Weekly Bulletin - December 16, 2018

Principal's Message:

On Saturday night at 10:00 pm, I had the pleasure of attending a very exciting event. The Deal Hockey Team played at the Capital One Arena in their third game of the season!!! That hockey game is yet another example of what our community strives to exemplify - grit, resilience, and a growth mindset. The team is a microcosm of our school; it includes students from all three grades, and a diversity of gender, race/ethnicity, and cultural backgrounds. Thank you to our families and the ADCA for their support of Deal's new athletic team.


Congratulations to the nearly 1,000 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders who received Principal's Honors and are on the Honor Roll for the first advisory. We have 373 students who received Principal's Honors and 621 students on the Honor Roll. We will celebrate these students in the cafeteria during advisory this week.

6th Grade - Monday, December 17 

7th Grade - Tuesday, December 18

8th Grade - Thursday, December 20

Fall Sports

Congratulations to all of our students and coaches who participated in fall sports. We appreciate your hard work and commitment. Our Fall DCIAA Championships include: Girls' Soccer, Boys' Soccer, Girls' Volleyball, Boys' Cross Country, and Archery.

As we approach Winter Break and the end of the calendar year, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our parents/guardians, staff, students and friends for your ongoing efforts to foster a supportive, connected community. I wish you all a happy, healthy holiday.

Onward and Upward!

This Week at Deal (December 17, 2018)

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

Mark Your Calendar! 

December 24th - January 1st | Winter Break  - No School for Students and Teachers

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

Please reach out to Principal Neal with questions or concerns

7th Grade Support Team 

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

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

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 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

8th Grade History Happened Here Trips

8th grade History Happened Here trips (aligned History trips to our curriculum on Saturday) are open for sign ups.  Each of these trips is a day trip on a Sat. and range in cost from $50-$75.  Scholarships are available. To register please visit:  tinyurl.com/ADMSHHH

Please note there was a change of date for the Philadelphia trip from December to January.

The four trips are:

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 1/12/: Independence Hall and the Constitution Center

  • Fort McHenry (Baltimore, MD) on 2/9

  • Harpers Ferry, WV (John Brown's Raid) on 3/9

  • James Madison's Montpelier, Orange, VA on 5/4

You can sign up for one or multiple trips.  

We need 45 8th graders to run the trip. Please talk with your friends! Questions? Please email Ms. Trenkle at historyteacher105@gmail.com

HS Application Process

Many 8th grade students and parents are have started application process for private high schools. Here are some guidelines for transcript requests and teacher recommendation letters:

1. Allow a minimum of 2 weeks' notice for all transcript requests and teacher recommendations.

2. Submit transcript requests electronically to dealtranscripts@gmail.com or leave paper copies in Ms. Travers's mailbox in the Welcome Center.

3. For teacher recommendations and transcript requests, provide a stamped, addressed envelope. We do not provide stamps or envelopes.

4. Contact the schools you are applying to directly to check on the status of an application.

For those interested in a DCPS high school, the application process opens on December 10. If you would like more information on the MySchoolDC lottery and application process, please email Ms. Travers at johnet.travers@dc.govand she will send you the PowerPoint presentation from High School Night.

Please consider donating to the Math Department's DonorsChoose Project! Please click here for more information.

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 December 17


Want to know when you or your student misses an assignment or receives a low score? Opt into Aspen's notifications to receive an email when a grade below the threshold you set is posted. Click here to see how to set up notifications for your account.


Model UN will not meet on 12/19 or 1/2.  We will resume our meetings on January 9 in E305.  Happy Holidays!


National History Day will not meet on 12/19.  We will meet on January 2 during activity period in the cafeteria! Students should be working on their annotated bibliography finding sources (both primary and secondary).  

Remember, you are going to build your project from the primary sources!!!!  Be sure to find sources that give context for your topic ( in other words-what came before your topic?  What came afterwards?  You will need sources for your topic, but also to lay the foundation of how your topic came to be and where it went after your topic concluded-maybe even into present day!).


The speech and debate teams will not be holding practice this week either Tuesday afternoon or Thursday morning. We will resume our regular practices January 3, 2018 at 7:00 am. All debaters should come prepared to debate the January (Public Forum) or Jan/February (Lincoln-Douglas) topics.


This weekend the speech and debate team participated in their final tournament of 2018 by joining over 450 students from 41 high schools from throughout the metropolitan area.  Several students earned qualification for the metro-final championships tournament in February and March. Of special note, the Vikings were the only middle school in attendance meaning that all successes were earned against high school competition.

Special congratulations go to:


Myles Bell - 1st place 

Leah Carrier - 12th place

Extemporaneous Speaking: 

Myles Bell - 6th place

Impromptu Speaking: 

Cecilia Pirozzi - Additional Qualifier

Lincoln-Douglas Debate: 

Talia Ehrenberg - 3rd Place 

Leah Braden - 3-1 Record

Gibson Rummer - 3-1 Record 

Last weekend at the Washington Urban Debate League tournament held at Columbia Heights Education Center our policy debaters had a great showing as well with the team of Anthony Wennersten and Ben Lust finishing the tournament with a 3-1 winning record!

National Leader in Speech and Debate Education

Our very own Vikings end 2018 on a particular high note earning recognition as the second largest and most successful middle school speech and debate programs in the United States as acknowleged by the governing body for communication arts education, the National Speech and Debate Association. Of the over 250 middle school members Deal was bested by only one school in Missouri which is a testament to all of the long hours spent researching, writing and speaking put forth by our student leaders. Congratulations! 


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 power of a yearbook: it keeps the memories alive forever. Click here to preorder one for your student today; it will be treasured for years to come. 


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.


Please click here for a list of our staff-sponsored activities.


Please visit the Athletics Department Link for information about practices.


Please take a minute to check our Lost & Found!


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


Need to know how to get to Deal?


Parents, please remember to email excuse notes to alicedealattendance@gmail.com.

Excuse notes (including doctor's notes, school visits, etc.) are processed within two school days, after which Aspen will be updated. If we need further information, will reach out via phone or email.

The following events qualify as excused absences per the DCPS policy:
  *   Student illness/sickness (for five or more absences per term, a doctor's note is required)
  *   Medical/dental appointment (please provide a note from the medical provider)
  *   Student judicial proceeding (please provide document from court verifying presence)
  *   Religious holiday/event (please list the holiday/event in note)
  *   Death in the family
  *   Other (please provide details in your note. Please understand that under DCPS policy, only certain absences may be accepted as excused absences).

As a reminder, per the DCPS attendance policy, excuse notes must be received within 5 school days of the student's absence. The full DCPS Attendance Policy can be found here.


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

DEAL'S ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION & GALA - Save the Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 6:30 pm -10:30 PM Get ready for an amazing throwback 70's & 80's party! The night will include: silent bidding, live auction, appetizers & cocktails, disco and dancing, a photo booth and more! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Please offer your time and/or resources to make this another successful gala! Donate a "DC Insider" experience | Host a party | Donate items for auction. Stay tuned for a dedicated email for how to get involved and contribute. Send your questions or ideas to the Gala Committee at dealgalacommittee@gmail.com. 

SHOP AMAZON FROM THE ALICE DEAL STOREFRONTADCA 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!  

DEAL GEAR HOLIDAY SALE!Warm up the hearts of your friends, family and children with Deal Gear this holiday season. We have some great new products in just in time for holiday gift giving at the Deal online store. Check out our new long sleeve grey baseball shirt and our new red zip hoodie with the names of all the 2018-2019 teams on the back!  We've also got a fully stocked closet of red and gray Deal pullovers, athletic shirts for kids, women and adults.  Want something smaller?  How about a grey or red Deal beanie, some super cool new fancy socks or a Deal grocery bag or water bottle?  It's so easy to order and get your Deal Gear. Go to the Deal store and order your product. The ADCA gift crew will fill orders every night through December 20 and leave them in the Welcome Center in opaque envelopes with your name on them. You can't see through the envelope so they can't see what you are getting. We'll email you to remind you that it is there. The last day to pick up your package before winter break is in Friday December 21.  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.

Expert DCPS Math and SSAT/ISEE/HSPT Tutoring AvailableChevy 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 StudentsTennis 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. 

Boy Scout Troop 90 Wants to Welcome Alice Deal Students! 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.

Boy Scout Tropp 100Boy Scout Troop 100 welcomes interested boys to come for a visit to learn more about Scouts and the Troop 100 program which includes camping, hiking, and community service.  The non-denominational Troop meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at Saint Ann's Church on Tenley Circle.  Scouts range in age from 11 to 18 and come from public, charter, independent, and home schools.  The Troop has weekly meetings, monthly camping and hiking trips, and annual high adventure trips.  Additionally, community service hours are a key part of the Boy Scout experience.  Troop 100, "The Century Troop" is the oldest Troop in in Washington D.C. and recently celebrated its 100th year anniversary.  Please come check us out.  If you have any questions or would like to confirm a visit, please contact bsatroop100.dc@gmail.com

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