Weekly Roar

02 Sept 2019

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In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

– Psalm 4:8

Weekly Roar is the new Grace In Touch! This email publication is about Grace and for Grace students, parents, and staff. Though this is typically a weekly update, we will be sending out news twice a week during this season of transition and adjustment to our new campus.

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NEW POSTS

Payments for Hume Lake Participants
Payments for Hume Lake are now being received by at the Spiritual Life Office (S162) in the Secondary Building, M-F, 8-9: 30 am and 3-4pm each day through September 22, when registration closes. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:00 – 9:30 AM and 3:00 – 4:00 PM each day through September 22. Wednesday opens from 9:45 – 11:00 AM and 3:00 – 4:00 PM.

Tryouts for JV Soccer and U12 & U14 Basketball
Soccer:
JV Boys & Girls @GIS Fields 3:30-5:30 (Sept. 2 – 3)
Basketball
U12 & U14 Boys & Girls @North Chiang Mai University 4:00-5:30pm (Sept. 3 & 5)

More information about coaches and location are on the Athletics Website.

Rec League Soccer is this Saturday, Sept. 7
REC LEAGUE:
Rec. League Soccer will begin THIS SATURDAY!! Registration and payment is due by 4:30pm on Tuesday, September 3rd. Please fill out the information on the registration form FIRST and then submit payment to Khun Tawm at the main reception desk of the school in the Admin. building. Visit our website (athletics.gisthailand.org) for more information and don’t forget to check out our new sports schedule!

Wednesday Drop Off Time
Just a reminder to students and parents that Wednesday late start drop off is 9:30am. Students will not be allowed on campus before then. Thank you for your understanding.

Regular Uniform Shop Hours
The uniform shop has officially opened in its brand-new location in the front reception area of the administration building. The uniform shop will be open every Monday (excluding holidays) from 2:00 to 4:00 PM throughout the remainder of the school year, beginning on September 2.

Parent/Student Agreement Form Due 13 September
Each secondary student and one parent must SIGN and date the Parent/Student Agreement Secondary Form, Elementary Form. Our Parent/Student Handbooks for 2019-2020 are at these links. Elementary, Secondary. GIS needs this form in the offices no later than Friday, September 13, 2019

Student Visas Update Needed
All non-Thai students are required to submit their NON-IMMIGRANT visa number and date to the registrar. Please send a photocopy or an e-mail with that information to: registrar@gisthailand.org.

Student Accident Insurance
GIS provides 24-hour coverage from Aug. 5, 2019 – Aug. 4, 2020, in/out of school. Coverage is only provided for accidents, with a maximum of 20,000 baht per incident. Parents will need to pay the hospital or clinic bill and bring all receipts and doctor’s reports to the school receptionist, Khun Tawm, in the administration building. Claims must be filed within 3 months of the hospital/clinic visit. Once the claim is approved, parents will need to visit Khun Kiad in the finance office to pick up their reimbursement.

Student Photo ID Card
GIS will issue photo ID cards after new student photos are taken in the month of September. Students will receive discounts from many local businesses when they show their card. Cards expire after the academic term. Only students who withdraw must return ID cards to the Registrar. Replacing a lost ID card costs 100 baht.

Release of Information
For students who are not living with their parents during the school year, this form needs to be signed by both parents and guardians and emailed to the registrar by September 13. Thank you for your help, as we work together for a successful school year at GIS! As always, call us for help: 052-088-777.

PSAT/NMSQT Update
GIS is not offering the PSAT/NMSQT this year. Instead, Grade 11 American Citizens interested in the PSAT/NMSQT are invited to contact Chiang Rai International School to inquire about reserving a testing spot on October 30. There are limited spaces thus make contact no later than October 1 by emailing the CRIS Guidance Counselor – hope@cris.ac.th

Previous Posts

GENERAL

Weekly Roar Available Online

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2019-2020 Media Permission Form

As we’re getting ready for the school year to begin, we are working on updating links and forms. One of those forms is the “No Media List.” If you’re new to Grace, the “No Media List” is a list of students who’s families have opted out saying the school does NOT have permission to use their student’s photos on social media, pamphlets, website, etc. Whether you’re opting in or opting out, please take 2 minutes to fill out this form before September 6th, 2019, Media Form. Thank you.

Hume Thailand 2019 Registration

It’s time to register for Hume Thailand 2019! Hume Lake Christian Camps have been bringing an amazing team of adult counselors to serve students in Thailand for over a decade of unforgettable camp experiences. These Hume staffers personally fundraise to keep camp costs low to offer students an excellent, Jesus-saturated, super-fun Christian camping experience for any grade 6-12 students. Middle School Hume (Grades 6-8) is October 12-15, 2019. High School Hume (Grades 9-12) is October 16-19, 2019. Click this link to register or visit the Hume Thailand 2019 Facebook page. Questions? Contact Jeff Kamphausen, GIS Spiritual Life Director @ 098-001-4310! Let’s Rock, baby!

Interested in serving as an adult counselor at Hume? We’d love to have you join our counselor team! Contact Butter, GIS Ministries Coordinator here.

School Lunch

Reminder: if you plan to use a vendor for the school lunches please read the email from the DSO office (21 August) or contact them for the vendor registration form at dso.office@gisthailand.org

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

Please follow this link with information and maps regarding the drop-off and pick up procedures. For any questions, contact the DSO office at dso.office@gisthailand.org.

ELEMENTARY

SECONDARY

PSAT/NMSQT Not Offered at GIS in 2019

The October 2019 PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) will NOT be offered at GIS on October 16. This is due to October Break. If you desire to take the test, please contact other area schools to register with them. The PSAT 8 & PSAT 10, which are different tests, will be given to grades 8 & 10 in Semester 2 for standardized testing purposes. These are not connected to the National Merit Scholarship for U.S. citizens. Academic Counseling Team, counselor@gisthailand.org

Back to School Reminders

Here are some resources you might find helpful as you help your child prepare for the start of school:

  1. For up to date information about Secondary events (including class rotation – Day A, B, etc.), check out this Calendar
  2. Secondary class schedule is found here
  3. The 2019-20 version of the PSMO can be found here, please read carefully as changes were made.

Attention all AP Students & Parents!

Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, the AP® Program is introducing new resources and processes designed to help students earn college credit and placement. To get ready for the coming school year, all AP students need to sign up for an online College Board account. All College Board programs are connected through one account, so if your student created one for the PSAT/NMSQT®, or SAT®, they’re all set. They’ll just need to have their username and password available and with them on Sept. 2. Learn more at parents.collegeboard.org. – Academic Counseling Team, counselor@gisthailand.org

Student Schedule Changes & Add/Drop Deadline

All Secondary students are encouraged to login to RenWeb/FACTS and view their schedule. FYI: any study halls will be added to schedules later next week. All requested changes need to be sent to scheduling@gisthailand.org by Friday, Sept 6 which is the add/drop deadline for the 2019-20 school year. – Scheduling Team, scheduling@gisthailand.org

ATHLETICS

Ongoing Announcements

GIS Athletics website is a great place to regularly check for news and game schedules.


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