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NewsFlash | Dine Out Night Tomorrow, TEK Clubs Start Today, and How to Donate for Greensboro Schools’ Tornado Relief

Save the date for the JYJ volunteer breakfast on Friday, May 11 from 8:00-8:30 a.m.! The JYJ staff hosts this event to say thank you to all the parents and family members who volunteered at JYJ this year. 

 

Moe’s Dine-Out Night Tomorrow to Benefit Joyner PTA

Skip the dishes and join your Joyner friends and family tomorrow evening (Thursday) at Moe’s North Hills from 3-9 p.m. for our final dine-out event of the year. Proceeds benefit your Joyner PTA! Contact Leigh Wolitski with any questions at 919-606-5219. See you there!

 

School Library Month – Thank You Ms. Hale!

We want to say a big THANK YOU to Ms. Hale and our media center volunteers! Schools across North Carolina are celebrating National School Library Month in April to highlight the critical importance of school library media centers and their specialists to enrich student learning. The State Board of Education at its April meeting endorsed a proclamation recognizing the key role of school media centers play in supporting all students with a wealth of print and digital resources and instruction to develop literacy and help students access, evaluate and use information.

Last Call for Spring TEK Clubs

Spring TEK Clubs start TODAY and meet Wednesdays through May 23 until 4:45. There are still a few spots available! Click here for club offerings and contact TEK to register or with any questions: duval@teachingenrichmentkids.com.

 

Volunteers Needed for EOGs

End of Grade Testing will take place during the last two weeks of school, on the following schedule:

  • Friday, 5/25: EOGs 3rd grade – Math; 5th grade – Reading
  • Tuesday, 5/29: EOGs 3rd grade – Reading; 5th grade – Math
  • Wednesday, 5/30: EOGs 4th grade – Reading; EOG make-ups for 3rd grade
  • Thursday, 5/31: EOGs 4th grade – Math; 5th grade – Science
  • Friday, 6/1: EOG make-ups for 4th and 5th grade
  • Monday, 6/4: Read to Achieve Test – 3rd grade

We will need volunteers to proctor for the EOGs Friday, 5/25-Thursday, 5/1. There will be a proctor training prior to the test administration. If you are interested and available in being a proctor, please contact Susan Serenari at sserenari@wcpss.net. We will need several volunteers each day. All assistance is greatly appreciated!

 

Night of Nonsense and Food Truck Frenzy

Coming to the Night of Nonsense? Be sure to let us know so we can have lots of great food trucks there! Please visit the Facebook page and click “Going” to RSVP!

When: Thursday, May 17
  • 4:45-8 p.m.: Food Truck Frenzy (trucks accept cash & credit) 
  • 6-8 p.m.: Nonsense Show is ALWAYS FREE & ALWAYS FUN! This is a hilarious live show, performed by your very own Joyner Teachers & Staff. Yes, you get to laugh AT your teachers! 

Where: Food Trucks in the carpool lane/loop, seating in the cafeteria, show under the overhang next to the carpool loop. 

RSVP via the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/876820515856712/. Just visit the page and click “Going” to RSVP!

All trucks will be announced soon, based on the number of “Going” RSVPs the Facebook page receives. MORE RSVPs = MORE Food Trucks! So far we are announcing:

Parking is limited, so please walk or carpool if you can. Bring money for food trucks and a picnic blanket if you’d like to eat outside.

 

How to Help Greensboro Elementary Schools after Sunday’s Tornado

Three Greensboro elementary schools were significantly damaged in the tornado on Sunday. The children from those three schools are being relocated to three other schools for the remainder of the year, which means there is a lot of uncertainty and need right now at school and at their homes.

Here is information on how to donate to help with the tornado relief, if you would like to:

  • Donations of bottles of water, nonperishable food items, and personal hygiene items are being collected at the Interactive Resource Center at 407 E Washington St in Raleigh.
  • Monetary donations can be made to The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. Make your contribution designated to GCS tornado fund. Phone: 336-379-9100 or online donations can be made at: https://cfgreatergreensboro.squarespace.com/blog/2018/4/16/east-greensboro-tornado-relief
  • If you want to volunteer personally to remove debris and other opportunities, call the Volunteer Center at 336-373-1633.
  • Donations for the school are being collected. Joyner teacher Ms. Beller will be taking supplies to Greensboro this weekend, so you can drop off items at the school office for her by Friday.
    • Most needed supplies: 24 pack crayons, construction paper, markers, 12 pack colored pencils, wide-rule loose-leafed paper, #2 pencils, and spiral notebooks.
    • Children’s books for K-5 classrooms

 

Wake County Public Schools Budget Update and Opportunity for Parent Input

Wake County Public School’s 2018-2019 proposed budget called for an increase of $58.9 million in local funding, $48 million of which would maintain the current level of instruction and support.

The proposal also includes $11 million in improved services, including to increase the number of school counselors, social workers and psychologists as well as services for the Academically and Intellectually Gifted. Visit www.wcpss.net/budget to learn more.

The Board of Education held a public hearing on the budget proposal yesterday, so parents wishing to comment on the budget should contact their school board member as soon as possible. Once the Board of Education approves changes to the proposed budget, it will send its request to the Wake County Commissioners before May 15. State law requires County Commissioners make the final decision by June 30 on all budget requests involving local funding. More than a quarter of the school system’s budget is paid for with local funding.

 

Summer Camp Opportunities

Ms. Cameron, Mr. Fotta and Mr. Poyer can’t wait to see YOU at camp this summer!

  • Join Ms. Cameron as she goes full STEAM ahead, diving into hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math activities.
  • Create priceless one-of-a-kind 2D and 3D masterpieces with Mr. Fotta.
  • Team up with Mr. Poyer and play all of your favorite P.E. games, along with a few new ones he has up his sleeve.

Camps are open to ANY rising kindergartners through 5th grade and run from 9-noon and 1-4 pm. Supervised before care (8-9am), lunch (12-1pm) and after care (4-5pm) included at no extra cost. Camp dates are July 23-27July 30-Aug 3, and Aug 6-10. To download registration form, click here.

 

Kindergarten Readiness and First Grade Refresher Camp

Ms. Johnson and Ms. Forbes are offering a rising kindergarten readiness camp this year and adding a special week for rising first graders, too! Register soon – there are only 20 slots for each week.

Camps are half-day (9-noon) and run June 25-29July 23-27, and Aug 6-10 for rising Kinders. July 30-Aug. 3 is First Grade Refresher week. Click here to learn more and click here to download the registration form, which now includes where to send payment.

 

Try Barre3 and Benefit Joyner PTA and JYJ Foundation

During the month of April, enjoy two classes at Barre3 on Whitaker Mill for $25, and they will donate $10 of your payment to Joyner! See image below for details and click here to register.

Quick Links

 

Calendar Items

  • Apr. 19: Spirit Night at Moe’s at North Hills, 3-9 pm
  • Apr. 19: Student-Led Conferences, 4-6 pm 
  • Apr. 26: PTA general membership meeting, 6:15 pm, and Spring performance, 6:45 pm
  • May 3: JYJ Foundation Fiesta, 7:30-10:30 pm, Whitaker & Atlantic
  • May 5: Science Olympiad division tournament
  • May 8: Teacher appreciation luncheon
  • May 11: Volunteer Breakfast, 8-8:30 am
  • May 11: Field Day
  • May 17: Night of Nonsense and Food Truck Frenzy
  • TBD: Kindergarten orientation
  • May 28: Holiday
  • June 7: 5th grade graduation, 8-9 am
  • June 8: 5th grade vs. teachers kickball game AND last day of school!

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.

NewsFlash | New Dates for EOGs and Volunteers Needed, Picture Day Tomorrow, and Night of Nonsense Info

Interested in listening in on State Board of Education meetings? Click here for the Board’s new YouTube channel, which will livestream the meetings (audio only). The audio recordings will remain accessible on the website.

 

Spring Picture Day Tomorrow

Hose all the green pollen off the kids and send ’em in looking smart tomorrow – it’s Spring picture day! Class pictures will also be taken tomorrow. Flyers went home in folders, or you can order online at mylifetouch.com. To order online, you’ll need Joyner’s picture day ID: BW017759Q0

 

Night of Nonsense and Food Truck Frenzy!

Here’s everything you need to know about Joyner annual Night of Nonsense and Food Truck Frenzy!

When:   Thursday, May 17th 
  • 4:45pm-8pm: Food Truck Frenzy:  (trucks accept cash & credit) 
  • 6-8pm: Nonsense Show: ALWAYS FREE & ALWAYS FUN! This is a hilarious live show, performed by your very own Joyner Teachers & Staff. Yes, you get to laugh AT your teachers! 

Where: Food Trucks in the carpool lane/loop, seating in the cafeteria, show under the overhang next to the carpool loop. 

RSVP via the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/876820515856712/. Just visit the page and click “Going” to RSVP!

All trucks will be announced soon, based on the number of “Going” RSVPs the Facebook page receives. MORE RSVPs = MORE Food Trucks! So far we are announcing:

Parking is limited, so please walk or carpool if you can.
Bring money for food trucks and a picnic blanket if you’d like to eat outside.

 

Updated with New Dates! End of Grade Testing Dates and Request for Volunteers

Here’s an update to end of grade testing dates. End of Grade Testing will take place during the last two weeks of school, on the following schedule:

  • Friday, 5/25: EOGs 3rd grade – Math; 5th grade – Reading
  • Tuesday, 5/29: EOGs 3rd grade – Reading; 5th grade – Math
  • Wednesday, 5/30: EOGs 4th grade – Reading; EOG make-ups for 3rd grade
  • Thursday, 5/31: EOGs 4th grade – Math; 5th grade – Science
  • Friday, 6/1: EOG make-ups for 4th and 5th grade
  • Monday, 6/4: Read to Achieve Test – 3rd grade

We will need volunteers to proctor for the EOGs Friday, 5/25-Thursday, 5/1. There will be a proctor training prior to the test administration. If you are interested and available in being a proctor, please contact Susan Serenari at sserenari@wcpss.net. We will need several volunteers each day. All assistance is greatly appreciated!

 

Joyner Grounds Improvements

While students and staff were on spring break, things were buzzing around JYJ campus!
Thanks to a generous donation from CP and Elizabeth Harris, an amazing artist, Clark Hipolito, created a beautiful mural on the grounds of the pollinator garden. Check out the awesome aerial photo from parent Ryan Ball. Construction also started on the seating wall under the overhang, which should be completed this week.

Moe’s Dine-Out Night to Benefit Joyner PTA

Skip the dishes and join your Joyner friends and family at Moe’s North Hills on Thursday, April 19th from 3-9pm for our final dine-out event of the year. Proceeds benefit your Joyner PTA! Contact Leigh Wolitski with any questions 919-606-5219. See you there!

Get Your JYJ Foundation Fiesta Tickets Today

Hope everyone had a great break, now back to the swing of things! The Early Bird Ticket option for the Foundation Fiesta ends this week (April 14th). Tickets are $75 per person now but after the 14th they will go up to $100 per person. Don’t put it off any longer, buy your tickets today!

https://joyner.auction-bid.org/microsite/

It is going to be a great event with new silent auction items coming in everyday. Get your tickets, join the fun and help us reach our fundraising goal so we can continue to support our JYJ staff!

 

Summer Camp Opportunities!

Ms. Cameron, Mr. Fotta and Mr. Poyer can’t wait to see YOU at camp this summer!

  • Join Ms. Cameron as she goes full STEAM ahead, diving into hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math activities.
  • Create priceless one-of-a-kind 2D and 3D masterpieces with Mr. Fotta.
  • Team up with Mr. Poyer and play all of your favorite P.E. games, along with a few new ones he has up his sleeve.

Camps are open to ANY rising kindergartners through 5th grade and run from 9-noon and 1-4 pm. Supervised before care (8-9am), lunch (12-1pm) and after care (4-5pm) included at no extra cost. Camp dates are July 23-27July 30-Aug 3, and Aug 6-10. To download registration form, click here.

 

Kindergarten Readiness and First Grade Refresher Camp

Ms. Johnson and Ms. Forbes are offering a rising kindergarten readiness camp this year and adding a special week for rising first graders, too! Register soon – there are only 20 slots for each week.

Camps are half-day (9-noon) and run June 25-29July 23-27, and Aug 6-10 for rising Kinders. July 30-Aug. 3 is First Grade Refresher week. Click here to learn more and click here to download the registration form.

 

Try Barre3 and Benefit Joyner PTA and JYJ Foundation

During the month of April, enjoy two classes at Barre3 on Whitaker Mill for $25, and they will donate $10 of your payment to Joyner! See image below for details and click here to register.

Quick Links

 

Calendar Items

  • Apr. 12: Spring pictures and class photos from LifeTouch
  • Apr. 19: Spirit Night at Moe’s at North Hills, 3-9 pm
  • Apr. 19: Student-Led Conferences, 4-6 pm 
  • Apr. 26: PTA general membership meeting, 6:15 pm, and Spring performance, 6:45 pm
  • May 3: JYJ Foundation Fiesta, 7:30-10:30 pm, Whitaker & Atlantic
  • May 5: Science Olympiad division tournament
  • May 8: Teacher appreciation luncheon
  • May 17: Night of Nonsense and Food Truck Frenzy
  • TBD: Kindergarten orientation
  • TBD: Field Day
  • May 28: Holiday
  • June 7: 5th grade graduation
  • June 8: 5th grade vs. teachers kickball game AND last day of school!

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.

NewsFlash | EOG Testing Dates and Call for Volunteers, June 11 Make Up Day Cancelled, TEK Clubs Still Have Space

Want to know the latest updates on implementation of the legislature’s class size restrictions? Check out this video from WakeEd Partnership, or the Deputy Superintendent’s presentation.

 

Wake County Cancels Make-Up Day on Monday, June 11

The last day of school for this year is now Friday, June 8. The make-up day on June 11 is cancelled. WCPSS has used its discretion to waive a make-up day as students have accumulated sufficient classroom time to meet the state requirements. Also, they realized no one would come.

 

End of Grade Testing Dates and Request for Volunteers

End of Grade Testing will take place during the last two weeks of school, on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, 5/29: EOGs 3rd grade – Math; 5th grade – Reading
  • Wednesday, 5/30: EOGs 3rd grade – Reading; 5th grade – Math
  • Thursday, 5/31: EOGs 4th grade – Reading; EOG make-ups for 3rd grade
  • Friday, 6/1: EOGs 4th grade – Math; 5th grade – Science
  • Monday, 6/4: EOG make-ups for 4th and 5th grade
  • Tuesday, 6/5: Read to Achieve Test – 3rd grade

We will need volunteers to proctor for the EOGs Tuesday, 5/29-Friday, 6/1. There will be a proctor training prior to the test administration. If you are interested and available in being a proctor, please contact Susan Serenari at sserenari@wcpss.net. We will need several volunteers each day. All assistance is greatly appreciated!

 

It’s not too late to register for Spring TEK Clubs

Clubs will meet Wednesdays from April 18-May 23 until 4:45. Please visit this site for club offerings: http://www.teachingenrichmentkids.com/joyner.html and contact TEK to register or with any questions: duval@teachingenrichmentkids.com.

 

Amazon Smile Means Your Purchases Help Joyner

3x your impact! Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase through March 31. Shop Amazon through smile.amazon.com/ch/56-1691112 and Amazon donates a percentage of the sale to Joyner’s PTA!

 

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Concussions

Concussions are a hot topic in sports these days, but it’s so hard to stay abreast of the recommendations. Paul Cohen, MD of WakeMed Health and Hospitals will address the most common parent and child concerns about concussions and how you can keep your child healthy and safe.

There is limited seating for the Lunch and Learn Series so register today!

 

Family 5K Opportunity in Dix Park – Save with JYJ Discount 

Joyner families are invited to save $10 on registration for the 5 Factors Fund 5K, to be held on April 14 at 8 a.m. in support of Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina. Use code JYJ10 by April 1 to get the discount. Experience one of North Carolina’s most beautiful parks while you and your family walk or run a 5K or 1-miler at Dorothea Dix Park. This fun family event focuses on building happy and healthy families through the Five Protective Factors that are linked to a lower incidence of child abuse and neglect. Registration includes a t-shirt and a pinwheel temporary tattoo as part of the Pinwheels for Prevention® national effort to raise awareness for child abuse prevention efforts. Deadline to register and receive shirt and tattoo is Sunday, April 1. Register at https://app.racereach.com/event/5-factors-5k-walk-run.

 

Quick Links

 

Calendar Items

  • Mar. 29: Snow make-up day. School is in session.
  • Mar. 30: Holiday
  • Apr. 2-6: Spring Break
  • Apr. 12: Spring pictures and class photos from LifeTouch
  • Apr. 19: Spirit Night at Moe’s at North Hills, 3-9 pm
  • Apr. 19: Student-Led Conferences, 4-6 pm 
  • Apr. 26: PTA general membership meeting, 6:15 pm, and Spring performance, 6:45 pm
  • May 3: JYJ Foundation Fiesta, 7:30-10:30 pm, Whitaker & Atlantic
  • May 5: Science Olympiad division tournament
  • May 8: Teacher appreciation luncheon
  • May 17: Night of Nonsense
  • TBD: Kindergarten orientation
  • TBD: Field Day
  • May 28: Holiday
  • June 7: 5th grade graduation
  • June 8: 5th grade vs. teachers kickball game AND last day of school!

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.

NewsFlash | Original Works Deadline TODAY, Order Yearbook by THURSDAY, and TEK Club Registration THURSDAY

Congrats to Super Speller Nate Mizelle! Nate, Joyner’s school spelling bee champ, tied for 4th place in the Wake County Spelling Bee held on Saturday! Great job, Nate. You represented Joyner well!

 

Original Works Deadline is TODAY, March 21

Choose personalized gifts with your child’s artwork! Artwork and ordering instructions for this year’s Original Works school fundraiser were sent home earlier this month. Choose among lots of great products featuring your child’s very own artwork. Completed forms should be turned into your child’s teacher by TODAY, Wednesday, March 21. Contact Meredith Swindell at mlswindel@aol.com or Catherine Otto at catherineeotto@gmail.com with questions.

 

LAST CALL for Yearbooks – Order by Thursday!

Yearbooks must be ordered by Thursday. Flyers came home in Wednesday folders, or you can order online at http://www.ybpay.lifetouch.com. Joyner’s yearbook ID code is 10746718.

NO EXTRA YEARBOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE SO YOU MUST ORDER TO RECEIVE A COPY. Questions? Contact Claren Englebreth at clarenwarenda@yahoo.com.

 

Register for Spring 2018 Joyner TEK Clubs on THURSDAY

Spring TEK Club registration will take place this Thursday, March 22, from 8:00-8:30 in the JYJ media center. You or your child may drop off the registration form and payment on Thursday morning. Registration forms were sent home in folders. Clubs will run on Wednesdays, April 18-May 23 (6 sessions), after school till 4:45. TEK supervises students in the afternoon prior to the start of clubs. Full club descriptions can be found on our registration form or online at http://www.teachingenrichmentkids.com/joyner.html. Extra registration and medical release forms can be found at http://www.teachingenrichmentkids.com/forms.html. Please contact TEK with any questions at duval@teachingenrichmentkids.com.

Save the Dates: Dine-Out Night, Night of Nonsense, Kickball Game

Update those calendars:
  • April 19: Student-Led Conferences (see sign-ups in grade level hubs)
  • April 19: Dine-out night at Moe’s at North Hills
  • May 17: Night of Nonsense and the Food Truck Frenzy
  • June 8: 5th Grade vs. Teachers Kickball Game

Amazon Smile Means Your Purchases Help Joyner

3x your impact! Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase through March 31. Shop Amazon through smile.amazon.com/ch/56-1691112 and Amazon donates a percentage of the sale to Joyner’s PTA!

 

Kindergarten Readiness and First Grade Refresher Camp

Ms. Johnson and Ms. Forbes are offering their rising kindergarten readiness camp again this year and adding a special week for rising first graders, too! Camps are half-day (9-noon) and run June 25-29July 23-27, and Aug 6-10 for rising Kinders. July 30-Aug. 3 is First Grade Refresher week. Click here to learn more and click here to download the registration form.

 

Quick Links

 

Calendar Items

  • Mar. 29: Snow make-up day. School is in session.
  • Mar. 30: Holiday
  • Apr. 2-6: Spring Break
  • Apr. 12: Spring pictures and class photos from LifeTouch
  • Apr. 19: Spirit Night at Moe’s at North Hills, 3-9 pm
  • Apr. 26: PTA general membership meeting, 6:15 pm, and Spring performance, 6:45 pm
  • May 3: JYJ Foundation Fiesta, 7:30-10:30 pm, Whitaker & Atlantic
  • May 5: Science Olympiad division tournament
  • May 8: Teacher appreciation luncheon
  • May 17: Night of Nonsense
  • TBD: Kindergarten orientation
  • TBD: Field Day
  • May 28: Holiday
  • June 7: 5th grade graduation
  • June 8: 5th grade vs. teachers kickball game
  • June 11: Last day of school

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.

NewsFlash | Time to Order That Yearbook, Spring TEK Clubs, and Save the Dates

Want a JYJ 5K t-shirt? We have all sizes, from Youth Medium-Adult XXL (no Youth Small). T-shirts are $5 each. Place your order by emailing Arinn Widmayer at arinnwidmayer@gmail.com.

Only 7 days left to order your yearbook!

Order now so you don’t miss out! Capture those precious memories and order your child’s JYJ yearbook before March 20. Flyers came home in the Wednesday folders or you can order online at www.ybpay.lifetouch.com. Joyner’s yearbook ID code is 10746718. No extra yearbooks will be purchased, so please order yours now through March 20. Questions? Contact Claren Englebreth at clarenwarenda@yahoo.com.

Create a family heirloom (or just make your child happy)

Choose personalized gifts with your child’s artwork! Check your child’s backpack or Wednesday folder for artwork and ordering instructions for this year’s Original Works school fundraiser. Choose among lots of great products featuring your child’s very own artwork. Completed forms should be turned into your child’s teacher no later than Wednesday, March 21. Contact Meredith Swindell at mlswindel@aol.com or Catherine Otto at catherineeotto@gmail.com with questions.

 

Spring 2018 Joyner TEK Club Offerings

Spring TEK clubs will run Wednesdays, April 18-May 23, after school until 4:45. Registration is on Thursday, March 22, from 8:00-8:30 in the JYJ Media Center. Registration forms should come home today in Wednesday folders.

Spring club offerings include:

  • STEM Overload! Stefanie Piner, Grades K-2
  • Hungry for Books. Amy Forbes, Grades K-2
  • Crack the Code. Lauren McCallum, Grades 1-3
  • Crafty Creators. Madison Ferrell, Grades 1-5
  • Community Service Club-Let’s be Superheroes! Fran Cameron, Grades K-5
  • Are You Ready to Breakout? Dominique Orr, Grades 2-5
  • Edible Structures. Jakala Wilson, Grades 2-5

Please contact TEK with any questions at duval@teachingenrichmentkids.com.

 

Save the Date for Dine-Out Night and Night of Nonsense

Mark your calendars for April 19 for a dine-out night at Moe’s at North Hills and save Thursday, May 17 for Night of Nonsense. You won’t want to miss the hilarious teacher skits and the Food Truck Frenzy! (Note: If you were seriously planning ahead earlier in the year, you’ll need to update your calendar with the new NofN date.)

Amazon Smile Means Your Purchases Help Joyner

3x your impact! Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase through March 31. Shop Amazon through smile.amazon.com/ch/56-1691112 and Amazon donates a percentage of the sale to Joyner’s PTA!

 

Kindergarten Readiness and First Grade Refresher Camp

Ms. Johnson and Ms. Forbes are offering their rising kindergarten readiness camp again this year and adding a special week for rising first graders, too! Camps are half-day (9-noon) and run June 25-29July 23-27, and Aug 6-10 for rising Kinders. July 30-Aug. 3 is First Grade Refresher week. Click here to learn more and click here to download the registration form.

 

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Concussions: May 10

Concussions are a hot topic in sports these days, but it’s so hard to stay abreast of the recommendations. Paul Cohen, MD of WakeMed Health and Hospitals will address the most common parent and child concerns about concussions and how you can keep your child healthy and safe.
  • Time: 11:30am-1pm
  • Location: NCPTA Headquarters, 3501 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612
  • Cost: $20 per person. Lunch will be provided

There is limited seating for the Lunch and Learn Series so register today!

 

Quick Links

 

Calendar Items

  • Mar. 12-16: Tony Peacock, writer-in-residence (4th graders)
  • Mar. 29: Snow make-up day. School is in session.
  • Mar. 30: Holiday
  • Apr. 2-6: Spring Break
  • Apr. 12: Spring pictures and class photos from LifeTouch
  • Apr. 19: Spirit Night at Moe’s at North Hills, 3-9 pm
  • Apr. 26: PTA general membership meeting, 6:15 pm, and Spring performance, 6:45 pm
  • May 3: JYJ Foundation Fiesta
  • May 5: Science Olympiad division tournament
  • May 8: Teacher appreciation luncheon
  • May 17: Night of Nonsense
  • TBD: Kindergarten orientation
  • TBD: Field Day
  • May 28: Holiday
  • June 7: 5th grade graduation
  • June 11: Last day of school and kickball game

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.

NewsFlash | 5K Race Results, T-Shirts for Sale, and Original Artworks

Thank you to all our Joyner families who came out to support our annual Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A! Proceeds help fund the important programs of our PTA. Thanks, Joyner! 

Race Results and JYJ 5K T-Shirts

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the 2018 JYJ 5K on Sunday! Our own Ms. Westarp took a ton of amazing pictures at the finish line — check them out on MemberHub. We love to see the smiling faces after such a great accomplishment. Click here to see your family’s race times and beam with pride over all that hard work.

Please congratulate the 5K winners. They each received a prize from our friends at Omega Sports North Hills:

  • Overall girl winner — Penny Choy
  • Overall boy winner — Sellars Compton
  • 5th grade girl —  Dixon Widmayer
  • 5th grade boy — Broder Swenson
  • 4th grade girl — Louisa Betz
  • 4th grade boy — Jim Ryan
  • 3rd grade girl — Maddie Rosen
  • 3rd grade boy — William Snider
  • 2nd grade girl — Tilley Sedaca and Lindsay Compton
  • 2nd grade boy — Nolan Wolitski
  • 1st grade girl — Kamila Graham
  • 1st grade boy — Evan Choy
  • Kindergarten girl — Hazel Robin and Kennedy Becker
  • Kindergarten boy — Julian Rosen
  • Faculty — Mrs. Wilcox

The JYJ PTA thanks all our volunteers who made this a great event for JYJ students, families, teachers and friends. We’ve had lots of positive comments, and we appreciate your role in making it a fun experience for everyone!

We did end up with extra t-shirts in all sizes (Youth Small-Adult XXL) except Adult Small. T-shirts are $5 each. Place your order by emailing Arinn Widmayer at arinnwidmayer@gmail.com.

The 5K could not happen without the support of our sponsors and friends. Their contributions are so important to our school. Thank you!

Congratulations to Joyner Odyssey of the Mind Teams

In the regional competition last Saturday, our Division 1 teams brought home 3rd, 5th and 7th place finishes for their respective problems! Each team competed in crowded fields and finished in the highest-performing group of elementary schools for each problem.
Although the Primary Division doesn’t score teams for their problem-solving, the JYJ Primary team was fantastic at their event on Feb. 17.
Special thanks to our OM co-chairs, Andrew Jones and Jenny Harper, our parent volunteers who helped at the tournament, and our volunteer coaches. OM coaches spend anywhere from 50 to 100 hours from November to March working with their teams. It’s a huge (and very rewarding!) volunteer commitment, and there would be no program for our kids without these parent coaches.
Division 1, Problem 4 – Animal House
Coaches: Jeff Pare, Emily Plumb, and Ryan Ball
Students: Holden Ball, Sergio Becom, Caleb Bullock, Jane Fitzpatrick, Ainsley Hernandez, Tori Pare, Brooke Reynard
 
Division 1, Problem 3 – Mockumentary! Seriously? 
Coaches: Andrew Jones and Will Roberts
Students: Sofia Brinkley, Bowen Caba, Claire Fullam, Jackie Jones, Finn Roberts, Kailyn Robison, Olivia Robison
Division 1, Problem 5 – A Stellar Hangout
Coaches: Amy Circosta and Sue Mann

Students: Sam Circosta, Ryder Cloninger, Arlie Harper, Avery Mann, Rachel Percenti, Noah Swindell, Quincy Swindell

Primary Team – We’re Cooking Now
Coaches: Carroll Vuncannon and Katie Catlin

Students: Nova Alexander-Smith, Marcus Cadet, Savannah Catlin, Leah Circosta, Sam Harper, McLain Jones, Louella Vuncannon

Barre 3 Foundation Donation Class THIS Thursday, March 8

A big thank you to all who signed up for the Barre 3 class this week! As of today the class is full, but there are a few waitlist spots available if you still want to add your name to the list. For those participating, please plan to arrive at the studio no later than 6:45 pm since the class will start promptly at 7 p.m. And don’t forget to bring your $20 class donation which will go directly to the Foundation. Many thanks for your support!

Yearbook Club Pictures and Class Pictures Coming Up

On Monday, March 12, the yearbook team will be taking club pictures, class pictures and any missing student pictures from the fall. Consider this your notification in case you need to schedule a haircut (or not) before Monday.

Time to Order Yearbooks – through March 20

Capture those precious memories and order your child’s JYJ yearbook today! Flyers came home in the Wednesday folders or you can order online at www.ybpay.lifetouch.com. Joyner’s yearbook ID code is 10746718. No extra yearbooks will be purchased, so please order yours now through March 20. Questions? Contact Claren Englebreth at clarenwarenda@yahoo.com.

Create a family heirloom (or just make your child happy)

Choose personalized gifts with your child’s artwork! Check your child’s backpack or Wednesday folder for artwork and ordering instructions for this year’s Original Works school fundraiser. Choose among lots of great products featuring your child’s very own artwork. Completed forms should be turned into your child’s teacher no later than Wednesday, March 21. Contact Meredith Swindell at mlswindel@aol.com or Catherine Otto at catherineeotto@gmail.com with questions.

Save the Date for Night of Nonsense

Mark your calendars now for the Night of Nonsense on Thursday, May 17. You won’t want to miss the hilarious teacher skits and the Food Truck Frenzy! (Note: If you were seriously planning ahead earlier in the year, you’ll need to update your calendar with the new date.)

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Calendar Items

  • Mar. 8: Barre 3 class fundraiser for the JYJ Foundation, 7:00 pm
  • Mar. 9: Black Box Dance performances (whole school)
  • Mar. 12: Club and class photos for yearbook
  • Mar. 12-16: Tony Peacock, writer-in-residence (4th graders)
  • Mar. 29: Snow make-up day. School is in session.
  • Mar. 30: Holiday
  • Apr. 2-6: Spring Break
  • Apr. 12: Spring pictures and class photos from LifeTouch
  • Apr. 26: PTA general membership meeting, 6:15 pm, and Spring performance, 6:45 pm
  • May 3: JYJ Foundation Fiesta
  • May 5: Science Olympiad division tournament
  • May 8: Teacher appreciation luncheon
  • May 17: Night of Nonsense
  • TBD: Kindergarten orientation
  • TBD: Field Day
  • May 28: Holiday
  • June 7: 5th grade graduation
  • June 11: Last day of school and kickball game

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.

NewsFlash | Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night Tomorrow, Early Release on Friday, and JYJ 5K on Sunday

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night Tomorrow

Come join us for our annual Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night tomorrow, March 1, from 4-8 p.m. at North Hills. This event follows our final JYJ Run Club practice. Why not skip the dishes and head straight to Chick-Fil-A North Hills to celebrate with friends? Proceeds from the night benefit our Joyner PTA. Questions? Contact Leigh Wolitski at (919) 606-5219.

 

Early Release and Teacher/Staff Appreciation on Friday

This Friday, March 2, is an early release. Help students tell their teachers and staff “We DONUT know what we would do without you!” by bringing gift cards for their favorite sweet treats – think Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Duck Donuts, Krispy Kreme, etc.

 

Joyner 5K on Sunday – Volunteers Needed!

You can still register through Friday for the JYJ 5K! Register online at https://joynerpta.com/5k-running-club/ or https://www.facebook.com/jyJoyner5K/. We have ordered extra t-shirts so hopefully we’ll be able to accommodate those who didn’t register by the t-shirt deadline. Check out the t-shirts here.

We need volunteers for the JYJ 5K this weekend (no running required)! From handing out water to runners to organizing race bibs and t-shirts, volunteers make this event happen. Sign up to help with packet pick-up on Saturday or during the event on Sunday.

Have fun on Sunday! The 5K is this Sunday, March 4, at 2:00 p.m. at JYJ. The PTA is hosting a 5K Fun Fair from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., complete with family activities, a photo booth, music, Locopops food truck and much more. Come out and make an afternoon of it!

 

Volunteer Help Needed

Ms. Truax and Ms. Orr have requested help for a couple of hours to laminate, copy and cut some materials. Please email dorr@wcpss.net if you’re available to help.

 

It’s the Final Week of the Healthy Choice Marathon!

As you get ready for the 5K next Sunday, don’t forget all the other activities leading up to the big day. Congratulations on all the Healthy Choices you’ve made these last few weeks!

  • The theme for everyone in week 4: Read, read, read! Read as many pages as you can.
  • Weekly Staff Wellness Challenge: Keep encouraging your teachers and staff! Who checked off the most books from the reading challenge list?
  • And speaking of books, do you have your costume ready for Friday? Students are invited to dress as their favorite book character on March 2 in celebration of collecting more than 2,600 books! Keep bringing in gently used books through Friday for the WAKE Up and Read annual book drive.

 

Classroom Challenge Winners

The Classroom Challenge is over and we had some serious competition going on. The PTA thanks you all for your contributions. These funds will allow us to install touchless water bottle filling stations at the water foundations on campus! 

Grade Level Winners get a frozen yogurt party at school!

  • Kindergarten — Johnson
  • 1st grade — McCallum
  • 2nd grade — Douglas
  • 3rd grade — Wilson/ Kelly/ Rogers
  • 4th grade — Wallace
  • 5th grade — Del

Our overall class winner is Mrs. Millsaps’ class! They brought in the most money and win a Defy Gravity jump party AND they get to line up FIRST at the 5K on Sunday.

Yearbook Club Pictures and Class Pictures Coming Up

The yearbook team will be taking club pictures, class pictures and any missing student pictures from the fall on Monday, March 12.

Time to Order Yearbooks – through March 20

Capture those precious memories and order your child’s JYJ yearbook today! Flyers came home in the Wednesday folders or you can order online at www.ybpay.lifetouch.com. Joyner’s yearbook ID code is 10746718. No extra yearbooks will be purchased, so please order yours now through March 20. Questions? Contact Claren Englebreth at clarenwarenda@yahoo.com.

 

Send in Yearbook Pics!

And speaking of yearbooks, don’t forget to share your pictures of school events with Tracy Robinson at joyneryearbook@gmail.com for inclusion in the yearbook. Click “actual size” when you send via your smartphone.

 

Summer Camps with Joyner Teachers

Ms. Cameron, Mr. Fotta and Mr. Poyer can’t wait to see YOU at camp this summer!

  • Join Ms. Cameron as she goes full STEAM ahead, diving into hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math activities.
  • Create priceless one-of-a-kind 2D and 3D masterpieces with Mr. Fotta.
  • Team up with Mr. Poyer and play all of your favorite P.E. games, along with a few new ones he has up his sleeve.

Camps are open to any rising kindergartners through 5th grade and run from 9-noon and 1-4 pm. Supervised before care (8-9am), lunch (12-1pm) and after care (4-5pm) included at no extra cost. Camp dates are July 23-27July 30-Aug 3, and Aug 6-10. To download registration form, click here.

 

Kindergarten Readiness and First Grade Refresher Camp

Ms. Johnson and Ms. Forbes are offering their rising kindergarten readiness camp again this year and adding a special week for rising first graders, too!

Camps are half-day (9-noon) and run June 25-29July 23-27, and Aug 6-10 for rising Kinders. July 30-Aug. 3 is First Grade Refresher week. Click here to learn more and click here to download the registration form.

Barre 3 Class for the JYJ Foundation on March 8

If you are a Barre 3 regular, or have always wanted to try a class, now is your chance! On Thursday, March 8, at 7 pm, the Barre 3 studio in Five Points will be hosting a donation class for the JYJ Foundation. Space for the class is limited, so click here to register — just scroll to the March 8 date and click on Donation Class Benefitting the Joyner Foundation. If you have taken classes at Barre3 before, you can use your member log in. If not, you will need to create a log in, but just takes a second. Suggested donation is $20 (cost of the class) when you come to the event.

 

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Calendar Items

  • Mar. 1: Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night at North Hills, 4-8 pm
  • Mar. 2: Early release and Teacher Appreciation
  • Mar. 3: Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament @ Wake Tech
  • Mar. 4: JYJ 5k
  • Mar. 8: Barre 3 class fundraiser for the JYJ Foundation, 7:00 pm
  • Mar. 9: Black Box Dance performances (whole school)
  • Mar. 12-16: Tony Peacock, writer-in-residence (4th graders)
  • Mar. 24: Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament @ Wingate University
  • Mar. 29: Snow make-up day. School is in session.
  • Mar. 30: Holiday
  • Apr. 2-6: Spring Break
  • Apr. 12: Spring pictures and class photos
  • Apr. 26: PTA general membership meeting, 6:15 pm, and Spring performance, 6:45 pm
  • May 5: Science Olympiad division tournament

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.

NewsFlash | Classroom Challenge, Principal’s Coffee Thursday and Yearbook Orders

Looking for resources about how to talk about last week’s tragedy with your children? Check out these suggestions from the National Association of School Psychologists. 

 

Support Joyner through 5K and Classroom Challenge!

Remember the JYJ 5K and the Classroom Challenge are our spring fundraisers! The PTA uses the money we bring in from these events in two ways:

1. To fund existing programs like Science Go Round, classroom Promethean boards, Writers in Residence, Backpack Buddies, and more that are annually budgeted, and

2. To pay for a facility improvement project on campus.

 This year that facility improvement is to install touchless water bottle filling stations on campus! These new stations fall right in line with the 5K’s platform of encouraging kids to make healthy choices every day. Bottle fillers not only promote drinking water, limit the spread of germs and reduce our green footprint, but they also improve learning conditions for students and working conditions for staff.

Donate to your child’s class for the Classroom Challenge by having them bring in change, bills (or checks!) to their teacher or you can give online here. The class that brings in the most money wins a jump party at Defy Gravity generously donated by our awesome friends at HTR Capital Group Real Estate! The Challenge ends on Monday, Feb. 26.

Interested in sponsoring the 5K? Please click here for more info. Contact Arinn Widmayer at arinnwidmayer@gmail.com with questions.

 

Come to the Principal’s Coffee Tomorrow

Anxiety among adolescents has risen in recent years, but there are things parents can do to help. Tomorrow (2/22) at 8:30 a.m., Ms. Zezza will host a discussion with our school counselor Andrea Burston and our school psychologist Erin Nasto. Join us in the media center to discuss ways to support your child when nervousness and anxiety may arise in a school setting. PTA will provide coffee and no RSVP needed.

 

Healthy Choice Marathon: Three weeks of healthy choices down, one more to go!

As you get ready for the 5K, don’t forget all the other activities leading up to the big day. We’re now into week 3 of the Healthy Choice Marathon!

  • The theme for EVERYONE week 3: Try a NEW exercise or activity each day. Be creative!
  • Weekly Staff Wellness Challenge: Keep encouraging your teachers and staff! This week we’ll see who can post a healthy choice(s) using our #JYJ175K hashtag on social media.
  • Up next for teachers and staff: Next week wraps up the month-long bookworm challenge. Who can check off the most books from the reading challenge list?
  • Reading books is part of a healthy life. Don’t forget to help gets books to kids who need them by donating gently used books at school as part of the WAKE Up and Read annual book drive. If Joyner collects 2,600 books by this Friday, students get to dress up as their favorite book character on Friday, March 2.
  • If you haven’t yet, you can register for the 5K Run/Walk on March 4 at 2 p.m. at https://app.racereach.com/event/jyj-5k

 

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night Next Week

Come join us for our annual Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night on Thursday, March 1, from 3:30-8 p.m. at North Hills! This event follows our final JYJ Run Club practice. Why not skip the dishes and head straight to Chick-Fil-A North Hills to celebrate with friends? Proceeds from the night benefit our Joyner PTA. Questions? Contact Leigh Wolitski at (919)-606-5219.

 

NCGA Passes Changes to Class Size Legislation

The NC General Assembly passed a class size reduction compromise last week. The new plan phases in the new class size requirements over several years, adds funding for program enhancement teachers (arts, music, world language, and physical education), and adds funding for more pre-kindergarten classes. This compromise still leaves challenges, as local school districts like Wake County still must find ways to accommodate the hundreds of new classrooms that will be needed by the time the class size limits will take effect in 2021.

The school board has already voted to “cap” enrollment at a dozen elementary schools for this school year, and 15 schools next year. Families can expect that number to grow in future years. Other choices may include reassigning transfer, magnet, and calendar-choice students back to their base schools, capping enrollment at more schools, and making specific changes to assignment zones. Click here to read more from WakeEd Partnership.

 

Time to Order Yearbooks

Capture those precious memories and order your child’s JYJ yearbook today! Flyers will be coming home in the Wednesday folders or go ahead and order online at www.ybpay.lifetouch.com. Joyner’s yearbook ID code is 10746718. There will be no extra yearbooks purchased, so please order yours, now through March 20. Questions? Contact Claren Englebreth at clarenwarenda@yahoo.com.

 

Send in Yearbook Pics!

And speaking of yearbooks, don’t forget to share your pictures of school events with Tracy Robinson at joyneryearbook@gmail.com for inclusion in the yearbook. Click “actual size” when you send via your smartphone.

 

Early Release NEXT Friday and Teacher/Staff Appreciation

Next Friday, March 2, is an early release. Help students tell their teachers and staff “We DONUT know what we would do without you!” by bringing gift cards for their favorite sweet treats – think Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Duck Donuts, Krispy Kreme, etc.

 

Dig In on March 10 to Learn about School Gardens

Join Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) and partner Marbles Kids Museum for Dig In! on March 10 to explore how urban agriculture, community gardens, and edible gardens in schools and child care settings grow a healthier Wake County.The theme for Dig In! this year is Nourishing Community: How Community Gardens and Urban Ag Support a Healthy Wake County. Learn how and commit to how you will contribute to healthier communities in Wake County through edible gardens and urban ag.

Registration: $25 Register here!

 

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Calendar Items

  • Feb. 21: Beverly Botsford’s Dancing Drums performances (whole school)
  • Mar. 2: Early release and Teacher Appreciation
  • Mar. 3: Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament @ Wake Tech
  • Mar. 4: JYJ 5k
  • Mar. 8: Barre 3 class fundraiser for the JYJ Foundation, 7:00 pm
  • Mar. 9: Black Box Dance performances (whole school)
  • Mar. 12-16: Tony Peacock, writer-in-residence (4th graders)
  • Mar. 24: Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament @ Wingate University
  • Mar. 29: Snow make-up day. School is in session.
  • Mar. 30: Holiday
  • Apr. 2-6: Spring Break

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.

NewsFlash | Bus Driver Appreciation Week, Turn in Box Tops, and Healthy Choice Marathon Week 2

Pictures are needed for the yearbook! Please send pictures — especially Dance-a-thon and Joyner Jamboree pictures — to Tracy Robinson at joyneryearbook@gmail.com. Click “actual size.”

 

Thank Your Child’s Bus Driver This Week

February Is Love the Bus Month, and this week (Feb. 12-16) is School Bus Driver Appreciation Week. Our drivers ensure that our children get to school safely and on time every day. Please take a moment this week to thank your child’s bus driver. Click here for some resources you can use!

Did you know?

  • Students nationwide are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely if they take the school bus instead of traveling by car, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • School buses reduce traffic by keeping more than 17 million cars off roads each year, the American School Bus Council says, while also saving approximately 2.6 billion gallons of fuel.

 

Turn in Box Tops This Week to Win a Pizza Party

Please turn in your clipped Box Tops to your child’s teacher in sealable bags THIS WEEK. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents to the JYJ PTA. The class that collects the most Box Tops will win a pizza party!

 

Healthy Choice Marathon Week 2: Keep Up the Great Work

As you get ready for the 5K, don’t forget all the other activities leading up to the big day. We’re now into week 2 of the Healthy Choice Marathon!

  • The theme for week 2: Be fit with friends! Exercise with a friend or family member each day.
  • Weekly Staff Wellness Challenge: Keep encouraging your teachers and staff! This week we’ll see who can complete the most (different) exercise activities in a week.
  • Up next for teachers & staff: Next week is the hashtag challenge — who can post a healthy choice(s) using our #JYJ185K hashtag on social media?
  • Reading books is part of a healthy life. You can help get books to kids who need them by donating gently used books at school as part of the WAKE Up and Read annual book drive. If Joyner collects 2,600 books, students get to dress up as their favorite book character on Friday, March 2.

 

Register for the 5K

Registration is now open for the 7th Annual JYJ 5K Run/Walk on March 4 at 2 p.m.  Visit https://app.racereach.com/event/jyj-5k to register yourself, your children and all your friends who want in on the action! Questions? Contact Arinn Widmayer at arinnwidmayer@gmail.com.

Become a JYJ 5K Sponsor

Promotional materials, race T-shirts and online marketing come with sponsorship opportunities for advertising your business! All sponsorships 100% tax deductible. Opportunities available at many levels. Please contact Arinn Widmayer at arinnwidmayer@gmail.com or check out https://joynerpta.com/5k-running-club/.

Summer Camps Offered by JYJ Teachers

Sign up now for art, PE and STEAM summer camp fun! Mr. Fotta, Mr. Poyer and Ms. Cameron are offering JYJ summer camps for three weeks this summer (July 23 – August 10) — camps are open to any rising K through 5th students (not just Joyner kids). Choose from half-day art, PE or STEAM camps, or put two together to make a full day. Click here for the updated registration form. Questions? Contact Mr. Fotta at rpfotta@gmail.com.

 

NCPTA Lunch and Learn Series: What Every Parent Needs to Know about Sleep!

From babies to high schoolers, sleep is an ever-changing challenge to parents. Join Dr. Jesse Hart of WakeMed Pediatric Practices to talk about all things sleep and sleep hygiene from babies to teens.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-and-learn-what-every-parent-needs-to-know-about-sleep-tickets-41314964170 Ticket sales end on March 6.

 

Quick Links

 

Calendar Items

  • Feb. 17: Odyssey of the Mind Primary Tournament at Wake Tech
  • Feb. 19: Snow make-up day. School is in session.
  • Feb. 21: Beverly Botsford’s Dancing Drums performances (whole school)
  • Mar. 2: Early release and Teacher Appreciation
  • Mar. 3: Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament @ Wake Tech
  • Mar. 4: JYJ 5k
  • Mar. 8: Barre 3 class fundraiser for the JYJ Foundation, 7:00 pm
  • Mar. 9: Black Box Dance performances (whole school)
  • Mar. 12-16: Tony Peacock, writer-in-residence (4th graders)
  • Mar. 24: Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament @ Wingate University
  • Mar. 29: Snow make-up day. School is in session.
  • Mar. 30: Holiday
  • Apr. 2-6: Spring Break

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.

NewsFlash | Teacher Appreciation, Healthy Choice Marathon Week 1, and Let’s Celebrate Ms. Burston!

Pictures are needed for the yearbook! Please send pictures — especially Dance-a-thon and Joyner Jamboree pictures — to Tracy Robinson at joyneryearbook@gmail.com. Click “actual size.”

 

Teacher Appreciation and Early Release on Friday

It’s an Early Release on Friday — school ends at 12:30 — and that means Teacher Appreciation! The theme this time is “Our teachers are the queens and kings of our hearts!” Students tell their teachers why they are the queens/kings of their hearts or bring their teachers something that makes them feel like queens and kings for the day.

 

A Big THANK YOU to Ms. Burston!

And speaking of appreciation, it’s National Counseling Week this week. Take a moment to let our School Counselor, Ms. Burston, know how much you appreciate all that she does! Anyone who has seen the line of kids in the morning waiting to get their hug from Ms. Burston cannot help but appreciate the love and joy she brings to our Joyner family. Please give her a shout-out for her contribution to student achievement and success at Joyner.

 

Clothing Donations Still Needed for JYJ Students

Our JYJ health room is in desperate need of new girls and boys underwear along with girls leggings, or boys sweatpants in neutral colors (black or grey). All sizes needed. For boys, boxer shorts preferred. Please bring items to Elizabeth Ferriter in the front office.

Happy Birthday to Mr. Charles

Please take a moment this FRIDAY to wish our school crossing guard Mr. Charles a happy birthday as he walks you across the street on your way into and out of school.

 

Healthy Choice Marathon Week 1: What You Need To Know

Want to know more about what’s happening with the Healthy Choice Marathon this week?

  • Theme for Week 1: Try a new food!
  • Weekly Staff Wellness Challenge: We need your help encouraging your teachers and staff!
    • This week is the Step Master Challenge to see who can take the most steps in a work week.
    • Next week we’ll see who can complete the most (different) exercise activities in a week.
  • Collections for the Classroom Challenge are happening every morning in the front lobby and the carpool loop. Bring your spare change (or bills) and contribute! Check out details about 5K sponsorships and the Classroom Challenge on the PTA website. Remember, there will be one winning class for each grade level, and each grade level winner will get a frozen yogurt party for the entire class!  The class who raises the most in the whole school will win: 1) a JUMP party at Skyzone and 2) starting at the FRONT of the crowd on 5K race day! Questions? Contact Shawn Winstead at shawnwinstead@gmail.com.
  • Reading books is part of a healthy life — you can help gets books to kids who need them by donating gently used books at school as part of the WAKE Up and Read annual book drive. If Joyner collects 2,600 books, students get to dress up as their favorite book character on Friday, March 3.

 

Joyner 5K Registration Open – Register Now and Save

Registration is now open for the 7th Annual JYJ 5K Run/Walk on March 4 at 2 p.m.

Visit https://app.racereach.com/event/jyj-5k to register yourself, your children and all your friends who want in on the action! Get the early bird price ($15) by registering between now and Feb. 11. Regular registration ($18) will run between Feb. 12 and race day. Questions? Contact Arinn Widmayer at arinnwidmayer@gmail.com.

Become a JYJ 5K Sponsor

Promotional materials, race T-shirts and online marketing come with sponsorship opportunities for advertising your business! All sponsorships 100% tax deductible. Opportunities available at many levels. Please contact Arinn Widmayer at arinnwidmayer@gmail.com or check out https://joynerpta.com/5k-running-club/.

TEK Clubs and Run Club Start This Week

TEK Clubs start TODAY. Remind your child this morning about club, send an extra snack, and plan to pick them up at 4:45 at the front of the school.

Run Club starts THURSDAY. Run Club has become an annual Healthy Choice Marathon tradition, and is FREE for all Joyner students! The club meets after school for four Thursdays during the Healthy Choice Marathon: 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, and 3/1 from 3-4 p.m. Each week, volunteers collect kids from their classrooms and GET MOVING together down at the baseball field and on the greenway adjacent to Joyner. The Run Club is volunteer-driven, so parent participation and advance enrollment are essential. Register your child at Run Club Registration. Contact Shanna Schroeder at shannas@us.ibm.com with questions.

For both clubs, participating students enrolled in JYJ afterschool will be taken to afterschool when club time ends.

Summer Camps Offered by JYJ Teachers

Sign up now for art, PE and STEAM summer camp fun! Mr. Fotta, Mr. Poyer and Ms. Cameron are offering JYJ summer camps for three weeks this summer (July 23 – August 10) — camps are open to any rising K through 5th students (not just Joyner kids). Choose from half-day art, PE or STEAM camps, or put two together to make a full day. Click here for the updated registration form. Questions? Contact Mr. Fotta at rpfotta@gmail.com.

 

Resilience Film Screenings: Feb 9 and other dates available

Sign up to attend a free film screening of the 60-minute documentary Resilience, all about Adverse Childhood Experiences  (ACEs) and their significant impact on health—and learning. Marbles Kids Museum is presenting multiple FREE community screenings at the IMAX, but two screenings this Friday (an early release day), may be of particular interest. For details, click here.

 

NCPTA Lunch and Learn Series: What Every Parent Needs to Know about Sleep!

From babies to high schoolers, sleep is an ever-changing challenge to parents. Join Dr. Jesse Hart of WakeMed Pediatric Practices to talk about all things sleep and sleep hygiene from babies to teens.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-and-learn-what-every-parent-needs-to-know-about-sleep-tickets-41314964170 Ticket sales end on March 6.

 

Quick Links

 

Calendar Items

  • Feb. 9: Early Release and Teacher Appreciation
  • Feb. 12-13: Beverly Botsford’s Dancing Drums performances (whole school)
  • Feb. 17: Odyssey of the Mind Primary Tournament at Wake Tech
  • Feb. 19: Snow make-up day. School is in session.
  • Mar. 2: Early release and Teacher Appreciation
  • Mar. 3: Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament @ Wake Tech
  • Mar. 4: JYJ 5k
  • Mar. 9: Black Box Dance performances (whole school)
  • Mar. 12-16: Tony Peacock, writer-in-residence (4th graders)
  • Mar. 24: Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament @ Wingate University
  • Mar. 29: Snow make-up day. School is in session.
  • Mar. 30: Holiday
  • Apr. 2-6: Spring Break

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