Principal Message 1-16-23
Birthdays and Celebrations
Moving into the new year, we will be limiting the number of celebrations and birthday events that we have each month. This specifically includes bringing in whole-class treats for birthday celebrations. Our goal is to be more inclusive while still acknowledging students who celebrate birthdays and decrease the number of sweet treats we provide students throughout the month. As a result, birthday celebrations will now be once a month and at the teacher’s discretion. This means that parents are expected to communicate with homeroom teachers before bringing in birthday items for a whole class. Under no circumstance is it appropriate to drop off birthday items for a class without first talking to the teacher. In response to this new expectation, families are more than welcome and encouraged to eat lunch with their child and even participate in a brief learning activity (storytime, art activity, etc.) as a birthday treat, however, this too should be communicated to the classroom teacher prior to a visit. If at this time you have already been provided permission to bring in a class treat for a celebration, this message may not apply. Please feel free to email me if you have questions or concerns.
Language and Elective Showcase January 19
The Language and Elective teachers are excited to present this year’s Language and Elective Showcase. This event will highlight our magnet theme along with the five languages that Wiley offers. Performing this year will be second through fifth grade, but all are welcome to attend. The event will be on Thursday, January 19. This event will take place in our Learning Commons. For questions, email your child’s language/elective teacher or Zandra Henderson (email@example.com).
Showtime: January 19th - Learning Commons
4th/5th-grade students 10:25 - 11:40
2nd/3rd-grade students: 12:50 - 2:08
World of Water Show January 24
On Tuesday, January 24 at 6 pm the 4th and 5th-grade Singing Stars in collaboration with the Ocean, Lakes, and River students will present the World of Water Show. This will be a musical performance and art showcase. All are welcome to attend! For more information contact Maggie Hemedinger, our music teacher, or Mary Jane Thompson, our art teacher. Communication has been sent to participating families via talking points.
2nd Semester Electives
Second-semester rosters will be finalized by Friday, January 27th. Please reach out to our Magnet Coordinator, Claire Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org), with any questions.
Absences and Tardies
Per policy, we will send home letters for excessive tardies and absences. Five or more tardies and unexcused absences (three, six, and ten days) will result in a district letter sent to your address on file. The letter is intended to notify you of missed instruction and to make you aware of the days absent on file. As a reminder, In the event of an absence, you should do one of the following: 1) provide a written note to the classroom teacher upon the child’s return OR 2) send an email to the classroom teacher AND data manager (email@example.com).
As a reminder, we ask that you submit requests for excused educational or religious absences well in advance. All requests should be submitted at least two to three weeks prior to the requested dates. According to board policy, excused absences for educational reasons are authorized for educational experiences that are comparable to school academic experiences. The intent of the experience should be educational from the outset and an academic assignment (i.e journal entry, reflection, presentation, images, project, etc.) will be required as verification of the educational experience. Family trips and vacations that were not designed, initially, to be educational will not be excused (i.e. amusement parks, family visits, popular cities). The form linked here should be used to request the excused dates prior to the absence.
Magnet Parent Information Session - The magnet department will host one more informational session on Thursday, January 19. This is a great opportunity for families who have questions about magnet middle school options and processes. Each event will be virtual. To register for the event, use the link above. The January 19 session will be at 6 pm.
Application School Options - Use the following link to determine magnet school options for your address.
5th-grade Magnet families must apply to continue in a magnet school at the next level. You will be considered a priority for your pathway school. To see pathways visit wcpss.net/pathways. Magnet students at Wiley have the highest priority to the traditional calendar GT magnet middle school for their address. this includes Carnage, Ligon, Martin or Zebulon middle school. This does not include Moore Square Middle School .
All Magnet families - NOW is the time to apply for an entry-grade (kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade) sibling to join their sibling who is returning to a magnet school for the 23-24 school year. Some siblings of magnet students have already been assigned.
Students should stay home if they are sick, not feeling well, or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and should consider getting tested for COVID-19. Review when to return to school or work after an illness.
Do you have a Question, Comment, or Concern? If so, fill out the form attached above and someone will get back to you within the week, if necessary.
¿Tiene alguna pregunta, comentario o preocupación? Si es así, complete el formulario adjunto arriba y alguien se comunicará con usted dentro de la semana, si es necesario.
Thursday, January 19
Join us for January’s Sprit Night on Thursday at My Way Tavern! MyWay Tavern will donate a percentage of ALL food sales ALL day on January 19th to the Wiley PTA! They are open 11am - Midnight.
If you’d like to order to-go food, please call in your order instead of ordering online. 919-900-8273
Thursday, Jan. 19 from 6-7:30 pm (virtual)
The Wiley PTA is on a mission to help make each child’s potential a reality. By joining the Wiley PTA you are helping to foster a strong and collaborative school community while supporting Wiley’s teachers and staff, our students, and their families.
The January meeting will be a short one but will include several announcements. If you are not already a member, click here to join and you’ll be sent meeting link.
Friday, May 12
More details to follow, stay tuned!
Are you interested in getting more involved while supporting our wonderful school? Check out the Volunteer Opportunities on the PTA website and see if something piques your interest. Consider bookmarking this page because the PTA will update it as volunteer opportunities arise. Grandparents are welcome to volunteer too!
Current volunteer opportunities include:
Jan. 19, 2023 Spirit Night at My Way Tavern
Jan. 19, 2023 Language and Elective Showcase (2/3 12:50, - 4/5 10:25)
Jan. 19, 2023 January PTA meeting (virtual)
Jan. 24, 2023 World of Water Show 6PM
Mar. 22 - 30, 2023 Fun Run Boosterthon