News Flash | Welcome Back! Come jump at SkyZone, Event Planning & Mentors Needed

Welcome Back!  We hope you enjoyed a relaxing long weekend!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? 

This Week’s News Flash:

  • Spirit Night at Sky Zone
  • Get involved with Foundation’s Spring Party planning
  • Mentors Needed for Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Summer Camp Links

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 (https://joynerpta.com/calendar/) 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.


Joyner Foundation Updates…

Sky Zone Spirit Night, Feb. 28th from 4-8

Join us for Spirit Night at Sky Zone in Raleigh on Friday, Feb. 28th from 4-8 pm. Jump to your heart’s delight with your Joyner buddies while supporting our school.  Sky Zone will have the Xbox eSports Gaming Lounge open for us as well. Sky Zone is donating 20% of the proceeds from our event back to the Joyner Foundation. 

Tickets will go on sale the week of the event. Cost per jumper is $13 for 1 hour or $20 for 3 hours.  We hope to see you there!

*Save the Date: Annual Spring Party, Thursday, April 30th at Whitaker & Atlantic

Ways to Get Involved in Event Planning 

Planning for this great annual event is underway and extra help is needed to make it a success!  This event helps raise money vital to funding teaching positions we have supported this year.  

Here are two ways to get involved:

  1. Help us reach out to local businesses that donated auction items last year
  2. Have an auction item to donate or know a local business that may want to donate an item?  

Popular auction items include gift cards for local restaurants and spa, Kids camps/activities/parties/experiences, event tickets (music, sports, theater, etc.), professional services, hotel stays, athletic memorabilia, vacation homes, art and more. 

Contact Heather Kraudel (heatherkraudel@gmail.com) with questions or to get involved. Thanks for your consideration and support!

Silent Auction Grade Level Basket Donations 

As part of this year’s silent auction, each grade level will be putting together a basket with a different theme. We need your help again this year – the grade level baskets were a huge hit last year and were overflowing with fabulous items!  Stay tuned for link to sign up for items to donate for the baskets. Contact Katie Cork (katie.cork@gmail.com) with questions and to get involved.


Mentors Needed

Consider being a weekly mentor to Joyner kids at N2N! Neighbor to Neighbor (or N2N) is a community outreach organization in Southeast Raleigh. N2N is a partner of Joyner Elementary and serves many members of our Joyner family – they current have a full waitlist of Joyner kids who needs mentors.

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 pat@n2noutreach.org.

Clothing Donations Requested

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


Links to Summer Camp Options:

  • 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: katmj74@gmail.com or 919-757-4892. 

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


Calendar Items

  • Feb. 26: New Magnet Family Welcome
  • Feb. 28: Spirit Night, Sky Zone 4-8 p.m. 
  • March 19: Curriculum Night
  • 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

Quick Links

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.

News Flash | Thank you to our Teachers & "Love the Bus" Week, Final Days for Book Donations, Long Weekend Ahead

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?


This Week’s News Flash:

  • Teacher Appreciation Day – Feb. 14th
  • Love the Bus Week
  • WAKE Up and Read – Final Days for Donations 
  • Neighbor to Neighbor – Be A Mentor
  • School Closed next Monday & Tuesday
  • Sky Zone Spirit Night – Feb. 28th 
  • Summer Camp Links

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 (https://joynerpta.com/calendar/) 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.


Teacher Appreciation Feb. 14th – “Thanks for giving all your HEART”

Let’s shower our teachers with love for Teacher Appreciation Day this Friday, Feb. 14th. 

Parent Suggestions: favorite candy, flowers, handwritten note telling your teacher what you LOVE about them.  


Love the Bus Week, Feb. 10-14thWe greatly appreciate our bus drivers each and every day. We know you appreciate them, too. That’s why we hope you will take an active part in the state’s “Love the Bus” celebration the week of February 10-14. Bus drivers work hard to ensure that more than 70,000 students are delivered to and from school safely every day. They are the first WCPSS employee our bus riders see in the morning and the last they see in the afternoon. Please share a kind word or even Valentine’s Day cards with your bus drivers during Love the Bus week.  Thanks for your support!  


Don’t forget to bring those new and gently used books this week

WAKE Up And Read

This is our final week for WAKE Up and Read.  Our last day for book collection is this Friday, Feb. 14th.  Thanks so much to all who have donated – this makes such a positive impact on children birth to 12 years old across Wake County.  Box donations are also welcome.  We thank you for your support! 

Neighbor to Neighbor

Be a weekly mentor to Joyner kids at N2N! Neighbor to Neighbor (or N2N) is a community outreach organization in Southeast Raleigh. Not only is N2N a partner of Joyner Elementary; N2N serves many members of our Joyner family. N2N has a full waitlist of Joyner kids who needs mentors. It’s not a big commitment: 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 pat@n2noutreach.org.

Clothing Donations Requested

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


Long Weekend Ahead

Don’t forget, there will be no school for students on Monday, 2/17 (Presidents Day) or Tuesday, 2/18 (Teacher Workday). 


Sky Zone Spirit Night

Please join us for our next spirit night at Sky Zone Raleigh on February 28th from 4:00 – 8:00pm.  Jump to your heart’s delight with your Joyner buddies while supporting our school.  Sky Zone will even have the Xbox eSports Gaming Lounge open for us as well.  Tickets will go on sale the week of the event, so please stay tuned.  The cost per jumper is 1 hour for $13 or 3 hours for $20.  Sky Zone is donating 20% of the proceeds from our event back to the Joyner Foundation.  We hope to see you there!


Links to Summer Camp Options:

  • 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: katmj74@gmail.com or 919-757-4892. 

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


Calendar Items

  • Feb. 11: PTA Board Meeting, 7:30 a.m.
  • Feb. 12: TEK Clubs Begin
  • Feb. 14: Teacher Appreciation Day, “Thanks for giving all your HEART”
  • Feb. 17: School Closed, President’s Day
  • Feb. 18: School Closed, Teacher Workday
  • Feb. 26: New Magnet Family Welcome
  • Feb. 28: Spirit Night, Sky Zone 4-8 p.m. 
  • March 19: Curriculum Night
  • 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

Quick Links

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.

News Flash | Share Your Input, Consider Being A Mentor, Student & Artist Collaborative

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?


This Week’s News Flash:

  • Thank you to our Counselors
  • School Improvement Survey
  • Volunteer and Donation Opportunities
  • Grant Funded Student & Artist Collaborative
  • TEK Clubs – Last Days to Register
  • Teacher Appreciation Day Feb. 14th
  • Summer Camp Options

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 (https://joynerpta.com/calendar/) 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.


National School Counseling Week…Thank You To Our Counselors!

In celebration of National School Counseling Week, let’s take a moment and say thank you to our wonderful staff counselors – Andrea Burston, Brian Phillips and intern Taylor Hartline. Our students and Joyner family benefit greatly because of their unwavering commitment and support each day. Thank you!


School Improvement Survey – Share Your Input Today!

JYJ’s School Improvement Committee is looking for parent input to learn how to better support families as you support YOUR students academically at home. There will be incentives for classrooms that get this survey filled out fastest! All responses needed by Feb. 6th. 

Our goal is to get a response representing EACH student at JYJ. Click here to access the survey and complete today. THANK YOU for your help with this survey!

Link to access: https://forms.gle/6ndt8LTGXmm1Rh4h8.


Consider These Great Opportunities To Give Back

Neighbor to Neighbor

Be a weekly mentor to Joyner kids at N2N! Neighbor to Neighbor (or N2N) is a community outreach organization in Southeast Raleigh. Not only is N2N a partner of Joyner Elementary; N2N serves many members of our Joyner family. N2N has a full waitlist of Joyner kids who needs mentors. It’s not a big commitment: 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 pat@n2noutreach.org.

WAKE Up And Read

Join us in collecting new and gently used books for children birth to 12 years old across Wake County.  Donations collected through Feb. 15th and box donations are welcome.  

Clothing Donations Requested

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


Mosaic Artpiece for Joyner Entrance Coming Soon

This week the fifth graders and fourth grade after school students are working together on a giant mosaic artpiece that will hang near the entrance to school. Thanks to a generous grant from the United Arts Council, funding by the PTA, and After Care, visiting Artist Jeannette Brossart has brought all the materials for our giant 3 foot x 10 foot mosaic to Mr. Fotta’s art room.

A cross disciplinary team (including Señora Onate from Spanish, Mr. Fotta, Art, Ms. Wilcox, 5th Grade), worked together on the creative concept, planning, and integrating the mosaic work into their respective curricula.

Great job team! As you can see from the first images coming out of this project – a great job was done by all! 


TEK Clubs start next week                         

Clubs will run Feb 12- March 18 (Wednesdays 3:30-4:45). It’s not too late to register – forms and club listings may be found here: www.teachingenrichmentkids.com (under the Joyner Tab). Please contact Duval Fisher to register: duval@teachingenrichmentkids.com.  


Teacher Appreciation Feb. 14th – “Thanks for giving all your HEART”

Let’s shower our teachers with love for our next Teacher Appreciation Day on Friday, Feb. 14th. 

Parent Suggestions: favorite candy, flowers, handwritten note telling your teacher what you LOVE about them.  


Links to Summer Camp Options:

  • 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: katmj74@gmail.com or 919-757-4892. 

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


Calendar Items

  • Jan. 29: School Closed – Teacher Workday 
  • Jan. 31: PTA General Meeting 8:00 a.m., Media Center
  • Jan. 31: Principal’s Coffee 8:30 a.m., Media Center
  • Feb. 4: Girls on the Run Season Begins
  • Feb. 11: PTA Board Meeting, 7:30 a.m.
  • Feb. 12: TEK Clubs Begin
  • Feb. 14: Teacher Appreciation Day, “Thanks for giving all your HEART”
  • Feb. 17: School Closed, President’s Day
  • Feb. 18: School Closed, Teacher Workday
  • Feb. 28: Spirit Night, Sky Zone 4-8 p.m. 
  • April 25: JYJ 5K

Quick Links

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.

News Flash | PTA Meeting & Coffee, Your Input Needed, Wake Up & Read and More Summer Camp Options

JY Joyner named a 2020 Magnet School of Excellence!!!  

Congratulations to all of our students, teachers, staff and Joyner families – we are so proud of the recent announcement and recognition by the Magnet Schools of America naming JYJ a Magnet School of Excellence!  A special thank you to our outstanding magnet coordinator, Ms. Sheryl Davis, for her hard work in continuing to support and build our program with our students and staff. 


IB Learner Profile Trait for January: Inquirers

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life. I am curious and like to ask questions in order to learn more.


This Week’s News Flash:

  • PTA General Meeting & Principal’s Coffee 
  • Parent input needed – School Improvement Survey
  • WAKE Up and Read 
  • National School Counseling Week
  • Clothing Donation Request
  • TEK Clubs Registration Open
  • Updated – More Summer Camp Options

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 (https://joynerpta.com/calendar/) 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.


PTA General Meeting & Principals’s Coffee this Friday!

Make plans to join us for the General PTA meeting this Fri, January 31st at 8 am in the Media Center followed by the Principal’s coffee at 8:30 am. Hear updates from our Grounds Committee as well as info on the upcoming 5K! Parents are welcome to attend all PTA meetings! 

December 2019 Meeting Minutes

January 2020 Meeting Agenda


Parent Input Needed – School Improvement Survey

JYJ’s School Improvement Committee is looking for parent input to learn how to better support families as you support YOUR students academically at home. There will be incentives for classrooms that get this survey filled out fastest! All responses needed by Feb. 6th. 

Our goal is to get a response representing EACH student at JYJ. Click here to access the survey and complete today. THANK YOU for your help with this survey!

Link to access: https://forms.gle/6ndt8LTGXmm1Rh4h8.


WAKE Up And Read
Join us in collecting new and gently used books for children birth to 12 years old.  Help support and bring the joy of reading to thousands of children across our WCPSS community. We will be collecting books until February 15th

Let’s see which grade level can bring in the most books to help other children enjoy the books we all love. Box donations are welcome. 


National School Counseling Week

Feb 4-8 is National School Counseling Week.  We are truly blessed and grateful for the amazing work of our very own school counselor Andrea Burston who each day shows unwavering commitment to student achievement and success at Joyner. 

Let’s all join together in thanking Ms. Burston for her hard work with our Joyner students and families!  


Clothing Donation Request

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


TEK Club Registration is Open                        

TEK Clubs registration is still open! Clubs will run Feb 12- March 18 (Wednesdays 3:30-4:45). Forms and club listings may be found here: www.teachingenrichmentkids.com (under the Joyner Tab)

Please contact Duval Fisher to register: duval@teachingenrichmentkids.com.  


Save the Date…JYJ 5KMark 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!


More Great Summer Camp Options Announced!

  • 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 Johnston for more information: katmj74@gmail.com or 919-757-4892. 

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


Calendar Items

  • Jan. 29: School Closed – Teacher Workday 
  • Jan. 31: PTA General Meeting 8:00 a.m., Media Center
  • Jan. 31: Principal’s Coffee 8:30 a.m., Media Center
  • Feb. 4: Girls on the Run Season Begins
  • Feb. 11: PTA Board Meeting, 7:30 a.m.
  • Feb. 12: TEK Clubs Begin
  • Feb. 14: Teacher Appreciation, “Thanks for giving all your HEART”
  • Feb. 17: School Closed, President’s Day
  • Feb. 18: School Closed, Teacher Workday
  • April 25: JYJ 5K

Quick Links

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.

News Flash | Stay Informed with PTA Meeting, Have coffee with Principal, Jump for Spirit Night

IB Learner Profile Trait for January: Inquirers

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life. I am curious and like to ask questions in order to learn more.


This Week’s News Flash:

  • Last day to register for Spirit Night, Triangle Rock Club
  • TEK Clubs Registration Now Open
  • PTA General Meeting & Principal’s Coffee 
  • Girls on the Run Registration Now Open
  • Summer Camp Options

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 (https://joynerpta.com/calendar/) 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.


Today is LAST day to register for Spirit Night at Triangle Rock Club 

Our Spirit Night at Triangle Rock Club is this Sunday, Jan. 26th from 6-8 p.m. Today is last day to register so click here to sign up and and fill out your waiver.

Cost is $15 per climber, and the Triangle Rock Club is donating 75% of that back to the Joyner Foundation.  We hope to see you there!


TEK Clubs Sign Up Now Available  

Join us this morning, Wed. 22nd from 8-8:30 a.m. in the Media Center to sign up for TEK Clubs! You may also click here to access the forms online at TEK’s website.

Clubs will run from February 12 through March 18th from 3:30-4:45. Email Duval with questions or for more information.  


You’re invited! PTA General Meeting & Principals’s Coffee 

Make plans to join us for the next General PTA meeting on Fri, January 31st at 8 am in the Media Center followed by the Principal’s coffee at 8:30 am. Hear updates from our Grounds Committee as well as info on the upcoming 5K! Parents are welcome to attend all PTA meetings! Agenda for the upcoming meeting as well as December minutes to follow!


Girls on the Run (GOTR) Spring 2020: Registration is now open!

GOTR season runs February 4 through April 25th.  Practices held at school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:30.  Spring 5k will be held on April 25 at Research Commons Place – more event details to come.

Click here for registration info and email Shanna Schroeder if you have any questions.


Summer Camp Options:

  • First Grade Refresher (Rising First Graders) July 20-July 24, led by Kate Johnson (4th grade)
  • Kindergarten Readiness (Rising K) August 3- August 7, led by Kate Johnston (4th grade)
  • Both camps listed above are 1/2 day held at Hayes Barton Baptist Church. Click here to access the flyer for more details. Contact Kate Johnston for more information: katmj74@gmail.com or 919-757-4892. 

Stay tuned as we continue to share more available camp options.These camps are open to the public – please share with others you know who may have interest. 


Calendar Items

  • Jan. 22: TEK Club Registration, 8:00-8:30 a.m., Media Center
  • Jan. 26: Spirit Night at Triangle Rock Club, 6-8 p.m. 
  • Jan. 29: School Closed – Teacher Workday 
  • Jan. 31: PTA General Meeting 8:00 a.m., Media Center
  • Jan. 31: Principal’s Coffee 8:30 a.m., Media Center
  • Feb. 4: Girls on the Run Season Begins
  • Feb. 14: Teacher Appreciation, “Thanks for giving all your HEART”
  • Feb. 12: TEK Clubs Begin
  • Feb. 17: School Closed, President’s Day
  • Feb. 18: School Closed, Teacher Workday

Quick Links

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.

News Flash | Spelling Bee, Spirit Night, Girls on the Run, TEK Clubs & Summer Camps

IB Learner Profile Trait for January: Inquirers

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life. I am curious and like to ask questions in order to learn more.


Safety and Transportation Reminder

JYJ would like to remind everyone not to enter the bus pick up area before 3:30 to allow our buses to have clear and safe entrance into the school loop.  We appreciate your cooperation.  


This Week’s News Flash:

  • Spelling Bee
  • Spirit Night at Triangle Rock Club
  • Reserve the JYJ Spirit Rock
  • Girls on the Run 2020, Registration Open
  • TEK Clubs 
  • Triangle Chess Tournament
  • Summer Camp Preview
  • Calendar of Events

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 (https://joynerpta.com/calendar/) 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.


Come support JYJ’s Spelling Bee this Thursday at 3:30! In December each 3rd, 4th and 5th grade class hosted a classroom Spelling Bee. Joyner is excited to remind everyone that the top two spellers from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classroom Spelling Bees will compete in the annual JYJ Spelling Bee this THURSDAY, January 16 beginning at 3:30 pm in the JYJ gym. Please join us to cheer on these kids as they spell their hearts out! Everyone is welcome! 


Spirit Night at Triangle Rock Club 

Make plans to spend your evening on Sunday, January 26th from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Triangle Rock Club while supporting Joyner! The indoor climbing center is the perfect place to expand your horizons, stretch your limits and build your confidence…not to mention, it’s something the entire family can enjoy. Click here to register and fill out your waiver. The registration deadline is January 22nd.  The cost is $15 per climber, and the Triangle Rock Club is donating 75% of that back to the Joyner Foundation.  We hope to see you there!JYJ Spirit Rock  There are still some openings to paint the rock this month!  Sign up to spread positive messages, encourage students, thank a staff member, or celebrate a birthday on the Rock.  Click here to reserve a day and rent the Spirit Rock (or go to the Signups page on the JY Joyner Memberhub).    


Girls on the Run (GOTR) Spring 2020, Registration OPEN

Girls on the Run is an afterschool program like no other! Twice per week for 10 weeks, girls will have fun, make friends, increase their physical activity levels and learn important life skills. Our trained and caring coaches (Ms. Wilcox, Ms. Burston and Meredith Everett) will lead interested 3rd – 5th grade girls through interactive lessons and running activities. The spring team will practice at the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:30.  

Season Dates

  • Week of February 4 – April 25
  • Spring 5k will be on April 25 at Research Commons Place (details forthcoming).

Registration info available at: https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/QBMAZ0TI61DW5GYPlease email Shanna Schroeder if you have any questions.


TEK Clubs Coming Soon!      

Be on the lookout, TEK Club Forms are coming home in folders this Wed. Jan 15th!  You may also click here to find the forms online at TEK’s website.

Winter 2020 Joyner TEK Clubs will be held Wednesdays beginning February 12 and will run through March 18th from 3:30-4:45.  TEK supervises students prior to clubs starting. 

The following sessions will be offered:

  • Move It! Groove It! – Fun with STEAM, Grades K-1 with Stefanie Piner 
  • Winter Wonders Book Club, Grades K-1 with Amy Forbes 
  • Lego Creators, Grades 1-3 with Emily Dawson
  • Crafty Creators- Multicultural Arts and Crafts,Grades 1-5 with Christina Bell 
  • The Grub Club-Exciting Food Creations, Grades 2-5 with Jakala Wilson and Fran Cameron 
  • STEM Challenges, Grades 2-5 with Sheryl Davis
  • Game On!, Grades 3-5 with Niki Fulton and ?Madelyn Bruckel

Registration will be held on Wed. Jan. 22nd in the JYJ Media Center from 8-8:30 a.m. Contact Duval Fisher with questions or for more information.  


Triangle Chess Tournament

The next JYJ Chess Club doesn’t begin until March, but JYJ students have a chance to participate in the Triangle Chess Tournament on January 19th at the Raleigh Convention Center!  We need at least 4 students to register to create a JYJ Team.  

Registration is $30 if completed before January 17th.  Come out for lots of prizes and fun! For more information check out the flyer online. Questions? Contact Carson Smith. To register for the event visit TriangleChess.com.


Summer Camps to Consider

Many families are already considering their plans for summer and several of our teachers and staff offer great summer camp options to consider.  In the coming weeks, we’ll be providing more details on these options through MemberHub.  Camp Options currently open for registration:

  • First Grade Refresher (Rising First Graders) July 20-July 24, led by Kate Johnson (4th grade)
  • Kindergarten Readiness (Rising K) August 3- August 7, led by Kate Johnston (4th grade)

*Both camps are 1/2 day held at Hayes Barton Baptist Church. Anyone interested may contact me via email: katmj74@gmail.com or phone: 919-757-4892. Also click here to access the flyer for more details.   These camps are open to the public – please share with others you know who may have interest.   

Stay tuned as we continue to share more available options…


 Calendar Items

  • Jan. 16: School Spelling Bee, 3:30 p.m., Gym
  • Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – School Closed
  • Jan. 22: TEK Club Registration, 8:00-8:30 a.m., Media Center
  • Jan. 26: Spirit Night at Triangle Rock Club, 6-8 p.m. 
  • Jan. 29: Teacher Workday – School Closed
  • Jan. 31: PTA General Meeting 8:00 a.m., Media Center
  • Jan. 31: Principal’s Coffee 8:30 a.m., Media Center

Quick Links

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.

News Flash | Happy New Year! 2020 Brings Exciting Opportunities to Get Involved at JYJ

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!!  We look forward to all the great things ahead at JYJ in 2020!


IB Learner Profile Trait for January: Inquirers

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life. I am curious and like to ask questions in order to learn more.


This Week’s News Flash:

  • READvolution & Hurricanes Hockey
  • TEK Clubs Return
  • Triangle Chess Tournament
  • Lost and Found

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 (https://joynerpta.com/calendar/) 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.


READvolution & Hurricanes Hockey

Did your child reach their reading goal in READvolution to earn hockey game tickets?  If so, be sure to check out your account online at the WAKEID READvolution page for instructions on ticket redemption.  Congratulations to all our winners and go Canes! 


TEK Clubs Return for Winter Session      

TEK Clubs are returning this winter to JYJ!  Clubs will run on 6 consecutive Wednesdays, Feb.12 – Mar. 18th from 3:30-4:45. (TEK supervises students prior to clubs beginning at 3:30). 

A variety of sessions are offered and open for students in grades K-5. Cost is $140 for 6 sessions. 

Club registration forms and descriptions will be sent home Wed. Jan. 15th. Registration will be held on Wed. Jan 22nd from 8:00-8:30 in the Media Center.  

Please contact Duval Fisher of TEK with any questions or if you need forms.  Visit TEK online at www.teachingenrichmentkids.com.


Triangle Chess Tournament

The next JYJ Chess Club doesn’t begin until March, but JYJ students have a chance to participate in the Triangle Chess Tournament on January 19th at the Raleigh Convention Center!  We need at least 4 students to register to create a JYJ Team.  

Registration is $30 if completed before January 17th.  Come out for lots of prizes and fun! For more information check out the flyer online. Questions? Contact Carson Smith. To register for the event visit TriangleChess.com.


Lost and Found Items

If your child is missing their jacket, lunchbox or any other item, be sure to visit the Kindergarten hallway and check the lost and found.  We have an abundance of items that need to find their way back home. Take a moment and label your items as well to help out for the future!


Calendar Items

  • Jan. 16: School Spelling Bee (TBD)
  • Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – School Closed
  • Jan. 29: Teacher Workday – School Closed
  • Jan. 31: PTA General Meeting 8:00 a.m., Media Center
  • Jan. 31: Principal’s Coffee 8:30 a.m., Media Center

Quick Links

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.

News Flash | Book Fair Success, Dewey's Ready for Pickup, January Events & Happy Holidays!

IB Learner Profile Trait for December: Open-Minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.  


This Week’s News Flash:

  • Special thanks: Book Fair Success
  • Pick up schedule for Dewey’s Orders
  • PTA General Meeting & Principal’s Coffee
  • Lost and Found
  • Winter Break

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 (https://joynerpta.com/calendar/) 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.


Thank You for Making JYJ’s Book Fair a Success!

The JYJ 2019 Book Fair was a great success – we thank everyone for contributing your time and financial support!  A big THANK YOU to Laura Moreschi and Leslie de Haven for their leadership and countless hours spent ensuring the event’s success.

With everyone’s donations of change and purchase round ups, we were able to ensure that all children were able to purchase a book.  Many thanks again!


Dewey’s Pickup Schedule

If you placed a Dewey’s order, it will be available for pick up in the Joyner library.  Below are the pick up times:

  • Wednesday, December 18th from 12:30-1:00pm
  • Wednesday, December 18th from 3:00-3:30pm
  • Thursday, December 19th from 8:00-8:30am

Please reach out if you have questions or concerns about your order.  Thank you for your support of the Joyner Foundation!


Make Plans to Join in January – PTA Meeting & Principal’s Coffee

Please join us for our next PTA General Meeting on January 31st at 8:00 a.m. in the Media Center.  Immediately following, and open to all, is the Principal’s Coffee at 8:30. Look forward to seeing you there!


Lost and Found Items

If your child is missing their jacket, lunchbox or any other item, be sure to visit the Kindergarten hallway and check the lost and found.  We have an abundance of items that need to find their way back home. Take a moment and label your items as well to help out for the future!


Winter Break is almost here!

Winter break will begin next Monday, Dec. 23rd and students will return on Monday, Jan. 6th.  We wish you and your family a safe, restful and wonderful holiday season! We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

Note: There will not be a NewsFlash published on December 25th or January 1st. 


Calendar Items

  • Dec. 20: School in session (Weather make-up day)
  • Dec. 23-Jan. 3: Holiday Break, School Closed
  • Jan. 6: School Back in Session
  • Jan. 16: School Spelling Bee (TBD)
  • Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – School Closed
  • Jan. 31: PTA General Meeting 8:00 a.m., Media Center
  • Jan. 31: Principal’s Coffee 8:30 a.m., Media Center

Quick Links

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.

News Flash | Final Days of Book Fair, Dewey's Orders Due, Joyner Chess Champs & More!

IB Learner Profile Trait for December: Open-Minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.  


This Week’s News Flash:

  • Book Fair – Dec 9-13th 
  • Classroom Spelling Bees – Thurs. 12/12
  • Dewey’s Bakery Order Forms Due
  • Collecting Jeans, Socks & Essentials for Note in the Pocket
  • Joyner Chess Champs
  • Shana Tucker: Tapestry of Songwriting 
  • Lost and Found

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 (https://joynerpta.com/calendar/) 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.


Final days of Joyner’s Annual Book Fair, last day this Fri. 13th! Don’t miss these easy opportunities to support our school and make this event a smashing success! 1.Shop with us. Book Fair will be open Mon 12/9-Thurs 12/12 from 7:30-4:00, Fri. 12/13 from 7:30-1:00. 2. Volunteer. Extra hands still needed these next few days. Click here to find a shift that fits your schedule.   3. Send in your spare change to our “One for All and All for Books!” campaign.  There are buckets in the library and all money raised will be used to make sure that every child has the chance to shop our book fair.  Look for yellow fliers and ziplock baggies from your child or just send them in with their money! Support literacy and support our school! All proceeds from our book fair directly support our media center. Thank you for supporting our JYJ family!


Classroom Spelling Bees this Thurs. 12thThe Joyner Classroom Spelling Bees for grades 3, 4 and 5 will be held during normal school hours on THURSDAY, December 12. Information about the Classroom Spelling Bee went home with your child before Thanksgiving, including a list of words that your child can use to prepare. If your child would like to study from the entire list of 450 Spelling Bee words, you may request a copy of the complete list in the office.


Dewey’s Bakery Order Forms Due this Fri. 13th

Order forms were sent in your child’s backpack. If you would like to purchase items, fill out the form and return along with payment to your child’s teacher by Dec. 13th. (Checks made payable to Joyner Foundation). Items will be available for pickup at school on Dec. 18th.  Dewey’s is donating 50% of the total we spend back to the Joyner Foundation! 


Donations of Jeans, Socks & Essentials for Note in the PocketJYJ is currently accepting donations for Note in the Pocket providing clothing and essentials to children enrolled in WCPSS who are in need. 

  • New and/or Gently Used Jeans – All sizes will be accepted, with the greatest need for the following sizes: Boys: Sizes 7, 8 and 12; Girls: Sizes 8,10 and 16; Womens: Sizes 16 and 18
  • New socks
  • Travel sized toiletries (toothpaste, soap, shampoo/conditioner, etc

The drive will take place through Dec. 20. Marked bins will be located at the front entrance where donations may be placed. Thanks for your incredible support and generosity in serving our community!


Joyner wins Triangle Chess Tournament!

A big congratulations to Evan Mather, Patrick Scappino, and Mohamed Abdel-Hady,  Joyner students who brought home a 1st place trophy from their first Triangle Chess tournament on Sunday! We are so very proud of you!  The next round of chess at JYJ will be in March 2020 so stay tuned. 


Shana Tucker: Tapestry of Songwriting

Last week the 5th grader’s collaborated with a local musician with support from a United Arts Grant and funding from the PTA. Building on the autobiographical writing they are working on for their Mighty Memoirs, the 5th graders worked together to write a song about what it’s like to be in Fifth Grade at JYJ.  #artistsinschools @UnitedArtsCouncil

Click here to check out the Song Lyrics: “5th Grade is So Much FUN!”

Thanks to Shana Tucker, United Arts Council, our PTA and all those who made this special experience possible for our JYJ students!


Lost and Found Items

We continue to have an abundance of items left in our lost and found.  Please see the Kindergarten hallway if your child is missing any items.  It is highly recommended for all families to write their child’s name in jackets, lunchboxes, etc.  


Calendar Items

  • Dec. 9-14: Book Fair (Mon-Thurs 7:30-4; Fri. 7:30-1)
  • Dec. 12: Spelling Bee
  • Dec. 13: Dewey’s Bakery Order Forms Due
  • Dec. 20: School in session (Weather make-up day)
  • Dec. 23-Jan. 3: Holiday Break, School Closed
  • Jan. 6th: School Back in Session
  • Jan. 31: PTA General Meeting 8:00 a.m., Media Center
  • Jan. 31: Principal’s Coffee 8:30 a.m., Media Center

Quick Links

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.

News Flash | Swagger Event Tonight, Music is in the Air at JYJ, Note in the Pocket Donations

IB Learner Profile Trait for December: Open-Minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.  


This Week’s News Flash:

  • Joyner Foundation Shopping Event @ Swagger Wed. 12/4 from 5-8
  • Artist Workshop and Performance this week 
  • Collecting Jeans, Socks & Essentials for Note in the Pocket
  • Book Fair – Dec 9-13th 
  • Classroom Spelling Bees – Thurs. 12/12
  • Dewey’s Bakery Gives Back

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 (https://joynerpta.com/calendar/) 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.


See you at Swagger Tonight from 5-8!  

Join us for a special shopping event tonight, Wed. 12/4 at Swagger Boutique (Quail Corners Shopping Center) from 5:00-8:00 pm.  Mandy Becker, a Joyner parent and owner of Swagger, has graciously offered to give everyone 10% off your entire purchase, and Swagger will also donate 10% of all sales to the Joyner Foundation. If you cannot come to the event, you can still shop at Swagger anytime today, mention Joyner at checkout, and receive the discount and donation.    


Artist Workshop and Performance this Week at JYJ                                                 Singer-Songwriter and Cellist Shana TuckerWe’ll Just Have to Say It With a Song…      Music is in the air this week as Joyner, with a generous Grant from the United Arts Council and sponsorship from the PTA will host acclaimed Singer-Songwriter and Cellist Shana Tucker. Ms. Tucker will be working with the Fifth Graders Wednesday and Thursday (12/4-12/5) to write a semi-autobiographical song for their class. Building on what they have learned about writing for their Mighty Memoir Project, they will be introduced to the essential components of songwriting, (verse, chorus/hook, bridge, intro, outro); the relationship between melody, harmony, and lyrics; and the role of the musical storyteller in song writing. Sing, Sing A Song…The music making will culminate in a Performance by Ms. Tucker for the whole school on Friday (12/6). Ms. Tucker will introduce students to the architecture of a song and she and selected Fifth Grade Students will perform the song they wrote collaboratively earlier in the week. Don’t be surprised if your JYJ student comes home singing after a week of music! Want to keep the learning going at home? Try asking your student if they can identify different parts of a song as you listen to music in the car, around town, or at home or take it one step further and try to write an autobiographical song for your family! 


Donations of Jeans, Socks & Essentials for Note in the PocketConsider this meaningful opportunity to give this holiday season. JYJ is currently accepting donations for Note in the Pocket providing clothing and essentials to children enrolled in WCPSS who are in need. 

  • New and/or Gently Used Jeans – All sizes will be accepted, with the greatest need for the following sizes: Boys: Sizes 7, 8 and 12; Girls: Sizes 8,10 and 16; Womens: Sizes 16 and 18
  • New socks
  • Travel sized toiletries (toothpaste, soap, shampoo/conditioner, etc

The drive will take place through Dec. 20. Marked bins will be located at the front entrance where donations may be placed. Thanks for your incredible support and generosity in serving our community!


Book Fair is almost here!   We are just days away from Joyner’s Annual Book Fair Dec. 9-13th! Don’t miss these easy opportunities to support our school and make this event a smashing success! 1.Shop with us. Book Fair will be open Mon 12/9-Thurs 12/12 from 7:30-4:00, Fri. 12/13 from 7:30-1:00. 2. Volunteer. Click here to explore volunteer opportunities and find a shift that fits your schedule and interests.  We need lots of hands to make this fundraiser a success!  3. Send in your spare change to our “One for All and All for Books!” campaign.  There are buckets in the library and all money raised will be used to make sure that every child has the chance to shop our book fair.  Look for yellow fliers and ziplock baggies from your child or just send them in with their money! Support literacy and support our school! All proceeds from our book fair directly support our media center. Thank you for supporting our JYJ family! 


Classroom Spelling Bees – Thursday, 12/12The Joyner Classroom Spelling Bees for grades 3, 4 and 5 will be held during normal school hours on THURSDAY, December 12. Information about the Classroom Spelling Bee should have gone home with your child before Thanksgiving, including a list of words that your child can use to prepare. If your child would like to study from the entire list of 450 Spelling Bee words, you may request a copy of the complete list in the office.


Dewey’s Bakery Supports JYJ

Holiday favorite Dewey’s Bakery is coming to Joyner! Order forms were sent in your child’s backpack this week.  If you would like to purchase items, fill out the form and return along with payment to your child’s teacher by Dec. 13th. (Checks made payable to Joyner Foundation). Items will be available for pickup at school on Dec. 18th.  Dewey’s is donating 50% of the total we spend back to the Joyner Foundation! 


Calendar Items

  • Dec. 4: Snowman Tree Donations Due
  • Dec. 4: Joyner Foundation Shopping Event, Swaggers Boutique, 5-8 p.m. 
  • Dec. 9-14: Book Fair (Mon-Thurs 7:30-4; Fri. 7:30-1)
  • Dec. 12: Spelling Bee
  • Dec. 13: Dewey’s Bakery Order Forms Due
  • Dec. 20: School in session (Weather make-up day)
  • Dec. 23-Jan. 3 – Holiday Break, School Closed
  • Jan. 31: PTA General Meeting 7:30 a.m., Media Center
  • Jan. 31: Principal’s Coffee 8:30 a.m., Media Center

Quick Links

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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