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.