Weekly Bulletin - March 3rd

Principal’s Message

March is certainly coming in like a lion! Thank you to the teachers and students who participated in Saturday STARS yesterday. I appreciate your commitment to growing in the areas of Math and ELA.

Panorama Survey -This week during the advisory period, our students will participate in the Panorama Survey. The Panorama Survey is a paper-based, multiple choice questionnaire designed to measure perspectives on social-emotional learning, school climate, and engagement across students in grades 3 - 12. Over the next few days, parents and guardians will receive a link via email from Panorama, allowing you to complete the survey as well. I encourage everyone to complete the survey; its goal is to build perspective into how we operate as a school. Read more about the Panorama Survey here.

NAEP - Bell Schedule Change on Thursday -On Thursday, our 8th graders will take the NAEP assessment. On that day, we will be on a Wednesday Bell Schedule. Information about NAEP is available here.

Voices of Change -We are looking forward to an amazing event on Thursday evening: 13th Collective & Black History Month Performers presents Voices of Change. All members of the Deal community are invited to join us at 5:30 pm in the cafeteria to watch and discuss the documentary 13th. Our students will share insightful poems on the topics of injustice, and a group discussion will follow the film.

Parent-Teacher Conferences -Scheduled conferences will take place on Friday, March 8 from 12:00 noon until 7:00 pm with a lunch break for teachers at 3:00 pm. You may sign up for conferences here. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your conference.

Overcoming Racism Workshop -All Deal parents and guardians are invited to participate in an Overcoming Racism Workshop on Saturday, March 23 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. The goal of the workshop is to equip members of our community with tools to build a culturally responsive school that promotes the development of the next generation of anti-racist agents of change. Please register here by Friday, March 15. Spaces are limited.

Onward and Upward!

This Week at Deal (March 4, 2019)

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

Mark Your Calendar! 

March 7th |13th Documentary Collective and Black History Month Performance - 5:30 pm

March 8th | Parent-Teacher Conferences - 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

March 14th | Career Day

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


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

8th Grade NAEP Testing

8th grade students will participate in NAEP testing on March 7. Please see the attached parent notification letter. 

Field Trip to Harper's Ferry, WV

This is a trip that supplements our 8th grade U.S. History curriculum.  It is linked to our standards and is a wonderful opportunity to experience History with hands-on activities! Students will explore history from across our curriculum:  Lewis and Clark, John Brown's Raid, and Storer College. Please click here for additional information about this exciting opportunity!

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.

National History Day

National History Day projects are due on Monday. Students should turn in their project with the specifications as listed in the NHD rule book.  Please bring the projects in the appropriate format to Ms. Trenkle in E305. With the exception of the Research paper, all projects require a process paper and annotated bibliography. The research paper requires only an annotated bibliography.  Please bring four copies of each printed out. We will meet Wednesday during activity time and go over judging on Thursday.  

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 4


Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place this Friday from 12-7pm.  Conferences with team teachers are by-appointment-only.  If you haven't yet signed up for appointments, you may do so through the end of the day Wednesday by visiting 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 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.


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

13th Documentary Collective and Black History Month Performance


Join the Deal community as we come together to watch and discuss the documentary 13th  alongside student performancesFrom filmmaker Ava DuVernay, creator of Selma, the film chronicles the criminal justice system from the 13th 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. 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. 


Want to know how to support your child academically and emotionally? In the attachednewsletter 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.


Next week is Career Awareness Week at Alice Deal. The speaker portion of this will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 8:30 am -10:00 am. During this event we would like to give our students the opportunity to explore a variety of careers and learn how education is connected to a successful future!

If you or someone you know is interested in joining us on Career Day, please contact Ms. White (camille.white@dc.gov).


Awards and Recognitions

It is the time of the year when speech and debate teams throughout the region participate in their end of season regional championship tournaments. In all cases, these are tournaments where our students have earned the right to compete against the very best high school students who are all seeking coveted spots at the national tournaments held in late May and mid-June. So the competition has been fierce and the Vikings have risen to the occasion!  Here is the run-down:

Policy Debate

At the Washington Urban Debate League tournament held on February 23, 2019 at the Capital City Public Charter School Safya Biswal-debating alone in a team debate event-finished the tournament with a 3-1 record and was recognized as the 10th place speaker! Way to go Safya!

Lincoln-Douglas Debate

At the high school metro-final tournament held at Dominion High School this weekend, Emmett Brosowsky received the distinction from the 50+ students competing in the Junior Varsity division as being the top speaker!  Way to go Emmett.

Joining Emmett to represent Deal at this very prestigious high school national qualifying tournament were Sophie Reeves, Talia Ehrenberg, Nico Cloutier, and Karam Weigert. In each and every case these middle school students racked up a number of wins against students from the most selective high schools in the area. 


Myles Bell  received fourth place at the Washington-Arlington Forensic League metro-final tournament on February 23, 2019. He was recognized during the awards ceremony for his success, but more so because if he were in high school he would have qualified for the national tournament! Joining Myles at the tournament were Eleanor Catherino, Amay Arora, and Savannah Alexander. 

Please click here for additional Speech and Debate updates!


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/.


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. 


Running Club's Spring Season begins on March 11, and softballl is happening soon! Please visit the Athletics Department Link for information.


On Wednesday, March 6th, DCIAA will offer a free lacrosse clinic on the Alice Deal MS Field from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  


The DCIAA MS Track and Field clinic will take place on Thursday, March 14th, from 4:20 pm - 6:30 pm at the PG Sports and Learning Complex.  

Please click on the link below and fill out the questionnaire for the clinic. This will help the DCIAA with an appropriate head count for the event as every participant will receive a tshirt and pizza.  Please fill out this form as accurately as possible by Monday, March 4, 2019.


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


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


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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.

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 

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 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