NewsFlash | Club pictures, yearbooks and clean-up day

From the main office: In an effort to capture every important moment of learning at Joyner, we would like to remind all families that they cannot pick up their students from the office after 2:30. If you must check your child out due to an appointment, please come before 2:30. Our office will not check out students after 2:30 as they prepare for dismissal. Thank you for sharing our efforts to help all children grow!


Club pics Thursday, yearbooks orders due next week

Club pictures will be taken tomorrow, March 16 — students should plan to wear their club t-shirt or safety patrol vest if they have them and listen for their club to be called during the day. Yearbook orders are due by March 24 — forms went home with students, but we encourage everyone to order online at with yearbook ID 10746717. Picture submissions for the yearbook are no longer being accepted — thanks to all who sent in photos!


Join the crew on Sunday

Good news — there’s no snow in the forecast for Sunday! [Knocks on wood, just in case.] Spend some time outside, get your exercise and show your love for the JYJ this Sunday, March 19, from 1-3 p.m. as we beautify the grounds at Joyner. Any amount of time would be appreciated. See signup in memberhub.


Wear red on Wednesdays to support teachers

As you may already be aware, many school districts around the state are wearing red on Wednesdays as a show of support for public schools and the wonderful people who work in them. Check your closets and plan your outfits with your kids to “wear red for public ed” — it’s a little thing, but a visible way to give our fabulous teachers a boost.


Spend summer weeks with JYJ teachers

Several of our fabulous Joyner teachers lead summer camps for elementary students. Check the links below for details:

For more information about local summer camp options, visit


Heritage Parade coming in April

As members of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) community, Joyner would like to honor our diverse heritage with a parade at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19. Any members of our school community who wish to dress in traditional clothing and participate in a celebration of our cultural backgrounds are welcome to gather in the media center at 8:30.

In addition, we will be sending home cloth squares for each family to decorate. Please bring these back to school after spring break, and we will sew them together into a large unity quilt. More information about this quilt will go home in Wednesday folders. Following the parade, we’ll host a “quilting bee” to create a Joyner Unity Quilt.

Please contact to sign up for the Heritage Parade or to volunteer your time and sewing skills on April 19.


Joyner dancers wow crowd at Pieces of Gold

Congratulations to our talented Joyner 5th graders who performed as Spanish dancers at the 35th annual performing arts extravaganza held on March 8 at Memorial Auditorium. Pieces of Gold is a night of music, song and dance performed by 900 talented Wake County students representing 30 elementary, middle and high schools. Joyner’s group was selected at auditions in December and has been practicing every day since January. They performed the song “Tambito” under the direction of Senora Lourdes Onate, also the choreographer.

Pieces of Gold - Joyner dancers


Free parenting resource available

Anyone who’s ever been a parent knows that some days we could use some help. Through funding from the NC Department of Health & Human Services, all Wake County parents of children through age 16 can access free Triple P resources online. Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) is a national program that offers parents tools and strategies for managing misbehavior, setting routines that everyone can follow and generally making family life more enjoyable. Session topics include Teaching New Skills, Dealing with Disobediences and Raising Confident, Capable Kids. Modules include videos, worksheets, and activities. Parents may also sign up for podcasts, emails and text support. Families may progress through the modules at their own pace and during their own preferred time. Click here for details.


Here’s your big chance!

If you’ve been waiting for someone to ask you to serve as a PTA committee chair for next school year, consider this your personal invitation — yes, we’re talking to you. The nominating committee is currently looking for someone (or a pair of people) to chair the Joyner Jamboree, Grounds and the Spelling Bee. We also need co-chairs to help returning committee chairs with Study Buddies, the School Store, Odyssey of the Mind and Communications (managing Twitter). Please email Cyndi at for more information or to claim a position.


Quick links

Calendar items

  • March 16: Club picture day
  • March 19: JYJ clean-up day, 1-3 p.m.
  • March 20-24: Writer-in-residents with 4th graders
  • March 22: First in Fitness (rescheduled event)
  • March 22: Number Drummer performance for all grades
  • March 23: Spirit Night at United Skates, 6-8:30 p.m.
  • March 24: Yearbook orders due
  • March 31: Snow make-up day (school is in session)
  • April 10-14: Spring break
  • April 27: JY Joyner Foundation gala

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