News Flash | Spirit Night, Parent Survey, Giving this Holiday Season, Study Buddies

IB Learner Profile Trait for November: Principled Learners act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities.  We take responsibility for our own actions and the consequences that accompany them.  

This Week’s News Flash:

  • Spirit Night at Panera Bread 
  • Parent Survey
  • Opportunities to Give this Holiday Season
  • Study Buddies Program
  • 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.

JYJ Spirit Night at Panera Bread TONIGHT!! Give your kitchen a break and join your JYJ family and friends TONIGHT from 4-8 p.m. at Panera Bread in North Hills. *Important: You must show this online flyer or print a copy and take into Panera in order for our school to receive a portion of the purchase.    Running short on time? No problem! Panera will donate 20% of all delivery and take-out sales to JYJ as well! Just use the code “PRCODE” when you place your online order between 4:00 and 8:00 PM.

Parent Survey – Take a Moment and Share Your Feedback Many of you attended last week’s Curriculum Night – thanks to all who played a part in its success! We’re seeking input from all our JYJ families on a few questions (regardless of if you attended the event last week or not).  Click here and complete this QUICK survey. Your input provides our staff and PTA valuable feedback that shapes our programs and communications. Thanks in advance for support!

Great Opportunities to Give Back this Holiday Season

The holidays are nearing and Joyner would like to share these opportunities for families looking to give during this time.      

Snowman Tree: JYJ will once again have the snowman tree to help out our families in need of assistance during the holidays.  If you would like to help by donating gifts, please take a number off the snowman tree located in the front office starting Monday morning, November 19th.  When you take a number from the snowman tree, please be sure to fill out the bottom portion and return back it to our school counselors Andrea Burston, Taylor Hartline, Brian Phillips or Elizabeth Ferriter in the front office.  They will use this info to keep track of returned gifts. Please return all wrapped gifts (in a bag please) and the tag number back by Wednesday, December 4th

Note in the Pocket: We are also collecting new socks to donate to the charity organization Note in the Pocket, which provides clothing to children in need enrolled in WCPSS schools and travel size toiletries (toothpaste, soap, shampoo/conditioner, etc for men & women) to donate to those in need.  There will be bins at the front entrance where socks & toiletries can be placed. 

Thanks for your support and generosity in serving those in need! 

Will you be a JYJ Study Buddy?

This is an excellent way to get plugged in to the Joyner community and make a big difference in the lives of our students!

  • Commitment is 15-20 minutes per child per week.
  • Interested individuals must be registered with WCPSS as a volunteer.  
  • Teachers will have materials and subject matter each week for you to work on with your student(s).
  • Students LOVE this time and look forward to it each week. Volunteers love it as much as the students!

If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved with this great program, please contact Alison Bentley (JYJ Study Buddies Chair).

Calendar Items

  • Nov. 20: JYJ “Dine Out” Fundraiser – Panera North Hills 
  • Nov. 26: Letterland Parade 8:45-9:15 a.m.
  • Nov. 27-29: School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Dec. 9-14: Book Fair (Mon-Thurs 7:30-4; Fri. 7:30-1)
  • Dec. 12: Spelling Bee
  • Dec. 20: School in session (Weather make-up day)
  • Dec. 23-Jan. 3 – Holiday Break, School Closed

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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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