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Principal Message 4-24-23

Kindergarten Orientation Monday, April 24 2:30


If you have a rising kindergartener registered or unregistered attending Wiley during the 23 -24 school year, please join us for our Annual Kindergarten Orientation on Monday, April 24 at 2:30 pm in our Learning Commons. This is a great time for parents and rising kindergartners to hear and see all the wonderful things that will make the Wiley kindergarten experience amazing! During this orientation, parents will be provided with need-to-know information regarding Wiley's kindergarten program and appropriate steps in preparing little ones for their first days of school. Parents will leave this orientation with a staggered entry and those frequently asked questions addressed. Rising Kindergartners do not have to be registered to attend, but attending parents must have a child attending Wiley kindergarten during the 23-24 school year.  


Parent Survey April 10 -  May 12 - We are almost at 50%!


We need your feedback. We believe that helping students do their best in school requires a team effort and we need your feedback. Help us make your child’s school experience as positive and beneficial as possible by completing The WCPSS survey linked here: The survey window is open from April 10 - May 12. We will use this information to address the needs of our community and allow you an opportunity to share your opinions.  


Last year only approximately 30% of our families completed the survey and this year we would like to see close to a 100% completion rate. At 50% students will participate in a “Beach” day, at 75% have a school-wide Dance Party, and at 100% popsicles will be provided and Ms. Ware and I will dye our hair with a POP of color!


International Night 


Thank you to everyone who made our International Night possible. It was a huge success! We appreciate your participation and attendance. The students and performances were brilliant and as always, the Wiley students and staff continue to amaze me with their intelligence and talent! 

Congratulations to Yuko Yoshikawa


Yuko has been selected as the first Language teacher to move from 4 days a week to 5 days a week for the 23 - 24 school year. This was made possible by the Wiley Foundation which has worked tirelessly this year to acquire funding for Wiley’s magnet program. The language teacher chosen was required to submit an application, which was then up for review by a member of the Wiley Foundation and the administration team. The Wiley Foundation will continue to support the Languages and the Magnet theme at Wiley each year. If you are interested in continuing to grow and support our Magnet theme, please reach out to a member of our Wiley Foundation. 

Karen Moorefield and Anna Joiner Week 


This week we recognize our administrative team. Both, Mrs. Moorefield and Mrs. Joiner work behind the scenes to make sure our staff and students learn and work in a place that is safe and occupied with the items we need to maintain an enjoyable learning environment. This week if you get the chance, just say Thank you. They often make our lives at Wiley a little easier! 

Cecilia Rawlins Fund


The Cecilia Rawlins Fund, named for a beloved former Wiley principal, serves the Wiley community by addressing hunger and other critical needs for Wiley students and families. CRF funds the Backpack Buddies program at Wiley, which ensures all students have food resources when not at school, currently supporting more than 50 Wiley students. We supplement that program with direct food assistance to families during winter and summer breaks. We also provide one-time financial assistance for families experiencing emergency needs such as housing, utilities, and transportation. Meeting all of these needs requires approximately $40,000 per year.


We rely on generous support from donors to achieve this mission. If you are able, please consider donating to CRF either as a one-time donation or as an ongoing, monthly 'sponsor.'  Donate here. We are a completely volunteer-run organization. If our mission speaks to you, and you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to the CRF Board at


Wiley Spring Book Fair

Online through April 30th


After a record-breaking week of sales, our on-site Spring Book Fair wrapped last Thursday!    Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase new books for classrooms and the Wiley Media Center.   The PTA thanks all the volunteers, the kids and families who browsed and bought, and the teachers who keep the kids’ curiosity growing.   If there were any books that you missed, you can still purchase books online through Scholastic through April 30th! 

2023 Teacher Appreciation Week

May 1-5

Let's celebrate our fantastic teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week! The PTA has planned a week-long series of events to honor teachers and staff each day of the week.

* “We Cereal-sly Love You” cereal bar on Monday,
* Favorite Things Day on Tuesday,
* Neomonde lunch on Wednesday,
* School Supply Pop Up Shop on Thursday, and
* student Thank You cards, flowers, and a Gift Card Raffle on Friday!

If you’d like to help, here are some opportunities for family participation:


Monday, 5/1 - Participate in our annual gift card raffle by dropping off your gift card at the main office or to your child’s Homeroom Teacher by Monday, May 1. 

Tuesday, 5/2 - Send in a small treat from the Teachers’ Favorite Things list! Each homeroom is adopting two or three non-homeroom teachers to make sure everyone is recognized!


Wednesday, 5/3 - Drop off donations of fun school supplies or purchase wishlist items. 


Friday, 5/5 - Have your student make Thank You cards and bring them to school along with flowers for their assigned teachers. 


For more details, check out the Teacher Appreciation Week flyer. Let's show our Wiley Elementary School teachers how much they are appreciated!

Get Your 2022-23 Yearbook Today

Final sale date - May 5


Purchase your yearbook today!  You can also purchase a book to donate to help make sure there is a yearbook for every student. Yearbook sales end on May 5th and the books will be delivered to students in early June.


Fight the Pollen with Car Wash Gift Certificates

Sale ends today at 9pm - April 24 (TODAY!)

Raleigh Auto Spa is partnering with the Wiley Elementary Foundation on a car wash fundraiser until 9pm on Monday, April 24. Gift certificates are only $20 for a full-service cleaning (inside and outside) for vehicles of all sizes. Wiley receives 50% of each certificate sold, so stock up for holidays and thank yous! Good for one year. Hard-copy certificates go home in students' Monday folders on May 1. Raleigh Auto Spa (2907 Wake Forest Road) is open 7 days a week 8:30am-5pm. 


To buy:


Save the date! Dine for a Cause

May 2-4


Grab your friends and plan to enjoy lunch or dinner at Carolina Ale House on May 2, 3 or 4! Mention Wiley and 15% will be donated to the Wiley Elementary Foundation! Kids 10 and under eat for only 99 cents on Tuesday nights (dine-in only). It’s just three blocks from school at 500 Glenwood Ave. 


2023-24 PTA Officers Elected 

A big round of applause for next year's PTA Executive Committee! Their hard work as parent volunteers truly makes a difference in Wiley's pursuit of growth and excellence.


  • President: Marilyn Lall

  • Vice President: Carie Chesarino

  • Treasurer: Terence Tay

  • Secretary: Lauren Miller

  • Assistant Treasurer: Amanda Honea

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. 


Upcoming Dates


April 24 Talent Show Rehearsal (3rd - 5th grade performers to attend)

Wiley Foundation Car Wash certificate sale ends 9pm


April 24-28 Batik fabric art workshop with Leni Newell (Volunteers Needed!)

April 30 Last Day to shop Wiley’s online Scholastic Book Fair


May 2-4 Dine for a Cause at Carolina Ale House  


May 1 Talent Show Rehearsal (K - 2nd grade performers to attend)


May 1-5 National Teacher Appreciation Week


May 4 Continuing Band performs with Ligon Middle School Band


May 5 Last day to purchase 22-23 Yearbooks


May 9 Early Release Day


May 12 Talent Show


May 19 Kickball Game 


May 24 Spring Band Concert at Wiley (Beginning, Continuing, and Alumni)


May 26 School-day Concert for 2nd-5th Grades (Beginning and Continuing Band)


May 29 Memorial Day Holiday