NewsFlash | Teacher Letters Mailed, Meet the Teacher, and Bus Routes Posted

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Teacher Letters and Meet the Teacher

Packets from school have been mailed, so be on the lookout for your letter, which includes your teacher assignment. Then come to Joyner for Meet the Teacher:

  • This Friday, Aug. 25, 1st through 5th graders and their parent(s) can drop in between 8 and 9:30 am. Look for fun letter-writing activities and a photo booth to get excited for the first day of school!
  • Next Friday, Sept. 1, Kindergartners and their parent(s) can come from noon to 1:30. Come to the K hallway at 12 to get your teacher assignment, then join your new classmates for popsicles under the overhang.

Bus Routes Posted

Joyner families who have transportation-eligible bus riders can find new bus routes for 2017-18 posted online at Click the bus routes link. Look for your school on this page and click the link to find the bus routes. Find the listed stop nearest your residence for your stop location. Wake County Public Schools Transportation will also share your student’s transportation route, stop and estimated bus arrival time by email and make it available through Homebase/Powerschool. Check bus routes at school if internet isn’t accessible at home.

Please plan to be at the stop 10 minutes prior to pick up. There is a lot of change at the start of the new school year as new students begin riding the bus and learning to use bus service. Please be patient. WCPSS encourages parents to review bus safety with their children to get the new school year off to a great start.


Please Drive Safely

A new 4-way stop sign has been installed at the intersection of Lowden Street and Noble Road. Please take your time when driving around the school and be sure to watch for students, stop at crosswalks and obey all parking rules.


Join the PTA and Give to the No Fuss Fundraiser

We invite all families (and friends) to join the Joyner PTA and make a donation to the No Fuss campaign at the same time! The annual No Fuss Fundraiser allows the PTA to retain 100% of the money raised to support all of the PTA programs for your children. Please consider asking your employer if there is a matching donation program where you work. And don’t forget to ask grandparents — they will be THRILLED not to have to buy wrapping paper!

When you join the JY Joyner PTA and make a gift to the annual fundraiser, you are supporting wonderful programs for our students and teachers/staff including arts and science programming, mini-grants and appreciation events for teachers and staff, classroom technology, student clubs and recognition programs, family fun events and so much more!

Being a PTA member at JY Joyner also gives you membership to National PTA and your state PTA. You are eligible for all exclusive PTA member benefits and you know your voice is being heard at all levels. Your total dues payment (including school, state and national) is $5, but we hope you’ll donate whatever amount you can beyond that to support PTA programming at Joyner. Both your dues and your donation are 100% tax deductible. Just make one donation for any amount from $5 to $5,000 (or beyond!) to cover both your PTA membership and your fundraising gift. You can join/give online at or download the paper forms (in English and Spanish) from the Files section of MemberHub. 


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 this Friday. 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:


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 Welcome for Joyner Programs

Interested in volunteering with the Joyner PTA this year? Complete the online JYJ PTA volunteer form to let us know your interest in PTA volunteer opportunities. By filling out the form, you’re not promising anything long term – but a committee chair will get in touch with you to see what would be of interest to you.
The JY Joyner PTA is especially looking for volunteers to help lead in a few key areas this year:
  • Girls on the Run committee
  • Healthy Choice Marathon chair
  • Science Olympiad co-chair (with Jen Schrage)

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!


Sign Up, Update or Unsubscribe from the Joyner Hub

If you are new to MemberHub, complete this form and we’ll get you into the JYJ Hub: If you’re already in the JYJ Hub, take a moment to update your info. Once class lists are made available, volunteers will place you (and your children) in the proper classroom and grade level hubs, so be sure to add your children’s information when you join MemberHub.

Did your family graduate from Joyner this year? We hate to see you go, but understand if you no longer need to be in the Joyner Hub or receive the PTA NewsFlash. Scroll to the bottom of this message for a link to change your preferences.


Quick Links

Calendar Items

  • Aug. 25: Meet the Teacher (1st through 5th graders) 8-9:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 27: JY Joyner Foundation back-to-school kick-off, LBC on Whitaker Mill Rd., 2-4 pm
  • 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. 27: Fall picture day
  • Sept. 29: Early release and Teacher Appreciation


The NewsFlash is produced (almost) every week by the Joyner PTA communications chair. Have an announcement to include in a future edition of the NewsFlash? Submit your article via this form. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @pta_joyner.

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