SummerFlash | Reading meet-ups, Backpack Buddies, online learning, school supplies and calendar items

Backback Buddies needs your help

In North Carolina, 1 in 5 kids under the age of 18 does not have enough to eat, making our state the second highest in the country for child food insecurity. That’s why Joyner participates in a very special program called Backpack Buddies, administered through the Interfaith Food Shuttle, that allows a group of Joyner children in need to take home some basic food each weekend. These students receive breakfast and lunch at school during the week, but often do not have access to nutritious food on the weekends. Providing students with better nutrition means they are better able to focus at school, with improved learning and behavior.

Last year, your generosity provided backpacks to 18 food insecure students — and we need your help to fund 18-20 students for the 2016-17 school year. It costs $350 per child to provide with a weekly bag to take home filled with nutritious food throughout the school year.

If you would like to contribute, just click this link — you can donate anonymously if you wish, and it only takes a minute! Alternatively, you can mail your donation to: Ele Roberts 616 Mial Street, Raleigh 27608. Checks can be made out to Interfaith Food Shuttle with “Joyner” on the memo line. Donations are tax deductible. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes directly from Interfaith Food Shuttle. Joyner’s goal is to collect enough to fully fund the program before school starts in August.

For more information please visit Interfaith Food Shuttle’s website at If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Joyner volunteers: Ele Roberts (919) 649-6600Lisa Brown (919)782-0640 or Kelly Valdespino (919)835-0405.


Summer Reading Challenge is on!

Hopefully your kids are finding time between camps and other summer activities to keep up their reading! Extra reading logs, as well as program info in English and Spanish, are available on MemberHub. Students can keep track of the minutes they read this summer (either at or on the log in sheet) and be eligible for a celebration in September.

Join us for the Summer Reading Challenge library meet-ups (note new morning times):

  • July 11: North Regional Library, 10 a.m.
  • Aug. 8: Leesville Community Library, 10 a.m.


Access online learning resources

Be sure to use Joyner’s online learning resources over the summer! Big Universe, PebbleGo, BrainPop, BrainPop, Jr, CultureGrams, Tumblebooks, NC WiseOwl and more are available to you for free as a Wake County/Joyner family. Check the files section of MemberHub for login information and let the learning begin! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Hale at


Not too late to pre-order school supplies

Order your children’s school supplies online. Show up at school in the fall. Pat yourself on the back. It’s really that simple when you order through Joyner’s school supplies partnership! Just click this link and login with our account number (JOY014), then find the packs for your child’s grade for next year and order. The packs will be delivered directly to Joyner in August. Online ordering is available through July 15. Here’s the link again, in case you missed it:


Garden watering schedule

Thanks to all who signed up to water the JYJ learning garden — don’t forget which week you picked! These blazing temperatures aren’t forgiving for our sunny growing space.


TEK Club dates set for fall

Are you ready to start planning your fall after-school fun? Joyner’s TEK Clubs will return to JYJ this fall with for six consecutive Wednesdays from Oct. 12 – Nov. 16, 3:30-4:45 p.m. TEK supervises students after school until clubs begin. Club cost is $135. More details coming this fall about which Joyner teachers will be offering clubs. Any questions, please contact TEK (Duval Fisher & Julie Sullivan) at or visit


Quick links

Calendar items

  • July 11: Summer reading meet-up, North Regional Library, 10 a.m.
  • Aug. 8: Summer reading meet-up, Leesville Community Library, 10 a.m.
  • Aug. 11: Popsicles on the playground for rising kindergartners, 10 a.m.
  • Aug. 14: Popsicles on the playground for rising kindergartners, 3:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 26: Meet the Teacher (grades 1-5), 8-9:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 29: First day of school!
  • Sept. 2: Kindergarten Meet the Teacher, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 8: Open House, 5-7 p.m.

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