Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15

A note of thanks …

Dear Friends,

What an amazing week we had at Wiley! Once again, the Wiley Community rallied to provide our students with fun learning opportunities, our staff with food, gifts and time together, and presents and food for kids in need. We can't thank you enough for all your generosity.

            The Hour of Code brought out 30 volunteers to help teach kids about computer science during the week-long event.
            During the annual Winter Thanks breakfast, 70 volunteers donated 94 hours of their time on Thursday to show our staff how much they are appreciated. An additional 37 parents sent in food for a delicious buffet with 73 items to choose from! Additionally, the Wiley community donated 50 gifts for the raffle and almost $1500! The money will be used exclusively for something of the teachers' choosing.
            In the spirit of the giving season, Wiley families sponsored snowflakes for 65 students and donated over $1000 in gift cards.
            The food drive brought in enough to fill 125 bags of food, providing meals for kids over the winter break.  
A big THANK YOU to those who also went out shopping or eating to support the PTA at Restaurant night; who sent in food for the Wiley Pal event; who chaperoned field trips; attended the Wiley Band concert and who in many different and important ways continue to Make a World of Difference at Wiley!

A huge THANK YOU to the 90 families who have contributed to the Annual Fund, we have collected almost $13,500 to support the teachers and programs at Wiley.

The volunteer hours above don't begin to account for the number of hours of planning and preparation that our wonderful committee chairs and VP's contributed to ensure that these events were a success. A special THANK YOU to Tina Hlbase, Hadley Cairns-Heath, Katherine Hite, Kelly Kelly, Heather Nguyen, and Jessica Wahler for all their hard work.

This week has again shown what a generous, loving community we have at Wiley. Wishing you all a peaceful and joyous holiday season and look forward to many more wonderful times together in the new year.

Leslie Taylor                                                                          Teresa Jones
Principal                                                                                PTA President

General Wiley News

AIG Nominations:  Nominations for WCPSS Academically or Intellectually Gifted program are now being accepted for 4th and 5th grade students.  Nominations must be submitted in writing (emails accepted) to Dr. Cecconi-Roberts,, no later than Thursday, January 8, 2015.  Nominations will not be accepted after January 8th.  Students will be tested beginning the week of January 21st.  Please note that this testing window is earlier than in the past and is the final AIG testing period for the 2014-2015 school year.
Students may be nominated by parents, students or teachers.  Only 4th and 5th graders may be tested at this time.  Students may only test once a school year.  Additional information may be found at

Carpool LineAs you drive through the carpool line in the mornings and afternoons, please be sure to keep the pedestrian crossing open for those wishing to cross. 

Wiley Spotlight

This week’s spotlight shines on Ms. Bennett, fourth grade teacher.
What do you like to do during the summer?  I enjoy visiting family, catching up on my reading, and traveling. 

If you could work anywhere, besides Wiley, where would it be? I would own a little book store and read to children … in Raleigh or Portugal.

Who is your most memorable teacher?   I loved loved Mrs. Cordisco my 7th grade English teacher at Jefferson Jr. High School, Pittsburgh, PA.  She had a fun way of teaching

Tell us about your favorite teaching moments.   I love those moments when I can stand back and watch it all come together – when the students are doing their thing without me … when I’m the true facilitator of learning. 

What is your favorite thing about Wiley?  I enjoy the diverse, friendly, family-like staff, students, and general community.  

Upcoming Events

December 18: K field trip to Marbles
December 20-January 4: Winter Break
December 30: Wiley Vacation Social Event for Families—Ice Skating, 4-7pm

News from our Wiley PTA
Talent Show
Calling Talented Parents (& Guardians!) of Talented Children.... The Wiley Talent Show Committee needs YOU!
The Talent Show is in March, but initial organization and planning will begin in January. If you want to volunteer to be part of this great event, e-mail Scott Andrews at

PTA Social Calendar
The Social calendar has been finalized, and we have many options, including daytime, nights, and weekends. Please check the website for details -

Free skating
The PTA has free passes for you! Valid during the holiday break, these passes provide FREE Admission for up to 4 people at United Skates of America. There is no set meeting time- enjoy them at your leisure and have fun with your family! Look for them in your child's Monday folder today.

Holiday ice skating
Come join us from 4-7pm on Tuesday, Dec 30 for holiday ice skating, outdoors in City Plaza downtown. Cost is $9 for 2 people (half price!). This is a public event, so wear your Wiley wear to show your spirit and help us find each other. Look for the large mylar holiday balloon on the perimeter of the ice rink to find a PTA representative. We hope to see you there for some holiday cheer! For more details about this skate rink can be found online:

School Skate Party
Save the date! Wiley will have a FREE school skate night on Jan 13th at United Skates of America, 6-8:30pm.