NewsFlash | 5K Race Results, T-Shirts for Sale, and Original Artworks

Thank you to all our Joyner families who came out to support our annual Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A! Proceeds help fund the important programs of our PTA. Thanks, Joyner! 

Race Results and JYJ 5K T-Shirts

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the 2018 JYJ 5K on Sunday! Our own Ms. Westarp took a ton of amazing pictures at the finish line — check them out on MemberHub. We love to see the smiling faces after such a great accomplishment. Click here to see your family’s race times and beam with pride over all that hard work.

Please congratulate the 5K winners. They each received a prize from our friends at Omega Sports North Hills:

  • Overall girl winner — Penny Choy
  • Overall boy winner — Sellars Compton
  • 5th grade girl —  Dixon Widmayer
  • 5th grade boy — Broder Swenson
  • 4th grade girl — Louisa Betz
  • 4th grade boy — Jim Ryan
  • 3rd grade girl — Maddie Rosen
  • 3rd grade boy — William Snider
  • 2nd grade girl — Tilley Sedaca and Lindsay Compton
  • 2nd grade boy — Nolan Wolitski
  • 1st grade girl — Kamila Graham
  • 1st grade boy — Evan Choy
  • Kindergarten girl — Hazel Robin and Kennedy Becker
  • Kindergarten boy — Julian Rosen
  • Faculty — Mrs. Wilcox

The JYJ PTA thanks all our volunteers who made this a great event for JYJ students, families, teachers and friends. We’ve had lots of positive comments, and we appreciate your role in making it a fun experience for everyone!

We did end up with extra t-shirts in all sizes (Youth Small-Adult XXL) except Adult Small. T-shirts are $5 each. Place your order by emailing Arinn Widmayer at

The 5K could not happen without the support of our sponsors and friends. Their contributions are so important to our school. Thank you!

Congratulations to Joyner Odyssey of the Mind Teams

In the regional competition last Saturday, our Division 1 teams brought home 3rd, 5th and 7th place finishes for their respective problems! Each team competed in crowded fields and finished in the highest-performing group of elementary schools for each problem.
Although the Primary Division doesn’t score teams for their problem-solving, the JYJ Primary team was fantastic at their event on Feb. 17.
Special thanks to our OM co-chairs, Andrew Jones and Jenny Harper, our parent volunteers who helped at the tournament, and our volunteer coaches. OM coaches spend anywhere from 50 to 100 hours from November to March working with their teams. It’s a huge (and very rewarding!) volunteer commitment, and there would be no program for our kids without these parent coaches.
Division 1, Problem 4 – Animal House
Coaches: Jeff Pare, Emily Plumb, and Ryan Ball
Students: Holden Ball, Sergio Becom, Caleb Bullock, Jane Fitzpatrick, Ainsley Hernandez, Tori Pare, Brooke Reynard
Division 1, Problem 3 – Mockumentary! Seriously? 
Coaches: Andrew Jones and Will Roberts
Students: Sofia Brinkley, Bowen Caba, Claire Fullam, Jackie Jones, Finn Roberts, Kailyn Robison, Olivia Robison
Division 1, Problem 5 – A Stellar Hangout
Coaches: Amy Circosta and Sue Mann

Students: Sam Circosta, Ryder Cloninger, Arlie Harper, Avery Mann, Rachel Percenti, Noah Swindell, Quincy Swindell

Primary Team – We’re Cooking Now
Coaches: Carroll Vuncannon and Katie Catlin

Students: Nova Alexander-Smith, Marcus Cadet, Savannah Catlin, Leah Circosta, Sam Harper, McLain Jones, Louella Vuncannon

Barre 3 Foundation Donation Class THIS Thursday, March 8

A big thank you to all who signed up for the Barre 3 class this week! As of today the class is full, but there are a few waitlist spots available if you still want to add your name to the list. For those participating, please plan to arrive at the studio no later than 6:45 pm since the class will start promptly at 7 p.m. And don’t forget to bring your $20 class donation which will go directly to the Foundation. Many thanks for your support!

Yearbook Club Pictures and Class Pictures Coming Up

On Monday, March 12, the yearbook team will be taking club pictures, class pictures and any missing student pictures from the fall. Consider this your notification in case you need to schedule a haircut (or not) before Monday.

Time to Order Yearbooks – through March 20

Capture those precious memories and order your child’s JYJ yearbook today! Flyers came home in the Wednesday folders or you can order online at Joyner’s yearbook ID code is 10746718. No extra yearbooks will be purchased, so please order yours now through March 20. Questions? Contact Claren Englebreth at

Create a family heirloom (or just make your child happy)

Choose personalized gifts with your child’s artwork! Check your child’s backpack or Wednesday folder for artwork and ordering instructions for this year’s Original Works school fundraiser. Choose among lots of great products featuring your child’s very own artwork. Completed forms should be turned into your child’s teacher no later than Wednesday, March 21. Contact Meredith Swindell at or Catherine Otto at with questions.

Save the Date for Night of Nonsense

Mark your calendars now for the Night of Nonsense on Thursday, May 17. You won’t want to miss the hilarious teacher skits and the Food Truck Frenzy! (Note: If you were seriously planning ahead earlier in the year, you’ll need to update your calendar with the new date.)

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Calendar Items

  • Mar. 8: Barre 3 class fundraiser for the JYJ Foundation, 7:00 pm
  • Mar. 9: Black Box Dance performances (whole school)
  • Mar. 12: Club and class photos for yearbook
  • Mar. 12-16: Tony Peacock, writer-in-residence (4th graders)
  • Mar. 29: Snow make-up day. School is in session.
  • Mar. 30: Holiday
  • Apr. 2-6: Spring Break
  • Apr. 12: Spring pictures and class photos from LifeTouch
  • Apr. 26: PTA general membership meeting, 6:15 pm, and Spring performance, 6:45 pm
  • May 3: JYJ Foundation Fiesta
  • May 5: Science Olympiad division tournament
  • May 8: Teacher appreciation luncheon
  • May 17: Night of Nonsense
  • TBD: Kindergarten orientation
  • TBD: Field Day
  • May 28: Holiday
  • June 7: 5th grade graduation
  • June 11: Last day of school and kickball game

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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