Monday, February 3, 2014

2/3/14 Updates

Wiley Updates

Read to Achieve Implementation
As you know new reading guidelines are now in place for third grade students. "The goal of the Read to Achieve program, a North Carolina initiative, is to ensure that every student read at or above grade level by the end of third grade and continue to progress in reading proficiency so that he or she can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts needed for secondary education and career success (WCPSS, 2013)." Tuesday, February 11 (new date) at 6:30pm in Wiley's media center, hear more information about what this looks like at Wiley for our current 3rd graders. The target audience is current 3rd grade parents, but all are welcome. More district information can be found here:

Guest Blog Post by Mrs. Jones and Ms. Hojnacki
How can we use what we know to create fiction stories? How are characters in Jan Brett books connected to our lives? These are the questions that drove our first grade instruction of these Common Core Standards: Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure, and With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.

We used a variety of Jan Brett books to explore the following concepts:

-How authors are inspired to write about what they know. 
-How to use the craft of mentor writers to make their writing stronger
- Authors have a unique style that distinguishes their writing from other authors. 

Investigate the World, Recognize Perspectives, and Communicate Ideas

Students learned that Jan Brett based her stories on her world travels, life experiences, and familiar tales such as the Three Little Pigs and Cinderella. We were able to understand this using information from her website, reading her stories, and YouTube videos. Students were exposed to countries such as Russia, South Africa, Zambia, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, China, Costa Rica and they were also exposed to a variety of animals from different parts of the world such as hedgehogs, water buffalo, moose, polar bears, dassies, reptiles, toucan, amphibians, and more. 

Take Action
Students used information gathered during our mini lessons to create their own Realistic Fiction stories modeled after Jan Brett’s style. Students used personal experiences and travels to create fiction stories based on what they know. It was exciting to read their stories that included a variety of characters, settings, problem and solutions, and dialogue.

Upcoming Important Dates
February 3, Report Cards go home 
February 11, 6:30pm Third Grade Read to Achieve Parent Information Session
February 13, Talent Shows, K-2 at 4:30pm and 3-5 at 6:30pm
February 14, Early Release, dismissal at 1:15pm
February 17, Snow Make Up Day, There is school for students.

Wiley Spirit Week     
February 10-14

                     Personal ChallengePick up at least one piece of trash/clean a 
                                              desk/etc. during the day.
  Bright/Colorful/Neon Clothes Day

Tuesday       RESPECT OTHERS      Compliment Day
  Personal ChallengeCompliment at least three people during the 

  Crazy Mismatch Day (including hair)

Wednesday   RESPECT OTHERS   Mix It Up at lunch 
                       Personal Challenge:       Sit with someone new at lunch.

   Opposite Day   Creativity Encouraged!  (Hats allowed)

Thursday      RESPECT YOURSELF     
  Personal Challenge:   Avoid junk food and increase exercise at 

   Dress for Success (dress to impress or what you want to be
                                                     when you grow up)

Friday           RESPECT OTHERS   
   Personal ChallengeBe extra-kind to your teachers! 

  PJ Day (school-appropriate jammies)

Wiley PTA Updates
Talent Show DATES CHANGED Due To Snow!
Due to last week’s snow, the talent show rehearsal was cancelled, so the date for the rehearsal and show itself will move: 
Dress Rehearsal: February 6th, 3:45 PM
Talent Shows: February 13th
K-2 TALENT SHOW:      4:30 PM
3-5 TALENT SHOW:      6:30 PM
Please reach out to with any questions. 
Ciago’s Restaurant Night Thursday 2/13 to Benefit Backpack Buddies
On Thursday, February 13th, the PTA is organizing a restaurant night to benefit Wiley’s Backpack Buddies program. Backpack Buddies provides 29 Wiley students with weekend food each week. 
Ciago's Italian Bar and Grill is located within walking distance of Wiley at W. Johnson and St. Mary’s Street.  Starting at 5 that evening, 20% of all sales generated, including take-out orders, will benefit the Back Pack Buddy program here at Wiley.  Come dine on some yummy pizza or your favorite Italian fare before or after the talent show.  Hope to see you there!!!  
District 6 Board Advisory Committee is Meeting at Wiley
The District 6 Board Advisory Committee is meeting this Thursday, 6  February, at Wiley.  The meeting will focus on School Safety and  Security, with presentations from Dr. Marrius Pettiford, Sr. Director Counseling & Student Services and Mr. Russ Smith, Senior Director,  
WCPSS Security Department.  The meeting will begin at 12pm and will end by 1.15.

These meetings are open to all.  If you are interested in joining us you may bring a bag lunch; drinks and snacks will be provided.  If you are not able to attend but have a question for either speaker please let me know and I will ask for you at the meeting.


Meredith Nelson
Chess Club Date Changes Due to Snow 
Due to last week’s Friday snow day, Chess Club was not held. The makeup session will be held on  4/25 as 4/17 is a holiday for students
Continuing Band Solo & Small Ensemble Showcase

Join us this SaturdayFebruary 8th at 1pm for a fun show featuring soloists and small ensembles from the Wiley Continuing Band.  The performance is free, and will be held at Glen Eden Neighborhood Center (1500 Glen Eden Drive, Raleigh).  Come on out and support our excellent young musicians!