NewsFlash | Early Release, Teacher Appreciation, and Study Buddy Volunteers Needed

Thanks to the Jamboree co-chairs–Tiffany Chenery and Anna Misenheimer–all the wonderful parent volunteers and Joyner staff who kept the night fun and safe for all. Got Jamboree pics? Send them to for consideration for the yearbook! Please send “actual size” photos.


Early Release and Teacher Appreciation This Friday – “You Are FaBOOlous!”

This Friday is an Early Release day. School will let out at 12:30 pm. It’s also a teacher appreciation day, and of the theme for this day is “You are FaBOOlous!” Students are invited to bring their teachers and staff representative a special treat that will make them feel faBOOlous! (giftcards to favorite food/drink/sweet treat, etc.). Click here to remind yourself which staff members your child’s class is responsible for celebrating!


Study Buddy Volunteers Needed

Do you have 15-30 minutes a week to share with a student who will benefit greatly from a little extra help with school work? If you are looking for a wonderful volunteer opportunity at Joyner, Study Buddies needs you! Join us for an informational meeting on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 8 a.m. in the media center to learn more. Time slots will be varied between early morning, lunch and afternoon. Instead of sitting in carpool waiting for school to get out, come inside and read with a student in need of a little more academic encouragement! The goal is to match adults and students for the remainder of the year. Parents, grandparents and friends are welcome, just please be sure to register as a WCPSS volunteer. No prior teaching experience needed. You can sign up on the 8th for a time slot that works for your schedule. Study Buddies is not only a great way to help support academic growth at Joyner, but to help our kids reach their full potential as learners. If you are interested, please email Kate Parke at

Odyssey of the Mind needs several 3rd, 4th, or 5th graders!

The great news: Joyner is fielding THREE Division 1 teams this year!
The opportunity: Two of these teams need a couple of additional members who can meet weekly on Sunday afternoons around 4:00 p.m. between November and March.

Join our Odyssey! It’s a blast, and sure to develop your child’s creative thinking skills while they make new friends. Email us at ASAP if your child is interested in participating.


JYJ Science Olympiad Parent Info Sessions – THIS MORNING and Thursday afternoon

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 two short parent information sessions:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 18, 8:30-9:00 a.m. in the Media Center
  • Thursday, Oct. 19, 5:30–5:50 p.m. in the Media Center

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 3:30-4:00 p.m in the Media Center. Stay tuned for more info. Questions? Click to email Jen Schrage or call 919-602-2432.


New Joyner Hub for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Being a parent of a child with special needs can feel isolating. Have you ever walked the hallways of Joyner, wondering if you are alone in your unique challenges? Do you wonder how to identify other parents of children with special needs at Joyner, in order to share information and experiences? Our new Special Education Hub was designed just for you. It can help you connect with and support other parents and share resources too. Parents and educators are welcome. This hub won’t serve to answer specific IEP or 504 questions but can be a great way to feel more connected and to communicate general information. Click here to join. During 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. 


Congrats to our Dance Party Winners!

Congratulations to Ms. Piner’s class for winning the PTA membership drive contest with almost 80% of families joining the PTA! Ms. Piner and her students will get to celebrate their accomplishment with a highly sought-after prize: a dance party with Ms. Zezza.

Grade-level bragging rights go to:

  • 1st – Munster
  • 2nd – Ferrell
  • 3rd – Cameron
  • 4th – Jones
  • 5th – Lancaster

Many thanks to all who have joined the PTA! Having an increasing number of PTA members gives us — and the Wake and NC PTA — a stronger platform to advocate for all of our children and teachers. When our school is faced with issues like class size restrictions and other challenges, it’s important that our PTA organizations be able to demonstrate how many voices they represent through PTA membership. It’s not too late to join — just go to We promise you won’t be obligated as a volunteer!


Spanish Dance Performances Tomorrow

Get ready to be wow’ed! The first round of Spanish dancing for the year will take place tomorrow, 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


Quick School Meals Survey from Wake County

Happy National School Lunch Week! NCPTA, the Wake County PTA Council, and child nutrition services are interested in learning more from parents about school meals here in Wake County. We are all invested in working together to improve, strengthen, and reimagine school meals in Wake County this year, and we are starting the process with a brief survey: Click here. This should take only 2-3 minutes of your valuable time.


Broughton Strategic Planning Informational Meeting

Broughton High School is holding a strategic planning informational meeting tomorrow night, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Broughton High School Diane Payne Auditorium. Broughton High School: the Next Five Years and Beyond… will feature Principal Elena Ashburn outlining her strategic vision for BHS’s future. The program will also showcase BHS’s top organizations instrumental in helping support that vision: the Capital Foundation, Academic Boosters, PTSA, and Caps Club. Audience will include stakeholders interested in BHS’s future — current, future and former parents, students, grandparents, friends, neighbors and community members.


Kendra Scott Gives Back Event on Dec. 5

Love jewelry? Save your Kendra Scott Wish List for a holiday shopping event at the North Hills store to benefit Joyner PTA on Dec. 5 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. 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.

Free Resilience Film Screenings Explore Childhood Stress

There are several free screening times available to see Resiliencea 60-minute film directed by James Redford about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their impact on health, quality of life, economics and education. Research shows ACEs are common, they affect all socioeconomic levels, and their lifelong impact on health and well-being is significant. “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”

View this highly acclaimed film to learn what ACEs are, how they increase the likelihood of disease and illness, and how together we as a community can mitigate the impact of ACEs for Wake County residents.

  • Wake County PTA is hosting a screening at the Cary Theater on Monday, Nov. 20, at 7:00 pm. Tickets are free but required. Click here to reserve.
  • Advocates for Health in Action and Marbles Kids Museum are hosting monthly screenings through February. Click here for more information and to register.


Quick Links

Calendar Items

  • Oct. 18: Science Olympiad parent info session #1, 8:30-9:00 am, Media Center
  • Oct. 19: Science Olympiad parent info session #2, 5:30-5:50 pm, Media Center
  • 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. 21: Early release day
  • 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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