Ask anyone at The Joy School about our community traditions and events and you are likely to encounter a smile. With events for our students, alumni, faculty, parents and grandparents, there are many opportunities for friends of TJS to gather, share stories and make new friends.
- Buddy Lunch
- Family Fun Night
- Halloween Carnival
- Grandparent & Special Friend Day
- Winter Games
- Annual Luncheon
- Educator Seminar
- Camp For All
- Donuts With Dad
- Muffins With Mom
- Field Day
Each lower school student is paired with a middle schooler to be their buddy for activities including lunch, an interview, games and a scavenger hunt. This event encourages our kids to make new friends and develop social skills by pairing them with students who they do not typically interact with during school. The Buddy Lunch kicks off the Buddy Program, in which buddies who are paired at the beginning of the year continue to participate in activities together all year long.
The Joy School Annual Luncheon is held each February and has become a highly anticipated event in the Houston community. Each year the School brings an acclaimed expert on child development or education to address luncheon guests. Over 350 people gather at the River Oaks Country Club for this beautiful and informative luncheon.
We believe helping other educators in the community work effectively with children with learning differences is crucial. The Joy School holds an Educator Seminar in conjunction with The Annual Luncheon, in which the Luncheon guest speaker spends an evening addressing professional educators such as teachers, school administrators, diagnosticians and speech pathologists. This seminar is generously underwritten and offered to all education professionals in the Houston area free of charge as part of our ongoing community outreach program. Teachers also earn TEA credits by attending the seminar.