News Flash | Asynchronous Day Today, Changes to 2nd Semester Calendar, IB Evaluation Survey & Picture Day

Reminder: Wednesday, February 24th is an asynchronous day. 

*WCPSS Board of Education approved an updated instructional calendar that included the addition/removal of asynchronous/remote learning days and a change to cohort weekly rotations.  Review the updated calendar schedule in the link below.

Updated Second Semester Calendar Link  


In this Week’s NewsFlash:

  • IB PYP Parent Survey
  • Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) Test & Request Form
  • Picture Day, March 2nd (Advance Orders Required)
  • Transportation Reminders
  • WAKE Up and Read Book Drive – Final Week
  • Black History Month & IB Learning Trait for February
  • PTA and Foundation Events – Virtual 5K and Silent Auction
  • Calendar Reminders

IB Evaluation Parent Survey

As an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, we are seeking to build global inquirers to make this world a better place for generations to come. Within that program we are evaluated every 5 years on our progress in delivery and execution of the programme. This year we will have our evaluation on April 12-13, 2021.

We are seeking parent input on our programme over the last 5 years through this survey and/or involvement in interviews with our IB evaluators. We are always looking for ways to grow and improve and your voice as a part of the school community is vital. Thank you for your time and consideration!


Spring 2021 Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) Test & Request Form

Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Board of Education defines acceleration as allowing a student to move through traditional educational organizations more rapidly, based on readiness and motivation. Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) is the practice of placing a student in a higher-grade level in one subject area. This type of acceleration is for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities in either math or English Language Arts. 

If you are interested in having your child tested for SSA, please fill out the form below and send it to your classroom teacher or Julie Frederick (contact info in email). Forms must be turned in by March 22, 2021. 

*Click here to access the test form. 


Joyner Picture Day – Tuesday, March 2nd

How Picture Day Works:

  1. Order Online at mylifetouch.com before Picture Day
  2. Students are photographed on picture day
  3. Orders will be sent home with student after picture day

Picture Day Date: Tuesday, March 2
Picture Day ID: (ID in email)


Transportation Updates

Carpool Families 

Due to the change in colder temperatures, we recommend families roll down their windows upon entering the carpool loop and moving your child away from the vehicle’s heaters. This will assist us with students that need multiple screenings. We also have new thermometers that will be used in carpool this week to allow for a smoother screening process.  We appreciate your patience and grace in understanding our WCPSS safety protocols.   


WAKE Up and Read Book Drive Update

A huge thank you to all of our families for your generous book donations – we are well over our goal this year with over 2,468 books collected! 

*This is our final week of our WAKE Up and Read collection – book drive will go until February 28th.

Families can tag us @joyner_magnet_elementary on our Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook page. #JoynerStrong #ThePeopleMakeThePlace #WUARBookDrive


February is Black History Month

Black History Month is 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.  

**********IB Learner Profile Trait for February: Balanced

We 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?


Joyner PTA and Foundation Updates

Virtual Joyner 5K

Dust off those running shoes, it’s time for the Virtual Joyner 5K! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 1st for a fun and socially-distanced run/walk to support the Joyner PTA. Be on the lookout for more information, including registration, very soon! 

Foundation’s Annual Silent Auction

Save the date for Thursday, April 22, 2021! We are excited to be organizing this event for another year in support of our loved Joyner Elementary! We are still collecting items for our Themed Baskets to be raffled off as part of the Silent Auction. We appreciate your continued support and donations to make these baskets such a fun item! 

Signups and details on the items for each Themed Baskets 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. All Venmo donations can be sent to @Katie-Cork.  Please remember to include with all Venmo donations the selected Themed Basket and the 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! 

For any questions regarding the Themed Baskets, please contact Katie Cork (contact info in email)

Foundation Quick Links:


Calendar Reminders: 

  • February 24- Asynchronous Day
  • February 24- BOG testing 8:30 a.m. – Selected 3rd graders who have not tested & signed up (report to the cafeteria)
  • March 2- Picture Day
  • March 3- Asynchronous Day
  • March 12- Teacher workday
  • March 24- Asynchronous Day
  • March 29- April 2- Spring Break
  • April 5- Calendar Out- No School for students
  • April 6- Teacher workday
  • April 7- Students return for in-person learning (Cohort 2 reports for 4th/5th grade)
  • April 14- Asynchronous Day
  • April 28- Asynchronous Day
  • May 5- Asynchronous Day
  • May 13 – Teacher Workday
  • May 26- Asynchronous Day
  • May 31 – Holiday, School Closed
  • June 10 – Last Day of School

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