Valley Ridge Reader
VRA Media Center News - February 2020
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Get connected to the exciting literacy programs in our media center. Below you will find highlights of our upcoming events, special books, super readers, birthday book club members and much more. You will find this newsletter posted on the VRA Media Center homepage. Past newsletters are posted at Media News.
The Valley Ridge Media Center is your place to connect with books. What do you love about the media center? Tell us so we can share your inspiration on the doors to the library in honor of National Library Lovers Month!
February's Reading Challenge
Our Numbers for January 2020
Number of Books Checked Out - 4,163
Number of E-books Viewed -177
Open Access Visits - 1,148
Number of Class Visits - 113
Number of New Books and Magazines Added - 123
Most Check-outs by an Elementary Student - Lily H. from Ms. Marchese's Class 32 Books
Most Check-outs by a Middle School Student - Matthew O. - 39 Books
Most Class Check-outs - Ms. Sandler 193 Books
Most Check-outs by Grade Level - Fourth Grade 661 Books
Middle School Check-outs - 495 Books
Most Professional Book Check-outs - 0
Most Check-outs by a Teacher - Ms. S. Myers 136 Books
SSYRA Battle of the Books
The Flash Collection
Call of the Wild Challenge - Grades 3 to 8
Scholastic Spring Book Fair and VRA Literacy Art Fair
Middle School Book Fair - March 4-6, 2020
Literacy Art Fair in the Media during Festival of the Arts May 7, 2020
Elementary Book Fair March 7-12, 2020
Mark your calendars for our VRA Media Center Literacy Art Fair.
Projects will be on display March 7 and the showcase will remain on display during the Book Fair the following week. The Literacy Art Fair is for grades 3 to 8. In addition, we will have a Potato Character Contest for grades K-2. The flyers for both events are below and available in the media center.
Our Awesome SSYRA Readers 3-5 and Middle School
Sam G. - 15
Lily H. - 15
Kruti - 13
Sanjana - 12
Lucy - 10
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
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.
App of the Month - Epic
Epic is like Netflix for children's books. The e-book platform is provided free to educators and supported by home subscriptions.
- Gives instant access to the world’s largest digital library of high-quality fiction and nonfiction for kids with 35,000 ebooks, audio books, and learning videos
- Includes personalized reading recommendations for each child based on individual reading preferences and abilities
- Reading logs to track student progress
- Available on iPads, iPhone, Android devices, and on any computer or desktop
Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day is on February 27, 2020. Join the thousands of educators and students to celebrate Innovative! Every Classroom, Every Day! This day is a wonderful way to celebrate all of the innovative practices and ways we ensure all young people have access to high-quality learning opportunities.
Is your classroom a place of innovation all year long? Share your story using #DLDay for a chance to be featured by @OfficialDLDay! Share your story and register at https://digitallearningday.org/register-your-event.
Our Awesome Volunteers
What will we be learning in media this month?
1. Grumpy Monkey and Rot- SSYRA Jr. story time
2. Historical Connections - Winnie: the True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie the Pooh
3. Point of View - firsthand and secondhand accounts with Martin Luther King
4. Using the Dictionary
MackinVia Ebooks and Audio Books
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
donated!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.