Monday, November 3, 2014

November 3

Spoiled by our PTA – Thank you, Wiley PTA, for the incredible spread of goodies that you provided last Friday for our staff!  Yum! 

Special Education Open House – If interested,  the Wake County Special Education Advisory Council will be hosting an information session  Thursday, November 13 @ Martin Middle School: 6:00 - Doors open & Resource Fair, 6:30 - Welcome, and 7:00 - information sessions.  For more information, visit

WRAL Teacher of the Week – Ms. Hahner, Wiley’s Instructional Resource Teacher, received a wonderful treat on Halloween.  WRAL’s Gerald Owens surprised her with the designation of Teacher of the Week!  Ms. Hahner’s WRAL Teacher of the Week debut will air next Wednesday, November 12th

Mindset and Mrs. Ware - Click here to check out a recent WCPSS blog post featuring our very own Katie Ware talking about her growth through WCPSS’s Effective Teaching Framework staff development! 

Outreach Opportunity - Ready to get that Halloween candy out of the house?  Wiley has partnered again with Halloween Candy Buyback and Operation Gratitude to collect Halloween candy to send to US troops overseas.  Please bring your wrapped candy sorted by chocolate and non-chocolate to the office by the morning of Friday, November 7th.  There is also an opportunity to include letters of gratitude that are shipped along with our donation. 
All details about the non-profit can be found here:
A big thanks to Buckthal Orthondics that will be shipping our donation to Operation Gratitude.  

French with Raleigh Charter High School - As part of a partnership that Wiley’s French Program is building with Raleigh Charter High School’s French Department, RCHS students came to Wiley on Friday to present about French speaking countries around the world.  Students made the  "AWAlE " math game, a game played in many French speaking African countries. Wiley students also had the chance to practice their French with the high school students.  A good time was had by all!

Wiley Spotlight

This week’s Wiley spotlight shines on the dynamic first grade teaching duo of Crystal Blum (right, in photo) and Mary Jo McCloud (left, in photo).  Both Mrs. Blum and Ms. McCloud are new additions to our Wiley family, and we are fortunate that they now call Wiley home! 

Mrs. Blum answered these questions:
What do you like to do during the summer?  I love to travel.  I try to travel to a new country each year.  This summer’s travel, however, took me to Disney World! 
If you could teach anywhere, besides Wiley, where would it be, and why?  I would teach at UNC-CH. I love it.  I appreciate the atmosphere and the spirit of the campus!
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you while teaching?  While I was teaching at Lincoln Heights, a baby snake slithered across my foot in the classroom.  The girls all screamed, and the boys all crept in for a closer look!
Who is your most memorable teacher?  Ms. Ledford, 6th grade teacher at Fallston Elementary School in Fallston, NC.  She exposed us to different cultures and helped me develop my desire to learn and grow through travel. 
Tell us about your family.  My husband, Dave, and I have a 6-year old son, Silas. 

Ms. McCloud answered these questions:
What do you enjoy doing during the summer?  I like to go to the beach.
If you could work anywhere, besides Wiley, where would it be, and why?  I would teach at Knotts Island Elementary School on Knotts Island, NC.  That is where I went to school, and I love it. 
What is something that most people don’t know about you?  Growing up, I took a ferry to and from school. 
Who is your most memorable teacher?  Ms. Roche, my third grade teacher at Knotts Island Elementary School. 
What do you enjoy most about Wiley?  I enjoy the inviting and welcoming atmosphere.  I have also enjoyed the culture of the school. 

 Upcoming Events
Friday, 11/7:  PTA-sponsored Cultural Arts performance, African American Dance Ensemble; Early Release - dismissal at 1:15
Sunday, 11/9: PTA-sponsored grounds day, 1:30-3:30
Tuesday, 11/11:  Veterans Day - no school
Wednesday, 11/12: First grade field trip to Morehead Planetarium
Thursday, 11/13:  Third grade field trip to Joel Lane House; News crew field trip to Broughton HS
Monday, 11/17:  Cecilia Rawlins Fund Kickoff at BusyBee to Benefit Backpack Buddies for Wiley Students, 6-9 pm (
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

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. To sign up, go to:

More Wiley Pals Needed:
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. Men are especially encouraged to try this exciting 1:1 opportunity.

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.