Weekly Bulletin - January 28

Principal's Message:

Yesterday was yet another great Saturday at Alice Deal! We began our Saturday STARS program for our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The goal of the program is to provide strategic support for students in both ELA and Math. Thank you to the following staff members for their commitment to supporting the academic growth of our students: Ms. Beckley, Mr. Feagen, Mr. Helsabeck, Ms. Lewis-Samuels, Ms. McClary, Ms. Peteet, Dr. Slocumb and Ms. A. Thomas. We also hosted over 150 prospective families and their students. In addition to touring the building and meeting with me for a question and answer session, families were able to discuss our curriculum with our amazing teachers and staff. Shout out to Ms. Alphonse, Mr. Fontalvo, Ms. Gilmer, Ms. Gonzalez, Ms. Kim, Ms. Maples, Ms. Osman, Mr. Rottman, Ms. Trenkle, Ms. Wickersham, Ms. Williams, and Mr. Zhi!

EL Family Events - The diversity of our student population contributes to our students' middle school experiences. Our English Language students are from a variety of places across the globe and speak many languages - Amharic, Arabic, Filipino, German, Hindi, Igbo, French, Indonesian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese - to name a few. We are committed to engaging our EL families by creating a culture of respect and inclusivity. This week, we will host two EL Family Events: Wednesday, January 30 at 6:30 pm (Cafeteria) and Thursday, January 31 at 9:00 am (Reno Multipurpose Room).  

Second Semester - It has been a wonderful school year thus far, and I am looking forward to a successful second semester. Thank you for your continued partnership throughout semester one! Please remind your child to follow the Deal Expectations:

  • Arrive to school and class on time (Responsible Decision-Making) 

  • Follow directions of all staff the first time they are given (Self-Awareness) 

  • Ensure our communication is caring, thoughtful and productive (Relationship Skills) 

  • Remain actively engaged in learning at all times (Self-Management) 

  • Demonstrate respect for self, others, and property by keeping our hands, feet and objects to ourselves (Social and Cultural Awareness) 

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 visit the following link for additional information. Please email Mr. D'Alelio (denny.dalelio@dc.gov) if you have questions.

This Week at Deal (January 28, 2019)

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

Mark Your Calendar! 

February 5 | Term 2 Report Cards Go Home with 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. 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 meets weekly on the following Thursdays: 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 NAEP Testing

8th grade students will participate in NAEP testing on March 7. Please see the attached parent notification letter. 

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. 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 January 28


Saakumu Dance Troupe, the West African Drumming and Dance performers who have amazed us here at Deal with traditional West African drumming and dance since 2010, will be returning for an after school performance for our community. They will be performing in the Deal Auditorium on February 7, 2019 at 7pm. The show is FREE with a suggested donation. http://jumbierecords.com/saakumu/


The annual Doodle for Google illustration contest is here! Interested students can pick up an entry form across from the Welcome Center to illustrate this year's theme "When I grow up, I hope...". One completed entry per student can be submitted to Ms. Kouri's mailbox in the Welcome Center through March 13 to be entered in the national contest. More information can be found at https://doodles.google.com/d4g/.

Last year, Deal 7th graders read a book and recorded a podcast for the Book Club for Kids Podcast.  It has just been released! Check out Alysia, Saleem, Kimberly, and Juan in their podcast debut at http://www.bookclubforkids.org/.


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


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.


Please click here for important Speech and Debate updates!


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 Thank You to all who have donated to the ADCA!!! Donor acknowledgment letters for 2018 will be going out via EMAIL starting 2/1/2019

 DEAL'S ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION & GALA / Saturday, February 9th, 2019 from 6:30 PM -10:30 PM in the Deal cafeteria. Get ready for an amazing throwback 70's & 80's party! Visit https://www.alicedealmiddleschool.org/gala to buy your tickets now or to donate an item for the auction.  Ticket prices: early bird $40 and $50 at the door. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  Along with dancing, the night will also have great food, cocktails, and more! You can help by donating auction items which can include dining; teen activities; vacation homes; hosted parties; summer camp packages; or tickets to sporting events.  You can also volunteer your time (please visit sign-up genius at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d44a4ab28a3ff2-2019).  Send your questions or ideas to the Gala Committee at dealgalacommittee@gmail.com. 

THE 8th GRADE MUSICAL - Auditions Tuesday 1/29 from 3:30 to 6:00It's time for our 8th graders to shine.  Auditions for Aladdin will be held on Tuesday January 29 from 3:30 to 6:00 PM in the Deal Auditorium. You can sign up here to audition. Students should plan on staying for the duration of the audition.  You do not have to prepare a musical number. Call backs will be held on Wednesday January 30 from 3:30 to 6:30 PM.  The full rehearsal and show schedule can be found on the Deal Theater webpage.  It is important that students and families study the schedule.  Our musical directors have a new policy this year for the musicals. Students will only be permitted one excused absence from rehearsals.  Please note that once the show is cast, some of the characters may be excused early or not called on certain days.  Questions?  Please email aladdindealmusical@gmaiil.com 

WE NEED 7 MORE VOLUNTEER COOKS FOR THE WEEKLY DEAL MEAL We are desperately looking for 7 more volunteers to support the ADCA Weekly Deal Meal Program in 2019. Thanks to all of you who have signed up so far. 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 11 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.coms

SHOP AMAZON FROM THE ALICE DEAL STOREFRONT-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.

DC Stoddert Soccer's Recreational Program  Soccer season is around the corner, and registration for DC Stoddert Soccer's Recreational program for Pre-K to High School is open! Join a team, or get some friends together and form a team. Training programs for tots, youth, and adults are also available, as is a February break camp!  Check is all out here: www.stoddert.com. For more information, contact information@stoddert.com or 202-338-1910 x10.

Expert Tutoring Available Chevy Chase Prep coaches students through successful school and college transitions all year around. We have extensive experience with academic writing, math acceleration standardized test preparation, and competitive placements. Local references attest to our expertise, and to students' confidence and performance on standardized tests.  We proudly: -- Provide individual tutoring in academic writing, math/math acceleration, and other subjects to motivated middle and high school students -- Coach the SAT and ACT, as well as college selection and application processes, including Common and Coalition Apps and essay writing -- Offer DCPS and family discounts  -- Are NWDC-based and woman-owned  Please visit us on the web at: chevychaseprep.com, and email us at chevychaseprep@gmail.com.

Open House "Welcome Parties" for Girls interested in Scouts BSA Troop 248 for Girls January 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. 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