Weekly Bulletin - May 20
Welcome to a three-day school week! Students will not be in school on Thursday or Friday. We are looking forward to seeing our families on Thursday, May 24th for the final Parent-Teacher Conferences of SY 17-18. Please contact your child's team if you need to sign up for a conference.
In addition to Parent-Teacher Conferences, we will host two meetings/listening sessions regarding the Deal Dress Code on Thursday, May 24th in the Multipurpose Room. The morning session will take place at 9:00 am and the evening session will take place at 5:00 pm. Additional meetings/listening sessions will be held off-site at the Shepherd Park Library on Thursday, May 31st from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and at the Petworth Library on Thursday, June 7th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you are unable to these meetings but would like to share your views about the Dress Code, please feel free to contact Deborah via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to our families who have already registered for SY 18-19! I was truly delighted to see so many of you yesterday! DCPS is requiring that schools have 80% of their students registered by June 1. We currently have 980 students registered for the next school year. Believe it or not, that is only 60.5% of our projected enrollment. Parent-Teacher Conference Day is a great time to enroll.
During our Faculty Meeting on Thursday, the Deal staff engaged in strategic planning for next school year. We looked at two specific focus areas: Social Emotional Learning and Support for Students. We will hold a focus group for students in June and a focus group for families during the summer. Shout out to our group leaders: Mr. Assael, Ms. Clark, Mr. Donaldson, Ms. Dziato, Mr. Haller, Ms. Hargreaves, Ms. Lerum, Ms. Lewis-Samuels, Ms. Peltason, and Ms. Shah. A special thank you to Elias Hoffman and Nikki D'Angelo from the DCPS Office of Family and Public Engagement for their support.
Although the end of the school year is only a few weeks away, our students and teachers continue to be engaged in thoughtful teaching and learning. This week, I would like to highlight Team Barcelona and Ms. Kouri's 8th grade Art class.
Students from Team Barcelona were able to participate in a fun team building activity to celebrate 4th advisory. Students were challenged to build the tallest tower using only the following materials; spaghetti, one string of yarn, one yard of tape and a single marshmallow. Students were able to use their engineering skills to complete the challenge. Our winners were able to build a tower that was 71 cm high!
We are truly looking forward to another great week (three days) of learning and growing. Please remind your Deal student to follow the Neal Rule: Be where you're supposed to be, when you're supposed to be, doing what you're supposed to do.
Onward and upward!