Weekly Bulletin - December 9, 2018

Principal's Message:

Thank you to all of the members of our community for buying trees and wreaths during our Holiday Greens Sale. I truly appreciate the support of our students and families who volunteered.


It was great to see Deal families at EdFEST yesterday! EdFEST provided an opportunity for  families to learn more about the educational options in DCPS. Thank you to Mr. Moore, Mr. Rottman, Ms. Maples, Ms. Alphonse, Ms. E. Brown, and Mr. Donaldson for taking the time to share Deal's programs with interested families.

STAR Framework

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the launch of the first annual DC School Report Card and School Transparency and Reporting (STAR) Framework. The STAR Framework includes multiple areas of school performance, including PARCC results and growth, re-enrollment, chronic absenteeism, and graduation rates, when applicable. These points are totaled for the school overall and for each group of students, including students' race/ethnicity group, students with disabilities, English Learners, and students who meet the city's definition of At-Risk. The result is the school's score (up to 100 points) and a rating from 1 to 5 stars.

Deal Middle School

88.22 out of 100

Framework Points Earned out of Framework Points Possible

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Upcoming Events

We have a number of exciting events happening this week. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

STAR Rating Community Meeting |December 13 - 5:30 pm |Cafeteria

Winter Concert |December 13 - 6:30 pm |Auditorium

Winter Dance ($2/ticket) |December 14 - 3:30 pm |Cafeteria

Grade-level Honor Roll Assemblies

I am so proud of our students who have demonstrated a commitment to growth by earning Principal's Honor Roll and Honor Roll during the first advisory. We will host grade-level Honor Assemblies during advisory next week.  

Monday, December 17 - 6th Grade

Tuesday, December 18 - 7th Grade

Thursday, December 20 - 8th Grade

Onward and Upward!

This Week at Deal (December 10, 2018)

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

Mark Your Calendar! 

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

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 1/12/19:  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. HallerDeal-Lagos18@gmail.com

Parent and Student Information | Week of December 10


On Wednesday, December 12 @ 6:00 pm Murch Elementary School is hosting a viewing of the documentary Finding Kind.  Deal students are welcome to attend this important film which digs into the topic of girl on girl bullying and how to heal from it. Deal students/parents who are interested in attending this event should let Ms. White know by sending an email to camille.white@dc.gov. Further information about this event can be found in the community section of this Bulletin. 


Student Council is sponsoring our Fall/Winter Dance and Party on Friday, December 14 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.  There will be a DJ, open gym, ping pong and a movie, as well as snacks and drinks for sale.  Tickets will be on sale at lunch for $2 each. Come have fun with your friends!


Coding Club is back, where students will get individualized support on coding skills and projects with an instructor from an organization downtown. Computers will be provided and the club will run every Wednesday from 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm until the end of the school year. Hope to see you there! 


Model UN will meet on Wednesday, 12/12 for our mini sim on our Historic Committee:  October 1946.  Please bring your research, position papers, and plan to stay from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm.  We will be in E305 and your chairs will be Daphne Abrams and Elena Vol.  It will be our last meeting of 2018.  We will resume on January 2.


Thank you to all of the parents who attended the National History Day meeting on Wednesday.  The powerpoint for all (students and parents) from the meeting is on our 8th Grade Hub site.

Students all should have their Noodletools account created (thank you Ms. Red) and are working to have ten secondary sources cited and annotated, as well as three primary sources (cited and annotated) by January 2.

We will meet on Wednesday, December 12 during Advisory block.  Please listen for an announcement as to the location.


Tournament 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?


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.

ADCA Updates

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! 


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 theDeal 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.  Last day to pick up your package before winter break is in Friday December 21. 

You can also pick up your Deal Gear orders  at the Deal Winter Music Concert on Thursday December 13.  The ADCA will have a special pop-up store at the Concert for Deal Gear from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.


The Deal Music Department invites you to the 2018 Winter Concert on Thursday, December 13 at 6:30pm in the Deal Auditorium. The program will feature performances by the Deal Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Deal's Show Choir "FLAME" with accompaniment from the Deal African Drumming Club!  It's a show you won't want to miss.   Pizza and concessions available for sale before the show thanks to the ADCA.  And a great selection of Deal Gear for sale for the holidays!

A special thanks to Karen Abrams and  the Deal Music Boosters for all their hard work promoting the concert and music at Deal. Do you have a child who is interested in getting involved in music at Deal? Check out their great webpage here


Thank you so much to Tracy Scarrow and Julie Slattery, our incredible holiday greens sale chairs and their dedicated crew of volunteers for a wonderful holiday greens sale.   They braved snow, cold,  rain, and mud to help raise thousands of dollars for Deal.  We also want to thank longtime Deal supporter and Deal parent Mark Rasevic of Rasevic Landscaping for helping us secure great product at low prices. We look forward to seeing you all again in the spring for our Mulch and Plant sale. 

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.

Free DC Youth Orchestra Holiday Concert at UDC with Pre-Concert Instrument Petting Zoo On Saturday, December 15th at 5 pm, DC Youth Orchestra will perform holiday favorites at the UDC Theatre of the Arts. The concert will also feature 13-year-old violinist Noah Pan-Stier on the virtuosic Symphonie Español by Lalo.  The concert is free and open to the community - no tickets required. In addition, there will be a pre-concert instrument petting zoo starting at 4 pm, where children of all ages can meet the DC Youth Orchestra Program faculty and try out different instruments.

What: DC Youth Orchestra's "Prelude to the Holidays"When: Saturday, December 15th at 5 pm (musical instrument petting zoo begins at 4 pm)Where: University of the District of Columbia Theatre of the Arts, 4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
For more information, please visit www.dcyop.org.

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 Troop 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