News Flash | Support for the Holidays, Share Your JYJ Testimonials, WCPSS Updates, Dine Out Night

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We show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others.  We have personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.  

In this Week’s NewsFlash:

  • Holiday Season Support
  • Magnet Season & Seeking your JYJ Testimonials
  • WCPSS Updates – Remote Learning Days, Student Accountability Form Due
  • Dine Out Night
  • Calendar Reminders

Remember to look at the bottom of each week’s NewsFlash for upcoming important dates.  Check out the school and PTA calendar ( and link it to your own Google Calendar.

Still learning the JYJ lingo? Check out our glossary of terms to get up to speed. If you just graduated your last child and you’re done with the NewsFlash, know that we’ll miss you, but feel free to unsubscribe and leave the Joyner hub.

Our holiday season is approaching, and we will have assistance available:   

  • If you are in need of Thanksgiving meal assistance, please complete our online form in English or Spanish by Monday 11/02  
  • If you are in need of Christmas/holiday assistance, please complete our online form in English or Spanish by Monday 11/02  

If would like to donate items for holiday assistance (thank you!), directions will be provided to parents on Wednesday 11/18 in the Joyner weekly eblast on how to (virtually) select a tag and return items to school.  If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Burston (contact info in email).

Magnet Season & Seeking Videos and MessagesMagnet season is approaching and JYJ must approach our recruiting of new students in new and different ways. We’d like to seek your help in this process! JYJ families know how unique our magnet program is and your voice of experience would be invaluable for prospective families. Would you consider sharing a video or written message from your family that expresses your joy in our magnet program, IB and Spanish and what it has meant for your family? These messages will be used for prospective families to view. Please send videos or written messages to Mrs. Sheryl Davis-Jackson (contact info in email).  Magnet Application Acceptance Period:The magnet and year-round application period will begin Oct. 15, 2020 and end Jan. 28, 2021. Applications are NOT first-come, first-served. Families will be notified mid-February 2021 if they received a seat at an application school. Visit the WCPSS website for more details. If your child is not currently enrolled in WCPSS, you must register your child at your base school before submitting the magnet application.  For our 5th grade magnet families, you have priority in applying to these 2 IB middle schools:East Garner Magnet Middle SchoolWest Millbrook Magnet Middle School

WCPSS Updates

*We are excited to see our Joyner students soon as we continue to plan each detail with our staff.  Please make sure to review the school and district messaged about return-to-campus.  There is a great deal of information that will be important for families to review to make sure you and your student are prepared.  Visit Return to Campus Information

Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols 

Action Needed by Oct. 23: Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols
Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols outlines our expectations for students to strictly follow our required health protocols when on our campuses, as well as possible consequences and processes to address non-compliance. Families and students are asked to complete and sign the acknowledgement page and return it to your school, similar to the signature page for the Student Handbook. 

If a student is unable to comply with the face covering requirement, a parent or guardian may request an accommodation for their student that is related to the student’s disability or medical needs. These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the nature of the disability or medical need, the availability of alternative safety measures, and current public health guidance.

  • To request an accommodation, parents or guardians must complete the form and return it, along with supporting documentation, to their school principal. Elementary school families should submit completed accommodation requests by October 23, 2020. 
  • Unless a face covering requirement accommodation request form has been approved, all students are required to adhere to WCPSS Face Covering Requirements.

Updated Calendars with Cohort Information Now Available

We have updated school calendars to reflect changes approved by the school board for the first semester. 

Virtual Academy Families: Students who attended the WCPSS Virtual Academy will remain in the Academy through the end of the 1st semester.   Those who registered for the entire school year may remain so, unless you decide to opt for in-person instruction for the second semester.  Second semester information will be forthcoming this month to all Virtual Academy families.  

Remote Learning Days

WCPSS has built five “remote learning” days into the fall semester calendar for the 2020-21 school year. These days will help to reduce weekly screen time hours, provide families with flexibility during longer school weeks, and will provide students opportunities to catch up on and complete past unfinished or returned assignments.  Our next Remote Learning Asynchronous day is Wed Oct. 21st. Click here for more information and schedule. 

While these are still required instructional days, on these days, there will be no whole classroom live meets and we will not follow the regular instructional schedule. Attendance will be taken on these days based on participation of completed assignments.

Technology Guidance for Return to School

Upon returning to in-person learning, our schools will have limited technology available to students on campus as most devices have been checked out to students for remote learning. While in school, students with a WCPSS device should plan to bring their device (and charger) to and from school. While at home, students will continue to work remotely using their personal devices or the devices provided by WCPSS.

Dine Out Night at Mellow Mushroom October 27th

Want a night off from cooking? Come enjoy Mellow Mushroom AND support the Joyner Foundation on Tuesday, October 27th!  You can dine in (patio or indoor seating available) OR call for curbside take-out.  When you place your order, just be sure to mention you are with Joyner Elementary School and a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to us! 

Calendar Reminders:


  • 10/21 – Remote Learning Day
  • 10/22 – End of the 1st Quarter
  • 10/23 – Teacher Workday
  • 10/26 through 11/13 Pre K-3rd and regional program rotations will begin 
  • 10/27 – Dine Out Night – Mellow Mushroom


  • 11/3 – Teacher Workday
  • 11/11 – Holiday
  • 11/16 – All Pre K-3 students and regional program in Plan B will report on a daily basis
  • 11/16 – Grades 4-5 will begin their cohort rotations and continue in rotation throughout the end of the semester.  
  • 11/18 – Remote Learning Day 
  • 11/23 – Remote Learning Day
  • 11/24 – Remote Learning Day 
  • 11/25 – 11/27 – Fall Break


  • 12/4-12/13 – JYJ Book Fair; Online and in-store options at Quail Ridge Books this year (More details to follow.)
  • 12/16 – Remote Learning Day

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