NewsFlash | Meet and Greet with Principal Zezza, Jamboree Volunteers, and Science Olympiad

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Meet and Greet with Principal Zezza Tomorrow

The Joyner PTA is pleased to host two meet & greet sessions to welcome our new principal tomorrow, Oct. 12Join us in the media center to hear from Ms. Zezza and help her get to know the Joyner family a little better. The first session is from 7:15-8 a.m. and second session is from 8:30-9:15 a.m. Pick whichever time works best for you to drop in and say hello.


Joyner Jamboree is This Friday!

It’s that time again! The Joyner Jamboree is this Friday, Oct. 13, from 5:30-8 p.m. This annual family fun event is back with the Haunted Hallway, Climb-N-Challenge, Chick-fil-a and more! Wristbands for kids are $5 to enjoy all the fun: pay at the Jamboree or skip the line and pre-order by sending in a check (payable to JY Joyner PTA) or cash to your homeroom teacher in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and grade, or stop by the table set up just inside the front door at drop-off. Kids need wristbands; parents do not.

Quiet Zone will be available in the alcove outside the cafeteria entrance during the Jamboree for anyone needing a break from the excitement — look for the signs on Jamboree day.


Jamboree Volunteers Still Needed

We need lots of help to make the annual Joyner Jamboree a success. Volunteering at the Jamboree is always a blast, so click here to sign up on MemberHub and be a part of the action! Positions are available for both youth and adult volunteers — pick one shift and then relax for the rest of the event. We are particularly looking for a few stalwart Joyner alums (hey there middle and high schoolers!) to help out in the Haunted Hallway! To volunteer for the Hallway, contact Kenia Reynard directly at


Only One More Day to Win a Dance Party with Principal Zezza!

New PTA memberships through TOMORROW will be counted towards the big prize: the class with the highest percentage of families joining will win a dance party with Ms. Zezza. Here is the top class so far in each grade, but things are close so it’s still anyone’s game!
  • K: Piner
  • 1: Munster
  • 2: Carroll
  • 3: Cameron
  • 4: Davis
  • 5: Lancaster (Del)
Please grab this opportunity to join the PTA (it costs just $5 per person), and contribute anything beyond that you wish — every dollar above the $5 dues stays right here to fund programs at Joyner.
  • Donate online: Just go to to donate/join via credit card through MemberHub.
  • Send a check to school: Visit to download a membership form and turn it in to your child’s teacher with a check or cash. If you have issues with getting the form, please contact Ele Roberts at
  • Donate at school: Turn in your money PTA table at school this week during morning drop-off when you get your Jamboree wrist bands.
Q – Does joining the PTA mean I have to attend meetings or volunteer?  
A – NO! We would love it if you did, but this is a membership drive and we simply need the numbers!  No meetings or volunteering is required.
Q – I already joined – I think.  I’m not sure!  Can you check?
A – Yes!  Email Ele at


Last Day for PTA Mini-Grant Applications

The JYJ PTA sets aside funds every year to help teachers, staff and specialists enhance our students’ educational experience outside of the prescribed curriculum. Mini grants have funded the installation and upkeep of a garden, class sets of books, bouncy ball desk chairs, a manga collection for the library, Spanish language counting blocks, rugs for our kindergarten classrooms and so much more. The PTA is committed to supporting this outstanding program that promotes creativity among the teaching staff and adds interesting elements to daily learning. Please encourage your child’s teachers to apply for a mini-grant if they have a need or an idea they’d like to explore. The application period closes today. Applications are available on Memberhub.


JYJ Science Olympiad Parent Info Sessions (3rd-5th)

Does your kid love learning and experimenting with science? Is she curious about volcanoes, plants, space, nutrition, forensics, math, animals, fossils, earthquakes, energy or weather? Would he enjoy building a rocket, a roller-coaster, a tower out of duct tape or a bridge out of pasta? If so, then we would love to tell you more about how to get involved with our award winning Science Olympiad team! Come to one of the short parent information sessions:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 18, 8:30-9:00 a.m. (Location TBD)
  • Thursday, Oct. 19, 5:30–5:50 p.m. (Location TBD)

These are identical sessions so parents only need to attend one. New and returning families are welcome. Kids can attend, but this meeting will be geared toward parents. There will also be an information session for the kids. Interested 3rd – 5th graders can learn more on Monday, Oct. 23, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (location TBD). Stay tuned for more info. Questions? Click to email Jen Schrage or call 919-602-2432.


Two TEK Clubs Still Accepting Applications

TEK is still accepting Club registrations for the STEMtastic Science and Delicious Decorating clubs.
If you would like to register please contact Duval Fisher:

Upcoming Spanish Dance Performance

Get ready to be wow’ed! The first round of Spanish dancing for the year will take place next week, Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. Students who are dancing should have already received a permission slip. The following grade levels are performing this time, and all classes well perform at some point during the year.

  • 1st grade – Oñate/Bell
  • 2nd grade – Oñate/Bell
  • 3rd grade – Oñate/Bell/Durette
  • 4th grade – Oñate/Durette
  • 5th grade – Oñate/Bell


Sign Up Today for New JYJ Advocacy Hub

Want to be in the know on class size legislation and more? The Joyner PTA Advocacy Committee’s role is to keep you up-to-date on state and local policy that impacts Joyner, Wake County and North Carolina. To stay in the loop, join the new Advocacy Hub on MemberHub. This hub will inform parents about relevant legislative issues and highlight areas of opportunity to advocate for underserved communities at Joyner. Joining the Hub is simple. Just log into Member Hub and choose “Join Hubs” at the top left, then click the Join button beside “Advocacy.” Joining the hub doesn’t obligate you to any volunteer roles, it just helps keep you informed about class size restrictions, school bonds and other issues impacting our public schools.

Wake County Offers Special Education Open House

This week, we continue our recognition of Disability History and Awareness month by sharing a very exciting event sponsored by the Wake County Special Education Advisory Council. The 9th annual Special Education Open House will be held on Nov. 6 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Martin Middle School. This free event grows by leaps and bounds every year! Information sessions allow attendees the opportunity to meet special education teachers and administrators and get the inside scoop on Wake County’s special education services. Don’t miss this opportunity! The Open House is only held once a year. October, Wake County Public Schools acknowledges Disability History and Awareness Month. We will be sharing links and resources to promote awareness and acceptance of unique abilities each week of October. 


Buy State Fair Tickets by Tomorrow to Support Joyner

Here’s yet another way your family can support Joyner and have fun doing it! Buy your State Fair tickets online in advance of the fair and use Joyner’s school code. The State Fair will donate $2 to the school for every adult ticket purchased using Joyner’s code and $1 for every child ticket. To buy your tickets, click here, then enter 456 under “Membership” at check-out. For Joyner to benefit, you must purchase your tickets online in advance of the Fair, by TOMORROW, Oct. 12.

The Robots are Coming…to Millbrook High School

Joyner students, families and staff are invited to Millbrook High School on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. -6 p.m. for their first robotics event. Thirty teams from around the state will compete. Students build a robot over an intense six-week build period. They have mentors from school and the community, and explore and apply the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering, computer programming, and marketing. Current research indicates approximately 40% of US jobs will be impacted by automation by the 2030s. Bring your kiddos and get them fired up about robotics!


Quick Links

Calendar Items

  • Oct. 13: Joyner Jamboree
  • Oct. 18: Science Olympiad parent info session #1, 8:30-9:00 am
  • Oct. 19: Science Olympiad parent info session #2, 5:30-5:50 pm
  • Oct. 20: Early release and Teacher Appreciation
  • Oct. 23: Science Olympiad student info session, 3-4 pm
  • Oct. 31: Teacher workday (no school)
  • Nov. 6: Special Education Open House, 5:30-8 pm, Martin Middle School
  • Nov. 9: Science-Go-Round
  • Nov. 10: Holiday (no school)
  • Nov. 16: JY Joyner Foundation Dance-a-Thon
  • Nov. 22: Teacher workday (no school)
  • Nov. 23-24: Holiday (no school)
  • Dec. 1: Classroom spelling bees
  • Dec. 4-8: Book Fair and Hour of Code
  • Dec. 5: Kendra Scott Gives Back Event, 4:30-7:30 pm, North Hills Shopping Center
  • Dec. 7: Picture re-takes

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