Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday, January 26

Congratulations:  Three cheers for Vickie Leigh, Wiley’s 2014/15 Teaching Assistant of the Year.  Ms. Leigh was recognized by her colleagues for her loyalty and for her dedication to her students & the Wiley school community. We are so fortunate that Ms. Leigh calls Wiley home! 

Opportunity to Host an International Student for a Meal:  The Office of International Services (OIS) at NC State recently welcomed over 100 new international students to the university. Apart from the immigration services that the office provides to international students and scholars, they offer several cross-cultural programs to help international students and scholars connect to campus and the community.  One of those programs is Breaking Bread, a meal hosting program in which international students, scholars, and their families are matched with American hosts to share their cultures over a meal. Over 90 students and scholars were able to participate in the program last semester; however OIS is in need of additional hosts as there are over 50 students and scholars remaining on the waiting list. By hosting for the Breaking Bread program, you are extending a hand of hospitality to NC State's students and scholars through one of the world’s common cultural denominators: food! This is a one-time commitment with a lifelong possibility of friendship! For more information or to submit an application, please visit the Breaking Bread website or email the International Programs Coordinator, Alexis McCloskey, at

Calvin Wiley:  Ever wonder about the gentleman for whom Wiley is named?  Check out this link to enjoy a short article highlighting his contributions to the NC public school system. 

Magnet Application Window:  The window for middle school magnet applications is open from January 26 – February 5. 

Wiley Spotlight  

This week’s spotlight shines on Carrie Hinson, Spanish Student Teacher from NC State and Zandra Henderson, Spanish Teacher. 

Get to know Carrie (on right in photo) …
What do you like to do during the summer? I like to go on walks, travel, and knit. 
If you could teach anywhere (other than Wiley), where would it be?  Anywhere – as long as I’m working with elementary students. 
Who was your most memorable teacher? My grandfather, Frank Pavia – I didn’t have him as a teacher, but he inspired me.  He was a chemistry teacher in Detroit.
What is something that you are most proud of, that most people don't know about you? When I was 16, I went to Hungary and taught English for a month.  It was really hard because I didn’t know anything about teaching. 
If you could have any teacher, who would it be?  my grandfather

Get to know Zandra (on left in photo) …
What do you like to do during the summer? I like to travel and relax at the beach.
If you could teach anywhere (other than Wiley), where would it be?   I would teach in a third world country, maybe Colombia, because there are so many students that don’t have access to quality education.
Who was your most memorable teacher? La professor Sara at Village of South in Colombia. She was my history teacher, and she was the most caring teacher I had as a student. 
What is something that you are most proud of, that most people don't know about you? When I was in my 20’s, I came to the United States and didn't speak a word of English, but I survived.  Also, I represented my country (Colombia) in the ’96 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA – track. 
If you could have any teacher, who would it be?  When I was in a college music class, I always wished that Beethoven was there teaching the class. 

 Upcoming Events
Monday, January 26: Magnet Application window opens (1/26 – 2/5); 3rd quarter electives begin for students
Tuesday, January 27: Report Cards; Restaurant Night @ Neomonde, 4-9pm; PTA parents’ social event @ NC Museum of Art’s Greenway access, 1-2pm
Friday, January 30: new WOW (Wonders Of Wiley) clubs begin for students
Sunday, February 1:  PTA sponsored Family Fun Day @ Frankie’s, 2-5pm

News from our Wiley PTA
Restaurant Night at Neomonde on Tuesday, January 27th.
This Tuesday, January 27th is Wiley Family Restaurant Night at Neomonde.  Come out between 4:00 - 9:00 pm with your coupon (which will come home in Monday’s folder), and Neomonde will donate a portion of its profits to the Wiley PTA. 
Social Events coming up on Tuesday January 27th and Sunday February 1st
We have two social events coming up!  The first event is a greenway walk on Tuesday 1/27 at 1-2 p.m. We’ll meet at the NC Museum of Art at the greenway entrance, adjacent to the lower parking lot. Strollers are welcome! Later that evening, stop by Neomonde for restaurant night!
The second is family fun day at Frankie’s Fun Park from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, February 1st. Come and meet up with friends and enjoy some fun. Frankie’s is at 11190 Fun Park Drive in Raleigh. Event cost will be based on the activities you choose.
Looking for Corporate Sponsors for the Second Annual Fun Run for Technology T Shirts
Interested in some great publicity for your business? The PTA is looking for sponsors for our Fun Run t-shirts that go to each student for race day.  We would like your company’s logo on the back. Level options for sponsors are $250 and $500. Please reach out to if you are interested in sponsoring.  
Wiley Outing at SkyZone - Wednesday February 11th at 5-8 p.m.
Join your Wiley friends for a jump night at Skyzone Trampoline Park at  2101 Westinghouse Blvd. in Raleigh on February 11th from 5-8 p.m. Cost is $10 to jump for an hour and includes a pair of sky socks. Email  with questions.
FREE Roller Skating Night Will Be Rescheduled to February 17th, 6-8 p.m.
Our weather cancellation of the free skate night was a disappointment, but we’ve rescheduled for February 17th in the evening from 6 to 8 p.m.
The event will still be free of charge for all Wiley families with $3 skate rentals.  It will include an appearance from the Frozen characters, but hopefully not an appearance from actual freezing weather. Look forward to seeing you there.
Clubs Update
There has been a fantastic response to clubs for the upcoming sessions!  Chess Club and Club Scientific are full, but KidzArt and Go Green still have limited space available. 
KidzArt will meet on Wednesday afternoons from 3:45-5:00 pm in the Art Room (Room 12) from 2/4/15 - 3/18/15 and is currently open to kids in grades k-5.  Cost is $105.  Please contact to find out about need-based financial aid.  To register for KidzArt, please go to
Go Green is a year-long club and meets on Friday mornings from 8:00-8:45 am in the Art Room (Room 12).  It is open to kids in grades k-5 and is free.  To register, please go to
Fundraising Update
Annual Fund: A huge thank you goes out to all the Wiley families and extended families that donated to the Annual Fund.  We have raised over $15,500 so far and appreciate all of the support. In addition, we’ve received the following checks from Merchant Rewards:
·         Harris Teeter $310
·         Boxtops $610
·         Piccola Italia $225 (restaurant night)
·         Tea & Co $137 (clothing fundraiser)
·         Oak City Meatball Co $152

Please make sure you register your VIC card to Wiley, continue collecting box tops, and attend our restaurant nights. Thanks for all of your help in supporting Wiley! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

January 12

General Wiley News

Assignment for 2015/15 School Year:  Assignment strips were sent home today notifying you of your child’s placement for the upcoming school year.  Please feel free to contact Ms. Ruedy ( or 919-856-7723) if you have questions.

Kindergarten Registration:  Kindergarten Registration will open Thursday, January 15.  We will accept registrations all day on Thursday.  After January 15th, registration will be open daily from 9:30-2:30.  Documents needed for registration:  proof of residence, birth certificate, immunization record, parent/legal guardian ID. 

International Showcase:  We culminated first quarter activities with a showcase of talent highlighting all that’s been going on in electives and language classes. We plan to do the same for second quarter on Wednesday, January 21.  Make plans to join us during your child’s electives/language block:  4/5 @ 9:20, 2/3 @ 12:20, and K/1 @ 1:45.  Seating will be available in the balcony. 

Third Quarter WOW (Wonders Of Wiley) sign-ups:  Sign-ups for Friday’s WOW clubs will be sent home Thursday. 

PBIS/Wiley Way contest:  The PBIS Club is sponsoring a school-wide Wiley Way contest in which students may create an original song, skit, rap, bookmark, poster or cheer that promotes following the Wiley Way.  Sign-ups are open, and entry forms are available on Ms. Williams' door.  

Student Teachers:  This month we welcome four student teachers to our Wiley family.  Please welcome these new faces when you see them! 
            Ms. Caroline Hinson with Ms. Henderson, NCSU
            Ms. Annetta Kinton with Ms. Jones & Ms. Jeffries, Peace University
            Ms. Monica Long with Ms. Thompson, Peace University
            Ms. Mary Jo McCloud with Ms. Blum, NCSU

Super Saturday event:  WCPSS’s PAGE (partners for the advancement of Gifted Education) is holding its Super Saturday event February 7.  Parents will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers, and students can enjoy a fun class on a variety of topics.  More information can be found here

Broughton High School Spring Break Camp:  Looking for something for the kids to do during Spring Break?  You may wish to consider Broughton High School Theater Club’s Spring Break Camp. The half-day camp is for ages 6-14 and will be held at Broughton High School.  For more information contact: Elin at 

Wiley Spotlight

This week’s spotlight shines on Ms. Abel, second grade teacher.
If you could work anywhere, besides Wiley, where would it be? In a camp-setting, daycare … somewhere definitely working with kids.   
Who is your most memorable teacher?   That’s an easy one!  Ms. Susan Conklin, fourth grade teacher at Gatelot Elementary School in Long Island, New York.  I used to play school all the time when I came home from her class.  She was sweet and patient. 
Tell us about your favorite teaching moments.   I love those moments when students realize that I don’t actually live at school … “What?  You mean you go home after this?!”    

What is your favorite thing about Wiley?  I enjoy the small community feel.  It’s nice to be able to walk in the hallways and know most of the students.  The parent involvement is incredible, and the students really look out for each other.  

Upcoming Events
CASE 21 (WCPSS benchmarking assessments) will take place all
week in Grades 2-5

Tuesday, January 13: 3rd grade field trip to Planetarium, Skate Night @ United Skate from 6-8:30
Friday, January 16:  2nd Quarter ends
Monday, January 19:  Holiday
Tuesday, January 20:  Workday
Wednesday, January 21:  Electives Showcase
Thursday, January 22:  Spelling Bee @ 1:30
Tuesday, January 27:  PTA Restaurant Night @ Neomonde
News from our Wiley PTA

Welcome back Wiley Families. We have lots of fun events coming up, and we’ll be sending reminders out regularly.

FREE Roller Skating Night Tuesday 1/13 6-8:30 p.m.
Come join your Wiley friends and the Frozen characters for a night of roller skating at United Skates, 2901 Trawick Rd in Raleigh. The event is free of charge for all Wiley families. Skate rentals are $3.00.

Technology Night Date Change—Now Thursday February 12th at 6 p.m.
Technology Night has  been moved to February 12th at 6 p.m. More details will follow on the event, childcare and the topics to be covered in the PTA General Meeting.

Calling Talented Parents (& Guardians!) of Talented Children.... The Wiley Talent Show Committee needs You!
Wiley's Talent Show is a time children share talents, skills and creativity ... or just invite others to laugh along with them. It's great fun! But it doesn't happen through magic. It happens through illusion - the illusion it was no work at all.
Parent "illusionists" are needed for the Initial Review of Acts (aka Audition Day), the Dress Rehearsal and the Talent Show itself. Stage experience is NOT required. If you are flexible and can commit to a few weeks of (managed) chaos in February and early March, if you know about sound systems, lighting, script writing, organizing details or wrangling cats, the Wiley Talent Show needs you! It is an amazing opportunity to serve our kids and encourage them to shine.
Initial organization and planning will begin later this month. Due to technology changes, even if you've volunteered before, we need to hear from you again!  Please commit to helping with this great event by emailing Scott Andrews at

Volunteers Needed for Science Night
Science Night is coming up mid-April. Our fabulous chair, Sarah Luginbuhl needs your help to make this event a success! There are volunteer opportunities for those with time available during the day or evening. Please reach out directly to the chairs at She is planning an initial organizing meeting in the near future.

Fun Run Committee Members Needed:
Last year, Wiley had its first fun run. This year, we’re beginning the planning early to allow time to make changes to make the event a great fit for Wiley. We’re looking for committee members to help us with this event. Please email           to join the group and help define what the event will look like this year.

Afterschool Clubs Update—Registration for 2015 Open
The next sessions of after school clubs will start in January / February and registration for all of them is open!  Please note that all clubs are now open to kindergartners.  Need-based financial aid is available.  For more information, please contact
Chess - Available to K-5 students, this club will meet from 3:45 - 4:45 on Friday afternoons (full school days only) in the art room from 1/23/15 - 3/20/15.  The cost is $110.  To pre-register with PTA, please go to:
Club Scientific - Available to K-5 students, this club will meet from 3:45 - 5:00 on Tuesday afternoons in the art room from 2/3/15 - 3/31/15.  The cost is $120.  To register, please go to:
KidzArt - Available to K-5 students, this club will meet from 3:45 - 5:00 on Wednesday afternoons in the art room from 2/4/15 - 3/18/15.  The cost is $105.  To register, please go to: