Weekly Bulletin - March 31, 2019

Principal's Message:

This past week was a busy one here at Deal. Our 8th graders celebrated Spirit Week and visited Gettysburg to explore the geography and history of Gettysburg through the introductory movie, museum, Cyclorama, and a guided Gettysburg Battlefield tour. Our 7th graders visited the Natural History Museum where they made connections to their current Evolution unit by visiting the Hall of Human Origins. Students also visited the skeletal hall to review their knowledge of the Human Body Unit and ventured to the Mummy Hall to connect to the Egypt unit from Individuals and Societies. A group of our 6th graders joined a delegation of 150 students to meet with members of Congress in order to plead for action for climate change. Finally, we opened our 3rd theatrical production and 2nd musical of the year. The 8th graders' production of Aladdin was truly wonderful! The heartwarming email below, from Albert Malhotra's father, exemplifies the reason we encourage our students to participate in our productions.

As you may well know, Albert has had limited experience with musicals, and had never had a major part before this show. Ever since our children began trying out for elementary school shows, I developed the sense that school theater was not an environment which provided for much skill development - roles went to players who brought talent and skill with them - something which may be a necessity, but at the same time seemed to go counter to the rest of the school experience, where educators constantly introduce new things and actively help students grow. Based on our three older children's experiences, I thought I knew what to expect for Albert.

We had never heard him sing. I remember going to the parent meeting thinking: Are we going to find out that someone made a mistake? What will we need to do to help Albert keep up with his more experienced peers? I was surprised and encouraged by Kurt's and Stevie's responses, saying that they looked forward to working with the performers to get them where they needed to be.

Although Albert would give us some window into how practices were going, he never shared his singing with us, and so we were on pins and needles going into the first show. Of course it blew me away to see Albert act confidently and sing wonderfully alongside a large and wonderfully orchestrated ensemble.

I'd like to thank everyone for providing this experience for Albert and our family, but more importantly for creating an environment where a child who may not have everything it takes, but has potential, is given a chance and a helping hand. That is youth development at its very best.

Amit Malhotra

Chancellor Visit

We were delighted to welcome our Chancellor to Deal on Friday afternoon. During Dr. Ferebee's visit, he was able to stop by a few classrooms and learn about the awesome instruction happening at Deal. A special shout out to Ms. A. Thomas (ELA), Mr. Zhi (Chinese), Mr. Burt (Math) and their students for welcoming Dr. Ferebee and Instructional Superintendent Gordon into their classes.

Knock it Out of the PARCC

PARCC testing will begin in the next few weeks. We are more than confident that are students are well prepared and ready for the assessment. At Deal, the PARCC assessment is simply one data point used to support our work with students. It is one measure of how our students are growing. A few of the application high schools, including School Without Walls, use PARCC scores as a part of their admissions requirements.    

As you know, Deal is currently a Five Star School (ESSA rating). A large part of that distinction is based on the growth our students demonstrated on the 2018 PARCC. As a reminder, the STAR Framework is based on a variety of metrics including PARCC scores, ACCESS scores, Attendance, and Re-enrollment.

During PARCC testing, staff and students are not allowed to have cell phones or smart watches in class. These items are considered testing violations. Members of our community who cause any testing violation will receive an appropriate school consequence.

End of the Advisory

The 3rd advisory ends on April 5. Please remind students to check in with all of their teachers regarding missing assignments. Please note that students are not able to make up work beyond 10 days (once the grade has been submitted in Aspen). Due to professional development, there is no school for students on Thursday and Friday.

Enrollment Season Begins

We are asking all Deal families to complete the enrollment process during the 4th advisory. Our goal is to have ALL of our students enrolled by the last day of school. Meeting this goal will support our efforts to have accurate schedules for all of our students. Please contact Assistant Principal Maples (megan.maples@dc.gov) if you have any questions.

Onward and Upward!

2019-2020 Annual Enrollment

All students must be enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year by June 14th.

All current 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students need to bring proof of residency to the Deal Welcome Center to complete the pre-printed enrollment documents. You can bring the documents to the Welcome Center during the school day. Evening hours are also scheduled every Thursday until 7:00 pm for families who are not able to come to the school during the day. The families of our 8th grade students should take their proof of residency to the high school they will attend. 

The required residency verification guidelines are here

This Week at Deal (April 1, 2019)

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

Mark Your Calendar! 

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

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 recently started a student leadership culture group to assist us in fostering a safe, loving community. The group meets every Wednesday at 8:10 in room W103 with Mr. Burt and Mrs. White. 

The following students have volunteered to act as student representatives:

  • Daniel Ballinger Brookins

  • Samaria Johnson

  • Samuel Valle

  • Isaiah Noel

  • Sonali Cohen

  • Louisa Vol

  • Micah Robinson

If your child would like to participate in the 6th grade student leadership culture group, please reach out to 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

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

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

ssistant 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 visited Deal on March 25, 26 and 28 to register students. Students were instructed to take the registration form home for parents to review and sign. Registration forms should be returned to Ms. Travers no later than April 10. 

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

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 April 1


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


Deal students who need community service hours for their NJHS applications should reach out to Ms. White at Camille.white@dc.gov. There are some opportunities here at Deal either before or after school. 

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!


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


With the return of warm weather, so has our "Project AIM" (Activities Involving Mathematics) club on a new day: Thursdays from 3:20 pm to 4:15 pm in Room W206. Come and join in activities surrounding "Flight & Space", "Robotics", and "Computer Coding". Our first meeting will take place on Thursday, April 10, 2019!  See you then! Please click here for a full 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

ANNUAL DEAL PLANT & MULCH SALE - ORDER MULCH FOR DELIVERY NOW AND GORGEOUS PLANTS FOR PICK UP IN MAYCheck 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.


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

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.
SPRING & SUMMER WRESTLING PROGRAMHustle & Muscle Club is coaching a high school and youth wrestlers this spring and summer.  We have one of the best coaching staffs in the DC area.  Here is a list of our coaches.  Please scroll to the bottom of the website page and you can see their names and bios.https://www.hustlemusclematclub.org/youth-wrestling-dc/#envira-gallery-wrap-188
All you need is a completed registration form, a USAW card, and a pair of wrestling shoes.  And if any of those are an problem, we will help you or your child!We hope to see you in person soon!Hustle & Muscle Mat Club Spring & Summer Schedule 2019 
High School Practices begin at 5pm and end at 6:20pm
Youth Practices begin at 6:30pm and end at 7:30pm
Be sure to arrive to practice 10 minutes early so that you can be dressed and ready to go, as we begin practices on time!Friday, April 5
Friday, April 12
Friday, April 19
Friday, April 26Friday, May 3
Friday, May 10Friday, June 7
Friday, June 14
Friday, June 21Friday, June 28Where:
Hardy Middle School
1819 35th St NW, DC 20007Parking is available via Wisconsin Ave., in the school parking lot,
across from the Safeway at 1855 Wisconsin Ave NW, DC 20007
Hustle & Muscle Mat Clubwww.hustlemusclematclub.orgemail: clong@hustlemusclematclub.orgHustle & Muscle Mat Club is on Facebook & Twitter! See www.facebook.com/HMmatclub & @hustlemusclemc

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 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