Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - March 2017

Hat's Off to Reading

Get connected to the exciting literacy programs in our media center. Below you will find highlights of our up coming events, special books, super readers, birthday book club members and much more. The Pirate Cove is your place to connect with books. What do you love about the PES media center? Tell us so we can share your inspiration on the doors to the library.

AR Goal Deadline is March 3

4th Annual Seusstastic Book Swap

The PES Pirate Cove will be having our 4th Annual Seusstastic Book Swap during “Read Across America Week.” Start gathering your gently used children's books for the book exchange. We will begin collecting books on February 22 in the media center. Students will start swapping during their media resource classes February 27 through March 7. Give a book and get a book or donate more! Students who donate more than 3 books will have the opportunity to select additional books at the end of the swap. This event is just in time for Spring Break reading.

Media Mondays - 3:00-3:15 Office 365 Advantage at Home March 6

Join us in the Pirate Cove for Media Mondays. Each Monday from 3:00-3:15 teachers, parents and students are invited to the media center for a quick overview of technology resources provided by or utilized by the media center. Our first session will be about Office 365 Advantage. The Microsoft 365 Suite is provided to all school district employees and students on at home devices. Learn how to take advantage of this resource.

Media Monday - Office 365

Monday, March 6th, 3-3:15pm

355 Palencia Village Drive

St. Augustine, FL

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Media Monday - MackinVia Ebooks

Monday, March 20th, 3-3:15pm

355 Palencia Village Drive

St. Augustine, FL

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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)
  • Dr. Seuss Trivia and Biography - Wrote over 60 books, pen name, rhyme, moral lesson
  • Book Swap - send in your books
  • Digital Citizenship - Digital Passport and Net Smartz Kids
  • Digital Etiquette - BrainPop will teach us how to have good Netiquette
2. Evaluating Books - FRA, SSYRA and SSYRA Jr.
  • VOTING March 29 in the Media Center
  • 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
  • Water is Water - states of matter and the water cycle
  • Over in the Wetland - learn about marsh animals and how they react to a hurricane
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
  • Bingo for Bookworms - students who have met their AR goal for the 3rd nine weeks will participate in Bingo with prizes on March 8.

MackinVia Ebooks for Springtime and Dr. Seuss

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 Springtime and Dr. Seuss Books.

Our Numbers for February 2017

Number of Books Checked Out - 3,798
Number of E-books Viewed - 1,955
Number of Classes - 90
Number of Magazines Checked-out - 70
Most Check-outs by a Student - Akhil 31 books

Class with the Most Check-outs - Mrs. Ledford 's Class 182
Most Check-outs by a Teacher - Mrs. Simpson 107

Volunteer Profiles - Meet Ms. Lana

Ms. Lana is our ever faithful Book Fair and Book Swap volunteer. She helps out with many of our special events. We love having her cheerful smile helping out on busy days. When she is not volunteering in the Pirate Cove, you can probably find her combing the beach in search of turtle nests. She works with other volunteers to count the nests in order to protect our area's sea turtles.

Super SSYRA Readers

SSYRA Readers 3-5

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

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

Nicholas - 15..........................Gharam - 8

Vrinda 15...................................Kaleigh R. - 10

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

Aaron Lin - 5...........................Julianna U. - 9

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

Kayla P. - 6..........................Megan L. - 7

Will L. - 8



SSRYA Jr. Readers 1-2

Dylann - 15..............................Jaclyn G. - 8

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

Grace - 14.................................Derek B. - 5

Sophia P. - 10.............................Ella W. - 7

Parmis - 15 ..............................Steven L. - 10

Olivia - 14.................................Lauren G. - 11

Max W. - 7................................Brighten - 5

Lexi R. - 5.....................................Lola - 8

Hannah S. - 5.............................Liam M. 12

Issac M. 7..........................Sammy M. 5

Izzy 9 .......................................Tyler 6

Akhil - 5..............................Smirithi - 6


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


If a student reads 3 or more SSYRA or SSYRA Jr. books they are eligible to vote on March 29. Once students have read 10 or more books they are eligible to participate in the Battle of the Books test which will determine our team members. The battle test is March 24, 2017. Keep reading pirates!

SSYRA Voting March 29 in the Media Center

App of the Month - Socrative

Socrative is a great way to use technology for formative assessments with any type of internet device. It is your app for fun and effective classroom engagement. Get instant insight into student learning with easy-to-create quizzes, polls, exit tickets and more! There is a free and a there is pro edition for educators.

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.