GLOW GAZETTE

NOV 29 2021 - FAMILY NEWSLETTER: GLOW ACADEMY

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

GLOW Students & Families,


We hope your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a restful long weekend and are looking forward to the final stretch to the end of 1st Semester.


Please see the latest news and updates from GLOW in this issue of The GLOW Gazette!


Wishing you all a great week ahead!


Kate B. Tayloe

Principal

THIS WEEK AT GLOW

πŸ—“οΈ School Pictures & Make-Up Picture Day

School Pictures should be going home this week!


If you missed Picture Day, no worries...our Make-Up Picture Day is scheduled for Wednesday, December 1st! School


Uniform Polo Shirts will be required for this picture, as well.

🎡 GLOW Winter Concert

We look forward to our Winter Choral Concert on Thursday, December 2nd at 6:30 PM in Founders Hall.


As we continue to be mindful of COVID and the impact it could have on students and families prior to exams and the upcoming holiday season, this concert is only open to the parents/families of those students who will be performing. The concert will be recorded and made available to ALL GLOW Families next week.


GLOWcapella will meet on Monday, November 29 until 5:00 PM for rehearsal.


Students enrolled in Guitar Classes and GLOWcapella should remain after school on Thursday, December 2 for one final rehearsal before the show at 6:30 PM.

πŸ“ High School Exams & Schedule

High school exams begin on Monday, December 13!


During the week of December 13, students will be taking class exams, as well as state mandated End of Course (EOC) Exams for English II, Biology, Math I, and Math III.


More information will be coming home with students, but the exam schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, December 13 - Core 1 and Core 3 Exams
  • Tuesday, December 14 - English II EOC and Core 2 and 4 Exams
  • Wednesday, December 15 - Biology EOC
  • Thursday, December 16 - Math I and Math III EOCs
  • Friday, December 17 - Make-Up Exams


December 13-17 will be by invitation ONLY for high school students, meaning that only those high school students who need to take an exam will be on campus these days. High school students without an exam on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday (December 14-17) shall remain at home.


December 17th is an exam makeup day - the only high school students invited to attend on the 17th are those who were absent for an exam December 13-16.


The middle school will operate on a normal schedule during the week of December 13. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Cannon at lcannon@glowacademy.net.

πŸ“† Upcoming Holidays/Breaks

As we prepare to round out the 1st semester, EVERY DAY COUNTS! Please ensure that your child is at school and ON TIME each school day between now and the end of 1st semester. While some of the dates listed are work days for Teachers/Staff, please note that December 20-January 4 are Holidays/Non-Instructional Days for students.

FROM GLOW STAFF

Friendsgiving Thank You!

Our staff wants to express a HUGE thank you to Mrs. Mathis and all parents who contributed to our staff Friendsgiving lunch on Monday, November 22. It was DELICIOUS and very much appreciated!

πŸŽ“ 8th Grade Field Trips

Dear 8th Grade Students and Families,


The College Bound team rescheduled the 8th grade CFCC trips to Thursday, December 2nd, and Friday, December 3rd. Students will be notified of their trip date by November 19th. Be on the lookout for a permission form to be coming home soon!


Thanks,

Mrs. Jahleese & Mrs. Lexi

πŸš— Student Drivers w/Learner's Permits

Congrats to our newest GLOW Drivers! We are excited to see so many more students driving to school now that they have their learner's permit. If you are driving to or from school and need to change drivers at drop-off or pick-up, we ask that you kindly pull into a parking space in our parking lot to do so; the people behind you in line will be grateful! Thanks much!

πŸš— Afternoon Car Rider Pick-Up

Parents of Car Riders,


If you pick up GLOW students in the car line at the end of the day, we need your help!


Please understand that the safety of all students and their families has to be our first concern. To do so, we have a system for pick up that is organized and predictable. We wanted to share our procedures with you formally so that you can encourage your student to be Respectful, Responsible, Safe and Kind.


  1. Cars picking up students should not be loading until the car has passed the cross walk.
  2. So we can get as many cars as possible ahead of the crosswalk, please pull up as far as you can do so safely.
  3. We have had cars in the past that stop halfway into the pick up lane, preventing all cars behind them from moving forward to pick up their student. Please wait patiently until the car before you is loaded and the pull forward only when the line is clear.
  4. Beginning at 4:00pm we only utilize the right lane for pick-up.


Thank you for your help to ensure a safe and efficient dismissal for all students.

FROM GLOW'S PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)

We are excited to announce that GLOW Parent are starting a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) for GLOW Academy! A Parent Teacher Organization gives parents and teachers the opportunity to work together to supplement and enrich the educational experience for all students, and we are excited to be engaging with our parents in this way at GLOW! If you are interested in being a part of the GLOW Parent Teacher Organization or learning more about what a PTO can do, please contact Jen Mathis at 910-223-4487 or at jwilsonmathis@gmail.com.

PARENT RESOURCES

Uniform Items for Cooler Weather

Parents,


As the weather gets cooler, your GLOW Girl may need to update her uniform. Custom Logoware has long sleeve polos, cardigans, sweatshirts and jackets on their site. You can order HERE.


Also, remember that our uniform requirements have been updated to include a plain navy crew neck sweatshirt (no hood) and a plain navy cardigan sweater.


You can find our Uniform Requirements HERE.

Salvation Army Angel Tree

Salvation Army is accepting start accepting applications for the Salvation Army Angel Tree. .


The application process will be web-based, as it was last year. The application process will be web-based, as it was last year. Applications will be accessible through their website found HERE.


All applicants are required to have:



  • Photo ID for head of household (license, state ID, passport or Matricular Consular ID)
  • Proof of residence ( lease, utility bill or piece of government issued mail)
  • Proof of custody (birth certificate, school / shot record - item must include birth certificate)
  • Listing of all household residents(minors and adults)
  • Wish / Needs list for children ages 0-12 including clothing and shoe sizes.

πŸ’»New BYOD Policy

GLOW Academy is pleased to announce that students may bring their personal devices to school for instructional use during the school day. The purpose of the GLOW’s BYOD program is to extend and enrich the learning environment. The use of technology to provide educational material is not a right, but a privilege provided by teachers and administrators under their directives. When abused, privileges will be taken away. When respected, the personal device will benefit the learning environment as a whole.


In order to begin using a personal device:


  1. Student and Guardian must print, sign, and return GLOW's BYOD agreement found here: ENGLISH or SPANISH. Agreements can also be picked up from the front office at GLOW.
  2. Email technology@glowacademy.net to let Mr. Matthews that you would like to bring your own device. He will collect this signed agreement and connect your device to the network.



Students and parents/guardians participating in the BYOD program must adhere to all policies, particularly the Network and Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

What is Leadership Advisory?

Leadership Advisory is one of the things that sets GLOW apart from other secondary schools, and your daughter's Leadership Advisory Teacher is a pivotal point person for you and your daughter throughout the year. So what is Leadership Advisory?


Leadership Advisory is a 50 minute daily class in the middle of the school day where "whole girl" instruction occurs. In Leadership Advisory relationships are everything, leadership is practiced, and ownership is cultivated.This period is a dedicated place where community is built and where our students learn and grow.


Leadership Advisory is also our school housekeeping hub and where all school communications are funneled. Leadership Advisory Teachers are a GLOW Girl's Academic Advisor, point person, and a co-parent, of sorts, to ensure success for all of our GLOW students.


Leadership Advisory Teachers are also are a parent's go-to for any questions and information. If you ever need to give or receive any information relative to your child at GLOW, your daughter's Leadership Advisory teacher is your first point of contact.

Parent Facebook Groups

Are you looking for a way to build community with other parents in your student's grade level? You are invited to join the Facebook group for your student's graduating year to connect, share info and socialize. These groups are for parents/guardians only and will not be moderated by staff.


***IMPORTANT*** If you have been denied access to one of these groups it is because you have not answered the questions. Please be sure to answer all the membership questions and agree to the rules to automatically gain access to these private groups.!. Otherwise you will be denied and will need to try again.


Class of 2028/6th grade: https://www.facebook.com/groups/glow2028

Class of 2027/7th grade: https://www.facebook.com/groups/glow2027

Class of 2026/8th grade: https://www.facebook.com/groups/glow2026

Class of 2025/9th grade: https://www.facebook.com/groups/glow2025

Class of 2024/10th grade: https://www.facebook.com/groups/glow2024

Class of 2023/11th grade: https://www.facebook.com/groups/glow2023

βš•οΈ STUDENT HEALTH βš•οΈ

COVID Symptoms

There was a time when we fever/chills, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, and cough were the most typical symptoms of COVID. While these symptoms still apply, we wanted you to be aware that more recently those who have tested positive for COVID-19 have presented with what are lesser known symptoms including headache, nausea or vomiting, and sore/scratchy throat. It is also possible for students to have these symptoms one day and not the next, but to still be positive for COVID-19. As a result, it's important that if your child develops any symptoms of illness that those be taken seriously as possible symptoms of COVID.


If your child develops any symptoms of illness at school or at home, they will need a negative COVID test to be able to return to class/school. We are happy to conduct this testing at school while your daughter waits for you to pick her up. You can find more School COVID Testing information below. If you keep your child home from school due to illness, please contact the school so we can provide you with guidance regarding your next steps. We appreciate your cooperation and transparent communication to keep our students and staff safe at GLOW.

COVID Testing Available at GLOW

We have COVID testing available at GLOW! This means that when your child becomes ill at school, we can save you a trip to the doctor by testing them while on campus. It also means that we will get quick results that can enable your child to return to school more quickly.


In order for us to test your child we will need your permission to do so, as well as a completed parent registration in the COVID Testing portal. We encourage all parents to pre-register their child, as this will be one less step for you to complete in the event that your child is unwell and needs to be picked-up from school. Please read the Important Notes below and pre-register your child at the link below this post.


A FEW IMPORTANT NOTES FOR PRE-REGISTRATION:

  • Screen 1: click "For a Minor/Guardianship"
  • Screen 2 will ask about symptoms. Hopefully your child is not currently experiencing any symptoms of COVID, so click the last option at the bottom that reads "the patient is not experiencing any of these symptoms."
  • Screen 3 will ask about exposure. Hopefully as you pre-register your child, she has not knowingly been exposed to COVID, so click "No" or "I don't know"
  • Screen 4 begins the registration so that your child to be tested in the future, if needed.


When we call to inform you that your child is ill, we will ask if you would like her to be tested. If you have already pre-registered, nothing more will be needed from you. We will have her rapid test completed and will share those results when you arrive for pick-up. If the rapid test is negative, we will send it off for a PCR test. Those results will be received in 24 hours and we will call you with those results. You can read more in the letters we sent out a couple of weeks ago: ENGLISH and SPANISH

PRE-REGISTER FOR COVID TESTING

see info above for additional information

⏰ 21-22 SCHOOL HOURS REMINDER ⏰

SCHOOL HOURS & TARDIES

The instructional school day at GLOW begins at 8:05 AM. Students who are not in their classrooms ready to learn at 8:05 AM will be counted tardy. Please ensure that your morning routines allow for students to be on time for school each day.

EARLY CHECK-OUT

While we feel it is important for students to be on campus for the full instructional day, we understand that there will be times when your child has an appointment that requires you to check her out of school early. Because the safety of your child is of utmost importance, please ensure that you bring in your Driver's License or another Photo ID. Students cannot be checked out early until we confirm the identity of the adult who is checking her out of school.

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