News Flash | Open House, Deadlines for Jagwear & GoPlaySave, Volunteer at Jamboree

This Week’s News Flash:

  • Open House this Thursday 26th
  • Teacher Workdays
  • This Week’s Deadlines: Jagwear and GoPlaySave 
  • Volunteer at Jamboree 
  • Sports with Coach Scott
  • Teacher Appreciation Dates & Themes
  • Friendly Reminders 
  • Calendar 

Be sure to check out the bottom of each week’s NewsFlash for upcoming important dates.  Also you can view the school and PTA calendar at ( and link it to your own Google Calendar. Want to learn or refresh on JYJ lingo?  Check out our glossary of terms to get up to speed.

Open House this Thursday!

Open House starts Thursday at 5:00 pm for the first session – visit your child’s classroom to learn about the school year.  Then at 5:45 head to the gym for the PTA General Meeting (PTA meeting agenda) and a chance to hear from Ms. Zezza.  At 6:15 pm there will be a second session in the classrooms (same information shared by teachers as the first session – no need to attend both). Look forward to seeing you all there!

*Click here if you’d like to review the minutes from PTA meeting held on 9/3/19. 

Teacher Workday Updates 

School will be closed on the following upcoming dates for teacher workdays: 

  • Monday, Sept 30th
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9th 
  • Friday, Nov. 1st

*WCPSS has designated Thurs. Oct. 31st as a makeup day and school will be open.

Jagwear – Deadline Sept. 27th

Don’t miss out on this once a year opportunity to get your Jagwear!  Order forms have been sent home or order online at  All orders are due by September 27th paid in full to Joyner PTA.  This year we have a new softer style T-shirt and a Joyner string bag! Email Susie Petretich with any questions.  

GoPlay Save books – Deadline Sept. 27th

Don’t forget all GoPlaySave envelopes must be returned by this Friday, Sept. 27th.  Good news – $15 from every book sold comes directly back to Joyner!  Refer to the sheets enclosed in your envelope for more information about selling and prizes.  Thank you for your support!

JYJ Jamboree Oct. 18th – Volunteers Needed

We need many helpers to make the annual Jamboree a success.  Volunteering at the event is always a blast, so click to sign up on MemberHub and be a part of the action.  Positions are available for both youth and adult volunteers.  Pick one shift and then relax for the rest of the event.  We are also seeking a few Joyner alums (middle and high schoolers!) to help out in the Haunted Hallway!  To volunteer for the Hallway, contact Kenya Reynard directly at or (919)491-0120. Thanks in advance for your support! 

Sports with Coach Scott

Sports After School with Coach Scott is back again this year for Joyner families. Open for students K-5 and is held on Tuesdays immediately after school playing a variety of sports, fun games and activities that emphasize sportsmanship, teamwork and fun for all! The program runs for 4 consecutive weeks and cost is $60. The first session will kick off as soon as Kiwanis Park is completed and there are currently 4-5 spots available. Coach Scott picks up children from the walker hallway and escorts them directly down to Kiwanis to play.  Pick up time is 4:30 at Kiwanis parking lot and for those in Joyner after school program, he walks the students back up to school.  Contact Coach Scott with questions and to register.  

JYJ Teacher Appreciation Dates and Themes

Welcome Parents to the 2019-20’ school year! We are excited to kick off Teacher Appreciation. If you are new to Joyner, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation all through the year. Each celebration is solely funded by the PTA. This year we have chosen 4 dates for you to spoil your teachers! We do provide 3 Teacher Luncheons throughout the year. Listed below are the dates, themes and parent suggestions for this year.  Each teacher has filled out a “Favorite Things” sheet which will be available through each Room Parent.  Please remember these are only suggestions, you are always welcome to pamper your teacher however you like. 

  • October 11 – “We Couldn’t Have Picked Better Teachers and Staff”.  Parent Suggestions: bring in their favorite fruit/snack, bring in their favorite flower
  • November 15 – “Mucho Gracias”. Parent Suggestions: Bring in their favorite snack/fruit, bring in their favorite flower, have your child write them a note of thanks. 
  • December- Christmas Luncheon
  • February 14 – “Thanks for giving all your HEART”. Parent Suggestions: favorite candy, flowers, handwritten note telling your teacher what you LOVE about them
  • March 27 – “Thanks for a Picture Perfect Year”. Parent Suggestions: bag of popcorn, picture frame, favorite candy, draw your teacher a picture
  • June – End of School Luncheon

Friendly reminders:

Science Olympiad – On Open House night, please stop by the Overhang to join the Science Olympiad team for Family Science Night.  We will be ready with an Explorers Guide for each family.  Have fun building and exploring science with our family friendly science events and games.  Complete your Explorers Guide to earn a cool science prize!  The fun begins at 4:45 pm under the Overhang.  Questions? Contact Kara Cypher.

WCPSS Volunteer Registration – Interested in volunteering or chaperoning a field trip this year? If so, you must complete the required Volunteer Registration by Oct. 30th from a WCPSS computer.  Feel free to visit Joyner’s media center in the morning or afternoon to complete your registration by the 10/30 deadline.

Support Joyner’s BackPack Buddies Program – BackPack Buddies provides weekend meals for kids who might not otherwise have enough food at home over the weekend. Inter-Faith Food Shuttle delivers non-perishable food to our school, which is packed into bags by our volunteers and distributed discreetly to the kids on Fridays. It costs $365 per child to send home an assortment of food each and every weekend.  Consider donating (any amount) towards Joyner’s Backpack Buddies program this year!  Your gift is tax-deductible and you’ll receive a donation letter from Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Checks may also be sent to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (1001 Blair Drive, Raleigh NC 27603) with JYJ BackPack Buddies in the subject line. Our program is solely funded through donations like yours and the funds need to be raised up front to determine how many children may participate in the program.  Consider a donation today. Interested in volunteering with our BackPack Buddies team? Email Marisa Bryant for more information. Thank you for your support!  

Fall TEK Clubs – Space still available! It’s not too late to register as some clubs have open spots.  Please contact TEK for more information.  Clubs run on Wednesdays October 16-November 20.  Duval Fisher, 919-612-2982. 

Calendar Items

  • Sept. 26: Open House:1st session 5:00, PTA General Meeting 5:45, 2nd session 6:15  
  • Sept. 30: Teacher Workday
  • Oct. 7: Fall Picture Day
  • Oct. 9: Teacher Workday
  • Oct. 11: Teacher Appreciation Day
  • Oct. 18: Joyner Jamboree
  • Nov. 1: Teacher Workday

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