Weekly Roar

5 Sept 2019

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In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

– Psalm 4:8

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 feedback. If you’re getting more than one Weekly Roar to the same inbox (and would like to stop this occurrence), please send us a note here.



Advisory – Tutorial – Homeroom | Secondary | Send questions or comments to secprincipal@gisthailand.org

Do you wonder what the differences are in these parts (Advisory, Tutorial, & Homeroom) of the Secondary weekly schedule? Have a look here for their purposes, who is involved, and the frequency of each.

HOME GAME: Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Wachirawit | Athletics | Send questions or comments to athletics@gisthailand.org

Come support our Varsity Boys Soccer team as they play against Wachirawit TOMORROW (Sept. 6) at 5:00pm. There will be food vendors available.

Running Club | Athletics | Send questions or comments to belliott@gisthailand.org

GIS Running Club will start next week!!!! Running Club is designed to offer kids an opportunity to have fun, run around, play games, hang out with friends, and prepare for the upcoming Cross Country season which will begin in November.

Cost: Free
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (students can select which days they want to come) 3:30-4:30pm beginning Monday, Sept 9.
Who: EVERYONE! Students of all ages welcome, as well as staff. Parents are welcome to join as helpers as well.
Where: Meet at the Elementary building Atrium at 3:15pm
Clothing: Wear PE clothes

All students must register here by this Friday, Sept. 6:
Contact Brian Elliott @ belliott@gisthailand.org

Anchor Discipleship Group | Community | Send questions or comments to anchorchiangmai@gmail.com

Anchor Discipleship Groups are starting up this month! Grades 7-10, groups for guys, groups for girls. If your teen is interested in joining a group, you can register here. Each group has an adult mentor, a few older student leaders, and meets in a home on Wednesday nights. Anchor is parent-run and all about disciples making disciples and teens learning from God’s Word— you can learn more on our Facebook Page.

Vaccination Available Sept 24 | General | Send questions or comments to nurse@gisthailand.org

GIS Nurse Office is able to offer monthly vaccination services in partnership with a local Thai doctor. Visit the Health Services website for complete information and forms. Please note completed payment at the Nurses Office confirms a vaccination appointment. It requires at least 2 days to process the information before the appointment.

Kick Off – The Blessing Directive Club | Community | Send questions or comments to bflaa@gisthailand.org

TBD Club (The Blessing Directive) is kicking off for the year on Sept. 20. Students, are you looking for another way to be a blessing to the community around you? Come and join us as we go out to Hope House to play with the kids there. Every other Friday after school (3:30-5:45) a group of students and staff travel over and hang out with the kids. Students are paired up with a buddy and have the chance to share the love of Jesus with a child. You play together, hang out, pray for each other and become someone the child looks forward to seeing regularly. If you are interested see Mr. Flaa in S214 or send a note to bflaa@gisthailand.org. Come and join the fun!!

Student Safety | General | Send questions or comments to dso.office@gisthailand.org

I would like to share with you what we have put in place to keep students safe during the ongoing construction. Please see the details in this document. We continue to monitor the situation and adjust where needed. Please feel free to contact the Deputy Superintendent of Operations (DSO) with any questions or feedback. – Jurrian van der Straaten

Previous Posts


Weekly Roar Available Online | Send questions or comments to weeklyroar@gisthailand.org

Don’t know where you read or saw that in your email? Perhaps you’ve already deleted our precious Weekly Roar or it’s already buried under a ton of emails! Well, good news! You can always access previous Roars here.

2019-2020 Media Permission Form | Send questions or comments to pupae@gisthailand.org

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.

Correction – Payments for Hume Lake Participants | Send questions or comments to jkamphausen@gisthailand.org

Payments for Hume Lake are now being received at the Admin Building reception with K. Tawn, **Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:00 – 9:30 AM and 3:00 – 4:00 PM each day through September 22. Wednesday opens from 9:45 – 11:00 AM and 3:00 – 4:00 PM.**

Regular Uniform Shop Hours | Send questions or comments to finance@gisthailand.org

The uniform shop has officially opened in its brand-new location in the front reception area of the administration building. 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.

Parent/Student Agreement Form Due 13 September | Send questions or comments to jamiejohnson@gisthailand.org

**All students** and one parent must SIGN and date the Parent/Student Agreement Secondary FormElementary Form. Our Parent/Student Handbooks for 2019-2020 are at these links. ElementarySecondary. GIS needs this form in the offices no later than Friday, September 13, 2019

Student Visas Update Needed | Send questions or comments to jamiejohnson@gisthailand.org

All non-Thai students are required to submit their NON-IMMIGRANT visa number and date to the registrar. Please send a photocopy or an e-mail with that information to: registrar@gisthailand.org.

Student Accident Insurance | Send questions or comments to jamiejohnson@gisthailand.org

GIS provides 24-hour coverage from Aug. 5, 2019 – Aug. 4, 2020, in/out of school. Coverage is only provided for accidents, with a maximum of 20,000 baht per incident. Parents will need to pay the hospital or clinic bill and bring all receipts and doctor’s reports to the school receptionist, Khun Tawm, in the administration building. Claims must be filed within 3 months of the hospital/clinic visit. Once the claim is approved, parents will need to visit Khun Kiad in the finance office to pick up their reimbursement.

Student Photo ID Card | Send questions or comments to jamiejohnson@gisthailand.org

GIS will issue photo ID cards after new student photos are taken in the month of September. Students will receive discounts from many local businesses when they show their card. Cards expire after the academic term. Only students who withdraw must return ID cards to the Registrar. Replacing a lost ID card costs 100 baht.

Release of Information | Send questions or comments to jamiejohnson@gisthailand.org

For students who are not living with their parents during the school year, this form needs to be signed by both parents and guardians and emailed to the registrar by September 13. Thank you for your help, as we work together for a successful school year at GIS! As always, call us for help: 052-088-777.

Hume Thailand 2019 Registration | Send questions or comments to jkamphausen@gisthailand.org

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 | Send questions or comments to dso.office@gisthailand.org

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 | Send questions or comments to dso.office@gisthailand.org

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.


Ongoing Announcements | Send questions or comments to

The Elementary webpage contains a rich source of information.


PSAT/NMSQT Not Offered at GIS in 2019 | Send questions or comments to secprincipal@gisthailand.org

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

PSAT/NMSQT Update | Send questions or comments to secprincipal@gisthailand.org

GIS is not offering the PSAT/NMSQT this year. Instead, Grade 11 American Citizens interested in the PSAT/NMSQT are invited to contact Chiang Rai International School to inquire about reserving a testing spot on October 30. There are limited spaces thus make contact no later than October 1 by emailing the CRIS Guidance Counselor – hope@cris.ac.th

Back to School Reminders | Send questions or comments to secprincipal@gisthailand.org

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.

Student Schedule Changes & Add/Drop Deadline | Send questions or comments to secprincipal@gisthailand.org

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


Rec League Soccer is this Saturday, Sept. 7 | Send questions or comments to athletics@gisthailand.org

Rec. League Soccer will begin THIS SATURDAY!! Registration and payment is due by 4:30pm on Tuesday, September 3rd. Please fill out the information on the registration form FIRST and then submit payment to Khun Tawm at the main reception desk of the school in the Admin. building. Visit our website (athletics.gisthailand.org) for more information and don’t forget to check out our new sports schedule!

Ongoing Announcements | Send questions or comments to

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