NewsFlash | Snowman Tree, Book Fair and Hour of Code

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Hope everyone is enjoying today’s teacher workday and has a wonderful holiday with plenty to eat the rest of the week. Just a few trending topics for you before we settle into the turkey…



If you got a tag from the snowman tree, don’t forget to bring your gifts back to school by Monday, Dec. 7. There are still more than a dozen tags left, so please stop by the office next week to pick one up if you haven’t already. You can also take advantage of those holiday sales to pick up some children’s socks and deodorant to donate at school. Contact Andrea Burston at with questions.


Get ready for the annual PTA book fair, Dec. 7-11 — check the PTA calendar for details. Lots of volunteers are needed to help this important event run smoothly. For more information, contact co-chairs Laura Moreschi at or Catherine Otto at



Hour of Code is coming back to Joyner! Computer Science Week starts Dec. 7, and teachers will be running sessions to help connect kids with coding. To help the sessions run smoothly, we need volunteers to be an extra set of hands and a great resource for students to share ideas — no coding experience needed! The activities and games are developed by to be age appropriate for each grade level. Please consider helping your child’s class, or more than one class session if you have the time. You will be amazed by what the kids are learning and doing during the Hour of Code! Be on the lookout for a signup sheet in MemberHub shortly after Thanksgiving — contact Matt Harrell at with questions.


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Calendar items

  • Dec. 7: Snowman Tree gifts due
  • Dec. 7-11: Book Fair
  • Dec. 7-11: Hour of Code
  • Dec. 10: Holiday concert and PTA general membership meeting
  • Dec. 18: Early release and teacher/staff appreciation lunch provided by PTA
  • Dec. 21: Teacher workday (and beginning of the winter holiday)

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