Weekly Bulletin - August 8

6th GRADE ORIENTATION | FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

On Friday, August 17, we will welcome our rising 6th graders to Deal! Our 6th Grade Orientation is mandatory for students and parents/guardians. We suggest that you arrive at 9:30am. During the 6th grade orientation, 6th graders will have the opportunity to meet all of their teachers and explore the building while they follow their schedule. We are looking forward to seeing you next Friday!


6th Grade Orientation | August 17 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

6th Grade Parent Workshops | August 29 & 30 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Back-to-School Night | September 13 | 6:00 pm


Beginning Saturday, July 21 and continuing through Monday, September 3 

(Labor Day), Metro will close two stations on the Red Line--Rhode Island Ave and Brookland--for a major capital project. There will be no train service between NoMa-Gallauget and Fort Totten.  This shutdown will impact student and staff travel so please share the attached flyers with your families.  Here are the highlights:

  • No Red Line service between NoMa-Gallaudet and Fort Totten.
  • Brookland and Rhode Island Ave stations will be closed.
  • Free Shuttle bus service to replace trains between Fort Totten, Brookland, Rhode Island Ave and NoMa-Gallaudet.
  • Students and staff will need to plan for extra travel time and expect some crowding and delays at effected stations.
  • Additional information, including alternative travel options can be found here.


Kids Ride Free is getting smarter! Beginning October 1, 2018, students will no longer be able to use their DC One Cards to access public transportation. Students who use Metrorail, Metrobus, or the DC Circulator to get to and from school and school-related activities will need to obtain a new Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card.

Over the next few weeks, card distribution events are being held in every ward to allow students who currently use bus and rail to get to school and school-related activities an opportunity to register and obtain their new Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card before the new school year begins. In order to receive a new Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card, students will need to be present and bring their current DC One Card or a government-issued ID to one of the remaining events. To sign up, please visit kidsridefree.dc.gov.

Megan Maples
Weekly Bulletin - June 4


Last week was another busy one at Deal. Many of our 7th and 8th grade students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. It was so wonderful to celebrate our students' academic achievements, character, and resilience. Thank you to Ms. Stallworth, Ms. White and Ms. Watson for organizing the ceremony.

I hope you were able to attend our Spring Concert last Wednesday, which was simply fantastic! Thank you to Mr. d'Alelio, Mr. Ostle, and Mr. McKeithen for working with our students to create a great performance. Please take some time to watch highlights from our fabulous Jazz Band and Noted Choir!

Although our students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm on Friday, we have a very full week ahead. Tomorrow, a few of our students will participate in a focus group to discuss ways to improve our school, as well as share their ideas about student support and Deal's Advisory Program. Our teachers and staff participated in a similar process a few weeks ago. We are looking forward to gaining student perspective on how we can make Deal an even better place.

After just three short years of middle school, our 8th graders will participate in our 2018 Promotion Ceremony at American University's Bender Arena on Tuesday at 10:00 am. I am so proud of their academic and social growth. Our 8th graders are more than ready to tackle the challenges of high school. 

On Tuesday, our 6th and 7th graders will participate in their end of the school year trips. The 6th graders will head off to Cameron Run, while our 7th graders travel to King's Dominion. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Tuesday's activities, please contact your child's grade-level administrator.

It has been an amazing year! Thank you to our community members and families for your love and support. To the awesome Deal Staff, we thank you for your unwavering dedication to our students, and for going above and beyond every day to uphold our mission of inspiring excellence, curiosity, and compassion through intellectual and social engagement. I wish our students a safe, fun, and exciting summer. I will miss hearing their voices in the halls and seeing their smiling faces. We ALL deserve a great summer vacation! See you in August.

Maan Sacdalan
Weekly Bulletin - May 20

Principal's Message:

Welcome to a three-day school week! Students will not be in school on Thursday or Friday. We are looking forward to seeing our families on Thursday, May 24th for the final Parent-Teacher Conferences of SY 17-18. Please contact your child's team if you need to sign up for a conference.  

In addition to Parent-Teacher Conferences, we will host two meetings/listening sessions regarding the Deal Dress Code on Thursday, May 24th in the Multipurpose Room. The morning session will take place at 9:00 am and the evening session will take place at 5:00 pm. Additional meetings/listening sessions will be held off-site at the Shepherd Park Library on Thursday, May 31st from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and at the Petworth Library on Thursday, June 7th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you are unable to these meetings but would like to share your views about the Dress Code, please feel free to contact Deborah via email at debbzerwitz@gmail.com.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to our families who have already registered for SY 18-19! I was truly delighted to see so many of you yesterday! DCPS is requiring that schools have 80% of their students registered by June 1. We currently have 980 students registered for the next school year. Believe it or not, that is only 60.5% of our projected enrollment. Parent-Teacher Conference Day is a great time to enroll.  


During our Faculty Meeting on Thursday, the Deal staff engaged in strategic planning for next school year. We looked at two specific focus areas: Social Emotional Learning and Support for Students. We will hold a focus group for students in June and a focus group for families during the summer. Shout out to our group leaders: Mr. Assael, Ms. Clark, Mr. Donaldson, Ms. Dziato, Mr. Haller, Ms. Hargreaves, Ms. Lerum, Ms. Lewis-Samuels, Ms. Peltason, and Ms. Shah. A special thank you to Elias Hoffman and Nikki D'Angelo from the DCPS Office of Family and Public Engagement for their support.

Although the end of the school year is only a few weeks away, our students and teachers continue to be engaged in thoughtful teaching and learning. This week, I would like to highlight Team Barcelona and Ms. Kouri's 8th grade Art class.

Students from Team Barcelona were able to participate in a fun team building activity to celebrate 4th advisory. Students were challenged to build the tallest tower using only the following materials; spaghetti, one string of yarn, one yard of tape and a single marshmallow. Students were able to use their engineering skills to complete the challenge. Our winners were able to build a tower that was 71 cm high!

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We are truly looking forward to another great week (three days) of learning and growing. Please remind your Deal student to follow the Neal Rule: Be where you're supposed to be, when you're supposed to be, doing what you're supposed to do.


Onward and upward!

Maan Sacdalan