Monday, April 21, 2014

4/21/14 Updates

Wiley Updates 

Reminder of New Dates for: Last Day of School, EOG, and 5th Grade Celebration
Because of the wacky winter our end of year has been extended and has changed on multiple occasions. This impacts our last day of school, EOG dates, and the date for the 5th grade elementary school graduation celebration. New dates are:
*EOG Dates: 
-May 30th- 5th grade Science EOG
-June 2- 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Math EOG
-June 3- 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Reading EOG
-June 11- 5th grade graduation celebration, 9:30am
-June 12- Last Day of School, full day 

Wiley PTA Updates

Wiley Band Registration & Spring Concert
Registration for the 2014-2015 Wiley Before-School Band is in full swing, and all rising 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are welcome to join!  For more information about band, please visit

Also, if you'd like to hear our band instruments in action, please make plans to come to our Spring Concert!  The concert will feature our Beginning Band, Continuing Band, and several excellent soloists, and will be held on Thursday, May 1st at 7pm at Pittman Auditorium on the campus of St. Mary's School.  

WCPSS Budget and Implications for Schools from recent District 6 Board Advisory Council Meeting
David Neter, Chief Business Officer for WCPSS, presented the business case behind the 2014/15 budget.  The proposed budget includes a 3.5% salary increase for teachers, which involves asking the County Commissioners for an additional 39 million dollars.   Mr. Neter pointed out that while Wake County local government employees have received raises averaging 6.27% since 2011/12, teachers have only received an additional 1.2%, not nearly enough to keep up with inflation and rising expenses.

Wake County is full of highly qualified teachers:  16% are Nationally Board Certified, 84% are defined as highly qualified,47% have Masters degrees and 80% of classroom teachers achieved ratings of proficient or better on all standards on their most recent evaluation.  However, as recent news report have highlighted, teachers are increasingly leaving the system both to try new careers and to teach in other states.  Getting this budget approved is a CRITICAL first step towards getting salaries back on track and hopefully towards keeping more of our teachers in their classrooms.

What next?  Christine Kushner, the district 6 School Board rep, is confident that the Board will pass the budget at its next meeting.  The next step involves convincing the County Commissioners to approve it.  What can you do?  Write the County Commissioners and urge them to support the budget and our teachers.  The more pressure they feel, the more difficult it will be for them to refuse the request.  Information on how to reach the County Commissioners, a sample letter and a copy of Mr Neter's presentation are available on the Wiley PTA web site

Survey Results for Boosterthon Fun Run for Technology
Attached to this week’s blog is a document containing results from the survey and focus groups on the Boosterthon Fun Run for Technology. The PTA Board reviewed the results at its April meeting and will be discussing fundraising options for the 2014-2015 school year at the May meeting.
If you have questions about how survey results were calculated, email If you have questions about the event itself, please email

Book Fair Coming to Wiley Next Week--Find Your Reading Oasis
The Book Fair starts next Tuesday, April 29th!  Come find your reading oasis!!  There are many ways for you and your friends/family to participate:
  • Come to the book fair!  Hours are below and include a late evening (6:30 close) on Wednesday, April 30. We are working to have a dinner option available and have so far confirmed dessert from JAM ice cream truck  JAM’s will be available and 15 – 20% of their profits will go to our PTA.
  • Tuesday 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday 8:45 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Thursday 8:45 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM
  • Select some books for your child to purchase.  All children will come home on Tuesday with a wish list they have created.  To purchase, either send a check (payable to Wiley PTA), cash or come by the media center with a credit card to take a look at the book selection.
  • Donate to the Book Fairy Fund.  We will be collecting donations for the Book Fairy Fund to ensure that each child goes home with a book.
  • Volunteer.  We are still in need of volunteers to help us with all aspects of the book fair, especially staffing, set-up, and clean-up.  There are opportunities to fit every schedule, and any amount of time is appreciated.  You can sign up at the following link:
  • In addition, our library and classrooms desperately need new books.  The teachers have created WISH LISTS.  Let’s fill their classrooms and our library with their wishes!  We need your donations!

For more information or to volunteer, please contact: Lisa Fultz or Wendy Worley at
Save the Date for International Night!
Save the date for international night—Friday May 9th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m! The committee is working on a fun event and will have more details available soon!