Weekly Roar

17 Jan 2022

GENERAL

Community Conversation with the Superintendent – Feb 9, 2022 | superintendents.office@gisthailand.org

I would like to extend an invitation to you, parents, to join me in this community forum (face to face if we open school in-person).

This is an opportunity for me as the superintendent to give you an update on the school, address school-wide topics, and answer questions from you. You’ll also have an opportunity to enjoy some snacks and make connections with other GIS parents. One topic of interest will be information on the future building and development plans for the school. 

  • Wednesday, February 9, 2022 @ 2 – 3:30 pm
    A230, 2nd Floor, Admin Building

 Please RSVP by clicking this LINK.

If you have specific, school-wide questions you would like the leadership to address, you may share them ahead of time on the RSVP form (in the above link).

Coffee with the DS – Cancelledds.office@gisthailand.org
Since we are back in person, we will be canceling Coffee with the DS that was indicated in the parent email sent to Grade 9-12 parents on Thursday, January 13th. Please feel free to contact us directly with any and all feedback. We are grateful for your partnership and welcome feedback on how we can serve the students better.

Home Learning Update & Requirementsds.office@gisthailand.org
We will start Home Learning on January 24th instead of January 17th to allow our teaching and support staff time to organize and prepare for this process. 

Requirements to be enrolled in Home Learning:

  • Students must be living in Chiang Mai as there are physical pick-ups associated with the Home Learning formats.
  • Home Learning is for students who are staying home due to COVID-19 related concerns and for students who are quarantined at home due to different levels of exposure. (This does not include ASQ, Sandbox, or other quarantine for entering Thailand.)
  • Parents must inform the Elementary and Secondary Offices of their intent to join Home Learning, who will then bring in the Home Learning Coordinators and share the Home Learning agreements and general information with the parents.
  • Parents must read and sign the Home Learning Agreement for Elementary and Secondary before being enrolled into Home Learning.
  • Students are required to be enrolled in Home Learning for at least a week before they choose to leave and return to in-person learning.

Nurse’s Office Update | nurse@gisthailand.org
As of Monday, January 17th at 8am, the CMT is aware of 5 positive PCRs currently among GIS students and staff.

School Aides should have received an email from Communications about submitting a negative ATK after the break. However, visitors do not need to ATK before coming on campus at this time.

To sign-up to get your 5-11 year old Pfizer vaccines, please complete the form emailed by Communications on Monday, January 10th. For information on COVID vaccines or boosters for 12-18 year olds, please visit our COVID FAQ page

Our next (non-COVID) vaccine clinic  will be on Tuesday, January 25, 3:15-4pm in the Nurse’s Office. Please sign up here and pay via bank transfer or in our office by Friday, January 21 at noon.

Re-enrollment physical exams are due by Monday, January 31st. We have emailed families of students who are due for a TB skin test or chest x-ray this year.

ELEMENTARY

Pictures Wanted | mkennedy@gisthailand.org
The 6th grade yearbook team would like to request more pictures from parents.  Please send us pictures of any activities your elementary age child(ren) did during our time of continuous learning, ie: hiking, biking, camping, cooking, playing sports, playing an instrument, etc.………anything other than doing school online.  If you have a great picture of online learning and haven’t sent it to us yet, we’ll take them too.  Please send pictures to Mrs. Kennedy at mkennedy@gisthailand.org.  Please note:  not all pictures may make it into the yearbook.

Elementary 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.

SECONDARY

Parent Teacher Conferences | secondary.office@gisthailand.org 
We have rescheduled Parent Teacher Conferences for January 28. This allows parents of students 9-12 the opportunity to meet with teachers. 

  • Sign up starts today, Monday, 17 January.
  • Time slots available from 8:00-11:45 am and 12:45-4:15 pm on the 28 January.
  • Click  Tutorial in English  or  Tutorial in Korean  for instructions on how to log in and schedule appointments.
  • Sign ups will close at 11:59pm on Tuesday, 25 January.
  • Please do not come on campus if you are not feeling well or have tested positive for COVID in the past 10 days.
  • For questions, please email secondary.office@gisthailand.org.

Art Club | kmccall@gisthailand.org
All Secondary students are invited to join this coming Art Club on Tuesday, January 18th, 3:30-5:15pm! This meeting will be focusing on the planning of this year’s Art Chapel (scheduled for February 11th). At this time, we are putting together the general plan for the event and we need more people to get involved and help provide ideas and opinions! Students should email Ms. McCall (kmccall@gisthailand.org) if interested in attending this Tuesday’s Art Club Meeting.

Upcoming Dates
January 18 – Art Club
January 27 – Eligibility Grade Check
January 28 – Parent Teacher Conferences
February 7 – Family Home Weekend

SPIRITUAL LIFE

Resources for Students’ Faith Journeys| spirituallife@gisthailand.org
We’ve made some guided reflections available to help students connect with Jesus. They can find these resources on our Spiritual Life Website under “Student Tools.”

RightNow Media| spirituallife@gisthailand.org
Would you like access to a free RightNow Media account? If so, email us and we’ll send you an invitation! RightNow Media is a library of Christian video content. This is a great resource for family devotionals!

ATHLETICS

This Week in Athletics | athletics@gisthailand.org
We’re excited to have dates on the calendar!!!
*however, all dates are subject to change as new information arises and circumstances change

Monday, Jan. 17

🏀  JV & Varsity Boys Basketball Group Tryouts

🏀  JV & Varsity Girls Basketball Group Tryouts

Tuesday, Jan. 18

🏀  JV & Varsity Boys Basketball Group Tryouts

🏀  JV & Varsity Girls Basketball Group Tryouts

Thursday, Jan. 20

🏃🏻‍♂️  XC Begins! (date changed from Monday)

 For more information, visit our website athletics.gisthailand.org