NewsFlash | Joyner’s New Principal Named, PTA Wins Award, and Fall Clubs Kick Off

September is Attendance Awareness Month! Missing just two days per month means a child misses 10% of the school year — that can really add up to academic losses in the classroom. Check out #schooleveryday on Twitter for more stats.


Joyner Welcomes a New Principal!

We are delighted to announce that WCPSS has named Joyner’s new principal! Jennifer Zezza comes to us from Ligon Middle School, where she has served as an Assistant Principal since 2012. She’ll start at Joyner on Sept. 25, although we hope to invite her to school for a visit before then. Please join us in giving her a warm JYJ welcome!


Open House is Tomorrow

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow evening, Thursday, Sept. 7, for Open House! There will be two classroom sessions with a short PTA meeting in between: 5:00 session, 5:45 PTA General Meeting, 6:15 session. Please plan to attend one session (or two if you have multiple children) and the PTA meeting.


Joyner Wins National PTA School of Excellence Award

Joyner PTA has been designated a National PTA School of Excellence for 2017-2019. Look for a new banner up in the school soon! Joyner’s PTA is the only one in Wake County and one of only three in North Carolina to win this award. Thanks to all of you for making this possible!

Pre-Order Joyner Spirit Wear

Gimme a J! Gimme an O! Ok, I won’t do the whole thing, but it’s time to show your school spirit! Pre-order forms for Joyner Spirit Wear will be sent home this week. Pre-orders will only be accepted through Sept. 29, so go ahead and place those orders. Proceeds from Spirit Wear go to the PTA to help fund our fabulous Joyner programs. Click to view the options: short-sleeved teelong-sleeved tee, and sweatshirt, then click here to download an order form.

Upcoming Joyner Spirit Nights

More opportunities to show your school pride and help fund our school:

  • United Skates of America: Sept. 27 from 6-8:30 p.m. Show your Joyner spirit with a night of rollerskating fun with friends and family. All admission proceeds go back to Joyner.
  • Kendra Scott Gives Back Event: Dec. 5 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Love jewelry? Save your Kendra Scott Wish List for a Dec. 5 holiday shopping event to benefit Joyner. Spread the word to friends and family as Joyner will receive 20% back from all purchases. Plus the class with the most purchases will win a set of Kendra Scott jewelry for their teacher.


Missing Pre-Ordered School Supplies? 

Pre-ordered school supplies should have been in your child’s classroom when school started last week. Anyone who didn’t get their pre-ordered pack or had damaged items, please email Sarah Mears at so that we can get everything fixed. A HUGE shout-out to Sarah Mears, Sara Betz and all the volunteers who helped distribute the packs before Meet the Teacher.


PTA Membership and No Fuss Donation Made Quick and Easy

Why should I join the PTA? What does it really DO?

The JY Joyner PTA supports so many of the great programs at our school, 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. PLUS, there’s that really cool JYJ magnet that you can put on your car!

How does the JYJ PTA raise funds? Please tell me I don’t have to sell anything to my neighbors.

Good news — you don’t have to sell cookie dough, coupon books or anything else! Donating to the PTA could not be easier. The NO FUSS FUNDRAISER is happening NOW! It costs $5 to join the PTA, and any dollar amount over that stays right here at Joyner to fund our fabulous school.

Do I have to volunteer or attend a bunch of meetings?

NO! We would love to have you volunteer if you so choose, but right now we’re looking for your financial support for Joyner.

Ok, I’m sold! What do I do now?

You should have received a PTA sign up and donation form in the mail, or you can grab a new one from the PTA table located across from Ms. Burston’s office this week during drop-off and during Open House. Send your form, with check or cash, in to your child’s teacher — or skip all the paperwork and join/donate online through MemberHub.


Yearbook Committee Needs Your Help

You know how awesome it is when your kids open the yearbook in June and see fun photos of them with all their friends? So great, right? Help the Yearbook Committee ensure that your kids are delighted when they get their books by sending in photos (actual size) throughout the year to Tracy Robinson at We rely on parents for most of our pictures — please send photos from field trips, Jamboree, the dance-a-thon, classroom candids, Spanish dancing, school awards, Spirit Week, the 5K and other Joyner events. Be sure to click “actual size” when your phone asks you.


School Bus App Not Yet Online for Traditional Schools

The Here Comes the Bus app will hopefully be fantastic once it’s online for traditional schools, but alas, we are not yet in the system. Wake County estimates a couple more weeks before traditional calendar parents can start using the app. We will update you in NewsFlash when it is ready to go.


Fall Clubs at Joyner

Sports After School with Coach Scott is back again this year for Joyner families. Coach Scott picks up the kids at Joyner in the walker hallway after school and escorts them down to Kiwanis Park for fun games, activities, nature walks and a variety of sports. The program is open to students in K-5 and runs every Tuesday, starting now! Cost is $15 per session or $60 per 4-week session. Pick up your child at 4:30 at Kiwanis Park. Contact Coach Scott at 336-963-4555 or with questions or to register.

Fall TEK Clubs will run for six Wednesdays from Oct. 18 – Nov. 29 (skipping Thanksgiving week)  from 3:30-4:45. TEK supervises students after school until clubs begin. Details/registration forms for  clubs will be sent home in folders. Cost is $135. Contact TEK (Duval Fisher) at or visit


Support Joyner’s Backpack Buddies Program

Last year, your generosity provided weekend backpacks of basic food to 20 food insecure Joyner students — and we are aiming to fund 25 of our students for the 2017-18 school year. We need your help! It costs $350 per child to provide with a weekly bag to take home filled with nutritious food throughout the school year. Any and all donations appreciated.

Backpack Buddies, administered through the Interfaith Food Shuttle, provides nutritious food on the weekends to Joyner students in need. Providing students with better nutrition means they are better able to focus at school, with improved learning and behavior.

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:


Quick Links

Calendar Items

  • 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. 27: Joyner Spirit Night at United Skates of America, 6-8:30
  • Sept. 29: Early release and Teacher Appreciation
  • Oct. 13: Joyner Jamboree

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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