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24 Feb 2020



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*NewNurse Update | nurse@gisthailand.org
Based on the recent directive of the Thai Minister of Education, anyone (including students & staff) who has visited China, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, or Singapore must self-quarantine at home for 14 days. This does apply to layovers or people in close contact with travelers. Please notify nurse@gisthailand.org and the relevant attendance/supervising personnel if this applies to you or your student.

As new information about COVID-19 is released, we will continue to update our blog (including FAQs) here

*New First Yard Sale at GIS| marketing@gisthailand.org
We have gotten tremendous responses from vendors and the community.  All available booth occupancy filled up quickly and more vendors asked to join.  The sale begins at 7:30 a.m. this Saturday, February 29.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase.  There is an entrance of 20 baht/person. All proceeds go to the building funds of Grace on campus.  Help us invest in our school be spreading the word to friends and neighbors about the Yard Sale!

*New Face Masks for Sale in Uniform Shop | nurse@gisthailand.org
AirLine reusable face masks are now available for purchase in the uniform shop. 50 baht/mask.

*New Health Contract with ChiangMai Ram Hospital | nurse@gisthailand.org
As of February 1st, GIS has agreed on a contract to offer a 20% discounted rate to GIS staff, students, and families. To apply for the discount, show a GIS student or staff ID to the hospital cashier. GIS family members should show their ID/passport in addition to a GIS ID. Exceptions apply, contact Health Services for details and/or questions.

*New Worship Night | jkamphausen@gisthailand.org.
With the season of Lent beginning next Wednesday, Feb. 26, the Chapel Leadership Team will be hosting our annual Ash Wednesday Worship Night from 7:00-8:30pm in the cafeteria. We join Christians all over the world as we enter the 40 days leading up to celebrating Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday.  All G7-12 secondary students from GIS are welcome to join–other students in Chiangmai are welcome, too. Limited songtaow transportation will be available from Sojo’s in World Club for 20 baht/student. Songtaows will depart at 6:30pm and return at approximately 9:00pm

Coffee with the DSA | dsa.office@gisthailand.org
You’re invited to “Coffee with the DSA,” Tuesday, March 3rd, from 8:30 am – 9:30 am. 

This is an opportunity to connect with Joe Crain and ask any questions you might have about the educational experience at GIS. You’ll also have an opportunity to enjoy some coffee, snacks, and fellowship with other GIS parents in the 2nd-floor Loft (A220), located in the Admin building.

Please RSVP for March 3 by clicking this link.

There will be one other Coffee with the DSA this year on May 12th, 9:30 am – 10:30 am.

International Day – Feb. 27th | dsa.office@gisthailand.org
As an international school in Thailand, we want to celebrate how the different cultures in our student and staff population have formed our school culture. This year we will be celebrating International Day on Thursday, February 27th.

Students and staff will be encouraged to come to school in their country’s traditional dress or to wear the colors that are best associated with their country.During lunch, we will be serving Pad Thai and hot dogs, to represent Thai and American cuisine. For students, there will also be four tables offering a sample of different cuisines from around the world – Korean, Mexican, German, and Middle Eastern. Students will only be able to pick one booth to get a sample from, so they should choose wisely.

**POSTPONE** Community Conversation with the Superintendent on Feb 25, 2020 | gis-execasst@gisthailand.org 
We enjoyed connecting with parents during our first conversation on October 3, 2019. This upcoming round (and last for this academic year) will offer yet another opportunity for the superintendent to give you an update on the new campus, address school-wide topics, and answer questions from parents. You’ll also have an opportunity to enjoy some snacks and fellowship with other GIS parents. 

February 25 @ 3:30 – 5:00 pm in the Cafeteria
RSVP by clicking this LINK.
If you have specific, school-wide questions you would like GIS leadership to address, you may share them ahead of time on the RSVP form.


*New Band and Choir Concert | gkauffman@gisthailand.org
Join us for our first concert at our new campus!


  • When: 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Friday, February 28
  • Where: GIS Cafeteria
  • Who: Chanson, 9-12 Choir, Jazz Band, and 9-12 Band
  • Why: Music is Awesome!

*New “VOID” Worship Night | spirituallife@gisthailand.org   

  • 7:00-8:30 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the GIS Cafeteria. 
  • 3 songtaews will be available (first come, first served: 20 baht/person) to and from Sojo’s in World Club Land–depart 6:30 pm, return at 9:00 pm or earlier.

Last Week’s Parent Equipping Night | counselor@gisthailand.org
If you missed last week’s Parent Equipping Night: Preparing to Register Students for 2020-2021 Courses (Topics: Academic Plans to guide the students toward their academic goals, the small change in our graduation requirements, and information about the timeline, process, and options for the upcoming student 2020-2021 course registration), fear not. You can view the Slides here.




CMCIS Art Project | kmccall@gisthailand.org
The GIS community is invited to the inaugural Chiang Mai Circle of International Schools (CMCIS) Art Project (See Poster Here). The exhibition will be open Wednesday, March 4th through the 6th showcasing nine international schools with 200 plus pieces of art. Come and have a look, and support your GIS artists. The exhibition is taking place at the Dream Space Gallery(map).

StuCo Happenings | joshmckeown@gisthailand.org 

  • International Tiger Pride Day
    • Tiger Pride Day is on Thursday, February 27 (also International Day @ GIS). Represent your passport or home country by dressing in your country’s traditional dress or corresponding colors and/or flag. GIS dress code applies.


Elementary Subs Needed | mkennedy@gisthailand.org 
Elementary is in need of more substitutes for our teachers and teacher aides.  Don’t worry – you don’t need to be a qualified teacher to sub. When our teachers are absent they leave very comprehensive instructions for subs to follow.  If you don’t feel comfortable teaching, how about subbing for one of our teacher aides, they assist in the classroom and on the playground. Subbing is a great way to get more volunteer hours.  Contact Michelle Kennedy if you are interested in helping in this way. Feel free to specify what days you are available and if you’d prefer to only sub for teacher aides.


Where to Get Sports Updates
We know practice and game changes have a great impact on everyone involved in sports. The best ways to know about these changes are on the Athletic website and Grace Athletics Facebook Page.

This week in Athletics | athletics@gisthailand.org

Rosters for volleyball teams will be posted on the community bulletin board on the first floor of the admin building (by the stairs/bathrooms) tomorrow!

Tuesday, Feb. 25

🏐 U14 Girls Tryouts (roster will be posted on Wednesday)

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

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