Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Wiley World Review is back!

Wiley’s 2015/16 Teacher of the Year:  Please join me in congratulating Gretchen Ross as Wiley’s 2015/16 Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Ross teaches fifth grade science & social studies and is a long-time member of the Wiley team. Hooray for Ms. Ross! 

Congratulations!  Way to go Ms. McCann and Ms. Ziada-Brandt!  They are our newly renewed Nationally Board Certified Teachers!  Yahoo!! 

Enrollment Cap Proposal:  Check out this link to access an N&O blog post that provides information about a recent proposal to add Wiley to the list of capped schools for the 2016/17 school year.   

Morning Arrival:  Our Wiley staff begins their morning arrival duty at 8:45am, and we have noticed that students are being dropped off before our adult supervision begins.  We appreciate your cooperation in helping us keep your students safe by making sure that an adult remains with your child until the 8:45 bell rings. 

Homework:  This summer, our K-2 teachers and administrators engaged in discussion around recent (and not-so-recent) research around homework.  We committed to trying a different approach that incorporates more reading for understanding and practical application of taught/learned concepts. We certainly don’t want to leave families in the dark, though!  On the WCPSS website, you’ll find a great link to grade-by-grade parent guides.  Further, our WCPSS Mathematics Departments has offered one suggestion for extending mathematics learning at home, the Bedtime Math app.  From the websiteWe know to read to their kids at night, but what about math? Our mission is simple: to make math a fun part of kids' everyday lives, as beloved as the bedtime story. Choose the Math Problem of the Day, or explore over 400 additional math problems with various zany topics, ranging from electric eels and chocolate chips to roller coasters and flamingos. Each has three levels of challenge ("Wee Ones," "Little Kids," and "Big Kids"), and many also have harder questions ("The Sky's the Limit") for really big kids, grown-ups, and anyone who's feeling brave!  Try it out and let us know what you think! 

Hour of Code is returning to Wiley! 60% of jobs are in the field of Computer Science, while only 2% of students are seeking a Computer Science education. In order eliminate the gap and promote Computer Science education, every Wiley student will be participating in Hour of Code, which is a world-wide celebration where students participate in a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. We will host Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, the week of December 7th.   Be on the lookout for volunteer opportunities! 

Holiday Support:  This year, Wiley is partnering with the Salvation Army and Hayes Barton Methodist Church to provide support for some of our Wiley families.  Ms. Cherry, our Social Worker, and Ms. Williams, our School Counselor, have assisted families expressing need for the holidays to connect them with the Salvation Army.  Margaux, our Salvation Army contact, has suggested several opportunities that you & your family may wish to consider if you’re looking for opportunities to serve (below).  Additionally, we are hoping to continue our ‘giving campaign’ with a special outreach event during our December Spirit Week. 
Stockings: Over 8,000 Stockings need to be filled with goodies for boys and girls 0-11 years old. Stockings can be picked up now and we ask them to be returned by Dec 12. A guideline of items to include can be provided, and stockings can be picked up at 1863 Capital Blvd during regular office hours. 

Adopting Angels: Individual angels can be adopted from Angel Tree locations at Crabtree Valley Mall, Triangle Town Center or Cary Towne Center. Angels can also be adopted online by visiting our website Should you or your group be interested in adopting a large quantity of angels or a family staying in our shelter, please contact us. We ask that gifts be returned by Dec 12. 

Fill the Truck: Walmart has partnered with The Salvation Army to host a nationwide Toy Drive. Help us collect toys and fill the truck! On December 4 through Dec 6th we will be at Walmart’s throughout Wake County and hope you will volunteer or come drop off a toy. This is a fun opportunity for volunteers of all ages. Contact us for locations and more information. 
Dates: Dec. 4, 5, & 6 

Thanksgiving & Christmas Baskets: Each holiday we pack a grocery bag full of all the items families need to make a nutritious and warm Thanksgiving or Christmas meal at home with their families. Donated items such as potatoes, canned green beans, turkeys, pies, etc are needed and a complete list of what we include in the baskets can be given to groups or individuals interested in helping. 

Contact Margaux Austin, Volunteer & Resource Coordinator, with any questions or for more information: 919-834-6733 ext 104 or 

If you’re looking for something that hits closer to home, consider the following that will directly impact our Wiley students:
·         Donate expenses to cover the cost of a field trip for another student
·         Chaperone a field trip and make it a meaningful experience for your small group
·         Share your time each week with a lunch bunch book club
·         Purchase extra Wiley wear and let your student “gift it” to a friend that doesn’t have a Wiley t-shirt
·         Distribute Backpack Buddies food through the Cecilia Rawlins Fund and/or donate to the Fund (
·         Donate to our cafeteria’s emergency lunch fund (
·         Build a relationship with a student as a Wiley Pal (

Principal Chat:  Our October Principal Chats covered some of the pressing issues around funding and student enrollment, particularly in terms of the effects on Wiley.  The small groups allowed for insightful dialogue and question/answer. Many thanks to those that shared their time with the group and especially to the Wiley PTA for drinks & treats!  The next Principal Chat will be scheduled for January. 

Free Family Concert:  Ms. Wolfgang, our Music Specialist, wants to let you know about a free family concert to be held at 3:00pm on Sunday, November 29th at Carswell Recital Hall, Meredith College – “Santa’s Gift to the Monsters”. 

Wiley Spotlight
This week’s Wiley spotlight shines on our newest members of the Wiley family.
Missy Overby – Speech Language Pathologist
Jackie Stocks – School Nurse
Thelma Cherry – School Social Worker
Challie Sullivan – Special Education Teacher
Erin Wilson – Kindergarten Teacher
Elizabeth Fogleman – First Grade Teacher
Lia Sticweh – First Grade Instructional Assistant
Kristina Wise – First Grade Instructional Assistant
Stacey Smith – Second Grade Teacher
Whitney Bickelhaupt – Third Grade Teacher
Eman Ziada- Brandt – AIG & Magnet Coordinator
Meghan Sollars – AIG
Lori Jones – ESL
Tracy Avery – Assistant Principal & Technology Facilitator

 Upcoming Events
Wednesday, 11/18: 1st grade field trip to glean sweet potatoes; Lunch & Learn for 5th grade parents wishing to learn more about Middle School Magnet opportunities
Friday, 11/20:  Fourth grade field trip to NC Museum of History; Fifth grade field trip to Outer Banks
Monday, 11/23:  Make-up pictures
Tuesday, 11/24:  Board Advisory Council Meeting, hosted by Christine Kushner, WCPSS Board of Education Chair – 12:00 at Brentwood Elementary – topic: Magnet Schools
Wednesday, 11/25: Teacher Workday – no school for students
Thursday & Friday, 11/26 & 11/27: Thanksgiving Vacation - no school for students
Wednesday, 12/2:  Ms. O’Brien’s class participates in Special Olympics; Magnet Mini Fair @ Poe Magnet School from 9:30am-11am