Weekly Bulletin - October 14th

Principal's Message:

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful weekend. It seems that Fall is finally upon us! I am looking forward to the week ahead. The first advisory will end next week; throughout the first advisory, our teachers and staff members have been building a strong learning community that is focused on high academic expectations and support for student success. Please continue to encourage your child to continue to monitor Aspen, attend GRIT, and reach out to his/her teachers for support.

The Deal Directory

We use AtoZ Directories to produce and print our online school directory. We are in the final stages of confirming so that we can send it to the printer, but we still need about 30% of our families to verify their data. Thank you to those who have verified your household's listing. If you have not verified your data, please look for the email sent out from Deal@atozconnect.com and follow the instructions to log in. If you did not receive an email, please contact dealdirectoryupdates@gmail.com with your child's name and grade, and we will update our records and send you a verification. Our goal is to go to print on Tuesday, October 16.

Picture Day
On Friday, October 19, Life Touch will visit Deal for Picture Day! Students will take pictures during their science classes. Please be sure to visit mylifetouch.com, enter Deal's Picture Day ID (found on your child's order form), and ensure your child is photo ready! Please email Ms. Baxter (roslyn.baxter@dc.gov) or Ms. Maples (megan.maples@dc.gov) with any questions or concerns. 

October is National Bullying Prevention Month
Every October, schools and organizations across the country observe National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal is encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on children of all ages. At Deal, the expectation is that our students are kind, and treat one another with respect both inside and outside of school. We welcome family support to discourage bullying behavior outside of school. I am grateful to parents/guardians who inform us about incidents that occur after school and online. 

What Is Cyberbullying - Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices. It can occur through any online social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It has unique concerns in that it can be:

  • Persistent - Digital devices offer an ability to immediately and continuously communicate 24 hours a day, so it can be difficult for young people experiencing cyberbullying to find relief.

  • Permanent - Most information communicated electronically is permanent and public, if not reported and removed. A negative online reputation, including for those who bully, can impact college admissions, employment, and other areas of life.

  • Hard to Notice - Because teachers and parents may not overhear or see cyberbullying taking place, it is harder to recognize.

Digital Awareness for Parents - The digital world is constantly evolving with new social media platforms, apps, and devices, and young people are often early implementers. While you may not be able to monitor all of your child's online activities, there are things you can do to be aware of cyberbullying and protect your child from harmful digital behavior:


*  Monitor your child's social media sites, apps, and browsing history, if you have concerns that cyberbullying may be occurring;

*  Follow or friend your child on social media sites or have another trusted adult do so;

*  Stay up-to-date on the latest apps, social media platforms, and digital slang used by children and teens;

*  Know your child's user names and passwords for email and social media; and

*  Establish rules about appropriate digital behavior, content, and apps.

Digital Monitoring Apps and Software for Parents

 Parents/guardians who want to protect their children from cyberbullying, harmful digital behavior, and exposure to adult content can use parental control and monitoring software to help set up systems that are not particularly invasive to their children. There are free software options and apps available to help parents/guardians restrict content, block domains, or view their children's online activities without looking at their child's device every day.

If you are familiar with apps that support parents/guardians in protecting their child from harmful digital behavior, please send that information to me (diedre.neal@dc.gov) and I will share it with the Deal Community.

Onward and Upward!

This Week at Deal (October 15, 2018)

Monday - Bell 1 | Tuesday - Bell 1 | Wednesday - Wednesday Bell | Thursday - Bell 1 | Friday - Bell 1

Mark Your Calendar! 

October 19th | Picture Day

October 26th | No School for Students - PD/Records Day for Staff

October 26th | Spanish Movie Night - 6:30 pm

6th Grade Updates

Assistant Principal

Marcus Moore | Marcus.Moore3@dc.gov

6th Grade Support Team 

Camille White, Counselor  | Camille.White@dc.gov

Hilary Katz, Social Worker | Hilary.Katz@dc.gov

6th Grade Team Information

Team New Delhi -Ms. T. Peteet -DealNewDelhi18@gmail.com

Team San José -Ms. N. Wesselhoft -DealSanJose18@gmail.com

Team Georgetown -Mr. M. Martini -DealGeorgetown18@gmail.com

Team Cusco -Ms. A. Beckley -DealCusco18@gmail.com

Team Lusaka -Mr. M. Martis -DealLusaka18@gmail.com

7th Grade Updates

Assistant Principal

Alieze Stallworth | Alieze.Stallworth@dc.gov

7th Grade Support Team 

Joy Monkou, Counselor  | Joy.Monkou@dc.gov

Peter Boccardi, Social Worker | Peter.Boccardi@dc.gov

Team Cartagena -Ms. M. Belser -DealCartagena18@gmail.com

Team Kigali -Ms. A. Lashley -DealKigali18@gmail.com

Team Kinshasa -Mr. R. Smith -DealKinshasa18@gmail.com

Team Madrid -Ms. A. Perrin -DealMadrid18@gmail.com

Team Alexandria -Ms. T. Wickersham -DealAlexandria18@gmail.com

8th Grade Updates

Assistant Principal

Patrick Rottman | Patrick.Rottman@dc.gov

8th Grade Support Team 
Johnet Travers, Counselor  | Johnet.Travers@dc.gov

Danielle Morin, Social Worker | Danielle.Morin@dc.gov


Are you applying to Duke Ellington? Do you want to learn more about High School Night and high school visits?

Please consider donating to the Math Department's DonorsChoose Project

We also have an important update regarding the October 20 trip to Jamestown. Please click here for more information.

Team Bridgetown -Ms. C. Daniels -DealBridgetown18@gmail.com

Team Kyoto -Ms. D. Hampton -DealKyoto18@gmail.com

Team Copenhagen -Ms. N. Massaquoi -DealCopenhagen18@gmail.com 

Team Ushuaia -Ms. M. Parish -DealUshuaia18@gmail.com

Team Lagos -Mr. M. Haller-DealLagos18@gmail.com

Parent and Student Information | Week of October 15


The health of your child is of utmost importance to us and DC law requires Health Forms be submitted every year for every student. Health Forms include: A Universal Health Certificate and an Oral Health Assessment. All Deal students who have submitted their annual Health Forms by November 2nd will be entered into a raffle to win a fire HD8 with Alexa or an iPad Mini!

Please click on this Health Form link to download forms. Copies are also available in the Welcome Center.

If you need health insurance or dental insurance, you may qualify for Medicaid or subsidized health insurance. Visit https://dchealthlink.com for more information.


Wednesday, October 24th, is Unity Day. This day is recognized throughout the nation in support of National Bullying Awareness Month. All students and staff are encouraged to wear orange on this day to show unity and represent the theme: "Together against bullying-united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion." We will be placing an emphasis on our theme throughout the day by also incorporating Mix It Up, which asks students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. If you are interested in purchasing a Unity t-shirt, please click the following link: https://represent.com/pacer  


NHD will meet on Wednesday, October 17 in the library. Students should have their topic selection sheets completed and signed by a parent. Students will work to find a book/article during our time together to begin researching the topic.


Congratulations to the 13 Deal Model UN students who participated in the first conference of the year at Holton-Arms (HAMUN) on Saturday, October 13. Our delegates did an outstanding job of skill building and writing resolutions. Five students earned accolades at the conference: Erin Pollack: Outstanding Delegate (representing India on the Security Council discussing the demilitarization of North Korea), Juliet Franklin:  Honorable Mention (representing Ukraine on the Security Council discussing the situation in Ukraine), Anjeli Dave: Honorable Mention (representing South Africa in UN Women discussing Women Refugees), Wesley Hoy: Honorable Mention (representing Mongolia in UNICEF discussing Girls Education), and Margaux Colleye: Verbal Commendation (representing Madagascar in UNEP discussing Protecting Island Ecosystems). Kudos to all students! 


We need help accessing our systems in the ceiling of the cafeteria. Do you have access to a cherry picker or scaffolding that will reach a 20' height and the time to help us out? Please contact Kari Brandt (kari.brandt@dc.gov) for more details.

Want to learn how to play an instrument? Click here for more information!


Each year, the Deal World Language Department organizes amazing Spring Break adventures for 8th grade students studying a language. Registration for the February Trip to Guatemala is now open! Please click here for additional information.


After School Basketball Club, Knitting, Game on!, and more! Please click here for a list of our staff-sponsored activities.


Wrestling season is approaching! Please visit the Athletics Department Link for information about this week's practices and games.


The Deal Library will be closed on Thursday, October 18. 


Need to know how to get to Deal



Here is this week's Alice Deal Community Association update. Feel free to contact the ADCA with questions and comments at ADCAPresident@gmail.com

ALICE DEAL DIRECTORY - Confirm your information 

We are in the final stages of confirming our school's directory so that we can send it to the printer but we still need about 30% of our families to verify their data. For those who have verified your household's listing, thank you. If you have not verified your data, please look for the email sent out today from Deal@atozconnect.com and follow the instructions to log in. If you did not receive an email today, check your spam folder and if it is not there, please send an email to dealdirectoryupdates@gmail.com with your child's name and grade and we will update our records and send you a verification email. Our goal is to go to print on Tuesday, October 13th.

POLITICS & PROSE BOOK FAIR / Oct. 27th 9am-7pm and 28th from 10am-6 pm

Come support Alice Deal Middle School at the. This local favorite independent bookstore donates 20% of all sales to our school. Come shop for your family and purchase books from the teacher wish lists. Volunteers are needed to help. Sign up if you can give a few hours: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4DA8A82CA13-politics. Questions? Contact Eileen Dombo (eileen@eileendombo.com).

INTERNATIONAL NIGHT / Thursday, Nov. 15th, 6:30-8:30 pm / Alice Deal Cafeteria.  Please sign-up as soon as possible before November 8th to bring a dish and/or volunteer.  Please bring enough of each dish to serve 15 - 20 people.  In addition to delicious foods, there will be music and entertainment!

A few reminders about International Night:

  •  International Night is also to raise funds for the Albright Scholarship to help send the Deal 8thgraders on their annual international World Language trips to places like China; Costa Rica; and France.  We need and appreciate your continued support!  You can donate online and at International Night.

  • Bring your dish with you to the cafeteria, which will have table space for the different regions of the world.  Volunteers helping that day, please arrive at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria.

  • Make the night festive!  Wear the traditional clothes and/or colors from your country or region of the world.

For further information, please contact International Night Co-Chairs: Leonie Stephenson (leoniestephenson86@yahoo.com) or Federiqa Bindi (federiga.bindi@uniroma2.it).

Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet November 2 at 6:00pm & Nov 3 12:30pm

Deal Middle School Theater Department proudly presents Romeo & Juliet

Join us as our 6th-8th grade actors take the stage for

Shakespeare's tragic tale of love and revenge.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students

and can be bought at the door or in advance on line at https://squareup.com/store/alice-deal-theater 

Have a friend or family in the play?  Purchase a well-wisher ad for the program.

Thank you for all your support of the ADCA and of Alice Deal. Here's to a great year.

Maan & Peter, 2018-19 ADCA Co-President

Community Information

(Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)

Do you have a community event or organization you would like to see included in the Weekly Bulletin? Please contact dealbulletin@gmail.com with submission requests.

Janney Days 

Please join us Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 pm at the Tenley-Friendship Library to celebrate the publication of the new edition of Janney Days
Janney Days shares the history of our school (& neighborhood!) since its beginnings in 1925. The book includes interviews of, and reflections from, alumni which are illustrated through many beautiful photographs. This updated edition covers the last 2 decades of Janney & Tenleytown history. We will host a panel discussion with the authors of Janney Days, former parents, and staff. Come learn about Janney, its role in the development of Tenleytown, and its critical place in the community.  Books will also be available for purchase. 
If you are unable to attend this month's event, we plan to hold another event at Janney in the spring. Books are also available for purchase here. http://www.janneyschool.org/news/janney-days-new-edition-now-available/
We look forward to seeing you!

Fall Festival Face Painters Needed

We are looking for face painters to sign up for Lafayette Elementary Fall Festival on Saturday, October 20 from 11-3pm. Simple designs and copying from a book are perfectly fine. Students can earn Community Service Credit! Please sign up to volunteer here. If you have any questions, please contact Dee Harlow. Thank you!

Expert DCPS Math and SSAT/ISEE/HSPT Tutoring Available

Chevy Chase Prep coaches students through successful middle and high school transitions all year around. We have extensive experience with math acceleration, SSAT/ISEE, HSPT, and Walls preparation, and competitive middle and high school admissions. Local references attest to our expertise, and to students' confidence and performance on standardized tests. We:
-- Proudly offer individual tutoring in DCPS Eureka Math to motivated Deal students-- Expertly coach the SSAT, ISEE, and HSPT. Last year, we had a 100 percent record of first-choice independent school placements-- Are NWDC-based and woman-owned 
Please visit us on the web at: chevychaseprep.com; email us at chevychaseprep@gmail.com;phone us at 202-670-7855.

Fall Tennis Classes for Alice Deal Students

Tennis classes are available for Alice Deal students at nearby Lafayette Park on the M4 bus line this Fall. Classes are for beginner, advanced beginner and intermediate tennis players. At 4:30 pm there are classes available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. At 5:30 pm there are classes available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Go to www.LafayetteTennis.org to check the schedule and skill level for the classes. Late registration will be prorated. If you have more questions, you can call or text Paul Rosenbaum at 202 441-0925. 

Stay up to date with Wilson HS

Families who are considering or have decided to send their student to Wilson High School next year can stay up to date on all the activities happening there by following the school and the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) on twitter. The Wilson PTSO is @WilsonPTSO and the Wilson HS account is @Wilsonhsdcps Families can get a flavor for clubs, activities, sporting events, student achievements and other news. 

Janney ES 5k and Fun Run - Saturday November 17

The race registration for this year's race is now open. The race will start and finish at the DCPS Janney Elementary School. The racecourse covers the USATF-certified neighborhood course through AU Park. Click here to register: www.janney5k.com.


All boys eleven or older are invited to join Boy Scout Troop 90 at Blessed Sacrament School. Troop 90 holds weekly meetings Wednesday nights at the Parish Center at 3630 Quesada Street NW from 7:30 - 8:30 pm and monthly campouts. Scouting gives young people the opportunity to explore a world beyond the boundaries of everyday life.  You get to try new things, develop friendships, provide service to others, build self confidence, and develop leadership skills.  And have fun while doing it!  Our activities include learning first aid, emergency preparedness, wilderness survival and other merit badges, rock climbing at Seneca Rocks, camping in Gettysburg National Military Park, backpacking in Philmont, New Mexico, scuba diving in St. Croix, ski trips to Wisp, community service projects, and many more.  We have scouts from Alice Deal and many other schools throughout the area.  Please come Wednesday night and check it out. No obligation!  No scouting experience necessary.  Any questions please contact Troop 90 Scoutmaster Keith Morrison at (202) 236-1624 or kmorrison@vsadc.com. You can also see our website at troop90dc.org which was created and is updated by the scouts. Saint Ann's located at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Yuma Street NW. Please enter to the left of the main church entrance off of Wisconsin Avenue. Proceed through the iron gate on the left to the door that the end of the walkway. 

Sign up for The Flying Notes Children's Choir 

Ease on down the road with the Flying Notes Children's Choir! This semester students will learn repertoire from popular African American musicals; Porgy & Bess, The Wiz and Dreamgirls.  The semester will culminate in a showcase performance on December 15th!  Register before September 15th to reserve your spot! Register link: http://quartertonez.com/register/

Megan Maples