Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - October 2017

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 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 Pirate Cove website.

Scholastic Book Fair October 18-27, 2017

Students will shop with their class during their Media Resource time starting October 18. Check with your child’s teacher if you would like to shop with your child. Book fair flyers will go home with students the week of October 10.

  • Teacher Preview – Tuesday, October 17 from 3:00PM-4:00PM Teachers will make wish baskets so that parents can purchase books for teachers.

We also have great family events scheduled:
  • Donuts for Dads – Tuesday, October 24 from 7:30AM-8:30AM
  • Muffins for Moms – Wednesday, October 25 from 7:30AM-8:30AM
  • Family Night/Pumpkin Character Contest - Thursday, October 26 5:00-7:00PM
Visit http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/2016-fall-es-video for a book fair preview. Visit our Book Fair homepage to order books online http://www.scholastic.com/bf/palenciaelementaryschool.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (click here)

You can sign-up on the PTO Website. Volunteers will receive a 10% discount on their purchases.

Link to Book Fair Class Shopping Schedule

Book Character Pumpkin Contest 2017

This year, the media center is getting into the fall spirit by having a pumpkin decorating contest. Palencia students, staff, and parents are invited to decorate a pumpkin like their favorite book character. It’s easy and fun for everyone! To enter, bring in a decorated pumpkin to the PES media center on October 23. All entries must be received by 3:15 on October 23. We cannot accept late entries.

Contest Rules:

  1. NO CARVED PUMPKINS! Carved pumpkins rot, attract bugs, and smell. Most importantly, we don’t want a child handling a knife or carving tools. Pumpkins may be painted, hot glued, colored and decorated. Gourds and other pumpkin-like squash may be used.
  2. Pumpkins should represent a favorite book character. On the entry form, you must write the title and author of the book and include a copy of the book to display with the pumpkin character.
  3. This project should mostly be done by students. K thru 2nd grade students may work with parents to complete a pumpkin as a “family.” 3rd-5th grade students should do most of the work themselves, with only some assistance by parents. Class/Club projects should include student initiative as well.
  4. Do not write your name anywhere on the pumpkin. Your entry form information will be used to make a display card for the pumpkin.
  5. Pumpkins will be judged according to the following categories: K thru 2nd Grade “Family” Pumpkins, 3rd Grade thru 5th Grade Student Pumpkins, Class/Club Pumpkins
  6. Judging will be conducted by students and teachers. One vote for each of the categories.
  7. Prizes: Three winners in each category will be announced at the Book Fair Family
    Night October 26. Each winner will receive a ribbon and a gift certificate to the fall book fair.
  8. After judging, pumpkins may be picked up on Friday, October 27. Pumpkins not picked up will be discarded.
For an entry form visit Pumpkin Character Contest or come by the media center to pick one up. Need inspiration? Visit my Storybook Pumpkins Pinterest Board.

Our Numbers for September 2017

Number of Books Checked Out - 2,801
Number of E-books Viewed - 29
Number of Classes - 84
Number of New Books Added - 129
Most Check-outs by a Student - Trey J. 18

Class with the Most Check-outs - Class - H. Worthington - 175
Most Check-outs by a Teacher - Mrs. Simpson 65

September is National Library Card Month

We are working with Mrs. Anne Crawford from the Public Library to encourage students to get their public library card. Students just need to bring their existing or new library card to media resource. We will take their picture with Snoopy to display at school and at the public library. Students will also get a special Peanuts bookmark provided by Mrs. Crawford and the Ponte Vedra Branch of the St. Johns Public Library. We will end our library card drive on October 27 with a special visit from Mrs. Crawford during our Book Fair Family Night.

Our Awsome SSYRA Readers - 5 or more

Nick V. - 10 books

Aaron L. - 8 books

Parmis - 8 books

Gharam - 9 books

James - 6 books

William C. - 5 books


For more information and a list of books, visit the PES Media Center website.

MackinVia Ebooks - Halloween Choices

PES students and families have access to 1700 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 Halloween. Username = Student # with an S, Password = same as school computer login or HAC password.

What will we be learning in media this month?

1. SSYRA book trailers - watch them again
2. No Pirates Allowed Said Library Lou - Students will learn how to treat their books like pirate treasure.
3. Book Fair Shopping and Preview
4. MackinVia Ebooks
5. Non-fiction Text Features - table of contents, glossary, index, maps, diagrams, labels
6. Parts of a book - spine, author, illustrator, title page, bar code, cover, call number, book jacket, copyright, and publisher

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.

Accelerated Reader Home Connect

At Home: Parents can check student progress and monitor their reading success by going to https://hosted81.renlearn.com/707343/HomeConnect. Use the following information to log-in. These usernames and passwords are new!


Username: s + student number

Password: first and last name initials + student number

Palencia Elementary Media Center - The Pirate Cove

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 is at the heart of our program, so that we are prepared to set sail into tomorrow’s world.