Weekly Roar

23 January 2023


Community Conversation with the Superintendent –February 2, 2023 | superintendents.office@gisthailand.org 
I would like to extend an invitation to you, parents, to join me in this community forum to give you an update on the school, address school-wide topics, and answer questions from you on

  • Thursday, February 2, 2023 @ 2:00 – 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).

Vaccination Clinic | nurse@gisthailand.org
The vaccination Clinic is happening on January 24th in the Nurse’s office.  If you have signed up please reminder to come by between 3.15 – 4.00 pm.  Elementary students will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

2023-24 Student Re-enrollment | nurse@gisthailand.org
Physical examination form and TB skin test results are due January 31. Student Physical Exams Form. TB skin test need to be read 48-72 hours after the injection. The nurses at GIS can read your results. TB skin test result form.

Please also have your physician review the students action plan if they have a life-threatening allergy, asthma or require a health accommodation.

Life-Threatening Action plan  
Asthma Action plan
GIS Health Accommodation Request

The AQI Alerts | nurse@gisthailand.org
The air quality in Chiang Mai has been quite poor this week. Grace International School has an air quality monitor on campus, you can view the reading here. There are policies and procedures in place to guide staff and teachers as they work to keep your kids safe and to limit their exposure to harmful air pollution.

You can view the chart used at GIS here

Parents who have children with environmental allergies or asthma problems. Please make sure your child has the needed medications and/or inhaler in the nurse’s office. A face mask N95 or N99 rating can help reduce your child’s exposure to the PM10 & PM 2.5 particles when outdoors.

2023-24 Re-enrollment Registration | registrar@gisthailand.org
The deadline for re-enrollment registration is JANUARY 31, 2023. Please make sure to fill out the form even if your child/children will not be returning for the next school year. If you have any questions, please contact registrar@gisthailand.org.

January Bake Sale is at The Carnival!! | communityliaison@gisthailand.com
A GIS Community Event, Date: Saturday January 28, 2023, Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Bake Sale is a GIS Community Fundraiser to support students and school projects.

Our host bakers for this month are G2 and G11 (making donations of 25 pieces or more, individually wrapped baked items per student). Parents/guardians of a student in any of these grades, please check your email for the signup sheet, reminders and other useful information.

Stop by our booth for delicious Bagels, Gluten-free snacks, Nut-free items, Cupcakes, Muffins, Brownies, Cookies, Doughnuts, Carrot cake, Banana bread, Popcorn pops, etc., and other surprise desserts.

Don’t forget to send money with your student on January 28, 2023.
Items will be priced from 50 baht.

**If you can volunteer to help at this and future sales, please contact Loyce Sichali at rescued518@gmail.com **

Thanks for helping support events and activities which benefit students and the GIS Community.

Delivery and Drop Off Reminders.

  • If a student forgets something (backpack, instrument, PE/sports clothing, etc.), parents/guardians may physically bring something into the Elementary or Secondary Offices to leave for their child. Please DO NOT drop off or leave items at the Guard House. 
  • No student or parent can order deliveries to campus (including Grab / Grab Express / Tuk / PandaExpress / MealsOnWheels / 7-11 / Lineman) during school hours (7:45am-3:15pm)
  • GIS Guards are not responsible for overseeing items being delivered to students “from” parents/guardians by a delivery service, due to security reasons and their work responsibilities.




Birthday Treats | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
Birthday treats will no longer be allowed in the lunchroom. If you’d like to share birthday treats with your child’s class, please coordinate with their teacher and plan to bring them in time for their afternoon recess time. 

Planned Absence Request/Late Arrivals | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
If your child(ren) will be absent from school for more than two days, please submit a Planned Absence Request Form.  If your child(ren) are going to be arriving late to school (after 8:15 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and after 9:45 on Wed), a parent or responsible adult must sign them in at the elementary office before going to their classroom. 

3rd – 6th Grade After School Clubs | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
The last day to submit permission forms for after school clubs is Wednesday, January 25.

Opportunities for School Aides/Substitutes | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
If you’d like to volunteer in elementary, we have a place for you.  Our current needs are substitute teachers and someone to help during our 1st – 3rd grade lunch time in the cafeteria.  Please contact the office if you’d like more information.

Upcoming Middle Schoolers | cbrodie@gisthailand.org
What is a Ceilidh Dance?  A Ceilidh Dance is for everyone! 
Who is invited? Current 5th, 6th and 7th graders and their families (siblings 3rd grade & above) 
When and Where? Saturday, February 11 @ 6:30-8:00 pm in the GIS Cafeteria

  • To widen the students cultural awareness and experiences
  • To allow the newly formed middle school students and families to gather together 
  • To kick off International Week

Please RSVP here.  Contact Claire Brodie at cbrodie@gisthailand.org for more information.

(Plan to wear clothes that are comfortable to exercise in – kilts not required, but encouraged)





Dress Code | secondary.office@gisthailand.org 

Planned Absences | secondary.office@gisthailand.org 

  • Upcoming Mission Organization Conference? ACSC Tournament? Visiting family?
  • Missing more than 2+ days as a planned absence…
  • Print and fill out our Planned Absence Request Form (students can also pick this up in the Secondary Office)

School Aides Needed (Substitutes) | jakhtar@gisthailand.org 
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
  • Contact Jennifer Akhtar, the Secondary Substitute Coordinator!

College Visit from Handong University, Korea | counselor@gisthailand.org 

  • Wednesday, Jan 25 from 11:45 am – 12:15 pm
  • At the entrance of the Cafeteria
  • Topic: Full-ride scholarships for non-Korean students, Attending a Christian College in Korea
  • We are excited to have GIS alumni, Sungmin Kim, Class of 2014 as a Representative!

College Visit from Biola University, USA | counselor@gisthailand.org 

  • Biola University (Virtual Visit)
  • Friday, February 3 from 11:45 am – 12:15 pm
  • Bring your lunch into Classroom S120
  • All Grade 9-12 students are invited! 

Academic Plan Meetings for Secondary Students: February and March | counselor@gisthailand.org

  • Students in grades 11, 10, 9, and 8 will be called in to visit with their academic counselor about post-high school goals, future academic plans, and classes that should be taken next school year to meet these goals and to ensure graduation from GIS. 
  • A proposed schedule of classes will be created and recorded on the student’s 4-year Academic Plan document in Classroom (ask your student to see this). 
  • It is highly recommended that students and parents refer to this Plan when choosing classes for the 2023-2024 school year. 
  • FamilyWeb course selection will open in the later part of April.

Mark your Calendars with these Upcoming Secondary Dates

  • January 23 Eligibility Grade Check
  • January 25 Handong University Visit
  • January 28 Community Carnival 
  • February 3 Biola University Virtual Visit
  • February 4-6 Family Home Weekend, Sports Leadership 2 Trip
  • February 7 Eligibility Grade Check
  • February 10 Art Chapel
  • February 13-17 Tiger Pride Week (International Week)




This Week in Athletics | athletics@gisthailand.org
Rec League basketball is beginning soon. If you have a 3rd-6th grader who is interested in playing basketball, be sure to sign up here: https://forms.gle/CQr56xJJNhjYYL2Q8.

For more information about Rec League, visit our website: https://athletics.gisthailand.org/sports/rec-league.

Tuesday, Jan. 24
⚽️ U14 Boys Soccer vs. CMIS @ GIS 4:00 pm
⚽️ U14 Girls Soccer vs. CMIS @ CMIS 4:00 pm
⚽️ U10 Soccer vs. CDSC @ GIS 4:00 pm
🏀 JV Boys Basketball vs. Dara @ Dara Academy 4:30 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 25
⚽️ U12 Boys & Girls Soccer CMAC Tournament @ PTIS 9:00 am

Thursday, Jan. 26
⚽️ U14 Boys & Girls Soccer CMAC Tournament @ GIS 9:00 am
🏀 CMIS Varsity Basketball Invitational Day 1 @ CMIS 4:00 pm
🏀 JV Boys Basketball vs. AAA @ GIS 5:30pm
🍔 Genesis Cafe will set up a table selling burgers, wraps & smoothies

Friday, Jan. 27
🏀 CMIS Varsity Basketball Invitational Day 2 @ CMIS 4:00 pm
🏀 JV Girls Basketball vs. Xinseng @ GIS 5:00 pm
🏀 JV Boys Basketball vs. Xinseng @ GIS 6:00 pm
🍔 Genesis Cafe will set up a table selling burgers, wraps & smoothies

Saturday, Jan. 28
🏀 CMIS Varsity Basketball Invitational Day 3 @ CMIS 8:00 am