News Flash | Kids Day Event at Kiwanas, Yearbooks, Joyner Chess Team & More

IB Learner Profile Trait for March: Risk-Takers

We approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. We are brave and articulate in defending our beliefs.

This Week’s News Flash:

  • Kid’s Day Event – March 9th 
  • Yearbook News
  • Joyner Chess Team
  • Mark Your Calendars for JYJ 5K
  • Foundation Updates
  • Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

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.

Kids Day at Kiwanas Park – March 9thAshton Kendall, a senior at Broughton High School is participating in an internship and will be leading a kids day event at Kiwanas Park as one of her projects.  Kids ages 5-10 will be learning about mindfulness as well as making crafts and enjoying a variety of great activities in a fun and safe environment.  Ashton’s future career goal is to be a pediatric nurse and is excited about this project and internship opportunity. The event will be held on Monday, March 9th (Teacher Workday!) at Kiwanas Park from 12:30-2:30.  Advanced registration is required – click here to access more details and registration form. Transportation is not provided.  Contact Ashton with questions at or check out the flyer for more information.  

It’s Yearbook Time!Yearbook Club PicturesWe’ll be taking club pictures in the lobby on Thursday, March 6th for the following clubs (JYJ news, Safety Patrol, Girls on the Run Fall & Spring, Science Olympiad, Chess Club, Girls Mentor Group, Boys Mentor Group). If your child has a tshirt for their club, please have them wear/bring it with them on Thursday. Ms. Ferriter will call each club when its time for their picture. First in Fitness team picture will be taken at the event.  Additional Yearbook Pictures NeededThe yearbook team is putting together pages and WE NEED YOUR PICTURES!! Pictures from field trips, classroom activities, clubs, fun pictures around school – send them over!  Please send them to or text them to 919-632-2582. Please remember to send them as actual size when emailing them over.  Order Your Yearbook Today!Click here to order your Joyner yearbook today. Base price is $16.00, with add-on options available.  In addition to the online option, you should also have received the order forms in last week’s folders. *All orders must be completed by March 16th – either online or envelopes with checks turned in at school.  We do not order extras so order online today!! Link to Order: ID code: 10746720

Joyner Chess Team

Enjoy chess? Sign up for the Joyner chess team!  Students will learn chess fundamentals and strategies that enhance learning skills and cognitive thinking.  We will build confidence and compete against other local schools.  Novice students and experienced players are encouraged to sign up as we will have two class sections.  

  • Open to students 2nd-5th grades
  • Season runs Fridays beginning March 27th-June 5th
  • Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Fee: $110  (via online payment or check made payable to Triangle Chess)
  • Space is limited so register today!

Online Sign Up: 1) go to 2) Click “In School” on upper right     3) Click “Join A Team” on right side. Checks can be made out to Triangle Chess if not paying online. Questions? or (919) 272-8017

Let’s Celebrate Creativity!

Something special is coming in your child’s backpack soon!  A creative opportunity to support your child and our school through the Original Works Program.

Capture a moment in time by ordering custom keepsakes featuring your child’s very own masterpiece. 

Student artwork and order packets will go home next week in Wednesday folders. Please have orders back to school by Tuesday, March 17th.  Learn more about Original Works by visiting  

JYJ 5K is April 25th …Additional Committee Help Needed!

Mark your calendars – Joyner’s annual Spring event, 5K Run/ Walk, is Saturday April 25th. This event aims to teach students about the benefits of making healthy lifestyle choices through the Healthy Choice marathon and culminating with a family event of the 5K Run/ Walk.  The 5K also raises PTA money to fund annual programs for our school.  Stay tuned, more info to come!

Thanks so much to those who have already volunteered their time, but additional help needed to make this event a continued success!  Please contact Amber Lueken Barwick,, for ways to get involved!

Foundation Updates

Make plans to attend JYJ Foundation’s annual Spring Party on April 30th at Whitaker & Atlantic. Also as part of this year’s Silent Auction, each grade level will be putting together a basket with a different theme. These baskets were a huge hit last year, overflowing with great items! We need your help in doing the same this year.  Information was sent out re: links to purchase and how to make donations. If you have questions, need information or wish to support this effort, please contact Katie Cork,  

JYJ Spirit Rock 

Don’t miss your opportunity to decorate the spirit rock! Sign up to spread positive messages, encourage students, thank a staff member, or celebrate a birthday.  Click here to reserve a day and rent the Spirit Rock (or go to the Signups page Memberhub). 

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities Available

Mentors Needed

Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) is a community outreach organization in Southeast Raleigh and a partner of Joyner Elementary, serving many members of our Joyner family.  They have a full waitlist of Joyner kids who needs mentors. Will you consider serving as a weekly mentor to Joyner kids at N2N?

Sessions available from 4:30-5:30 or 5:45-6:45 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evening. To sign up, complete the short form. For more information, contact Pat Dawson at 919-618-8119 or

Clothing Donations Requested

The JYJ health room is in need of new girl leggings and/or boys sweatpants in neutral colors (black, navy or grey) and all sizes needed. Bring items to Elizabeth Ferriter in the front office.

Summer Camps:

  • PE, Art and Chemistry Camps – Click here for full details and registration form. Dates available in July and August.  Led by Poyer (PE), Fotta (Art), Cameron (Chemistry).  
  • First Grade Refresher and Kindergarten Readiness – Click here for details. Contact Kate Johnson for more information: or 919-757-4892. 

These camps are open to the public – spread the word to others you know who may have interest. 

Calendar Items

  • March 2-6: 4th Grade Writer’s in Residency – Tony Peacock
  • March 4: Statewide Tornado Drill, 9:30 a.m.
  • March 6: New Magnet Family Welcome, 9 a.m. (families received an email invite)
  • March 9: Teacher Workday
  • March 9: Kids Day Event at Kiwanas (Advance Registration Required) 12:30-2:30
  • March 11: First in Fitness
  • March 19: Curriculum Night
  • March 23: Student Led Conferences
  • March 31: School Picture Day
  • March 31: JYJ Dine Out and Spirit Night at Firenza Pizza, 5-9 p.m. 
  • April 23: Student Led Conferences
  • April 25: Joyner 5K, 3:00 p.m.
  • April 30: Joyner Foundation Spring Party, 7:30 p.m. (Venue: Whitaker & Atlantic)
  • May 14: Night of Nonsense

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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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