Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27

WCPSS Volunteers:  All continuing volunteers approved for the 2013-2014 school year MUST reactivate as a volunteer no later than 4:00 p.m. on October 31, 2014. Volunteers may go to any WCPSS site and register through the intranet.  After October 31, 2014, individuals previously approved may not volunteer without a new criminal record check.  To avoid unnecessary costs to the school system, volunteers are encouraged to reactivate before October 31, 2014. 

Magnet Fair:  The Office of Magnet Programs is hosting its annual Magnet and Early College Fair on Saturday, November 1 at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High Schools 9am - 12pm. 5th and 8th grade families are encouraged to attend to explore their magnet middle and high school options. There will be staff and parents who can answer questions along with school tour schedules. For more information call the Office of Magnet Programs.

Sadie Hoover, Wiley’s Magnet Coordinator, is seeking parent volunteers to join us at the Fall 2014 Magnet Fair on November 1st.  Please consider joining the Wiley team to provide the parent-to-parent perspective for our prospective families.  Students are also welcome to attend and share their perspectives on being a student at Wiley.  Contact Sadie at  if interested. 

Wiley Website:  If you are experienced with Dreamweaver and have a bit of time to spare, please consider helping us update the basic design of our website.  Contact Leslie Taylor,, if interested. 

Walkers: Please have your green cards available when you pick up your walkers in the afternoons.  To ensure the safety of our students, those that do not have a card with them or those going home with a friend that didn't bring a note will be asked to go to the office before the child can be released. Please make sure your child knows if there has been a change in how they are going home.

Technology Maintenance: Wiley currently has a need for volunteers to clean projectors, computers and computer tables for classroom teachers.  This task would require bringing a small handheld vacuum and a step stool to reach mounted projectors.  All other necessary tools will be provided (i.e. screwdriver, cleaning kit, wipes).  The best time for this task would be during planning periods of classroom teachers or on Wednesday’s workday, so as not to disrupt core instruction or elective courses.  This type of cleaning will help maintain the life of our technology devices.  If interested in this opportunity, please email Sadie Hoover at  

Wiley's Media and Technology Advisory Committee:  This committee, led by Jill Molloy and Sadie Hoover, is looking for three parents to join our group. We will meet once or twice this school year to discuss the book and technology collection at Wiley. Typically, we meet after the children have left school for the day or before school begins in the morning. Our plan is to assess what we currently have, decide what is needed for the future, and discuss our plans for moving forward. If you would like to be a part of these discussions, please contact Jill Molloy at 

Spirit Week:  We’re celebrating the fun of Spirit Week - October 27th-31st

MONDAY - At Wiley we think of school as our home away from home: dress comfy & cozy (wear pjs or other comfortable clothes - no slippers or stuffed animals).

TUESDAY- At Wiley we work together as a team to learn and play: wear clothes or colors that help you represent a sports team or any other team/club that you're involved in or that you like.

WEDNESDAY- At Wiley we enjoy taking a break every now and then ... it's a Teacher Workday!

THURSDAY- At Wiley we use our brains to work with purpose and passion: decorate your brain with a hat or crazy hair.

FRIDAY- At Wiley, we have spirit: wear your Wiley wear (and throw in a little bit of black to support Kindergarten's 'Color Fridays'!). 

Wiley Staff Spotlight of the Week
This week's spotlight shines on Vickie Leigh.  Ms. Leigh has called Wiley home for several years, and she values the community, rich history, and nurturing atmosphere of our school. Learn more about Ms. Leigh ...
What do you like to do during the summer?

I like to travel and spend time with my girls.

If you could pick anywhere to teach, where would it be? Why? (And you can't pick your present job)
I would go teach in an elementary in Matanzas, Cuba because that’s where my “second family” lives.  I had the opportunity to visit them this summer.

What's the funniest thing that has happened to you while teaching?
Just this year, while on the playground, a first grader was looking at my badge. He looked at the the badge and then looked back at me. I said, “I look different now, don’t I?” thinking that he would comment on the length of my hair. Instead he commented, “Yes, you were much younger there!”

Who was your favorite teacher? 
My favorite teacher was Mr. Branch because he encouraged me to think outside the box.

Tell us about your family.
I have two daughters. Jasmine, 21 attends Appalachian State and Nora, 16 a junior at the Trilogy School. Both are Wiley graduates! I also have a dog named Phillip.


Upcoming Dates
Monday 10/27 - Friday, 10/31: Spirit Week
Tuesday, 10/28 - International Showcase Day - classes will showcase 1st quarter learning during language/electives blocks
Wednesday, 10/29: Teacher Workday
Saturday, 11/1:  WCPSS Magnet Fair at Southeast Raleigh HS from 9am-12pm
Friday, 11/7:  Early Release
Monday, 11/17:  Cecilia Rawlins Fund Kickoff at BusyBee to Benefit Backpack Buddies for Wiley Students, 6-9 pm (

News from our Wiley PTA

Annual Fund Update--Donations Still Needed to Make PTA Programs Possible

Thanks to all who have contributed to the Annual Fund thus far! We are just under halfway to our fundraising goal ($8092 raised) and under one-third of the way to our participation goal (58 donors to date).  We still need support, and would appreciate any donation large or small from Wiley families, grandparents and friends.

You can donate online via the link below or at (click fundraising). You can also  donate by check made out to to Wiley PTA. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and funds  teacher grants, cultural enrichment programs, and vital school resources:

Join the list of donors now—every donation matters! 

Club Scientific and KidzArt Second Session Sign Up

Two of our after school clubs, Club Scientific and KidzArt, are registering students for their second session!   Please go to to register for Club Scientific (Tuesday afternoons, 3:45-5:00, from 11/4-1/27, $120) and to register for KidzArt (Wednesday afternoons, 3:45-5:00, 11/5-1/28, $150). 

Space is limited, so please register soon if your child is interested!  Need-based financial aid is available; please contact for more information.

Gardens and Grounds and Go Green Announcements

The Gardens and Grounds Committee will hold the next work day on Sunday November 9th from 1:30-3:30pm. We will continue the mulching work at the front of the school. We need at least 5 wheelbarrows, pitchforks, and rakes, and at least 10 adult volunteers. If we have extra volunteers, we would love to also rake up the sweet gum balls on the 3-5 playground. To sign up, go to:

If you are working in your yard this fall and decide to pull out some Liriope or separate your bulbs or irises and don't have room for all of them, please donate the plants to Wiley. Either the Go Green Club or Ms. Rose's WOW Gardening class will plant them at school. Contact Patricia Brezny, PTA Go Green Chairperson, at to coordinate your donation.

6 EASY Ways to Raise Resources for Wiley—NOW!

Budgets are tight and becoming tighter and tighter--below are some very easy ways to help our kids and raise money for Wiley programs without any extra money or your own. Last year the combined efforts of these programs raised $4300!!.

1.      Link your Harris Teeter VIC card. Harris Teeter will give Wiley money every purchase you make of a Harris Teeter Brand product during the school year-all you have to do is ask them to link your card!  Last year, Wiley earned $805.89 through this program.  At checkout, simply tell the Harris Teeter cashier to link to Wiley (#2920), or link on-line at, or call 1-800-432-6111 and choose option #3.  However, you have to relink your VIC card every school year!

2.      Use your Target REDcardSM for purchases. If you currently have a Target debit or credit card, you can enroll in the Take Charge of Education program and designate Wiley (#81109) as the benefiting school.  Wiley will receive 1% of your purchases at Target and, and ½% of purchases made elsewhere with your Target Visa.  Last year,  only 52 people who simply signed up for a Target Redcard and enrolled in Target’s Take Charge in Education program.  Imagine what we could raise if more people enrolled!  For more information on applying for a Redcard or their education program, see  or call 1-800-316—6142.

3.      Link your Food Lion MVP card. When you register your MVP card for Food Lion’s Shop & Share program and indicate Wiley as your charitable organization a portion of total grocery purchases will be donated to Wiley.  Stop by any Food Lion customer service or go to the Food Lion website:

4.      Cut out box tops.  Box Tops for Education 10¢ coupons are on hundreds of General Mills® products and partnering brands, like Cheerios®, Betty Crocker®, Hefty®, Juicy Juice®, Ziploc®, Kleenex®, Kotex® and many more. Visit for a complete listing.

5.      Cut out labels for education.  Clip participating product UPCs and Beverage caps/sauce caps from Campbell's®, BIC®, DANNON® Kids Yogurts, Emerald® Nuts, Franco-American®, GLAD® Food Storage, Pace®, Pepperidge Farm®, Pop Secret®, Post® Cereals,  Prego®, SpaghettiOs®, Swanson®, Time Inc.® Magazines, V8®, and Wolfgang Puck™.  See for more information.

6.      Shop at Office Depot.  Consider shopping at Office Depot for some of your school supplies.  Wiley’s Office Depot number is 70062148.

Ask your friends and family to do all these things too! It’s an easy, painless way for them to support your child’s education!