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Principal Message 3-15-24

Read this week’s PTA newsletter here:


Quarterly Review + PTA Meeting


Our March PTA meeting will be held virtually on 3/20 at 5:45 pm and will include a quarterly review of school data from Wiley staff.  Click here to join via Google Meet. See this year’s full PTA meeting schedule here. If you are not already a member of Wiley PTA, please consider joining!


Wiley Elementary Foundation 

5th Grade Legacy Brick Fundraiser


Help start a new tradition at Wiley to congratulate 5th graders in a unique way as they graduate!


Engraved Legacy Bricks line the walkway to the main entrance of the school. They reflect decades of school history and capture lasting memories. Let's add the names of all our soon-to-be-graduates to this path to celebrate their achievements as they embark on new adventures but stay connected to their Wiley experience!


If 25 families donate $20 each, we can commemorate the entire 5th-grade class on a set of bricks listing students' first names. This is also a great way for grandparents, relatives and friends to congratulate a student. Orders are due today to allow 8-10 weeks for engraving and installation before graduation.


Click here to participate and see a sample photo!


For an additional optional cost, families can also order an individual, customized Legacy Brick to recognize their student, thank a teacher or share a message. The cost is $150 per brick.


Proceeds from Legacy Brick orders support the Wiley Elementary Foundation, which contributes funds to teacher and staff salaries and helps the Wiley magnet program thrive. Contact Allison Gray at or 919-452-4137 with questions.


Counselor’s Corner with Mrs. O


Tips for Positive Discipline

While parenting is a joy, it can also be exhausting. This is the first segment in a two part series on parenting tips to assist you. Here are a few to help you parent in a positive way:

  1. Show respect by focusing on the behavior, not the child.
  2. Be firm, fair, and consistent. Consistency is key!
  3. Physical punishment teaches children that violence is ok.
  4. Act quickly so your child associates misbehavior with consequences.
  5. Fit the consequence to the behavior. For example, if your child draws on the wall, the consequence can be to clean the wall. 
  6. Cool down before you discipline- deep breaths. Remember, you are the role model.
  7. Catch them doing the right thing & give specific praise about the behavior you like.

Part 2 will come next month! I am here to help. I can be by calling 919-856-7723, through talking points or via e-mail:


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.


Wiley Yearbook Sale


Order your Wiley yearbook now and save! $15 early bird pricing ends today. Price will increase to $20. Please consider donating a yearbook with the Donate-A-Book option at checkout to ensure each student receives a yearbook this year. Keep sending your photos to Please include the grade level of the students pictured and the events associated if applicable.


Tift Merritt Concert to Benefit Wiley PTA 

Saturday, 3/16 at 7pm


A few tickets remain for this exclusive event featuring Grammy-nominated musician Tift Merritt. Purchase your tickets now! All proceeds raised will go directly to Wiley PTA Annual Fund, which is facing a critical funding gap this year. Can’t attend? Consider making a ticket donation to a Wiley staff member or making any dollar donation towards a Wiley staff ticket.


Raise Craze Kindness Week + Celebration Day

Monday, 3/18 - Friday, 3/22


Mon 3/18 Dreaming of Kindness - PJ Day: wear your favorite PJs

Tues 3/19 Kindness Wins - Favorite Sports Team Day: wear sports team or athletic apparel

Wed 3/20 Hats off to Kindness - Hat Day: wear your favorite hat

Thur 3/21  Crazy for Kindness - Crazy Hair Day: show off your wild and wacky hairdo

Fri 3/22   Celebration Day: Join us for lunch, music and Kona Ice on the cafeteria lawn.


See the schedule below.


Celebration Day Schedule


10:30am-11:30am Pre-K/K/1st grade

11:40am-12:40pm 4th/5th grades

12:50pm-1:50pm 2nd/3rd grades


For more details on next week’s schedule, please visit our Raise Craze FAQ page. Haven’t registered? Please do so here. Caregivers, make sure to check off your student’s AOKs on their Raise Craze dashboard so we achieve our school-wide goal of 500 AOKs completed.


Afterschool Clubs Registration


Registration is open for spring afterschool clubs. Clubs will run Tuesdays from 4/16 to 5/21. For club topics and to register, click here. Questions? Contact


PTA Executive Committee Nominations


Nominations are open for the PTA Executive Committee for the 24-25 school year. Please send nominations to The Executive Committee will be voted in at the May PTA meeting.


Lost and Found


Please check out 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.


Upcoming Dates


Friday, March 15 

Wiley Foudation Legacy Brick Orders DUE

Saturday, March 16 

Tift Merritt Concert

MArch 18 - March 22 

Raise Craze Kindness Week 

March 25-29

Spring Break