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August 2021 Newsletter
Dear Dutch Creek Community,

I can’t believe it is already August and the first days of school are upon us. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our families, especially those of you who are new to this incredible community. At Dutch Creek, we are deeply committed to our students, empowering them as learners-and arguably more important-as leaders who change and shape our world to be a better place. We believe that huge change is possible with three seemingly simple, life habits: kindness, respect, and determination. 

To say that the last couple of school years were challenging would be an understatement. Education changed right before our eyes, demanding drastic changes and disrupting what school used to be. As we enter this new school year I challenge us all to reflect on what we learned and gained from the pandemic. Yes, it is easy to focus on the negative impacts COVID had on education, but if we only do that, we will be giving up a giant opportunity.  Winston Churchill stated, “Never let a good crisis go to waste”, and I wholeheartedly believe that we learned a lot over the last two years that will only strengthen the opportunities we provide for our students.  

We all learned to be flexible, creative, and innovative. We taught everywhere and in every condition; reaching students from desks to computers, and from phones to front porches. Even through masks, cohorts, and social distancing, we leaned on and provided strength for each other in ways we never thought we would. Most importantly and above all else, we learned that we are better together. 

This month, we will open our doors and welcome students to learning that is active, challenging, engaging, collaborative, and dare I say...not reliant on a screen. I look forward to reconnecting and rebuilding relationships with our families as we venture into this new school year together. 

I know there are a lot of questions right now about COVID expectations in schools. Please know that I will be in communication with our community as soon as we know. All updates will be shared via the messenger. Other forms of communication to watch out for will be emails/DoJo messages, the marquee in our parking lot, our website, and social media accounts (which will be updated and linked to this newsletter and our website). If you have any questions, we are a phone call away and happy to help.

I speak for our entire staff when I say that we are eager to begin this journey and we are so excited to see your smiling faces!


Sara Oliver

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