NewsFlash | JYJ 5K, book drive, yearbooks and spring clubs

Get your sporty shoes on

Join us for the 5th Annual JY Joyner 5K Run/Walk on March 6, 2016! The JYJ 5K Run/Walk aims to teach kids about the benefits of making healthy lifestyle choices and raises money to fund annual programs for our 700+ student body. Over the past four years, more than 2,400 race participants have helped fund character education, Battle of the Books, campus beautification, Science Go Round, First in Fitness, technology updates, media center projects and so much more. The 5K Run/Walk is the grand finale event of our month-long Healthy Choice Marathon, which celebrates healthy minds and bodies by encouraging students to read, eat well and exercise daily. Registration for the 5K opens Friday, Feb. 5, and will be accessible through the PTA website at


Help kids WAKE Up and Read!

We’re joining with Wake County’s WAKE up and READ book drive through the Healthy Choice Marathon again this year — our goal is 2,600 books! If we reach our goal by Friday, Feb. 26, then all students get to dress as a book character on Friday, March 4. Please bring new and gently used children’s books to donate to preschool and elementary grade readers in Wake County public schools. We’ll tally the total books collected and the grade level that collects the most will be able to decide which book character Mrs. Childress and Mrs. Hutchinson will dress up as on the day of the JYJ 5K. We also need 6-8 volunteers during the HCM to assist with the book corralling and tallying for about 30 minutes on the four Fridays during the HCM: 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, and 3/4. Volunteers will meet just outside the main office at 8:30 a.m. — contact Kate Sonawane at if you want to help out and earn some good karma.


Order your memories

Flyers will go home in Wednesday folders next week with details about yearbook sales, which start on Feb. 10. A link will also be available through MemberHub and on the PTA website for online orders. For now, we need pictures from JYJ events. Please email pictures as “actual size” to so we can use them in the yearbook.


High five your guidance counselor

You’ve got three more days to recognize Andrea Buston and Jessie Hunt for National School Counseling Week. Don’t forget to let them know how much you appreciate their hard work and commitment to supporting Joyner’s students!


Plan your sweets strategy 

Next Friday (Feb. 12) is early release and teacher/staff appreciation — the theme is “How sweet it is to be taught be you!” Have your child bring in some goodies or their teacher’s favorite sweet treat. Don’t forget to use the “Favorite Things” lists in your classroom hub for your teacher and designated staff person. On Feb. 12, the PTA will also provide a hot chocolate and make your own candy bar for teachers and staff.


Check out spring club details

Tailored Enrichment Kids (TEK) is excited to return JYJ this spring with a fantastic line up of enrichment clubs led by JYJ teachers. The clubs will meet on Wednesdays, March 2-April 13, from 3:30-4:45 p.m. Registration forms will go home next week and registration will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 8:00-8:30 a.m. in the JYJ media center. Visit the PTA website for details about the spring club listing.


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Calendar items

  • Feb. 5: Healthy Choice Marathon kick-off
  • Feb. 10: Yearbook sales open
  • Feb. 12: Early release and teacher appreciation
  • Feb. 15: School day — snow make-up day
  • Feb. 18: Registration for TEK enrichment clubs
  • March 4: Early release
  • March 6: JYJ 5K
  • April 21: JY Joyner Foundation Gala at 7 p.m. at the Merrimon-Wynne House

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