Weekly Roar

4 April 2022

GENERAL

New T-shirts! | communications@gisthailand.org 
Would you like to start this summer with new t-shirts? Now is the time! Communications is accepting pre-orders for our new t-shirt designs until April 17th. The shirts come in three different styles for 200 Baht each. 

For more information and order here: https://www.gisthailand.org/tshirt/ 

ELEMENTARY

Songkran Celebration | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
The elementary Thai Department will be celebrating Songkran with their students on Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8.  Staff and students are encouraged to wear traditional Songkran flowered shirts or any flowered (Hawaiian) type shirt on one or both of those days.  Happy Songkran!!!

MAP Assessments | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
Twice a year 3rd – 6th graders participate in MAP Assessments. The next MAP Assessments will take place during the three weeks following April break. Parents will receive a letter explaining what MAP is and a schedule later this week.

Grade 6 Orientation | counselor@gisthailand.org 
Please join Ms. Randolph and the Academic Counselors on Tuesday, April 5th, from 7-8pm online (meeting link) for an overview of academic life in the Secondary School.  Please RSVP here to assist in meeting preparation, and include any specific question you may have about this transition.  It is our desire that you and your students be well-informed in this exciting transition to Grade 7.

SECONDARY

Grade 9-12 Formal | secondary.office@gisthailand.org 
Student Council invites all Grade 9-12 students to the 2022 Formal: La vie est belle – Life is Beautiful. GIS dress code still applies as found in the PSMO

Date: April 9th  
Time: 7:00-11:00 pm
Location: Le Meridien ChiangMai

Le Meridien COVID entrance requirements: Proof of vaccination (2 doses) or negative ATK test taken within previous 24 hours of the dance. Picture on your phone is acceptable. If you are in quarantine (as per GIS), you are not permitted to attend the dance. 

Course Selection Opening in FamilyWeb | counselor@gisthailand.org 
Parents and students will receive an email today detailing instructions for accessing Course Requests in FamilyWeb. It opens today and closes April 19 at 8:00pm. Grade 7 students will receive a planning page today in Advisory. Grade 6 students and parents are invited to an orientation tomorrow. See your email for details.

Teacher Feedback Surveys | mrandolph@gisthailand.org
Some secondary parents will receive surveys as part of our teacher evaluation process. Not every teacher is being formally evaluated this year. If you receive an email, it will include information about which teacher and which class they teach, so that you have clarity about the teacher you are providing feedback for. Please fill out the survey as soon as you are able.

AP Mock Exams | secondary.office@gisthailand.org 
During the month of April students in AP courses have an opportunity to take mock AP exams. These mock exams are scheduled on Saturdays throughout April to prepare our students for the official exams in the beginning of May. See the Secondary calendar for the schedule. 

Upcoming Dates 
April 4 – Assembly Day
             -Advisory
April 5 – Grade 6 Orientation
April 6 – No school
April 8 – Homeroom, Speech & Debate Society
April 9 – Grade 9-12 Dance
April 11-15 – Songkran Break – No school
April 18 – Return to school

SPIRITUAL LIFE

Faith and Sexuality Assemblies | spirituallife@gisthailand.org
We are so thankful to have had a chance to open a conversation around faith and sexuality with our secondary students. If you would like access to our recorded assemblies, you can find them HERE.

We also wanted to create a helpful resource for you to continue the conversations at home. You can find a parent discussion guide HERE. 

Living In a Gray World by Preston Sprinkle | spirituallife@gisthailand.org
The Spiritual Life Office has purchased copies of Living in a Gray World by Preston Sprinkle. This is one of the best resources for Christian teenagers on navigating the topic of sexuality––especially in regards to same-sex attraction. If you would like to purchase a copy for 400 baht, you can email the Spiritual Life Office to reserve a copy. 

Free Access to Christian-Sexuality.com Parents Course| spirituallife@gisthailand.org
The Center for Faith, Gender, and Sexuality has created an amazing course for parents on how to navigate conversations around faith and sexuality with your student. If you would like FREE access to this course, please email the Spiritual Life Office and we will create an account for you. Limit one per household. You can find more information HERE.

Secondary Worship Night | spirituallife@gisthailand.org
The Spiritual Life Office will be hosting our next Secondary worship night on Wednesday, April 20th. We will gather for some fun and games from 6:15-7:00 and then worship together from 7:00-8:30.

Chapel Core Team Recruiting | spirituallife@gisthailand.org
The Spiritual Life Office is recruiting student leaders for our Chapel Core Team. Students who are a part of Core Team have the opportunity to lead key elements of our chapel ministry and other Spiritual Life Office events. The Spiritual Life Office staff also deeply invests in the leadership abilities and spiritual maturity of these students. If your student is interested in learning more, have him or her contact any member of the Spiritual Life Office or one of the current Chapel Core Team members. 

ATHLETICS

This Week in Athletics | athletics@gisthailand.org

Monday, April 4th

NIC’S NIGHT — located on Night Safari Road, NIC’s Restaurant and Playground is a family friendly place that has partnered with Grace Athletics. Every first Monday and Tuesday of the month Nic’s gives 25% of any bill back to Grace plus a FREE drink! This month, Nic’s is offering free Orangina to every Grace guest!

Tuesday, April 5th

NIC’S NIGHT — FREE Orangina for every guest. Just let them know you’re with Grace!

  1. Girls Soccer vs. U12 Hang Dong Boys @ Grace 4:30pm

Thursday, April 7th

  1. Boys Volleyball vs. Polytechnic @ Grace 4:00pm

Friday, April 8th

  1. Boys Soccer vs. Montfort @ Grace 4:15pm

For more information, please check our website athletics.gisthailand.org and if you haven’t already, join our Facebook Group and follow us on Instagram

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT:

April is Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month! 

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 44 children in the United States today.

We know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn, think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently.

Several factors may influence the development of autism, and it is often accompanied by sensory sensitivities and medical issues such as gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures or sleep disorders, as well as mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression and attention issues.

Source: https://www.autismspeaks.org/autism-statistics