Weekly Roar

04 Oct 2021

GENERAL

Vaccine Clinic | nurse@gisthailand.org
Our first vaccine clinic of the year will be on Tuesday, October 26, 3:15-4pm in the Nurse’s Office. Please sign up here and pay via bank transfer or in our office by Friday, October 22 at noon.

Notes from the Community Conversation with the Superintendent – Sep 29, 2021 | superintendents.office@gisthailand.org 
Thank you for your participation whether in-person or on-line. We’d like to share the

Notes from the Community Conversation with the Superintendent – September 29, 2021 with you.

ELEMENTARY

Friday 8 October – No school for Elementary | mkennedy@gisthailand.org
Friday, October 8 is a Teacher Work Day for elementary. There will be no school for students.

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences | mkennedy@gisthailand.org
Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 11 – 12, 2021.  There will be no school for elementary students on these days.

Substitute Teachers Needed | mkennedy@gisthailand.org
We have a huge need for substitute teachers!  Do you find joy in working with children?  You might be interested in serving with us as a substitute teacher.  You don’t have to be a qualified teacher, you just need a willing heart.  If you’d like to serve as a substitute teacher in elementary, please contact Mrs. Kennedy at mkennedy@gisthailand.org.

Tiger Pride Day | mkennedy@gisthailand.org
Once a month elementary shows our Tiger Pride by having a dress-up day.  Each month is a different theme but they are always FUN!  This month’s Tiger Pride Day is Thursday, October 7 On that day students are encouraged to dress in blue/gold (yellow) or they can dress up like our school mascot, a tiger.   If your child chooses not to dress-up according to the Tiger Pride theme, they should wear their normal Grace uniform. 

MAP Assessments | mkennedy@gisthailand.org
Twice a year 3rd – 6th graders participate in MAP Assessments. This year’s fall session is scheduled to begin just after October break.  Parents will receive a letter explaining what MAP is and a schedule later this week.

Dress Code Reminder | mkennedy@gisthailand.org
Please make sure your child is wearing the approved school and PE uniforms. The only PE uniforms allowed have a v-neck and are royal blue/black. You can familiarize yourself with our school wide dress code policy here.

Absences, Late Arrivals and early Pick Up | mkennedy@gisthailand.org
Please email elementaryattendance@gisthailand.org to report an absence.  If your child arrives late to school, a parent/guardian needs to bring them in to the elementary office to sign in. When your child needs to leave school early, please let the teacher know, e-mail the elementary office and come to the office to sign them out when it is time to pick them up. If your child is leaving early due to sickness, the nurse will contact you. No emails will be necessary, just sign them out in the office and pick them up at the nurse.

Change in Pick Up Routine | mkennedy@gisthailand.org
If there is a change in the normal pick up routine for your child, please email their teacher and the elementary office at elementary.office@gisthailand.org as early as possible in the school day.

SECONDARY

Friday 8 October – E Day  | secondary.office@gisthailand.org  
Friday, October 8 will now be a scheduled on-campus school day (E Day). Parent Teacher Conferences will be postponed until Monday, November 8. We recognize this change is not ideal and we appreciate your flexibility. Please see the email sent last week for more details.

This Week’s Schedule | secondary.office@gisthailand.org  
This week is a full 5 day week so we will be on a regular ABCDE schedule. 

Mid-Semester Progress Reports | academic@gisthailand.org 
Progress Reports for your child will be sent by email this Friday. If you have any concerns, please reach out to the teacher of that class. 

Eligibility Grade Check Thursday, 7 Oct | secondary.office@gisthailand.org  
Next week Thursday (7 October) will be an eligibility grade check. Any student who has two grades below 70 or one below 60 will be ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities and competitions. This would remain in effect until the next grade check. 

This Week in Advisory | mrandolph@gisthailand.org 

Day A – Grades 7 -11 will talk about Helping New Students. Grade 12 will have Q&A on post-Secondary planning with Academic Counselors.

Day E – Advisory this week.

Mark your Calendars with Upcoming Events | secondary.office@gisthailand.org  

  • October 7: Grade Check
  • October 8: E  Day
  • October 8: Mid-Semester Reports
  • October 11-15: October Break
  • October 22: PD Day

SPIRITUAL LIFE

El Roi “Our God Who Sees” | spirituallife@gisthailand.org
We were excited on Friday to announce our Secondary chapel theme for the year––El Roi “Our God Who Sees. This theme is based on the passage in Genesis 16 where Hagar has an encounter with God in the desert. If you’re familiar with this story, you know that it is messy. We are looking forward to walking through this topic and pray that students will walk away knowing that we serve a God who doesn’t just look at us, but sees us. We encourage you to follow along with our chapel series this year through THIS LIVESTREAM LINK. Chapel is every Friday at 9:40am. 

We’re Launching a Podcast! | spirituallife@gisthailand.org
Madde Mauck and Jack Meckfessel in the Spiritual Life Department will be hosting a new podcast called Getting There with Jack and Madde. As two people in their mid-twenties, Jack and Madde hope to share about their journeys of following Jesus throughout college and into their young adult years. They’ll cover some of the major questions that our students are facing like: What is my calling? How do I know I am a Christian? and How do I figure out who I am?  Stay tuned for the launch of our first episode on your preferred podcast platform! 

The Blessing Directive Club | spirituallife@gisthailand.org
The Blessing Directive Club (TBD) is kicking off! TBD is a Secondary, student-led club that seeks to find ways to bless and serve others––within and outside our GIS community. If your Secondary student is interested in signing up, encourage them to fill out the form sent to their student email. 

Parent Resource Page | spirituallife@gisthailand.org
If you would like free access to RightNow Media, email the Spiritual Life Office and we can help you create an account. RightNow Media is a library full of amazing Christian video content to help you lead Bible Studies or engage in discussions with your kids. We also have a page dedicated to some of our favorite resources that can help you confidently walk with your students through these formative years. Click HERE to check it out!

ATHLETICS

This Week in Athletics | athletics@gisthailand.org

Monday, Oct. 4
Nic’s Night — with every purchase you get a FREE bottle of Kombucha!

Tuesday, Oct. 5
Nic’s Night — with every purchase you get a FREE bottle of Kombucha!

For more information about sports teams and seasons, please visit our website: https://sites.google.com/gisthailand.org/gis-athletics/home