Valley Ridge Reader

VRA Media Center News - March 2020

Hats Off to Reading

In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, March is designated as National Reading Month - a month to motivate Americans of all ages to read every day.

Reading is fun and has many benefits, regardless of your age. It's a key component of education and professional development. It also has immediate and long-lasting health benefits such as increased cognitive function, memory, vocabulary, empathy and decreased levels of stress.

Get connected to the exciting literacy and reading programs in our media center this month. Below you will find highlights of our upcoming events, special books, super readers, birthday book club members and much more.

Literacy Art Fair and Potato Character Contest

Congratulations to all our students who participated in the Literacy Art Fair. Projects and the Potato Characters are on display in the media center . The winners were announced at the Festival of the Arts on March 7. Please come by the VRA media center and look at the great projects our students have made. Our winners are listed below.

Peter Rabbit Reading Challenge K-3 Starts March 9

On April 3 the movie Peter Rabbit 2 will be released in theaters! In honor of Beatrix Potter's classic story The Tale of Peter Rabbit, we will give away movie tickets! Students in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade can read the book The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Then come to the media center to take a short quiz on the book. Each student who reads the book and passes a quiz will earn a brag tag and a Peter Rabbit 2 bookmark. Then those students will be entered into a drawing for 2 tickets to see the movie Peter Rabbit 2. The deadline to complete the book and quiz is April 2. The winner will be announced on the news April 3.

You can check out one of a few copies of The Tale of Peter Rabbit from the media center or you can read it online from MackinVia (username - vra, password - hawks) or Epic. The story is also online from Project Gutenberg - Tale of Peter Rabbit.

PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY - Official Teaser Trailer (HD)

Our Numbers for February 2020

Number of Books Checked Out - 4,103

Number of E-books Viewed -133

Open Access Visits - 1,125
Number of Class Visits - 95
Number of New Books and Magazines Added - 86
Most Check-outs by an Elementary Student - Lily H. from Ms. Marchese's Class - 49 Books

Most Check-outs by a Middle School Student - Matthew O. - 27 Books

Most Class Check-outs - Ms. Sandler - 195 Books

Most Check-outs by Grade Level - Fourth Grade - 684 Books

Middle School Check-outs - 599 Books

Most Professional Book Check-outs - Ms. Ingle -1

Most Check-outs by a Teacher - Ms. Corrigan 131 Books

Call of the Wild Challenge - Grades 3 to 8

February's reading challenge was a great success. 69 students read The Call of the Wild and our winner of the movie tickets is Samantha G. Have you seen the new movie? It sounds like it is really good and a great way to bridge generations and share a classic with our children.

VRA Book Fair

Elementary Book Fair March 7-12, 2020

Purchase books to support our school and classroom libraries. Find the latest books and series that your kids love to read. Students will shop with their class and can shop before school after checking in with their teachers in the morning.

Donations Needed

To help with our Peter Rabbit challenge, we are asking for donations of copies of the book The Tale of Peter Rabbit. If you have a copy at home that you can part with, we would love to have it in the media center for students to check-out during March.

There are a few other items the media center is in need of Clorox wipes, paper towels, fun pencils and tissues. If you can help, we would really appreciate it.

Vote for Your Favorite SSYRA Book

Have you been reading the SSYRA and SSYRA Jr. books? The deadline for reading 3 SSYRA books in order to vote is March 27th. You can still earn Brag Tags and ice cream coupons for Chilled Flavors. The deadline for reading all the books and going to the Ice Cream Sundae Party is May 1st. There is a great selection of books available in the media center and online with MackinVia.

SSYRA Middle School

Grades 6-8

Sam G. - 15

Lily H. - 15

Kruti - 13

Sanjana - 12

Lucy - 10

Ava G. - 10

SSYRA Readers 3-5

Grades 3-5

Ava I. -15

Joshua N. -15

Aubrey -15

John I - 15

Evangeline W.- 15

Kira S. - 15

Trevor R. - 15

Maia P. - 15

Nathan L. - 15

Mihika C. - 15

Sophia I. - 15

Xavier P. - 15

Bridget W. - 15

Sree A. - 15

Mariia R. - 15

J.C. A. - 15

Danielle P. - 15

Alex H. - 15

For more information and a list of books, visit the VRA Media Website or see the link below. Names updated at the beginning of the month.

SSYRA Jr. Readers

Thomas F. - 15

Richie D. - 15

Nolan M. - 15

Kason R. - 15

Emily R. - 15

Mikaela L. - 15

Lucas V. - 15

Amelia K. - 15

Maxwell D. - 15

Sammy H. -15

Annabella F. -14

Alexis S. - 14

National Scribble Day - March 27

National International Scribble Day is based off the book “I’m Not just a Scribble…” by Diane Alber. This book not only has a great moral about kindness and acceptance but also encourages children to create art regardless of their artistic ability! After all, “Great art starts with a Scribble!” For more information about all of Diane's books visit her website at
National Scribble Day- March 27, 2019

App of the Month - is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. The online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities. The password for students and parents is stjohnsfl.

Bucks for Buttons PBIS Reward Grades 3-8

Bucks for Buttons is a big hit with our Hawks. We will continue offering button design rewards for students for 2 Hawk Bucks. Get a design template from the media center. Turn in your design and 2 Hawk Bucks to make a button on Mach 5, 12, and 27.

Our Awesome Volunteers

Anthony is our friendly 8th grade intern. He enjoys helping with special projects and working with students to find their books. When he's not helping out in the media center, he enjoys drawing, playing golf and lacrosse. We appreciate the help that Anthony gives us.

MackinVia Ebooks and Audio Books

On the go ... download the MackinVia App on your phone or tablet. Login to MackinVia with your student number including the 's' and your district password (same as I-ready and HAC). Select an ebook or an audio book then download the book to your device. Read or listen to your story and enjoy. If you don't know your username and password, you can request it from your teacher. Click this link to go directly to MackinVia.

Birthday Book Club

The Valley Ridge Academy 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 hardcover book (not a board 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.

The following is included with your enrollment;

- A special book plate placed inside the front cover of the donated book with your child’s name and birthday.

- A photo will be taken of your child with the book he/she chooses and will be displayed in the media center and online in the Valley Ridge Reader. This photo will be sent home with your child at the end of the year to keep and enjoy.

- Your child will be the first to read and/or check-out the book that he/she


For more information, contact the media center or fill out the form attached below.

Happy Birthday to our Book Club Hawks!

Valley Ridge Academy Media Center

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 and a love of reading is at the heart of our program.