NewsFlash | Skate night on Thursday, order yearbooks by Friday

Last week to order yearbooks

Yearbook orders are due by Friday, 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!


Come show us your moves!

Bring your family and friends out to United Skates of America this Thursday, March 23, for Joyner spirit night from 6-8:30 p.m. — it’s your chance to relive those neon and disco ball days of your youth! This event is just for Joyner and your $3 admission fee comes back to the Joyner PTA (skate rental costs $3.50). United Skates is at 2901 Trawick Road in Raleigh.


Get a jump start on Mother’s Day gifts

Choose personalized gifts with your child’s artwork! Artwork and ordering instructions came home last week for this year’s Original Works school fundraiser. Choose among lots of great products featuring your child’s very own artwork. The completed forms should be turned into your child’s teacher. Orders and payment are due no later than Wednesday, April 5. Contact Meredith Swindell at with questions.


That’s a lot of mulch

Thank you to the five families who turned out on Sunday for our campus spring clean-up day. Be sure to walk around the back of the school and check out the 13 cubic yards of mulch that we spread around the rain gardens and other plantings, the two very heavy picnic tables that we relocated to the garden patio, and even more plants that our third grade helpers got in the ground to help control run off. Would love to have lots of volunteers next time so we can accomplish even more!


Fabulous 5K t-shirts available for purchase

Did your family have to miss the JYJ 5K this year due to illness, travel or some other lame excuse? Want to look like you were there anyway? Well, you’re in luck. The PTA has extra 5K shirts for sale in sizes Youth Small – Adult XXL for $5/shirt. If you’d like to purchase a shirt(s), please send a check (payable to JY Joyner PTA) or cash to your child’s teacher in an envelope marked “JYJ 5K t-shirts.” Please include a note with the number of shirts and sizes you want, your child’s name, teacher’s name and your email address. Once your payment is received, we will deliver the shirts to your child’s classroom. Shirts are first come, first served.


Join in the Heritage Parade next month

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.


No, really, we mean you!

If you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to serve as a PTA committee chair for next school year, you’re in luck! The nominating committee is currently looking for a pair of people to co-chair the Joyner Jamboree committee. We also need co-chairs to help returning committee chairs with Grounds, Study Buddies, Odyssey of the Mind and Communications (managing Twitter). Please email Cyndi at for more information, to nominate a friend or to claim a position.


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.


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.


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Calendar items

  • 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
  • May 4: Food Truck Frenzy and Night of Nonsense

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