Weekly Roar

31 Jan 2022

GENERAL

Community Conversation with the Superintendent – Feb 9, 2022 | superintendents.office@gisthailand.org 

If you haven’t signed up for this, here’s the chance!  Please RSVP in this LINK.

This is an opportunity for 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. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 @ 2 – 3:30 pm
A230, 2nd Floor, Admin Building

On-line option is available (we’ll share the live link with you closer to the date).

One topic of interest will be information on the future building and development plans for the school. We’ll also be introducing Gracy Bondy, our Home and Distance Education (HDE) Director, who will take you through some highlights of our HDE program.

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).

Nurse’s Office Update | nurse@gisthailand.org
As of Monday, January 31st at 8am, the CMT is aware of 0 positive PCRs currently among GIS students and staff.

If your student is feeling unwell (ie, fever, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, eye drainage, diarrhea, vomiting etc), please keep them home from school, even if they ATK negative, and review our Attendance Policy Related to Illness.

For information on COVID vaccines or boosters for 12-18 year olds, please visit our COVID FAQ page.

Re-enrollment physical exams are due today!

Student Safety Parent Training | studentsafety@gisthailand.org

ELEMENTARY

MAP Assessments | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
MAP Assessments for 3rd – 6th grades begin tomorrow.  Please check the email that was sent last week for explanation of what MAP is and the schedule.

Elementary Clubs | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
Unfortunately, there will be no 2nd-semester clubs offered this year. 

Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for February 24 & 25.  There will be NO SCHOOL for elementary students on those days.  You’ll be receiving more information in the coming weeks.  

LIFT WEEK | wwood@gisthailand.org
Elementary LIFT Week begins today!  Each day this week (except Wednesday) we have chapel starting at about 8:15 with a special speaker.  This year’s theme is BE A HERO! Parents are welcome to attend, please sit on the chairs in the back of the cafeteria.

During this year’s LIFT WEEK, we are collecting food and items for families in need in our community?   We are asking each of the different elementary grades to bring the following items:

Kindergarten: Shampoo and multi-pack bars of soap

1st grade: Multi-pack toothbrush and toothpaste
2nd grade: 1 bottle of cooking oil
3rd grade: 1 large bottle of soy sauce
4th grade: Instant noodles (pack of 6)
5th grade: Canned mackerel (pack of 6)
6th grade: 5kg bag of rice

There will be collection bins in the elementary atrium for students to drop off their donations.  The grade with the most items at the end of the week will win an ice cream party!

SECONDARY

Secondary Calendar | secondary.office@gisthailand.org 
Keep up with events at Secondary here. This Parents page gives lots of information about what is happening at GIS and is updated regularly. Click the Secondary tab to view only Secondary events in a calendar format. 

Academic Plan Meetings in February and March | counselor@gisthailand.org 
Grades 8-11 students will be visiting with their Academic Counselor about post-graduation goals, future academic plans, and courses that should be taken next academic year to meet these goals and to ensure graduation from GIS. A proposed schedule of courses will be created and recorded on the student’s 4-year Academic Plan document in Classroom (ask your student to see this). When the time comes, it is highly recommended that students and parents refer to this Plan when choosing classes for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Grade 7 students will have a class meeting at the end of March to receive a customized handout that shows them what Grade 8 elective classes will fulfill the requirements; they should use this when choosing classes for the next school year. FamilyWeb course selection will open in the later part of April.

Secondary Academic Program Handbook | counselor@gisthailand.org 
Parents and students can refer to this Handbook as they review their 4-year Academic Plans and choose courses for the 2022-2023 school year. This Handbook defines each course and indicates grade-levels and prerequisites necessary to enroll in all classes.

Upcoming Dates
February 1 – Art Club
February 4 – Speech and Debate Society
February 7 – Family Home Weekend (No school)
February 8 – Student Safety Assembly
February 11 – Speech and Debate Society
February 11 – Eligibility Grade Check
February 18 – No School 

SPIRITUAL LIFE

Spiritual Life Podcast | spirituallife@gisthailand.org
The podcast Getting There with Jack and Madde is back! This week’s episode (released on Friday, Jan. 28) is a conversation about rest––specially sleep and Sabbath. Available wherever you listen to podcasts.

Resources for Students’ Faith Journeys| spirituallife@gisthailand.org
We want to pair our podcast with tools to help students implement spiritual rhythms in their lives. We’ve created a section on “rest” and a few basic practices to help students put it into practice. You can find these resources and others on our Spiritual Life Website under “Student Tools.”

Worship Night | spirituallife@gisthailand.org
We are excited to be hosting a worship night on February 16th here at GIS. More details to follow. 

ATHLETICS

(Please see last week’s Roar)