Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Update - September 8, 2014

Welcome Back!  Thank you for helping to get the school year off to a smooth and successful beginning. The kind and warm smiles have been overwhelming, and Wiley is buzzing with positive energy!  
New Wiley Faces:  You may have noticed several faces around Wiley. This year, we welcomed the following to our Wiley family:  Julie Thompson (K), Molly Strom (K), Kelly Gess (K), Crystal Blum (1st), Andrea Murdick (4th), Snow Gao (Chinese), Angi Wolfgang (Music), Hela Dridi (German), Susan Giska (ESL), Mary Dodd (PT), Louise Eaglefield (OT), Gina Cornick (School Nurse), Carolyn Watkins (Special Education), and Leslie Taylor (Principal).   Each week, we will highlight a Wiley staff member to help you become better acquainted with our Wiley heroes.  
Visiting Wiley:  For the safety of our students and staff, all visitors are required to check-in at the main office.  At check-in you will receive a visitor's sticker; please wear your visitor's sticker throughout the duration of your visit.    
Walkers:  If you have a student that will be walking without parental supervision (only 4th and 5th graders) in the afternoons, please send Ms. Taylor an email at  
Carpool:  Carpool tags are available in the main office. In the afternoon, please remain at the street entrance until a staff member motions for you to proceed to the loop's entrance - doing so enables us to quickly load our special transportation vehicles with multiple riders to encourage more efficient traffic flow. 
3rd Grade Beginning of Grade (BOG) test:  Wednesday, September 10 - testing begins promptly at 9:30.
Open House:  Tuesday, September 30 @ 6:00
AIG:  The nomination window for students (high achieving 4th or 5th grade students who are not already identified; high achieving 4th or 5th grade students who wish to add a second area of identification; high achieving 4th or 5th grade students who are new to Wake County Public Schools)  will be open until September 24.  Please email Dr. Cecconi-Roberts at for more information.  
WOW!  (Wonders Of Wiley): Languages and Electives will be offered Monday - Thursday due to schedules of our language teachers.  On Fridays, staff members will be hosting WOW time, a series of enrichment opportunities that infuse academic objectives, international themes, and fun!  
Ms. Hahner is seeking donations of LEGO DUPLO building blocks to use during her Build to Express learning opportunities.  

News from your Wiley PTA
Clubs Coming to Wiley
Clubs are coming to Wiley, and information on signing up will be available once we receive final space usage approval from the WCPSS office. Our expectation is that this approval will come in and we’ll be able to provide details in next week’s blog. Clubs will be offered in both the afternoon and morning. As per this year’s WCPSS guidelines, clubs led by outside providers (e.g. Chess) will be offered in the afternoon and clubs offered by PTA members / parents (e.g., Band) will be offered in mornings or afternoons. If you are interested in proposing a club to add to the options this school year, please reach out to Hadley Cairns-Heath at
District 6 Student Assignment Plan Discussion Meeting
From Mary Jane Swecker, District 6 Chair:  
Date / Time: Wednesday September 17th 12pm-1:15pm
Location: Carroll Magnet Middle School (Thank you, Ms Keech and the Carroll PTA!)
Topic: Student Assignment
Speaker: Ms. Laura Evans, Senior Director of Student Assignment for WCPSS
2014-2015 District 6 BAC Chair
Please remember to place your order by Friday!

I hope you will all plan to attend and invite other members of your school communities. Ms. Evans and her team are meeting with each BAC to explain the Student Assignment process and solicit feedback. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear and understand the Student Assignment process, why reassignment is necessary, and all the complexities involved. Community feedback is an important part of this process and Ms. Evans and her team welcome comments and ideas. While I cannot promise that this meeting will allow time for a lot of dialogue, the student assignment team has set up other avenues for communication that are open for us to use.
Please feel free to bring your lunch. The Carroll PTA will have snacks and drinks to share as well.
I look forward to seeing you at Carroll on the 17th!

School Volunteer Needs: 
There are a number of great ways to help out at Wiley, both through the PTA and directly through our counselor, teachers and specialists. Here are some current needs and appropriate contact information: 
Library: The library could use parent volunteers each week to help with general library tasks—shelving and sorting books, organizing displays, etc. Timing is very flexible, and you can volunteer as much or as little as you’d like each week. Please reach out to

Wiley Pals: Consider serving as a Wiley Pal to a student who would benefit from regular attention from a caring, supportive adult to help foster his/her school success. Wiley Pals meet briefly once a week with their adult mentor. Meetings might include lunch in the cafeteria, a quick check in at breakfast before school starts, or tutoring / reading in the classroom with the child. 
Adults are encouraged to be matched with younger students and follow the child through their years at Wiley.  Email to join the program. If you have questions about what it is like to be a Wiley Pal, reach out to, or All three have been involved in the program and can share experiences. 

Tutoring: Once the school year is in full swing, teachers will reach out to provide parents with in-class support and tutoring options. In addition, the Wiley team will lead a training session and provide support so that tutors are confident in their ability to contribute in a meaningful way. 

Wiley Wear

Come visit the Wiley Wear store outside the media center this Friday, September 12th from 8:45 to 9:30 am. We will have sample sizes as well as a few older style Wiley shirts on sale.