Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday, February 9

Bus Driver Appreciation Week:  You think driving the minivan with a crew of kiddos for morning carpool is a challenge?  Try driving a big yellow bus loaded up with excited Wiley students through the city streets!  Please take a moment to recognize the contributions of our incredible drivers during this week of appreciation – a hand-written note, a picture, or a tasty treat will go a long way.  They are a huge part of the Wiley family, and we appreciate them!

Media Center Helped 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!

Proctors Needed:  Testing for our Limited English Proficient students will begin the week of February 25.  If you have time available to assist us with this annual task, please email Leslie Taylor at  A short training session will be provided. 

A Message from Ms. Bridges, our Social Worker: I hope you and your families are having a great 2015! This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. These absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they aren’t in class. 
There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are steps every family can take to help avoid absences this year. Keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly, and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer. If your children do get sick, talk to a doctor or the school nurse about whether they should come to school and when it is okay for them to return.

Family Summit: The WCPSS Parent Academy is hosting the Second Annual Family Summit on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in collaboration with the NC Alliance of Black School Educators. The event will be held at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh, NC for all Wake County Public School families. The objective is to provide families with a variety of informative and engaging workshops on academics and social/emotional development to share strategies on student success. We will be offering separate Spanish workshops for our Latino families. In addition, upon request we will provide interpretation service in Arabic, French, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese. The conference is FREE of charge, will provide FREE Continental Breakfast and Information Fair. For more information, please contact

Wiley Spotlight 
This week’s spotlight shines on Judy Williams, our School Counselor.   

Get to know Ms. Williams …
What do you like to do during the summer? I love to travel.  During my “lucky summers”, I get to travel to a country that I have not experienced.
If you could teach anywhere (other than Wiley), where would it be?  Camp Thuderbird, just outside Charlotte. I grew up going to Camp Thunderbird for summer camp, and it was there that I recognized that I loved working with kids. It was always such a fun and positive experience.
Who was your most memorable teacher? Ms. Caldwell, first grade teacher at Victory School in Gastonia, NC.  I learned to read in first grade and she developed my love for reading.  I enjoyed reading the ‘Dick and Jane books’.    
What is something that you are most proud of, that most people wouldn’t know about you? In my last job, I worked with refugees that needed a fresh, safe start.  I enjoyed having the opportunity to help others.    

 Upcoming Events 
Monday, February 9: 
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

News from our Wiley PTA

Technology Night and PTA General Meeting this Thursday, February 12th at 6:00 p.m.
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. 
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, including internet safety for children and opportunities to experience using technology from a student perspective
Fun Run for Technology Kickoff
Boosterthon Fun Run for Technology is coming! Last year's run raised much needed funds to improve our school’s technology and we hope to do the same this year. This year's them is Rock'n Town Live, a music festival theme all about Community. The 9-day program will kick off with a 30 minute school-wide Pep Rally on February 24th - Dress like a Rock Star Day! During daily team huddles, students will learn five ways to make their community rock where they live and play:
·         Plug In To Serve
·         Amplify Others
·         Listen for Feedback
·         Play Hard
·         Thank Your Crowd
Every student will participate in the Fun Run on Thursday, March 5th, regardless of pledges raised. Plus, they will receive a Wiley Fun Run t-shirt.
We did listen to your feedback on last year’s event and have made significant changes to the program that we believe will be a better fit for our Wiley community. These changes include:
·         Emphasizing fitness and team work and including a free gift for all students who register.
·         Having recognition during team huddles for daily character traits instead of pledges received.
·         Incorporating team huddles into recess time instead of class time.
·         Revising prize distribution to three times during the program. Prizes will be delivered to the classroom and quietly distributed by the teachers.

If you have questions on the event, come to the general meeting this Thursday or email

It’s Talent Show Time! It’s Talent Show Time!

It's Talent Show Time, Wiley families, and we expect another fabulous year of music, dance, skit, comedy and -- most importantly -- FUN with our grand, Wiley community.  But first, there's lots to know. So here we go!

The 2015 WIley Talent Show will be Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 6 PM - 9 PM.  Applications and Music submissions are due on Friday, February 20 by 9 PM.   Students should have a plan for their performance by the application deadline.  Remember:   Performances are limited to 2 minutes.
Students are required to attend the Initial Review of Acts on Thursday, February 26, 3:45-5:45 PM and the Show Rehearsal on Thursday, March 5, 3:45-5:45 PM.
Application/Permission slips: Application and Permission slips are online this year.  Parents/Guardians must complete the composite Application / Permission form for each child who participates.  A few more details are after the link. Please find it below.  If you are without Internet access or have submission form issues, please contact Patricia Brezny at 919-609-4952 for sign-up assistance. (
Music submission: Music files should be submitted by Dropbox or Google Drive by Friday, February 20th at 9:00 p.m.
Dropbox users:
Google users:
If you must submit a non-returnable CD for music, a collection box will be available in the Media Center. Please e-mail Dawson Roark ( if you have music-related questions.

Thank you for your continued support of this fantastic event! If you have other questions, please e-mail Scott Andrews at