Valley Ridge Reader

VRA Media Center News - January/February 2021

Resolve to Read in 2021! #librarylove

The Media Center is filled with new books that are perfect to meet your reading resolutions. You'll love how our collection is growing and changing. We have added many new ebooks on our MackinVia platform and students are donating favorite books through our Birthday Book Club program. Use this newsletter to discover all the exciting literacy programs, reading challenges, and district resources our VRA media center has to offer throughout the year. You will find this newsletter posted on the VRA Media Center homepage. Past newsletters are posted at Media News.

Easy Ways to Get Your Kids to Read More This Year by Melissa Taylor

Start the new year off with these great ideas on motivating reading at home. The article is broken down into all age groups and has quick and easy ideas.

Easy Ways to Get Your Kids to Read More This Year by Melissa Taylor

Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! January 25 - 29

Last week Valley Ridge Academy joined our state in celebrating all things reading. This year's theme was "Humanity Tells a Story: What's Your Chapter." We celebrated by participating in the following events.

Events for the week...

Monday: The Making of America Monday - Students will read and learn from biographies about famous Americans that helped to shape our government. Students and teachers can utilize digital collections from Epic and Mackinvia platforms or books from the VRA Media Center.

Tuesday: "Tee-Shirt Tuesday" - wear words on your shirt that express positive character traits and citizenship

Wednesday: "We the People Wednesday" - wear red, white and blue
Digital Buddy Reading - listen to civics related stories read aloud or virtual author talks. Access to resources will be provided to teachers and posted on Schoology.

Thursday: Thinking Cap Thursday - wear a hat while reading a book or magazine.

Friday: Students check-out a book from the media center and read while you enjoy the day off.

Our Awesome Volunteers - Staff and Students

Throughout this year the media center has been producing the WVRA Morning News. Ms. Booysen, Ms. Powell, and Ms. Townsend have been mostly behind the scenes, but in order for them to get the news to our school, they have been depending on staff and a few student volunteers acting as anchors. Thank you to everyone for volunteering! A special thank you to our Second Grade Team, our Kindergarten Crew and Coach Hallett who have volunteered multiple times. If you are a staff member or middle school student and would like to be a solo anchor on the news, please message the media center.

Our Numbers for December /January 2020

Number of Books Checked Out - 3213

Number of ebooks Checked Out/Viewed - 595

Number of Class Visits - 82

Number of New Books and Magazines Added - 172

Most Check-outs by an Elementary Student - Christopher from Ms. Schab's 18 Books

Most Check-outs by a Middle School Student - Matias. - 14 Books

Most Class Check-outs - Ms. Schab 152 Books

Most Check-outs by Grade Level - Third Grade 600 Books

Middle School Check-outs - 258 Books

Most Check-outs by a Teacher - Ms. Francis 84 Books

SSYRA Battle of the Books

We have two awesome teams of readers who are preparing for the ultimate reading competition called Battle of the Books. There are two competitions, one for the elementary students in the north part of the county and one for the middle school students that encompasses the whole district. The events will take place on March 9 and March 11 during the school day. These events will be virtual. Students will be given quotes from the 15 SSYRA books that they have been reading over the past year. The team will need to decide which of the books the quotes come from. The team with the most correct answers after 3 rounds is the winner and takes home a fabulous trophy.

World Read Aloud Day - Feb. 3

For 12 years, World Read Aloud Day has called attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read-aloud! The global effort is now celebrated in over 173 countries and counting. World Read Aloud Day, created by the nonprofit organization LitWorld is all about bringing people together through stories and that will be more important than ever this year when the shared experience and connection of reading aloud is so needed in all of our communities.

Celebrate World Read Aloud Day. All the information you need is here.

Westminster Woods on Julington Creek Readers

If you are looking for a great read aloud to celebrate World Read Aloud Day, please visit the WWJC Readers Chanel on YouTube. These wonderful seniors have chosen seasonal books to read aloud and your children will enjoy them.
Malcolm Mitchell | World Read Aloud Day 2021
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Our Awesome SSYRA Readers 3-5 and Middle School

Grades 6-8

Madison P. - 15

Lily H. - 15

Sam G. - 15

Emma N. 14

Erin B. 12

Grades 3-5

Bridget W. - 15

Caleb B. - 15

Anaid A. - 15

Sarah D. - 15

Ella Rae W. - 15

Kyra H. - 15

Danielle P. - 12

Ruby S. - 12

Yiwen C. - 10

Jacinda B.- 8

Krupa - 8


Evan H. - 15

Adrian B. - 14

Abigail H. 11

Jayden A. - 11

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.

What will we be learning in media this month?

1. SSYRA Jr. - The Panda Problem - parts of a fictional story and Dandy - what is the central message

2. Battle of the Books Team Practice

3. Gale in Context

4. Destiny Discover and Call Numbers

5. Biographies

6. Dictionary Game

7. Artsonia

Choice Boards for February

Winnie the Pooh Day - A. A. Milne's Birthday January 18

Celebrate the amazing A. A. Milne’s birthday this month by reading Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick. You'll love this biographical picture book that shares the true story of Winnie the Bear. Of course you won't want to miss a classic Winnie the Pooh Tale too. You might also like Pooh games, videos and other activities on Disney's Winnie the Pooh site.

FINDING WINNIE by Lindsay Mattick

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. The username is your s-number and the password is your district password. Click this link to go directly to MackinVia books about Wintertime and February Fun or click the images below.

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 that you email or upload to Schoology of your child with the book he/she chooses will be displayed in the media center and online in the Valley Ridge Reader. The photo will also be posted on the WVRA Morning news.

- 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!

Digital Learning Day Is February 25!

For a decade, Digital Learning Day has focused on K–12 public education. It emphasized the “learning” over “digital,” celebrated the critical role of teachers and their essential relationships with students, and advanced education technology as an equity issue advocating for policies to close the digital divide and provide ample internet access to schools, students, and families.

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.