Monday, September 30, 2013

Updates 9/30/13

Updates 9/30/13

Tutor Training
Tutor training will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 3:00-3:45 pm, in the French and Spanish rooms.  All tutors, whether working one-on-one with the same student each week OR providing in-class support to various students, are strongly encouraged to attend.  Please RVSP to Judy Williams,

Communicating Ideas
Today's guest bloggers are Dr. Cecconi-Roberts and Mrs. McCann
As we have started school, you may notice that your child is being asked questions beyond the simple, “What is…”  Teachers are increasing the complexity in reading and writing in all areas by encouraging students to think more creatively and innovatively.  Teachers are asking rigorous questions and giving tasks that are open ended and asking them to problem solve and reflect rather than providing one simple answer.  Many students can complete numerical equations until the equation is “hidden” in a paragraph that requires them to think about how to use their mathematical knowledge to solve the problem.  
At home, you can help your child practice answering the type of questions his/her teacher would ask. Not only can you ask questions about facts and details, but follow up with “how” and “why” questions to promote thinking and reflection.  Two examples are, “Why did you decide on that answer?” and “What information led you to think that?”
You can easily start by asking these sorts of questions:

Sample Question Starters
Language Arts
Social Studies
  • Which Character…?
  • Why did…?
  • If…?
  • Which clues…?
  • Where did…?
  • Which word or phrase…?
  • What event…?
  • When I compare…?
  • When I order…?
  • What information…?
  • Which phrases…?
  • How do I…?
  • I wonder if another solution…?
  • Which reaction…?
  • If I did this again would…?
  • Why did this…?
  • How did this…?
  • How might the results change if…?
  • What led to …?
  • Which events were…?
  • How did they…?
  • Why did they…?
  • How might things have been different if…?
So next time you are talking with your child, think about the questions you are asking them.  Do your questions allow your child to problem solve, be creative or reflect?  When your child sees that you are invested in helping think, they might be more excited to work through difficult or required tasks.  Let’s keep our children innovative and creative!

Walk to School Day
Please join us in celebrating International Walk to School Day with others around the world at Cameron Village Library! Our walk will begin at 8:30 and staff will be at Cameron Village at 8:20 to help supervise students.
•Please check in with your child’s teacher upon arrival.
•We will begin our walk at 8:30am.
•Permission slips are due October 2nd and parents / guardians are welcome to share this experience with their child.
•Bus Routes will be routed to Cameron Village Library.
•Scheduled Walking Route - Cross the street at the library (Clark) and then turn Right onto Johnson St.  We will then turn Right onto East Park and Left onto Valley View up to the school.  The trickiest crossings are Clark St. and then again where East Park crosses Park.
•Please remember to wear your Wiley T-Shirt.

Upcoming Events
Classroom Cleaning Day; October 3 at 4:30
Gardens and Grounds Day; October 5 at 9:00am
International Walk to School Day, October 9 (don't forget to turn in permission forms)
International Book Fair, begins October 14th
Fall Band Concert, October 17th, 7:00pm
Early Release, 1:15pm dismissal, October 18th
3rd grade parents AIG information/CogAT test results explanation; October 23, 5:30pm
Fall Pictures, October 25th
Teacher Workday, No School, October 28th

Wiley PTA Updates

Updated PTA Calendar
The website ( has an up-to-date calendar of all events and meetings.
Wiley Family Directory
The PTA is working hard to get an up-to-date directory out to the Wiley Family as soon as possible. It is a great resource to use to reach your children’s friends. In addition, the PTA will add your email to the PTA information listserve so that you will receive updates on all PTA events.  Inclusion in the directory is optional.  It will only be shared with Wiley students and families.   
We need your help to make sure we have up-to-date information and your permission to include it in the directory.  Please fill out one form if all of your Wiley students have the same parent / guardians. If your children have multiple parent / guardians, please fill out multiple forms. This year you can fill out the form in one of two ways: 
  • By  accessing the following link: 
  • By completing the form that will come home in today’s Monday folder and returning it to your child’s teacher by October 9th.    
Thanks so much for providing your information!  If you have questions, email
Wiley Restaurant Day at Neomonde, October 2
Mark  your calendar for October 2nd--Neomonde restaurant at 3817 Beryl Rd will be donating 15% of ALL sales to Wiley! 
Plan to  bring the whole family out to support Wiley while enjoying some of the best Middle Eastern food in the city. Tell everyone you know! 

Wiley Cleaning Day, Volunteers Needed!, October 3, 4:30pm
Wiley is having a massive Classroom Cleaning Day on 10/3/13 from 4:30 to 6pm. Five volunteers are needed for each classroom, help is also needed for other school spaces. To sign up, go to:

Please do not bring any cleaning chemicals like Lysol or Clorox. Wiley uses Green Cleaning products for the health of our children.  
Grounds Cleanup Day at Wiley, October 5, 9 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Please join us for the fall clean-up & weeding at school.  We will provide the limited numbers of the following items:
  • Gloves, bags, some tools (e.g. brooms, rake, etc.)
  • Water bottles & snacks
If you have garden gloves and tools, please bring them.  If severe weather is expected, the event will be rescheduled at 9am - 12noon on 10/12/2013 (SAT). Updates on any cancellation will go out on the Wiley PTA Facebook page and via email to parents on the PTA email list. 
Wiley International Book Fair—Save the Date  and Call for Volunteers
The 2013 International Book Fair is almost here.  Join us October 14th -  17th in the Media Center where we will offer fiction, non-fiction, storybooks, activity books, calendars, cookbooks and other media with an international focus for all grade levels.  You’ll have the opportunity to enrich your children’s library with books about other cultures. More information on the book fair will come out soon. 
In the meantime, we are looking for volunteers to help us with all aspects of the book fair, especially staffing, set-up, and clean-up. This year’s book fair volunteer schedule has opportunities that will fit every schedule—day, night, weekend. You can sign up at the following link: 
If you have questions, email
Volunteer Registration
All continuing volunteers approved for the 2012-2013 school year MUST reactivate as a volunteer no later than 4:00 p.m. on October 31, 2013. You can register at any Wake County school. After this date, you are required to re-enroll in the volunteer registry any Monday from 9:00am-4:00pm.