Principal Message 2-21-23
Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) - What is SSA?
SSA is the practice of placing a student in a higher-grade level in ONE subject area. This type of acceleration is for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities in either math OR English Language Arts. Only students who are currently enrolled and attending a WCPSS school during the open nomination and testing window are eligible to be considered for SSA.
How can I learn more about the SSA process and what it entails?
There will be both an in-person session and a virtual session available. We will also provide a recording of the session in case you cannot attend either session.
Informational Sessions for Wiley:
Virtual Session: Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 from 11:30-12:15
(Google Meet joining info Video call link: https://meet.google.com/yjx-ekrr-ssb)
In-Person Session: Friday, March 10, 2023 from 9:15-10:00
Recording of the Informational Session will be available the week of March 13 on our website.
When can I nominate my student for SSA?
Nominations for the SSA program are from March 20 - March 24, 2023. If you are interested in your student taking the test to see if they qualify for SSA please fill out the form below. Please note the form will only be available from 3/20-3/24 and the deadline to submit it is 3/24.
Form for Wiley Parents: https://forms.gle/K9oRdiNq63mPB7KCA
When will the SSA test be given to my student?
The SSA test will be given during the testing window of April 18 - May 3, 2023.
For any questions, please feel free to contact the AIG teachers Jill Molloy at email@example.com and/or Eman Ziada Brandt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Singing Stars - Pieces of Gold Performance
Congratulations to our Singing Stars! Wiley’s Singing Stars will perform on March 1 at 7 pm at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Center for Performing Arts. The fourth and fifth-grade students from our music elective have worked hard and auditioned to secure a spot on this special night for the arts along with with other talented students from across our district.
A Century of Memories
We are very excited to be celebrating 100 years of Wiley on St. Marys Street and are diligently planning for ways to recognize this momentous occasion. One way you can help is by sharing this bit.ly with anyone who has a Wiley story or fond memory. We will share this questionnaire on various platforms as we collect a Century of Wiley memories. Share your memories! bit.ly/3Dbnc7V
Black History Month
As we continue to celebrate Black History month it is important to remember that the contributions provided by African Americans are a part of American history and should be acknowledged throughout the year. There are not enough days in February to account for the insurmountable accomplishments and triumphs of black people. So as you take a moment to honor an African American, continue this practice beyond February as you recognize the sacrifices and victories of people of color and begin the hard but necessary conversations about race.
Wake Pre-Kindergarten application
The Wake Pre-Kindergarten application is open for the 2023-24 school year. Paper applications are available in our front office, or you may apply online here. These programs are for children who will be 4 years old by Aug. 31, 2023. Please submit your application by Friday, June 16 if you are interested.
If you need assistance with you completing your application, please see the support sessions available:
Wake County Public School System
Every Tuesday, 1 to 4 p.m., through June 13
Crossroads 2/110 Corning Road, Cary
Contact: Varenka GomezdelCampo
Wake County Smart Start
Every Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m., year-round (support for other applications as well)
4901 Waters Edge Drive, #101, Raleigh
Contact: Ana Gallo (email@example.com)
Parents, please continue to be patient with us as we deal late buses. Moving forward, classroom teachers will communicate late buses via talking points as soon as possible. When a bus is late you are not required to provide transportation, however, you are expected to communicate transportation changes. When it is communicated that a bus is late if you wish to provide transportation you should either contact the office or communicate this with your child’s teacher via talking points before 3:45. After 3:45 all transportation should be made by contacting the front office before 4:30. The only time parents will be expected to pick up their child is in the event that a bus has been canceled.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Spirit Night at Player’s Retreat
Spirit Night is Thursday, February 23rd, at Player’s Retreat. The day is expected to be warm and sunny, so grab a burger and sit outside! Don’t forget to mention that you are there for Wiley, so the PTA gets a percentage of sales to support our amazing school! We will see you there!
Black Children’s Book Week
Monday, February 27 - Friday March 3
Join the Media Center for Black Children's Book Week, a global celebration of Black children and the people who ensure Black children are represented in books and other children’s media. Our Media Specialist, Mrs. Bryant, will host a variety of events throughout the week, including a book tasting, where students will sample a variety of books written by Black authors. Help us achieve our goal of donating these books to students by making a purchase from the Media Center Wish List.
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 teachers.
The Fun Run is a fitness-based fundraiser that requires no selling. The program is pledge-based, meaning the students will gather monetary pledges for the laps they run on Fun Run day, March 30th. All fitness levels and abilities are welcomed and supported -- all students will receive ‘credit’ for running 35 laps. Check out more about the Fun Run here.
A big thank you to our business community supporters from last year’s event!
Wiley Talent Show
Friday, May 12 at 6pm
We are excited to bring back the Wiley Talent Show! 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 2 minutes each and appropriate for an elementary audience. Please find the application and rehearsal schedule here and the sign-up genius here.
If you have any questions, reach out to the Talent Show committee: Traci Rowe email@example.com, or Michelle Wells firstname.lastname@example.org
Needed: Pics for the 2022-23 Yearbook!
The 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 (with children’s names and event details) to Yearbook@wileypta.org.
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:
Assisting with the Cultural Arts Banner Workshop
February 23 Spirit Night at Player’s Retreat
Feb 27 - March 3 Black Children’s Book Week
March 7 Teacher Workday - no school
March 8 March PTA Meeting (virtual)
March 22-30 Wiley Fun Run
April 17-20 Spring Book Fair
April 20 International Night
April 24-28 Batik fabric art weeklong banner workshop with Leni Newell
May 12 Talent Show
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
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