Weekly Roar

7 November 2022


GIS Christmas Market  | traci.derington@gmail.com
Deadline to be a vendor is in TWO DAYS: Nov 9th! We have plenty of food vendors, which is great! Now, it’s time to sell a handicraft/ something people can give for Christmas or provide a service onsite or in a gift certificate. Sign up here. 

New Podcast Episode is out! | communications@gisthailand.org
Check out episode 2 of our revamped podcast here: https://anchor.fm/graceinternationalschool where you can listen about our upcoming GIS Christmas Market! 

Method of communication for School cancellation | Chief Operations Officer
In light of the recent flood emergency in Chiangmai, may we remind parents that, as per the GIS PSMO Handbook policy on School Cancellations (pg. 6)

In the event of flooding, political turmoil, sustained power outage, or other emergencies, the school may be closed or the regular schedule altered. A decision to close will be made prior to 7:00 a.m.”

Announcements will be made through the following means: 

  • Line application (please follow the instructions in the link to download/ install the Line app.) 
  • Email or e-bulletin updates
  • GIS Official Facebook page

Regardless of the school’s decision, parents who determine that it would be unsafe to travel should keep their children home.  When conditions require early dismissal from school, email notices will be sent and the school’s Line message will be implemented announcing dismissal time.
[source: PSMO Secondary & Elementary Handbooks 2022-23,]

Vaccination Clinic/Sign-ups / nurse@gisthailand.org
The next vaccination clinic will be held in the nurse office on Tuesday, 22 November from 3:15-4pm. Use this link to sign up and pay no later than the Friday before the clinic date.  Please note there will not be another clinic until January 2023.

COVID-19 update/Sickness protocols / nurse@gisthailand.org
According to the October announcement from the Thailand Ministry of Public Health, Covid-19 protocols will be treated the same as influenza and other communicable diseases. We will no longer require 5 day isolation but still strictly follow the GIS Attendance Policy Related to Illness

  • If you have Covid or flu-like symptoms, please stay home until symptoms have improved and you are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications. 
  • If you test positive with no symptoms, please wear a mask around others while monitoring symptoms
  • Masks should also be worn while recovering from illness if mild symptoms persist for the protection of others. 
  • When students return to school after being out sick, please have them report to the nurses for assessment before returning to class. 

We will continue to implement and encourage the following standard precautionary measures on campus to prevent the spread of communicable diseases: 

  • Promote updated vaccines for flu and Covid-19
  • Promote good handwashing and have hand sanitizer readily available
  • Encourage mask wearing if exhibiting mild respiratory symptoms without fever 
  • Encourage social distancing as much as possible 
  • Maintaining regular cleaning and disinfection of rooms on campus


Late Arrival | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
If your child is arriving at school after 8:15 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) or after 9:45 (Wednesday), a parent (or responsible adult) must bring them into the elementary office and sign them in or it may result in an unexcused tardy.  Thank you for your cooperation.

LIFT Week | mmauck@gisthailand.org
LIFT Week (Living In Faith Together) is a time set aside each year so that we can meet together for worship, hear from a special speaker, and our drama and puppet teams will perform as well.  Our LIFT Week chapel times will be 8:20-9:05 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during the week of November 14-18.  Parents are welcome to come join us! If you have any questions, please direct them to Madde Mauck of the Spiritual Life Office. mmauck@gisthailand.org

2021-2022 Elementary Yearbooks for Sale | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
Last year’s elementary yearbook theme was “The Space Between Us”. We still have several copies available in the elementary office for a cost of 400 baht.  If you are missing an older yearbook in your collection, please stop by and see if we have it for a discount of 350 baht. 

Lost & Found | elementary.office@gisthailand.org
Cooler mornings are wonderful but with that we acquire many jackets. Please remember to put your child’s name on their jacket so we can find the owner easily.  Also, we have lots of unclaimed food containers.  Please label these accordingly.  Feel free to stop by and take a look at our lost & found cart to claim your items anytime. 


PSAT for Grade 8 | secondary.office@gisthailand.org
Mark your Calendars for PSAT testing for GIS and HDE students in Grade 8

  • Grade 8 students will take the PSAT 8 on Wednesday, November 30, 2022
  • Grade 8 students will need to come to campus by 8:15 AM for the morning of testing, instead of a normal Wednesday late arrival time.

The Tan Chin Tuan Senior Excellence Scholarships for GIS 11th-grade Students | counselor@gisthailand.org 

  • GIS in partnership with the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation of Singapore seeks to promote and reward educational excellence in academics, athletics, leadership/community service, and the fine arts.
  • These scholarships offered to juniors are based on a combination of excellence in areas of education, student essay, teacher recommendations, and financial need.
  • The scholarship application opens on October 31 and ends on December 16, 2022, at 8:00 AM.
  • 11th graders will receive an email with application details after they have received information during their Homeroom on October 28.

 Yearbook Senior Advertisements and Highlights | kstancliffe@gisthailand.org 

  • Calling all Senior parents, friends, relatives, dorms, and churches: the time has come to begin designing Senior Advertisements and Senior Highlights!
  • Find all the information you need to know about purchasing space in the Yearbook as a Senior Ad or Highlight here!

Semi-Formal Dance for Grades 9-12 | gthomas@gisthailand.org 

  • StuCo will be hosting a Semi-Formal Dance for students in grades 9-12.
  • This dance will be a Sadies for GIS students only.
    • Non-GIS dates/guests will be allowed for our Spring Formal.  
  • This is an optional and fun event for our High School students and students are encouraged to come as friends (dates are not required)!
  • GIS Dress Code still applies under Special Events, Non-Uniform Days in the PSMO (listed below)
    • Dresses for semi-formal and formal dances must have straps at least 3cm wide.         
    • Dresses/tops are not to show cleavage.
    • Clothing must not be see-through or have slits.
    • Clothing may not be tight-fitting/body-forming/figure-hugging, must not reveal the midriff, and must cover at least the bottom half of the back.
    • Shorts, skirts, & dresses should be at least mid-thigh in length when standing straight.
    • Undergarments must not be visible.
    • If students do not follow dress code when entering or during the dance, they will not be allowed to enter the dance or asked to change in order to enter or stay.
  • Ticket Sales will take place in the next 1-2 weeks (Tickets sold during Secondary Lunch for 380 baht per person)
  • Location: Lanna Palace Hotel
  • When: Saturday, November 19 from 7-11 PM

GIS Spring Play Auditions | mwood@gisthailand.org 

  • GIS is producing a theatrical production of “Hide & Seek” – a murder mystery comedy in the spring – and we need your help to pull it off!
  • We ARE ONLY RECRUITING ACTORS AND ACTRESSES at this point. We will recruit other crew members later.
  • If you are interested in participating in an audition on November 9, 2022 (Wednesday) from 3:30-5:00 pm in the Secondary Choir Room (S140), please sign up in the Google Classroom of GIS March Theater Production (use classroom code: soaf37h)

College Visit | counselor@gisthailand.org

Gordon College 

  • Nov 10, Thursday 11:45 am – 12:15 pm @S120 Presentation for 11th & 12th grade
  • Nov 11, Friday 11:40 am – 12:15 pm @ A table at the entrance of the Cafeteria
    SCAD (The Savannah College of Art and Design)
  • Nov 16, Wednesday, 11:45 am – 12:15 pm @S120
    Both representatives will be on campus.

Upcoming Secondary Dates

  • Oct 31-Dec 16         TCT Scholarship Applications Open for GIS Students in Grade 11 
  • November 5             Middle School Social for GIS students in Grades 7-8 
  • November 7             GIS Spring Play Auditions
  • November 10-11      Gordon College Visit
  • November 11-12      Model United Nations Tournament @ Prem
  • November 14           Grade Check (Eligibility)
  • November 16           SCAD College Visit
  • November 19           Semi Formal Dance for GIS Students in Grades 9-12
  • November 25           No School (American Thanksgiving)
  • November 30           PSAT for GIS Students in Grade 8 


This week in Athletics | athletics@gisthailand.org

Season 2 has officially begun!! In this season, we offer:

  • U8/U10 co-ed soccer (please sign up here)
  • U12-U14 boys and girls soccer 
  • JV-varsity boys and girls basketball
  • U12 – varsity cross country 

Every team except for U8/U10 will have to try out (no sign up needed, just show up). This means that depending on the numbers, it is possible that some students will not make the team.If you do not see tryout dates/start dates below, please check our calendar as they may not be this week, but next. 

Please note that every team will be competing both home and away this year and that GIS is not responsible for transportation to and from other schools. 

We encourage everyone to read our Sports Overview page that you can find on our website where you will find information on terms and definitions we use, early dismissals, age group categories, etc. 

Monday, Nov. 7th
🥤Nic’s Night (on Night Safari Road) — not only will 25% of your bill be donated back to Grace Athletics, but every Grace guest gets a smoothie as well!!
🏀 JV and Varsity Boys Basketball Group Tryout @ Covered Court 3:30 – 5:15pm
🏀 JV and Varsity Girls Basketball Group Tryout @ Covered Court 3:30 – 5:15pm
🏃🏽‍♂️ JV and Varsity Boys and Girls CMAC XC Tryout @ In front of Fitness Center 3:30 – 5:15pm
⚽️ U14 Girls Soccer Tryout @ Field 1 3:30 – 5:15pm

Tuesday, Nov. 8th
🥤Nic’s Night (on Night Safari Road) — not only will 25% of your bill be donated back to Grace Athletics, but every Grace guest gets a smoothie as well!!
🏀 JV and Varsity Boys Basketball Group Tryout @ Covered Court 3:30 – 5:15pm
🏀 JV and Varsity Girls Basketball Group Tryout @ Covered Court 3:30 – 5:15pm
🏃🏽‍♂️ JV and Varsity Boys and Girls CMAC XC Tryout @ In front of Fitness Center 3:30 – 5:15pm
⚽️ U8/U10 Soccer Begins! @ Field 2 3:30 – 5:15pm
⚽️ U12 Boys Soccer Tryout @ Field 2 3:30 – 5:15pm
⚽️ U12 Girls Soccer Tryout @ Field 2 3:30 – 5:15pm
⚽️ U14 Girls Soccer Tryout @ Field 1 3:30 – 5:15pm

Thursday, Nov. 10th
⚽️ U12 Boys Soccer Tryout @ Field 2 3:30 – 5:15pm
⚽️ U12 Girls Soccer Tryout @ Field 2 3:30 – 5:15pm

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