News Flash | Asynchronous Day Today, Celebrating School Counselor Week & Black History Month, Virtual Read Aloud Night

Reminder: Wednesday, February 3rd is an asynchronous day. 

In addition during this time all students will remain learning remotely until mid-February.  No in-person classes will be held. 

In this Week’s NewsFlash:

  • Recognizing our JYJ Counselors
  • Celebrating Black History Month
  • Global School Play Day and World Read Aloud Day
  • Virtual Read Aloud Night
  • Wake UP and Read Book Drive
  • Foundation Updates
  • Calendar Reminders 

IB Learner Profile Trait for February: BalancedWe understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live. How do you balance everything in your life? At home? At school? In the community?


Thanking our JYJ School Counselors!Feb 1-5 is National School Counseling Week!  We are truly grateful for the unwavering commitment and dedication of our school counselor team, Andrea Burston and Brian Phillips! We are blessed to have the best!! Each and every day their contributions have a tremendous impact on student achievement and success at Joyner. Join me in thanking and celebrating them for their work with our Joyner staff, students and families!  


Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month – the celebration of African American history, contributions, and achievements that’s recognized annually across the United States and Canada. This month we will be honoring the importance of black history, highlighting impactful individuals and examining African American culture in classroom activities. We are excited as an IB community to build a stronger world of awareness and cultural understanding of ourselves and others.  

Global School Play Day and World Read Aloud Day

We are excited to celebrate Global School Play Day and World Read Aloud Day on February 3rd. Students from around the world will be participating in outdoor play (with safety precautions in place) and enjoying literature around the world.                          

Virtual Read Aloud Night 

This year Joyner will be hosting our next Virtual Read Aloud Night featuring picture books from influential African Americans to celebrate Black History Month. Join us tonight from 6:45- 7:30 – live links to access will be shared prior to event.  


WAKE Up and Read Book Drive Thank you to all of our families for such a wonderful kickoff week for our WAKE Up And Read Book Drive! Each year Joyner makes one of the largest contributions to putting priceless literature in children’s hands across Wake County. We are excited to take action as a school family and give back to others in our local community.   

Two boxes have been placed outside of the front entrance of our school. Book Drive will go until February 28th. Families may drop off new or gently used books for kids. The winning group with the most books collected will get a read-aloud from a special guest and a shoutout on the WJYJ news. 

Families can tag us @joyner_magnet_elementary on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. 

#JoynerStrong   

#ThePeopleMakeThePlace 

#WUARBookDrive


Wondering about next year after learning remotely? 

Join our student support team and academics staff this week to discuss your questions and partner with our school on how to best support your child. We’re offering two sessions (morning and afternoon) to be accommodating of busy schedules.  

3-5 Parents:

  • Session #1 Thurs 2/4 at 8:30am
  • Session #2 Thurs 2/4 at 12:30pm

Join code: (link in email)

*K-2 Sessions were previously conducted on 2/2/21.


Foundation Updates

Mark your calendars for the Joyner Foundation’s Annual Silent Auction on Thursday, April 22, 2021! 

Silent Auction Themed Baskets: We are still collecting items for our Themed Baskets to be raffled off as part of the Silent Auction. Signups and details on the items for each Themed Basket can be found in the JY Joyner Memberhub and under Signups or through the links below:

Click to find our Amazon Wishlist: JYJ Foundation Silent Auction Basket

Venmo donations can be sent to @Katie-Cork – remember to include with all Venmo donations the selected Themed Basket and item you wish to donate towards (refer to the basket signups linked below and in the JY Joyner Memberhub for specific items) or just note “General Basket Donation” and we will fill in the gaps! Questions? Contact Katie Cork (contact info in email).

Hot Cocoa Bombs from Magnolia Collective: We’ve teamed up with Magnolia Collective to offer some yummy Hot Cocoa Bombs!  Click here to order yours directly from their website to be ready just in time for your special Valentine or just a sweet treat for your teachers, friends or family! Ordering opens today and runs through Wed. 2/10 at 5 p.m. Everything will be ready on Fri 2/12. Specific pick up details to follow.  

Hot Cocoa Bombs are $4 each and come in a variety of flavors (Peppermint, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Marshmallow, Thin Mint, Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate Espresso) and a portion of each sale will be donated back to the Joyner Foundation!


Calendar Reminders:

  • February 3- Asynchronous Day
  • February 15 – School Closed – President’s Day 
  • February 16 – Teacher Workday
  • February 24- Asynchronous Day
  • March 10- Asynchronous Day
  • March 11- Asynchronous Day
  • March 12 – Teacher Workday
  • April 14- Asynchronous Day
  • May 5- Asynchronous Day
  • May 26- Asynchronous Day

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