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WEEKLY ROAR

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Weekly Roar | Week of March 06, 2023

GENERAL

2022-2023 Monitoring Report Survey

The Superintendent’s Office would greatly appreciate it if you could take 5 minutes to complete this SURVEY related to your experience at Grace International School (if you haven’t done so already).  The survey is anonymous.

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

TCK Community Equipping Event

  • March 6th 3:30-5:15 PM
  • Parents, Staff, and Students in grades 7+ are cordially invited to Understanding Third Culture Kids:  A Community Equipping Event. 
  • Tanya Crossman from TCK will be sharing research-based best preventive practices for TCKs.  
  • Snacks will be served, and childcare will be provided for students grades K-6. 
  • RSVP via the QR code above.

Questions? | Email – nskeene@gisthailand.org

HIDE AND SEEK Theater Performance

  • GIS Theater proudly presents “Hide and Seek”, first production on this campus!
  • Showings will take place on March 30th, March 31st, and April 1st in the GIS Cafeteria.
  • Are you ready to have an amazing experience? Have a great time?? Are you ready to discover dessert theater??? 
  • Tickets can be purchased using the QR linked above!

    More information can be found about ‘Hide and Seek’ under Secondary Weekly Roar Updates: all are welcome to attend!

Questions? | Email – mwood@gisthailand.org or layala@gisthailand.org 

The AQI Alerts 

The air quality in Chiang Mai has been very poor this week. Grace International School has an air quality monitor on campus, you can view the reading on the Portal . You can view the chart used at GIS AQI chart.  A reminder for parents to send a mask and an inhaler for students who have asthma or allergy to the pollution.

Questions? | Email – nurse@gisthailand.org

Vaccination Clinic/Sign-ups

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

Questions? | Email – nurse@gisthailand.org

ELEMENTRY

3rd Quarter Report Cards

Elementary report cards will be emailed to parents on or before Friday, March 17.

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

March is Reading Month - Books ARRR a Treasure!

March is Reading Month at GIS, a month in which we celebrate reading all types of books. Our theme this year is “Books ARRR a Treasure” and we have some fun activities planned to encourage reading throughout the month.

March is Reading Month at a glance:
Feb 27- March 3rd Reading challenges begin & will continue throughout March (Game cards & prizes given during Library classes)
March 6th-7th  Reading challenges continue
March 13th-16th Book Celebration during Library classes &  Elementary Book Swap (*Book Swap occurs on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday during morning recesses)
March 27th -31st  Book Character Parade on Thursday, March 30th *Details to follow

Questions? | Email – library@gisthailand.org

World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day Poster

All elementary staff and students are encouraged to wear mismatched socks on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 in honor of World Down Syndrome Day.

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

Upcoming Elementary Dates

March 8-12, No School (Spring Break)
March 14, Chapel
March 17, No School
March 21, World Down Syndrome Day (wear mismatched socks)
March 28, Chapel
March 30, Book Character Parade

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

SECONDARY

College Visits

Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada

  • Tuesday, March 7 from 11:40 AM – 12:15 PM
  • Grade 9-12 students can bring their lunch to S120

Questions? | Email – counselor@gisthailand.org 

Progress Reports for Quarter 3

  • For all High School and Middle School classes, Progress Reports for Quarter 3 (January, February, early March) will be run on Monday, March 13. 
  • This will be an update report of all grades so far in Quarter 3. 

Questions? | Email – counselor@gisthailand.org 

PSAT 10 Testing

  • Wednesday, March 22 @ 8 AM
  • Grade 10 students and parents, this is a typical late-start Wednesday – however, students will start the PSAT testing prior to the start of school to preserve some class time. The gate will open at 7:45 AM and the testing will begin at 8 AM on that day and will be finished in time for lunch at 11:40 AM. 
  • An email will be mailed out shortly with all pertinent information.

Questions? | Email – counselor@gisthailand.org 

School Aides Needed (Substitutes)

Looking for a way to love on and serve our GIS teachers & students?

  • Substitute plans are provided as you fill in when teachers are absent
  • Frequently substitute plans are students independently working on their Chromebooks
  • Substitutes do not need a background in Education
  • There will be a short informational meeting soon for those who are interested and want to know more about this service opportunity.
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Questions? | Email – jakhtar@gisthailand.org

Academic Plan Meetings: Grade 8

  • In March, students in Grade 8 have been scheduled to visit with their academic counselor about high school goals, future academic plans, and classes that can be taken next school year to meet these goals and to ensure graduation from GIS. 
  • Students will walk away with a proposed schedule of classes recorded on their Academic Plan documents.
  • Parents/Guardians are welcome to join in their child’s meeting or follow up with their academic counselor after these suggestions are made.
  • Signing up for Classes will take place later this Spring.
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Questions? | Email – counselor@gisthailand.org  

Formal Dance for Grades 9-12

  • Saturday, March 25th from 7-11 PM
  • The Student Council will be hosting a Formal Dance for students in grades 9-12.
  • This dance will be open for GIS High School students (including HDE).
  • GIS Dress Code applies under Special Events, Non-Uniform Days in the PSMO for all attendees. 
  • Ticket Sales will take place on March 20-24 during lunch.
  • Further details on the location and ticket prices will follow soon!
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Questions? | Email –  gthomas@gisthailand.org    

Volunteers Needed for HIDE AND SEEK Theater Performance (Ushers)

  • Want to help welcome people for this play? We need ushers to help guide guests to their seats for each show! Contact Lola for more information
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Questions? | Email – layala@gisthailand.org

Upcoming Secondary Dates

March 6

  • Eligibility Grade Check
  • A Day (Normal Monday)
  • Understanding TCKs Equipping Event @ 3:30 (see poster for more info above)

March 7

  • B Day (Normal Tuesday with Class 0 @ 7:45 AM)
  • Trinity Western University (Canada) College Visit @ 11:40 AM – 12:15 PM

March 8-12

  • No School (Spring Break)

March 13

  • Quarter 3 Progress Reports run

March 18

  • Speech and Debate Society, Mock Trial

March 20

March 22

  • PSAT for Grade 10 @ 8 AM

March 23

  • Assembly D Day (no class 0, all classes start at 8:10 AM and end at 3:15 PM)

March 25

  • High School Formal Dance, 7-11 PM

March 30, 31, and April 1

    • ‘Hide and Seek’ Theater Performances 
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Questions? | Email – secondary.office@gisthailand.org 

SPIRITUAL LIFE

GIS Faith & Sexuality Assembly Series, March 23-24: Gender & Identity, March 14: 7:00-8:30pm

In our 21st Century world, it’s readily apparent that culture translation, accompanied by clear biblical teaching are essential skills necessary for equipping our students to be confident in how their faith interacts with the world around them. Our Spiritual Life Office team is preparing a series of 3 gatherings on March 23-24 to equip our grade 7-12 students to develop critical thinking skills, while being invited into an historic Christian worldview about the topics of gender and identity. 

  • We will have a Parents’ Mtg. on Tuesday, March 14 at The Well International in Worldclubland (map link here). This meeting is designed to give parents an opportunity to interact with our SLO team (Jeff Kamphausen, Madde Mauck and Ryan Timlin) as we get ready to present to the GIS Secondary School. 
  • If you plan on attending the Parents’ Meeting from 7:00-8:30pm, please RSVP here!
    • The meeting will show some of the content we will present to students, along with a chance for parents to ask any questions they might have for the Spiritual Life Office. 
    • We will be sharing the summary documents of the material to be presented to students, with translations in Korean and Thai via email before the parents’ gathering.


Questions?
| Email – spirituallife@gisthailand.org

ATHLETICS

This week in Athletics

Monday, Mar. 6
🥤Nic’s Night — FREE Smoothie for every Grace guest with a purchase at Nic’s Playground and Restaurant on Night Safari Road. Just let them know you’re with Grace!
⚽ Off Season (open to 8th-12th grade boys) Soccer/Varsity Futsal Tryouts 3:30 pm
* Futsal is not held as a regular season due to limited court space. The futsal team will be chosen from those who are already playing soccer (for both boys and girls) and run by the head coaches.

Tuesday, Mar. 7
🥤 Nic’s Night — FREE Smoothie for every Grace guest with a purchase at Nic’s Playground and Restaurant on Night Safari Road. Just let them know you’re with Grace!
⚽ Off Season (open to 8th-12th grade boys) Soccer/Varsity Futsal Tryouts 3:30pm
🏐 U14 Boys Volleyball vs. LIST @ GIS 4:00pm
🏐 U14 Girls Volleyball vs. LIST @ LIST Primary Campus 4:00pm
🏐 JV Boys Volleyball vs. LIST @ GIS 4:45pm
🏐 JV Girls Volleyball vs. LIST @ LIST Primary Campus 4:45pm
🏐 Boys Volleyball vs. LIST @ GIS 5:30pm
🏐 Girls Volleyball vs. LIST @ LIST Primary Campus 5:30pm
🌯 Border Run will be available for dinner

☀️ March 8 – 12 — March Break — No games & no practices!

For more information (dismissal time, directions, rules, etc.) please check our website athletics.gisthailand.org

Questions? | Email – athletics@gisthailand.org