GLOW GAZETTE

NOV 15 2021 - FAMILY NEWSLETTER: GLOW ACADEMY

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

UPDATED MESSAGE 11/15/21


Parents,


A few items you may have missed in yesterday's newsletter...please see the first two items posted below for information on Tuesday's Parent University and the PreACT for 10th graders on Thursday!


Thanks,

Kate B. Tayloe

Principal



11/14/2021

GLOW Students & Families,


We hope your family enjoyed this beautiful long weekend. Our hope is that our students and staff are refreshed and ready to finish strong in these 22 school days 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

MONDAY UPDATES (added 11/15)

Parent University - Tues, Nov 16 - 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Please join us for our November Parent University "From Brussel Sprouts to Body Image." See the THIS LINK for more information!

PreACT for All 10th Graders

Parents of GLOW Sophomores,


This is just a reminder that sophomores will take the PreACT this Thursday, November 18. This test gives students an opportunity to practice prior to the ACT their junior year and can be helpful in determining how they will do on the ACT.


Leadership Advisory teachers mentioned this last week and sent a letter home for parents. ALL sophomores need to be on campus on time so that we can start our test promptly at 8:30 AM. Students can find out their specific testing location from their Leadership Advisory teacher.


A few reminders:


  • Students do not need any materials, we provide it all
  • Cell phones are prohibited and ALL students will need to turn them off and put them away (in a bookbag, not in a pocket) prior to the test.
  • Students should eat breakfast and bring a snack/water
  • Following the test, sophomores will eat lunch and then resume normal schedule for the day



Thank you,

Ms. Cannon

THIS WEEK AT GLOW

UPDATE: WEAR BLUE FOR WORLD DIABETES DAY!

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day is on Sunday, November 14. One of our students who is a Type One Diabetic has advocated that GLOW unite as a school community on this day of awareness by having ALL students and staff WEAR BLUE on Monday, November 15! This includes BLUE JEANS!


If students and staff WEAR BLUE on Monday, November 15, then this can be a dress down day. Students who are not wearing blue should be in regular uniform compliance.


Support our students and all people with Diabetes by raising awareness on Monday, November 15 by wearing BLUE!

Mask Mandate at GLOW

Students & Parents,


You may have read that New Hanover County Health and Human Services Board voted to lift the countywide mask mandate on Friday. PLEASE NOTE that this does not impact students and staff at GLOW Academy. School mask mandates are voted on monthly by school boards, and GLOW Academy School Board's meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, November 18. We will notify students and families if any changes are made to the current expectation that masks are to be worn at all time by students and staff while indoors and when physical distancing cannot be achieved outdoors. The only exception continues to be while students and staff are eating breakfast and lunch.


Please let Ms. Tayloe know if you have any questions.

πŸ“† Upcoming Holidays/Breaks

November and December are filled with holidays, short weeks, etc. 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 below are work days for Teachers/Staff, the following are Holidays/Non-Instructional Days for students:

  • Wednesday, November 24 - Friday, November 26
  • Monday, December 20 - Tuesday, January 4

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.

πŸ¦ƒ Friendsgiving

Parents,


Let's Give Thanks for our fantastic GLOW Staff with a Friendsgiving Lunch on Monday, November 22 (see flyer below)! Please consider contributing by signing-up to donate items at this SIGN-UP GENIUS SITE.


If you would like to contribute but cannot drop off at the specified time or would prefer to provide a gift card to purchase food, please contact Jen Mathis at 910-233-4487 or jwilsonmathis@gmail.com.

FROM GLOW STAFF

🏝️ 6th Grade Field Trip Permission

6th Grade Parents,


Please send your child's permission slip to school on Monday, November 15. We need an accurate count of who will be attending our trip on Thursday, November 18th.


6th Grade Teachers

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

πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸŒΎ GLOW Garden Club

Students,


The Garden Cub will be working on Winter Bed Planting on Tuesday, November 16 from 4-5 PM.


Chef Gwen

🎡 From Mrs. Kittlaus

GLOW Musicians,


GLOW-capella singers will meet Monday AND Thursday this week.. Our concert is coming up! We will be presenting our Winter concert on December 2nd at 6:30 in Founders Hall. In deference to COVID protocols, we ask that only families of the students performing attend the concert at this time. We will be taping the concert and pushing it out to families so that all GLOW families can share in the music. Thank you for your support and understanding!


Mrs. Kittlaus

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—“οΈ Make-Up Picture Day

If you missed Picture Day this week, 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.

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

EXTRACURRICULAR & LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

⏰ 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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