NewsFlash | Science by day, dancing by night plus elections next Tuesday

Volunteer to help make Science Go Round

The Science Go Round Committee is looking for volunteers to help during our daylong science event on Thursday, Nov. 10 — sign up to greet presenters, assist in a classroom or just bring bagels. JYJ’s annual Science Go Round is a fun-filled day when scientists and parents give hands-on demonstrations to our students, connecting science application with the real world. Know someone who might be interested in sharing their science expertise with children in a hands-on way? Contact Katie Calvillo at 919-272-3225 or Want to volunteer to help out? See the signup at


Look for lost items

Missing a jacket or lunch box lately? Be sure to check out the JYJ lost and found this week to see what treasures your kids have left behind. Everything left after Friday, Nov. 4, will be washed and donated to Note in the Pocket.


Check your Jagwear

Any changes to Jagwear orders must be completed by this Thursday, Nov. 3. After Thursday, no new Jagwear will be available until the 2017-18 school year, so act fast! Contact Ameshia at


Did you know it’s election season?

Unless you’ve been living under a very isolated, sound-proof rock, you obviously know that election day is next Tuesday, Nov. 8. Did you also know that all ALL seats on the Wake County Board of Education are on the ballot? Be sure to read up about your candidates and turn the ballot over to see your school board nominee on the back of the ballot.

Also, don’t forget that Wake County public schools (including Joyner) will open on a 2-hour delay next Tuesday to accommodate voting.


Design the next JYJ yearbook cover

All students are invited to submit an entry for the JYJ yearbook cover contest! Design a creative cover with a Joyner theme using markers, crayons or colored pencils on an 8.5×11″ page in portrait orientation. Turn in entries to your classroom teacher or the front office by Wednesday, Nov. 30. Teachers and staff will vote on the submissions, and winners will be announced on the WJYJ news in mid-December.


Study Buddies information session

Please join us in the library next Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 8-8:30 a.m. to learn more about the Study Buddies program beginning at Joyner. The program will pair adult volunteers with students in each grade that need a little extra one-on-one time reading or doing class work — no prior teaching experience necessary. For more information, contact Kate Parke

So you think you can dance?

Grab your dancing shoes and join The J.Y. Joyner Foundation on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for the second annual Dance-A-Thon! Bunn DJ Company will spin tunes under the overhang while Broughton’s Dance Team shows off their moves. Add in disco balls, glow sticks, awesome raffle prizes, food trucks—and, yes, dancing dads—and it’s a night to remember! The best news of all? The Dance-A-Thon raises money to keep our school strong. So get sponsored by friends and family! You can collect cash or checks using the orange pledge sheets from Wednesday Folders, or share the link for PayPal donations at the Joyner Foundation website:

Use the neon green order forms to reserve wristbands for Nov.17 for the whole family! Wristbands are required for everyone age 5 and up, so get yours in advance ($3 each or $20 for an Advance Family Pack, including 4 wristbands and 10 bonus tickets redeemable for water, glow sticks, snacks, etc.) or the night of ($5 each). The Foundation will be selling wristbands AND raffle tickets in the lobby NOW through Nov. 15.

KIDS: Make your own kid-appropriate dance video (20 seconds maximum) and email it to The Foundation will show as many as possible on the Joyner News and then reveal them all on the big screen Nov. 17!


Parenting in the age of social media

If that headline made your stomach clench, then consider attending a discussion on “Social Media and the Middle School Student: A Primer for Parents” on Nov. 2 (today) at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Daniels Middle School. Speaker Natalie Riche, outreach specialist from the NC Department of Justice, will cover everything from gaming apps to social networking apps to hiding apps to the dynamics of texting. Families from Daniels, Carroll and Martin middle schools as well as rising 6th grade families are invited to attend. Please fill out this quick anonymous RSVP survey to help make this opportunity enriching for all families that attend.


Quick links

Calendar items

  • Nov. 1-15: JYJ Foundation Dance-A-Thon wristbands and raffle tickets for sale in the lobby; collect Dance-a-Thon pledges (PayPal option:
  • Nov. 3: PTA executive committee meeting, 7 p.m. (conference call)
  • Nov. 10: WCPSS Magnet Fair, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Southeast Raleigh High School
  • Nov. 8: 2-hour delay for all WCPSS schools (election day)
  • Nov. 10: Science Go Round
  • Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day (no school)
  • Nov. 15: Dance video entries (20 seconds max.) due by NOON to
  • Nov. 17: 2nd Annual JYJ Foundation Dance-a-Thon, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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