Weekly Roar

11 April 2022

GENERAL

COVID Reminders | cmt@gisthailand.org
Before returning to campus after April break, each student, school aide, and staff member will need to submit picture proof of a negative ATK test. The Google form email will be sent out on Saturday, April 16. ATKs are due by Sunday, April 17 at noon for staff and 3pm for students and school aides. Anyone who does not submit an ATK by the deadline will not be permitted on campus on Monday. 

GIS will only report cases and contact trace exposure that occurs on campus or as part of an officially sanctioned GIS event. Contact tracing may also include members residing in the same household and exposure.  COVID FAQs can be found here.

EXPOSURE POLICY:

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

ELEMENTARY

MAP Assessments | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
MAP Assessments for 3rd – 6th grades begin on April 19.  For more information please read the email sent out to parents on Friday, April 8 for an explanation of the process and schedule days/times.

Scholastic Book Order Delay | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
We order our Scholastic books from the UK office, currently they are in the middle of moving their inventory to a new warehouse so there has been a delay in shipping our order.  Some specific books will be delayed as well due to this move and delays in shipping from their suppliers.  I have been informed that the majority of our order should arrive just after Songkran break.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

SECONDARY

AP Mock Exams | secondary.office@gisthailand.org 
During the month of April students in AP courses have an opportunity to take mock AP exams. These mock exams are scheduled on Saturdays throughout April to prepare our students for the official exams in the beginning of May. See the Secondary calendar for the schedule. 

Upcoming Dates 
April 18 – Return from Break
April 19 – Art Club
April 22 – Speech & Debate Society
April 23 & 30 – AP Mock Exams

SPIRITUAL LIFE

Secondary Worship Night | spirituallife@gisthailand.org
The Spiritual Life Office will be hosting our next Secondary worship night on Wednesday, April 20th. We will gather for some fun and games from 6:15-7:00pm and then worship together from 7:00-8:30pm.

Chapel Core Team Recruiting | spirituallife@gisthailand.org
The Spiritual Life Office is recruiting student leaders for our Chapel Core Team. Students who are a part of Core Team have the opportunity to lead key elements of our chapel ministry and other Spiritual Life Office events. The Spiritual Life Office staff also deeply invests in the leadership abilities and spiritual maturity of these students. If your student is interested in learning more, have him or her contact any member of the Spiritual Life Office or one of the current Chapel Core Team members. Applications will be available on April 18th and are due on April 25th. 

Free Access to Christian-Sexuality.com Parents Course| spirituallife@gisthailand.org
The Center for Faith, Gender, and Sexuality has created an amazing course for parents on how to navigate conversations around faith and sexuality with your student. If you would like FREE access to this course, please email the Spiritual Life Office and we will create an account for you. Limit one per household. You can find more information HERE.

Spiritual Life Podcast | spirituallife@gisthailand.org
This week’s episode (released on Friday, Apr. 8) is a conversation about how Jesus moves towards people. Available wherever you listen to podcasts by searching “Getting There with Jack and Madde.”

ATHLETICS

This Week in Athletics | athletics@gisthailand.org
If you’re not doing anything over the Songkran break, come watch our Varsity Boys Soccer play against Chiang Mai FC U16 on Monday, April 11 @ Grace 5:00pm!

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT:

What are the signs of autism?

The autism diagnosis age and intensity of autism’s early signs vary widely. Some infants show hints in their first months. In others, behaviors become obvious as late as age 2 or 3.

Not all children with autism show all the signs. Many children who don’t have autism show a few. That’s why professional evaluation is crucial.

The following may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, ask your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation right away:

By 6 months

  • Few or no big smiles or other warm, joyful and engaging expressions
  • Limited or no eye contact

By 9 months

  • Little or no back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions

By 12 months

  • Little or no babbling
  • Little or no back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving
  • Little or no response to name

By 16 months

  • Very few or no words

By 24 months

  • Very few or no meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating)

At any age

  • Loss of previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills
  • Avoidance of eye contact
  • Persistent preference for solitude
  • Difficulty understanding other people’s feelings
  • Delayed language development
  • Persistent repetition of words or phrases (echolalia)
  • Resistance to minor changes in routine or surroundings
  • Restricted interests
  • Repetitive behaviors (flapping, rocking, spinning, etc.)
  • Unusual and intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights and/or colors

Source: https://www.autismspeaks.org/signs-autism