Weekly Roar

3 October 2022


Make some Holiday Baht – Sell at the GIS Christmas Market! 
Vendor form application opens from October 1 – November 9th. Tables are only 200 baht. 
Questions?  traci.derington@gmail.com

Secondary Schedule Evaluation | ds.office@gisthailand.org
If you haven’t already, please fill out the Secondary Schedule Evaluation form. This is open to parents, students, and staff. The form will close on Friday, October 7 at 5 pm.

We are grateful for all the people that have already filled this out.


Teacher Work Day | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 7, for elementary students.

Elementary Principal Sabbatical | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
Carole Steedman is taking a well-deserved break from her role as Elementary Principal from now until the end of Quarter 2. You can read her letter to parents here. She will be on home assignment in her home country of Scotland primarily. Please pray for her refreshment and rest. In her place here at GIS is Mrs. Wendy Wood (currently the Vice-Principal). If you need to reach Mrs. Wood, please email wwood@gisthailand.org


College Visits | counselor@gisthailand.org 

Asbury University – Virtual Visit

  • Tuesday, October 4 from 8:10 am – 08:35 am (during Tutorial) virtually!
  • Students will meet at S120 for the Livestream
  • UPDATED: Parents are welcome to join from home using this LINK

Azusa Pacific University – Representative on GIS Campus

  • Wednesday, October 5 from 11:45 am- 12:15 pm (during lunch)
  • More information will be emailed to students

Wheaton College, IL – Virtual Visit

  • Thursday, October 6 from 8:10 am – 08:35 am (during Tutorial) virtually!
  • Students will meet at S120 for the Livestream
    Parents are welcome to join from home using this LINK  
  • Please pre-register with this QR

Equipping Night for Grade 11 and 12 Parents | secondary.office@gisthailand.org 

  • Thursday, October 6 from 6:30 – 8 PM at GIS
  • All GIS Parents of students in Grades 11 and 12 Invited! 
  • Your Grade 11 and 12 student have so many options for post-high school and a very busy year ahead of him/her. Our Academic Counselors have met with them two times so far this school year to help motivate and de-stress them about the process.
  • We would like to give you the opportunity to hear what we have told them and to field your questions about post-high school options, college applications, and financial aid (with Mr. Tim Hewitt).
  • The English session will be in the GIS Loft
  • The Korean session will be in Room S120

 Parent Teacher Conferences | secondary.office@gisthailand.org 

  • Friday, October 7 from 8 AM until 4:30 PM
  • Every year GIS administration schedules one day without Secondary classes during the first quarter to allow parents the opportunity to meet with teachers for a 10 minute time slot. This is not mandatory; however, if you would like to meet with your child’s teacher(s), this time is for that purpose.
  • For any Korean parents who have questions, please email: hjeong@gisthailand.org 
    • IMPORTANT: If you need a Korean translator during your parent-teacher conferences, please let Hyunjoo Jeong know as soon as possible.
  • Please click on one of the tutorial links below for instructions to get logged in and schedule appointments: English Instructions and Korean Instructions. Please note: PTC Sign-ups will close at midnight on Wednesday, October 5.

 No School on Friday, October 7 | secondary.office@gisthailand.org 

  • There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 7, for Secondary students due to Parent Teacher Conferences.

Important Secondary Dates
October 5          Parent Teacher Conference Sign ups CLOSE (at 11:59 PM)
October 6          Senior Parent Equipping Night (6:30 – 8 PM)
October 7          Parent Teacher Conferences & No School for Students 
October 8-16    October Break – No School for Students and Staff


Night Bazaar Evangelism 
In response to the work that Christ has done in our own lives, we want to invite others into knowing Jesus as their personal Savior. Night Bazaar Evangelism prepares students with the training and tools needed to begin having faith related conversations with those whom we meet during our visits to Night Bazaar. This is the perfect ministry for students who desire to learn how to share their faith with others and wish to become more comfortable with the process of doing so.

Our informational meeting will be held over lunch on Thursday, October 6th at 11:45am in classroom S164. If you have interest in joining the club, please be sure to attend.


This Week in Athletics | athletics@gisthailand.org

Monday, Oct. 3rd
🏃🏻 Last day of running club!! A big thank you to our coaches, Coach Silas, Coach Christie and Coach Ashleigh for making this happen!

Tuesday, Oct. 4th
⚽️ JV Boys Soccer vs. CDSC @ Grace 4:00pm

Thursday, Oct. 6th
🏊🏼‍♂️ CMAC Senior Swim Meet @ PTIS All Day

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

Educational Support

October is Down Syndrome Awareness month; its purpose is to raise public awareness of this common disorder and advocate for acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

In honor of the month, here are 12 facts about Down syndrome you may not know:

  1. Down syndrome is named for Dr. John Langdon Down, who wrote the most prominent paper describing the disorder in the 1860s. The name Down syndrome was not standardized until 1975.

  2. Down syndrome is far and away the most common condition involving chromosomes, occurring approximately in one out of every 691 births.

  3. More than 400,000 people are living with Down syndrome in the United States.

  4. The most common type of Down syndrome is trisomy 21, which means an extra copy of the 21st It is not hereditary. The other two types are translocation and mosaicism, which account for around 5% of cases.

  5. While incidences of Down syndrome correlate with the mother’s age, around 80% of Down syndrome babies are born to mothers under the age of 35.

  6. Nothing a parent does or does not do is known to cause Down syndrome during pregnancy – it occurs randomly.

  7. Down syndrome occurs regularly in both sexes and across socioeconomic classes.

  8. With the great strides made in understanding this disorder, individuals with Down syndrome are living long, happy lives. The life expectancy for these individuals has increased from 25 years in 1980 to over 60 years today.

  9. Down syndrome leaves people with an increased risk of some medical conditions. These conditions include congenital heart defects, respiratory issues, hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, leukemia, and thyroid disorders. Parents and caretakers need to take extra care in screening for medical issues.

  10. Students with Down syndrome are now included in many classrooms across the country. In the past, special needs classes were the only option for learners with Down syndrome, but today most experts recommend full or partial inclusion in many standard classes.

  11. While individuals with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, they are often mild to moderate. Most people with Down syndrome lead fulfilling and productive lives.

  12. Down syndrome is still a little-understood disorder. While researchers are aware of what this condition is, we know little about what causes it or how symptoms develop. There is hope that future research can lead mitigation of some symptoms.

Source of information of 12 facts about Down syndrome

Volunteering Opportunities for Parents | communityliaison@gisthailand.org
It’s truly exciting and a great blessing to be back in school in person! Covid robbed us of so much including the fun activities that fostered community. Well, this year we hope to recover some of it with a bang! If you are a parent and will like to be involved in supporting some of the school’s calendar events, here is your chance. GIS invites your participation in the mega excitement ahead. Please fill out and submit this google form and you will be contacted soon.