Monday, October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014

Updates from the World of Wiley

Beautification Day:  Huge round of applause to all those that participated in PTA’s recent Beautification Day.  Take a look at the corner garden, and you may not even recognize it!  Students have reported that the afternoon was fun-filled and productive.  Be sure to add Sunday, October 12th to your calendar … we have three loads of mulching-fun ahead! 

Interims:  Interims for all students went home last Wednesday. A little confused about what it all means?  Have questions about all those numbers?  Please feel free to connect with your child’s teacher if you’re wishing for more clarity.  Parent/Teacher conferences are around the corner.  At that time, your child’s teacher will share more detailed information about your child’s social-emotional and academic development.  
International Walk to School Day:  I just learned about Wiley’s traditions associated with Walk to School Day, and unfortunately, the day has crept up too quickly to organize a formal effort. Please feel free to unite with your friends, family, and neighbors to honor this global event Wednesday, October 8.  Fear not, I already have it on the calendar for next year (October 7, 2015, if you’re interested in adding it to your calendar, too!). 

Lost & Found:  The treasures of Lost & Found will be donated to charity on Wednesday.  Please take one final look to see if anything belongs to you.  The Lost & Found cabinet is located on the main floor between the technology lab and the art room. 

Special Education Open House:  WCPSS is pleased to offer its 6th Annual Special Education Open House at Martin Middle School on Thursday, November 13 at 6:00pm.  Topics include transitions, curriculum & programs, preschools, and more.  For more information visit:

Cecilia Rawlins Fund:  The Cecilia Rawlins Fund, honoring a retired Wiley principal, was established to support students in severe economic distress and families in crisis at Wiley International Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, NC. The funds can be eligible for things like hunger relief, gas cards to assist during a time of emergency or crisis, summer meals, assistance to climb out of homelessness, and Backpack Buddies. All programs and assistance are provided free of charge. Please join us for the fund's kick-off event at the Busy Bee Cafe on November 17. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit:

The Wiley Spotlight
This week, the Wiley spotlight shines on Wiley's Assistant Principal, Katie Ware
What do you like to do during the summer?  I like to go the beach and go to the mountains, where I spend time with my two daughters and husband.    
If you could teach anywhere (other than Wiley) where would you teach, and why? I would teach at UNC-CH so that I could inspire other teachers. 
Tell us something about yourself that you are proud of and that most people wouldn't know about you. I love to create! I crochet, paint, and write songs.  I met my husband while in a band; I was the lead singer and he was the bass player.
What job did you have in high school?  I worked at the local bagel shop and I was a YMCA counselor.  If you could have anyone as your teacher, who would you pick and why? Daniel Pink, author of Drive, because he knows about the importance of purpose and autonomy in order to motivate. 
Who was your favorite teacher in Elementary School? Ms. Topkins – fourth grade teacher at Henry Adams Elementary School in Cary.  I loved her.  She valued creativity and inspired me to write. 

Upcoming Events:

Sat 10/11: Harris Teeter Relink Event, Cameron Village, 11:00am-1:30pm
Sunday, 10/12:  PTA Beautification Day, 1:30-3:30pm
Tuesday, 10/14:  Wiley Dines Out (Lunch & Dinner): Oak City Meatball
Thursday, 10/16: Wiley Band Concert @ 7:00pm
Friday, 10/17: Early Release
Sat 10/18: Harris Teeter Relink Event, Cameron Village, 11:00am-1:30pm
Tuesday, 10/21 - Friday 10/24: International Book Fair
Wednesday, 10/29: Teacher Workday
Mon 11/7:  Cecilia Rawlins Fund Kickoff at BusyBee to Benefit Backpack Buddies for Wiley Students, 6-9 pm 

News from our Wiley PTA

Annual Fund Launch:
As announced at Curriculum Night on Tuesday 9/30, the Annual Fund is launching today! We have high goals this year. We want to double participation and increase fundraising by 25%.
Take a look at this video to see the types of events and items the PTA funds each year.
Your child will be bringing home a brochure on the fund today. The attached document (also available on the PTA Website) provides information on the budget plans for the year. To donate:
1.      Fill out the attached form (or the one in the brochure) and return with a check made out to the Wiley PTA.
2.      Go to and look for information on making a credit card donation via PayPal.
Email with any questions. Please help—any amount counts!

Room Parents Needed:
Many of our teachers need room parents! Room parents are essential in helping teachers to recruit volunteers, plan special activities for the class and generally help teachers meet the increasing demands of their jobs. Room parents don’t need to be available during the school day—this is a volunteer job that can be handled in the evenings. Reach out to your child’s teacher and if you are interested in being a room parent this year.

Go Green Club Open to New Members:
Wiley Go Green Club is still looking for five 3rd – 5th graders to complete our Team!  The club website is: Go to the JOIN THE CLUB tab in the menu. We apologize for the misprint in the Wiley Clubs newsletter.

WileyWear Arriving in Backpack This Week:
Make sure to check your child’s backpack today if you ordered WileyWear! Reach out to with any questions.

Harris Teeter Relink Event Help Needed 10/11 and 10/18:
Have you linked your Harris Teeter Vic Card to Wiley (Code 2920)? Imagine the possibilities for Wiley if more people link! On October 11th and October 18th from 11-1:30, come to help our Wiley Merchant Rewards team increase our numbers. Sign up at the following link. Email Stef Reed at with any questions.

Tuesday 10/14 Restaurant Night at Oak City Meatball:
Oak City Meatball Shoppe will be hosting our next restaurant day on Tuesday, 10/14. Stop by for lunch or dinner! Wiley will receive 10% of the day’s proceeds. The restaurant is located at 180 East Davie St. Raleigh, NC 27601. It is open from 11:30 a.m. until midnight. Phone is  919.714.9014 if you’d like to place a to go order.

Go Green Work Day:
On Sunday October 12th from 1:30 – 3:30 pm we will be mulching the K-2 playground to reduce erosion and make the play area safer. To Sign up, go to:
or look for the link at the bottom of the Go Green Club Website’s Home page.

Tea Collection Business Partner Event:
Facing an empty fall closet for your child and planning some shopping? Consider shopping Tea Collection at and enter the code SDF14WILEY between Monday 10/13/2014 and Sunday 10/19/2014 and Wiley will receive 20% of your final order total and you’ll receive free 6-10 business day shipping.

International Book Fair Help:
The International Book Fair is coming to the Wiley Media Center Tuesday, October 21 - Friday, October 24.  We need volunteers to help with this very fun event.  We need people to help with inventory of books, set up, morning and afternoon sales, mid day monitoring and clean up!!!  There are lots of volunteer slots, and it’s a great way to get to know the Wiley family. Use the link below to sign up: