Weekly Bulletin - February 24th

Principal’s Message

I hope everyone had a restful February Break. I am looking forward to the upcoming ski trips and iReady celebrations! 

7th and 6th Grade-level Ski Trips-7th Grade - Monday, February 256th Grade - Tuesday, February 26 As a reminder, students who are participating in the ski trips must report to school by 7:00 am. Students should dress warmly and wear goggles. 

Here We Grow! Many of our students demonstrated growth on the Middle of Year iReady Assessment. The top ten students in each course at each grade-level will be invited to a Donut Party this week during advisory to celebrate their growth.  6th Grade - Monday, February 25,7th Grade - Tuesday, February 268th Grade - Wednesday, February 28 3rd

Advisory Progress Reports-All students will receive 3rd Advisory Progress Reports on Wednesday, February 27. Parents and guardians are asked to review the progress report with their child and set academic goals for the remainder of the year. Parent-Teacher

Conferences-Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for March 8 from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Teams will include the sign-up link in their newsletters. 

Welcome Back to Our 8th Graders!

We are so happy to welcome our traveling students and their chaperones home. During the February break, we sent two groups of 8th graders to Costa Rica and to Guatemala. Thank you to our families and the ADCA for providing financial support for this amazing opportunity.

 Reflections from Guatemala 

Written by Sophie Widenhouse At first I was nervous. I was meeting these new people who were going to be our host family. I knew nothing about them, except their name and age. I wondered what they were like, if they were strict or nice. When we met them we had no real connection at first. I barely spoke to them because I was so nervous. Lily, the person I'm rooming with, just dove in there and had a great connection and conversation. I was the opposite of that. The next day I still barely said anything. I was still nervous and felt like I forgot all my Spanish. But we both started playing with Mari, the daughter of our host family parents. We made a strong connection after that day. With Pedro, the son, we have a small connection. I let him play with my phone and that's basically how we became closer. With the next day, I had a really good connection with Mari and I played with her a lot, now she is basically my sister. I'm still nervous around the parents, though I speak a little more and am warming up to them more. On the last day things were the same. I will miss them all a lot.

Written by Lily Pangelinan To start this post, I need to say how much I love Guatemala. I was shocked by how absolutley amazing everything is here. From the beautiful scenery, to the kind people who live here, I am completely in awe of this country. The culture is so rich with stories and imagery, like the murals and paintings, as well as the beautiful instruments that we heard. I guess I should start with the food, since it is one of the parts that I will miss the most. The food here is so good. Every bite is so full of flavor and so rich. My favorite food so far is...wait I don't think I can decide. Some of my favorite foods are the pancakes, the tortillas, conchas (a sweet bread), chicken, and so much more. All of the foods are so different from what we have in DC. One of the rules for the trip is to eat ice cream everyday, which is another delicious food. The food is so good, I never want to leave. Another thing that amazes me are the people here. Those whom I have met are so kind-hearted and treat me as if I was one of their own. Everyone greets me with a smile or a wave. There are friendly faces everywhere. We've met some kids from the local school who come and help us paint. They are so sweet. They bring us small treats and ask us if we need help. We played basketball and soccer in the park with them too (They are so good)! I smile more and more everyday when I see their faces. Today (February 20th) we got to see some local performers play their instruments! One of the instruments was the marimba. There were also instruments that made cool animal sounds. Then we had to dance. It was kind of (very) awkward because we are all awkward teenagers who don't want to dance in front of others- but it was still fun. Another thing we did was go to the park with the kids we are staying with. We played basketball and ran in circles with them. They are so cute! I am having such an amazing time! I am so excited to share the rest of my adventures when I get back to DC, but for now, I am going to continue enjoy the rest of the trip!

Onward and Upward!

This Week at Deal (February 25, 2019)

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

Mark Your Calendar! 

February 25 | 7th Grade Ski Trip

February 26 | 6th Grade Ski Trip

February 28 | Black History Celebration - 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. 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: March 7 and March 14.


Ms. Katz, the 6th grade social worker, will be facilitating a workshop for families on Friday, March 8th from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in the cafeteria.  We are encouraging all 6th grade families to attend this workshop.

The purpose of this workshop is to:

  • Expose care takers to the collaborative problem-solving approach and provide productive ways to communicate with their children

  • Educate families on how the use of outside resources (community supports ranging from therapists to tutors) can further support this transitional time for their children

During the workshop, the following will be provided:

  • Community resources

  • Booklists

  • Copy of power point with websites that further educate on the Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach


Every 6th grade student was asked to log a book into Beanstack during the 1st week of February to participate in this year's reading challenge.   Each month we will celebrate the top reader on every 6th grade team.  The top 5 readers for February will attend a field trip to Politics and Prose at 10:30 am on Thursday, March 7th hosted by Fabien Cousteau, one of the foremost experts in oceans and ocean creatures and grandson of renowned ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau! He'll offer an informative talk on sharks-his specialty-and the subject of his new graphic where 2 fictive junior explorers join Cousteau on a marine expedition for a close encounter with a great white.  Students will also have lunch provided for them by Mr. Moore.


At the beginning of the 2nd advisory we started a peer tutoring program involving 25 8th graders acting as peer mentors for 25 6th graders.  Every Friday, these students pair up with each other to work on skills in reading or math. This advisory, we welcomed a new group of 6th graders to participate in the program. 

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

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. DanielsDealBridgetown18@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 February 25


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 tomorrow, 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.


Thursday, March 7 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Deal Cafeteria

Join the Deal community as we come together to watch and discuss the documentary 13th alongside student performances. From filmmaker Ava DuVernay, creator of Selma, the film chronicles the criminal justice system from the13th amendment through modern trends in mass incarceration. Before the viewing, students involved in the Black History Month performance will perform step. Additional 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 evening. 

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. 


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.


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.

Just Tryan It Kids Triathlon
Grab your friends and race for a cause at the 10th annual, JUST TRYAN IT Kids Triathlon!  Kids ages 6-14.  All abilities welcome! JUST TRYAN IT raises funds to benefit local families battling childhood cancer.  Join us, Sunday June 16, 2019 at Landon School in Bethesda.  Early Bird registration is open and limited.  Don't be disappointed... Register Today!  www.jti.run/flyer-be 

Book & Bake Sale March 1-3 at National United Methodist Church
3401 Nebraska Ave. NWBook & Bake Sale features thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, well organized and at great prices.Friday 9 am to 8 pmSaturday 8 am to 6 pmSunday 9 to 11 am (Mega Clearance Sale!) Credit cards accepted and check out our new rare books section. 

Church located at corner of Nebraska & New Mexico avenues, across from American University. 
FREE PARKING! For more information, please seehttps://nationalchurch.org/booksale https://nationalchurch.org/booksale Proceeds to benefit two preschools in Mt. Pleasant and Ward 7 and a DC summer reading camp for elementary school kids.Check us out on Twitter @metroumw or email metroumw@gmail.com for questions.

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 Sunday, April 28th 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 AvailableChevy 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