Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17

Morning Arrival:  Our Wiley staff begins their morning duty at 8:45am, and we have noticed that students are being dropped off before our adult supervision begins.  We appreciate your cooperation in helping us keep your student/s safe by making sure that an adult remains with your child until the 8:45 bell rings. 

Wiley’s 2014/15 Teacher of the Year:  Laura O’Brien, one of Wiley’s Special Education teachers, was recently selected as Wiley’s Teacher of the Year.  Ms. O’Brien’s colleagues had these kind comments to share about her … “I have never seen Laura without a smile.” “She loves being an educator.” “She loves all students unconditionally and advocates for both families and students.” “It is very obvious that she generally loves and cares for her students.”  Congratulations, Laura! 

Hour of Code is returning to Wiley! 60% of jobs are in the field of Computer Science, while only 2% of students are seeking a Computer Science education. In order eliminate the gap and promote Computer Science education every Wiley student will be participating in Hour of Code, which is a world-wide celebration where students participate in a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. We will host Hour of Code on December 8, 11, and 12th, during Computer Science Education Week.  We are seeking volunteers to assist students in completing online and offline coding activities.  No prior experience is required to volunteer.  We would also like guest speakers to visit each classroom and share a 5-10 minute chat with students about the impact of Computer Science or Coding in their careers.  If you are interested in participating in either capacity, please SIGN UP here.  We'd love to have a volunteer and guest speaker in every classroom.  You may sign up for more than one classroom if your schedule permits. If you have a family member or friend, who is not a registered volunteer, we can still use their help. To speak to a class, only a brief form needs to be completed.  If you have questions, please contact Instructional Technology Facilitator, Sadie Hoover at  

There will be no Wiley World Review next week.  We wish you a safe holiday!  
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wiley Spotlight

This week’s Wiley spotlight shines on Karen Rose, our energetic and talented art teacher.  Learn more about Ms. Rose here:

What do you like to do during the summer?  Read, go to the beach, and paint!
If you could work anywhere, besides Wiley, where would it be, and why? I would work at UC-Berkley.  I went to undergraduate school there and I love it. 
Who is your most memorable teacher?  Ms. Reinhardt, 8th grade math teacher at Ross School in Ross, California.  She inspired me to love math. 
Tell us about your family.   My husband, Ken, and I have a 17 year son, Giulio, and a 12-year old daughter, Ruby.  Two dogs (Burrito & Edgar) and a cat (Calvin) keep us company at home. 

Check out her blog:

 Upcoming Events
Monday, 11/17:  Cecilia Rawlins Fund Kickoff at Busy Bee Cafe to Benefit Backpack Buddies for Wiley Students, 6-9 pm (
Wednesday, 11/19:  PTA Coffee Talk - Helios on Glenwood Avenue @ 9:15, meet at front steps to walk together; Wiley Dines Out – Red Dragon (corner of Oberlin Road and Fairview Road) from 4-9
Friday, 11/21:  Fourth grade field trip to NC Museum of History
Monday, 11/24:  Make-up pictures
Wednesday, 11/26 - Friday, 11/28: Thanksgiving Vacation - no school

News from our Wiley PTA
Red Dragon Restaurant Night—This Wednesday 11/19! One of our favorite restaurant nights of the year is here! Red Dragon will be hosting restaurant night for Wiley this Wednesday 11/19 from 4 – 9 p.m. Make sure to mention Wiley when you call in a takeout order or eat in the restaurant, and Wiley PTA will receive 10% of your purchase. We look forward to seeing you at this fun event.

Join the PTA for a Walk to Coffee on Wednesday 11/19  Meet this Wednesday on the front steps of Wiley after drop-off (by 9:15) for a walk to coffee at Helio’s on Glenwood. We’ll have PTA representatives there to answer your questions. It’s a great chance to meet new Wiley friends and sample some of the best coffee in town.

Board 6 Advisory Council
The Board 6 Advisory Council is meeting on Thursday, November 20th at 12 pm.  The meeting will be at Lacy Elementary, which is located at the corner of Lake Boone Trail and Ridge Road.  Dr Rodney Trice, Assistant Superintendent for Equity Affairs will be the speaker.
As always, this meeting is open to all parents.  If you have any specific questions for Dr Trice please let me know and I'll be sure to ask.
Meredith Nelson
Wiley, BAC rep

Winter Thanks (12/11) Info in Folders Today Information on our Winter Thanks program for teachers is coming home in your folders today. You’ll find information on how to volunteer, donate food and in-kind gifts and support this great event for our teachers. Reach out with any questions to Tina Hlabse at or Kelly Kelly at