NewsFlash | Science-Go-Round, favorite things, special ed liaison

Blinding them with science this Friday

The 22nd annual Science Go Round is this Friday, with 19 different presenters sharing hands-on learning with students! We still need volunteers to help make the day go smoothly, especially for the afternoon classroom assistant shift from 11:45 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please follow the links below or just email Hannah and Renay to help out.

  • 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.

Raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens?

How do you know what your teachers’ favorite things when you’re buying appreciation and holiday gifts? Check the files section of your classroom hub to download the list specific to your teacher. And don’t forget to check with your room parent about signing up for monthly lunch coverage for your teacher — that’s a great, cost-free way to show them how much we appreciate their hard work!

Special education committee liaison

Did you know the PTA  has a liaison for Wake County’s Special Education Inclusion Committee (SEIC)? Jennifer Grady serves as a link to resources for parents and educators on special education and related community services and assists the PTA by offering ideas for accommodations on PTA programs that facilitate the inclusion of the whole school community. More information on SEIC can be found on their Facebook page and at For more resources on Wake County Special Education services, go to or

Get your whip/nae nae ready

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 JYJ overhang. 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.

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.

Quick links

Calendar items

  • Nov. 9-19: Dance-A-Thon wristbands on sale in the Joyner lobby, coin collection for teacher dance contest
  • Nov. 12: Picture make-up day
  • Nov. 13: Science-Go-Round
  • Nov. 15: Lip sync competition entries due to
  • Nov. 20: JY Joyner Foundation Dance-A-Thon, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 25: Teacher workday
  • Dec. 4-11: Book Fair
  • Dec. 10: Holiday concert and PTA general membership meeting
  • Dec. 18: Early release and teacher/staff lunch provided by PTA
  • Dec. 21: Teacher workday

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