Weekly Bulletin - March 24th, 2019


Thank you to the current and former parents who joined us yesterday for the Overcoming Racism Workshop. I appreciate your transparency and openness. The experience was truly transformative, and we definitely plan to continue our work with Matthew Kincaid: https://www.overcomeracism.com/.

End of the Third Term

The third term ends on April 5. Students should meet with teachers to discuss their grades and make up assignments. Additionally, students are encouraged to go to GRIT and team tutoring if necessary.

Aladdin - Our First 8th Grade Musical

The eighth grade musical is truly a special part of Deal and Deal Drama. I am looking forward to seeing everyone as we celebrate how our talented students have grown during their time at Deal. We will have performances on Wednesday March 27 at 6:30 pm, Thursday March 28 at 6:30 pm, and two shows on Saturday March 30 at 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm. Our eighth graders will transport you to a whole new world filled with flying carpets, magical genies and wonderful music. Please purchase tickets here. I am so grateful to our ADCA, parents and community members who support Deal Theatre. See you there! 

Onward and Upward!

This Week at Deal (March 25, 2019)

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

Mark Your Calendar! 

April 4th and 5th | No School for Students - PD for Staff

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


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. 

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

Richard Mitchell | Richard.Mitchell@dc.gov

7th Grade Support Team 

Joy Monkou, Counselor  | Joy.Monkou@dc.gov

Peter Boccardi, Social Worker | Peter.Boccardi@dc.gov


The 7th Grade Science department will be leading a field trip to the Natural History Museum this week. 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


Promotion is the ultimate celebration of three years of hard work and growth as a Deal student. The staff is very proud of our 8th grade class and can't wait to celebrate their achievements. A letter will be sent home with students next week with additional details, but we want families to be aware of the following information:

  • Theme Park Visit ($90) -  June 10th - The results of the student vote will be announced next week, but we know students will be excited about the results!

  • Promotion Practice (no cost) - June 11th - All students are expected to participate in the promotion practice at Deal during regular school hours.

  • 8th Grade Dance ($30) - June 11th - A highlight of the year, our 8th graders dress up and hit the dance floor at Deal from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. This is a popular event your child will not want to miss!

  • Promotion ($30) - June 12th - Students celebrate their promotion from 10:00 - 11:30 am at American University's Bender Arena (4400 Massachusetts Ave NW). Each student will receive five guest tickets.

We look forward to celebrating with our 8th graders and their families! Additional details will be shared in next week's bulletin and in a letter sent home with students.


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 UshuaiaTuesday March 26 | Team Bridgetown, Team CopenhagenThursday, March 28 | Students who are absent on their team scheduled date; we will provide time during first period to register.

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.


All 8th grade students are going to Gettysburg National Historic Park on Friday, March 29! Students must be at school at 6:45 am for an early departure and we will return to Deal between 4:15 and 4:30 pm. Parent chaperones should arrive at this time as well.  Students must bring a bagged lunch, water, snacks for the day, and weather-appropriate clothing (please check the forecast-we are on and off the bus regardless of weather!). Students can bring cell phones but they are not to be used at Gettysburg Park. Students will call parents as we are approaching Deal on the way home. Students are expected to complete a packet for a summative History grade and English, Math, and Science classwork grades as we tour the museum and grounds. The packet is due in each respective class on Monday, April 1. This trip is always a favorite of the year and we look forward to a fun day! Contact your child's I&S Teacher with questions.  

8th Grade Team Newsletters

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

 Team Kyoto-Ms. D. Hampto-nDealKyoto18@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

2018-19 PARCC Testing

2018-2019 PARCC Testing PARCC testing will begin on April 8th, with the majority of students testing according to the following schedule: 7th grade: 4/24 - 5/2; 8th grade: 5/3 - 5/14; 6th grade: 5/15 - 5/22  

PARCC is the District-wide annual standardized assessment and all students are required to participate. Testing will take place each day from 8:45 am - 11:00 am. We ask families to avoid scheduling appointments during the times your children will be testing. Students will not be allowed to enter a test session late, nor are they allowed to be dismissed from a testing session and return to the test. Please see Chancellor Ferebee's letter regarding PARCC testing here. More detailed information and resources regarding PARCC testing at Deal will be shared in the coming weeks, for now, please review the Chancellor's Letter to Families about PARCC. The letter is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Amharic.

Parent and Student Information | Week of March 25


Please see the 8th grade corner for a complete list of dates and costs for the 8th grade promotion!


Applications went home with students on Friday, March 22 during a morning assembly. Students  who were on honor roll or principal's honor roll for the first two advisories of this school year should have received an application. If you were missed mistakenly, please reach out as soon as possible to the NJHS Advisory Council at alicedealnjhs@gmail.com.

Students who were inducted last school year are not a part of  the process for new inductees but they may reach out if they would like to assist with the new inductee program in some way. 


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.


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.


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/.


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


Deal softball team try outs are Monday 3/25 and Wednesday 3/27. You must submit the following paperwork to Ms. Curran. 


            - Emergency Treatment Form

            - Consent for Athletic Participation Form

            - Parent/Athlete Concussion Form

All forms must be completed and given at one time. Do not bring one sheet at a time. Only fully completed paperwork will be accepted. 


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

The library will be closed this week due to field trip coverage.


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


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


Check out the ADCA Mulch and Plant Sale It'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.

8th GRADE MUSICAL - ALADDIN Jr - Wed. 3/27 & Thu. 3/28 at 6:30; Sat. 3/30 Matinee at Noon & 5:00 PM. 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. 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.


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 - 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?  Emailalicedealtreasurer@gmail.com.  Note - the Battle of the Bands will happen rain or shine.


Looking to get your service hours completed for National Junior Honor Society?  The Alice Deal Community Association needs your help NEXT WEEK.  We're looking for students willing to sell concessions, take tickets and sell flowers at the 8th Grade Musical next week. Please sign up here and note that you are student seeking service hours in the note section.  The ADCA often has jobs for students looking for hours. Please emailADCAPresident@gmail.com if you want to help out. We will also need lots of help in May for our May the 4th Be With You Deal Community Day. Stay tuned to this space. 



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.
JUST TRYAN ITGrab 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

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

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.

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.
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 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 HSFamilies 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 Troop 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