Weekly Bulletin - September 23, 2018

Principal's Message:

Happy first day of Autumn! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who joined us for Movie Night and the 8th Grade Cookout. It was great to see so many students and their families at both events. We are looking forward to seeing many of you at this week's ADCA General Meeting on Wednesday and at the 7th Grade Cookout on Saturday.

This Week at Deal

This is going to be an especially exciting week for our 6th graders. Each 6th grade team will participate in a field trip to Hemlock Overlook. Deal students have participated in this annual team building opportunity for over 20 years. We are so appreciative that our ADCA continues to financially support this opportunity for our students to solve real-life challenges in the outdoors. The 6th Grade trip to Hemlock is by far one of our students' favorite Deal memories.   This week, we will host a screening of Circus Without Borders for our 6th graders. The director and one of the film's subjects, circus performer Yamoussa Banfoura, will be at Deal during the activity period on Wednesday. The film follows two circus performers - one who works with the Inuit Community in the Canadian Arctic and one who works in Guinea - who use circus to combat growing apathy and depression amongst teens: https://vimeo.com/124206024. Thank you to Deal art teacher, Ms. Kouri, for providing this great opportunity for our students. 
To Autumn

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,  

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; 

Conspiring with him how to load and bless  

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; 

To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,  

And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; 

To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells  

With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, 

And still more, later flowers for the bees,  

Until they think warm days will never cease, 

For summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.  

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?  

Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find 

Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,  

Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind; 

Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,  

Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook  

Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers: 

And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep  

Steady thy laden head across a brook; 

Or by a cider-press, with patient look,  

Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.  

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?  

Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,-- 

While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,  

And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;

 Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn  

Among the river sallows, borne aloft 

Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;  

And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn; 

Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft  

The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft,  

And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.
- John Keats (1795 - 1821) 

Onward and Upward!

This Week at Deal (September 24, 2018)

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

Mark Your Calendar! 

September 26th | Progress Report Distribution 

September 26th | ADCA General Meeting (6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

September 29th | 7th Grade Barbecue (11:00 am - 2:00 pm)

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

Save the Dates

6th Grade Barbecue and Family Fun Day

October 6 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hemlock Field Trip 

September 24th | Team Cusco

September 25th | Team New Delhi

September 26th | Team Georgetown

September 27th | Team Lusaka

October 1st | San José

Beginning this week, 6th grade teams will travel to Hemlock. If you have not done so already, please fill out the online waiver at https://goo.gl/wCNLGu. Students should arrive at school promptly at 8:00 am to ensure we can leave on time. We will return to Deal between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Students will be able to contact home from the bus with more accurate arrival times during the dates of their teams' respective trips. Please be sure students wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and shoes that they will not mind getting dirty. Check the weather because a raincoat or poncho might be needed. A spare pair of socks and clothes are also useful. We are looking forward to a great day of team building and challenges!

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

Save the Date

7th Grade Family BBQ

Join us for the 7th Grade BBQ on Saturday, September 29 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm! We will provide the food, fun, games, and a chance to get to know your teachers outside the classroom, but we need you to bring your family and friends! We will assistance with grilling, set, clean up, food and beverages. Please use the following link to sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4CA9AA2DABF58-7thgrade2

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 Team Newslettersss

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. ParishDealUshuaia18@gmail.com

Team Lagos- Mr. M. Haller -DealLagos18@gmail.com

Parent and Student Information | Week of September 24


First advisory Progress Reports will be sent home with students on Wednesday of this week. This is a great opportunity for students and families to reflect on academic performance and habits together. Team Georgetown students who are at Hemlock on Wednesday will receive their progress reports on Thursday.


Math Department Fundraiser, Minecraft, Model UN, and more! Click here to see what's happening this week! 


Any 8th grader interested in participating in National History Day (not required) during Wednesday periods with Ms. Trenkle and Ms. Redekopp should complete a survey at tinyurl.com/dealnhd2018.

If you're interested in more information, please email Ms. Trenkle (amy.trenkle@dc.gov). 

National History Day meetings will begin during the Wednesday activity period on October 3.

BEGINNER INSTRUMENT LESSONSWant to learn how to play an instrument? Click here for more information!

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATEWe have successfully completed our second five-year IB evaluation process! A huge THANK YOU to all of the parents, students, and faculty members who participated in our meetings. 


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.


We've added Minecraft! Please click here for a list of our staff-sponsored activities.


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


Want your child to visit the library after school? Please complete the Library Permission SlipThe library will be closed after school on Wednesday, September 26. 


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


If your 7th or 8th grader is interested in being part of their grade-level musical then please try to have them come to the workshop on Monday 24th. No worries if they cannot make it, they can still audition if they do not attend the workshop.  Go to: www.alicedealtheaterdepartment.com and sign up using the Sign-Up Genius link.


Learn more about how to get involved with ADCA, volunteer with school events, meet parents, Q&A with Ms. Neal! Pizza and drinks will be served. We also have a guest speaker, Paige Trevor, from The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) to talk about Setting Logical Limits with your middle schooler.


Come support Alice Deal Middle School at the Politics & Prose Book Faire. This local favorite independent bookstore donates 20% of all sales to our school. Come shop for your family and purchase books from the teacher wish lists. Volunteers are needed to help. Sign up if you can give a few hours: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4DA8A82CA13-politics. Questions? Contact Eileen Dombo (eileen@eileendombo.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. 


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 theBulletin 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.


Just one week left in the ADCA Annual donation and we really need your help. We are $20,000 short of our $110,000 goal. You can donate online here, or drop off/mail a check c/o the ADCA to 3815 Fort Drive NW, WDC 20016. Donations of any size are welcome. Donate in September and you could win an Amazon Echo Show!  Your donations mean a Great Deal. 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.

Fall Festival Face Painters NeededWe are looking for face painters to sign up for Lafayette Elementary Fall Festival on Saturday, 20 October from 11-3pm. Simple designs and copying from a book are perfectly fine. Students can earn Community Service Credit!
Please sign up to volunteer here.
If you have any questions, please contact Dee Harlow. Thank you!

Expert DCPS Math and SSAT/ISEE/HSPT Tutoring AvailableChevy 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.

Community Service Opportunity Saturday Sept 29 / 8am / Janney mulch playground (between Janney & Tenley library)Does your Deal student need community service hours? If so, the Janney PTA invites him/her to come help spread 76 cubic yards of our new "wood carpet" -an engineered wood fiber - on the mulch playground. Parents & siblings welcome too! Please bring the following: a rake, a water bottle, & your community service form. Questions: PTA@JanneySchool.org 

Fall Tennis Classes for Alice Deal StudentsTennis 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. 
J anney ES 5k and Fun Run - Saturday November 17The 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 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.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday night September 26th at 7:30pm at the Parish Center at 3630 Quesada Street NW.  Troop 90 holds weekly meetings Wednesday nights 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 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/

Megan Maples