NewsFlash | Dine Out Night Tomorrow, TEK Clubs Start Today, and How to Donate for Greensboro Schools’ Tornado Relief

Save the date for the JYJ volunteer breakfast on Friday, May 11 from 8:00-8:30 a.m.! The JYJ staff hosts this event to say thank you to all the parents and family members who volunteered at JYJ this year. 


Moe’s Dine-Out Night Tomorrow to Benefit Joyner PTA

Skip the dishes and join your Joyner friends and family tomorrow evening (Thursday) at Moe’s North Hills from 3-9 p.m. for our final dine-out event of the year. Proceeds benefit your Joyner PTA! Contact Leigh Wolitski with any questions at 919-606-5219. See you there!


School Library Month – Thank You Ms. Hale!

We want to say a big THANK YOU to Ms. Hale and our media center volunteers! Schools across North Carolina are celebrating National School Library Month in April to highlight the critical importance of school library media centers and their specialists to enrich student learning. The State Board of Education at its April meeting endorsed a proclamation recognizing the key role of school media centers play in supporting all students with a wealth of print and digital resources and instruction to develop literacy and help students access, evaluate and use information.

Last Call for Spring TEK Clubs

Spring TEK Clubs start TODAY and meet Wednesdays through May 23 until 4:45. There are still a few spots available! Click here for club offerings and contact TEK to register or with any questions:


Volunteers Needed for EOGs

End of Grade Testing will take place during the last two weeks of school, on the following schedule:

  • Friday, 5/25: EOGs 3rd grade – Math; 5th grade – Reading
  • Tuesday, 5/29: EOGs 3rd grade – Reading; 5th grade – Math
  • Wednesday, 5/30: EOGs 4th grade – Reading; EOG make-ups for 3rd grade
  • Thursday, 5/31: EOGs 4th grade – Math; 5th grade – Science
  • Friday, 6/1: EOG make-ups for 4th and 5th grade
  • Monday, 6/4: Read to Achieve Test – 3rd grade

We will need volunteers to proctor for the EOGs Friday, 5/25-Thursday, 5/1. There will be a proctor training prior to the test administration. If you are interested and available in being a proctor, please contact Susan Serenari at We will need several volunteers each day. All assistance is greatly appreciated!


Night of Nonsense and Food Truck Frenzy

Coming to the Night of Nonsense? Be sure to let us know so we can have lots of great food trucks there! Please visit the Facebook page and click “Going” to RSVP!

When: Thursday, May 17
  • 4:45-8 p.m.: Food Truck Frenzy (trucks accept cash & credit) 
  • 6-8 p.m.: Nonsense Show is ALWAYS FREE & ALWAYS FUN! This is a hilarious live show, performed by your very own Joyner Teachers & Staff. Yes, you get to laugh AT your teachers! 

Where: Food Trucks in the carpool lane/loop, seating in the cafeteria, show under the overhang next to the carpool loop. 

RSVP via the Facebook event page: Just visit the page and click “Going” to RSVP!

All trucks will be announced soon, based on the number of “Going” RSVPs the Facebook page receives. MORE RSVPs = MORE Food Trucks! So far we are announcing:

Parking is limited, so please walk or carpool if you can. Bring money for food trucks and a picnic blanket if you’d like to eat outside.


How to Help Greensboro Elementary Schools after Sunday’s Tornado

Three Greensboro elementary schools were significantly damaged in the tornado on Sunday. The children from those three schools are being relocated to three other schools for the remainder of the year, which means there is a lot of uncertainty and need right now at school and at their homes.

Here is information on how to donate to help with the tornado relief, if you would like to:

  • Donations of bottles of water, nonperishable food items, and personal hygiene items are being collected at the Interactive Resource Center at 407 E Washington St in Raleigh.
  • Monetary donations can be made to The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. Make your contribution designated to GCS tornado fund. Phone: 336-379-9100 or online donations can be made at:
  • If you want to volunteer personally to remove debris and other opportunities, call the Volunteer Center at 336-373-1633.
  • Donations for the school are being collected. Joyner teacher Ms. Beller will be taking supplies to Greensboro this weekend, so you can drop off items at the school office for her by Friday.
    • Most needed supplies: 24 pack crayons, construction paper, markers, 12 pack colored pencils, wide-rule loose-leafed paper, #2 pencils, and spiral notebooks.
    • Children’s books for K-5 classrooms


Wake County Public Schools Budget Update and Opportunity for Parent Input

Wake County Public School’s 2018-2019 proposed budget called for an increase of $58.9 million in local funding, $48 million of which would maintain the current level of instruction and support.

The proposal also includes $11 million in improved services, including to increase the number of school counselors, social workers and psychologists as well as services for the Academically and Intellectually Gifted. Visit to learn more.

The Board of Education held a public hearing on the budget proposal yesterday, so parents wishing to comment on the budget should contact their school board member as soon as possible. Once the Board of Education approves changes to the proposed budget, it will send its request to the Wake County Commissioners before May 15. State law requires County Commissioners make the final decision by June 30 on all budget requests involving local funding. More than a quarter of the school system’s budget is paid for with local funding.


Summer Camp Opportunities

Ms. Cameron, Mr. Fotta and Mr. Poyer can’t wait to see YOU at camp this summer!

  • Join Ms. Cameron as she goes full STEAM ahead, diving into hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math activities.
  • Create priceless one-of-a-kind 2D and 3D masterpieces with Mr. Fotta.
  • Team up with Mr. Poyer and play all of your favorite P.E. games, along with a few new ones he has up his sleeve.

Camps are open to ANY rising kindergartners through 5th grade and run from 9-noon and 1-4 pm. Supervised before care (8-9am), lunch (12-1pm) and after care (4-5pm) included at no extra cost. Camp dates are July 23-27July 30-Aug 3, and Aug 6-10. To download registration form, click here.


Kindergarten Readiness and First Grade Refresher Camp

Ms. Johnson and Ms. Forbes are offering a rising kindergarten readiness camp this year and adding a special week for rising first graders, too! Register soon – there are only 20 slots for each week.

Camps are half-day (9-noon) and run June 25-29July 23-27, and Aug 6-10 for rising Kinders. July 30-Aug. 3 is First Grade Refresher week. Click here to learn more and click here to download the registration form, which now includes where to send payment.


Try Barre3 and Benefit Joyner PTA and JYJ Foundation

During the month of April, enjoy two classes at Barre3 on Whitaker Mill for $25, and they will donate $10 of your payment to Joyner! See image below for details and click here to register.

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Calendar Items

  • Apr. 19: Spirit Night at Moe’s at North Hills, 3-9 pm
  • Apr. 19: Student-Led Conferences, 4-6 pm 
  • Apr. 26: PTA general membership meeting, 6:15 pm, and Spring performance, 6:45 pm
  • May 3: JYJ Foundation Fiesta, 7:30-10:30 pm, Whitaker & Atlantic
  • May 5: Science Olympiad division tournament
  • May 8: Teacher appreciation luncheon
  • May 11: Volunteer Breakfast, 8-8:30 am
  • May 11: Field Day
  • May 17: Night of Nonsense and Food Truck Frenzy
  • TBD: Kindergarten orientation
  • May 28: Holiday
  • June 7: 5th grade graduation, 8-9 am
  • June 8: 5th grade vs. teachers kickball game AND last day of school!

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