Last Week: By the sounds of it, the fifth graders’ trip to Williamsburg was a smashing success … unofficial polling has Thursday evening’s haunted experience as the favorite highlight! Likewise, the first graders’ trip to the Science Museum & Prairie Ridge was equally as incredible – a study of ecosystems at its finest. Our athletes made us proud at the Special Olympics, and our K, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students offered a fine welcome for our Magnet Schools of America Tour. Several first grade students overwhelmed the visitors with their welcome song (full of cuteness), and the 4th grade music students held us speechless with their beautiful performance. Not to mention the classroom learning that nicely complemented all of the activity! All in all, it was a grand week at Wiley International Studies Magnet Elementary School!
[A comment shared by one of the conference attendees from Texas, "Wiley was such a happy place. I enjoyed seeing the happy students and staff throughout the building.”]
Spirit Week: To kick off International Carnival, Wiley will be having a SPIRIT WEEK (May 4-8). We wanted to share the details so your family can prepare and even celebrate at home. This won't be the typical spirit week. Instead, it incorporates ways to investigate the world, hear others' perspectives, and take action. We hope you will enjoy this fun week by showing your true Wiley Spirit. View the SPIRIT WEEK FLYER here.
International Carnaval: International Carnaval (formerly International Night) is fast approaching. Please mark your calendars for Friday, May 8th from 6-8 pm. Food Trucks and the Photo Booth will begin opening at 5:30 pm. In order to make this event a huge success, we need the help of volunteers. Our committee has been very busy organizing, creating, contacting, and delegating! We are down to the final details, and you might be able to help. Please check out this sign-up link HERE to see if there is a spot where you can help. We look forward to showcasing our International Studies theme with our Wiley family and friends.
Proctor Time! We are in GREAT need of EOG Proctors. This means you! We have 15 of 61 spots filled. Thank you to those of you who signed up at Science night! We know it's not the most glamorous job, but we want to keep our teaching assistants working in the K-2 classes during the week of May 18th. Your job is to silently monitor students working. Please click on the link below to sign up for a 3-hour block. After you sign up, please click on the second tab on the bottom to include your contact information. I will be in contact with exact details. While EOG testing is only several days of our year, we need your help to make it run as smoothly as possible. With your time and help, we ensure that every student has a positive testing environment.
Please contact Chris Gower Hahner with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education Services Survey: If you are the parent of a student with a disability with an IEP, please complete this survey: http://www.wcpss.net/spedparentsurvey. This 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 Fund Fundraiser: It’s not too late to make your produce purchase to support the Cecilia Rawlins Fund. There’s a dedicated order page just for the Cecilia Rawlins Fund: http://papaspuds.com/events.php?id=2
Tuesday, April 28 – Broughton HS to visit Wiley’s 2nd & 3rd graders to present a play
Thursday, April 30 – Wiley Pals to visit our partners at Shaw University; Wiley Band Concert @ St. Mary’s School – 7pm
Friday, May 1 – Broughton HS students to host 5th Grade Fun Day (kickball tournament)
May 4 – 8 – International Spirit Week, Teacher Appreciation Week, Single-Subject Acceleration testing
Friday, May 8 – International Carnaval
Check us out at www.wcpss.net/wileyes.
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, too … @wileyelementary
News from our Wiley PTA
Teacher Appreciation Week Signup: It's time to show our teachers and staff just how much we appreciate them! This year we will be providing culturally diverse lunches from Monday - Thursday the week of May 4th.
Please go to the signupgenius below to sign up to volunteer and / or bring in a dish to contribute to these meals for our fantastic Wiley teachers and staff! Items need to be dropped off in the teachers' lounge by 10 a.m. on the day you choose. Detailed instructions are found on the signupgenius webpage:
Thank you in advance for helping make our teachers feel appreciated!
Last Wiley Band Concert of the Year—Thursday April 30th: The last band concert of the year is this Thursday, April 30th at St. Mary’s School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Come to hear our fabulous band perform!
International Carnaval and PTA Election is Coming—Friday May 8th! International Carnaval (formerly International Night) is fast approaching. Please mark your calendars for Friday, May 8th from 6-8 pm. Food Trucks and the Photo Booth will begin opening at 5:30 pm. In order to make this event a huge success, we need the help of volunteers. Our committee has been very busy organizing, creating, contacting, and delegating! We are down to the final details, and you might be able to help. Please check out this sign-up link to volunteer:
We look forward to showcasing our International Studies theme with our Wiley family and friends. In addition, we will be electing our 2015-2016 PTA Exec Board at this event. Nominations are as follows:
President: Teresa Jones
Vice President: Elyse Lyons
Treasurer: Christine Belledin
Secretary: Hadley Cairns-Heath
The nominating committee will also be reaching out over the next few weeks with a list of board and chair openings. If you’re interested in a role, but need guidance on the best fit, email the Nominating Committee Chair at email@example.com
2015 Spring Book Fair — A Reading Success: Thank you everyone who came out to support the Spring Book Fair!! A big thank you especially to the many volunteers that made the event not only possible, but a big success. Below are some stats to be proud of:
32: number of volunteers
26.5: number of hours the Book Fair was open for sales
10: number of additional hours worked to set up, maintain, and break down the book fair
84: Number of books provided by the Book Fairy fund
Approximately $2000 in profits for the Wiley PTA
The Spring Book Fair also sponsored a guessing game where students guessed the number of office supplies in a jar. The student who guessed closest to the actual number won a free paperback book. The actual number of supplies was 411, which were donated to the front office. The three winners were announced on the last day of the book fair.
We hope all the kids had fun and were able to find some good books to enjoy and call their own. Special thanks go to Jill Molloy, who so kindly let us rearrange her space and take over for the week, and who is always easy and fun to work with.
We enjoyed it and hope to see you all again next year!
Notes from the Final BAC Meeting of the Year: Our final BAC meeting of the year was a panel discussion that focused on transitioning to middle and high school Principals from Martin and Carroll Middle and Broughton and Sanderson High Schools participated. Here are some highlights from the discussion:
· Parents and students worry about completely different things regarding starting middle school. While parents often focus on the work and academic issues, students are much more worried about using their lockers and finding their way around.
· High School is a big place. Successful students make connections, whether through sports, music or clubs. Parents should help encourage their children to find their niche early on and to help them balance their interests with their academics.
· Day One of 9th grade matters. Students need to understand how the cumulative GPA works and that from a college acceptance perspective 9th grade matters more than 12th grade.
· Teach your children to self-advocate.
· Manage the access your children have to social media. Technology and the Internet is now a tool in the classroom and will only become more so, so students need access. Keep technology as a tool and help your kids navigate appropriate uses of social media, with limits.