Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February 3

National School Counseling Week:  This week, we recognize the hard work of our School Counselor, Judy Williams.  Judy seems to do it all!  Her unique contributions support students, their families, and teachers, and she works in partnership with the broader community to enhance the experiences of our students.  Judy is amazing, and Wiley appreciates all that she does for us.  Please take a moment this week to recognize and honor Ms. Williams! 

Shining Stars: Would your child like to have a part in Broughton HS's upcoming musical "Hello Dolly"? Wiley students in grades 3-5 are encouraged to audition for a part in this musical! It’s a great chance to learn more about acting, singing, dancing, and stage presence.  Students interested should stop by Ms. Wolfgang's Room (MUSIC) this week to pick up practice materials needed to get ready for the audition. Auditions will be held on February 12, from 3:45 - 4:30pm in the Music Room. Good luck!

Magnet Application Window:  The window for middle school magnet applications was extended until 10pm on Monday, February 9th

Media Center Volunteers Needed:  The media center is looking for a few volunteers to reshelve books in the correct order. It's easy work and you can drop in whenever is convenient for you. This can even be a one-day (or one hour) commitment. Please contact Ms. Molloy so she can let you know which areas of the library need work. Thank you! jmolloy@wcpss.net

Wiley Spotlight 
This week’s spotlight shines on Hela Dridi, our French Teacher, and Yuko Yoshikawa, our Japanese Teacher. 

Get to know Hela (left in picture) …
What do you like to do during the summer? I love to travel, especially when I have the opportunity to travel back to my home country, Tunisia. 
If you could teach anywhere (other than Wiley), where would it be?  I would teach in Haiti because it’s a French speaking country.  I believe I have a lot that I could offer their struggling education system. 
Who was your most memorable teacher? My middle school math teacher, Ms. Sefi at Lycee De Jeune Fille Kairouan in Tunisia. 
What is something that you are most proud of, that most people wouldn’t know about you? I was part of the Tunisian National team in ping pong when I was in high school. 
If you could have any teacher, who would it be?  My dad. I miss him.  H was kind, spoke five languages and was quite cultivated … I could learn a lot from him. 
Get to know Yuko (right in picture) …
What do you like to do during the summer? I enjoy traveling to Japan.  In Japan, I visit with family & friends and eat Japanese food. 
If you could teach anywhere (other than Wiley), where would it be?   I would teach in Japan at a Department of Defense school.
What are you most proud of, that most people wouldn’t know about you? I traveled all over the world, by myself.  Even though I didn’t know many of the languages I had a great experience. 
If you could have any teacher, who would it be?  I would enjoy learning from my father.  He was very smart, but he died when I was young and I did not have the opportunity to learn from him. 

 Upcoming Events – Next Week
Monday, February 9:  Magnet Application window closes at 10pm
Tuesday, February 10:  First Grade field trip to Marbles
Wednesday, February 11:  Wiley Outing at SkyZone from 5-8
Thursday, February 12:  Technology Night & PTA General Meeting @ 6:00; Broughton Musical auditions w/ Ms. Wolfgang
Friday, February 13:  Early Release – dismissal @ 1:15
The week of February 9-13 is Bus Driver Appreciation Week.  Please join us in celebrating our incredible drivers! 

News from our Wiley PTA

Technology Night and PTA General Meeting, Thursday, February 12th at 6:00 p.m., Childcare Available
Every year the PTA and school team up to present Technology Night.  For those of you who have never been, it is a night that is intended to give parents a wealth of technology-related information.  Childcare is available, but we need you to sign up by Friday 2/6 so we can give the YMCA a count. Sign up at the following link:
The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the media center with a PTA general meeting.  We'll discuss Wiley's fantastic experience with Hour of Code, take a look at the current technology needs at our school and kick off our Fun Run for Technology fundraiser.
Following the meeting, there will be two 30 minute teacher-led breakout sessions (6:30-7:00 and 7:00-7:30).  Sadie Hoover has been working hard to put together helpful and interesting options for this portion of the evening.  We’ll have more details on content in next week’s blog.

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 memullow@hotmail.com  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.