Pirate Cove Connection

PES Media Center News - May 2017

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books Team

Battle of the Books is a competition for students in grades 3 to 5 that is held in St. Johns County. Each school has a team of 5 members plus alternates. After reading all 15 SSYRA books and studying quotes from the books, the teams meet to compete with other schools to see who knows more about the books. The team of students must know which book a particular quote comes from in order to answer questions correctly. There is a North and a South battle. Palencia competes with in the Southern Battle. This year we won!!!!!!! The trophy is in the PES Pirate Cove. We are looking for a great team next year, so read those SSYRA books and get ready for the Battle.

Dates to Remember

May 5 – Last Day for check-out, Last Day for AR Goals, SSYRA (5) and SSYRA Jr. (10) deadline for party

May 10 – Battle of the Books

May 12 – All books due, Last day of the Book Fair

May 15 - SSYRA Jr. Ice Cream Sundae Party

May 16 - SSYRA Ice Cream Sundae Party

MackinVia Ebooks on Camping and SSYRA for 2017-2018

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 about Camping. Username = Student # Password = pirates. Click the linked words for additional books about Camping, SSYRA and SSYRA Jr.

Summer Reading

Look for the Pirate Cove Connection Summer Reading edition the last week of school for more information on Summer Reading Adventures.

Book Lists by Grade Level

All Books Due to the Media Center May 12, 2017

Our Numbers for April 2017

Number of Books Checked Out - 4,628
Number of E-books Viewed - 1,710
Number of Classes - 84
Number of Magazines Checked-out - 150
Most Check-outs by a Student - Harper K. 20 books

Class with the Most Check-outs - Mrs. Kusiak 's Class 136
Most Check-outs by a Teacher - Mrs. Eberhardt 14

Last Day for Check-Out May 5, 2017

The Happy Camper Book Fair

Coming May 3-11, 2017 to the PES Pirate Cove. Purchase books to support our school and classroom libraries. Students will shop with their class during their Media Resource time. Check with your child’s teacher for class shopping times if you would like to shop with your child.
  • Thursday, May 4 - Camp-out at the Book Fair (Family Night) 5:30-7:30PM
  • Tuesday, May 9 - Donuts for Dads 7:30-8:30AM
  • Thursday, May 11 - Muffins for Moms 7:30-8:30AM


The State of Florida students voted for The Terrible Two. The second choice was Circus Mirandus and third place was The Terrible Two.

SSYRA Jr. 1-2
The State of Florida Students voted for I Yam a Donkey. The second choice was Princss and the Pony and third place choice was a Mother Bruce.

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

2016 17 SSYRA JR Winner

AR Goal Deadline for the 4th Quarter is May 5

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.

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.