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Principal Message 11-10-23

Read this week’s PTA newsletter here:


Report Cards Go Home Monday (10/13)


Report Cards will go home on Monday, November 13. Unfortunately, there may be a brief delay with fourth-grade report cards as we await tech support with class rosters and PowerSchool. If you have questions regarding your child’s grades you are encouraged to contact your child’s homeroom teacher or the teacher responsible for the grade. 


Picture Retakes


A photographer from Strawbridge Studios will be at Wiley on Tuesday ( 11/28) to photograph Fall Retake pictures.


This link will allow parents to sign up to receive updates via email regarding your child's school portraits. These updates include promotions, additional deals, and the ability to order more pictures at a later time. When entering student information, you should enter your child’s name as it is on file at the school.


Thank you for your assistance in helping us deliver a smooth school picture experience! We look forward to seeing you soon.


November Office Hours


During November, I will be offering conference slots for families who wish to meet. This is an opportunity for any families interested in scheduling a predetermined time to discuss school matters. Currently I have three slots a week available that are first come first serve. To secure a slot you will need to visit the link here and select the desired slot. If the times available do not work, families are always welcome to reach out via email and request an appointment. Also if there are specific questions, comments, or concerns that you would like me to address please feel free to complete this link


November is American Indian Heritage Month


This month we honor and celebrate the history and heritage of American Indians. North Carolina is home to eight state-recognized Indian tribes: the Coharie, the Eastern Band of Cherokee, the Haliwa-Saponi, the Lumbee, the Meherrin, the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, the Sappony, and the Waccamaw-Siouan. An American Indian Heritage Month document provides schools with information, resources, and strategies for celebrating at the school level. 




Please continue to follow the carpool pattern during dismissal. To eliminate confusion, we will allow cars to move to the cones at 3:30. Hopefully, this will prevent others from jumping in line. We ask that you not move into the parking lot before 3:30 as this could potentially disrupt parents who pick up their child early as well as emergency responders in the event of an emergency. The office will continue to close from 3:30 until 4:15 during afternoon dismissal.


Kids Heart Challenge


This year, our school will be learning about staying strong in body and mind, we’ll get moving with fun activities, meet kids with special hearts, and raise funds for the health of all hearts. Plus, they’ll feel good for doing good! Download the Kids Heart Challenge App or visit to register today and earn your own BE THE TORCH WRISTBAND so you can help light the way


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. Our students will use these stories to create a podcast. The link can be found here: We will be sharing the first recordings on the website. 




Make sure that you have your child at school by 9:15 am every morning. We will continue to demonstrate grace as you make your best effort to arrive before the tardy bell rings; however,  we will soon begin marking students tardy.  The first bell to allow students into the building rings at 8:45 am with instruction beginning at the sound of the 9:15 bell. Consistently late students consistently miss instruction. 


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.


Next Wiley PTA Meeting (Virtual)


Our virtual November PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday, 11/15 at 6 pm. Click here to join via Google Meet. Plan ahead! See this year’s full PTA meeting schedule here. If you are not already a member, please consider joining!


Spirit Night at Longleaf Swine


Join us for our next Spirit Night at Longleaf Swine (300 East Edenton Street) on Thursday, 11/16 from 4 - 10 pm. Mention ‘Wiley’ in person or enter ‘WILEY15’ online and Wiley PTA will receive 15% of sales. 


Wiley PTA Annual Fund


Wiley PTA is excited to announce the launch of our Annual Fund campaign, and we need your support to achieve our goal of $23,000. Your donation will make a significant impact on our school and benefit students and their families, teachers, and staff.


Your donation to Wiley PTA makes it possible to:


  • Provide curriculum enrichment through cultural arts programs and classroom technology purchases

  • Support teachers and staff through supply stipends, grants, appreciation events and Room Parents

  • Organize and fund family engagement events like Fall Festival and International Night. 

Please consider a one-time or monthly donation to Wiley PTA. Every dollar counts and your generosity can make a real difference. Thank you for your continued support!


Please consider a one-time or monthly donation to Wiley PTA. Every dollar counts and your generosity can make a real difference. Thank you for your continued support!


Minted. Fundraiser 


Support Wiley PTA by shopping with Minted. for your stationary and custom gifts. When you use code FUNDRAISEWILEY at checkout, you'll enjoy a 20% discount, and, even better, 15% of your purchase will be donated to Wiley PTA. Please share with friends and family and shop with our code until 12/31.


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


Wiley PTA Fall Book Fair

Monday - Friday, 11/27 - 12/1


Get excited! Wiley PTA has partnered with local bookstore Quail Ridge Books for our annual Fall Book Fair. Read more details here.


Volunteer opportunities begin with set-up shifts on 11/20 and 11/21, and continue with a variety of morning, afternoon and afterschool shifts throughout the week of the Book Fair.


Donate to Wiley PTA Book Fairy. The Book Fairy program ensures that every student who wants a new book from the Fall Book Fair receives one. Help us fund this important program by buying a few books for our students.


Lost and Found


Here is the current Lost and Found inventory. You may claim your item(s) in the Lost and Found Room in the cafeteria. Items that have been in the Lost and Found longer than a month will be donated, so please check regularly. 


Counselor’s Corner with Mrs. O


With the school year back in full swing, we want to do a check in with caregivers. We know that the transition back to school is not always an easy one. The excitement of returning to the classroom can also come with anxiety for children, school staff, and caregivers.


You can reduce stress by building healthy coping skills into your routines — and helping your children and students do the same. The Child Mind Institute suggests a few simple strategies to try:


Check your thoughts: When faced with a stressful situation or negative thought, try talking back to your worries. Ask: What’s the worst thing that can happen? What’s the best thing that can happen? What’s the most likely thing that will happen?


Talk about feelings openly: Both kids and caregivers can benefit from open and honest acknowledgment of the emotions, both positive and negative, associated with the back-to-school season. Check-in with your child regularly, ask open-ended questions and validate whatever they share (“That does sound like a hard situation!”).


Practice mindfulness: Techniques such as deep breathing exercises and muscle relaxation can help you feel more grounded and relaxed.


I am here to help. For further discussion, you can reach me by calling the school at 919-856-7723 or via email: 


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:


Upcoming Dates


November 13 

Report Cards go home

November 15

PTA General Meeting (Virtual, 6-7 pm)

November 17

Kathy Foglia and Leslie Keagy Day

November 22 - November 24

Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)

November 27 - December 1

Fall Book Fair

November 28

Picture Retakes

December 14 

Band Carpool Concert

December 21 - January 2

Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)