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: email@example.com 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.”
Dear PVS community,
March is almost here, and with it two important events in the library. We will be celebrating Reading Week from March 1st to March 5th. Our theme this year is “Change Your World – READ”.
Due to our current circumstances it will look different than in years past. We have scheduled 3 zoom presentations:
- Monday, March 1st, 2pm Magician Larry Wilson
- Thursday, March 4th, 10:30am Author/Illustrator Teddy Swecker
- Friday, March 5th, Animal Ark will host individual Grade level presentations throughout the day
We will dress up as our favorite book character on Wednesday, March 3rd and as our favorite animal on Friday, March 5th.
Thank you to our PTA, who has graciously offered to run a Read-A-Thon.
Students will create bookmarks as part of a schoolwide contest. Prizes will be awarded throughout the week.
Our second event is the Penny Drive for our friends at Mbogo school on the Soysambu conservancy in Kenya. This will be our 10th year of support, more information below and in a separate message.
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 on March 1st, the beginning of Reading Week, and run through March 12, the end of Spirit Week.
Collection jars will be placed in every classroom and we invite students to bring in any spare change they are willing to donate. Participation is entirely optional.
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 $13,100.00 over the past 9 years.
Under the present circumstance here and abroad, 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.