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Principal Message 1-23- 23

Happy Chinese New Year!

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 contact our Magnet Coordinator, Claire Sullivan (, with any questions.

Magnet Information 


The application for Magnet and Year-Round schools closes on January 25. Applications are not first-come, first-served. Families are notified via email if they receive a seat at a school they requested. Applicants will be notified of their results on February 23, 2023 via email. This information will also be in the parent account. 

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 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. 


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 includes explicitly 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 circumstances 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 should also 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.   

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 (

Excused Absences for Religious/Educational Reasons


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. 

Wiley Legacy Brick and Spirit Rock 


Interested in purchasing a Legacy Brick for your rising middle schooler or incoming Kindergarten? Celebrating a birthday and want the Wiley Community to know? Visit our Wiley Foundation Page. Bricks outline the front interest of Wiley and are a great way to leave your mark as we begin to celebrate a Century of Wiley!  Proceeds from the Wiley Foundation support our Magnet Theme and Langauge department.  


Wiley Fun Run

Promotions - March 22-30

Event Day - Thursday, March 30


The PTA’s largest fundraising event of the year will kick off on March 22nd!  The 9th Annual Fun Run raises funds for things like classroom supplies, teacher trainings, learning aids, educational software, and other things that support our students and their teachers.

More details will follow, but in the meantime, the PTA is looking for parent-owned or local businesses to be t-shirt sponsors!   Know someone who may be interested? Check out and share our Fun Run Community Partner Sponsors site. 


Wiley’s Talent Show

Friday, May 12 @ 6 pm
Wiley Learning Commons (Auditorium)


We are excited to bring back the Wiley Talent Show this May! Please mark your calendars and encourage your kids to start thinking about what talents they would like to share.


We welcome individual and group acts that are less than two minutes each and appropriate for an elementary audience. Keep your eyes open for the signup form, practice schedule, and permissions required. These will be finalized and sent out in the coming weeks.


If you have any questions, reach out to the Talent Show committee, Traci Rowe at or Michelle Wells at


Got Pics?


PTA Yearbook Committee is looking for pictures that tell this school year's story. From field trips to clubs, reading to playing instruments, donning Wiley gear to helping out at carpool.

Please send those pics of smiling faces (with children’s names and event details) to    

Volunteer Opportunities


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: 


Upcoming Dates

Jan. 24                World of Water Show  6PM


Jan. 27              Teacher Workday - no school


Feb. 17              Baba got BARS


March 22-30      Wiley Fun Run 


April 20              International Night

May 12              Talent Show



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

Questions, Comments, Concerns 


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. 

Preguntas, Comentarios, Inquietudes


¿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.