(907) 456-5469 x103
24 Margaret Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Students: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Office: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Elementary Administrative Secretary
Announcements & Upcoming Events
Hello Joy Families,
From our PTA: Hello Joy families, Thursday (May 21) we will be hosting our annual field day & picnic! This is a day filled with fun to wrap up the year and kick off our summer. We are looking for extra helpers as many hands makes light work. We will be prepping lunch while the students enjoy the stations set up outside. If you would like to come in and join us we will be starting at 10. We would love to see you. Everyone is welcome!
From Ms. Swanson: On May 26th, teachers will be boxing up their classrooms and some of them are moving classrooms. If you know of anyone who would like to help or a group who needs volunteer hours, please let me know!
New Joy Elementary Principal
The Fairbanks School District is pleased to announce LaLaunie Whisenhant has been hired as the principal for Joy Elementary.
Mrs. Whisenhant will be the new principal at Joy Elementary starting in the 2015-16 academic year. Mrs. Whisenhant has a master’s degree in childhood special education, as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership. She has 16 years of teaching experience, including teaching at the elementary level and work as a special education teacher. Mrs. Whisenhant most recently served as the assistant principal for Artcic Light Elementary.
“I am delighted to be joining the team at Joy Elementary,” said Mrs. Whisenhant. “I look forward to working with staff, students, and families.”
Update: Phone Access
In response to anonymous threatening phone calls that have disrupted operations at various schools, district schools will no longer accept calls from anonymous numbers.
This action was taken at the recommendation of law enforcement agencies, which are investigating the recent calls.
Callers with anonymous numbers can reach schools by taking steps to display their numbers prior to calling a school or by calling the administrative center at (907) 452-2000, which will serve anonymous numbers.
Student Drop Off/Pick Up
Good morning Joy Families,
Through meetings with First Student Bus Company and our maintenance department we believe we have come up with a solution to separating bus traffic from parent drop off/pick up traffic. We would like to pilot this idea starting on Monday, April 20th.
All busses, big & small, will be dropping off students in the front of the building in the bus lane. They will be picking up all students there also.
Parent drop off/pick up: Please drive down Margaret Ave. past the school to our back parking lot. It is a one way lot. Loop around the lot to the curbside. Please drop off or pick up your students. There is room for parents who are quick at drop off and those who take a little more time. Students can get out curbside and do not have to walk through any parked or moving cars. We will have signs and extra people out to help with this transition.
Our goal is to find a safe & quick way for parents to drop off or pick up students that is traffic jam free. (No one likes to start out or end their day with that!) If we pilot this now, we will know what issues may come from this. Your feedback will be important.
Thank you for all your help with this so far this spring!
New Teacher Evaluation Process
New weapons policy
The School Board's firearms, deadly weapons, and weapons policies have been updated to meet Alaska Department of Education reporting requirements.
Among the changes are that all knives, regardless of blade length, are categorized as deadly weapons. State law dictates a 30-day minimum suspension from school for deadly weapon possession. For more information, visit k12northstar.org/weaponpolicy.
Joy Robotics Team
Students in grades 4-6th are eligible to join the robotics team. The team will compete in a tournament in January. Contact Mr. Lange for any questions.
JOY ELEMENTARY IS A "GREEN STAR" SCHOOL
Joy Elementary is a "GREEN STAR" school which means that we take extra care of our environment. We are encouraging everyone in our community to please REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE.
We are asking you to save and bring these items to our school. We recycle and collect:
The aluminum drop-box is located in the large container on the back side of Joy Elementary.
The drop-box for cell phones and ink cartridges is located at our front office.
Please look around for these items and DO NOT THROW AWAY. BRING THEM TO US!!!
We also collect Box Tops for Education and Campbell Labels for Education. Please save these for our school.
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