Weekly Bulletin - January 6th

Principal's Message:

We are two weeks away from the end of the 2nd advisory! Remind your child to continue to monitor Aspen, attend GRIT, and reach out to teachers for additional support. Growth mindset is about trying and trying again-and learning how to embrace our mistakes along the way. The New Year is a natural time to remind our students they can always start or try again. As we approach the end of the 2nd advisory, let's continue to support our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in developing a growth mindset. Let's encourage them to embrace the challenge of learning and learn to accept that making mistakes is not only okay, but also a crucial part of learning. 

Spelling Bee —We will have our annual Homeroom Spelling Bee on Tuesday, January 8, during advisory. All students are encouraged to participate. If your child has not reviewed his or her grade-level spelling lists, they are attached below. The top two spellers from each homeroom will be invited to participate in next week's School-Wide Spelling Bee. 

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

Open House

We will host our second Open House this Friday in the auditorium. Prospective families are welcome to visit Deal.  

9:00 - 9:30 | Presentation by Principal Neal

9:30 - 10:00 | Student Led Tours

10:00 - 10:30 | Follow Up Session with Members of the Deal Team (Counselors, Special Education Coordinator, IB Coordinator)

Summer 2019—The beginning of the calendar year signals a time when we begin to prepare for summer programming and the upcoming school year. During Summer 2019, we will continue with our RISE Program for incoming 6th graders. RISE provides an opportunity for students to participate in a week-long program in order to get an introduction to Deal. Pre-registration information will be sent to our feeder schools and posted on the Deal website this week. 

Budget Roundtable —On Tuesday evening, our LSAT President, Karissa Kovner, and WTU Representative, Mr. Donaldson, will join me at a DCPS Budget Roundtable Discussion. The purpose of this event is to make sure schools and LSATs have a better understanding of the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) budget process.   

District Water Testing —Deal was tested for lead in water, and our results are here, in both English and Spanish. All of the drinking water sources tested this year are below the District's actionable level of 5 ppb.

DCPS Soliciting Feedback on SY 2019-20 Calendar Proposals —DCPS is looking for feedback from the community on the SY 2019-20 calendar. The first day of school will be Monday, August 26, 2019 for traditional calendar schools and Monday, August 12, 2019 for extended year schools. Based on these starting dates, we have developed proposals for the 2019 - 2020 school calendar and are inviting public feedback. Please encourage your students, staff, and community members to review the proposals on the DCPS website and share their feedback by Friday, January 25.

Onward and Upward!

This Week at Deal (January 7, 2019)

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

Mark Your Calendar! 

January 11th  | Open House - 9:00 am to 11:00 am

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


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 Please note there was a change of date for the Philadelphia trip from December to January.

The four trips are:

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 1/12: Independence Hall and the Constitution Center

  • 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.

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

Team Kyoto -Ms. D. Hampto-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 7


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!


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.


Model UN will meet on Wednesday, January 9, in E305.  Ms. Trenkle will share about Antarctica and mini sim #3 will be introduced and countries assigned for our mini sim on 1/30.

National History Day will meet on Wednesday, January 9 during Advisory.  Students should have shared their 10 secondary sources and 2 primary source annotated bib with Ms. Trenkle via Noodletools.  Students should share with atrenkle.  Students are also working to build out their primary source lists (primary sources are what are used to create the project).  Students should have a robust bibliography by January 16.  Students are reminded to find sources that build context and also share how the topic impacted later history (maybe even to us today). 


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. The Deal Library will be closed after school on Monday, January 7th.


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.


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

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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f45aaa82ba0f49-seussical.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 6:00The 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.  SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 6th GRADE MUSICAL - We will be announcing the name and try-out and rehearsal schedule for the 6th Grade musical in the new year but we wanted everyone to save the date for this wonderful springtime Deal tradition. The 6th Grade Musical will perform on June 6, 7, and 8. 

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  

CALLING ALL DEAL FAMILIES WHO LOVE TO COOK - WE NEED YOU—We are desperately looking for 21 volunteers to support theADCA Weekly Deal Meal Program in 2019. 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 21 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? ContactADCAPresident@gmail.coms? Contact ADCAPresident@gmail.com DCPS is seeking input on 3 options it is considering for next year's school calendar.  See the links below for: 1) the options under consideration https://dcps.dc.gov/sites/default/files/u65602/DCPS_SY19-20_Traditional_Calendar_Proposals.pdf 2) the feedback form

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-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.

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.

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