NewsFlash | Kindergarten playdate, school supply delivery and Backpack Buddies donations

Rising Kindergarten Popsicle Playdate Today!

All rising kindergarten families are invited to enjoy popsicles on the playground this morning, Wednesday, August 9, at 10 a.m. on the main playground behind the school. Please RSVP to so we can be sure to have enough popsicles!

This is a great way to help your child get familiar with Joyner and make some new friends before school starts. A second playdate will be held on Sunday, August 20, at 3 p.m.


Middle/High School and Parent Volunteers Needed

Calling all middle and high schoolers!!! We are looking for help from rising 6th graders and older (including adults!) to help distribute classroom supplies before the first day of school. Come earn some volunteer hours and see your favorite elementary school teachers too! Sign up here.

Please meet in front of JY Joyner at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24. We will be delivering kits to each teacher’s classroom. We would like to get about 20 – 25 volunteers. We estimate it will take about 2 to 3 hours, depending on the number of volunteers.


School Supply Lists and Pre-Orders

School supply lists have been uploaded to MemberHub for any families who didn’t pre-order supplies through the school and wish to purchase their own.

If you pre-ordered school supplies through Joyner, your supplies will be delivered to the school and will be in your child’s classroom at Meet the Teacher on Aug. 25. If you aren’t able to make Meet the Teacher, your pre-ordered supplies will be waiting for him or her on the first day of school!

Support Joyner’s Backpack Buddies Program

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 20 food insecure students — and we need your help to fund 20 students again for the 2017-18 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 three weeks.

For more information, please visit Interfaith Food Shuttle’s website or contact our Joyner volunteers:


Summer Food Programs Available

Organizations across the state are participating in the free summer meals program. Children and teens aged 18 and younger may get healthy, free lunches through August 25. No application or proof of income is needed to receive a meal. To find summer feeding sites, check out the Summer Nutrition Programs Site Locator Map, text FOODNC to 877-877, or call 1-866-3HUNGRY for English or 1-866-3HAMBRE for Spanish. On social media, families can follow #NCSummerMeals for updates.


Fill Out Summer Reading Logs

Students who read 1,000 minutes over the summer (about 20 minutes per weekday) will participate in the Summer Reading celebration after the start of the new school year. Track your summer reading using the logs available in the PTA hub files section of MemberHub in English and Spanish. Logs should be turned in by Sept. 1.


Volunteers Needed for Joyner Programs

The JY Joyner PTA is looking for volunteers to help lead in a few key areas this year:
  • Girls on the Run committee
  • Spelling Bee chair
  • Healthy Choice Marathon chair
  • Science Olympiad co-chair (with Jen Schrage)
  • Study Buddies co-chair (with Kate Parke)

Contact Cyndi Soter O’Neil, PTA president, if you are able to help out. We are so grateful for our awesome and supportive Joyner PTA community!


Unsubscribe from the Joyner Hub

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Calendar Items

  • Aug. 9: Rising kindergarten popsicle playdate, Joyner playground, 10 a.m.
  • Aug. 20: Rising kindergarten popsicle playdate, Joyner playground, 3 p.m.
  • Aug. 25: Meet the Teacher, 8-9:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 28: First day of school!
  • Aug. 28-Sept 1: Kindergarten staggered entry week
  • Sept. 1: Kindergarten Meet the Teacher (in the K hallway) followed by popsicles under the overhang, 12-1:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 4: Holiday
  • Sept. 7: Open House (5:00 session, 5:45 PTA General Meeting, 6:15 session)
  • Sept. 15: Summer reading celebration during school
  • Sept. 21: Teacher workday
  • Sept. 29: Early release
  • Oct. 13: Joyner Jamboree


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