News Flash | Swagger Event Tonight, Music is in the Air at JYJ, Note in the Pocket Donations

IB Learner Profile Trait for December: Open-Minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.  

This Week’s News Flash:

  • Joyner Foundation Shopping Event @ Swagger Wed. 12/4 from 5-8
  • Artist Workshop and Performance this week 
  • Collecting Jeans, Socks & Essentials for Note in the Pocket
  • Book Fair – Dec 9-13th 
  • Classroom Spelling Bees – Thurs. 12/12
  • Dewey’s Bakery Gives Back

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.

See you at Swagger Tonight from 5-8!  

Join us for a special shopping event tonight, Wed. 12/4 at Swagger Boutique (Quail Corners Shopping Center) from 5:00-8:00 pm.  Mandy Becker, a Joyner parent and owner of Swagger, has graciously offered to give everyone 10% off your entire purchase, and Swagger will also donate 10% of all sales to the Joyner Foundation. If you cannot come to the event, you can still shop at Swagger anytime today, mention Joyner at checkout, and receive the discount and donation.    

Artist Workshop and Performance this Week at JYJ                                                 Singer-Songwriter and Cellist Shana TuckerWe’ll Just Have to Say It With a Song…      Music is in the air this week as Joyner, with a generous Grant from the United Arts Council and sponsorship from the PTA will host acclaimed Singer-Songwriter and Cellist Shana Tucker. Ms. Tucker will be working with the Fifth Graders Wednesday and Thursday (12/4-12/5) to write a semi-autobiographical song for their class. Building on what they have learned about writing for their Mighty Memoir Project, they will be introduced to the essential components of songwriting, (verse, chorus/hook, bridge, intro, outro); the relationship between melody, harmony, and lyrics; and the role of the musical storyteller in song writing. Sing, Sing A Song…The music making will culminate in a Performance by Ms. Tucker for the whole school on Friday (12/6). Ms. Tucker will introduce students to the architecture of a song and she and selected Fifth Grade Students will perform the song they wrote collaboratively earlier in the week. Don’t be surprised if your JYJ student comes home singing after a week of music! Want to keep the learning going at home? Try asking your student if they can identify different parts of a song as you listen to music in the car, around town, or at home or take it one step further and try to write an autobiographical song for your family! 

Donations of Jeans, Socks & Essentials for Note in the PocketConsider this meaningful opportunity to give this holiday season. JYJ is currently accepting donations for Note in the Pocket providing clothing and essentials to children enrolled in WCPSS who are in need. 

  • New and/or Gently Used Jeans – All sizes will be accepted, with the greatest need for the following sizes: Boys: Sizes 7, 8 and 12; Girls: Sizes 8,10 and 16; Womens: Sizes 16 and 18
  • New socks
  • Travel sized toiletries (toothpaste, soap, shampoo/conditioner, etc

The drive will take place through Dec. 20. Marked bins will be located at the front entrance where donations may be placed. Thanks for your incredible support and generosity in serving our community!

Book Fair is almost here!   We are just days away from Joyner’s Annual Book Fair Dec. 9-13th! Don’t miss these easy opportunities to support our school and make this event a smashing success! 1.Shop with us. Book Fair will be open Mon 12/9-Thurs 12/12 from 7:30-4:00, Fri. 12/13 from 7:30-1:00. 2. Volunteer. Click here to explore volunteer opportunities and find a shift that fits your schedule and interests.  We need lots of hands to make this fundraiser a success!  3. Send in your spare change to our “One for All and All for Books!” campaign.  There are buckets in the library and all money raised will be used to make sure that every child has the chance to shop our book fair.  Look for yellow fliers and ziplock baggies from your child or just send them in with their money! Support literacy and support our school! All proceeds from our book fair directly support our media center. Thank you for supporting our JYJ family! 

Classroom Spelling Bees – Thursday, 12/12The Joyner Classroom Spelling Bees for grades 3, 4 and 5 will be held during normal school hours on THURSDAY, December 12. Information about the Classroom Spelling Bee should have gone home with your child before Thanksgiving, including a list of words that your child can use to prepare. If your child would like to study from the entire list of 450 Spelling Bee words, you may request a copy of the complete list in the office.

Dewey’s Bakery Supports JYJ

Holiday favorite Dewey’s Bakery is coming to Joyner! Order forms were sent in your child’s backpack this week.  If you would like to purchase items, fill out the form and return along with payment to your child’s teacher by Dec. 13th. (Checks made payable to Joyner Foundation). Items will be available for pickup at school on Dec. 18th.  Dewey’s is donating 50% of the total we spend back to the Joyner Foundation! 

Calendar Items

  • Dec. 4: Snowman Tree Donations Due
  • Dec. 4: Joyner Foundation Shopping Event, Swaggers Boutique, 5-8 p.m. 
  • Dec. 9-14: Book Fair (Mon-Thurs 7:30-4; Fri. 7:30-1)
  • Dec. 12: Spelling Bee
  • Dec. 13: Dewey’s Bakery Order Forms Due
  • Dec. 20: School in session (Weather make-up day)
  • Dec. 23-Jan. 3 – Holiday Break, School Closed
  • Jan. 31: PTA General Meeting 7:30 a.m., Media Center
  • Jan. 31: Principal’s Coffee 8:30 a.m., Media Center

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