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Principal Message 2-8-24

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Happy Black History Month


While February serves as a dedicated time to honor and celebrate the contributions of Black individuals to our country and culture, I find it equally important to recognize that our commitment to acknowledging these contributions extends beyond this month.


Throughout the year, teachers are encouraged to instill in our students a year-round understanding and appreciation of the rich history and invaluable contributions of Black people. This month provides us with a focused opportunity to delve deeper into the stories, achievements, and struggles that have shaped our society.


We use this month not only to acknowledge, celebrate, and honor the achievements of Black individuals but also as a catalyst for ongoing dialogue, education, and action as we work to create a more inclusive and equitable environment for all.


Congratulations  Mr. Hewitt!


Mr. Hewitt has been selected as a WRAL Teacher of the Week.  News Footage is scheduled to air on March 8. Mr. Hewitt was surprised Monday morning with a plaque and an interview from WRAL. Mr. Hewitt was nominated by a parent for his hard work and dedication to student learning.  Well done Mr. Hewitt!


2024 School of Distinction


Wiley has been, again, named a National Merit School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.


We will be recognized and receive a National Merit School of Distinction Award on behalf of the school during an awards ceremony held at Magnet Schools of America’s National Conference hosted by New York City Schools, April 16-20, 2024.


Schools are judged and scored on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s magnet theme.


To learn more about the national merit awards program, please visit


24-25 Inclusive Preschool Open House Announcement


Open House occurring Friday, March 9th at 9:30am


Wiley’s inclusive preschool program is looking for students for the 2024-2025 school year. 


Did you know that Wiley Elementary has a preschool program?  Our inclusive program is designed to support the language development of preschoolers with and without hearing impairments while learning and developing social skills through play and developmentally appropriate practices.  Our program offers 5 full days of preschool per week and follows the traditional school schedule of Wiley.  Due to the type of program we have, we are limited in availability for the 2024-2025 school year. Our program serves children ages 3-5 who do not meet the birthdate requirements to enter Kindergarten this fall.  Please attend our open house to learn more about our unique preschool learning opportunity.  After our open house, we will begin to accept applications.  Since we have limited availability, the application process will close on Friday, March 15th at 3:30 pm.  Families will be notified on Friday, March 22nd if their child has been offered a spot or if their child is on the waiting list. We look forward to sharing more details about our inclusive preschool at our open house! 


Office Hours


Office hours for families will resume next month.  If you would like to meet to discuss a question or concern or an urgent matter please 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.


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.


An Evening with Tift Merritt to Benefit Wiley PTA 

Saturday, 3/16 at 7pm


Ticket sales for An Evening with Tift Merritt are now open. Fifty lucky members of our Wiley community will have the opportunity to attend an exclusive in-home benefit concert featuring Grammy-nominated musician, Tift Merritt, while providing crucial support for our school. All proceeds raised will go directly to Wiley PTA Annual Fund, which is facing a critical funding gap this year. Purchase your tickets today to secure your seat at this exclusive event. Please share with family and friends!


Student Refresh Drive


Wiley's Main Office is in need of boys’ and girls’ pants and shorts in sizes 4 - 10 or XS - L. Items may be new or gently used. Please deliver all donations to the Main Office at any time, or order from Amazon/Target and have them delivered to the Main Office. Thank you for your generosity! Your support helps our students in ways you can’t imagine.


Next Wiley PTA Meeting


Our February PTA meeting will be held the week of 2/19. More details coming soon. 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 of Wiley PTA, please consider joining!


Send Us Your Yearbook Photos


We are collecting photos for the yearbook and would love to include yours! Please send photos to Please include the grade level of the students pictured and the events associated if applicable. For example, "2nd grade field trip" or "4th graders at the Fall Festival." Have a 5th grader? Consider sending a "Throwback" photo for us to include along with the student's name. Questions? Contact Traci Rowe at


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


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.


Wiley Elementary Foundation 

Legacy Brick Fundraiser: Support teacher and staff salaries while making a lasting mark on the school you love!


Join the collection of special names and encouraging messages on Wiley’s Legacy Bricks, which line the school’s main entrance walkway! The engraved Legacy Bricks are $150 each and allow up to three lines of 17 characters. The Legacy Brick campaign benefits the Wiley Elementary Foundation, which is separate from Wiley PTA and which specifically supports teacher and staff salaries. To order a brick, please email us at


Upcoming Dates


Friday, February 9 

100th Day of School Happy Birthday Wiley! 

Feb 5-9

National School Counselor Week

Feb 12-16

Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Monday, Feb 19

President’s Day NO SCHOOL 

Tuesday, February 20  

Teacher Workday