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: 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.  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

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 | 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 ( 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 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: 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 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

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: 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 | Book Fair Success, Dewey’s Ready for Pickup, January Events & Happy Holidays!

IB Learner Profile Trait for December: Open-Minded

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

This Week’s News Flash:

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

Be sure to check out the bottom of each week’s NewsFlash for upcoming important dates.  Also you can view the school and PTA calendar at ( and link it to your own Google Calendar. Want to learn or refresh on JYJ lingo?  Check out our glossary of terms to get up to speed.

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

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

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

Dewey’s Pickup Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

Lost and Found Items

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

Winter Break is almost here!

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

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

Calendar Items

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

Quick Links

The NewsFlash is produced (almost) every week by the Joyner PTA communications chair. Have an announcement to include in a future edition of the NewsFlash? Submit your article via this form. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @pta_joyner.

Parent input session for principal search on June 21 at 3:30

WCPSS will hold a parent session with Area Superintendent Andre Smith on Wednesday, June 21, at 3:30 p.m. in the Joyner gym for all parents who wish to provide input concerning the selection of the new principal. Examples of input include: desired characteristics/qualities, assets, traits, and particular skills/experience.

The information that is gathered will be used to develop a principal profile and a list of questions and issues for the applicant screening and selection process. Individuals unable to attend the input session can email their comments to — see the form in MemberHub files for submitting your feedback in writing.


Please use the following outline from WCPSS as you consider the input you’d like to share during the session:  

Without using the name(s) of any staff member, administrator, parent or community person, please share your input in the following categories:
1. General Leadership — How do you see the new principal functioning as chief administrator? Consider developing and implementing policy; managing the budget; hiring, supervising and developing staff; setting disciplinary and sagely standards; planning schedules; and carrying out the total school program.
2. Instructional Leadership — What special qualities in a principal does your school need to set and meet academic goals? Consider school and classroom objectives; faculty, parent and student involvement; curriculum development; student performance and appraisal; and instructional priorities and program needs.
3. Relationships — What kind of relationships inside and outside the school do you feel are critical for your schools’ success? Consider students, parents and staff; the tone of your school environment; levels of interaction; and how your school is represented and perceived in the community.


NewsFlash | Spelling bees and holiday donations

Many thanks to all who helped make last week’s Book Fair and Hour of Code events such a success! Congratulations to Book Fair chair Laura Moreschi and Hour of Code coordinators Matt Harrell and Jennifer Bell on a great week for Joyner students!

Bee ready on Friday

Don’t forget to dress in your most bee-tastic yellow and black apparel this Friday in honor of classroom Spelling Bees to be held in all 3rd-5th grade classrooms. The top two spellers will advance to the school bee. Your child should have received the list of study words, rules and resources last month. If you do not have the word list, please see your child’s teacher.

Click here to volunteer for the schoolwide Spelling Bee on Thursday, Jan. 19, including setting up in the gym from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. and helping with breakdown from 6:30 to 7 p.m. as well as chaperones for the kids before and during the bee. Our pronouncer this year is Loretta Bohn, a former Scripps National Spelling Bee contestant!


Gift for Mr. Charles

Do you love to start your school day with a greeting from our delightful crossing guard, Mr. Charles? Then let him know how much you appreciate him by contributing towards a Christmas gift. Ameshia Turlington will be in the front lobby this Friday to collect donations from any walker families who would like to contribute.


Socks and toiletries accepted through Dec. 21

One more week to donate new socks for Note in the Pocket, which provides clothing to children in need enrolled in WCPSS schools, as well as travel-size toiletries (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc for men and women) for Interact of Wake CountyWe’ve already collected more than 600 pairs of socks — can we make 800 by next week? Look for collection bins at the school’s front entrance through Dec. 21. Thanks to all who have already donated!


Give new life to old markers

As you clean out your craft drawers to make room for new supplies, please remember that Joyner is  collecting dried up markers again this year for the Crayola ColorCycle Project. The collection bin is in Mr. Fotta’s room this year. We can recycle all shapes, sizes, brands and styles of markers!


Quick links

Calendar items

  • Dec. 16: Classroom spelling bees
  • Dec. 22: Teacher workday
  • Dec. 22: J.Y. Joyner Foundation event with The Blasa Gliders and The Geb at Kings Barcade (14 W. Martin St., Raleigh), 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 23-Jan. 2: Winter break (school closed)
  • Jan. 16: Holiday
  • Jan. 19: Schoolwide spelling bee, 3 p.m.
  • Jan. 20: Early release and teacher appreciation (Theme: “We couldn’t have ‘PICKED’ a better teacher than you!” Have your child bring their teacher/staff member’s favorite fruit.)
  • Jan. 27: Teacher workday
  • March 5: Joyner 5K

A video for you, in case you can’t stop the feeling…

You might be feeling a little excited today for summer to start. Or maybe you’re feeling sad because your baby just graduated from elementary school. Perhaps you’re feeling all the feels at once.

But whether you’re ready to celebrate or you need a little pick-me-up, the Joyner teachers and staff are here for you. They’ve got sunshine in their pockets. They’ve even got some good soul in their feet.

Your kids saw it on the news this morning, but we didn’t want you to miss out. Happy summer, everyone — and go Jaguars!

JYJ Can’t Stop the Feeling from Calla Sherrow on Vimeo.

JYJ Run Club

It’s time to register your child for the JYJ Run Club!

Run Club goes hand in hand with the Healthy Choice Marathon and Classroom Challenge. The club meets each Thursday from 3-4 p.m. for the four weeks leading up to the 5th Annual JYJ 5K Run/Walk. The 2016 Run Club dates are Feb. 11, 18 and 25 and March 3.

Volunteers pick up kids on campus at JYJ and escort them to the Kiwanis Park where the kids stretch, move and run or walk on the greenway. Parents pick up their runners promptly at 4 p.m. or sign a release for them to be delivered to the JYJ after-school program.

The JYJ Run Club is free and open to all JYJ kids. It is fueled entirely by the efforts of parent volunteers. Last year more than 260 kids and 50 parents participated — it’s a great time for everyone involved!

PLEASE READ these key details for this year that are different from last year:

  • Each parent is expected to volunteer twice, if possible. Please see the link to register as a volunteer. Volunteers are not required to run.
  • Online registration only.
  • Registration closes each week on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. — if your child is not on the list on Tuesday at 9 a.m., they CANNOT attend that week
  • You only need to register your child once to attend all four meetings
  • Club organizers will send out a weekly email on Wednesdays to confirm the kids who are registered for that week

Registration for your child:

Volunteer Registration:
Please feel free to contact the awesome Run Club team with any questions…

2016 Run Club Co-Chairs
Fraley Marshall –
Melanie Jones –
Elizabeth Jordan –
Shanna Schroeder –

NewsFlash | Science-Go-Round and Dance-A-Thon

Science-Go-Round needs you!

If you’ve got a student who’s been at Joyner for Science-Go-Round before, you know all about how much they love seeing Dan the Animal Man, racing robots and all the other hands-on science fun of the day. The PTA makes this annual event possible, but we need lots of volunteers to make Nov. 13 run smoothly.

  • Sign up to help: Shifts run as early as 7:30-8:30 a.m. and as late as 1:45-2:30 p.m. Volunteer positions include helping presenters bring in supplies, serving lunch and assisting in the classroom (no science experience needed!). Contact Hannah Boston at with questions.
  • Sign up to bring food: We like to say thank you to our school staff, presenters and volunteers by providing breakfast and desserts. Volunteer to bring in a food item and drop it off at the cart inside the front entrance of the building that Friday morning. Contact Renay Jones at with questions.


So you think you can dance?

Grab your dancing shoes and join The J.Y. Joyner Foundation on Friday, Nov. 20, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for its first ever Dance-A-Thon at the Joyner overhang/carpool area. DJ Joe Bunn will be spinning tunes and Broughton’s Dance Team will show us the latest moves — plus disco balls, glow sticks, food trucks and lots of other fun! And the best news of all? The Dance-A-Thon raises money to hire a new Spanish teacher. Information coming from the Foundation in this week’s Wednesday folders about purchasing tickets, gathering pledges, entering the lip-sync video contest and more!

Read more from PTA President Keisha Green about how the J.Y. Joyner Foundation and the Joyner PTA are separate organizations with different missions that both support making Joyner a great place to teach and learn.


Room parents provide special support

Each one of our classroom teachers now has at least one room parent — thanks to all of you for volunteering! Parents, please check with your room parent about helping with lunch coverage for teachers once a month, plans for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Days and any other special events happening in your classroom. Room parents, additional info is available for you in the room parent hub on MemberHub, including an updated Appreciation Day schedule.


Quick links


Calendar items

  • Nov. 7: WCPSS Magnet Fair
  • Nov. 10: PTA Executive Committee meeting at 7:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 11: Holiday
  • Nov. 12: Picture make-up day
  • Nov. 13: Science-Go-Round
  • Nov. 20: JY Joyner Foundation Dance-A-Thon
  • Nov. 25: Teacher workday

Have an announcement to include in a future edition of the NewsFlash? Submit your article on the PTA website. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @pta_joyner.