Weekly Bulletin - April 7, 2019

Principal's Message:

I hope you were able to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!

Saturday at Deal 

Our final Saturday STARS session took place yesterday. I greatly appreciate the hard work and consistency shown by the students who were invited to attend. A special thank you to Ms. Beckley, Mr. Feagen, Mr. Helsabeck, Ms. Lewis-Samuels, Ms. McClary, Ms. Peteet, Dr. Slocumb, and Ms. A. Thomas for providing engaging lessons and supporting our students as we prepare for the PARCC Assessment. Additionally, nearly 150 students from the metropolitan area joined our students at Deal for Model UN. Thank you to Ms. Trenkle for her outstanding organization and leadership.

PARCC Assessment

A few of our students will begin PARCC this week. This standardized assessment is only one measure of our students' academic growth. We encourage all students to do their best and to utilize mindfulness strategies to reduce any possible test anxiety.

RTI for Behavior

As we begin the fourth advisory, all teachers and staff will have a renewed focus on the Response to Intervention (RTI) process as it relates to behavior. The goal of the RTI process is to maximize student learning and the impact of effective research-based interventions in order to reduce the intensity of problem behaviors.  

Tier 1: Universal supports and instruction are the core programs and strategies provided to all students within the school building to promote successful student outcomes and prevent school failure.

Tier 2 and 3: Secondary supports will continue to be provided to students who do not respond to the universal academic and behavior RTI models. These students will be provided with more intensive and individualized supports.

This Week's Tier 1 Focus - Hall Passes

At Deal, students must have a signed hall pass (Deal Agenda) prior to leaving class.  

  • Hall passes are provided to students during 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th periods.  

  • In an effort to maximize instructional time, hall passes are not provided during first period, or during the first 15 or last 15 minutes of class.

  • Grade-level administrators or deans will contact the families of students who are found in the hallway, stairwell, or bathrooms during class time without a pass to notify them that their student will serve after school detention (3:15 - 4:00).

We greatly appreciate your support of the RTI process. By working together, we can ensure that our school community is safe, consistent, and predictable.

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

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 FitCamp Website. Registration link below:


This Week at Deal (April 8, 2019)

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

Mark Your Calendar! 

April 15th - 19th | Spring Break - No School for Teachers & Students

6th Grade Updates

Assistant Principal

Marcus Moore | Marcus.Moore3@dc.gov

6th Grade Support Team 

Camille White, Counselor  | Camille.White@dc.gov

Hilary Katz, Social Worker | Hilary.Katz@dc.gov


Congratulations to the top 6th grade readers for February! They will celebrate their achievement with a trip for lunch and to Politics & Prose to hear from author Ronald L. Smith.

New Delhi: Ishan DaveGeorgetown: Alecille LucasCusco: Patrick MorelliLusaka: Cyrus SharafniaSan Jose: Hedy Rivera

These students logged the most minutes for their team in Beanstack (our reading log program--all students can access and log reading minutes in Clever).

All 6th graders are encouraged to keep reading and logging our minutes so we can reach the goal of reading 1,000,000 minutes this year!


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

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.


The Wilson HS registration forms are due to Ms. Travers no later than April 10. Here are copies of the registration form and course descriptions for your convenience. Deal Course Selection Form / Wilson 9th Grade Course Descriptions

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 8


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


Does your middle schooler feel passionate about combatting violence? 

All Deal Vikings are invited to participate in an anti-violence essay competition sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia and the National Campaign to Stop Violence. The Do the Write Thing Challenge asks students to reflect about the causes of youth violence and their power to stop it.

Students are asked to submit any written piece of 500 to 1000 words addressing the questions: How has violence effected by life? What are the causes of youth violence? What can I do about youth violence?

Essays should be submitted to NaCorey.Nichols@dc.gov by Friday, April 12th.

All participating students and families are invited to attend a celebration on Tuesday, April 23rd at 441 4th St. NW. For more information about this event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/attorney-general-karl-racine-presents-do-the-write-thing-challenge-tickets-59446102894

We hope your student will participate and we look forward to celebrating his or her message!


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. 


Please click here for this week's Speech and Debate News!


Congratulations to the following students for their work at the DC Science Fair:

2nd Grand Prize at the Junior Division - Gabriel Dowd, Noah Frick and Lily Holt

Category Prizes:

Cellular and Molecular Biology - 2nd Sophia Ferwerda

Earth and Environmental Sciences - 3rd Caitlin Costello

Energy: Physical - 1st Krithi Tamarappoo

Physics and Astronomy - 1st Amay Arora

Systems Software - 1st Gabriel Dowd, Noah Frick and Lily Holt

Special Organization Awards:

DC Water and Sewage Authority Water Award - Caitlin Costello

Exelon, Pepco and The NEED Project - 3rd Place- Krithi Tamarappoo

Geological Society of Washington - Honorable Mention- Caitlin Costello

Stockholm International Water Institute - Junior Water Prize- Caitlin Costello

The J. Craig Venter Institute Junior Division Award - Sophia Ferwerda

U.S. Metric Association Winner - Amay Arora

Washington Statistical Society Honorable Mentions - Amay Arora and Caitlin Costello


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


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.

ADCA Updates


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.

ALICE DEAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS - SAT MAY 4 FROM 10 - 2:00 PMGet 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.

Coming Soon: MAY THE FOURTH  BE WITH YOU AT DEAL COMMUNITY DAY - 5/4/2019 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

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 TEEN TENNIS at Lafayette ParkIf you can't make it to the Tennis Club on Mondays, come over to Lafayette Park on the M4 Bus and play tennis with fellow teens at 5:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday or on Friday at 4:30.  We have classes for beginners and advanced players.  Check out the schedule at www.LafayetteTennis.org.  Classes have started but you can join in on the fun.  Classes end when school ends but we also have summer camps.  Tennis is a sport you can play for the rest of your life with friends and family.  The ball is in your court!  Paul Rosenbaum. - 202 441-0925 Paulr@lafayetteTennis.org

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 IT 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

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.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 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 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