We are grateful that, over this year, SOPs have eased enough that we were able to spend a majority of the year in face-to-face learning despite starting the year online.

With just under two weeks of school left, we are looking back on this year and the ways in which our theme of “It’s G.R.O.W. Time,” has impacted our community. School leaders have written about the importance of gratitude and looking for the “silver lining” in difficult situations; resilience when facing challenges and setbacks; ways to demonstrate and encourage optimism; and the greatest example of willingness.

We are grateful that, over this year, SOPs have eased enough that we were able to spend a majority of the year in face-to-face learning despite starting the year online. This year saw the return of in-person events like Missions Emphasis Week, Eagle Games, intramurals, Junior Senior Banquet, Fine Arts Showcase, and graduation. Students, staff, and families have shown resilience as we’ve navigated quarantines, weekly COVID testing, and online learning, and still arrive at school ready to learn.

Our community has shown considerable willingness when trying new ways of doing things, like drive-thru bake sales, or supporting Annual Fund when many couldn’t be on campus. And we are optimistic, as we look forward to next year, that we will continue to grow together as a community. We are blessed to start next year fully staffed, with many teachers being willing to take on new or different responsibilities to continue supporting students. And we are excited to make progress in our goal of building a new middle school building next year.

Enjoy these last two weeks of the 2021-2022 school year, and celebrate everything you have achieved this year. It’s G.R.O.W. Time!

Written by Shawna Wood

Ms. Shawna Wood is dedicated to mentoring and discipling the next generation. Shawna has a Master of Education and has been at Dalat since 2012, first as Middle School principal and now as Deputy Head of school.
Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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