Weekly Bulletin - March 17th, 2019

Principal’s Message

I am looking forward to a great week (and the first day of Spring)!

No Place for Hate

Last week, approximately sixty 6th, 7th, and 8th graders participated in student focus groups with members of the DCPS Office of Equity (Social Emotional Academic Development) to discuss the culture and climate at Deal. Although I have not received the full report from the two interviewers, I was able to have a quick debrief with them. During the debrief, they shared that our students said that one of the best things about Deal is our diversity. I agree. I love that everyday, we educate a myriad of students, each with their own special backgrounds and experiences. 

In a school with such diversity we must be ever vigilant about creating a safe space for EVERYONE. Over the next two weeks, we will use the advisory period to discuss how we can create a no-slur school. As a community, we must continue to create an expectation for a safe, open learning environment free of slurs. Please have specific conversations with your child regarding not using insults related to ability, appearance, culture, gender, home language, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and social class.

Please feel free to share any resources that will support our efforts to make sure our school community is No Place for Hate.


Welcome AP Mitchell

As many of you know, Ms. Stallworth has been on a leave of absence since late fall. I have spoken with her during this time and she is doing well. I truly appreciate the teachers and staff members who stepped up to support our 7th graders during Ms. Stallworth's absence. Fortunately, we have been able to hire a 7th grade assistant principal. Mr. Richard Mitchell joined us a little over a week ago and has already demonstrated a strong ability to build relationships with our students and staff. He has been an awesome addition to our leadership team.

National Junior Honor Society 

On Friday during advisory, we will host a meeting for the 7th and 8th graders who are eligible for induction into the National Junior Honor Society.  The criteria for induction includes:

  • Principal Honors/Honor Roll for three advisories of the year of induction

  • 10 hours of community service

  • No disciplinary concerns (office referrals, In School Suspensions, or Out of School Suspensions)

  • Participation in an extracurricular activity (inside or outside of school)

The following staff members are overseeing NJHS this year: Ms. White, 6th grade counselor; Ms. Monkou, 7th grade counselor; Ms. Travers, 8th grade counselor; Ms. Clark, 7th grade teacher; Ms. Morin, 8th grade social worker; and Ms. Scott, school psychologist.

Annual Asbestos Notification Letters

The Environmental Protection Agency mandates that all local education agencies distribute communications regarding the governance of asbestos-containing materials in school buildings throughout the United States. The Department of General Services (DGS) manages these regulations on behalf of DC Public Schools and has drafted this Annual Asbestos Notification Letter to be shared with the DCPS community. The letter is translated in English, Spanish, French, Amharic, Chinese, and Vietnamese. 


Onward and Upward!


GET YOUR TICKETS FOR ALADDIN: OUR AMAZING 8th GRADE MUSICAL

AND PURCHASE YOUR WELL WISHER AD TODAY! 

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The eighth grade musical is truly a special part of Deal and Deal Drama. Come see how our talented kids have grown during their time at Deal. Purchase your tickets here. Performances on Wednesday March 27 at 6:30 pm, Thursday March 28 at 6:30 pm, and two shows on Saturday March 30 at noon and 5:00 pm. Flying carpets, sword fights, magical genies and wonderful music. You will be transported to a whole new world by our incredibly talented eighth graders. Adult tickets are $12 and student tickets are $5. You can also purchase a well wisher ad for your friends or family members or sign up to sponsor the show as well. Ad copy due by March 22. Please email copy to aladdindealmusical@gmail.com. Remember, Deal Theatre is entirely supported by donations from the Deal community and the ADCA. Please help us spread the word and encourage your neighbors and friends to come out and see our amazing 8th Grade Musical  Aladdin. 

Thank you for supporting Deal Drama.


This Week at Deal (March 18, 2019)

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


FitCampNation Summer Camp at Deal

FitCampNation Summer Camp is back again with more fun, excitement, activities and games than ever before! We will focus on fitness, intro to sports and enrichment, structured play, and nutritional education, all in a fun and nurturing environment!

Session info is as follows:

Session 1: June 24th through June 28th
Session 2: July 1st through July 5th (no camp July 4th or 5th)
Session 3: July 8th through July 12th
Session 4: July 15th through July 19th
Session 5: July 22nd through July 26th

**1/2 Day options available for RISE students 

**10% sibling and multiple week discount available.
**Early Bird pricing available until April 1st.   
Please email us at fitcampnation1@gmail.com with questions or visit the FitCamp Website. Registration link: REGISTER FOR FITCAMP HERE


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

6TH GRADE PEER TUTORING PROGRAM

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

SCIENCE FIELD TRIP

The 7th Grade Science department will be leading a field trip to the Natural History Museum in a few weeks. Please be on the lookout for a permission slip from your child's Science teacher. The teams will go on the following days: 3/25 Kigali, 3/26 Madrid, 3/27 Cartagena, 3/28 Alexandria, and 3/29 Kinshasa. Students will need to have either a Kids Ride Free Card or a normal Metro card and a lunch. 

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 HS REGISTRATION

Representatives from Wilson will be at Deal on March 25, 26 and 28 to register students. Students will be instructed to take the registration form home for parents to review and sign. Registration forms should then be returned to Ms. Travers no later than April 10. Here is the schedule for registration:


Monday, March 25 | Team Kyoto, Team Lagos, Team Ushuaia
Tuesday March 26 | Team Bridgetown, Team Copenhagen
Thursday, March 28 | Students who are absent on their team scheduled date; we will provide time during first period to register.

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR ALADDIN - OUR AMAZING  8th GRADE MUSICAL 

Purchase your tickets here. Performances on Wednesday March 27 at 6:30 pm, Thursday March 28 at 6:30 pm, and two shows on Saturday March 30 at noon and 5:00 pm. Flying carpets, sword fights, magical genies and wonderful music. You will be transported to a whole new world by our incredibly talented eighth graders.  Adult tickets are $12 and student tickets are $5. You can also purchase a well wisher ad for your friends or family members or sign up to sponsor the show as well. Ad copy due by March 22. Please email copy to aladdindealmusical@gmail.com. Remember, Deal Theatre is entirely supported by donations from the Deal community and the ADCA. Please help us spread the word and encourage your neighbors and friends to come out and see our amazing 8th Grade Musical  Aladdin. The eighth grade musical is a truly special part of Deal and Deal Drama. Come see how our talented kids have grown during their time at Deal.Thank you for supporting Deal Drama.

MODEL UN

Model UN will meet on Wednesday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in Room E305. See you then!


UPDATE - HISTORY HAPPENED HERE

The HHH here trip to Montpelier will not be happening on May 4. I'm sad that we were able to get one off the group for this year but will reevaluate strategies for the future and hope that they will be successful in coming years.  Thank you for your interest and historical enthusiasm.  :)

8th GRADE GETTYSBURG TRIP 

All 8th graders, please bring your Gettysburg permission slip, and payment ($65, checks made out to ADMS) to your I&S teacher.  Permission slips and information can be found at http://tinyurl.com/Grade8History.  Students in need of scholarship should contact Mr. Rottman at patrick.rottman@dc.gov . It is an expectation that all 8th grade students participate in our field trip on 3/29.  Parents interested in chaperoning should contact their child's I&S teacher.  


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 March 18

NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY INFORMATION

The Alice Deal Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) will open the application process to eligible students during advisory on Friday, March 22. Students who are eligible to apply will receive passes in their homeroom classroom to attend the assembly where they will receive applications and information for NJHS this year. Students and parents with questions about this first step in the process should email the National Junior Honor Society team at alicedealnjhs@gmail.com


STAY INFORMED WITH ASPEN NOTIFICATIONS

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.


SPECIAL EDUCATION AND STUDENT SUPPORT PARENT NEWSLETTER 

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.


SPEECH AND DEBATE

This weekend the speech and debate team attended a Washington Urban Debate league tournament at Greenbelt Middle School. With 25 public and charter high and middle schools from DC and Maryland in attendance, Deal students walked away with the most team and individual awards in policy debate. Click hereto see the students who were recognized for outstanding speaking!


BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS PODCAST

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/.

PREORDER YOUR 2018-19 YEARBOOK

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. 


ATHLETICS

Please visit the Athletics Department Link for information about this week's practices and games!


LIBRARY

Want your child to visit the library after school? Please complete the Library Permission Slip


AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS

Please click here for a list of our staff-sponsored activities


BUS INFORMATION

Need to know how to get to Deal?


ATTENDANCE 

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.


ALICE DEAL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

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

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! 


IT'S TIME FOR THE ANNUAL DEAL PLANT & MULCH SALE
ORDER MULCH FOR DELIVERY NOW AND GORGEOUS PLANTS FOR PICK UP IN MAYCheck out the ADCA Mulch and Plant SaleIt's so easy.  Order your Mulch through Deal online and we'll deliver it to your house within a week of ordering FOR FREE. ADCA Mulch sale runs from March 17 through April 26 2019.You can also order beautiful spring plants online from March 17 to April 5 for pick-up on Saturday May 4 at Alice Deal or we can deliver them to your house for a small fee.So stock up for spring with the ADCA and help grow some green for Alice Deal.

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR ALADDIN - OUR AMAZING  8th GRADE MUSICAL Purchase your tickets here. Performances on Wednesday March 27 at 6:30 pm, Thursday March 28 at 6:30 pm, and two shows on Saturday March 30 at noon and 5:00 pm. Flying carpets, sword fights, magical genies and wonderful music. You will be transported to a whole new world by our incredibly talented eighth graders. Adult tickets are $12 and student tickets are $5. You can also purchase a well wisher ad for your friends or family members or sign up to sponsor the show as well. Ad copy due by March 22. Please email copy to aladdindealmusical@gmail.com. Remember, Deal Theatre is entirely supported by donations from the Deal community and the ADCA. Please help us spread the word and encourage your neighbors and friends to come out and see our amazing 8th Grade Musical  Aladdin. The eighth grade musical is truly a special part of Deal and Deal Drama. Come see how our talented kids have grown during their time at Deal. Thank you for supporting Deal Drama.Thank you for supporting Deal Drama.

MAY THE FOURTH  BE WITH YOU AT DEAL COMMUNITY DAY - 5/4/2019
MOVE OVER ALICE COOPER - ALICE DEAL IS READY TO ROCKAT THE DEAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS - SAT MAY 4 FROM 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Get ready to rock and roll at Alice Deal's first ever Battle of the Bands, coming to the Deal front steps on Saturday May 4th at Deal Community Day from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  We're looking for the best Kid and Adult bands in DC to come perform for the Deal community. Sign up here.  We'll provide the  sound equipment, the publicity and a built in crowd from May the Fourth be With You Deal Community Day. It's a great opportunity both for up and coming bands and beloved parent and neighborhood bands.  Plus, prizes are available for the winner of the Kids (High School and Younger) and Adult divisions. All types of music welcome.  Sign up today!  Questions?  Email alicedealtreasurer@gmail.com. Note: The Battle of the Bands will happen rain or shine.

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 Spring Break Soccer CampsDC Stoddert Soccer is excited to be holding Spring Break soccer camps for boys and girls ages 5-12 during both the DCPS Spring break and the area private school Spring break. Players will work with DC Stoddert's Professional Coaching Staff to sharpen skills through fun games and exercises. Both full day and half day options are available.
March 25th - March 29th (Monday - Friday) 
Location: The Maret School, 3000 Cathedral Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008 
April 15th - April 19th (Monday - Friday) 
Location: Alice Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Dr NW, Washington, DC 20016
For more information and to register: https://www.stoddert.com/Default.aspx?tabid=933688

Wilson Feeder Education Network Our next Ward 3 - Wilson Feeder Education Network meeting is Monday, March 11th at 7pm at the Tenley-Friendship Library.  We are very happy to host Council Chair Phil Mendelson.  Our March meeting will be a great opportunity to hear his vision for education in the city and to ask questions.  In particular, it will be a good opportunity for us to ask about the recently released report on overcrowding, and we will likely be in the thick of budget season.

Tenley Tiger Run - Sunday, April 28, 9 am - Register today!
Race with the Wilson High School Cross Country Team (2018 boys and girls city champions;2018 girls state champions) and Track & Field Team (2018 girls city champions; 2018 boysstate champions) and student athletes around Tenleytown in Washington, DC! Run the 5K,Tiger Mile, or Cub Run (for our youngest runners). Walkers are welcome. Register as a team oran individual. Awards will be given for the top teams and age groups. Proceeds help support theWilson Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Register now: www.tenleytigerrun.com/register
826DC Free Spring Break Camp for Students 826DC, a nonprofit in Columbia Heights, will be hosting a spring break camp titled "Got Your Back Comedy Camp". Students are able to register for the camp by visiting our registration form. This free camp is for middle and high school female identifying students within the District. The camp will take place on April 15-19, 2019th. For additional information about this program, please see the attached flyer.

You're Invited: Tiger Athletics Bash, Saturday, March 16
The Wilson Tiger Athletic Boosters announce the inaugural Tiger Athletics Bash on Saturday, March 16 to raise much-needed funds for our Tiger athletes.The WTA is inviting Deal families-especially parents of student-athletes-to join us. Wilson coaches, families and friends are attending, so this is a great opportunity to tap into Wilson's amazing community before your kids transfer to Wilson. Tickets are only $50 (wine, beer and food included!) and may be purchased at http://tigerbash.givesmart.com.The WTA Tiger Bash is also accepting items for the silent auction, live action, and donations for the Fund-a-Need campaign. Unleash Your Roar!  

Travel This Summer With CISV The DC chapter of CISV is looking for a few boys and girls, ages 10-13, to join their Village, Interchange and Youth Meeting summer programs in Indonesia, China, Portugal and Mongolia. Several current and former Deal students have participated in these amazing and life-changing experiences. Delegations are being assigned this week, so apply today at http://www.cisvdc.org/current-travel-programs. To learn more, check out the website at http://www.cisvdc.org/ or email Perita Carpenter at Perita.Carpenter@gmail.com.The purpose of CISV is to educate and inspired individuals to become active and contributing members of a peaceful society-active global citizens. Programs run from 10-28 days long.

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 

Free Field Hockey Clinic at DealWould 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.comDC 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