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Principal Message 10-20-23


Homecoming Ceremony  & Fall Festival 

Saturday, October 21, 2023, 11-3 pm at Wiley!


Mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate Wiley’s 100-year anniversary while also enjoying time with family and friends at the Fall Festival! There will be food trucks and a bouncy house, as well as lots of fun crafts and activities for families to enjoy. Prior to the fall festival, we will be having our Homecoming ceremony. The ceremony will include stories from past, present, and future Wiley.


Last Call for Wiley Way Soirée Tickets


We expect over 170 guests at the Wiley Way Soirée and can’t wait to see you this Saturday, October 21, from 7-10 pm at Maywood Hall & Garden.

Can’t make it? Please consider donating a ticket for a teacher to attend for free at Wiley Elementary Foundation. Or buy something amazing at the Soirée online auction

The adults-only Wiley Way Soirée includes light dinner, dessert, adult drinks, dancing, and a DJ. And to boost the 1920s vibe, we've added casino-style games, lots of feathers, and a classic car for selfies! The Soirée benefits the Cecilia Rawlins Fund and the Wiley Elementary Foundation.


A Century of Wiley Memories


We would like to collect more than 100 stories to celebrate the years of memories that represent Wiley. If you or someone you know would like to share their story please share this link or add their story. Stories will be used by our students to create a Centennial project. The link can be found here:


October is Disability History & Awareness Month


This year's theme is “Breaking Barriers and Shaping Futures.” Schools have been encouraged to promote an understanding of Disability History through class discussions while celebrating students with disabilities. 


Mascot Survey 


Please complete the mascot survey if you would like to share your input on a Wiley Mascot. During the month of September, we will garner ideas from the community, using this form, before deciding and then voting on the top two or three choices. Once the top two or three choices have been decided we will vote and announce the winner at our  Homecoming/Fall Festival event in October. 


Excused Absences for Religious/Educational Reasons


As you plan for the school year, 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 before the requested dates. According to 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. The form linked here should be used to request the excused dates before the absence. 


Office Closed Daily 3:30 - 4:15 


This year we will close our office for dismissal between 3:30 and 4:15. At this time, we will not be dismissing students from the office except in the event of emergencies. This is our busiest time of the day and we are completely committed to the safe and timely dismissal of all our students. We ask that if you know that you have to pick up a child for an appointment or special occasion you do so before this time or communicate the transportation change before 3:30. If your reason for early dismissal can wait we ask that you wait patiently in our carpool line as every minute of instruction matters. Fifteen minutes of missed instruction a day is more than an hour of missed instruction a week.  Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. 


Volunteers- must register EVERY YEAR!  


Parents, staff, and community members may now register to volunteer in our schools through MyVolunteer. All volunteers must re-register with the new system to volunteer in the 2023-24 school year.   If you wish to attend field trips, lead small groups, or volunteer in the classroom you must register to volunteer. 

  •  Make sure you include your name and contact information when you begin the registration process.  If you leave the CRC background site before completing your contact information, you will have to begin the process again.

  •  You must include your social security number to register to volunteer.  If you do not have a social security number, please contact or call 919-694-8233.

  • You will be notified by the MyVolunteer system if you are approved to volunteer.

  • Volunteer Registration LinkClick the link below to start your volunteer registration:

Fall Festival 

Saturday, October 21, 12-3pm at Wiley!


Bring your camping chair or a picnic blanket to have fun and celebrate Wiley’s 100 year anniversary at the Fall Festival! We’ll have pay-what-you-can pizza, food trucks, and an inflatable slide, as well as lots of fun crafts and activities for families to enjoy. The Continuing Band will start the Festival off with a performance in the cafeteria, and will be joined by some Wiley Band Alumni! Ms. Thompson is also putting together a unique community art project that you don’t want to miss!

We’ll need lots of hands to make this event a success, so if you are interested in volunteering on the day with set-up, art stations, or breakdown, please sign up for 30-minute slots here. Thank you so much to everyone in advance for making this event a success!


Bid on 100 Items in the Wiley Way Soirée Online Auction Until Saturday 


The Wiley Way Soirée online silent auction is live with lots of bidders! The Wiley community can bid on over 100 items, from NC State football tickets to summer camp coupons to a spring break getaway, plus dozens of items from nearby businesses, several owned by members of the Wiley community. Our wonderful teachers and staff have donated over 40 unique opportunities to the auction: an ice cream party, German/Japanese/French meals, art/fashion/jewelry classes, rock climbing, mystery solving, slime, cookies, adventures, and Principal for a Day. 

Many great items at a range of price points! And it’s all for a great cause supporting the Cecilia Rawlins Fund and the Wiley Elementary Foundation. Tell your family and friends and bid on a unique Wiley auction item today. The auction ends this Saturday 10/21 (10pm).


Visit the Cecilia Rawlins Fund Table at the Fall Festival


If you are a family who is struggling to meet your housing or food needs and would like to learn more about how the Cecilia Rawlins Fund may help your family, our Wiley teachers, Kathy Foglia, Zandra Henderson and Hadley Cairns-Heath, will be at the Fall Festival to answer any questions. 


Charleston Wrap Fundraiser


Our Wiley PTA fundraiser with Charleston Wrap is underway and we need your help! Register your student (participant) at Charleston Wrap and enter ‘25225’ for Wiley’s organization ID. Share and shop until 12/2 to donate up to 40% of sales to Wiley PTA


Next Wiley PTA Meeting


Save the date for our virtual November PTA meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, 11/15 at 6 pm. See this year’s full PTA meeting schedule here


Lost and Found


As the weather cools, the Lost and Found Room fills up quickly! Here is the current Lost and Found inventory. You may claim your item(s) in the Lost and Found Room in the cafeteria. Any items that have been in the Lost and Found Room longer than a month will be donated.


Upcoming Dates


October 21

Homecoming Ceremony (11am - 12pm)

October 21

Fall Festival  (12pm -3pm) 

October 21 

1923 Wiley Way Soirée (7pm - 10pm)

November 1 

Teacher Workday