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Principal Message 12-8-23

Read this week’s PTA newsletter here:


Wiley Gives Back


This year for the holiday season Wiley will take action by collecting new and gently used winter wear for the greater community. This effort supports UN Goal #1 No Poverty and goal #3 Good Health and Wellbeing as we provide support for those less fortunate and do our part to address the needs of those in our community. For the remainder of the month, Wiley will be collecting Winter Wear for a local shelter. This includes coats, jackets, scarves, gloves, toboggans and any other winter items.  Items will be collected until Friday of next week. 


Countdown to Winter Break 


Join us as we prepare for the winter break. To celebrate teachers and students will be participating in the following activities: 


Monday. December 11th: “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”

Wear your Athleisure wear and treat your students (and yourself) to 10 minutes extra recess!


Tuesday, December 12th: Tacky Tinsel Tuesday

Wear your most tacky and festive holiday accessories.  (Example: headwear, necklaces, socks, scarves, etc.) 


Wednesday, December 13th: Comfy and Cozy are We

Wear your favorite Holiday Pajamas


Thursday, December 14th: Channel Your Flannel!

Wear your favorite winter flannel


Friday, December 15th: Sleigh the Wiley Way

Wear your favorite Wiley Wear


5th-grade Families 


Students in 5th grade who would like to continue in a magnet school at the next level MUST apply. Apply at The deadline is January 25. Students may apply to any magnet school that is an option for their address (review at Students with magnet status should be selected if they request their pathway school. See pathways at rising into kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade MUST apply and will be assigned with an older sibling who will still be assigned to that magnet school for the 24-25 school year. 


Guten tag, Hola, Bonjour!


The German, Spanish, and French students are teaming up to offer a European Style Christmas Market on December 13th and 14th. All students in the school are invited to attend with their classroom teacher and will "purchase" a craft to bring home (with pretend Euros). We will be serving cider and gingerbread cookies. If your child has allergies to these items, please notify their teacher. If you're interested in helping out, please contact your child's language teacher.


Counselor’s Corner with Mrs. O

A good night’s sleep


According to The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), studies show that children who get enough sleep have better grades, higher standardized test scores and an overall better quality of life.


The AAP recommends 9-12 hours of sleep on school nights. When this doesn’t happen, we see tired students who are falling asleep and not able to concentrate or focus on their school work. The AAP also recommends parents implementing healthy sleep habits, including enforcing a media curfew 1 hour prior to bedtime. 


We have very busy schedules these days. Even so, students need to have a consistent bedtime routine. For example, they brush their teeth, read, and if possible, spend about 30 minutes in quiet, calming time before shutting the lights off to sleep. It is recommended that there should be no electronic devices in the room during this time, although classical music would be the exception as it has been proven to calm children down.   


As always, I am here to help. I can be reached by calling the school at 919-856-7723, via or through talking points. 


Wiley Podcast - A Century of Memories


Check out  this amazing podcast created by Ms. Hemedinger’s club celebrating some of the stories of more than 100 years at Wiley:


Compost now 


Starting in January we will begin working with  Compost Now to take action and decrease our waste. Waste reduction is a part of the UN Global Goals (#12 Responsible Consumption and Production). The PTA’s Sustainability Committee and administration are introducing composting to educate and strive towards these goals. The CompostNow bins will be here on Wednesday! Students are helping with signage. Stay tuned for more information. 


Dreambox Usage


Students are expected to complete at least 5 lessons a week in Dreambox. A Harvard University study has shown that just 60-minutes of DreamBox lessons per week can fast-track your students up to two grade levels in a year.We recommend that students complete five or more lessons per week with DreamBox Learning because students who complete five lessons each week show more math growth than those who complete fewer lessons. One lesson takes about 15 minutes. Dreambox is adaptive and constantly responding to the skills and understanding of your child. Having your child complete at least one Dreambox lesson a week can help your child’s teacher better understand their need, extend their learning, and/or address learning gaps. 


Lost and Found


Here is the current Lost and Found inventory. Items that have been in the Lost and Found longer than a month will be donated today, Friday 12/8. You may claim your item(s) in the Lost and Found Room in the cafeteria.


Last day to enter the drawing for an overnight stay at The Umstead Hotel and Spa!


Today is the last day to enter our drawing for an overnight stay for two at The Umstead Hotel and Spa + breakfast at Herons. Get your recurring monthly donation of $30 or more to the Wiley PTA's Annual Fund in by 11:59pm tonight to be included in the drawing. Winner to be announced Monday afternoon on Wiley PTA’s Instagram and Facebook channels.


Click here to learn about where your PTA Annual Fund donation goes. Every dollar counts and your generosity can make a real difference. Thank you for your continued support!


Spirit Night at Village District Chick-fil-A


Join us for our next Spirit Night at Village District Chick-fil-A from 5:30 - 7:30pm on Wednesday, 12/13. Mention “Wiley Elementary Spirit Night” before ordering in person at either the counter or drive thru and Wiley PTA will receive 15% of sales. Mobile and delivery orders are not eligible for Spirit Night. 


Next Wiley PTA Meeting (Virtual)


Our virtual December PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday, 12/13 at 6pm. 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!


Registration Open for Winter Afterschool Clubs


Registration is now open for Winter Afterschool Clubs which will run on Tuesdays, 1/30 - 3/12/24 (skipping 2/20) from 4:15 - 5:30pm. Learn more about club topics and register here


Wiley Wear makes great holiday gifts!


Still looking for holiday gifts? Shop our new Wiley Wear, the Wiley knit pom pom beanie and our limited edition Wiley 100 Years tote. Quantities are limited! Get yours before they sell out!


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.


Cecilia Rawlins Fund


Please consider a donation to the Cecilia Rawlins Fund, which supports students and families in the Wiley community who require essential living assistance such as food, housing, and other necessities. The CRF is encountering a significant gap between our current funds and the rising financial needs of Wiley families. In order to be able to provide support over the holiday break, we need your help. To become a monthly sustainer or make a one time gift, please visit our donor page here.


MakoRx Fundraiser Partnership


Flu season is here and Wiley PTA has partnered with MakoRx Care Connect to help our families and raise funds. MakoRx Care Connect works with local independent pharmacies to give you convenient, affordable rapid flu and strep test + treatment appointments all in one place, no health insurance needed. For each appointment completed through this link MakoRx donates $1 to the Wiley PTA. Your student's Monday folder will also have magnets with the link for when you need it! On your appointment date, go to the pharmacy, get your flu or strep test, complete a telehealth medical visit if needed and buy your medicine right there in the pharmacy! For other illnesses, speak with a doctor via phone or video. This program is run by Wiley parent Vinay Patel. Problems with the service or feedback? Contact him at (855) 562 5679. 


Upcoming Dates

Dec 13

Spirit Night at Village District Chick-fil-A

Dec 13

Virtual PTA Meeting

December 14 

Band Carpool Concert

December 11 - 15

Wiley Gives Back - Donate Winter Wear 

Monday December 11 

Wear your Athleisure wear 

Tuesday December 12 

Wear your most tacky or festive holiday items or accessories 

Wednesday December 13 

Wear your favorite PJs - Holidays or not! 

Thursday December 14 

Wear your favorite Winter flannel 

Friday December 15 

Wear your Favorite Wiley Wear