NewsFlash | Launching Pad Tonight, Healthy Choice Marathon Kick Off, and JYJ 5K Info

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Launching Pad Spirit Night Tonight!

After the spelling bee this afternoon, come on out to bounce, dunk, flip, play, and show your Joyner spirit at Launching Pad Trampoline Park from 5-8 pm! Please sign the online waiver so your child can bounce the night away: Invite your friends, too! Get $5 off jump times and packages with 15% of proceeds going back to our Joyner PTA. The class with the most attendees will ride the XD Motion Simulator at the end of the night! Questions? Contact Leigh Wolitski at or 919-606-5219.


Clothing Donations Needed for JYJ Students

Our JYJ health room is in desperate need of new girls and boys underwear along with girls leggings, or boys sweatpants in neutral colors (black or grey). All sizes needed. For boys, boxer shorts preferred. Please bring items to Elizabeth Ferriter in the front office.

Teacher Appreciation Next Friday, 2/9

It’s an Early Release next Friday, and that means Teacher Appreciation! The theme this time is “Our teachers are the queens and kings of our hearts!” Students tell their teachers why they are the queens/kings of their hearts or bring their teachers something that makes them feel like queens and kings for the day.

Healthy Choice Marathon kicks off this Friday

The 2018 Healthy Choice Marathon launches with a kickoff assembly this Friday during school! Here’s everything you need to know to get started:

  • Get those videos in!! Video submissions to be eligible for the Healthy Choice Marathon video contest will be accepted by email through tonight, and will be aired on the JYJ news. **Videos submitted by Feb. 14 will be shared on the news, but won’t be eligible for the contest that ends end-of-day TODAY! Winners announced Friday!!** Send your child’s 30-second videos to HCM Chair Ele Roberts — please include children’s names, teacher and grade level in the email message.
  • Encourage your child to wear red on Friday (Feb. 2) for the kickoff as part of National Wear Red Day for heart healthy awareness month.
  • Get ready to cheer on your teachers and staff in the weekly staff wellness challenges. Next week is the Step Master Challenge to see who can take the most steps in a work week.
  • Collections for the Classroom Challenge are happening every morning in the front lobby and the carpool loop. Bring your spare change (or bills) and contribute! (See below for more details on the Classroom Challenge.)
  • Register for the JYJ 5K! See below for details and registration link.


The Joyner 5K is Coming March 4!

Students, parents, teachers, friends and families all join in for a day of wellness right in Joyner’s backyard! This year’s 5K will be held on Sunday, March 4, at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome at this awesome event, so invite your friends and neighbors. Online registration opens on Friday — look for an email with the registration link coming soon. Get the early bird price ($15) by registering between Friday, 2/2 and Sunday, 2/4. Regular registration ($18) will run between 2/5 and race day. Questions? Contact Arinn Widmayer at

Become a JYJ 5K Sponsor

Promotional materials, race T-shirts and online marketing come with sponsorship opportunities for advertising your business! All sponsorships 100% tax deductible. Opportunities available at many levels. Please contact Arinn Widmayer at or check out

Run Club Starts Next Week

Run Club has become an annual Healthy Choice Marathon tradition, and is FREE for all Joyner students! The club meets after school for four Thursdays during the Healthy Choice Marathon: 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, and 3/1 from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Each week, volunteers collect kids from their classrooms, and GET MOVING together down at the baseball field and on the greenway adjacent to Joyner. The Run Club is volunteer-driven, so parent participation and advance enrollment are essential. Register your child at Run Club Registration. Contact Shanna Schroeder at with questions.


Are You Ready for the 2018 Classroom Challenge?

The Classroom Challenge is back, and it’s going to be bigger and better this year! PTA volunteers with money collection jars will greet kids each morning in Joyner’s lobby and at carpool from 2/12 through 2/26. Send in your change, bills, and even checks to help your child’s class raise the MOST in their grade level. There will be one winning class for each grade level, and each grade level winner will get a frozen yogurt party for the entire class!  The class who raises the most in the whole school will win: 1) a JUMP party at Skyzone and 2) starting at the FRONT of the crowd on 5K race day! Questions? Contact Shawn Winstead at

Summer Camps Offered by JYJ Teachers

Sign up now for art, PE and STEAM summer camp fun! Mr. Fotta, Mr. Poyer and Ms. Cameron are offering JYJ summer camps for three weeks this summer (July 23 – August 10). Choose from half-day art, PE or STEAM camps, or put two together to make a full day. Click here for the registration form. Questions? Contact Mr. Fotta at


Slots Available in Winter TEK Clubs

We do have a few spots in some of the Winter TEK Clubs. Clubs begin Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 3:30-4:45 and run for 6 consecutive Wednesdays. Club listings may be found at Please contact Duval Fisher if you’re interested in joining a club:

NCPTA Lunch and Learn Series: What Every Parent Needs to Know about…

…Transitioning to Middle School 

Who isn’t a little apprehensive about the transition from elementary to middle school? Dr. MariaRosa Rangel will address the most common parent and child concerns about the big move from elementary to middle school and set parents up for success in supporting their student.

Register at: There is limited seating for the Lunch and Learn series, so register today. Ticket sales end on Feb. 6.


From babies to high schoolers, sleep is an ever-changing challenge to parents. Join Dr. Jesse Hart of WakeMed Pediatric Practices to talk about all things sleep and sleep hygiene from babies to teens.

Register at: Ticket sales end on March 6.


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Calendar Items

  • Jan. 31: PTA Spirit Night at Launching Pad Trampoline Park, 5-8 pm.
  • Jan. 31: Spelling Bee, 3:30-6 pm.
  • Feb. 1: Stella and Dot Shopping Spree to benefit JYJ Foundation
  • Feb. 2: Healthy Choice Marathon kick-off assembly
  • Feb. 6: Dinner at Piola at North Hills to benefit JYJ Foundation
  • Feb. 9: Early Release and Teacher Appreciation
  • Feb. 12-13: Beverly Botsford’s Dancing Drums performances (whole school)
  • Feb. 17: Odyssey of the Mind Primary Tournament at Wake Tech
  • Feb. 19: Snow make-up day. School is in session.
  • Mar. 2: Early release and Teacher Appreciation
  • Mar. 3: Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament @ Wake Tech
  • Mar. 4: JYJ 5k
  • Mar. 9: Black Box Dance performances (whole school)
  • Mar. 12-16: Tony Peacock, writer-in-residence (4th graders)
  • Mar. 24: Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament @ Wingate University
  • Mar. 29: Snow make-up day. School is in session.
  • Mar. 30: Holiday
  • Apr. 2-6: Spring Break

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