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!