Weekly Bulletin - February 10, 2019

Principal's Message:

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Deal Community for an AWESOME Gala and Auction. This event continues to be one of my favorites. A special shout out to all of the staff and teachers who came out to have a little fun on a Saturday night. A special thank you to our custodial staff and Mr. Clark for ensuring that the Gala and Auction was so successful.

Honor Assemblies
This week we will celebrate the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who are on the Honor Roll and received Principal's Honors for the Second Advisory. Each of the celebrations will take place in the cafeteria during the advisory period.

February 11 - 8th Grade
February 12 - 6th Grade
February 14 - 7th Grade

February Break We are all looking forward to the upcoming February Break. Please be reminded that there is no school for students from February 18 through February 22. We wish a bon voyage to our two groups of students and staff who will be traveling to Costa Rica and Guatemala.  

Onward and Upward!


Who knew that so many Alice Deal faculty & parents could dance the Wobble? Or that Ms. Neal and Coach Downing not only know every single word to "It Takes Two" but can perform it better than MC Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock? Or that so many people in the Deal family can STILL fit into their fabulous threads from the 1980s and 1990s. You would know, if you were one of the 400 Deal loving folk at the 2019 Deal Disco Gala. An all-star crowd rocked the lower gallery and Deal cafeteria Saturday night, playing vintage Arcade games, sipping Cape Codders, snacking on PopRocks and, of course, dancing the night away.Thank you to everyone who came out and for all those parents, teachers and community members who supported the Deal Auction Gala online. Thanks to your generosity and the hard work of our incredible Auction Committee led by ADCA President Maan Sacdalan & VP Leonie Stephenson, we raised $82,000 so far, including $25,000 for Principal Neal's Fund a Need Campaign for new SMART Boards. And we aren't done yet! We will be auctioning off our remaining Auction items and party slots, and promoting the Principal's Fund a Need Campaign through the end of February. Check out our items here and Donate to the Principal's Fund here.

I BOUGHT WHAT? - COLLECTING YOUR WINNINGSIf you bid on and won a good or service like a Party, a Tour, a Class or a movie with your Team Teachers, you will be receiving an email this week with more details about what you won and how to "collect" it or where to go (and when). If you bid on a physical item, like tickets, or a vase or a coupon, you can pick it up in the Welcome Center starting this coming Thursday, February 14. We will be also be holding a special pickup on Saturday morning, February 16 from 10:00 am until Noon at Deal.Questions, or have a special pick-up request? Email ADCAPresident@gmail.com

SUPPORT THE 2019 PRINCIPAL'S FUND Last night, Ms. Neal unveiled her Principal's Fund a Need Campaign for 2019: New SMART Boards. This is directly keeping with her 2018 Fund A Need Campaign, which was aimed at raising $$ for technology at Deal. After consulting with Deal and DCPS tech experts, she has decided to try and replace our SMART Boards (think modern day blackboards), which haven't been updated in more than a decade. SMART Boards are expensive, costing approx $4000 a board and we have more than 100 hardworking teachers here at Deal who need new SMART Boards. This is a lot of money, so we need to try and raise $ in stages. Ms. Neal has set a goal of $50,000 for her Fund a Need Campaign in 2019. We raised almost $25,000 last night at the gala which will help us get six new boards. We need your help and support to get to $50K. Every dollar raised will go directly to the SMART Board campaign and donations of any size are welcome.  Thank you to all those who donated last night! Here's a link to learn more about the Smart Board campaign and here's a link to donate.

- Gala Co-Chairs:   ADCA President Maan Sacdalan   ADCA VP of Events Leonie Stephenson and Head of Procurement Sanda Blank
- Our Dazzling Decorators & Donation Team:  Carrie Cohen, Susan Shorters, Peter Boyce, Stacy Boykin, Lisa Connor, Adrianne Smith
- Our Master of Ceremonies:  Michael Orlove
- Our Barkeeps, Bankers & "Greeters":  Deidra Barksdale, Mark Lindbloom, Lisa Wackler, Dan Rosenthal, Julie Chen, Dennis Smyth, Michael  Orlove, Ed Pagano, Jenny Backus
- Our "Word Up" Communicators & Arcade Game Builders:   Megan Cahill, Hugh Morris and their families
- Our Generous Donors & Sponsors - especially our faculty and staff and our parents who donated items, services and fun unique events for the Auction! Who knew how talented and creative the Deal Community is?!

 Our Vendors, Sponsors, and Other Gala Volunteers

And Last but Never Least - Our Dedicated Deal Staff!  Ms. Neal, Ms. Chambliss, Mr. Rottman, Mr. Moore, Ms Maples, Ms. Alana Brown, Ms. Jones, Ms. Baxter,     Mr. Giron, Mr. Henderson 
And a very special shoutout to our custodians who went above and beyond the call of duty this weekend! 

This Week at Deal (February 11, 2019)

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

Mark Your Calendar! 

February 12 | Fire Drill

February 13 | 8th Grade Ski Trip

February 18 - 22 | February Break - No School for Students and Teachers

The S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G Bee Results are IN!

Last week, ADMS once again represented in spectacular fashion at the Cluster Spelling Bee. Competing against students from 20 other public, private and charter schools, our team of Emmett Brosowsky, Rose Huggins, and Nadim Franzese did spectacularly with Emmett and Nadim progressing easily through the early rounds. Rose, however, competed in the final rounds and was selected to participate at the City-wide Spelling Bee on March 9, 2019. She and the other 29 students selected from the various cluster bees will compete for the right to represent the District of Columbia at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in June. Congratulations, Rose!

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: February 14, March 7 and March 14.

Team Newsletters

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 CuscoMs. 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

HS Recommendations 

For those applying to high schools through MySchoolDC, the deadline for teacher, counselor or principal recommendations is Friday, February 8. We appreciate the patience parents and students have shown throughout the application process. 

Wilson High School Feeder School Family Night - February 28th

All Deal families interested in learning more about the transition to Wilson High School are invited to attend the Wilson High School Feeder School Family Night on Thursday, February 28th at 6:00 pm in the Wilson auditorium. The program is geared to parents of students in Wilson's feeder schools and other in-boundary families, but students are welcome.

The agenda will include:

  • Meet the class of 2023 support team

  • Review course selection procedures

  • DCPS graduation requirements

  • Wilson Academies

  • Dates for Middle School Visits

For more information, contact Wilson assistant principals Ronald.Anthony@dc.gov or Camille.Robinson4@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

You can sign up for one or multiple trips. The remaining trips are:

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

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

We need 45 8th graders to run the trip. Please talk with your friends! Questions? Please email Ms. Trenkle.

SAAM and NPF Field Trips

Thank you to all parents and chaperones for helping to make the annual 8th grade field trip to SAAM and NPG a success! We appreciate you taking time to help guide our students through their field experience!

8th Grade Team Newsletters

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

Team Kyoto-Ms. D. Hampton -DealKyoto18@gmail.com

Team Copenhagen -Ms. N. MassaquoiDealCopenhagen18@gmail.com 

Team Ushuaia-Ms. M. ParishDealUshuaia18@gmail.com

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

Parent and Student Information | Week of February 11


Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Friday, March 8th from 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Conferences with team teachers are by-appointment-only. Starting  Monday, February 25th, you can sign up for a conference using this link (https://ptcfast.com/schools/Alice_Deal_Middle_School). All non-team teachers (World Language, PE, Art, Music, Resource etc.) will be available for drop-in conferences.  


If you don't have a specific concern and would like to connect with your child's teachers in a casual setting, RSVP here to attend the 6th Grade Coffee Hour from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on Friday, March 8th in lieu of making conference appointments.


Want to know how to support your child academically and emotionally? In the attached newsletter are strategies for parents of students who are struggling or have special needs. This section will be updated periodically with support strategies, resources, and workshops for parents and students in the next coming months.


The Black History program will be held Thursday, Feb 28th after school from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm in the auditorium.


Our annual Career Day is scheduled for Thursday, March 14, 2019. The speaker portion of the day will take place in the morning from 9:00 am until 10:00 am. We are looking for dynamic speakers that can talk to a group of middle school students about their career and the path they took to get there. If you are interested in sharing with our students on that day, please contact Camille White at Camille.white@dc.gov for more information.


Join the Deal community as we come together to watch and discuss the documentary

13th on Tuesday, March 5th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Deal Cafeteria. From filmmaker Ava DuVernay, creator of Selma, the film chronicles the criminal justice system from the13th amendment through modern trends in mass incarceration. Students will share insightful slam poems on the topics of racial injustice and a group discussion will follow the film.  Additionally, we hope to welcome a very special guest this year to speak (confirmation to follow!). All families, students, teachers and faculty are welcome! Please join us for this powerful and important feature. 

To RSVP, please email Ms. Hargreaves at rachel.hargreaves@dc.gov. If you would like any further information regarding the event, please forward any questions onto Ms. Hargreaves or Ms. Vanstory.


Please click here for this week's Model UN updates!


National History Day will meet on February 13, 2019 in the cafeteria. It is our last meeting until projects are due on Monday, March 4! Final reminders for projects was given out on 2/6 and uploaded to our 8th grade History Hub if needed: tinyurl.com/Grade8History


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.

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 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.

Free Field Hockey Clinic at Deal Would you like to learn field hockey? Field Hockey players from Wilson High School are hosting a free field hockey clinic on Thursday, April 4th from 9:30am-12:30pm on the Deal field. This is open to ALL skill levels. Equipment will be provided. If you're interested in registering or would like more information please contact sjk.fieldhockey@gmail.com!

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.

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. 

Megan Maples