Weekly Bulletin - January 14

Principal’s Message

I hope everyone was able to stay safe and warm during this weekend's snow storm. According to Mr. Smith, our head custodian, our building has heat and has not suffered any leaks (thus far). All DC Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, January 14. Stay safe and warm! 

IB Night - Wednesday, January 16 at 5:30 pm

Current and prospective families are invited to join us to find out more about the foundations of the IB Middle Years Program at Deal, including the outcome of our Fall 2018 Evaluation Visit. Thank you to our IB Coordinator, Alana Brown, and Ms. Daniels, Ms. Dziato, Ms. Lerum, and Mr. Martini for sharing their IB expertise with our community.

ADCA Meeting - Wednesday, January 16 at 6:30 pm

The ADCA is proud announce a very special speaker you won't want to miss. Stephen Balkam is the CEO of FOSI,  the Family Online Safety Institute, an international non-profit whose mission is to make the online world safer for kids and their families and create a culture of responsibility in the online world. He will present FOSI's "7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting". From Instagram to Fortnite, too much screen time to Snap Chat, middle school students and their families struggle with this issue on a daily basis. Stephen and FOSI have decades of experience helping parents find answers and strategies. Don't miss this chance to learn from the expert. His presentation will begin around 7:00 pm, when ADCA business is complete.

Spelling Bee

The top two spellers from each homeroom will be invited to participate in Wednesday's School-Wide Spelling Bee. Please see below for your child's grade-level spelling list. I look forward to watching our spellers compete! 

6th Grade Spelling List | 7th Grade Spelling List | 8th Grade Spelling List

Seussical the Musical

The entire Deal Community is invited to come out and support our students in the first 7th grade musical in Deal's history. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Our 7th graders have been working really hard to memorize lines and perfect choreography that will bring Whoville to Fort Drive. I look forward to seeing you there!  Thursday, January 17 - 6:30 pmFriday, January 18 - 6:30 pm Saturday, January 19 - Matinee 

This is the last week of the second advisory. Students should continue to monitor Aspen, attend GRIT, and reach out to their teachers for support in ensuring a strong end to the advisory.

Onward and Upward!

New 7th and 8th Grade Instrumental Ensemble

We will offer a new music class during the second advisory for 7th and 8th graders who have played a wind, percussion, or string instrument for at least three years. Students in this class must already be able to read traditional music. Students will learn to improve their technique and how to play in an ensemble. Students will take this in lieu of their general music class, physical education, or art class. This ensemble will perform in at least one concert and at least one festival. We will email the link for auditions to 7th and 8th grade families tomorrow. Please email Mr. D'Alelio (denny.dalelio@dc.gov) if you have questions.

This Week at Deal (January 14, 2019)

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

Mark Your Calendar! 

January 16th  | IB Night - 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

January 16th | ADCA General Meeting - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

January 21 | Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No School for Staff and Students

January 22 | Records Day - No School for Students

January 23 | Professional Development  - No School for Students

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


Ms. White will be offering an after-school group for 6th grade students on Thursdays starting January 24. The group is called Banana Splits and focuses on students who have experienced parental/family separation or other kinds of loss. This group is voluntary and provides a safe space for students walk through issues that may arise in a changing family unit. Parents may reach out to Ms. White at camille.white@dc.gov if they are interested in having their student attend. The group will meet weekly on the following Thursdays: January 24, January 31, February 7, February 14, March 7 and March 14.

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

Please reach out to Principal Neal with questions or concerns

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 History Happened Here Trips

8th grade History Happened Here trips (aligned History trips to our curriculum on Saturday) are open for sign ups. Each of these trips is a day trip on a Sat. and range in cost from $50 - $75. Scholarships are available. To register please visit:  tinyurl.com/ADMSHHH

The three remaining trips are:

  • Fort McHenry (Baltimore, MD) on 2/9

  • Harpers Ferry, WV (John Brown's Raid) on 3/9

  • James Madison's Montpelier, Orange, VA on 5/4

You can sign up for one or multiple trips.  We need 45 8th graders to run the trip. Please talk with your friends! Questions? Please email Ms. Trenkle at historyteacher105@gmail.com.

8th Grade Team Newsletters

Team Bridgetown -Ms. C. Daniels -DealBridgetown18@gmail.com 

Team Kyoto-Ms. D. HamptonDealKyoto18@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 January 14


Our IB night has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 16. Come join our coordinator and Deal teachers share about the Middle Years Program and how it benefits your student. 


Please click here for information regarding our music program and instrumental ensembles!


Model UN will meet on Wednesday 1/16 to prep for the mini sim on the Rohingya on 1/30. Students who are going to Boston and would like to use that time to write their position papers for BUAMUN may also do so then. There is no Club on 1/23 (there is no school-PD day) and our mini sim on 1/30 will be chaired by Hadley Carr and Ella Gumbinner. The background guide is uploaded to our MUN site.

Additionally, the four remaining open conferences are posted our site. Interested students should review details on line and submit their signed permission slip and payment to Ms. Trenkle to reserve spots.

        -VIMUNC (Langley) on March 2

        -Sidwell Friends on March 16

        -TECHMUN (TJ High School in Alexandria) on March 29-30

        -State Department on April 26

Please email Ms. Trenkle with questions.


National History Day will meet on Wednesday, January 16 during Advisory time in the Cafeteria. Students should have an annotated bibliography that is robust in primary and secondary sources. Students last week were asked to choose their project style and begin to prep for it. Supply lists for each category were sent home on January 9. A reminder that students should be starting to build their project-it is due at the end of February.


Please click here for important Speech and Debate schedule updates. 


Congratulations to all 8th grade students for participating in the We the People Congressional Mock Hearings. Students read, researched, collaborated, presented, and discussed a Constitutional topic. All 8th graders participated. Selected students were chosen by judges for best representing their unit for the team. Please see attached for the students who will participate in Deal's school wide competition on January 18, vying for a position to represent Deal at Citywide at the Hill Center in February.


Want to know when you or your student misses an assignment or receives a low score? Opt into Aspen's notifications to receive an email when a grade below the threshold you set is posted. Click here to see how to set up notifications for your account.


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 and Study Abroad Application Information are now available! Please click here for additional information.


The power of a yearbook: it keeps the memories alive forever. Click here to preorder one for your student today; it will be treasured for years to come


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


Please visit the Athletics Department Link for information about practices.


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


Need to know how to get to Deal?


Parents, please remember to email excuse notes to alicedealattendance@gmail.com.

Excuse notes (including doctor's notes, school visits, etc.) are processed within two school days, after which Aspen will be updated. If we need further information, will reach out via phone or email.

The following events qualify as excused absences per the DCPS policy:
  *   Student illness/sickness (for five or more absences per term, a doctor's note is required)
  *   Medical/dental appointment (please provide a note from the medical provider)
  *   Student judicial proceeding (please provide document from court verifying presence)
  *   Religious holiday/event (please list the holiday/event in note)
  *   Death in the family
  *   Other (please provide details in your note. Please understand that under DCPS policy, only certain absences may be accepted as excused absences).

As a reminder, per the DCPS attendance policy, excuse notes must be received within 5 school days of the student's absence. The full DCPS Attendance Policy can be found here.


Here is this week's Alice Deal Community Association update. Feel free to contact the ADCA with questions and comments at ADCAPresident@gmail.com

ADCA General Meeting - Wednesday January 16th; 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the Deal Multipurpose room

Come one, come all! Learn what the ADCA has been up to and what is planned for the rest of the year.  Here is the draft agenda:

1.   Welcome (Maan Sacdalan and Peter Boyce, Co-Presidents)

2.   Approval of ADCA General Meeting Minutes from 10/2618

3.   Update on Deal music program

4.   Treasurer's Report 

5.   Community Events Report 

6.   Fundraising Events Report 

7.   Principal's Report (Deidre Neal)

8.   LSAT Update 

9.  Guest Speaker: Stephen Balkam, CEO, Family Online Safety Institute

Deal's Annual Silent Auction & Gala - Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 6:30-10:30 

Get ready for an amazing throwback 70's & 80's party! The night will include: silent bidding, live auction, appetizers & cocktails, disco and dancing, a photo booth and more!

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Please offer your time and/or resources to make this another successful gala! Donate a "DC Insider" experience | Host a party | Donate items for auction. Stay tuned for a dedicated email for how to get involved and contribute. Send your questions or ideas to the Gala Committee at  

DEAL 6th, 7th and 8th GRADE MUSICALS

The Halls of Deal are alive with the sounds of musicals. We have a great new team leading our musicals and we're expecting great shows this year for our 7th, 8th and 6th grade musicals. Read on for details on each production:

SEUSSICAL JR - THE 7th GRADE MUSICAL- Thursday 1/17 at 6:30, Friday 1/18 at 6:30 and a Saturday Matinee on 1/19.

 Tickets on sale now and you can also buy a well-wisher ad for your favorite 7th grader.  Sponsor the show or make a donation to Deal Theater. You will love this zany, exciting show full of your favorite characters from Dr. Seuss.  Interested in helping on stage crew? We need a limited number of high school and Deal students to help out. Email seussicaldealmusical@gmail.com.

Here is the link to volunteer:


Students who wish to attend SEUSSICAL shows must be accompanied by an adult.

ANNOUNCING THE 8th GRADE MUSICAL- Auditions Tuesday 1/29 from 3:30 to 6:00

The first ever Deal 8th Grade Musical will be ALADDIN!  Auditions will be on Tuesday January 29 from 3:30 to 6:00 PM and Callbacks will be on Wednesday January 30.  The show will run on Wednesday March 27, Thursday March 28 and Saturday March 30. 

We will send out info about sign-ups for Aladdin in a few weeks.  One important note. Our Musical Directors have a new policy this year for Deal Musicals. Students will only be permitted one excused absence from rehearsals.  In order for students and families to prepare, we are releasing our entire rehearsal schedule in advance so folks can identify conflicts.  You can find the entire schedule here.Please note that once the show is cast, some of the characters may be excused early or not called on certain days.  If you have questions about the schedule or auditions, please email  aladdindealmusical@gmail.com. 

JUST 13 MORE DEAL COOKS NEEDED for the ADCA weekly Deal Meal Program

Thank you to all the Deal family chefs who volunteered last week to support the ADCA Weekly Deal Meal Program in 2019. We have just 13 slots left to fill out of a school of nearly 1800 kids.  If you resolved to do more for Deal this year, this is an easy way to help.  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 until the end of the school. Parents, teachers, staff, we only have 13 MORE Slots to fill. If you signed up last fall, please consider making another a meal in the spring. It's an easy and delicious way to support Alice Deal.  Sign up here.  Questions? Contact ADCAPresident@gmail.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. 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.

Open House "Welcome Parties" for Girls interested in Scouts BSA Troop 248 for GirlsJanuary 12 or 19 from 10 - Noon.  All Souls Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave., NW, Washington, DC.  Just off Connecticut Ave. and between the Woodley Park Metro Station and the National Zoo.  All girls and parents/guardians are invited to an open house welcome party to learn about Scouts BSA Troop 248 for Girls. Learn about the great outdoor adventures the troop will be taking to camp, hike, horseback ride, mountain climb and much more. Learn how the girls will regularly interact with leading female business, social and political leaders. We welcome girls age 11 (or in fifth grade) through 17 from all areas of Washington, DC and will be meeting twice a month on Saturday mornings from 10 - Noon at All Souls Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral NW (Woodley Park Metro station). We have 20 months of schedule and activity detail posted at:  http://scoutsbsadcgirls.org/. We have 15 women and men adult volunteer leaders with over 150 years of combined experience in Scouting and will welcome additional adult volunteers.  Experience in youth service organizations is helpful but not needed. Scouts BSA Troop 248 for Girls does not engage in product sales, such as cookies or popcorn.  We are an inclusive and non-discriminatory organization.  We implement the program formerly known as Boy Scouts in an all-girl setting.  Girls lead the program with assistance from qualified and trained adults following youth protection practices required by the Episcopal Church and the BSA.

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. 

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. 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.

Boy Scout Tropp 100 -Boy Scout Troop 100 welcomes interested boys to come for a visit to learn more about Scouts and the Troop 100 program which includes camping, hiking, and community service.  The non-denominational Troop meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at Saint Ann's Church on Tenley Circle.  Scouts range in age from 11 to 18 and come from public, charter, independent, and home schools.  The Troop has weekly meetings, monthly camping and hiking trips, and annual high adventure trips.  Additionally, community service hours are a key part of the Boy Scout experience.  Troop 100, "The Century Troop" is the oldest Troop in in Washington D.C. and recently celebrated its 100th year anniversary.  Please come check us out.  If you have any questions or would like to confirm a visit, 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