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News Flash | Virtual 5K Pics & Remote Learning Site

*WCPSS closed for the remainder of the school year


Learner Profile Trait for April: CommunicatorsWe express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.


 JYJ Families Virtual 5K – Thanks for Sharing!It was great to see our JYJ families having fun in the sun and getting exercise last weekend.  Thanks for sharing your pictures and feel free to keep them coming.  Email pictures of how your JYJ family is staying active, engaged and healthy in this time of quarantine. Send your pictures to Kim Wheeler, kcwheeler@hotmail.com.  


Check out “Journey with Joyner Jaguars” Remote Learning Website  With our school year now fully converted to remote learning, it’s helpful to know we have resources and support in our corner to guide us through.  If you haven’t yet checked out the new Joyner Learning website, be sure to visit today. This site has been created to centralize connections at all grade levels and areas.  As an added bonus, the WJYJ news is remote! Check out the site to see Evan’s weekly news show. Link to site: https://sites.google.com/wcpss.net/joyner-jaguars/home


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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News Flash | Journey with Jaguars Site Goes Live, Virtual 5k This Weekend!

*WCPSS schools closed until May 15


Learner Profile Trait for April: CommunicatorsWe express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.


“Journey with Joyner Jaguars” Remote Learning Website now live! Welcome to online learning at Joyner Elementary. This site has been created to centralize connections at all grade levels and areas. Please visit for resources and as our homebase during remote learning. As an added bonus, the WJYJ news goes remote! Check out the site to see Evan’s weekly news show. Link to site: https://sites.google.com/wcpss.net/joyner-jaguars/home


Get ready! JYJ Virtual 5K is this weekend!!

Our first ever VIRTUAL JYJ 5K is this Saturday, April 25th. Join in by choosing running, walking or even jumping jacks in your living room! Of course, please practice social distancing with whatever healthy practice you choose to make!  

Wear your Joyner swag or Joyner colors while participating and take photos to share on the Newsflash!  Email your photos to Kim Wheeler (kcwheeler@hotmail.com). 

The 5K helps fund numerous PTA programs that benefit every child. Show your support today by completing any or all of the following:

  • Register your child and/or family – Runner pledge link 
  • Donate – Click here to donate any amount. Share the amount you were planning to contribute to the Classroom Challenge or if you were considering a sponsorship.  All donations are appreciated and critical to support our school! 
  • Race – Run your distance (5k or 1 mile) any time on Saturday April 25th and once finished, upload your 5K times here 

Enjoy this opportunity to walk, run, jump – whatever you choose, get up and have fun!!

Thanks to all for your support and we are excited to see the photos – share at kcwheeler@hotmail.com.  


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 | Special Videos from Staff, Thanks to Ms. Burton, Virtual 5K & More!

*WCPSS schools closed until May 15


Learner Profile Trait for April: CommunicatorsWe express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.


Let’s celebrate Ms. Burton!This week is Assistant Principal Week. Join us in sending a virtual big hug to our fearless Assistant Principal Ms. Burton! We appreciate all you do, and especially now as your job and the job of all our staff and teachers did not stop when the school doors closed. From all the Joyner community, THANK YOU!!


Note from Joyner Staff – We miss our students!! 

We all miss seeing the smiling faces of our wonderful JYJ staff!  They miss you too and they have put together these wonderful videos to send their greetings to all of us.  Click here to see their sweet faces and hear their personal messages! 

Video Link: https://flipgrid.com/41fdf88e


Learning Indoors and Out Spring is officially here and it’s wonderful to see our JYJ students finding opportunities to learn and play indoors and out! Thanks to all who have shared their photos – it means so much to stay connected during this challenging time! Click to view the Full Photo Gallery


JYJ Virtual 5K Info!

Our annual JYJ 5K is scheduled to take place on April 25th. We informed you last month that a virtual community building event, with social distancing in mind, was in the best interest of our school family. We have decided to go ahead with our 5K and shift the intent from a fund-raising event to one that continues to encourage healthy choices and promote school unity.  

We hope that you will join us on April 25th by participating in the 5K by choosing running, walking or even doing jumping jacks in your living room! This event will look different for every family. Wear your Joyner swag or Joyner colors while participating and take photos to share on the Newsflash!  More details on sharing your pics to come! 

Please practice social distancing with whatever healthy practice you choose to make!  

Many of you have reached out asking of ways you can help our school and it’s community financially and we appreciate you! The 5K helps to fund the numerous PTA programs throughout the year that benefit every child. If you still wish to donate to the 5K as you would have done by registering your child or family, the Runner pledge link will allow you to do so or feel free to click here and donate any amount. For example, if you had wished to sponsor the 5K or send in money to your child’s Classroom Challenge you still can!  

Runner Pledge – https://jyj.memberhub.store/shopping/items/114243

Open Donation – https://jyj.memberhub.store/shopping/items/114244

Any amount is appreciated because we understand the toll Covid-19 has taken on our families financially.

Our school family is forever in our thoughts and prayers and we look forward to being together soon!  


A look back in history…“Bicycle Safety Parade on Fayetteville Street looking south, 15 April 1960.” The leader of the parade hails from none other than our own JYJ! Thanks to Maria Bleier for sharing the photo!  (A bit different than our current social distancing practices!)


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 Well and Stay Connected!

*WCPSS schools closed until May 15


Let’s Stay Connected – JYJ Smart Choices Photo Gallery!

JYJ families are making the best of this time at home – exercising, reading, classroom chats and more! Last week some teachers and staff along with Ms. Zezza took part in a car parade to spread joy and cheer through the community!

Let’s keep our kids engaged by encouraging healthy choices like reading, hand-writing letters to shut-ins or class pen-pals, online educational enrichment games and physical activity with social distancing in mind. 

Capture moments of your kids making these smart choices and submit them for the Newsflash each week. Send your photos to kcwheeler@hotmail.com and we’ll be sure to share in the weeks ahead!  Your kids will enjoy seeing their friends as well as themselves each week, so keep them coming!

Check out these recent pics shared by our JYJ family…Miss everyone! Stay well and let’s stay connected!


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 | Extended Closure, Let’s Stay Connected & Yearbook Order Deadline this week

*WCPSS schools closed until May 15


Let’s Stay Connected – JYJ Smart Choices Photo Gallery!

We understand that keeping our kids happy and healthy is a struggle right now. Boredom is setting in, screen- time limits are a joke, and large muscle activities are a must!

Let’s keep them engaged by encouraging healthy choices like reading, hand-writing letters to shut-ins or class penpals, online educational enrichment games and physical activity with social distancing in mind. Take pics of your kids making these smart choices and submit them for the Newsflash each week! Send your photos to kcwheeler@hotmail.com and we’ll be sure to share in the weeks ahead!


Yearbook Orders – Final Deadline March 26th!

Quick reminder that yearbook orders must be submitted by end of day this Thursday, March 26th.  We know there is so much going on right now so we appreciate your response and support! 

Base price is $16.00 with add-on options available.

Link to Order: www.ybpay.lifetouch.com ID code: 10746720

Thank you. Hope everyone is staying healthy! JYJ Yearbook Committee


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 | Updates with School Closure, Yearbook Order Extension, Note from Ms. Zezza

*March 16- March 27th- WCPSS will be closed

We understand everyone has questions about school events, Original Works, Curriculum Night, etc. We will continue to keep you informed as updates and information are available.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this uncertain time. Stay well!


Yearbook Orders  – Deadline ExtendedWe have extended the deadline for online orders of the yearbook.  Click here to reserve your copy today. Base price is $16.00 with add-on options available.Link to Order: www.ybpay.lifetouch.com ID code: 10746720


Update from Ms. Zezza:

Dear JYJ Families,

As you know we will continue to follow the district and states directives in regards to school, academics and any events at this time.  I just wanted to take a moment to personally thank every parent, student and staff member that has gone above and beyond to continue to support families in need.  It truly has been a beautiful story of our community and we could not support one another without you.  I am pretty sure Costco knows our school family well now.  We even had some of our JYJ’s pick up items donated from their neighbors in wagons for delivery.  If that doesn’t speak the heart of our JYJ family I don’t know what does. If you are a family in need, please feel free to reach out to our school staff to see how we can help. 

School Updates: 

Parents Wake counties SSA nomination window for Joyner is March 23-March 27.  The nomination forms are on the WCPSS website under the academics tab, then go to the AIG tab and click SSA.  Parents can nominate their students during this week only.  Forms must be turned in to Julie Frederick. Please email her too if you are nominating your child or if you have any questions.  jfrederick2@wcpss.net.  We will keep you informed if this information changes with our current school closings.  Please note that you can mail or send this through PDF to jfredrick2@wcpss.net.

Again we thank all of our families, students and staff for the support this past week.  We hope you are able to spend some restful time with your families and know that we are here to support you in the days moving forward as one school family. 


Calendar Items

  • March 19: Curriculum Night – CANCELLED
  • March 23: Student Led Conferences – CANCELLED

We will keep you updated with any expected changes to these upcoming events:

  • 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

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 | 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 (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.


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 joyneryearbook@gmail.com 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: www.ybpay.lifetouch.com 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 www.originalworks.com/parents.  


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 www.TriangleChess.com 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? Improve@TriangleChess.com 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, katie.cork@gmail.com.  

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 pat@n2noutreach.org.

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: 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

  • 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

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 | Kids Day Event at Kiwanas, Yearbooks, Joyner Chess Team & More

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:

  • Kid’s Day Event – March 9th 
  • Yearbook News
  • Joyner Chess Team
  • Mark Your Calendars for JYJ 5K
  • Foundation Updates
  • Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

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.


Kids Day at Kiwanas Park – March 9thAshton Kendall, a senior at Broughton High School is participating in an internship and will be leading a kids day event at Kiwanas Park as one of her projects.  Kids ages 5-10 will be learning about mindfulness as well as making crafts and enjoying a variety of great activities in a fun and safe environment.  Ashton’s future career goal is to be a pediatric nurse and is excited about this project and internship opportunity. The event will be held on Monday, March 9th (Teacher Workday!) at Kiwanas Park from 12:30-2:30.  Advanced registration is required – click here to access more details and registration form. Transportation is not provided.  Contact Ashton with questions at ashtonkendall36@gmail.com or check out the flyer for more information.  


It’s Yearbook Time!Yearbook Club PicturesWe’ll be taking club pictures in the lobby on Thursday, March 6th for the following clubs (JYJ news, Safety Patrol, Girls on the Run Fall & Spring, Science Olympiad, Chess Club, Girls Mentor Group, Boys Mentor Group). If your child has a tshirt for their club, please have them wear/bring it with them on Thursday. Ms. Ferriter will call each club when its time for their picture. First in Fitness team picture will be taken at the event.  Additional 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 joyneryearbook@gmail.com 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: www.ybpay.lifetouch.com ID code: 10746720


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 www.TriangleChess.com 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? Improve@TriangleChess.com or (919) 272-8017


Let’s Celebrate Creativity!

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


JYJ 5K is April 25th …Additional Committee Help Needed!

Mark 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!

Thanks so much to those who have already volunteered their time, but additional help needed to make this event a continued success!  Please contact Amber Lueken Barwick, amberlueken@hotmail.com, for ways to get involved!


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, katie.cork@gmail.com.  

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 pat@n2noutreach.org.

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: 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

  • March 2-6: 4th Grade Writer’s in Residency – Tony Peacock
  • March 4: Statewide Tornado Drill, 9:30 a.m.
  • March 6: New Magnet Family Welcome, 9 a.m. (families received an email invite)
  • March 9: Teacher Workday
  • March 9: Kids Day Event at Kiwanas (Advance Registration Required) 12:30-2:30
  • March 11: First in Fitness
  • 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

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 | Yearbook News, Foundation Updates, Volunteer & Donation Opportunities

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:

  • Yearbook News
  • Foundation Updates
  • Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

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.


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 joyneryearbook@gmail.com 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: www.ybpay.lifetouch.com ID code: 10746720


Foundation Updates

Silent Auction Grade Level Basket Donation

You should have received an email from Katie Cork last week with a link to sign up to donate items to your child’s grade level basket.  These baskets will be raffled off as part of the Joyner Foundation’s annual Spring Party.  Each grade has a different theme and there are so many awesome items that go into each basket.  We can’t make it happen without your generous donations, so please donate if you are able.  If you do not have Katie’s email with the link, just go to your grade’s hub on Memberhub and click on signups.  Thank you for your help, and feel free to contact Katie Cork katie.cork@gmail.com with any questions. 

Sky Zone Spirit Night

Join us for Spirit Night at Sky Zone this 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 on sale this week – cost per jumper is $13 for 1 hour or $20 for 3 hours.  We hope to see you there!

JYJ Spirit Rock 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).   


Volunteer and Donation Opportunities Available

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.


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: 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, 3-6 p.m.
  • 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 | 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.