Monday, April 13, 2015

April 13

Weekend Fun:  Wiley students (and their parents) were busy this weekend!  I heard lots of buzz about Science Olympiads, Hello Dolly, birthday parties, soccer games, gymnastics meets, dance try-outs, and gardens & grounds clean-up!  With all of our support, I know our Wiley students were feeling the love – thank you!

International Carneval!  I recently observed in our advanced German class, and they provided a teaser for me of what’s to come at International Carnval.  Der Zauberlehrling lyrics … with Legos and rap.  I can’t wait to see what these talented German students do with this; I heard talk of wizards and water.  Be sure to mark your calendars for Friday evening, May 8th for an evening of fun! 

Pictures:  Wednesday, April 22 is the deadline to return individual picture orders. 

Walkers:  Please take note of these three reminders from our teachers that monitor walker dismissal:  1.) If your student is going home with another student after school, please send a note to let us know. Students will not be dismissed to other parents or with other students without a note.  2.) To be dismissed without an adult, 4th & 5th grade students with signed cards must show their card to the adult on duty before leaving the building.  3.) Individuals picking up students from walkers should have a green card. Please provide the card for grandparents, babysitters, etc. if they are helping you out with afternoon pick-up.  *Extra green cards are available in the office. 

Special Education Services Survey:  If you are the parent of a student with a disability with an IEP, please complete this survey: survey was originally created in 2012 to gather information about how Wake County Special Education Services met the needs of students with disabilities and their families. It is time to see the results of our work to continue to improve our services to students and families.

Cecilia Rawlins Fun Fundraiser: Papa Spud’s, a local fresh produce delivery service, has partnered with us for a spring fundraiser to raise money for children in need and families in crisis at Wiley. We currently serve 29 children each week with a Backpack Buddies delivery to provide weekend food.
Our students’ needs increase significantly in the next school year. We are likely to face the reality of doubling our weekly deliveries. We cannot do so without raising the funds first. Imagine the heartache of putting these children on a waitlist for weekend food. Your contributions are vital to help provide meals to these children so they can be successful, happy, healthy kids.
Papa Spud’s offers a variety of produce as well as other local treats from regional dairies, bakeries, and farms. You can customize your order, and it is delivered right to your front door! There is no obligation to continue to delivery service, but should you decided to carry on as a Papa Spud’s customer after the fundraiser, the registration fee will be waived.
Papa Spud’s is generously donating 50% of sales from this fundraiser to
the Cecilia Rawlins Fund.

How the Fundraiser Works: Purchase one box of locally grown produce, meats, dairy, and baked goods from Papa Spud's.
Customize the contents of your box, or do nothing and Pap Spud’s will set you up with a box of fresh, seasonal produce.
Your box will be delivered the week after your purchase, or you can hold the delivery until a later date of your choosing!
There’s a dedicated order page just for the Cecilia Rawlins Fund:

Wiley Band Registration & Instrument Show and Tell
Registration for the 2015-2016 Wiley Before-School Band is officially open, and all rising 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are welcome to join!  If you'd like to learn more about band, please visit

If your child is interested in joining band, please join us for Instrument Show and Tell on April 13 and 15 from 4-5pm in the media center.  At Show and Tell, your child will learn about the instruments in the band, and have the opportunity to try them out!  We'll feature woodwinds (flute, clarinet, and sax) on April 13th, and brass and percussion (trumpet, trombone, bells, and snare drum) on April 15th.

Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) nominations will be accepted beginning today.  Nomination forms are available in the office and through the SSA Website,  Nominations must be returned to Dr. Cecconi-Roberts' mailbox no later than Friday, April 24.  Please contact Dr. Cecconi-Roberts at, if you have any questions.

 Upcoming Events
Monday, April 13:  Band Preview – 4-5 in media center
Tuesday, April 14:  K field trip to Science Museum
Wednesday, April 15:  Band Preview – 4-5 in media center
Thursday, April 16: Archie’s class to Prairie Ridge; PTA mtg. and Science Night @ 6:00
Friday, April 17: PTA sponsored cultural arts performance – the Opera (during the day)

Monday, April 20:  Discovery Education film crew on campus showcasing Wiley
Tuesday, April 21: 
Wednesday, April 22: Last day for individual picture orders
Thursday, April 23: 5th grade to Williamsburg; Ms. O’Brien’s class to Special Olympics; Blum & Khan to Prairie Ridge; Wiley hosting delegation from Magnet Schools of America conference; Moe’s Dining Night Out (4-9pm)
Friday, April 24: 5th grade to Williamsburg

Please consult the calendar on our website: for additional upcoming events.
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, too … @wileyelementary

News from our Wiley PTA
2015 Wiley Science Night Thursday April 16th at 6:00 p.m.
Wiley’s Science Night is this Thursday at 6:00 p.m.  It is a family event, and we'll have lots of great exhibits for children and adults.
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! If you’re interested in volunteering to help with the event, email
If you’ve decided to participate in the first annual Cardboard Challenge, 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. Information on the project was in the blog on 3/30.  Email Ms. Ross at with any questions.
Final BAC 6 Meeting of the Year on April 16th at Noon
The final District 6 BAC meeting of the school year will occur on Thursday, April 16 at noon at Douglas Elementary, located at 600 Ortega Rd.
The topic will be transitioning from elementary to middle and middle to high. Some of our middle and high school principals will be sharing and answering questions. I encourage everyone to think through this topic ahead of time and come ready to discuss "best practices".
Please come to the meeting or forward your questions to our Wiley representative at

Dining Night Out:  Join us Thursday, April 23 for a Wiley restaurant night at Moe's (Cameron Village) from 4 to 9 pm. All proceeds will go to the Cecilia Rawlins Fund to support the Backpack Buddies program at Wiley. Be sureto mention that you are with Wiley!  We appreciate the support!