Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Going the Distance ... eager anticipation for a fabulous year!

Welcome Back!  The 2015/16 school year is off to a great start!  We are so grateful to each of you for your patience and cooperation to promote a smooth start for our school year.  So far, 2015/16 by the numbers:
·         over 120: the number of new students (including Kindergartners) we welcomed to the Wiley family this year
·         11: the number of new staff members we welcomed to the Wiley family this year
·         2: the number of times the cafeteria has flooded since the beginning of school (once during pm carpool and once during am carpool – of course)
·         2: the number of new staff babies we welcomed to the Wiley family this summer (congratulations Ms. Gao and Ms. Hahner)
·         1: the number of fire drills already in the books
·         5: the number of incredibly patient bus drivers that work hard each day to safely transport our Wiley students
·         1: the number of Crossing Guards added to our streets to help get our Wiley walkers safely to and from school
·         3: the number of custodians that worked tirelessly throughout the summer to prepare our building for the school year (shout out to Mr. Reggie, Ms. Daisy, and Mr. Henry!!)
·         65: the number of Wiley staff members … from reception to cafeteria to the classroom … that have committed to ‘go the distance’ for each of our Wiley students this year! 
We Are Wiley!

Beginning of Grade Testing for 3rd Grade:  Our Beginning of Grade (BOG) testing date has been set for September 8.  Calling all proctors … please mark this date on your calendar.  While proctoring is not the most fun you will ever have, it’s essential to providing all students with a positive testing environment.  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, and sign up for a date for proctor training.
Proctors will need to attend a one hour training prior to BOG testing.  The training consists of a 30 minute security video and a 20-30 minutes of talk time.  Proctor trainings are scheduled for this week of August 31st at various times throughout the week.  
Please contact our Testing Coordinator, Eman Ziada Brandt, with any questions.  You may email her at eziada-brandt@wcpss.net or leave a message in the office with your name and phone number. 
P.S. More proctors will be needed the week of October 5, 2015. 
Thank you for your help!

Local outreach opportunity with an International flair: 

Greetings from the Office of International Services!

Apart from the immigration services that our office provides to international students and scholars at NC State, we offer several cross-cultural programs to help international students connect to the university, their fellow students, and the community.

One of these programs is Breaking Bread in which local volunteers host international students or scholars for one meal. Many of our international students, scholars, and their families have never had the opportunity to visit an American’s home. By participating in Breaking Bread, you are extending a hand of hospitality to our students and scholars through one of the world’s common cultural denominators: food!

For more information or to apply for Breaking Bread, please visit our website or email oisprogramsasst@ncsu.edu. We sincerely appreciate your assistance in making our programs successful again this year!

 Upcoming Events
Wednesday, 9/2:  Electives Forms Due
Friday, 9/4:  Early Release – school will dismiss at 1:15
Monday, 9/7:  Labor Day Holiday – no school  
Tuesday, 9/8:  Beginning of Grade (BOG) testing for all 3rd graders
Saturday, 9/12:  Wiley Family Night @ Jellybeans
Sunday, 9/13: Gardens & Grounds Workday @ Wiley
Tuesday, 9/22:  Open House & General PTA Meeting
Wednesday, 9/23:  Teacher Workday – No School for Students

News from our Wiley PTA
Welcome Back!
Your PTA is gearing up to make this another great year at Wiley. Our focus for this school year will be on healthy living. To start, the PTA has purchased storage boxes for each playground, and filled them with jump ropes, hula hoops, and playground balls, to help kids be more active during recess. You will read more about our efforts in the Welcome Packet coming home next week in your child's weekly folder.  
We hope you will consider getting involved in the PTA. Wiley's enrollment numbers will be at a record high this year, and with shrinking state budgets and limited resources, we need your help more than ever. Volunteers play an important role in enriching our Wiley community.  Regardless of the amount of time you have, we can find a job for you.  
Don't forget to link your cards! Harris Teeter VIC cards, Box Tops, and Target's Redcard contribute thousands of dollars to the PTA budget.
Harris Teeter #2920
Target RedCard - #81109 

PTA Communication
We want to keep you in the loop!  Please contact vp.communications@wileypta.org if you or someone you know is not receiving PTA emails.  Also, please be aware that our website is under construction, but should be up and running soon.

Mark Your Calendars!
Saturday, 9/12 - Jellybeans Skate Night - Kick off the new school year with friends and classmates at Jellybeans on Saturday, 9/12, from 5:15 - 7:00 pm.  The cost to get in is $5 and skate rental is only $1.
Sunday, 9/13 - Gardens and Grounds workday - Our gardens need attention!  Join us for the first Gardens and Grounds workday of the year on Sunday, September 13th from 1:30-3:30pm. We will be weeding and mulching the Prairie Garden. We need 20-30 people for this project to be successful in 2 hours.  Sign up at: http://bit.ly/prairie1

Tuesday, 9/22 – Open House & Curriculum Overview, along with the PTA’s first meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, 9/22, in the media center.  Ms. Taylor (Wiley’s Principal) is hosting a welcome meeting for new-to-Wiley parents at 5:30pm. The Grand Kick-off and general PTA meeting will begin at 6:00 with classroom visits scheduled for 6:30pm and 7:00pm.  Please plan to join us for a great evening! *This event is geared for adult-only attendance.