Monday, March 30, 2015

March 30

Safety Reminder:  We love that our Wiley students adore Wiley so much that they want to stick around after dismissal to play with their friends.  If your child/ren take advantage of this opportunity, please remain vigilant in keeping a close supervisory eye on them. Play on the front lawn around the electric box and around the bricked area of the gardens (near the cafeteria) is discouraged. Further, please remember that students are not permitted to stay on the grounds after school hours without adult supervision.   

It’s March and that means it’s time for the Books Are Magic book drive at Wiley!
Books Are Magic builds home libraries for kids who need them.
Wiley is once again partnering with Books Are Magic to ensure that all children at Wiley have home libraries!  As we have done for the past two years, we will be having a book drive and asking members of our Wiley family to donate gently used books between March 30- April 2.
How it Works
Students will bring donated books into their classroom during the book drive. After the collection period has ended, the organizers will transform Ms. Taylor’s office into a beautiful “book store” in May.  Homeroom teachers will pick six books for each child in the program.  Next, the children will have the chance to “shop” in Ms. Taylor’s office by picking six more books to bring home.  This is great fun for the children and the adults!  When the shopping is complete, every child at Wiley will have books at home!
Books Are Magic is a 501(c)(3) and was modeled after a  landmark study that gave disadvantaged students 12 books at the end of the school year for 3 years in a row. The students  became owners of home libraries with a total of 36 books each by the end of the three years—books they could read, organize, and take pride in. Reading researchers at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville then tracked the students' performance in school.The results were incredible. Reading scores improved significantly. The summer reading proficiency slide was arrested.  In fact, just having those 12 books in the first year seemed to have as much positive effect as attending summer school.  In addition, the students with home libraries indicated that they perceived themselves as readers.
Building home libraries for children is a low-cost effort that gets invaluable results. Books are Magic is determined to duplicate those results for as many kids as possible.
 We would love help with this program at Wiley! If you can help, please contact Lea Roark (

2014/15 Wiley Yearbook:  The Wiley yearbook committee is excited about this year’s yearbook.  It’s bursting with photos, student portraits, activities, highlights, and of course, space for special autographs.
To order a yearbook(s) for your student(s), please complete and return the Yearbook Order Form that is coming home today. But act fast, the deadline to order is Monday, April 6, 2015.

End of Grade Testing: Our End of Grade (EOG) testing dates have been set.  Please mark these dates on your calendar now! Below you will find the the list of specific dates.  If you are a K-2 Wiley family, please keep reading! This year we have a greater need for volunteer test proctors. While proctoring is not the most fun you will ever have, it’s essential to providing all students with a positive testing environment. The more volunteer proctors we have, the more teaching assistants we can leave in your child’s classrooms. Also, by having K-2 families proctor, this will  provide you with insight into the world of EOGs. As a Wiley family, we look forward to another opportunity to pull together to support our school!

Calling all volunteers . . . WE NEED YOU! Please visit this link to sign up to proctor.
Proctors will need to attend a one hour training prior to EOG testing. The training consists of a 30 minute security video and 20 - 30 minutes of talk time. Proctor trainings will be scheduled the week of May 4th at various times throughout the week.

Tuesday, May 19th:  3rd Grade ELA and 4th Grade Math
Wednesday, May 20th: 3rd Grade Math and 4th Grade ELA
Thursday, May 21st:  5th Grade ELA
Friday, May 22nd: 5th Grade Math & Makeups
Monday, May 25th: No School - Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 26th: 5th Grade Science & Makeups
Wednesday, May 27th: Makeups

Please contact our Testing Coordinator, Chris Hahner, with any questions. You may email her at or leave a message in the office with your name and phone number.

Broughton Baseball Camp:  Broughton High School is sponsoring a FREE Baseball Camp on Saturday, April 18, from 8:00 am - noon, for students ages 7-12. Instruction will include fielding, throwing and batting. For questions and preregistration: contact Chris Newton at

Chess:  WOW time students in Chess Around the World have been busy exploring the history and strategies of chess. As students continue their studies, they will compare chess to other board games. If you have a complete set of checkers, Chinese checkers, or other similar board games, please consider donating to the class. When gathering donations, keep in mind that students will be using the games in a group setting and pieces could be lost or damaged. If you have any board game donations, please contact Karen Rose at to coordinate efforts. Students are excited to start building on their knowledge of board games. 

ADHD Seminar:  Broughton Special Education Department is hosting a seminar about ADHD by Dr. James Wiley.  The seminar is called "Relook at ADHD", a Physican's view of child, teen and adult ADHD.   The seminar will be at Broughton on April 9th at 7:00 pm in the media center.  

Wiley International Carnaval: Please save the date for Wiley’s International Carnaval (formerly International Night) scheduled for the evening of Friday, May 8.  It will be another great year of International themed activities and food trucks!

Parent volunteers are an important part of the success of an event this size.  Please consider helping our teachers & parents to plan and execute the May 8th event. Opportunities include sharing parent and student perspectives regarding ideas, helping to make decisions, and organizing items needed to make International Carnaval a success. The committee has created sub groups. If you are interested in participating, please contact the sub group's leader soon. Meetings have already begun and will continue up until the event. Even if you are not available for face-to-face meetings, we welcome your assistance in other ways.  

Parade and Props Group- Zandra Henderson -
Nightly Schedule and Program- Ute Bartley -
Booths and Tents- Matt Schisler -
Spirit Week- Jill Molloy -
Volunteers- Sadie Hoover -
Parent Contact – Stef Reed -

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Tech Night Follow-Up: Recently, Wiley parents and teachers learned about internet safety, being a model digital citizen, and experienced technology based learning labs and other interactive tech activities. Wiley students often explore other cultures and ideas through internet-based research. Students can continue the study at home. As we consider keeping our children safe while they explore the world through vast online information, we extend the learning opportunity for Wiley families. Learn more with this resource: 5 Myths and Truths About Kids' Internet Safety. How are you sharing truths with your child?

Wiley Spotlight

This week’s spotlight shines on kindergarten teacher, Molly Strom.

What do you like to do during the summer? Who doesn't like to travel? Still on my bucket list are Australia, Greece, and Italy, as well as the Grand Canyon and other National Parks of the southwest. However, life with a 3-year-old as reduced our summer travel down to weekend trips to the beach or the mountains, day hikes, and visits with Grammie, Granddaddy, Nana, and Papa. 

If you could teach anywhere (other than Wiley), where would it be?
I miss being able to use what is left of my Spanish, so I would like to go to a Spanish-speaking country to refine my skills.  That's really more about teaching me, than teaching others, but isn't that what this is all about--creating lifelong learners!  

Who was your most memorable teacher? My first grade teacher, Mrs. Gehring in Columbus, Ohio. She is largely the reason I am a teacher today. I revisited her class often, working with her in high school during a career mentorship class and having her over to our house for dinner. Our family has still kept in touch with her to this day! 

What is something that you are most proud of, that most people don't know about you?  I've always been a go-getter. When I've decided I'm going to do something, I'll go after it. That's what made possible a couple of opportunities to travel abroad, move to NC 13 years ago, earn my Master's, have children, and most recently landed me at Wiley Elementary! (Unfortunately, I think it often times drives my husband nuts.) :) 
If you could have any teacher, who would it be? I'm a closet actress/performer, so it would probably be a teacher outside of the educational world. Maybe Julia Roberts would have some tips on how to sharpen my craft. :) 

 Upcoming Events
Monday, March 30: Case 21 assessments
Tuesday, March 31: PTA’s Frozen Skate Night @ United Skates – 6-8:30, Case 21 assessments
Wednesday, April 1: Case 21 assessments  
Thursday, April 2: Case 21 assessments
Friday, April 3:  Holiday – No School 

Please consult our website: for additional
upcoming events.
AND, follow us on Twitter @WileyElementary!

News from our Wiley PTA
Frozen Skate Night is ON—Join Us This Tuesday March 31st! The much anticipated skate night is here!  Come celebrate Spring at the Wiley Frozen skate night on Tuesday March 31st from 6-8:30 p.m. at United Skates, 2901 Trawick Rd in Raleigh.  The event is free of charge for all Wiley families with $3 skate rentals.  It will include an appearance from the Frozen characters. At this point, we think Elsa has been stripped of her snowstorm-making powers, so we’re planning on a fun evening!
Continue Collections for Fun Run:  We had a great first collection day and have collected over three quarters of our pledges, but need your help to meet our goal of 100% collection. If we can collect 100%, Wiley will profit over $20,000 for much-needed technology updates.
You should have received a list of outstanding pledges on Friday, March 20th. Please help your child connect with their sponsors and send in payments . Payments should be in a sealed envelope with student's name and teacher on the outside. Please bring in pledges by Wednesday, April 1st in time for our next count day.
Spring into Reading at Wiley’s Spring Book Fair on April 7th: The Spring Book Fair starts Tues., April 7! Come to Wiley’s Media Center to Spring into Reading and browse the selection of books for sale.
Book Fair Hours:
Tuesday 8:45 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:45 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday 8:45 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM

 •The fair is open late on Wednesday until 6:30 p.m.   Food trucks will be on campus for dinner and dessert (Captain Ponchos and JAM Ice Cream), with 10-20% of their profits going to our PTA.  Plan to take a night off from cooking and enjoy an easy meal with friends at Wiley!
 •The book fair is always FUN, but we need your help for it to be successful.  We especially need help during preview day (9:30 am – noon, when the K-2 students come to look), before school sales (8:45-9:30 am), and after school sales (3:30 pm until closing).  To sign up for a time that works for you, please visit 
We look forward to seeing you at the fair! For more information or with questions about volunteering, please contact Lisa Fultz or Wendy Worley at
2015 Wiley Science Night April 16th, Including Family Project: Wiley’s Science Night is coming up soon on April 16th at 6:00 p.m. The event will begin with a quick PTA meeting to elect our Executive Board for the 2015-2016 school year. Then, we’ll launch into a fun-filled evening with plants, animals, demonstrations, activities, and lots more! Take part in the family cardboard challenge! This event is not to be missed!
As inspired by Caine’s Arcade, Wiley is holding its own Family Cardboard Challenge this year to celebrate the creativity and innovation of science and engineering. We would like to invite you to view these videos together as a family for inspiration and to get those wheels turning to create a cardboard creation to bring in to share at Wiley’s Science Night. Pick one or both options! All projects may be brought to the media center April 14th and 15th between 8:45 and 9:30am. A parent volunteer will be there to check in the projects. **Make sure all projects include your child’s name, their teacher, and grade level.  
Project 1 Option: Create a GAME out of cardboard and recycled materials. Include directions on how to play, place game pieces in a labeled bag, and be sure to creatively name your game.
Project 2 Option:  Build a new INVENTION out of cardboard and recycled materials.
Use recycled materials when possible. Include an explanation of the model and its purpose, and be sure to creatively name your invention.

Take a look at the following links for inspiration:
Email Ms. Ross at with any questions.

BAC 6 Meeting Summary: Dr. Marvin Connelly, Chief of Staff and Strategic Planning, presented the new WCPSS Strategic Plan to the Board 6 Advisory Council on Thursday 12 March at Lynn Rd. Elementary.  Dr. Connelly began by outlining the process followed to develop the plan.  He stressed that stakeholders (e.g., students, parents, recent graduates, staff) were involved at every step, and emphasized that this plan reflects their priorities, and not simply the priorities of the School Board and staff.

The plan's vision is that "All WCPSS students will be prepared to reach their full potential and lead productive lives in a complex and changing world."  Its mission is that "WCPSS will provide a relevant and engaging education and will graduate students who are collaborative, creative, effective communicators and critical thinkers" (also known as the 4 c's).  The plan seeks to move away from data driven metrics (e.g., standardized test scores) towards more qualitative metrics (e.g., are students prepared for the real world).
The Board is committed to measuring goals, and staff is working to develop appropriate metrics.  Staff is also working on aligning the 4c's with objectives in the curriculum.  Teachers and other school staff will then have opportunities to be trained in how to translate the 4c's more effectively into the classroom.  Schools are also going to be expected to link their individual improvement plans to the County's strategic plan.
The plan sets out five focus areas:  Learning and Teaching, Achievement, Balanced Assessment, Human Capital and Community Engagement.  These focus areas reflect stakeholder priorities and are not listed in any particular order.  Instead, the Board hopes to make progress across all five.
Dr. Connelly ended his presentation by explaining that while the Board has always had a Strategic Plan, previous plans were more work plans than strategic documents.  They set out everything the Board hoped to accomplish and did not identify true focus areas or priorities.  The new document is more fluid, and hopefully it will help shift the focus of the school system in a way that benefits all students.
Reach out to our Wiley representative, Meredith Nelson at with any questions.

Monday, March 16, 2015

March 16

We may have missed eight days of school due to inclement weather, but Wiley has certainly been packing in the action over the last two weeks.  Classes have been buzzing with new learning … ‘how-to’ books, subtraction, life cycle study with millipedes, Australian netball, social justice, structure & properties of matter, and long division problem solving! Our learning has been nicely complemented with in-class field trips, out-of class field trips, student recognition at Pieces of Gold, artwork honors at the General Assembly, fun run, talent show, coding club, and YMCA swimming. 
Wow.  We’ve been busy! Never a dull moment around Wiley!

from this:  

to this:

(snow photo by Mary Beth Harvey)

Single Subject Acceleration:  We included information about SSA in last week’s post.  Please refer to or contact Wiley’s SSA contact, Lecia Cecconi-Roberts at for more information. 

A Helpful Resource:  Does your child sometimes experience anxiety?  Do you find that simple reassurance that "everything is OK" doesn't seem to help?  Ms. Williams, our counselor, recommends this article found at: 
 It provides child-friendly analogies for what happens in the brain when anxiety strikes and practical strategies for helping to alleviate it. As always, feel free to contact Ms. Williams with any concerns you may have about your child.

Wiley Spotlight
This week’s spotlight shines on our media specialist, Jill Molloy.

What do you like to do during the summer?  Everything that gets neglected around my house during the school year gets cleaned up in the summer! I spend time playing with my kids and usually take a family trip to the beach. 

If you could work anywhere, besides Wiley, where would it be?  I would enjoy being paid to write children's books. I also dream of having my own bookmobile and driving around to neighborhoods where kids need access to books. Maybe that is something for retirement...

Who is your most memorable teacher?   I took classes in college with a religion professor named Miranda Shaw. She really opened my mind to new ideas and other religions. I made a trip to Nepal later on because she inspired me to go there. I still love traveling and learning about other cultures!

Tell us about one of your craziest teaching moments.  I ate a worm once at Wiley. The authors of Middleworld were here talking about their books and the rainforest. They brought with them some dried bugs and challenged the teachers to try eating them. Who says librarians are boring?

What is your favorite thing about Wiley? I love my mornings at Wiley. The library can be a crazy, hectic place from 9:00-9:30, and it's my favorite time of day!

 Upcoming Events
Monday, March 16:
Tuesday, March 17:
Wednesday, March 18:
Thursday, March 19:  Cultural Arts Experience – performances during the morning, workshops during the afternoon, and family performance in the evening at 6:30; Ciago’s – restaurant night
Friday, March 20: 

Additional Upcoming Dates:
Monday, March 23 – Wednesday, March 25:  Make-up days
Thursday, March 26 – Friday, March 27:  Spring Break!
Friday, April 3: Holiday – No school

News from our Wiley PTA
Talent Show:
Thursday evening, we watched in amazement as Scott Andrews, Dawson Roark and their Talent Show team, put together a show in a matter of hours. They held auditions and rehearsals simultaneously and then went on to have one of the smoothest running shows we've seen. Thank you to everyone who helped make this night happen, especially all of our Wiley student performers!
Fun Run:
On Friday, we witnessed an explosion of school spirit as families, teachers, and administrators, cheered on our students for the Wiley Rock-n-Run. Thank you to the parents who marked shirts, gave out water, and celebrated every lap with our racers. Our Principal and Assistant Principal (a.k.a. the dynamic duo of Taylor and Ware) kicked off the run with their impressive dance moves. Ms. Ware then went on to run all the laps, with all the classes, totaling 8 miles! Ms. Taylor was also on the track, running with the kids, supporting them, and keeping them going. Together, our kids ran a total of 11,948 laps! As a team, 2nd grade registered the most number of students and raised the most amount of pledges. We think the 3rd grade had the most fun, since their reward involved pies in the face to Mr. Robertson - what a great sport! Thank you to everyone who came out to support our school and make this a fun and successful event!
We are also thankful to our Boosterthon team for the many ways they accommodated our requests to change the program to fit our school. We were able to give every student the chance to earn a prize just by registering. The PTA was able to give each child a Wiley Rock-n-Run t-shirt, by getting sponsors for the shirts. We scaled back on the emphasis on pledges and prizes and instead focused on character lessons and traits, and we exceeded our goal!
As a community we received pledges which will result in over $20,000 in profit to Wiley, if we can collect 100%. Please help your child connect with their sponsors and send in payments by Thursday, 3/19. Payments should be in a sealed envelope with student's name and teacher on the outside. Thank you for all your support!
Gardens and Grounds:
Thanks also go out to our fabulous Gardens and Grounds leader, Patricia and all of the volunteers who have been helping to clean up gardens, paint signs and generally beautify the campus. Our next work day will be coming up after Spring Break!
Cultural Arts and Restaurant Night at Ciago’s:
In your student's Monday folder, you will find an announcement for a special event this week, Thursday, March 19th at 6:30 p.m. The Wiley PTA is pleased to present our first Family Concert Event! Please join us for Silver Trout Arts, a collaboration of two highly respected teaching artists, Susana and Timmy Abell, whose concerts blend the diversity of four art forms together with beautifully played music on seven different instruments.
Before the concert, enjoy a nice dinner at Ciago’s! 522 St. Marys Street, Wiley will have its monthly restaurant night at this tasty eatery. Ciago’s will donate 10% of all sales to Wiley, so let your non-Wiley friends know as well. Come out and support this local business and your PTA!
Chess Club Registration Open:
Registration for the fourth quarter of Chess Club begins today!  Chess Club will meet on Friday afternoons (3:45-4:45) in the art room from 4/10/15-6/6/15.  Cost is $110.  Need-based financial aid is available.  Please contact or the front office for more information.
Since interest in Chess has been high and there are a limited number of seats in the club, parents will be required to pre-register with the PTA before registering on the Triangle Chess website.  After you submit your PTA registration form, a representative from the PTA will contact you within 24 hours to confirm your child's spot in the club. 
To register online, please go to the following website:
*Please be aware that the PTA requires club parents to volunteer once per quarter.
Frozen Skate Night Rescheduled to Tuesday March 31st:
The Frozen skate night has been rescheduled to Tuesday March 31st. A flyer should have come home in your child’s Monday folder. Feel free to reach out to with any questions.   

Spring into Reading at Wiley’s Spring Book Fair
The Spring Book Fair starts Tues., April 7! Come to Wiley’s media center to Spring into Reading and browse the selection of books for sale.
Book Fair Hours:
Tuesday 8:45 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:45 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday 8:45 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM
The fair is open late on Wednesday until 6:30 p.m. Food trucks will be on campus for dinner and dessert, so plan to take a night off from cooking and enjoy an easy meal with friends at Wiley!

The book fair is always FUN, but we need your help for it to be successful.  We especially need help during preview day (9:30 am – noon, when the K-2 students come to look), before school sales (8:45-9:30 am), and after school sales (3:30 pm until closing).  To sign up for a time that works for you, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at the fair!

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Lisa Fultz or Wendy Worley at

Monday, March 9, 2015

March 9

 Technology Coaching with Ms. Voss in Fourth Grade.

Pieces of Gold Recognition for Fernando.  

Make-Up Days:  Please reference for updates regarding inclement weather make-up days.  If you have travel plans during the make-up days and feel that your travels meet the criteria for an educational experience, you may wish to submit this form prior to your travels. 

Wiley Fun Run:  What a fun week we’ve had at Wiley celebrating the power of our community. The Boosterthon team has been high-fiving, and building students’ confidence and enthusiasm. We’ll have a rockin’ good time this Friday, March 13th as parents and teachers gather to cheer on the runners. Students will run about 35 laps around a track created just for them. They will dance, skip and even do a Flamingo walk! Please come out and be part of this community building event.
9:30 - 10:30 am - K, 1st & Mrs. Kurtz's class
10:40 -  11:40 am - 2nd, 3rd & Mrs. O’Brien's class
11:50 - 12:50 pm - 4th & 5th

New Website: Please take a few minutes to check our Wiley’s new website:  www.  Huge thanks goes to Sadie Hoover for her time and energy to get this site up & running.  If you see necessary edits that we’ve missed, please email Sadie at

International Showcase:  Due to the missed days in recent weeks, the third quarter showcase has been canceled. 

Picture Day:  We are in need of 4 parent volunteers to help out with individual student photos on March 16th. We'll need 2 for the morning shift from 9:15-11:45, and then 2 for the afternoon shift from 11:45-2:15. Your help is greatly appreciated. Please email Carol Vargo to sign up at

Single Subject Acceleration:  Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) is the practice of assigning a student to a higher-grade level than is typical, given the student's age, for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities. SSA is an accelerative practice that allows students to show mastery of the content of a course without having taken the course.

What is the process for Single Subject Acceleration?
Parents can nominate his/her child to skip a grade level of content in either Language Arts OR Mathematics.
Only students who are enrolled and attending WCPSS schools during the Nomination and Testing Windows will be eligible to participate in the in SSA during the 2015-2016 school year. Schools will offer differentiation as needed for students entering WCPSS after the SSA deadlines.
Parents may nominate students for this accelerative practice ONLY within our school’s specified nomination window.  Wiley’s nomination window is April 13-24, 2015.
Testing will ONLY occur during our specified testing window during Spring of 2015.  Wiley’s testing window is May 4-8, 2015.  Accelerative services will commence at the start of the 2015-2016 school year.
For more information, including dates and locations of regional Parent Informational Sessions, please refer to or contact Wiley’s SSA contact, Lecia Cecconi-Roberts at Parents are encouraged to attend one of these regional meetings. Understanding that not all parents will be able to attend one of the evening meetings, the information will also be posted on the internet site above.

Wiley Spotlight
This week’s spotlight shines on our principal, Leslie Taylor.

What do you like to do during the summer?  I love to go to the beach where I spend time with family & friends and catch up on my leisure reading.  I also spend a lot of time at the pool with my son, and if I’m lucky, on the tennis courts. 
If you could work anywhere, besides Wiley, where would it be? Of course, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than Wiley! 
Who is your most memorable teacher?   Ms. Oppenheimer, my 8th grade Algebra teacher at A.G. Cox Middle School in Winterville, NC.  She fostered my love of math! 
Tell us about one of your craziest teaching moments.   On the first day of school one year, I was getting ready to dismiss my class when I saw a huge mouse scurry across the floor in the back of the classroom.  I tried to remain calm and cool, but I don’t think it worked so well!    
What is your favorite thing about Wiley?  I love so many things about Wiley. One of my favorites is the time I have in the morning greeting students.  I love the smiles and hugs, and it sets an incredible tone for my day!   

 Upcoming Events
Monday, March 9:
Tuesday, March 10:
Wednesday, March 11:
Thursday, March 12: Wiley Talent Show @ 6:30, 3rd & 4th grade art classes to the NC Museum of Art
Friday, March 13:  Wiley Fun Run! 

Additional Upcoming Dates:
Monday, March 16:  Picture Day
Thursday, March 19: Cultural Arts Family Concert - Silver Trout-;  Restaurant Night - Ciago's

News from our Wiley PTA
Fun Run Update
We are half way through our Fun Run campaign and we need your help to reach our goal of $18,000, to replace broken technology at Wiley. Don't forget to register your student at or send in your signed pledge book, and help your student to connect to sponsors. We have $8,000 more to go to reach our goal, and pledging ends Thursday.
Friday, March 13th, is the big run day, and we will be rocking' around the track and having a great time with our students. The PTA was able to get sponsors for t-shirts, so each child will receive a Wiley Rock-n-Run shirt on race day. Come out and join us and thank you for your support and generosity!
9:30 - 10:30 am - K, 1st & Mrs. Kurtz's class
10:40 -  11:40 am - 2nd, 3rd & Mrs. OBrien's class
11:50 - 12:50 pm - 4th & 5th

We need volunteers for the race day and to help with counts on payments after the event. Use the links below to sign up:
Race Day:
Talent Show Thursday March 12th at 6:30 p.m. 
The talent show is on as scheduled for this Thursday at 6:30 p.m.! Come out and support your classmates!  Participants will receive emails about rehearsal (which will occur Thursday after school, immediately before the show.
Reach out to with any questions. We look forward to seeing you at the show!
Ciago’s Restaurant Night March 19th 5- Close
Join the PTA before or after the family concert at Ciago’s for restaurant night. Ciago’s will donate 10% of all sales from 5-closing that day to the PTA.
Family Concert March 19th at 6:30
We are delighted to announce that a special Family Night has been scheduled for March 19th at 6:30p.m. with a concert by Susana and Timmy Abell and their amazing blend of puppetry, storytelling and music played on seven different instruments. This is the first time we have hosted an event like this, and we are happy to have the opportunity to invite the entire school community. 
Susana and Timmy Abell are North Carolina Touring / Teaching Artists who have presented thousands of concerts for students and families throughout the Southeast.  Susana is a bilingual puppeteer who has performed in South America, Europe and the US for over 20 years and Timmy's 30 year career as an award-winning songwriter and recording artist has taken him to The Kennedy Center,  The National Theater and countless other venues across the country.  His 5 CDs have received the highest national awards for children's music including the ALA Notable Award, "Parents' Choice" and NAPPA Gold Awards.
Frozen Skate Night Rescheduled to Tuesday March 31st
The Frozen skate night has been rescheduled to Tuesday March 31st. Details will be provided in next week’s blog.   
Spring into Reading with Wiley's Spring Book Fair
Save the Date and Call for Volunteers
The 2015 Spring Book Fair is almost here.  Join us April 7 - 10th in the Media Center where we will offer fiction, non-fiction, storybooks, activity books, science kits, and more for all grade levels.  More information on the book fair will be announced soon.
In the meantime, we are looking for volunteers to help us with all aspects of the book fair, especially staffing, set-up, and clean-up.  There are opportunities to fit every schedule and any amount of time is appreciated.  You can sign up at the following link:
If you have questions, please contact Lisa Fultz and Wendy Worley at
Gardens and Grounds
Gardens and Grounds need to use a pressure washer to clean out our rain barrels.  If you have one and can help with this project, please contact
BAC Meeting 3/12
The Board 6 Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, 12 March @ Lynn Rd Elementary (1601 Lynn Rd) from 12.00-1.15.  The meeting will focus on the newly approved strategic plan for Wake County Public Schools.  Here is a link to the plan for anyone interested in looking through it:
All are welcome to attend, however, if you have any questions about the plan that you would like me to ask please let me know before hand.
Thanks- Meredith Nelson
Clubs Update
Go Green - There are still a few spaces open in Go Green club (Friday mornings, 8:00-8:45 in the art room, no charge).  Please go to for registration information.
Wiley Coders - Students who got into the Wiley Coders club will meet for the first time this Friday at 8:00 a.m. in room 12.  If you have questions, please contact Renate Andrews at
Chess - Information about registration for the 4th quarter of Chess club will be coming in next week's blog.
Club Scientific and KidzArt - Registration for the 4th quarter of Club Scientific and KidzArt is open and space is limited in both clubs.  To register, go to:

 There is a cost to participate in these clubs, however there is need-based financial aid available.  Contact for more information.