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Dalat Alumni Newsletter
August 2018
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H E L P F U L   D A L A T   A L U M N I   L I N K S

August 2018
 

In this issue:

  • The Harbor Opens!
  • Enrich a Student’s Education at Dalat
  • Reconnecting at Dalat
  • A New School Year Begins at Dalat!
  • Picture Books Featuring Dalat’s Rich History 
  • What’s New With You?

The Harbor Opens!

Dalat’s staff and students were excited to begin school this year with the addition of the Harbor! Situated on the north side of the campus, the brand-new building includes 14 high school classrooms, a band room, administrative and finance offices, and a 500-seat auditorium. Some buildings that had housed offices and classrooms were demolished to make way for a parking lot, which is adjacent to the Harbor. Dalat received the building occupancy permit — which was required to hold classes and use the office space in the Harbor — just before school began. Read more about this amazing new structure here.
 

Enrich a Student’s Education at Dalat


Annual Fund at Dalat…Coming This fall

Every fall at Dalat, families, friends, and community come together to identify and purchase helpful items that will enrich the educational experience for students and their teachers. As the nature of Dalat’s mission is to provide high-quality education at a very affordable tuition cost for mission families, resources beyond basic educational necessities are very limited. Dalat’s leaders established the Annual Fund to help close the gap and open the possibilities for our students!

This fall, the Annual Fund will be tasked with the ambitious goal of raising RM195,000 (nearly $50,000) for items that include: 
  • Active seating devices (standing desks, gym balls, wobble cushions) that help young students with special learning challenges to maintain their focus
  • bike racks for commuting students and staff
  • a collapsible lung model to show and demonstrate high school anatomy
  • ukuleles to introduce group ensemble work to elementary music students
  • safe, secure playground apparatus for our youngest students
  • …and much more!
Dalat’s alumni can play a role in helping to make these benefits possible for our students. If you’ve benefited from a great education at Dalat and are thinking about how you can help other students, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support the Annual Fund. More information will come your way in the weeks to come.
 

Reconnecting at Dalat


Alumni who Have Dropped by Recently
Former Dalat dorm parents Perry and Toni Rollins visited campus in June, along with their sons Dusty Rollins​ and Jared Rollins and their families. So glad to welcome this wonderful family back to Penang! The photo was taken in front of the brand new high school building...we call it The Harbor.
Alice Chen (Class of 2000) met up with her good friend and schoolmate Jenny Lai (Class of 2002) at Dalat in August. They spent their Penang vacation together and also visiting friends and family.
Robert (Bob) Schilling (Class of 1978) and his wife Pat were in Penang in August. This was Bob’s first time back “home” since graduation. Bob’s sister, Christine Schilling Hildebrandt, attended Dalat’s informal reunion in Phoenix last March.
 

A New School Year Begins at Dalat!

 
In mid-August Dalat Ushered in its 89th Year of Providing
Students With an Education for Life!
High School Principal Brian Brewster welcomed students back to school and high schoolers began classes in the new Harbor Building.
Elementary school friends shared summer stories on the first day of school.
Middle school students enjoyed a retreat together in the first few days of school.
Boarding students settled into dorm life together.
 

Picture Books Featuring Dalat’s Rich History


If you’ve been considering getting a book, Dalat School’s historical pictorial, Great Is His Faithfulness, by alumnus and teacher John “Tommy” Tompkins is still available. Each book is US$25 plus shipping. Plus, a few books already in the U.S. can be shipped for only $6 each (U.S. only). Follow the instructions below to get yours now!
 
Credit Card purchase is a two-step process (this is very important):
  1. Click on this link to go to the Dalat International School Online Payment page. Select the “Purchases” option for PayPal and pay by credit card.
  2. Send an email  to confirm payment by clicking this link (dmaurin@dalat.org) and include this information for shipping:
    • Your Name
    • Shipping Name & Address 
    • Payment Method: credit card or check?
Check purchase is also a two-step process (this is very important):
  1. Send check directly to: Development Office-Historical Book, Dalat International School, Tanjung Bunga, 11200 Penang, Malaysia. Make check payable to “Dalat International School Sdn. Bhd.” The book will be mailed when payment is received. 
  2. Email the Development Office to confirm payment by clicking this link (dmaurin@dalat.org) and include this information for shipping:
    • Your Name
    • Shipping Name & Address
    • Payment Method: credit card or check?
Many thanks to the Dalat Alumni Evac Pack (1960s and 1970s) who gave generously to cover costs of printing the historical book to support our school!

What’s New With You?

 
Update your former classmates about the latest happenings in your life. Do you have a new job? Or recently retired? Did you just get married? Have a baby? Made a major life change? Or maybe you haven’t updated your fellow alumni in a long time. Share your news with us! 

In 4–5 sentences let us know how you are doing and if possible pass along a current photo. Please include your full name (including your maiden name) and year of graduation. We will share your mini update in a new regular section in future alumni newsletters.  
  
We would love to hear from you and so would your fellow alumni!

Send your update to:  cfranceschi@dalat.org
 

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