Weekly Bulletin - December 2nd

Principal's Message:

Welcome to December! I hope everyone in our community had the chance to stop by our Holiday Greens Sale!

Progress Reports

Believe it or not, we are at the mid-point of the 2nd advisory. Our students and staff have been working hard to grow both socially and academically. Please be on the lookout for your child's progress report tomorrow. Please contact your child's grade-level administrator if you do not receive a progress report.

6th grade - Mr. Marcus Moore (marcus.moore3@dc.gov)

7th grade - Ms. Diedre L. Neal (diedre.neal@dc.gov)

8th grade - Mr. Patrick Rottman (patrick.rottman@dc.gov)

School Climate Survey

Through our partnership with Child Trends, Deal will again participate in the School Climate Survey. This survey enables students, families, and staff to share their thoughts about student engagement, student safety, and school environment. Eighth Grade students will take the survey this week during advisory. If you do not want your child to participate, please email the opt out letter to Assistant Principal Maples at megan.maples@dc.gov. We are also seeking your thoughts and feedback; please take a few minutes to fill in the survey found at dealparent.dc-edscls.org

ESSA and the STAR Rating

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. The previous version of the law, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, was enacted in 2002. DC's current State Education Plan outlines a new accountability system, called the School Transparency and Reporting (STAR) Accountability System. The STAR system will provide an annual overall, summative rating for all public schools in the District in the form of a report card. The public release of the STAR ratings for all DC Public Schools is scheduled for December 7. We will include our STAR Report Card in next week's bulletin. 

Deal STAR Report Card Staff Meeting - Monday, December 10 at 8:10 am
Deal STAR Report Card Community Meeting - Thursday, December 13 at 5:30 pm in the Deal Cafeteria

Onward and Upward!

This Week at Deal (December 3, 2018)

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

Mark Your Calendar! 

December 3rd | Progress Reports Go Home with Students 

December 5th | IB Night - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

December 12th | World Language Trip Meeting - 6:30 pm

December 13th | Winter Concert - 6:00 pm

December 14th | Open House - 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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

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 1/12/19:  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 3


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.


Deal families, in an effort to support the student learning process, your student may be asked to complete a Re-Do Request Form before retaking a summative assessment. This form is designed to help students identify the areas in which they need support. 

Summative tasks may be resubmitted for a re-grade within 10 school days of the grade being posted. Students should see their teachers once the grades are posted to collect the reflection form and to complete any required tutoring or formative tasks. 

For questions about Deal's IB Assessment Policy, please contact Ms. A. Brown.


Model UN will meet on Wednesday, 12/5 in E305.  Students will work on their position papers for the upcoming mini sim:  Historical Committee, October 1946. Students who want to participate but were not assigned a country should email Ms. Trenkle at historyteacher105@gmail.com. The mini sim will be held on 12/12 from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm (please note longer time!!!) in E305.


For those of you who were there, please remember that Noodletools can be accessed anywhere, ONCE IT'S SET UP!   You must create the account at school and then you can access it anywhere.  If you have trouble with Noodletools, please see Ms. Red in the library.  This should be all set up by Wednesday, 12/5.  

We don't have NHD again until 12/5.  FromNHD on 12/5 students should:

1.  Read and know the NHD rule book!!!  Begin thinking about what type of project you would like to create (exhibit, paper, website, performance, documentary)

2.  Create the Noodletools account. 

3.  Create two projects in Noodletools:  Primary Sources and Secondary Sources (these are separate).

4.  Link your projects to your partners emails if you have a partner. In this way, Noodletools allows students to edit/add simultaneously like a googledoc.

5.  Begin to enter sources into your lists-everyone should have one or two secondary sources (that you've already read).

6.  Include a 2-3 sentence annotation for each source describing how the source was useful to you.

7.  Begin to search for, cite, and annotate primary sources.

There will be an NHD student and parent night on 12/6 in the Reno Multipurpose Room from 5:30-6:30.  I will give an overview of the project, answer questions, and former students will be on hand to talk about their project type.

ADVANCE SPEECH AND DEBATETournament Entries Due: Our last tournaments of 2018 take place on December 8 (Public Forum) and 15 (Lincoln-Douglas and Speech).  Please make sure that you have submitted your entries by the deadline published on TeamSnap using your Tabroom.com account.  If you have any questions about tournaments or your preparation, please make sure you contact your team mentor. Parents who are available to judge should send an e-mail to tim.stroud@dc.gov by the Tuesday before the tournament. 


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.


Is your student traveling abroad with Deal this year? All families and 8th grade students registered for the world language trips to Costa Rica, France, China, and Guatemala are asked to attend an important meet at Deal on Wednesday, December 12th at 6:30 pm. The meeting will cover important trip logistics, required documents, and how to prepare for our fast-approaching adventures. We look forward to seeing you there! Please contact your trip's tour leader or Patrick.Rottman@dc.gov with any questions.


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.


Basketball and Indoor Track have begun! 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?



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

A-Z Directory is out!

Make sure you get your copy from your child. Thank you so much to our parent volunteer, Alexis Comrack, for managing this entire process. This year is her last year of volunteering. If you are interested in helping out next year, please let us know at ADCApresident@gmail.com

DEAL HOLIDAY TREE & GREENS SALE - (Volunteers Needed!) Dec 1 & 2 / 8 & 9

Deal's holiday tree and greens sale will be December 1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm each day. Come see our great selection of fresh-cut Frasier fir trees in a variety of sizes, 2-feet tall table-top trees with stands to 13-feet tall trees. Also available: wreaths, candle rings, and garlands. Cash, credit and check are accepted. The proceeds support Alice Deal students. Questions? Please contact Deal Tree coordinators Tracy Scarrow at tracyscarrow@gmail.com and Julie Slattery at julieelectraslattery@gmail.com.

Volunteers needed! Please use this link to sign up to volunteer for a 2-hour slot to help make spirits bright this holiday season. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. This is a great way to work with your child to fulfill his or her volunteer requirement for National Junior Honor Society, high school, or to teach the gift of giving time.  


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! 

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-Presidents

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.

Kind Campaign

We are teaming up with the counseling department at Murch Elementary School to offer a very special evening event. The Kind Campaign is a national initiative started to help girls create solutions to girl on girl bullying. The event will include an assembly with discussions and viewing of the documentary Finding Kind which gives a powerful look into resolving this issue. Parents and students are welcome to attend.  The event will be held on Wednesday, December 12 @ 6:00 p.m. in the Murch Elementary School Gymnasium. We look forward to a great turn-out. Please contact Ms. White at Deal @ Camille.white@dc.gov or Ms. Miller at Murch @ Lauren.miller@dc.gov  for more information. https://www.kindcampaign.com/documentary/

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. 

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 100

Boy 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