Monday, February 25, 2013

Updates 2/25/13

Updates 2/25/13

There are a lot of good things going on the spring! Check out some of it here:

Kudos to our Team 
This past Saturday, a team of 4 Wiley students participated in the African American History Quiz Bowl at East Millbrook Middle School. They were challenged in buzzer beater questioning and completed a timed written test. The competition was tight and our team did awesome! Way to go Noah, Phoenix, Ekartha, and Sam! Additionally, I would like to recognize two Wiley parents that were involved in the Quiz Bowl. Dwight Coleman was the event organizer and Jessica Whitaker presented the Living Legend award!

National Magnet Recognition
Congratulations to the entire Wiley community on our National Magnet School of Excellence Award. This award is given to the top magnet schools in the country and puts us in the running for the very best magnet school! That award will be given in May in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This award is not possible without continuous dedication from teachers, kids, parents, and the community. To each of you, THANK YOU for making this award happen for Wiley International Magnet Elementary School!

Gotta Keep Readin’! Is THIS week!!!
March 1st is Read Across America Day! We have many fun events planned for this day to get Wiley students excited about reading. Please send your child to school that day dressed as his or her favorite book character. The Wiley staff will also be dressed as their favorite book character!
March 1st is also the kick-off day for Wiley’s 2013 reading incentive program called Gotta Keep Readin’! Students grades K-5 are invited to participate in the Gotta Keep Readin’ program, and each grade level has its own age-appropriate goal. The program offers students fifteen different reading activities to choose from in their afterschool time. Each time students engage in an activity, they record their time spent and have an adult initial their sheet. In this way, students work toward their time goals. Students can give their completed reading logs to Ms. Molloy on or before April 12. If they complete their time goal, they will be invited to attend a Library Party! Ms. McMahon attached the reading log and the activity board to her Monday email this week. You can also download these forms from Ms. Molloy and Ms. Brownell’s websites: Ms. Molloy's Website and
Ms. Molloy will have hard copies of these forms in the media center, as well. We hope you will encourage your child to participate in Read Across America Day and Gotta Keep Readin’. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Molloy or Mrs. Brownell.
Spring Pictures 
Spring individual and Class Pictures are coming up March 13. Ordering information will come home today in the Monday folder.
Running Club 
Running Club is back for its spring season! 
Practice Dates are 4:00pm to 5:00pm on Thursdays March 7th , March 21st, April 11th, April 25th, May 9th, and May 23rd. The members (and any other runners in the Wiley community) are invited to run in the Run for Our Heroes race. 

Run for Our Heroes 5K 
Saturday April 27th

Science and Curriculum Night is coming!
The Wiley PTA and Staff have combined efforts to plan an awesome interactive, family focused night to explore science, math, reading, and writing. There will be local scientists, the YMCA, and Wiley teachers with hands-on activities for kids and parents alike! Save the date for March 26, 6pm to 7:30pm. We are looking forward to learning through doing with you!

PTA Healthy Lifestyles Committee Update
The PTA Healthy Lifestyles Committee is exploring the possibility of beginning a tasting garden at Wiley. We are looking for Wiley community members who might be interested in helping with such a project.  Advocates for Health in Action will hold a seminar at Marbles Museum on March 9 from 8:30-1:00 entitled "Dig In:  Weaving Edible Landscapes--Community Gardens and Urban Ag--Into the Fabric of Our Community."  Kristine Flora of the Healthy Lifestyles Committee will be attending this seminar. Please let her know if you would like to join her, or if you are not able to attend but are interested in the possibility of creating a garden at Wiley.  Kristine's email is  You can visit  to learn more about the seminar.

Dr. Cecconi-Roberts Website
Dr. Cecconi-Roberts, Wiley's Academically-Intellectually Gifted teacher, has posted a Blackboard website for parents and students. It can be found HERE

Upcoming Events
Now through March 8: Books Are Magic book drive
March 8: Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble artist in residence day 
March 13: Spring Pictures
March 15: Early Release
March 26: Family Curriculum Night
March 28-April 5: Spring Break

Have a great week!!