Valley Ridge Reader

VRA Media Center News - September 2019

Welcome Back to the Valley Ridge Media Center

We are so excited to share our fabulous collection of books and resources with all of our Hawks at Valley Ridge Academy. Please use this newsletter each month 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 adding your email. Please stop by the media center and get a media brochure or check-out our Valley Ridge Reader website.

Media Specialist - Mrs. Ayrish Booysen

I am delighted to be the new media specialist at Valley Ridge Academy. This is my 24th year as an educator. Before coming to Valley Ridge Academy I was a "pirate" at Palencia Elementary School. I also taught for 17 years in Tallahassee, FL. I enjoy reading, running, traveling and taking pictures. I am looking forward to a great year on the Ridge!

Library Policies


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.

Check-out Policy

Kindergarten Students – 1 book

1st & 2nd Grade Students – 2 books

3rd - 8th Grade Students – 3 books

  • Students may be given special permission to checkout additional books for research projects and extra check-outs may be given as a reward in media.
  • Classroom teachers distribute overdue notices and parents will be emailed overdue notices when necessary.
  • Fines are not charged, but students are expected to pay for lost or damaged books. To pay online visit
  • Magazines will be available for check-out.
  • Parents can request library cards and check out books with their children.
  • 5th Grade parents may sign for students to check-out Upper Academy Books. The form is attached below.

Students can use their ID badges as library cards this year. The badges have a barcode at the bottom that accesses their library number for check-out. Please encourage your students to keep their ID with them, especially when they come to media center. Younger students may have these badges in their classroom so that they have easy access to their card.

Book Care

  • Handle books with clean dry hands.
  • Be careful turning pages.
  • Use a bookmark! Never dog-ear pages.
  • Keep books away from babies and pets.
  • Keep books away from water, food, and drinks.

Library Catolog - Follett Destiny

Our library catalog is online and available from computers at school and home. Visit and select Destiny Library Catalog by clicking the image of the book tree or click the image to the left. If directed choose Valley Ridge Academy. Then search to find your favorite book. You can also search our MackinVia e-books from the Follett Destiny Catalog.

Sunshine State Young Readers Award

Each year students are challenged to read books from the Sunshine State Young Reader list. There are 15 books on each of the SSYRA lists. Once students have read at least 3 books and passed a Book Taco Quiz with at least 70% accuracy, they are eligible to vote for their favorite book. There will be incentives for reading each of the books. Students who read 10 or more will be invited to try out for the Battle of the Books team in grades 3rd-8th. For more information visit the VRA Media Center Website or use the link below to see the SSYRA digital information sheet.

Book Taco

Book Taco is a FREE online resource that motivates students to read more books. Designed to serve as the interactive platform for student choice book programs, like SSYRA books, summer reading, or customized classroom book lists, Book Taco will encourage greater student participation while providing educators a dynamic dashboard where they can monitor student reading progress, assign activities, reward effort and consolidate student reviews.

Volunteers in the Media Center

We love our volunteers in the media center! The media center is always looking for volunteers to help with displays (doors and bulletin board), special projects, shelving books, and student book selection. Please call or email if you would like to help in the media center.

What are we learning in Media this month?

  1. Rules and Procedures in the Library
  2. Read-alouds include Chester Visits the Library, Watch Your Paws Chester, and A Book for Chester
  3. Overview of our Library Brochure
  4. Introduction to the SSYRA Program 3-5 and 6-8.
  5. WOW - our Wonderful Wednesdays will include making Scribble Bookmarks, utilizing MackinVia E-books and other STEAM station activities.

Coming September 15ish - International Dot Day

"International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe."

To find our more information and download an educators guide visit -

The Dot

News By the Library Numbers - August 2019

Number of Books Checked Out - 3,367

Open Access Visits - 320

Number of E-books Viewed - 242
Number of Class Visits - 71
Number of New Books and Magazines Added - 136
Most Check-outs by a Student - Danielle from Ms. Bates Class 59
Most Check-outs by a Teacher - Ms. Yeoman 26

Most Class Check-outs - Ms. Bates 150

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.

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.