Monday, October 21, 2013

Updates 10/21/13

Updates 10/21/13

A Celebration 30 Years in the Making

After 25 years at Wiley and 30 years in education, Ms. Powers will retire January 1 and transition to fulfilling her dream of being a full time professional artist. This is certainly a lifetime achievement milestone to reach and we are more than proud to celebrate with her. Please take a moment in the next couple months to give Ms. Powers a high-five and share warm wishes as she prepares for this transition.

Guest Blog Post by Mrs. Abel and Mrs. Fortune 
Second Grade is Crazy for Monarchs!
Our second graders are participating as citizen scientists in a global study of wildlife migration through the Journey North Symbolic Monarch Migration project.  This is Wiley’s third year participating.  The project unites children throughout North America, as they learn about conservation and ambassadorship. Over 60,000 children participate each year. 
This project provides a fantastic opportunity to investigate the world by learning about the monarch sanctuaries located in Angangueo, Mexico and the people who live in the community.  We will learn about the conservation efforts of the community members and how they are using adobe bricks to build houses and wood-saving stoves to cook and heat their homes. Without these conservation efforts, the monarchs would be losing their winter home. Some Wiley students were inspired to do their part, and to take action, by planting milkweed plants for the monarchs returning from their winter grounds!
Last week our classes sent symbolic butterflies to students in Mexico as a sign of ambassadorship.  We sent messages of thanks for their conservation efforts.  In return, students from Mexico and other parts of the United States, and Canada, will send symbolic monarchs back to us in the spring as the real monarchs are making their journey back to the north. 
We are so excited about following the monarchs’ migration to Mexico and we can’t wait to get butterflies and messages back from students all over North America in the spring!  You can join us on this journey if you’re interested by visiting

Upcoming Events

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
International Book Fair a Success
Thanks to all of the volunteers, staff, teachers, students and parents who made the book fair a big success. Thanks to generous donations, 99 students at Wiley (who  otherwise cannot afford a book at the book fair) received a book through the book fairy program. These students chose some great books, including a geography atlas, Japanese and Chinese story books, leveled readers and Joan Holub books. In addition, 131 books were donated to teachers and the Media Center.
Thanks also to special guest, Joan Holub, who came on Tuesday night to read from / sign books from her Goddess Girl and Heroes in Training series. It was great to have a real, live author present for the event. The food truck event was fun and gave parents, students, teachers and staff a chance to connect outside of school. Thanks to Chirba Chirba and Jam ice cream for providing food and sharing a portion of their profit that evening with the PTA.