Monday, May 11, 2015

May 11

Thank You!  On behalf of the entire Wiley staff, please accept my sincerest gratitude for the outpouring of love during last week’s Teacher Appreciation Week! 

Letterland Event:  Please consider joining us Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Pullen Park to celebrate Letterland.  Haven’t heard of Letterland?  Just ask any Kindergarten, First, or Second Grade student!  Free admission into the park, and rides are $1.  Flyer can be found here

Did you hear?  At Wiley’s wild and crazy pep rally last Friday, a $10,000 check was presented to Ms. Khan and Wiley as part of Target’s #thanksabillion campaign.  Ms. Khan and Ms. O’Brien, along with all of our Wiley teachers, were honored with lots of loud noise! 

Wiley International Carnaval: The annual International Night at Wiley was a huge success. Students showcased their extensive language knowledge, while families and community members were able to expand their knowledge of other cultures and enjoy a family meal with our entire community. What a joy! Thank you to all volunteers and staff who helped with the months of planning to make the event such a pleasure. We look forward to next year's event and welcome any feedback and volunteer inquiries now. Email Sadie Hoover at to share. Additionally, if you would like to save and print your own photo booth pictures, please visit Then, click on the EVENTS link.

Books are Magic:  The store opened today!  Thanks to the generous support of our Wiley families, the Books are Magic library is full of books that will supplement some of our students’ at-home collections. For more information about the Books are Magic programs, click here.

Wiley Spotlight
This week, the spotlight shines on Kathy Jeffries, Special Education teacher. 

What do you like to do during the summer? Read! Read! Read!  I also like to spend time with family, both near and far.
If you could teach anywhere (other than Wiley), where would it be?  I've been at Wiley for a long time....I think I'll just stay a while longer.
Who was your most memorable teacher? Miss Tonnies - She was my second grade teacher and the inspiration for me to become a teacher.
What is something that you are most proud of, that most people wouldn’t know about you?  My family - four children and four grandchildren (almost five).
If you could have anyone as a teacher who would it be?  Anyone because there is always someone who knows something that I don't know but want to know.

 Upcoming Events
Monday, May 11:
Tuesday, May12:
Wednesday, May 13: 
Thursday, May 14: Third Grade field trip to Science Museum; last day of Y-Learning afterschool program (note: this is Y-Learning, not YMCA afterschool care)
Friday, May 15:
Saturday, May 16:  WCPSS Letterland event at Pullen Park

Please consult the calendar on our website: for additional upcoming events.
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News from our Wiley PTA
International Carnival: Wow! Just when you think that events at Wiley can’t get any better, the committee in charge of International Carnival, shows us what teamwork can really accomplish. The success of Friday’s celebration, exemplifies what this year has been about --the Wiley family, working together, in a spirit of unity, with positive leadership, to create something wonderful for our kids. Thank you to Sadie Hoover, the language teachers, the elective teachers, Stef Reed, Laurie Holderness, Katherine Hite, and all the volunteers who helped make this night a success!
Pullen Park Social Event & Restaurant Night:  On Thursday, May 21st, the PTA will have the last social event and restaurant night of the year. Jersey Mike’s on Peace Street will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the PTA. Grab some sandwiches and head to Pullen Park (408 Ashe Ave) for an evening of fun with your Wiley friends. We have reserved the Carousel Pavilion beginning at 4:00. Rides at Pullen Park are $1.
Congratulations Go Green Club!  Wiley’s Go Green Club, mentored by Patricia Brezny, won the US Green Building Council’s Environmental Stewardship Challenge, in 3 categories. Wiley Elementary School placed 1st in the 'Sites' category, 2nd in 'Energy' and 3rd in 'Waste.'  They won a total of $950, to fund their club efforts for the upcoming year!
The Environmental Stewardship Challenge is a competition for K-12 schools. USGBC NC provides seed money and a Mentor to each school to help get them started. Students select projects to improve their school environment in one or more of the following categories: Energy, Water, Recycling, Indoor Air Quality, Site. Students work on their projects beginning in September and continue until the month of March. Students should engage the entire school population to increase the impact of their projects, and document their projects throughout the year. At the end of the Challenge, the documentation is judged by independent judges and cash prizes are awarded in each of the 5 categories.
Wiley PTA Open Positions:  Were you inspired by any of the PTA events you attended this year, or do you have ideas to make them better? Whether you have 15 minutes a week, or an hour a day, we can find a job for you! Below are a few of the programs and committees that need your help to make next year’s events a success.
Advocacy  This committee is tasked with improving communications and relationships between school staff and families; educating families and caregivers on important issues related to the health and educational success of their children.
VP Student Support and Enrichment  Vice Presidents are expected to attend monthly board meetings and submit reports, oversee and support committee chairs, act as liaisons between PTA Board members and committees, and support board sponsored events throughout the year.
Fun Run  This committee oversees the preparation, communication,  Event is scheduled for late February-early March. Preparation begins in December with the most significant time commitment during mid-February to mid-March. During the two weeks of the event, commitment can be 1-2 hours a day or more.
Healthy Lifestyles  This committee will promote healthy lifestyles by conducting programs and events that promote health education, physical activity, and parent involvement.
Gardens and Grounds  The International Gardens and Grounds Committee helps maintain the Wiley gardens and landscaping throughout the year.  Responsibilities include organizing regular Saturday grounds workdays 5-6 times during the school year, as well as coordination of people and materials.
Merchant Rewards  Merchant Rewards Committee manages programs and fundraisers which partner with businesses to bring in cash for the PTA. In the past, these programs included Harris Teeter Together in Education, Target Take Charge of Education, BoxTops, Food Lion, and Tea Collection clothing. Merchants may be added / revised each year.
Wiley Wear  Wiley Wear committee manages Wiley logo item sales throughout the year. The committee distributes and collects order forms, places the order with the printer, and distributes the clothing order.

More information on PTA positions and committees can be found at If you are interested in any of the above positions, or in becoming more involved in Wiley PTA, please contact Teresa Jones,, or Elyse Lyons,