Hello Pleasant Valley Students and Families,
I hope you are well and safely sheltered at home during this difficult time. As we all struggle to adjust to this new normal and are exploring distance learning, I would like to point out some resources that are available from our Destiny Catalog home page.
Although the Pleasant Valley Library is closed at this time, there are a number of links accessible right from that home page, please take a look by clicking on the Destiny link to the right. You will see a section with links to the Public library system of services and I would like to highlight the Overdrive/Libby link through which you will be able to check-out books online. Most of our students should have received a public library card as they are now issued as students register for school. If your student does not have a card, a link for sign up is provided as well.
I have also added links to read-alouds for the remaining Nevada Young Reader nominees that we did not get to read together, as well as links to celebrity read-alouds and story time from space.
I hope you will be able to use these resources available through our Destiny home page.
I miss all of you and I am looking forward to seeing you back at school in the near future, until then stay well, wash your hands frequently and continue to stay home. That is the best way for all of us to beat this virus!
In the meantime, this is a good time to read some great books!
Dear PVS community,
It is hard to believe the end of the first quarter is here already! I was unsure what library would look like under Covid-19 circumstances, but I think we have found a way to allow all our students access to their choice of books by utilizing online resources.
I have been teaching students from 2nd grade on how to place books on hold in Destiny. To make sure everyone is aware of this option, I have added the step by step instructions for home access to our library catalog below.
You can also access a number of resources and helpful links directly from our Destiny homepage. Please take a moment to explore the options. To access this page follow these steps:
To log in from your home computer:
- Go to our PVS website (or directly to https://washoeschools.follettdestiny.com skip to step 3)
- Click on the Destiny link on the bottom of the homepage or from the PVS library page
- Choose Pleasant Valley School from the list of schools
- You can also log in from TEAMS by going to the library channel and choosing Destiny
- You are now on our Destiny Home Page and have access to numerous links
- Log in with Username: Student ID (from Infinite Campus) Password: Last name (not case sensitive) or Log-in with Clever: Username: firstname.lastname@example.org Password: same as your computer at school
- To Browse the catalog click on the Catalog tab
- Choose Destiny Discover on the left side of the page
- Click on your book of interest or search by using the search bar at the top to find a book
- Make sure it is a book in an appropriate reading range (scroll down to the detailed record)
- Students required to read AR books please look for Accelerated Reader and the Reading lvl, if it does not say Accelerated Reader it is not a book that you can take a test on
- Only books with Call numbers starting with E, FIC, TRA, B or a Dewey number (for example: E CAR, FIC OSB, B FRA, TRA SHA or 636.8 MAT) may be selected by students E = Everybody section or Easy Fiction (Picture books, not real) F or FIC = Fiction (Chapter books, not real) Dewey numbers (001 – 999) = Non-Fiction (real) B = Biography (Non-Fiction, real) TRA = Transitional (beginner chapter books, not real)
- Choose the Hold tab to place your book on hold
- You may place up to 2 books on hold at a time
- Books will be delivered to the classroom or handed out during library time
- Distance Learners may pick up books on a pre-arranged day during the week
- READ your books
- Return and Repeat
Once logged in to your account you will also be able to see any books currently checked out, as well as any overdue books. Keep in mind returned books are quarantined for 4 days and may still appear on your account even though you may have returned them.
Last but not least, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the PTA Board and Mrs. Lum in particular, for securing a National PTA Grant for $1,000.00 to purchase new books for the library. Our PTA has always looked out for our library and I appreciate all the support over the years, whether that is funding for books or Reading Week presentations. I can always count on our PTA Board!
Fall into a good book and READ!
“Those who don’t read
have no advantage over
those who can’t.”
Parents and students…
Reading Week is fast approaching…
We are celebrating the week of Monday, March 9th through Friday, March 13th.
Our theme this year is “Saddle Up and READ” and we are planning a week filled with activities centered around all things Rodeo, specifically a “READING RODEO”.
We will kick off the week on Monday wearing Western or Pioneer wear and crowning our royal court for the week.
The Reno Rodeo outreach program will be visiting with our 1st Graders and the current HS Rodeo Queen, Jessica Betz, will teach our students how to rope a good book.
On Tuesday morning storyteller Jim Cogan will be here to entertain everyone with his wonderful tales, and in the afternoon our 2nd and 4th Graders will perform the musicals “Ei Ei Ooops” and “Go West”.
Wednesday is once again PV Chautauqua Day. Mrs. Mullen’s class will introduce us to some folks from the “old days” including some famous outlaws.
On Thursday Deputy Dorkface, aka Author Kevin Janison, will be calling for law and order at PVS. He will be selling his popular books at a bargain price of $10.00 a copy. Order forms will be coming home with your student prior to his visit.
Western Night at the public library is scheduled for Thursday evening, March 12th, from 6:00 – 7:00pm. Come dressed in western wear and enjoy a story and refreshments.
Friday morning the Bruka theater will bring us “Nevada 150ish” and in the afternoon we will be line dancing to the song “Git Up”, before we conclude the week with the teachers’ challenge. Come dressed in Western wear again.
Our Reading Rodeo Challenge is 75,000 minutes for this year and if our students reach this goal our teachers will have to meet this challenge. Reading tickets will be coming home daily. Please have your student record the minutes read and tickets should be signed by a guardian before being returned the following day.
PVS Reading Week Committee
Dear Pleasant Valley School Community,
March is here and as many of you know we have had an ongoing partnership with Mbogo School on the Soysambu Nature preserve west of Nairobi, Kenya. More info at http://soysambuconservancy.org click on Conservation >Community>Education to see pictures of Mbogo students.
Our Penny drive will kick off this week and run through March 13th (the end of Reading Week). Collection jars have been placed in every classroom and we invite students to bring in any spare change they are willing to donate. Participation is entirely optional. The class collecting the most money (one upper and one lower grade) will receive a special treat.
Every penny donated goes directly to the students and allows the headmaster/principal to provide a very basic meal at lunch time as well as basic school supplies throughout the year. This commitment started with a former Pleasant Valley student during an internship on Soysambu. Recognizing the poor conditions under which students had to learn she wanted to do something about it and the Mbogo Penny Drive was born. Thanks to the continuing commitment of our students, parents and staff we have been able to send a total of $11,300.00 over the past 8 years.
You may ask why not concentrate our efforts closer to home, but providing a global view for students gives a better understanding of the world we live in and issues they may have to address in their future.
Thank you (kuwashukuru) for all your support of our global outreach.
Get ready, set, shop, our Scholastic Book Fair is coming!!!
Our Scholastic book fair runs from Monday, February 10th to Friday, February 14th.
Hours are: 9:00am to 4:00pm daily and on Tuesday, February 11 from 8:00am - 4:00pm.
Stop by the library before or after school, or after your child’s Bring Someone Special to School Breakfast on Tuesday. Books are a great gift for Valentine's Day!
You may also visit Scholastic Book Fair Finder and order online.
If you are interested in setting up an e-wallet for your child, a link is provided on our PVS homepage as well as our Destiny homepage, along with the online shopping link. I look forward to seeing you there and thank you for your continued support of our library.