Weekly Bulletin - May 20

Principal's Message:

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 debbzerwitz@gmail.com.

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!

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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!

Maan Sacdalan