Prevent the Summer Slide - READ!

Summer Reading Programs PES 2017

What's the Summer Slide?

The Summer Slide is the academic loss children experience when they are away from school for an extended period of time over summer vacation. Children who do not read over the summer can lose up to 3 months reading progress and that loss has a cumulative long term effect. It is critical that all children participate in some form of reading over the summer to avoid this loss of reading progress. This newsletter features many reading programs that you and your child can participate in over the summer to avoid the SLIDE!
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Summer Readers are Leaders at PES

Palencia's Summer Reading Program

In the past Palencia has participated in Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge. All students were signed up for the program and passwords were sent home. Unfortunately, we had about a five percent participation rate. This year we are NOT registering students as a school for the program, but you can register your child using the links and information below.

Instead of utilizing one program for our summer reading initiative at Palencia, we are hoping to share and promote the programs below. Hopefully, one of the many resources below will motivate your children to read over the summer. Choose the program or activity that bests suits your child and family.

In order to culminate our Summer Reading Adventures at PES we would like to reward students who read over the summer with Book Bucks for the Fall Book Fair. $10 in Book Bucks will we awarded to students who write about the reading program they choose to use over the summer. Parents can help students with the story of their reading adventure. We would even love a picture. The summer program below featuring Buncee would be a great way to document your child's story. It doesn't matter what students read and we aren't looking for documentation of every book or minutes. Instead, your child should write about what they did and how they were inspired by a reading program. We will share these inspirational stories and pick several to be highlighted on the WPES morning news. Please submit your child's story by August 25, 2017 to the media center or email it to

Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge

This program is perfect for the student that is motivated by online games and the characters that are featured in many of the Scholastic book series. Sign-up here and take the challenge. Students can log their minutes, earn digital rewards, watch book trailers and play games. Watch the video below to see if this is the right summer reading program for you.
Summer Reading PSA by Dav Pilkey

MackinVia E-books - Get the App or Read On-line

PES students and families have access to more than 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. Username = Student # (if you don't know it, try the school name) Password = pirates. Click the linked words for additional books featuring the 17-18 SSYRA and SSYRA Jr titles. Click Summertime to read the books from the image below.
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Acclerated Reader for the Summer 2017

Palencia Elementary has teamed up with the St. Johns County Public Library to allow students to take Accelerated Reader quizzes during the summer. Palencia has created a Summer Term for testing through the end of June. There will not be goals set but quizzes will be recorded. User names and passwords will remain the same (S number with s and 2 letter initials followed by S number). A new term will be generated on July 1. Students can test at the Main Public library branch between the hours of 10AM and 7Pm Monday - Saturday starting June 1. While there, get a library card for your child, check-out some great books and enjoy some of the many programs the library has to offer.

For more information about Accelerated Reader at Palencia please visit our AR Web-page.

The St. Johns County Public Library

The St. Johns Public library has many opportunities for students to read and learn over the summer. Please use the links below to discover all our county libraries have to offer.
  • Bookmobile - visits Palencia Elementary every other Wednesday afternoon. Use the link to find the current schedule.
  • Build a Better World Summer Reading Program - Your local library can help your children avoid the “summer slide,” the loss of knowledge and academic skills that can occur over summer break. Our summer reading logs and incentive programs for kids and teens can help keep skills up. Kids who mark their reading logs can bring them to the library each week for a terrific prize. Stop by your branch to pick yours up! Last summer our county libraries provided over 500 active programs for children and teens, and put hundreds of reading logs in the hands of young learners. This summer’s theme is Build a Better World, so come visit us and join the fun!
  • E-books - SJCPL uses Overdrive as their e-book platform. There are thousands of e-books available for elementary and middle school aged students with your library card.
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Summer Sparks Reading Contest!

Summer reading opens up new worlds to explore. This summer, our school is giving students the opportunity to take reading adventures to new heights by participating in Buncee & Capstone Publishing’s Summer Sparks Reading Contest. Capstone and Buncee are joining forces this summer to keep your kids determined to read, research, and create, while making sure they have fun, too!

This program allows students to create a Buncee slide show as a reading journal and gives access to Capstone's digital library of books. To participate in this program e-mail Mrs. Ayrish Booysen for a username and password. If your child already has access to Buncee through their teacher, they can use that account to create their reading journal. The school with the most Buncee reading journals will win Buncee & PebbleGo subscriptions, Library Skills book set written by Shannon Miller & produced by Emily Arrow, and an ICE CREAM PARTY!

You can access on the web or by downloading the Buncee iOS app. The following link tells more about the contest:

Read! Access Capstone’s digital library and award winning databases. This site has fabulous non-fiction content for even the youngest readers. Links are below in Summer Sparks Links.

Buncee is a creation and presentation tool for students and educators to create interactive classroom content, allowing learners of all ages to visualize concepts and communicate creatively. Imagine creating slide shows with all the pictures and digital content built into the program so that students don't need to go to other internet sites searching for images and graphics. Each Buncee has a link and can be shared in other Aps like MackinVia e-books. This is a fun way for students to share their Reading Adventure Story with our school.
Buncee Tutorial

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program is back to give young readers the opportunity to earn a free book by following these three easy steps:

1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.

2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017. Click here to find a Store.
3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

For more information on summer reading for all ages, visit! For kid-specific info, click here. You can also follow along on social using the hashtag #BNSummerReading.

Epic! - Thousands of Online Books for Kids

Epic is like Netflix for children's books. The e-book platform is provided free to educators and supported by home subscriptions.


  • Gives instant access to the world’s largest digital library of high-quality fiction and nonfiction for kids 12 and under
  • Includes personalized reading recommendations for each child based on individual reading preferences and abilities
  • Reading logs to track student progress
  • Available on iPads, iPhone, Android devices, and on any computer or desktop

You can read on Epic! at home, with a $4.99 subscription. Access a great list of holiday books and more for 30 days free at home. Click here or

Book Adventure

Visit Book Adventure a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read,
and earn prizes for their reading success. Start your reading adventure!
Book Adventure - Sylvan Learning

PBS Summer Adventure

Summer Reading Adventures with PBS This program isn’t for prizes, but contains themes for each week of the summer. PBS provides many downloadable files and activities for engage your young readers.