Saturday, November 17, 2012

Monday Updates 11/19/12

Updates 11/19/12

At this time of year it is easy to get caught up in the busy lives we lead. In this week of Thanksgiving, I hope to take a small moment of your day to express my sincere thanks for all you do to make Wiley a vibrant learning space for children. There is no way Wiley would be this amazing without dedicated, creative, and first-rate teachers, students, and parents.

Teachers, Thank you for the unparalleled time, effort, and dedication you give to your students, coworkers, and Wiley families every single day. Watching you plan, collaborate, learn, and teach is the greatest gift of my career. There is no better group of people to change the world through children than you.  

Parents, Thank you for the time you spend with your children at home building their character and their knowledge of the world. Thank you for the time, energy, and resources you provide to not just your child but the 471 other kids at Wiley. Thank you for supporting and encouraging teachers in a time in our country when they need it the most.

Students, Each of you make Wiley a living, breathing being every day. The joy you bring into our doors everyday keeps us coming back for more! Thank you for your laughter, your hard hard work, and your creative geniusness. You are making a difference in the world already by just being you.

Ms. McMahon


Language Student Celebration

It was a day of celebration in our Language classes last Thursday! The language teachers began planning last week's celebration during the first week of school. Their focus was to provide students an encouragement to maintain global citizenship throughout the first quarter of the year. They did so by emphasizing positive behaviors and academic success in all language classes.

The celebration included activities aligned with each language teacher's native country: Japan - Sumo, China - chopsticks, Columbia - relay races (with Senora Henderson, our very own Olympic athlete) Germany and Canada - social games. Students traveled from country to country to participate in each activity. The students loved it and the teachers are already thinking about what to do next quarter! 

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Upcoming Parents' Chat

Would you like time to hear about the happenings at Wiley? Want time to ask questions and get feedback? Join Ms. McMahon in the media center on December 12 at 9:30am-10:15am or 6:00pm-6:45pm for information on the Common Core curriculum, our international magnet theme, and state and county assessments.

Important Dates to Remember:

*Beginning today: Snowflake Gift Drive; pick out a snowflake in the office to provide a gift or gift card for a Wiley kid for the holidays.
*Thanksgiving holiday: November 21-23
*Food Friends Food Drive: November 26-December 14
*Interim Reports: December 10
*Parents' Chat with Ms. McMahon: December 12, 9:30am or 6:00pm
*Chorus and Band Concert: December 13
*Early Release, 1:15 dismissal: December 21
*Winter Holiday Break: December 24-January 1