NewsFlash | Parent survey, kindergarten camps, Box Tops and more

Today is National Bike to School Day! Bonus points to you and your child if you’re heading to Joyner on two wheels this morning. Be sure to talk about safety with your kids — check out the videos and discussion guides for ages 5-18 at Bicycle Safer Journey


Share your opinion, improve the PTA

Joyner is participating in the PTA School of Excellence program this year, and we need your help!!! You completed a survey last fall to help us identify areas for improvement. We used your feedback to select a target goal to “Improve Family Engagement in Education” for the year. With that goal in mind, Joyner’s faculty and staff implemented student-led conferences this spring. The PTA also made a deliberate effort to increase communication around our School Improvement Plan, WCPSS standards, National PTA Parent’s Guide to Success and tips for staying informed on important legislation such as HB13.

Now it’s your turn again to help us earn this Excellence award — and maybe a fancy new banner for our lobby! Please complete this anonymous survey so we can assess our improvement and continue to adjust going forward. (Here’s the full link in case you need to copy and paste into your browser:


Kindergarten camps new this summer

To help students prepare for kindergarten, Joyner teachers Ms. Forbes and Ms. Johnson are offering fun half-day kindergarten readiness camps at Hayes Barton Baptist Church this summer. The camps will run from 9 a.m. to noon for the weeks of June 26, July 24, July 31 and Aug. 7 and are open to all rising kindergartners (not just Joyner students) for $150/week. Through games, crafts and hands-on activities, the camps will focus on the physical, intellectual, emotional and social child to prepare for the awesomeness that is kindergarten. See MemberHub files to download the camp flyer and registration form.


Bring your Box Tops tomorrow

This week is the final Box Top collection for the school year — another way small actions can add up to support for the Joyner PTA. Send in your trimmed Box Tops to your child’s teacher through May 11 (Thursday). Winning class gets a pizza party!


Art treasures are back

Original Works orders and artwork went home last Thursday, May 4. If you have any questions or anything is wrong with your order, please email by THIS Friday.


Celebrating with froyo

During the Classroom Challenge as part of February’s Healthy Choice Marathon, classes competed to see who could bring in the most money for the JYJ PTA. Last week the winning classes enjoyed their prize: a frozen yogurt truck visit just for them. JAM Soft Serve came to Joyner on Friday to serve those students frozen yogurt and shaved ice next to the new outdoor classroom. Sra. Gorley’s Spanish class even came out to serenade the winners with Spanish songs! Congratulations again to our winning classes: Mrs. Johnson (K), Ms. Wilson (1st), Mr. Jepsen (2nd), Mrs. Millsaps (3rd), Mr. Zimmerman(4th) and Mrs. Lewis (5th)!


Understanding the school district budget

If you’re interested in learning more about the proposed WCPSS budget and what’s in it for students, come to an information session hosted by the Wake PTA Council, Great Schools in Wake and the Wake NCAE on May 15 from 7-9 p.m. at the NCAE Office on 700 S. Salisbury St. in Raleigh. Wake County School Board Chair Monika Johnson-Hostler and Vice-Chair Christine Kushner will present an overview of next year’s proposed operating budget as well as a discussion of the impact of the K-3 class size limits (including amendments to HB13) in 2018-19 on the capital and staffing needs.

The County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the budget on June 5 at 7 p.m. at the Commons Building (4011 Carya Dr., Raleigh). The budget includes requests for additional funding to recruit and retain bus drivers, expand the number of counselors in schools, and provide additional training for WCPSS employees.


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Calendar items

  • May 8-11: Box Top classroom collection
  • May 10: Kindergarten orientation, 8:35 a.m.
  • May 12: Teacher workday
  • May 19: Volunteer appreciation breakfast and Field Day
  • May 26-June 6: End-of-Grade testing
  • May 29: Holiday
  • June 7: Step up day
  • June 8: 5th grade graduation
  • June 9: annual 5th grade vs. faculty kickball game (last day of school)

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