Sunday, January 13, 2013

Updates 1/14/13

Updates 1/14/13

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
The holiday celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is coming up next Monday, January 21st. It is recognized by many through a Day of Service. At Wiley, one of our global competencies is to Take Action where "students translate their ideas and findings into appropriate actions to improve local and/or global conditions". Please consider providing an opportunity for your child and your family to take part in doing something for others during the national Day of Service. Ideas nationally and locally can be found at the MLK Day of Service website. "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" - Martin Luther King Jr.

African American History Competition
Wiley students will participate for the first time this year in the 11th Annual Omega Psi Phi African American History Competition! The competition is in a quiz bowl format and will take studying, practice (during school hours), and competition participation on Saturday, February 23rd. This opportunity is open to all students in the fourth and fifth grades. Please email Ms. McMahon at if you would like to sign up your student. (We are allowed a maximum of 4 students, so please make sure you can commit to the program and do so as soon as possible.)

Magnet Application Begins TODAY
Are you a fifth grade parent and want a magnet middle school for your student? Are you a current magnet parent that has a rising Kindergartener? You must apply for these students through the magnet application process between January 14 and 25. Please check the following WCPSS site for school application information.

New Books
We are thrilled that many new books have hit our library shelves! Thanks to our PTA's Phantom Fundraiser we were able to order $10,000 new books for student and teacher use. The first half of the order recently arrived and with volunteers' help Mrs. Molloy has them ready for check out. She even added an entire new nonfiction section for early readers. Thank you for supporting this purchase, now let's get reading!

WCPSS Parent Academies
The Winter/Spring Parent Academies begin January 15, 2013. We are very excited to offer a variety of workshops presented by the WCPSS subject matter experts (see attachments). The objective is to provide parents with the tools needed to support their children’s academic and social success. These workshops are free to WCPSS parents, and free child care for children ages 4-13 years old will be provided.  Topics, presented in English and Spanish include:
  • Understanding Common Core and Essential Standards
  • Technology Tips for Academic Success
  • Planning your Pathway to College and Beyond
  • Supporting Health and Nutrition at Home
  • K-12 Assessments
  • Transitioning from Elementary to Middle and from Middle to High School
  • Keeping Children Safe in School
  • Is Life in the Digital World Useful or Dangerous
  • Preparing your Child for the EOG
  • Identify and Protect Your Child Against Bullying
Register for Parent Academy sessions HERE.

Upcoming Important Dates
*Kindergarten Registration for 2013-2014: Happening NOW
*Student Assignment Base Declaration Period: January 7-14
*Magnet Application Period: TODAY (January 14)
*Martin Luther King Day, No School: January 21
*Teacher Workday, No School: January 22
*Magnet Application Period Ends: January 25