Valley Ridge Reader

VRA Media Center News - October 2019

Fall into A Good Book!

Please use this newsletter to discover all the exciting literacy programs the media center has to offer throughout the year. You can subscribe by clicking FOLLOW Shannon Ayrish Booysen at the top of the newsletter and add your email. Please stop by the media center and get a media brochure or check-out our website.

Two Sentence Scary Story Writing Contest Grades 3-8

We all love to hear SCARY stories and the media center would like to hear one from you! But only a short one. Come by the media center and to enter our 2 sentence scary story contest. Get a treat for entering. The best stories will be published online and displayed.

  • Write a TWO SENTENCE scary story. You may use Run-on sentences. Get Creative!
  • Entries must be original. Be careful not to plagiarize. We will check!
  • Submit your story on a 4x6 index card that you can get in the media center. Neat handwriting please. Write your name and grade level on the back of the card. Or enter on line at Scary Story.
  • Stories due October 30. Winners announced the October 31.
~story and contest credit to Florangela Caldren

Our Numbers for September 2019

Number of Books Checked Out - 4,008

Number of E-books Viewed - 90

Open Access Visits - 1,509
Number of Class Visits - 66
Number of New Books and Magazines Added - 136
Most Check-outs by a Student - Danielle from Ms. Bates Class 45
Most Check-outs by a Teacher - Ms. Francis 45

Most Class Check-outs - Ms. Bates 223

Firefighting’s Weird History & Fascinating Future

Our Awsome SSYRA Readers

Grades 6-8

Sam G. - 15

Lily H. - 13

Grades 3-5

Kira S. - 15

Trevor R. - 15

Xavier P. - 11

Nathan L. - 10

Maia P. - 15

Danielle P. - 9

Alex C. - 9


Alexis S. - 11

Thomas F. - 15

Richie D. - 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.

MackinVia Ebooks - SSYRA Books Added

VRA students and families have access to 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 for the SSYRA. Username = Student # with an S, Password = same as school computer login or HAC password.
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What will we be learning in media this month?

1. Non-fiction Text Features - table of contents, glossary, index, maps, diagrams, labels

2. Authors and Illustrators

3. Primary Sources

4. Fables and Folktales

5. World Book Online Encyclopedia

6. Identifying Figurative Language

Rubik's Cube Mosaic

We have borrowed a special set of 2x2 Rubik's Cubes for the Media Center this month. Each of the cubes can be solved and placed into a mosaic forming a cute emoji smiley face. If you are a Rubik's Cube fan, check out this special project in the media center.

New Book - Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum

Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum

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 Biirthday 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.