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Weekly Roar | Week of February 07, 2023

GENERAL

23/24 Admissions Season

The first step to enroll a new student into GIS is to email admissions@gisthailand.org. We give priority placement to siblings of current GIS students. Please send an inquiry to the Admissions Office at the beginning of February to start the process. 

We are currently only processing 23/24 Kindergarten students. We will process other grades starting in February.

Questions? | Email – admissions@gisthailand.org

Parent Drop Off - Reminder

Student Drop-Off Procedure: Update
Hi GIS parents. We are excited to share that because of your support in dropping students off later, and our staff’s willingness to open campus a bit earlier, we are achieving the goal of reducing the large number of students who are standing outside the gate at the beginning of the school day. As a reminder, please drop your children off after 7:45 am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and after 9:20 am on Wednesday morning. Thank you for your support on this matter and for making our school a more safe environment for our students.

Questions? | Email – coo@gisthailand.org

International Week

International Week is back again this year! Mark your calendar for February 13-17, 2023. We’ll be celebrating International Week with an assembly on Monday, Game Day on Wednesday, and a Parade on Friday. More details on the special lunch menu will be provided soon.

Questions? | Email – ds.office@gisthailand.org

Parenting Class for Chinese Families

GIS is supporting “The Parenting Children Course” in Mandarin Chinese to help equip and support parents in building healthy families. This 10-week course will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting February 8, 2023 at GIS. It is based on biblical principles and is open to all Mandarin-speaking parents of GIS students. We warmly welcome you to attend!

Session topics include:

  • Building strong foundations
  • Meeting our children’s needs
  • Setting boundaries
  • Teaching healthy relationships
  • Our long-term aim

Cost: 150 baht per workbook (each parent needs to buy one)

Please register using this link: https://forms.gle/jrbQjANqRvFPvV3f9. Registration closes next Monday, February 6 !

If you have questions, please contact Angie Hunemuller at Line ID: angie.hunemuller

GIS 要提供中文的 “儿童亲子教育课程”,帮助装备和支持父母建立更健康的家庭。这十周的课程 2 月 8 日开始,每周三下午 1:30 到 3:10 在 GIS 举行。这门课是基于圣经的原则。我们热烈的欢迎所有说普通话的GIS家长参与!

学习的主题包括:

– 建立稳固的根基 

– 满足儿女的需要

– 为儿女立界线

– 教导健康的人际关系

-父母的长期目标

费用:每本来宾手册150泰铢(每位家长需购买一本)

请使用此链接注册:https://forms.gle/jrbQjANqRvFPvV3f9。 请在下周一(2月6日)之前报名!
如果需要更多信息的话, 请联系 彭恩齐, Line ID: angie.hunemuller

Questions? | Email – communityliaison@gisthailand.org

2023-24 Student Re-enrollment

2023-2024 Student Re-enrollment is over due, please make sure you have sent your children’s medical requirement forms: Physical examination form, TB skin test form.  

Questions? | Email – nurse@gisthailand.org

Vaccination Clinic

The vaccination clinic will be held in the nurse’s office on Tuesday, 21 February 2023 from 3:15-4 pm. Use this link to sign up and pay no later than the Friday (the 17th) before the clinic date. For more information please visit our website

Questions? | Email – nurse@gisthailand.org

Medication at school

All medication must be stored in the nurse’s office, this includes over-the-counter medications as well. There is an exception for rescue inhalers, epinephrine auto-injectors, and diabetic supplies for secondary students but this needs to be communicated to the nurse’s office. If your students need to take medication at school, please provide that medication to the nurse’s office. Please see for more instructions here: Medication Policy

Questions? | Email – nurse@gisthailand.org

Belonging Update

Over this last semester, 2 parent ambassadors held a Belonging focus group on the topic of General Belonging. A focus group was conducted at Kwan’s Kitchen with about 10 parents attending. Parent ambassadors Sunghea Yum and Jonathan Broyles helped lead the discussion and this document is a summary of the insight from this meeting. The document includes topics that were discussed, suggestions that were shared, and a general summary of what some of the parents felt about belonging at Grace International School. We are grateful to the parents that joined this discussion. All of the suggestions have been shared with leadership and for the next round of discussion we would like to focus on equity and status.

If you have any questions or anything you’d like to add to the discussion, please reach out to below email.

Questions? | Email – ds.office@gisthailand.org

ELEMENTRY

Dress Code Reminders

Beginning February 20, the elementary office will be sending out emails to parents as a reminder of our dress code regulations if necessary. To refresh your memory about our dress code policy, please take a look at the detailed description in the elementary PSMO or on the Tiger Shop webpage.

Questions? | Email – elementary.office@gisthailand.org

Elem. Tiger Pride Day

This month’s Tiger Pride Day will be on Friday, February 17 in conjunction with our International Week.  Students are encouraged to come to school wearing the traditional dress of their home country or colors that represent their home country.  As always, if your child chooses not to participate in the dress-up day, they should come to school in their normal GIS uniform.

Questions? | Email – elementary.office@gisthailand.org

Middle school

Upcoming Middle Schoolers

What is a Ceilidh Dance?  A Ceilidh Dance is for everyone! 
Who is invited? Current 5th, 6th and 7th graders and their families (siblings 3rd grade & above) 
When and Where? Saturday, February 11 @ 6:30-8:00 pm in the GIS Cafeteria
Why? 

  • To widen the students cultural awareness and experiences
  • To allow the newly formed middle school students and families to gather together 
  • To kick off International Week


Please
RSVP here.  Contact Claire Brodie at cbrodie@gisthailand.org for more information. (Plan to wear clothes that are comfortable to exercise in – kilts not required, but encouraged)

Questions? | Email – cbrodie@gisthailand.org

SECONDARY

International Week AND Secondary Tiger Pride Week

  • The Student Council arranged Tiger Pride Week for students to dress up and show Tiger Pride in collaboration with International Week!
  • Secondary Students are encouraged to dress up according to the theme “TAKE A TRIP”:
    • Monday (2/13): GIS Field Trip – Dress up in GIS colors, blue and yellow! 
    • Tuesday (2/14): Disney Trip – Dress up as a Disney character! 
    • Wednesday (2/15): Family Trip – Dress up with a group in your group’s theme!
    • Thursday (2/16): Memory Trip – Dress up as a parody of an old photo of you!
    • Friday (2/17): Home Sweet Home – Dress up representing your home country! 
      • Schoolwide Assembly in the morning (International Parade)
  • GIS PSMO Dress Code applies: under “Dress for Non-Uniform Days (i.e. Tiger Pride days) & Special Events)” on pages 7-8
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Questions? | Email – gthomas@gisthailand.org

Planned Absences

  • Upcoming Mission Organization Conference? ACSC Tournament? Visiting family?
  • Missing more than 2+ days as a planned absence…
  • Print and fill out our Planned Absence Request Form (students can also pick this up in the Secondary Office)
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Questions? | Email – secondary.office@gisthailand.org

Academic Plan Meetings for Secondary Students: February and March

  • Students in grades 11, 10, 9, and 8 will be called in to visit with their academic counselor about post-high school goals, future academic plans, and classes that should be taken next school year to meet these goals and to ensure graduation from GIS.
  • A proposed schedule of classes will be created and recorded on the student’s 4-year Academic Plan document in Classroom (ask your student to see this).
  • It is highly recommended that students and parents refer to this Plan when choosing classes for the 2023-2024 school year.
  • FamilyWeb course selection will open in the later part of April.


Questions?
| Email – counselor@gisthailand.org

Mark your Calendars with these Upcoming Secondary Dates

    • Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend: 9:40-10:35 AM @ GIS Cafeteria
  • February 13-17 Tiger Pride Week AND International Week
    • Feb 13: Assembly A Day School Wide Assembly: wear GIS blue and yellow
    • Feb 14: B Day – Dress up as a Disney character 
    • Feb 15: C Day – Dress up with a group (“Family Trip”)
    • Feb 16: D Day – Dress up as a parody of an old photo of you
    • Feb 17: Assembly E Day School Wide International Parade – Dress up representing your home country!
  • February 20 Eligibility Grade Check 
  • February 24 Grade 7-12 Winter Concert for Band and Choir, 7-8:30 PM @ GIS 
  • February 25 Speech and Debate Society Mock Trial (11am – 1pm) @ GIS 
  • March 2-5 ACSC Choir Trip

Questions? | Email – secondary.office@gisthailand.org

SPIRITUAL LIFE

Save the Date! Worship Night -- Wed., Feb. 22, 7-8:30pm, GIS Cafeteria -- “Costly Grace”

Every year, we schedule a worship night on Ash Wednesday, the annual beginning of the season of Lent at Grace International School. Any student in Chiangmai from grade 7-12 is welcome, as are parents, but no students below grade 7 are allowed to attend.

Questions? | Email – spirituallife@gisthailand.org

Considering Lent as a discipleship tool (begins Feb. 22 through April 6, 2023)

During the 40 day season of Lent, we consider the consequences of our sin separating us from God as well as the wonder of hope we have in Christ’s gracious forgiveness to all who come to him. The Spiritual Life Office, along with our Chapel Core Team students, will invite our GIS secondary students and their families to consider what we can subtract or add on in order to grow in our knowledge and love for Jesus. Stay tuned for more details coming soon! In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about Lent, please visit this link to the Axis Parent Guide to Lent. If you’re a parent, consider ways you can observe Lent as well as inviting your students into a deeper awareness of their need for Jesus along with you!

Questions? | Email – spirituallife@gisthailand.org

ATHLETICS

This week in Athletics

Tuesday, Feb. 7

🏀 Rec League basketball sign ups are closed! If you signed your kid up, please pay Khun Aop in CASH by TODAY!
🥤Nic’s Night!! — located on Night Safari Road, Nic’s Restaurant and Playground has kindly partnered with us on every first Monday and Tuesday of the month. For every bill, not only will 25% of the bill be donated back to Grace Athletics, but every guest will receive a FREE smoothie with their order. Just let them know you’re with Grace when placing your order!

Thursday, Feb. 9
🏀 V. Boys Basketball vs. Suan Bun @ Grace 4:30pm

Friday, Feb. 10
🏀 JV Boys Basketball CMAC Tournament @ Grace 9:00am
🏀 JV Girls Basketball CMAC Tournament @ CMIS 9:00am

Saturday, Feb. 11
🏀 Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball CMAC Tournament @ CMIS 9:00am
🏀 Rec League Basketball begins!! @ GIS Covered Courts 10:00am

NEXT SATURDAY, Feb. 18th
Nic’s is hosting a Kids Flea Market where they will have Face painting, balloon twisting, pinata, etc. For more details, please check out the poster below!

For more details (start times, location pins, rules, etc) please check our website athletics.gisthailand.org.

Questions? | Email – athletics@gisthailand.org