The Villages Elemetary School

4th & 5th Grade Media Center



We Love to read! Happy February!

Our students are well on their way to reaching our building AR point goal! Check out this month's Media Newsletter for updates!

Want to see if we have a book in our media center?

Search our collection on Destiny.

Destiny Link:


On your Mark, Get Set, Read!

 This year's AR Reading Goal for the 4th & 5th Grade Center is... 45,000 points!

Go Buffalo! We know you are going to reach your goal!


Please make sure you are asking your child how they are progressing on their Quarterly AR Goal.



2016-2017 SSYRA Books

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putman Oakes

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells

Fish Finelli: Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles by E.S. Farber

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Elise Allen & Daryle Conners

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

The Pet War by Allan Woodrow

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater

Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood

Serafina’s Promise by Ann Burg

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett & Jory John

The Worm Whisperer by Betty Hicks


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   Please note: not all books and quizzes listed on this site are available at our media center for testing. 


Mindset Videos

 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:

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.

1-2-3 Magic (Spanish edition) by Thomas W. Phelan

How We Love Our Kids by Milan Yerkovich

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

How to Talk so Kids Will 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 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.



Contact Information:

Tara Zawacki

Intermediate Center: (352) 259-2300

4/5 Building: (352) 259-6850


Media Center Acrobat(.PDF) Documents

February Media Newsletter - February Media Newsletter

Media Center Links

Destiny - Library Card Catalog
Scholastic - A great resource for children's books and related activities!

 May 2017
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