Weekly Bulletin - February 3, 2019

Happy February!   This week, we are looking forward to the Deal Gala and Auction! As you know, this is the Alice Deal Community Association's (ADCA) major fundraiser for the year. The funds raised by the ADCA support all of the departments at Deal so that our teachers and staff are able to provide our students with activities and opportunities that enhance their middle school experience. Additionally, funds raised by the ADCA support our efforts to provide scholarship dollars for field trips for families in need. This year, my goal is to raise enough money during the live auction to support our efforts to have working Smartboards in all English, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.   

The Gala and Auction is one of my favorite events at Deal. I truly enjoy having a good time with our teachers, staff, and families. This event also provides another opportunity for us to celebrate our diversity and common goal of making Deal a great place for our children. 

Even if you are not able to attend, I encourage you to visit the Deal Website to purchase tickets online. Our goal is to sell at least 500 tickets. I am looking forward to seeing you on Saturday evening. Feel free to wear your gear from the 70's or 80's! 

Second Advisory Report Cards - Second Advisory report cards will go home with students on Tuesday. Please reach out to your child's grade level administrator if you do not receive his or her report card (6th grade - Marcus Moore: marcus.moore3@dc.gov; 7th grade - Diedre L. Neal: diedre.neal@dc.gov; 8th grade - Patrick Rottman: patrick.rottman@dc.gov). 

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 (February 4, 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: 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

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. 

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

History Happened Here are history field trips to historic sites in our region aligned to our 8th grade I&S curriculum.  While it would be great to visit each of these sites as a classroom field trip, due to time and numbers, it is often not possible.  These trips allow for interested students to explore History on a day-long field trips on a Saturday. 

Each trip is 8-12 hours in lunch, leaving from and returning to Deal.  All costs are inclusive of transportation, admittance, and program fees.  Students may be required to bring a bagged lunch.  Each trip is approximately $50-$75.  Scholarships are available. 

To register for one or more of the trips, please complete the google form at tinyurl.com/ADMSHHH 

Then, print off the permission slip and return it to Ms. Trenkle in E305.

Sign up at:  tinyurl.com/ADMSHHH

Permission slips for all trips are located here.

The three remaining trips are:

  • Fort McHenry (Baltimore, MD) on 2/9-Tuesday; 2/5 is the last day to register!!!!

  • 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.  

Scholarships are available, thanks to our amazing ADCA!  Please stop by E305 to talk to Ms. Trenkle or email her at historyteacher105@gmail.com We need 40-45 8th graders to run the trip. Please talk with your friends!

Questions? Please email Ms. Trenkle at historyteacher105@gmail.com or stop by E305.

National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum Field Trips

Eighth graders will participate in their field study to the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum during the week of February 4.  Each team will attend as follows:

Monday:  Team Ushuaia

Tuesday: Team Bridgetown

Wednesday:  Team Kyoto

Thursday:  Team Copenhagen

Friday:  Team Lagos

On their field excursion day students will report to their homeroom at 8:45. For the field trip, students need only a pencil, and a clipboard if they wish, and a bagged lunch. Transportation is provided. There is not an option to buy lunch. Students will return to Deal between 2:15 and 2:30 pm. Upon return, students will report to their homeroom and begin their writing assignment for the SAAM partnership. All students are expected to attend. Both trips are tied to the History curriculum and the SAAM field study is a joint English and History experience. Field trip forms and media forms should have been turned in to the student's I&S Teacher. If these forms are still outstanding, please contact your child's I&S teacher. Thank you in advance to the parents/guardians who have volunteered to chaperone!

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. ParishDealUshuaia18@gmail.com

Team LagosMr. M. HallerDealLagos18@gmail.com

Parent and Student Information | Week of February 4


Attention to all 8th grade Costa Rica and Guatemala travelers and their parents/guardians:

The final informational meeting for 8th grade travelers and their parents/guardians that was originally scheduled for Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 pm has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 6th at 6:30 pm.


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.


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/


Please click here for important Model UN information! 


NHD will meet on 2/6 in the cafeteria during activity period.  Students should have their process paper complete and their annotated bib (which can still be added to!!). Projects are due at the end of February and should be in progress!  The school wide judging will be on THURSDAY, MARCH 7 (note date change from 3/8).


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


In February, the Deal Library will celebrate Black History Month with a film festival after school.  This week, come on February 6th and 7th to see The Watsons Go to Birmingham, based on the novel by Christopher Paul Curtis.  All films start by 3:30pm


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.

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.

SHOP AMAZON FROM THE ALICE DEAL STOREFRONTADCA 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