NewsFlash | Art contests, communications survey, No-Fuss and more ways to get involved

Design the JYJ yearbook cover 

All Joyner students are invited to enter the 2015-16 yearbook cover contest! Sumbit your 8 1/2 x 11″ drawing (MUST be in portrait orientation) using markers, crayons or colored pencils and reflecting any Joyner-related theme (think IB and Spanish-language, not just jaguars). Deadline is Oct. 30 (ignore the Sept. 30 deadline on the flyer). Winner and runners-up will be on the news and in the yearbook! (Plus, don’t forget about the Reflections art contest — Let Your Imagination Fly — also due Oct. 30.)


Tell us what you think

The JYJ PTA Communications Committee aims to provide value in communicating school information to you. Please take a moment to complete this brief survey to tell us how we’re doing and what can be improved. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Please respond by Oct. 22. (Here’s the full url in case your browser needs it:


Help finish strong with the No-Fuss Fundraiser

Don’t you just love not having to sell coupon books, wrapping paper, cookie dough or cheese and sausage (is that still a thing)? Yeah, we love it, too — and the PTA appreciates ALL your contributions and your membership! You’ve got through Friday to make your donation if you haven’t already done so. Please let us know if your company provides matching gifts.


Volunteers needed for the Jamboree

If you were hoping to volunteer at the Jamboree next Friday, Oct. 16, you’re in luck! Spaces are available in the sign up on MemberHub, including 1-hour shifts at the Haunted Hallway, basketball shootout, volunteer check-in, glow stick sales and clean up. This fun family tradition is only possible because the PTA volunteers make it happen!


Turn markers into fuel

Joyner parent Rebecca Blum has connected us with a great program called Crayola ColorCycle — old markers of any brand (not just Crayola) ready to be discarded can be converted into clean fuel. Find the new drop-off bins in the front lobby and in the downstairs hallway near the art classroom to deposit your markers. This project provides a nice partner to the beautiful plastic cap mural created last year as another way to keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.


Help teachers and parents stay connected

We still have nine classrooms without a room parent volunteer. Please check the current list in the Files section of MemberHub to see if your child’s class needs support. Recruit a friend or two to join you and share the role — it doesn’t have to be a significant amount of work, but it makes a big difference for our teachers. Details coming next week about organizing coverage for one lunch period each month for each classroom teacher to give them the chance to eat in peace!


Check out the 2016-17 assignment proposal

WCPSS is seeking community input on the proposed student assignment plan for 2016-17. No specific changes have been recommended for current Joyner students, but your address will determine any impacts on your family. Additionally, Wake County school administrators are considering setting aside seats at Brooks, Joyner, Underwood and Wiley elementary schools and Martin Middle School for new magnet-school applicants who don’t come from high-performing areas. The five magnet schools were at or below the county average last year for students receiving federally subsidized lunches. The final draft of the plan will be presented to the school board on Oct. 20. Read more from The N&O.


Safety first (and last)

Please remember to pick up your child before 2:15 if you need to get him/her early from school. Teachers and staff need to keep the lobby area clear at dismissal time so that they can safely manage the flow of students to the bus, carpool and walker areas. Walker students leaving at 2:30 should be picked up at the side of the school, not in the main lobby.


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For your calendar

  • Oct. 9: Last day to give to the No-Fuss Fundraiser
  • Oct. 15: Last day to buy State Fair tickets online with proceeds to Joyner (Use the Joyner code — 456 — in the membership field and click submit on the ticket page. Joyner will receive $2 per adult admission ticket and $1 per child ticket you purchase. )
  • Oct. 16: Teacher Appreciation (theme is “Our teachers are something to write about!”) and early release. Don’t forget your classroom’s designated staff member when helping your child prepare a handwritten note to celebrate teachers and staff! (Here’s the plan for the year, in case you like to think ahead.)
  • Oct. 16: Jamboree
  • Oct. 23: End of 1st quarter
  • Oct. 26: Teacher workday

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