Weekly Roar

29 August 2022


Family & Friends Sign Up Sheet | communications@gisthailand.org
You can still sign up for the family & friends photo session, click here: Sign Up Form. Please be careful not to erase anyone’s name from the sheet and make sure to sign up at least a day before your preferred time slot. 

Your photos will be available to order from U Smile Kids. You can check their catalog at this LINK for a list of merchandise and prints available. We will notify you as soon as U Smile Kids are open for orders.

Date: Aug 29 – Sep 2, 2022
Location: Loft area, 3rd floor, Admin Building

Community Conversation with the Superintendent –Sep 8, 2022 | superintendents.office@gisthailand.org 

I would like to extend an invitation to you, parents, to join me in this community forum.

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 the update on the Middle School project and campus development plans for the school. 

  • Thursday, September 8, 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).

GIS Christmas Market | traci.derington@gmail.com 
Calling all GIS students, parents & staff entrepreneurs: the 6th annual GIS Christmas Market is happening on Saturday, December 3rd.  Mark your calendar now (SAT’s are that day too).  Details about selling coming in October.  

Contact info: Traci Derington traci.derington@gmail.com 

Vaccination Clinic | nurse@gisthailand.com
Don’t forget! If you signed up for the vaccination clinic this month, it will be tomorrow August 30 from 3:15-4pm in the Health Office. 

Volunteer Opportunity | nurse@gisthailand.com 
We are in need of medical professionals to cover first-aid at some athletic events. If you are interested and willing, please email us for more details!


If you have questions regarding elementary, please contact elementary.office@gisthailand.org

UPDATED Tiger Pride Date | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
Our first Tiger Pride Day has been changed due to student picture week.  The theme is still SCHOOL COLORS and will now be on Wednesday, September 7.  On that day students are encouraged to wear our school colors (blue & yellow/gold). Tiger Pride Day is not mandatory and if your child chooses not to participate in the theme, they should wear their normal Grace uniform.  (We will have another Tiger Pride Day at the end of September – stay tuned for that theme)

Elementary Picture Day Schedule | elementary.office@gisthailand.org

The elementary schedule for taking student photos is as follows:

Kindergarten – Tuesday, August 30 
1st grade – Thursday, September 1 
2nd grade – Monday, August 29 
3rd grade – Monday, August 29 
4th grade – Thursday, September 1 
5th grade – Wednesday, August 31 
6th grade – Friday, September 2
RISE class – Tuesday, August 30
Make-up day – Friday, September 2

Please send your students to school in their NAVY BLUE GRACE POLO. If your students have PE on the same day as their photo taking day, they should wear their polo shirts to school and then change into their PE uniforms after pictures are taken.

Thank You, Recess Monitors | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
We now have enough lunch recess monitors to fill up our schedule!  Thank you to those parents who have signed up to assist in this very important job of keeping our students safe on the playground while giving our teachers a break during the day. We appreciate your hard work and dedication.  If you were considering it and have not signed up yet to volunteer as a lunch recess monitor, we always have room for more and on occasion, we need someone to fill in last minute.  If you are interested, please contact Khun Na at rtisdale@gisthailand.org.

Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences will be Thursday, September 15, and Friday, September 16.  There will be no school for ELEMENTARY students on those days.  Next week’s Roar will include information on how and when parents will be able to sign up for conferences.

Elementary After School Clubs | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
Elementary After School Clubs are scheduled to begin on September 22.  More information will be coming to you in the next couple of weeks.


If you have questions regarding Secondary, please contact secondary.office@gisthailand.org

Student Picture Day(s) August 29-September 2 | secondary.office@gisthailand.org

Please remind your child to wear their Navy Polo on their Picture Day

  • Grade 7 students will take their pictures on Monday, August 29
  • Grades 8 and 9 students will take their pictures on Tuesday, August 30
  • Grade 10 students will take their pictures on Wednesday, August 31
  • Grade 11 students will take their pictures on Thursday, September 1
  • Grade 12 students will take their pictures on Friday, September 2 

Dress Code | secondary.office@gisthailand.org 
In an effort to provide an environment conducive to learning that is respectful to the many cultures represented in the GIS community, GIS has an established school uniform. Please review the PSMO, under the subheading ‘Dress Code for Students’.

  • Our GIS students have grown this summer! Reminders for the length of Uniform Shorts, Skirts, and Skorts reaching 5 centimeters (2 inches) of their knee.
  • Consequences for Dress Code Infractions will be enforced. Please see the PSMO.
  • Secondary Principal has the final say about appropriate appearance based on the school values (including Athletes Game Day Attire, Tiger Pride Week, Formal Dances, etc.)

Tiger Pride Week: September 5-9 | gthomas@gisthailand.org 

GIS Student Council is excited to present Fall 2022 Tiger Pride Week, September 5-9!

  • Students are encouraged to dress up according to a theme each day and show Tiger Pride (school spirit and energy)! 
  • Student Council’s Fall 2022 Tiger Pride Week Theme is SHOW YOURSELF
  • There will be a competition between the different grade levels based on the percentage of students who participate and games/activities played after eating lunch. More details will be communicated to students!
  • Contact George Thomas, Student Council Staff Sponsor gthomas@gisthailand.org 

Piano Accompanist Wanted | secondary.office@gisthailand.org

Secondary Choirs are in need of a PIano Accompanist! 

  • Please contact us if you are interested in making music with some talented teenagers (and enthusiastic choir director)! We are happy to discuss more details!

Attendance: Absences and Late Arrivals | attendance@gisthailand.org

Absences: See the PSMO for more information.

  • Morning of Absence: Call or email Secondary office between 7:45 and 8:15 AM
  • All absences not reported by 8:15 am on the day your child is absent, will be unexcused.

Communication with Teachers: Students should email their teachers about absence

Late Arrival: Students are required to check in at Secondary Office

GIS Extracurricular Clubs | dreed@gisthailand.org

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
  • Contact Jennifer Akhtar, Secondary Substitute Coordinator jakhtar@gisthailand.org 

PSAT | secondary.office@gisthailand.org

Mark your Calendars for PSAT testing for GIS and HDE students in Grades 8 and 10

  • Grade 8 students will take the PSAT 8 on Wednesday, November 30, 2022
  • Grade 10 students will take the PSAT 10 on Wednesday, March 22, 2023
  • Grade 8 and 10 students will need to come to campus by 7:55 AM for the morning of testing, instead of a normal Wednesday late arrival time.

Important Secondary Dates

  • August 29-September 2: Picture Day(s)
  • September 5-9: Tiger Pride Week 


“Fresh Start”: Wed., August 31 —  First Worship Night of the ‘22-’23 School Year | spirituallife@gisthailand.org
All secondary students (G7-12) are welcome to attend our first Worship Night this Wednesday from 6:15-8:30pm. G7-12 friends from other CNX schools or homeschoolers are welcome to attend as well! Enjoy student-led worship, prayer and stations designed to lead students into Jesus’ presence.

  • 6:15-7:00pm — Outdoor activities/games/hangout time
  • 7:00-8:30pm — Gathering inside begins!

Free Access to AXIS  | spirituallife@gisthailand.org
As a perk of being in the GIS community, you can have access to our Axis account. Axis has created a lot of great content geared towards helping teenagers navigate difficult subjects from pornography to gender identity. You can login to Axis by clicking HERE . Select “Already Done This” (see photo below) and use the following credentials: 

Login ID: spirituallife@gisthailand.org

Password: Axis22-23@

RightNow Media | spirituallife@gisthailand.org
If you would like access to a free RightNow Media account, send us an email. RightNow Media is a library of Christian videos, Bible studies, and other resources made available for GIS families and students.


This Week in Athletics | athletics@gisthailand.org

A couple things: 

  1. Just a friendly reminder about our absence/tardy/sick policy — “Students must miss no more than two class periods (including tutorial/homeroom/advisories) that day, to participate in after school activities. If your child is sick and doesn’t come to school, he/she is not allowed to attend practice. If your child does come to school then he/she needs to be at practice unless the nurse says otherwise.” Thank you!
  2. Running Club — we are THRILLED with the amount of kids who came out to join Running Club. Unfortunately with limited volunteers, we can’t safely have the students come out all together. So slight change in plans — on Mondays, Running Club will be for kids in 3-6th grade and on Fridays it will be for K-2nd graders. We apologize for whatever inconvenience this may cause, but we want to make sure that your students are having fun and are safe! On a similar note, if you would like to volunteer to help out on either day, please let me know!
  3. Varsity Dress Days — our varsity athletes have the privilege of dressing up to school on game days. They must follow the PSMO and follow our Athletics Dress Code policy that can be found here: https://docs.google.com/…/1mVsTAVOsh1j5VWAz5etp…/edit…

Monday, Aug. 29 

  1. Boys Volleyball vs. Satit CMU @ Satit CMU 4:00pm
  2. Girls Volleyball vs. Satit CMU @ Satit CMU 4:00pm

Tuesday, Aug. 30

  1. JV Boys Soccer vs. CMIS @ GIS 4:00pm
  2. JV Girls Soccer vs. CMIS @ CMIS 4:00pm
  3. Boys Soccer vs. CMIS @ GIS 4:00pm

Saturday, Sept. 3

  1. Rec League Soccer Day 2 @ GIS 10:00am
  2. Girls Soccer vs. Lampang @ Lampang 10:00am

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