Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Updates 5/27/14

Wiley Updates
Don't Forget EOGs start this week!
Friday, May 30th – Science 5th grade only
Monday, June 2nd – Reading 3rd-5th graders
Tuesday, June 3rd- Math 3rd-5th graders 

New WCPSS Transportation Process for Next Year, Starts May 30
The WCPSS Transportation Department will put new practices into place for the 2014-15 school year with the goal of improving bus service for families.

These changes will mainly affect new families moving into Wake County OR families going to a new school INCLUDING RISING 6th GRADERS and KINDERGARTENERS
  • New families may complete a request for service when they enroll for school. 
  • New families must sign up approximately one month prior to the start of the school year to receive first day service.
If your child is currently not riding the bus, is eligible for transportation and wants to ride the bus next year, you may request transportation for them online starting May 30 at www.wcpss.net. 

A recent article was published in the News and Observer related to the new procedures. It can be found here: Transportation Changes.

Join WCPSS Superintendent, Dr. Merrill, to Provide Help Shape the Future of Our District

From Board of Education Chair, Christine Kushner:
Despite the challenges faced by public education today, I believe the coming years will be incredibly fascinating and exciting for the children of the Wake County Public School System. Each day, we teach students with tools and technology we could barely dream of a decade ago.

I need your help in continuing to shape their future as we begin the process of creating a new strategic plan for our schools.

The formal kick-off for shaping this vision in Wake County will be Friday, May 30, at Memorial Auditorium with a keynote address by author and futurist David Houle. The program runs from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

The required registration is free at the address www.wcpss.net/vision

Houle is a well-known speaker and author whose expertise focuses on aligning the work of organizations with the concepts of change and expectations. His address will set the tone for weeks of surveys and focus groups where we will ask educators, parents and community leaders to tell us their vision for the Wake County Public School System of tomorrow.

I ask that you please join me May 30th to help show your support for the future of Wake County's public schools by registering now for this free event at Memorial Auditorium. We selected Memorial to ensure there would be room for all, so please extend this invitation today to others who would like to participate.

I look forward to seeing you on May 30th as we take an important step forward for the students of the Wake County Public School System.


Christine Kushner
Wake County Board of Education
Guest Post by teachers Laura O'Brien and Hannah Tucker
EOG Parent and Student Anxiety Reducing Strategies
The end of the school year is quickly approaching and End of Grade test ( E.O.G.’s) are June 2nd and 3rd. The 3rd , 4th and 5th graders will all take a reading and math test.  Our 5th graders will also take a science test, May 30th.  The students are prepared for the test and we all know they will try their very best.  Teachers will be reviewing skills and going over testing strategies with their class.  We wanted to share with you some strategies to encourage your child and not cause test anxiety.  
  • Get plenty of rest the night before the test
  • Eat a good breakfast with protein
  • Arrive at school on time
  • Read each question carefully
  • Take your time and RELAX
Some other testing strategies can be found at http://www.nuview.k12.ca.us/domain/390
Something to share with your child to lighten the mood: a student-led parody about tests http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb16D43FCWQ
The Positive Behavior Intervention Systems committee ( P.B.I.S.) is also trying to help promote a positive feeling about testing.  Each kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade class has been paired up with a 3rd, 4th and 5th grade class to be E.O.G. buddies.  During the testing days, the classes will make cards, posters, banners and sometimes cheers and songs to encourage their buddy class to do their best.  The buddy classes often share some time together after the test either on the playground or a book buddy activity.  This is a fun activity that emphasis how the Wiley family sticks to together to encourage each other to be successful.
Please also help us to encourage students we are still in school until June 12th and we need to continue to follow the Wiley Way.  The students recite the Wiley Way each morning.
“I will follow the Wiley Way to learn and have success each day.  Respect yourself , respect others  and respect property.”

Important Dates
May 30: Science EOG for 5th Grade
June 2: EOG 3rd-5th grades
June 3: EOG 3rd-5th grades
June 9: Field Day
June 11: 5th Grade Graduation Celebration, 9:30am
June 12: Last Day of School
Wiley PTA Updates
PTA Election Results
Thanks to all who voted in the PTA Election—we had a great turnout. We’d like to congratulate the following Officers who were elected: 
  • President: Teresa Jones
  • 1st Vice President: Elyse Lyons
  • Secretary: Janet Alexander
  • Treasurer: Christine Belledin
We’re also delighted that Katherine Hite has agreed to join the board as VP, Hospitality. 
PTA Chair / Board Staffing for Next Year
Interested in getting involved as a committee chair or board member on the PTA next year?  Plan on coming to our transition potluck to learn more about the roles that are open. The potluck will be held on Thursday June 5th in the Media Center. If you’d like to attend and help to set the vision for next year’s PTA, please email Teresa Jones at vp.services@wileypta.org

We’re still finalizing the list of open positions and will publish next week, but at this point, know that we’ll have VP, Services open as well as committee chair / co-chair positions for the fall and spring fundraisers, Membership, Nominating, Audit, Directory, and International Night (co-chair potentially with an experienced leader).