News Flash | Art Becomes Masterpiece, Chess Team, 5K & Spring Party

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:

  • Yearbook News
  • Original Works – Your Child’s Masterpiece
  • Joyner Chess Team
  • JYJ 5K Important Update!
  • Curriculum Night
  • Foundation Updates
  • Volunteer and Donation Opportunities
  • Summer Camps

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.

It’s Yearbook Time!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

Let’s Celebrate Creativity!

Something special is coming in your child’s backpack this week!  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 in Wednesday’s folders. Please have orders back to school by Tuesday, March 17th.  Learn more about Original Works by visiting  

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

JYJ 5K Important Update! Please Read… Joyner’s annual Spring event, 5K Run/ Walk, is Saturday April 25th. The health and well-being of our school community is always our top priority. 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.  This event will still take place, but we will be monitoring the status of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to see if the event needs to be modified in any way.  We are optimistic that we will all be able to share this fun event and grow our community in person as planned, and will keep everyone up to date should adjustments be needed.

Spring Curriculum Night

Join us Thursday, March 19th at 5 p.m. for our School-wide Family Curriculum Night!  Kids welcome and more details to come!  Save the date!

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 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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