NewsFlash | Spirit Week, Backpack Buddies, and Marbles Spooktacular

Calling all fifth-grade parents! Have questions about middle school magnets? Find magnet school options for your address here and check out the Magnet and Early College Schools Fair to explore all the magnet options throughout Wake County:  Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School (2600 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh 27610).


Joyner Spirit Week

The Joyner faculty and staff invite all students to join in Spirit Week this week! Here’s the schedule for today and the rest of the week:

  • Wacky Tacky Wednesday: Mismatch, outrageous, different patterns, etc.
  • Pajama Party Thursday: Wear pjs, robe, slippers, etc.
  • Joyner Pride Friday: Wear your Joyner t-shirt or school colors
  • Halloween Monday (10/30): Wear Halloween colors


Joyner Spirit Wear Coming Home Friday

And speaking of Joyner Spirit… Jagwear will be coming home by Friday. Please check your items to make sure you have everything you ordered and the correct sizes. If there is any problem with your order, please let Ameshia Turlington know by Monday, Oct. 30 at


Access to 3D Printer Needed

The kindergarten teachers are looking for a parent who has access to a 3D printer and filament to create a few items for an upcoming class project. If you are able to connect them to a 3D printer, please email Stefanie Piner at


Backpack Buddies Meets Fundraising Goal

Joyner’s Backpack Buddies program has met its fundraising goal for the year with the help of many generous Joyner families — and one determined third grader. A big shout-out to Lily Johnson in Ms. Hampshire’s class, who brought in $283 for the program selling her homemade cupcakes as part of the third graders’ Joyner Community Service Project. Her donation tipped us over! Thanks to ALL who contributed and to our fabulous Backpack Buddies PTA Committee. Volunteers are now working hard to get backpacks packed and sent home with 25 Joyner children each Friday.

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. Contact our Joyner volunteers Ele Roberts at (919) 649-6600 or Lynn Ashby at (919) 815-3085 if you’re interested in helping with the program.


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 Wednesday, 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


Marbles Family Fun Night Spooktacular!

Get in the Halloween spirit at Marbles for Family Fun Night “Spooktacular” — a special night for special needs students TONIGHT, Oct. 25, 5:30-8:00. Celebrate Halloween with boo bubbles, splotch monster art, ooey-gooey pumpkin science and bat bungees. Come to Marbles for this after-hours event for children with special needs that offers the opportunity to experience the museum in a calmer, quieter environment. This event is free and exclusively for kids with special needs and their families. Event Partners will have information booths set up and include WCPSS Office of Early Learning, Advocates for Inclusive Education (AFIE), Autism Society of NC (ASNC), Triangle Down Syndrome Network, Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC), Duke Center for Autism, and others.

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. Click here to join JY Joyner’s new special education hub.  


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Calendar Items

  • 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
  • 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
  • Dec. 7: Holiday concert and PTA general membership meeting
  • Dec 13: Holiday event for staff provided by PTA
  • Dec. 21: Early release
  • Dec. 22: Winter holiday begins

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