a month at Port Salerno Elementary School

Participants: Open to Port Salerno families with children through age 4

Beginning: January 2016 through July 2016

Meeting Times:  5:30 dinner  6:00-7:00 small group meetings (child care provided)

Cost: FREE! There are a limited number of spots available.

Reserve your spot by signing up today! If you are interested in learning more or signing up please contact Cristina Smith by phone at 772-219-1610 ex. 142 or by email @

Title I - Migrant - ELL Services Department of the MCSD

The Color of Our Worlds is an Electronic Newsletter for the school communities of:

Anderson Middle School

Hobe Sound Elementary School

Indiantown Middle School

J. D. Parker Elementary School

Pinewood Elementary School

Port Salerno Elementary School

SeaWind Elementary School

Warfield Elementary School