Weekly Bulletin - October 28th

Principal's Message:

Tomorrow marks the start of the Second Advisory. I am so grateful for the hard work of our students and teachers during the First Advisory. Many of our students monitored their Aspen accounts regularly, attended GRIT and ZAP, and reached out to their teachers throughout the advisory for additional support. Students will bring their report cards home on November 9. If you do not receive your child's report card on November 9, please let me know.


Parent-Teacher Conferences will begin at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, November 6. These conferences are a great way to connect with your child's teachers and discuss your child's progress. If you have not signed up for a conference, please sign up using the link below. Sixth grade families who do not wish to conference with teachers but would like to speak with them in a relaxed setting should sign up for the 6th Grade Coffee Hour via the link provided below. Please plan to arrive early.


Our first production of the year, Romeo and Juliet, will take place in the Deal Auditorium on Friday, November 2 at 6:30 pm and Saturday, November 3 at 12:30 pm. Our young actors have been diligently rehearsing are excited about the opportunity to perform. 


This year, with the support of our ADCA, Deal will produce three musicals!! Our 7th graders will be the first to take the musical theatre stage. The 7th grade musical for this year is...SUESSICAL! Please be on the lookout for information regarding audition dates.


We are a few weeks away from International Night 2018! We are looking forward to seeing you on November 15 at 6:30 pm in the Deal Cafeteria. Please email our ADCA if you are willing to contribute one of your delicious international dishes. There will be lots of great food, entertainment, and dancing! See you there!

Onward and Upward!

This Week at Deal (October 29, 2018)

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

Mark Your Calendar! 

November 2nd | Shakespeare Performance - 6:30 pm

November 3rd | Shakespeare Performance - 12:30 pm

November 8th | High School Night - 6:30 pm

November 9th | Report Cards Provided to Students

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

Upcoming Event

7th Grade Parent Night | November 15 (5:30 pm - 6:30 pm)

7th Grade Team Information

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 Team 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! Please click here for more information.

National History Day

National History Day students turned in topics this week.  If students haven't turned in their topic sheet, please do so ASAP to Ms. Trenkle in E305. For the next two weeks, students should read a book/article related to their topic to inform their understanding of the person, topic, or era. Furthermore, there is a research trip for all NHD students to the National Archives on Wed., 11/7, departing Deal at 12:30 and returning to Deal by 5 pm.  Students received their permission slip and a letter detailing the trip at our class on October 17.  Students in need of another permission slip form (or any papers) can find them on the I&S Hub at tinyurl.com/Grade8History under the NHD link on the left.  

Needed: Spanish Speaking Volunteers to Speak on Immigration Panel

8th grade Spanish 2 students are wrapping up their first unit about immigration by engaging in conversations in Spanish with people who are either immigrants or have been impacted by immigration. Students will be participating in interviews with students from Cardozo International Academy, but to prepare, we are hosting an immigration panel to allow students a chance to practice their questions and listening skills.

During the panel, you would be asked basic questions in Spanish such as: are you an immigrant? Where are you from? What motivated you (or your family) to come to the United States? What cultural traditions do you maintain in US from your country? Have you returned to visit? Etc.  
There will be 5 panels, each about 50 min, taking place on Wednesday, November 14, from 9:30 am - 1:40 pm. If you speak Spanish and would like to participate, please contact Kathryn.wooten@dc.gov or anna.henderson@dc.gov to sign up. We greatly appreciate your support!

ELA Q2 novel
For second quarter's unit on Voices of the Revolution, all eighth grade students are required to purchase or loan the novel Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. If ordering online, please select ISBN-10: 1416905863 or ISBN-13: 9781416905868. If you are unable to obtain a copy for the second quarter, please have your child's ELA teacher know as soon as possible. 

8th Grade Team Newsletters

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 29


Second advisory begins this week! Once Aspen defaults to Second Advisory, you will be able to continue to view First Advisory grades by moving between terms using the drop-down menu. Families are encouraged to check Aspen for First Advisory grades prior to conferences as report cards will not be distributed until Friday, November 9th. For support with your Aspen account, email DealAspenHelp@gmail.com. 


The first round of Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Tuesday, November 6th from 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  Conferences with team teachers are by-appointment-only. Starting Monday, October 22nd, you can sign up for a conference using this link (https://ptcfast.com/schools/Alice_Deal_Middle_School). All non-team teachers (World Language, PE, Art, Music, Resource etc.) will be available for drop-in conferences.  


Families of 6th Graders: If you don't have a specific concern and would like to connect with your child's teachers in a casual setting, RSVP here to attend the 6th Grade Coffee Hour from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on Tuesday, November 6th in lieu of making conference appointments.

Team teachers will also have conference appointments available during the afternoon on Monday, November 5. Please note: Elective teachers will not necessarily be available that afternoon.  


We will have our first IB Night on Wednesday, December 5 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Come and meet our IB coordinator and learn more about what the IB has to offer your student here at Deal and beyond.


This weekend ADMS was well represented at the first local Washington-Arlington Catholic Forensics League speech tournament of the year.  Automatic qualifiers for the high school metro-final championships in the spring and receiving awards at the tournament include:

Myles Bell-Declamation-2nd place

Amay Arora-Impromptu Speaking

Malcolm Hornsby-Impromptu Speaking

Savannah Alexander-Impromptu Speaking

In addition, congratulations goes out to all of the policy debaters who attended their first tournament representing the Vikings hosted by the Washington Urban Debate League.  Six teams attended representing ADMS with the following teams winning the majority of their debates:

Kula Mwoombda and MicahWimish

Max Washington and Django Palermo 

Additional Speech and Debate information is available here.


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 and Study Abroad Application Information are now available! Please click here for additional information.


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.


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.


Banana Splits, Minecraft, Coding, and more! Please click here for a list of our staff-sponsored activities.


Girls' and Boys' Basketball, Wrestling, Swimming and more! Please visit the Athletics Department Link for information about this week's tryouts and practices.


Want your child to visit the library after school? Please complete the Library Permission Slip.


Need to know how to get to Deal

Lost & Found: Missing Something?

It must be Fall because the Lost & Found is packed with coats, hoodies, jackets, and hats! If your child is missing any of his or her school items, please stop by the Lost & Found located by the Gym. We have umbrellas, water bottles, lunch boxes, notebooks, and even the occasional lost glove.

All items in the Lost & Found will be donated to shelters after October 31st. Take a look at our current inventory to see if you have any items belonging to you! 

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


ADCA has set up an Alice Deal Community Association Storefront on Amazon, which nets the school a much higher dividend from your purchases than we were getting last year. Click the red SHOP AMAZON button on the front of our website (scroll down a wee bit). You can also follow this link to our page https://amzn.to/2nPsbnu.   Thanks for your support! 

ROMEO & JULIET @ DEAL / Nov. 2 at 6:30pm / Nov. 3 at 12:30 pm

This year's Shakespeare production is Romeo and Juliet.  Please come support the Deal thespians! Tickets to the show are $5/student and $12/adult and can be purchased here: Here is the link to purchase your tickets.  Please also considering supporting theater at Deal with a well wisher ad.  These ads go into the show's program and are a great way to show your support for the Director, staff, students, or just Deal in general!  Well wisher ads can be purchased here: here. (Well-wisher ads must be purchased and copy received by 11pm, 10/24.  Please send draft ad copy to Ari Zentner at arizentner@gmail.com.  Please contact Ari with any questions)

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 8th graders 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 pm 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) .

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.

Wilson High School Theater presents RENT 
Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it has become a pop culture phenomenon with a rock music score, and a mature story that resonates with all generations. (Some material may not be appropriate for younger children. Please use your discretion.)

Based loosely on Puccini's opera La Boheme, RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this ground-breaking musical.  Performances
November 9, 10, 16, & 17 at 7:30 pm
November 17 at 2:30 pm
$5 student/child (all performances)
$15 Adult ($10 for the Sat. Nov 17 matinee) Buy your tickets now online - only cash or check accepted at the door.  Thank you for supporting our local high school and see you at the show!

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