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Principal Message 1-5-24

Read this week’s PTA newsletter here:

Happy New Year! 🎉


Welcome Alexa Fernandez Castillo


On Monday, January 8 we will welcome Alexa Fernandez Castillo to the Wiley family. Alexa is a recent graduate of North Carolina State University. She is fluent in both English and Spanish, originally from Puerto Rico. Alexa is passionate about working with children and is extremely excited to join the Wiley team. Alexa will be joining the Wiley family  as our new receptionist. Please be patient with Alexa as she learns the ins and outs of her role and welcome her with open arms.


January Office Hours


I will offer additional office hours for families who wish to meet. This is an opportunity for individuals interested in scheduling time to discuss school matters. Slots are first come first serve. To secure a slot you will need to visit the link here and select the desired slot. If the matter is urgent or  the times available do not work for your schedule, families are always welcome to reach out via email ( and request an appointment. For specific questions, comments, or concerns that do not require a meeting feel free to complete this link.


Fourth and fifth-grade AIG identification


If you are interested in nominating your 4th or 5th-grade Wiley student for AIG services, now is the time to submit their name for the spring screening window. Please fill out the following Google form by January 19th. If your child was previously identified, you do not need to nominate them again in the same subject area(s). You can submit nominations at any time during the school year, but any nominations made after January 19th will be considered in the fall screening window of 2024. If you have any questions, you can contact our AIG teachers: Jill Molloy ( or Michelle Hoyles (


Google Form:


Universal Pre-K Application Now Open


Do you have a child who will be 4 years old by August 31, 2024 and is a Wake County resident?  If so, consider applying for Wake Pre-K through the Universal Application. The Wake Pre-K application allows consideration for free, safe, and fun Pre-K program options.


Participating programs include NC Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K), WCPSS Title I, and Telamon Head Start.  To learn more, visit the Wake Pre-K Application Center.


Enrollment into the Wake County Public School System Title I Pre-K program is based on the academic need of the child. NC Pre-K and Head Start are prioritized for families with low incomes and other related eligibility requirements. When your application is processed, your child will be considered for the program that best matches your family based on the criteria.


Does that sound like it may benefit your child? Apply today!


$10,000 Funding Gap in Wiley PTA Annual Fund


Wiley PTA is facing a critical situation with a $10,000 funding gap in our Annual Fund. Your support is vital to maintaining the programs and initiatives that enrich our entire school community throughout the school year. Supplies for classrooms, cultural arts workshops, events like International Night, professional development grants for teachers, and software are just a few of the priorities supported by PTA Annual Fund dollars.


Many companies offer corporate matching programs, doubling or tripling the impact of your contribution. Please check with your company’s HR to determine whether your donation can be matched. It is often a simple online process that takes only a few minutes of time and can have a tremendous impact.


Please consider making a contribution today to bridge this gap and ensure the continued success of Wiley PTA. Every donation, no matter the size, makes a significant impact.


Registration closing for Winter Afterschool Clubs


Registration for Winter Afterschool Clubs closes on Monday, 1/8 at 5pm. Clubs 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.


Thank you for your GiftCrowd generosity


Thanks to the Wiley community for recognizing the dedication and hard work of all of our Wiley teachers and staff through your donations to GiftCrowd. Your generosity gifted every teacher and staff member $94 each to redeem into a gift card(s) of their choosing.


Wiley teachers and staff members were also invited to the annual Wiley PTA Winter Thanks Breakfast catered by Flying Biscuit on 12/20. It was a morning filled with gratitude, good food, and camaraderie. Thanks to everyone who helped all of our teachers and staff members feel appreciated!


Broughton HS Band Workshop + Performance


Wiley PTA’s next Cultural Arts program features the Broughton High School Band who will work with Wiley Band on Thursday, 1/11, followed by a performance for Wiley students.


Next Wiley PTA Meeting (Virtual)


Our virtual January PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday, 1/17 at 6pm. This month’s meeting will include a discussion and overview of Wiley’s discipline data.  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!


Wiley Talent Show


Save the date for our annual Wiley Talent Show on 4/12. Start thinking about what wonderful talents you want to show off this year and be on the lookout for the signup and additional information. Questions? Contact Traci Rowe at


Wiley Wear Sale!


Shop our Wiley Wear sale along with our limited edition Wiley knit pom pom beanie and Wiley 100 Years tote and t-shirts. Quantities are limited! Get yours before they sell out!


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. 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 Vinay at (855) 562-5679.


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. You may claim your item(s) in the Lost and Found Room in the cafeteria.


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.


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:


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.


Upcoming Dates


Monday, Jan 8

Winter Afterschool Clubs registration closes

Thursday, Jan 11

Broughton HS Band Workshop 

Monday, Jan 15

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (No School)

Wednesday, Jan 17

Virtual PTA Meeting

Wednesday, Jan 24

Teacher Workday (No School)

Saturday, Jan 27

Holocaust Rembrance Day 

Tuesday, Jan 30

Winter Afterschool Clubs begin

Wednesday, Jan 31

Spirit Night at Shake Shack