NewsFlash | Teacher appreciation, found items and a date for the Foundation gala

Are you ready for teacher/staff appreciation day?

Of course you are! Just don’t forget to bring “things that get you moving” to school this Friday for early release. Have your children bring anything that may “move” their teachers — think gas card, iTunes card, maybe a super-caffeinated beverage (but only if it’s on their favorite things list). PTA will provide a healthy choice yogurt bar for teachers and staff that afternoon.


Science Olympiad team open for new members, parent meeting tomorrow

Joyner is looking for a few more students to complete our Science Olympiad teams to compete in the Science Olympiad tournament on Saturday, March 19, at Middle Creek High School in Apex. There is no cost to participate (unless we order t-shirts) and students will work with a partner to focus on two science areas. Practice times are flexible and can be done on your own with a parent coach OR scheduled before / after school with Ms. Pelletier, Mrs. Young or other staff. Focus areas include chemistry, forces of motion, engineering, weather, animal adaptations, electricity, astronomy, fossils, metric measurement/data and more. All events build on the academic standards that your child is being taught in elementary so 5th graders will obviously need less review. We also have room for a few 6th grade siblings if interested. Click here for more detailed information.

A parent meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, at 3:30 in the media center for those who are interested. If you can’t make this meeting, please contact Ms. Pelletier at


Found items to be donated

If you’d like to get back the coats, hats, gloves and lunch boxes that your kids left behind, be sure to check the lost & found this week for missing items. Any unclaimed items will be donated on Friday. If you’re interested in washing these items before we donate them, please contact Julie Dalton at


After school play program

Coach Scott continues to offer his Sports After School program for Joyner students (and friends) in Kiwanis park on Tuesdays from 3-4:30 p.m. Get extra P.E. time in your child’s week with games like tag, hide-n-seek, kickball, soccer, parachute, capture the flag and more. Families can sign up for one trial class, then sign up for as many weeks as you like at $15 per week. Sibling discounts are available. Contact Coach Scott at or 336-963-4555.


Date set for Foundation gala

Mark your calendars now for the 1st Annual JYJoyner Foundation Gala to be held on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh. The Foundation is currently seeking corporate sponsorships and silent auction items. If you or someone you know would be interested in being a corporate sponsor or donating an item for the auction, please contact Ashley Jones at For more on the difference between the PTA and the Foundation, read this post from PTA President Keisha Green.


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Calendar items

  • Jan. 14: Parent meeting for Science Olympiad
  • Jan. 14: School spelling bee
  • Jan. 15: Early release and teacher/staff appreciation
  • Jan. 18: Holiday
  • Jan. 19: Teacher workday
  • Jan. 22: Magnet application period closes
  • Feb. 5: Healthy Choice Marathon kick-off
  • Feb. 12: Early release
  • Feb. 15: Teacher workday
  • Feb. 18: Registration for TEK enrichment clubs
  • March 4: Early release
  • March 6: JYJ 5K

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