Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - March 2016

Read Across America - February 29 through March 4, 2016

Read Across America Week Activities

February 29 – March 4, 2016

Monday – “Thing 1, Thing 2 Day”

Find a friend and dress like twins

Tuesday – “500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins”

Wear a one of kind hat like the cat himself

Wednesday – “Wacky Wednesday”

Dress wacky

Thursday – “Oh The Places You’ll Go Day”

Dress like “what you want to be when you grow-up”

Friday – Favorite Dr. Seuss Character Day

Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss Character

3rd Annual Pirate Cove Book Swap - Starts during Read Across America Week

One Book, Two Books

Red Book, Blue Book!

Trade your old book for a new book!

The Palencia Library Cove is proud to announce our 3rd Annual Seusstastic Book Swap during “Read Across America Week.” It all starts on February 22, 2016. Students bring their gently used children’s books to the Media Center 8:10–9:00 each morning from February 22 - March 8. Starting February 29, students can choose books from the exchange collection during their Media Resource time. The swap will end March 8, 2016. Students will be able to exchange up to 3 books, but may donate as many as they would like. Students who donate more than 3 books can choose extra books at the end of the swap.

Plastic Bags are a BIG DEAL! - Protect your library books. Please donate large bags.

Wishy Life Buddies

Kindergarten will enjoy an author visit during Resource on Wednesday (ROW) before Spring Break from Tiffany Oliva and Deborah Oliva the authors of Wishy Life Buddies: The Original Easter Tradition. This story provides families with a sneaky, seasonal pal who gives treats, rewards and encouraging messages to well-behaved children during the Easter season. The story and gift set can be purchased at http://www.wishylife.com or use the order form that went home with your child to get your book signed by the author.

What are we learning in Media this month?

1. Media Center resources that can be accessed from the Pirate Cove Website (Media Center Website)
  • Destiny Library Catalog - Dewey Decimal System
  • Digital Citizenship - Digital Passport and Net Smartz Kids
  • Socrative - Dr. Seuss Trivia
2. Evaluating Books - FRA, SSYRA and SSYRA Jr.
  • 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
  • Sea Slime - many sea creatures need "slime"
  • Two Little Birds - a story about migration
  • The Grudge Keeper - keeping a grudge can be a very big burden
  • Tiny Rabbits Big Wish - being little has its advantages
4. ROW Activities
  • Wishy Buddy Author
  • Reading the Newspaper - access to the St. Augustine Record is on the media center webpage.
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Learn to find books in the media center by learning the Dewey Decimal System

Our latest SSYRA Readers to reach 10 or more books

Payton P. - 15

Brody H. - 15

Kaleigh R. – 15

Ethan B. - 15

Nicholas M. 15
Alexandria K. – 12

Kayla K. – 10

Riley H. - 12

Elizabeth S. – 11

Madeline H. - 12
Cameron S. - 11
Carson H. 10


Once students have read 10 or more books they are eligible to participate in the Battle of the Books. The test to determine our team members will be on March 17, 2016. Keep reading pirates!

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.