Weekly Bulletin - September 16, 2018

Principal's Message:

Thank you to all of the families who joined us for Back to School Night. We are so grateful for your participation in our community. The Deal staff works extremely hard every day to provide our students with rigorous and engaging instruction, and appreciates your commitment to our partnership in education. 

The International Baccalaureate Programme @ Deal

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. We have been an IB World School for eleven years, and are undergoing our second evaluation visit on September 20 and 21. At Deal, every student participates in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. As an IB-MYP school, we strive to ensure that every student embodies the IB Mission:

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Evaluation Visit

During the evaluation visit, administrators, teachers/staff, students and parents will participate in formal interviews. The visit will also include classroom observations, a tour of the school facilities, and a review of presentations and student work.

Our students are creative and thoughtful young people. By participating in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at Deal, we hope to inspire them to think globally, listen compassionately, and act inclusively.

Deal Movie Night

I am looking forward to seeing everyone this Friday at 6:30 pm for our Annual Movie Night. We will be showing Ready Player One. This free event is open to all members of the Deal Community. See you there!

Onward and Upward!


Over the past several months, the Office of School Security has been working to improve our campus security through the installation of electronic locks at Deal. The project has just completed and we will begin a new visitor screening process starting Monday, September 10, 2018. All visitors to Deal Middle School are expected to enter through the LEFT door at the main entrance on Fort Drive NW. Please click here to request entry.

This Week at Deal (September 17, 2018)

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

Mark Your Calendar! 
September 21st | Movie Night (6:30 pm)
September 22nd | 8th Grade Barbecue
September 26th | ADCA General Meeting (6:30-8:00 pm)
September 29th | 7th Grade Barbecue

6th Grade Announcements

Save the Dates

6th Grade Barbecue and Family Fun Day

October 6 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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 Announcements

Save the Dates

7th Grade Barbecue and Family Fun Day

September 29 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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 Announcements

Save the Dates

8th Grade Barbecue and Family Fun Day

September 22 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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 September 17


Sixth Grade Transitions Group, After School Basketball Club, GeoPlunge, and more! Click here to see what's happening this week! 


Sixth grade students are invited to participate in a circus skills workshop with Yamoussa Bangoura, member of the International Circus Troupe, Kalabante, on Wednesday, September 26 from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Find out more information here


Band, Jazz, Orchestra, Show Choir? Deal has it all. Click here for more information about ensembles, rehearsal schedules, and more!


Deal Middle School is undergoing its five-year IB evaluation. This Friday, we will have two IB educators visiting our school who would like to meet with a small group of parents to discuss our implementation of the Middle Years Program. Please click here for more information.


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 is now open! Please click here for additional information.


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


Please visit the Athletics Department Link for information about this week's practices. 


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

(NOTE: The Deal Library will be closed on Thursday, September 20th for a faculty meeting.)


Missing something? Please click here to see if it made its way to our Lost and Found!


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.


It's the last month of our 2018-2019 ADCA Donation drive and we are making a huge push for donations this coming week.  We are looking for 100% parent participation and $110,000 raised.  You can donate online here, send in a check or donate at Back to School night.  Donate in September and you could win an Amazon Echo Show!  Your donations mean a Great Deal!

DEAL MOVIE NIGHT (Ready Player One) - Friday September 21/ 6:30 pm

No charge for admission & food (pizza, dippin' dots, popcorn, drinks. This event will be held rain or shine - on the back lawn or in the gymnasium.  Come for the movie, stay for the raffle: Rubik's Cubes, Glow Sticks and bracelets.  It's fun for the whole family!!!


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. 

COMMUNITY SHRED & E-CYCLE DAY AT DEAL - Saturday September 22 / 10 am-2 pm

Great opportunity for Deal students seeking community service hours & families seeking to clean out closets, storage rooms, attics and garage.  Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Rho Mu Omega Chapter. Free document shredding and electronic waste recycling. Bring items by car (no walk-ups). Deal students - please see Coach Downing or Principal Rottman re Community Service hours. Questions: programs@rhomuomega.org 


Are you an expert in technology, education, philanthropy or computers?  We need you for a new working group that Principal Neal is starting in conjunction with the ADCA and the LSAT.  She is looking to put a comprehensive technology plan together for Deal for the next decade and she needs your input. Please contact the ADCA Co-Presidents if you are interested in getting involved at ADCAPresident@gmail.com. We will continue to post info in the Bulletin as we work to plan out the working group's agenda.


Calling all the chefs and just every day awesome dinner makers of Deal. We need your help support the ADCA's Deal Weekly Meal program, Each year at the Deal Gala, one lucky family wins a year's worth of homemade dinner from the Deal Community. We deliver dinner to them every Thursday from now through the end of June. Parents, teachers, staff - we just need to fill 40 slots. Please help support this delicious Deal tradition. Sign up here. Questions?

Contact ADCAPresident@gmail.com


Deal is putting together a new after school club for kids who are interested in the technical aspects of theatre and event production.  This club will also support all 4 Deal dramatic productions this year.  We have some amazing high school and middle school student volunteers but we also need a few adults with expertise in running lights, running sound, and putting on productions. If you love this part of theatre or you know someone who does, please email DealTheater3@gmail.com.  More details about the club for students will be coming soon.

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.

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. 

Janney ES 5k and Fun Run - Saturday November 17

The race registration for this year's race is now open. The race will start and finish at the DCPS Janney Elementary School.  The racecourse covers the USATF-certified neighborhood course through AU Park. Click here to register: www.janney5k.com.

Boy Scout Open House

Boy Scout Troop 100 will be hosting an open house for any boys interested in scouts and their families on Wednesday, September 26 at 7:30PM at Saint Ann's. Our Scouts range in age from 11 to 18 and have come from private, public, charter, and home schools. We have weekly meetings, monthly camping and hiking trips, and annual high adventure trips. Our troop is the oldest in Washington DC and recently celebrated its 100th year anniversary. Please come check us out.  If you have any questions or would like to visit on a different night, 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/ 

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 or 202-670-7855.

Meagan Cahill