Weekly Bulletin - September 30, 2018

Principal's Message:

It is hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of October! It seems like yesterday was the beginning of the school year. Actually, we just passed the mid-point of the first advisory and our teachers and students are deeply entrenched in teaching and learning.  

Mid-Advisory Progress Reports and Possible Instructional Support Plans

Mid-Advisory Progress Reports were sent home last Wednesday. I am so proud of the hard work and goal setting of many of our students. However, there are some students who are not meeting our academic expectations. For those students, our staff will work with families to develop Instructional Support Plans. Additionally, I will schedule a brief Check-in-Chat with our students who appear to be struggling the most. At Deal, failure is not an option. It is our responsibility to make sure all students are able to learn and grow.  

IB Learner Profile of the Month - Inquirer

As an IB-MYP School, we want our students to nurture their curiosity and develop skills for inquiry and research. As a result, Deal students know how to learn independently and with others. They learn with enthusiasm and sustain their love of learning throughout life. Although there are many opportunities for inquiry at Deal, we strongly encourage our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to participate in the Science Fair and National History Day. These two activities provide opportunities for students to develop inquiry skills beyond the classroom.
"The feeling of being interested can act as a kind of neurological signal, directing us to fruitful areas of inquiry." - B. F. Skinner

Onward and Upward

This Week at Deal (October 1, 2018)

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

Mark Your Calendar! 

October 6th | Sixth Grade Barbecue (11:00 am - 2:00 pm)

October 8th | Columbus Day - No School for Students and Staff

October 11th | World Language Trip Meetings (6:30 pm)

October 19th | Picture Day

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 Date

6th Grade Barbecue and Family Fun Day

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

Hemlock Field Trip 

Team San José will travel to Hemlock on Monday, October 1. 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!

The 6th Grade BBQ is Saturday, October 6th from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

We need your support! Deal will provide the BBQ basics, but we could really use your help. We are asking for families and staff members to volunteer by bringing food, helping to set up, grill or clean up.

Are you a BBQ Master and would like to help out on the grill? 

Please let us know how you would like to volunteer by signing up here!

Please indicate how you would like to volunteer for this event by choosing what items you will contribute.  

Each team has a different food request - please see below:

  • Team Cusco: Beverages (water, soda, juices, etc.)

  • Team Georgetown: Salads/Pasta (coleslaw, macaroni salad, etc.)

  • Team Lusaka: Dessert

  • Team New Delhi: Sides (chips, baked beans, etc.)

  • Team San Jose: Sides (chips, baked beans, etc.)

Food can be delivered to the athletic fields as early as 10:00 am

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

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 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 October 1


Monday, October 1 is World Day of Bullying Prevention. Students, schools, and communities all over the worldGO BLUE together against bullying. It also kicks off National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Join us by wearing blue. For more information, please check out the following link.


National History Day, Model UN, and many other exciting things! Click here to see what's happening this week! 


All students participating in FLAME, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and/or Orchestra need to complete and submit their ensemble participation contract no later than Monday, October 1. All contracts and other ensemble information can be found here.


Want to learn how to play an instrument? Click here for more information!


Tournament results, speech and debate practice schedule, and lots of updates! 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.


No Place for Hate, After School Basketball, Bullet Journaling, and more! 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 Slip.


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


Only 50% of Deal Households have verified their contact information. We have 100 bad emails captured by AtoZ and we have 735 households that need to verify. The Directory will go to print soon and we want as much contact information to be accurate as possible.  Please contact dealdirectoryupdates@gmail.com if you need assistance.

INTERNATIONAL NIGHT / Wednesday, November 15th, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the Alice Deal Cafeteria

Come sample delicious foods from around the world and enjoy music and cultural entertainment! Please  sign-up as soon as possible before November 8th to bring a dish and/or donate your time.  Please bring enough of each dish to serve 15 - 20 people. A few reminders about International Night:

  • Bring your dish with you to the cafeteria, which will have table space for the different regions of the world.  Volunteers helping that day, please arrive at 5 pm in the cafeteria. 

  • International Night is also to raise funds for the Albright Scholarship to help send the Deal 8th graders on their annual international World Language trips to places like China; Costa Rica; and France.  Please donate that night!

  • Make the night festive!  Wear the traditional clothes and/or colors from your country or region of the world.

  • For further information, please contact International Night Co-Chairs: Leonie Stephenson (leoniestephenson86@yahoo.com) or Federiqa Bindi (federiga.bindi@uniroma2.it).

7TH GRADE MUSICAL AUDITIONS starting November 5th 

There will likely be 2-3 days of auditions and a day or two of callbacks. 

Seventh Grade Musical Performance Dates are: 1/31/19, 2/1/19 and 2/2/19. The show has not been announced, but we will do so as soon as possible.


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


9:00 am - 7:00 pm AND October 28th 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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. 

Thank you for all your support of the ADCA and of Alice Deal. Your support means a Great Deal

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 Festival Face Painters Needed

We are looking for face painters to sign up for Lafayette Elementary Fall Festival on Saturday, October 20 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 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. 

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.


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.
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