Monday, January 6, 2014


January 6th Updates

Meet Ms. Karen Rose, Wiley's New Art Teacher
Karen Rose has been an artist for over 25 years. She most recently taught at Sacred Heart Cathedral School and has also taught art at WCPSS elementary schools Lynn Road, Pleasant Union and Wakelon. She went to UC Berkeley and earned her masters at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is from Marin County, California. She has traveled throughout the United States and Europe and was lucky enough to visit the Galapagos Islands. She is an avid tennis player, hiker/camper, gardener and garden designer. Her own children are in middle school and high school, but her favorite age to teach is elementary school! Mrs. Rose has the greatest respect and admiration for children and their wonderful creativity, imagination and art. She is thrilled to teach at Wiley. Please  join the staff and kids in welcoming her to the Wiley Family!!

Lockdown Practice Drill
Wiley is required to conduct at least one lockdown drill each year. All students practice for what to do during a drill more frequently in their classrooms than the whole school drill. When a whole school drill occurs, Raleigh Police Department and WCPSS Security Department employees are on campus to conduct and participate in the drill. While I know that why we have to have drills is a hard reality for adults, rest assured that for our students drills are handled exceptionally calmly and positively by staff. Please note one change this year is that whole school drills will be unannounced until it occurs (when it occurs, it is clearly announced on the intercom that it is a "drill"). If you happen to be on campus during the drill, please follow staff directions immediately. As always, let me know if you have questions  or 919-856-7723.

Important Parent Meeting for Third Grade Parents
As we have shared with you, there are new legal guidelines in North Carolina for third grade reading proficiency, including mandatory retention for students not meeting reading standards. Please plan to attend an informational session at Wiley to learn how this impacts your child. This session will be at Wiley in the media center on January 28th at 6:30pm and will be recorded for those of you that cannot attend. 

Academically-Intellectually Gifted Nomination Window is Open
The nomination window for second semester testing for AIG identification of 4th and 5th graders is now open.  Nominations must be in writing and sent to Dr. Cecconi-Roberts ( and will be taken through Tuesday, January 21, 2014.  Please contact Dr. Cecconi-Roberts if you have any questions.

Upcoming Important Dates
January 17, Early Release 1:15 dismissal
January 20-21, No School
January 28, 6:30pm Third Grade Read to Achieve Parent Information Session 

Wiley PTA Updates
Boosterthon Needs Support!!
The Boosterthon is coming to Wiley on February 27th, 2014! To make this event a success, we need your help. Two ways to participate: 
Join the Boosterthon Planning Committee: 
The Wiley PTA is in need of a few creative volunteers to help with promoting, decorating, handing out/collecting info to teachers/parents, etc. If you can help, please join us at our planning meeting on January 7th. 9:15-10:45 in the Media Center. 
Promote your company on the t-shirts: 
Want to support your local school as well as advertise your company to the entire Wiley population? Become a Sponsor of the Wiley PTA via Wiley’s Boosterthon Fun Run happening February 27th, 2014. 
For a contribution of $250.00, get your small company logo on the back of a customized Wiley t-shirt that will be worn on race day (and beyond) by every student and staff member. For a sponsorship of $500.00 or more we will place a larger company logo on our race T-shirts. In addition, all sponsors' names and logos will also be proudly displayed on a 2ʼ x 4ʼ banner on the Wiley campus during the entire month of February, on two large A Frames on campus on race day, as well as in our school newsletter and on our Wiley PTA website. After T-shirt costs, one hundred percent of the proceeds from sponsors will go directly to the PTA for technology programs. Sponsorship availability is first come, first served. Please contact Amy Bryson:
The Wiley PTA is a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation, so your sponsorship donation may be tax deductible! Deadline for sponsorships, (in order to be listed on T-shirt and other promotional items), is January 10, 2014. The PTA will provide a tax receipt for your use after receiving your donation. 
Save the Date for the Talent Show 2/6/2014
Mark your calendars! Tell your kids! Save the date! Talent Show is a month away!
Wiley’s Talent Show is a great community event. Our talented and good-humored students love the chance to take the stage for family and friends. It's a special evening full of music, dance, skits, song and hula hoops! In fact, it has become so popular there will be two shows this year!
A lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into making the Talent Show successful (e.g., script writers, stage hands, kid movers). Right now, the Talent Show Committee is VERY short-handed. Without additional volunteers, the show may be cancelled. If you can help, please e-mail Scott Andrews at or Many thanks!
Here is some initial information—more details on the new, online application and music submission process will come next week. 
APPLICATION DEADLINE 9:00 PM, Monday, January 20th
INITIAL REVIEW OF ACTS: 3:45 PM, Thursday, January 23rd 
DRESS REHEARSAL: 3:45 PM, Thursday, January 30th 
K-2 TALENT SHOW: 4:30 PM, Thursday, February 6th 
3-5 TALENT SHOW: 6:30 PM, Thursday, February 6th 

The Initial Review of Acts, Dress Rehearsal and Talent Shows will be held in the Wiley Media Center. If Inclement Weather strikes, the effected event and subsequent ones will be pushed out one week. (For example, Inclement Weather on Thursday, January 30th will move the Dress Rehearsal to February 6th and the Talent Shows to February 13th.) 

  • Performances will be limited to TWO MINUTES.
  • PERMISSION SLIPS will be submitted by Friday, January 17th. (Permission slips are for your child(ren)’s safety. Thank for you assisting.)
  • MUSIC will be submitted electronically by 9:00 PM, Monday, January 20th. (Details will follow next week. No special software or accounts will be required.)
  • Acts will be prepared for partial review at the INITIAL REVIEW OF ACTS.
  • Only acts reviewed at INITIAL REVIEW OF ACTS will participate in the TALENT SHOW.
  • Acts will attend / participate in the DRESS REHEARSAL.