Saturday, October 27, 2012

Updates 10/29/12

Updates 10/29/12

*Thank you to ALL of you that participated in this year's International Book Fair! Kids were reading and walking, reading and snacking, and reading and reading and reading this week!! A lot goes into the planning and implementation of a school book fair. Thank you to our dedicated PTA volunteers, Mrs. Molloy, families, and Quail Ridge Books for making this such a successful event for Wiley.

*Want the extra Halloween candy out of the house ASAP?? We'll take it! Wiley will collect candy donations this Thursday and Friday in the main office. The candy will be taken to local dentists that will then send them to US troops all over the world. I suggest making this into a math activity with your kids: count the candy, graph the candy, divide the candy, add and subtract the candy, model fractions and percents with the candy--then donate the candy! 

*Don't forget;
       -Wednesday, Oct. 31, is a teacher workday and there is no school for students.
       -Nov. 6 is a teacher workday and there is no school for students. (Election Day)
       -Nov. 12 is Veteran's Day and Wiley is closed for the day.
       -Nov. 13 is Fall Picture Retakes and Report Cards go home. 
       -Nov. 16 the Snowflake Gift Drive begins.
       -Nov. 21-23 is the Thanksgiving holiday

*Kindergarten had a great time studying pumpkins Friday! Did you see I posted Mrs. Swartz's tweet? Follow Wiley on our Twitter account. There are new pictures, interesting links, and reminders each day.  

*Do you want to read internationally themed FREE books with your kids at home? Check out the International Children's Digital Library for online books that are globally connected. At Wiley we develop our global citizenship through the following four global competencies: Investigation of the World, Recognition of Perspectives, Communication of Ideas, and Taking Action. Talk with your child about one or all of these competencies as you read!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Released Today!

LINK: NC School Report Card

Today, NC released the annual Report Card for each school. This site is full of information and has many links to additional information. Go to this site for data about Wiley and other NC schools.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Don't forget!

Don't forget that this week is our International Book Fair! We had a GREAT first day with tons of internationally focused books heading to Wiley families and classrooms. The sale ends Friday!

Monday, October 22, 2012

10/22/12 Updates

10/22/12 Updates

*Wow! Our kids are talented! The band concert was fantastic last week. The beginners sounded amazing and the continuing students sounded like old pros!

*It's International Book Fair week at Wiley! Students can begin to purchase books Tuesday of this week. Wednesday, the fair will be open until 6:00pm for families to browse and shop.

*October is Disability History and Awareness Month. At Wiley we are learning and reflecting about the multiple perspectives regarding disabilities and abilities. Ms. McCann's class is currently doing this through their literature study. They are reading Wonder, Sahara Special, and Granny Torrelli Makes Soup to explore the perspectives of those with differences and the people in their lives. I was impressed by the profound presentations of work done by the students based on Wonder. They were inspired by literature, by a character with amazing perseverance, and by their classmates. You could have heard a pin drop while they talked. It is powerful, 21st century learning when students step outside themselves and consider the world through the perspective of others. I am proud of our students for going above and beyond in this way!

*Please check Wiley's website for the most updated calendar. We have many "no school" days coming up. Please see below.
       -Oct. 31 is a teacher workday. No school for students.
       -Nov. 6 is a teacher workday (and election day). No school for students.
       -Nov. 12 is Veteran's Day. No school for students.
       -Nov. 13 is Fall Picture retakes and Report Cards go home.
       -Nov. 21-23 is the Thanksgiving holiday.

Updates from the Wiley PTA

Phantom Fundraiser is going on now! Make sure you check out the attached flyer in this week's email. We appreciate your support!

Wiley Families, we need your help!
Link your Harris Teeter VIC card.
Harris Teeter will give Wiley money for every purchase you make of a Harris Teeter Brand product during the school year. All you have to do is ask them to link your VIC card! Last year, Wiley earned almost $2,000 from Harris Teeter. At checkout, simply tell the Harris Teeter cashier to link your card to Wiley (#2920), or link on-line and press the re-link button on right, You have to relink your VIC card every school year!
The PTA went through the carpool line about 2-3 weeks ago. We were not able to link some of your Harris Teeter VIC cards because last names changed since your enrollment in the VIC Program. Please check the bottom of your Harris Teeter receipt to see if you are linked to Wiley. If there is no school then you need to follow the steps just mentioned. We currently have 100+ families linked to this program. Wiley has roughly over 400 families. Please take a moment right now and link your card online, in the store or call 1-800-432-6111 and choose option #3.
To raise even more free money
November 3 and November 10 – You can help Wiley earn even more money at the Harris Teeter VIC Link events at Cameron Village Harris Teeter, 500 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. You and your Wiley students can help shoppers link their VIC cards to Wiley (to raise funds for all of our students), it is that easy!!! Please RSVP to Stefanie Reed, - We need to have at least 4 families volunteer to make it worthwhile. The event will be on November 3 and November 10 from 10am to 1pm, and don't forget your Wiley wear! You do not have to work both days or the entire 3 hours when you sign up. Please provide Stefanie the best day and time. We can’t do it alone – we need our Wiley parents!!!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Inaugural Post! 10/15/12

Welcome to the Blogger'd Wiley World Review! Beginning today, I will post our newsletter here each week. I will also continue to send you a weekly email with the blog's link, necessary attachments (usually PTA flyers), and send a paper copy to those families that prefer it. 

10/15/12 Updates

Wiley Happenings:

  • Last week Mrs. Jones was selected as one of 10 teachers to travel on a winter adventure to Yellowstone with the NC Museum of Science! We can't wait to learn with her as she travels. Congratulations Mrs. Jones!
  • Mrs. Swartz's class participated in a Skype session with two fire dogs (and their human) about Fire Safety.
  • The Wiley Jellybeans family skate night was a blast. We had a great turn out and I got to be in the middle of the Hokey Pokey circle- such a fun Saturday evening!
  • The fifth graders took their first field trip of the year. They were welcomed by scientists at the NC Museum of Science into their learning lab. I have loved watching the students rave about it on their fifth grade Edmodo group! 
Coming Up at Wiley:
  • Mrs. Ware begins the Conscious Discipline group this week. If you'd like to attend, choose the 7:45am session or the 4:30pm session Tuesday. 
  • October 31 is a teacher workday. There will be no school for students.
  • Join us for the fall Wiley Band concert! Both the beginning and continuing bands will perform Thursday evening at 7:00pm at Wiley.
  • Friday is our second Early Release of the year. We will begin dismissal at 1:15. Don't forget to wear your Wiley gear!!
  • The PTA Phantom fundraiser begins today!! Please help support Wiley's success through a donation.
  • The PTA International Book Fair begins next week! See the attached flyer in today's email.
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