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Summer Reading Program


Students who will be attending The Villages Charter Elementary School next year are encouraged to participate in our Summer Reading Program. The program begins on June 7th and ends on July 21st. During this period students will be able to check out books from the media centers at the Intermediate Center and the 4th & 5th Grade Center on Tuesday’s between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and on Thursday’s between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The students will also be able to take Accelerated Reader quizzes in the computer lab of those buildings during the same time period. Incoming Kindergarten, First and Second Grade students will check out books from the Intermediate Center. Incoming Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade students will check out books from the 4th & 5th Grade Center. 


2016 Summer Reading Goals


Please use the goal for the grade your child will be entering for the 16/17 school year:


Kindergarten: 3 points (6 picture books)

First Grade: 5 points (10 picture books)

Second Grade: 5 points (May include short chapter books and/or picture books)

Third Grade: 6 points (May include short chapter books and/or picture books)

Fourth Grade: 8 points (May include short chapter books and/or picture books)

Fifth Grade: 10 points (May include chapter books and picture books)


The goal is the above number of points with an 80% or higher score in comprehension.


We hope that you will take advantage of these opportunities this summer to encourage your child to experience the joy of reading while continuing to develop his or her reading skills.


A new opportunity for earning Informational Hours is available to VCS families  

Growth Mindset videos from the Florida Department of Education address how the research of Dr. Carol Dweck who states that the way students think impacts their attitudes toward learning and how they perform in the classroom. 

Each video lesson and accompanying survey will earn parents 30 minutes of informational time.  While both parents may review the two videos and five articles, credit will be awarded to only one parent for a maximum of 3.5 hours per household. 

To take advantage of this opportunity for earning informational hours, access these resources at:


AR Home Connect

Just as last year, you can be able to check your child's AR information from home!  !

The link to this site is:

You will use your child's log-in information for this site. 

AR Book Find

A valuable tool to help figure out if a book is AR is   

Parent PI Books

  The Elementary Media Centers offer the following books that you may read and take AR tests on for informational hours.  I recommend  you read them earlier in the year as they can be hard to find the closer we get to May!  Please note:  you must have a student enrolled in the Elementary School to read and test on these books for PI time.  The media centers at the Middle and High Schools have books for parents of their students.

The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson 

How We Love Our Kids by Milan & Kay Yerkovich

How to Talk so Kids Can Learn by  Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

How to Parent so Children Will Learn by Sylvia Rimm 

Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

No Regrets Parenting  by Harley Rothbart 

Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber

The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman

1-2-3 Magia by Thomas W. Phelan Ph. D

1-2-3 Magic by Thomas W. Phelan

Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline

Parenting Without Power Struggles Susan Stiffleman

The Way They Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias

Raising Lifelong Learners- Lucy Calkins- NEW*****

Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka 

These books are available at the media centers and at local public libraries. Please note: some of these titles may not be available at the 4th & 5th grade center yet, but will be very soon!


Contact Information for Mrs. Bowersox


Primary Center: (352) 259-7700

Intermediate Center: (352) 259-2300                                            


Media Center Acrobat(.PDF) Documents

Library Card Application - Library Card Application
Parent Books for PI - Parent Books for PI

Media Center Links

Arthur - A site devoted to Marc Brown's Arthur Books
Character Education - Character First
Character Education -
Character Education - Discover Zone
Character Education - Character Counts
Character Education Resources - Scholastic
Character Education Resources - Follett Library Resources
Robert Munsch - A web site filled with stories and poems by children's author Robert Munsch
Sunlink - Online access to our media collection
The Children's Literature Web Guide - Links to awards, authors and other information

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