Weekly Roar

29 Aug 2019

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Word of the Week

Fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline.

– Proverbs 1:7

Weekly Roar is the new Grace In Touch! This email publication is about Grace and for Grace students, parents, and staff. Though this is typically a weekly update, we will be sending out news twice a week during this season of transition and adjustment to our new campus.

We are committed to providing timely, accurate information. If you notice any error or lack of clarity, please send us a feedback. If you’re getting more than one Weekly Roar to the same inbox (and would like to stop this occurance), please send us a note here.


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Hume Thailand 2019 Registration
It’s time to register for Hume Thailand 2019! Hume Lake Christian Camps have been bringing an amazing team of adult counselors to serve students in Thailand for over a decade of unforgettable camp experiences. These Hume staffers personally fundraise to keep camp costs low to offer students an excellent, Jesus-saturated, super-fun Christian camping experience for any grade 6-12 students. Middle School Hume (Grades 6-8) is October 12-15, 2019. High School Hume (Grades 9-12) is October 16-19, 2019. Click this link to register or visit the Hume Thailand 2019 Facebook page. Questions? Contact Jeff Kamphausen, GIS Spiritual Life Director @ 098-001-4310! Let’s Rock, baby!

Interested in serving as an adult counselor at Hume? We’d love to have you join our counselor team! Contact Butter, GIS Ministries Coordinator here.

School Lunch
Reminder: if you plan to use a vendor for the school lunches please read the email from the DSO office (21 August) or contact them for the vendor registration form at dso.office@gisthailand.org

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures
Please follow this link with information and maps regarding the drop-off and pick up procedures. For any questions, contact the DSO office at dso.office@gisthailand.org.

Cafeteria Timeline and Lunch Fees
The school cafeteria will likely not be ready in time for the start of second quarter and may not be operational until January. School lunch fees have now been prorated to account for the portion of second quarter that falls in January when it is anticipated that the cafeteria will begin serving lunch. Please contact the finance office if you would like to opt out of second quarter lunch altogether, and we will remove the second quarter lunch fee from your invoice. However, if you choose this option, please note that your child(ren) will then not be able to start taking the school-provided lunch until the beginning of second semester on January 27.Uniform Clearance Sale
The new Tiger Shop in the front of the administration building is now selling all remaining old-style uniform polos for 99 baht and all old PE shirts and shorts for 50 baht each. These items can be used during this school year, after which they will be phased out. New uniform items including the limited edition 20th anniversary polos and an assortment of uniform shorts and skirts are also on display, so be sure to stock up for the year while sizes are still available. The shop will be open 8:30 to 11:30 AM during the Open House on Friday, August 30, and every Monday (excluding holidays) from 2:00 to 4:00 PM throughout the year.

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2019-2020 Media Permission Form

As we’re getting ready for the school year to begin, we are working on updating links and forms. One of those forms is the “No Media List.” If you’re new to Grace, the “No Media List” is a list of students who’s families have opted out saying the school does NOT have permission to use their student’s photos on social media, pamphlets, website, etc. Whether you’re opting in or opting out, please take 2 minutes to fill out this form before September 6th, 2019, Media Form. Thank you.

Special Day – 30 August 2019

It’s going to be a wonderful day to welcome our students and families, as well as honor a special family.

  • 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM – New family orientation
  • 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Open House to all families
  • 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM – Reception to Honor a Special Family (All are welcomed)
  • 12:30 PM – Lunch for invited guest only

Questions or comments can be directed to Communications.

New Uniform Shop Grand Opening

The uniform shop will officially open in its brand-new location in the front reception area of the administration building on Monday, August 26. For the first week, the shop will be open during the following hours:Monday to Thursday, Aug 26-29 — 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Open House on Friday, Aug 30 — 8:30 to 11:30 AM

The uniform shop will be open every Monday (excluding holidays) from 2:00 to 4:00 PM throughout the remainder of the school year, beginning on September 2.


Comprehensive Email Sent Out

An email from the Elementary office was sent out this week detailing many topics regarding procedures and preparation to receive your children. If you missed it, you can read it here.


PSAT/NMSQT Not Offered at GIS in 2019

The October 2019 PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) will NOT be offered at GIS on October 16. This is due to October Break. If you desire to take the test, please contact other area schools to register with them. The PSAT 8 & PSAT 10, which are different tests, will be given to grades 8 & 10 in Semester 2 for standardized testing purposes. These are not connected to the National Merit Scholarship for U.S. citizens. Academic Counseling Team, counselor@gisthailand.org

Secondary Chromebook Checkout

The following are mandatory handout times for Secondary students who receive a GIS-owned Chromebook:

  • Returning GIS students (rising grade 7-12) are to come to the Secondary building on Thursday, August 29 from 8:30-11:30am (last name A-M) or 1:00-3:30 pm (last name N-Z).
  • New to GIS students will receive their Chromebooks on Friday, August 30 8:30-9:30 am during the New Family Welcome.

Bring Student Schedules to Open House

In order to make the most of the Open House on Friday (Aug. 30), it is suggested that students/parents bring a copy or digital version of each student’s schedule.

Syllabi from Teachers

Secondary teachers will be sending out their class syllabus to parents and students. Please watch for these in your email inbox. We recommend getting school supplies before Sept. 2 to lessen the back to school stress.

Back to School Reminders

Here are some resources you might find helpful as you help your child prepare for the start of school:

  1. For up to date information about Secondary events (including class rotation – Day A, B, etc.), check out this Calendar
  2. Secondary class schedule is found here
  3. The 2019-20 version of the PSMO can be found here, please read carefully as changes were made.

Attention all AP Students & Parents!

Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, the AP® Program is introducing new resources and processes designed to help students earn college credit and placement. To get ready for the coming school year, all AP students need to sign up for an online College Board account. All College Board programs are connected through one account, so if your student created one for the PSAT/NMSQT®, or SAT®, they’re all set. They’ll just need to have their username and password available and with them on Sept. 2. Learn more at parents.collegeboard.org. – Academic Counseling Team, counselor@gisthailand.org

Student Schedule Changes & Add/Drop Deadline

All Secondary students are encouraged to login to RenWeb/FACTS and view their schedule. FYI: any study halls will be added to schedules later next week. All requested changes need to be sent to scheduling@gisthailand.org by Friday, Sept 6 which is the add/drop deadline for the 2019-20 school year. – Scheduling Team, scheduling@gisthailand.org


Ongoing Announcements

GIS Athletics website is a great place to regularly check for news and game schedules.

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