NewsFlash | JYJ 5k, Classroom Challenge Results, Teacher Appreciation

Good morning!  We have information on volunteer opportunities, reminders & several updates in this week’s NewsFlash (from the PTA Communications Committee – Cyndi will return next week!  Phew!):

Friday – Early Release & Teacher Appreciation Day!

This Friday is an Early Release. Students will be dismissed at 12:30. Please let your child’s teacher know if there is a change in transportation.

Friday is also Teacher Appreciation Day.  The theme is “You make us brighter!” — Think Tropical and Spring Break….have your child bring anything that makes them think of the tropics….scented candle, smoothie gift cards, spa related items, sunscreen,beach towels, etc.. click here for updated classroom staff assignment list

The JYJ 5K is Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m.!

Registration is open online until Thursday, March 3, for the JYJ 5K — register at After that date you will be able to register in person at the race packet pickup on Saturday or onsite at the 5K until 1:45pm (check or cash only).

All 5K participants: Race Packet Pickup (including t-shirts and race bibs) will be at Omega Sports at North Hills this Saturday between 1 and 4 p.m. Please pick up your packet Saturday if at all possible. You can also pick up your packet onsite at the 5K, but it will be very busy. Also, Omega is hosting a raffle for a $50 gift card on Saturday, so it’s a win-win!

There is a participant information sheet  with lots of other helpful information including water availability, restroom access (hint: there is none along the race route) and more.

We still need volunteers to help make this year’s 5K the best ever. Sign up to volunteer and help with preparations before, during and after the event.

Don’t forget to hit up our Facebook page at for updates and info. Contact Arinn Widmayer at for questions.

Classroom Challenge

Thanks to everyone who emptied their piggy banks for the 2016 Classroom Challenge, part of our Healthy Choice Marathon. We are excited to announce our winners:

Pre-K/K — Mrs. Piner
1st grade — Mrs. Munster
2nd grade — Mrs. Pelletier
3rd grade — Mrs. Millsaps
4th grade — Mr. Zimmerman
5th grade — Mrs. Arch

And our overall winner is….Mrs. Arch’s 5th grade class! All winning classes and teachers will receive cool prizes and puffed-up chests. All proceeds from the Challenge go towards PTA’s 2016 project: improving our performance/play space under the overhang at school. That includes updating the sound system and building a new stage. Since many school events take place in that space it would be a real benefit to the kids and their families. Thank you again!

OM Competition this weekend

Shout out to our Odyssey of the Mind teams who will be competing this weekend. We wish you all well and look forward to hearing of your adventures at the competition! As Mrs. Hutchinson said in her weekly phone message, we know you will make Joyner proud.

Reminder: Don’t Forget to Order Yearbooks!

Don’t miss out on your chance to get a JYJ yearbook!  Orders are due by March 14. Just go to and use school code 10746716 to order online.

Reminder: TEK clubs begin today for those registered

TEK clubs will begin today and will run for 6 sessions on Wednesdays after school.  Please contact Duval Fisher with any questions at or 919-612-2982.

Quick links

Calendar items

  • March 4: Early release and teacher appreciation (“You make us brighter!” — click here for updated classroom staff assignment list)
  • March 5: Odyssey of the Mind tournament
  • March 6: JYJ 5K, 2 p.m.
  • March 17: Dine-out night at Chick-Fil-A
  • March 19: Science Olympiad tournament
  • March 24: School day (snow make-up day)
  • March 25: Spring break begins
  • April 21: JY Joyner Foundation Gala, 7 p.m. at the Merrimon-Wynne House

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