NewsFlash | Book Fair, Hour of Code and PTA meeting this week

Have an hour to volunteer this week?

We still have lots of spaces for Hour of Code volunteers and a few spots at the Book Fair — please click the links to sign up if you have an hour to give this week. The Book Fair hours are: Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Thursday 7:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. before the PTA Meeting and Holiday Concert at 6:30; and Friday 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Don’t forget that the online book fair is open now!

Be sure to look for the book requests from Joyner teachers, including our special ed team — all of our teachers would love your support in purchasing books for their classrooms. Consider buying one book for your child’s teacher and one for your class’s assigned specialist or another teacher that you don’t know.


PTA meeting this week before holiday concert

Make plans to join us for the PTA general membership meeting on Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. The holiday concert will follow at 6:45 p.m., featuring performances by Joyner’s 1st grade students and Gold Choir. Click the following links for meeting materials:


Donations accepted through Dec. 21

We are still collecting new socks to donate to Note in the Pocket, which provides clothing to children in need enrolled in WCPSS schools, as well as travel-size toiletries (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc for men and women) to donate to Interact of Wake County. Look for collection bins at the school’s front entrance — collection runs through Dec. 21. Thanks to all have already donated!


Spaces left for Study Buddies

Looking for a small way to make a big difference at Joyner? We still have some slots open for study buddy volunteers. Available times include the 20 minutes right before pick up — come read with a student, then pick up your kids without having to get in the carpool line! Contact Kate Parke at for more information.


Get ready to spell!

Classroom Spelling Bees will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, in all 3rd-5th grade classrooms. The top two spellers will advance to the school bee. Your child should have received the list of study words, rules and resources last month. If you do not have the word list, please see your child’s teacher.

Click here to volunteer for the schoolwide Spelling Bee on Thursday, Jan. 19, including setting up in the gym from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. and helping with breakdown from 6:30 to 7 p.m. as well as chaperones for the kids before and during the bee. Our pronouncer this year is Loretta Bohn, a former Scripps National Spelling Bee contestant!


Give new life to old markers

As you clean out your craft drawers to make room for new supplies, please remember that Joyner is  collecting dried up markers again this year for the Crayola ColorCycle Project. The collection bin is in Mr. Fotta’s room this year. We can recycle all shapes, sizes, brands and styles of markers!


Quick links

Calendar items

  • Dec. 5-9: JYJ Book Fair
  • Dec. 5-9: Hour of Code
  • Dec. 8: PTA general membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. and JYJ holiday concert (1st grade and Gold Choir) at 6:45 p.m.
  • Dec. 16: Classroom spelling bees
  • Dec. 22: Teacher workday
  • Dec. 22: J.Y. Joyner Foundation event with The Blasa Gliders and The Geb at Kings Barcade (14 W. Martin St., Raleigh), 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 23-Jan. 2: Winter break
  • March 5: Joyner 5K

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