Weekly Bulletin - May 5th

Principal's Message:

I hope you have enjoyed this rainy Sunday. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the families, staff members and student volunteers who participated in our 2nd Annual Community Day and Saturday Enrollment. From amazing projects to tasty baked goods to rockstar bands, the day was another example of the great talent and family engagement within our diverse community. Shout out to our ADCA for their continual support.

PARCC Testing

Our 8th graders did a great job on Friday with PARCC testing. I am sure they will continue to Knock it Out of the PARCC this week! As you know, students are not permitted to have cell phones, smart watches, tablets or any technology during testing. Additionally, 8th graders who are tardy (unexcused) to school during PARCC will serve a Same Day, After School Detention.


Thank you to the families who have already re-enrolled for SY 19-20. We greatly appreciate your support as we strive to meet our target of having all students enrolled by the end of the school year. The Welcome Center will be open until 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 9. Please enroll your student(s) this week!

Teacher Appreciation Week - Celebrating Our MVTs (Most Valuable Teachers)

Please join us in celebrating the wonderful teaching staff at Deal. Not only does our staff do an amazing job of planning engaging and rigorous lessons, many of our teachers also sponsor clubs, coach teams, and spend their weekends with our students. Teaching is a calling; it is hard work AND heart work. Deal would not be Deal without the joy and unwavering commitment of our teachers. 

Students, do you want to join in the fun and celebrate our fantastic educators? See below for ways to show your appreciation throughout the week!

Monday | We Celebrate our All-Star Teachers

Wear sports gear to celebrate your All-Star Teachers

Wednesday | I Love My Teacher Because...

Write thank you cards or send emails to your favorite teachers

Friday | It's Such A Treat to Have You As My Teacher 

Bring a special treat for your special teacher

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 (May 6, 2019)

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

Mark Your Calendar! 

May 6th - May 10th | Teacher Appreciation Week 

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 PARCC Testing

With 6th grade PARCC testing right around the corner, help your student feel prepared by spending some time in the PARCC platform. Students can access PARCC practice tests for ELA and Math by logging onto Clever and selecting the PARCC Practice Button. Practicing with the online tools and PARCC items will help build confidence before testing begins on May 15th.

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


Attention 8th grade parent! It's time to start thinking about the ever-popular 8th grade promotion dance and we need your help to make it a success! Parent volunteers are needed at the following times on June 11th:

Set-up: 12:45 - 6:00 pm

Chaperone: 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Clean-up: 9:00 pm until the end of the dance.

Please email michael.haller@dc.gov if you are available to help for any part of the fun!


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 were due to Ms. Travers by April 10. Here are copies of the registration form and course descriptions for your convenience. Deal Course Selection Form / Wilson 9th Grade Course Descriptions


Thursday, May 9, is the 8th Grade Smithsonian American Art Museum partnership reception from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (located at 8th and G Sts., NW).  Two students from each team will be sharing their works on stage. Parents, family members, and community members are invited to attend.  Light desserts will be shared in the museum's atrium after the presentations.  Each student swill receive their own copy of the team's published book.  Come celebrate and enjoy a great evening, after hours, in the museum!!!  The agenda is as follows:


6:30-6:40 | Welcome

6:40-7:15 | Student readings in the McEvoy Auditorium (accompanied by PowerPoint featuring the artwork of focus)

7:15-8:00 | Reception in the Kogod Courtyard (food and drink)

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

PARCC testing began on April 8th; our remaining students will test according to the following schedule: 8th grade: 5/3 - 5/14, and 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 May 6


Deal students now have free access to a research-based computer program called Reading Plus that can increase their reading speed, comprehension, and vocabulary in as little as four 15-minute sessions per week. The program is beneficial to all readers, from those struggling with comprehension to those reading far above grade level but wanting to increase their speed. Readers see results quickly, often increasing their reading rate within the first few weeks. Students earn prizes for completing Reading Plus lessons in raffles that happen three times every week, with prizes ranging from sweet treats to PS4 gift cards. Learn more at learn.readingplus.com, or just log in to Clever today and get started!  Questions? Email Ms. Peltason at joanna.peltason@dc.gov. 


We will be administering the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) to 7th grade students on Wednesday, May 8th at 2:33 pm.

The YRBS is a tool designed to monitor health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of mortality, morbidity and social problems among youth and adults in the U.S. The priority health-risk behaviors include: unintentional injuries and violence, sexual behaviors, alcohol and other drug use, tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, and inadequate physical activity. The data collection also monitors two health outcomes: obesity and asthma. Through the collection of reported data, the YRBS allows for local, national and, at times, international attention on trends in youth sexual behavior within the United States, including critical health events and progress over time. Information is attached and can be found at:


If you would like to opt your students out of the survey, please complete attached form and return to the homeroom teacher before his or her survey date. 


The application deadline for the National Junior Honor Society is May 20. All students who are applying can reach out to Ms. White, Ms. Monkou, Ms. Travers, Ms. Scott, Ms. Morin or Ms. Clark to review their application and provide feedback before May 20. Ms. White will have special office hours for application help on Tuesday's and Wednesday's from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm in room C117.


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/.


Sorry online sales are over, but you still can purchase your yearbook after school in the Welcome Center. The cost of the yearbook is $35.00 (cash, check, or money order). We have limited copies available so don't miss out. The power of a yearbook: it keeps the memories alive forever.


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


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.



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

DEAL ROCKS COMMUNITY DAYThank you, thank you, thank you to all the wonderful Deal students, families, staff and community members who made our 2nd Annual Community Day, May the Fourth Be With You, a smashing success. We were so impressed by the talent, support and creativity we saw this weekend. 
Here's a quick summary by the numbers: 7 amazing bands (5 kid bands, 2 adult bands) rocking out on the front steps of Deal, hundreds of plants, flowers and bags of mulch sold at the plant sale, dozens of cars washed, stacks of books sold, countless cool community service projects, more than $5500 raised for the ADCA, three great community business sponsors - Back to Rock, Broadbranch Market,The Rasevic Companies - 
and one amazing Community Day Chair, Deal mom Leslie Getzinger. Thanks to all. We also want to give a special shoutout to all our great student volunteers and their parents who stayed and volunteered themselves. And of course a huge thanks goes to the amazing Ms. Neal, Mr. Rottman,

Ms. Chambliss and the incredible custodial team. We can't wait to see you all next year!

WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED AT ALICE DEAL?CONSIDER JOINING ONE OF OUR TWO GREAT PARENT BOARDSThe Alice Deal Community Association & the LSAT Boards.Click here to learn more about what each of these Boards do and how you can help out.Fill out our interest form and come to an open house coffee at Deal on Thursday May 16 from 8 to 10 AM to learn more. Elections will be held in early June.You don't have to have a student at Deal right now to join either board or to come to the coffee open house. ADCA and LSAT positions are open to the parents of all rising 6th-8th graders for the 2019-2020 school year. Questions?  Email 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.

SUMMER TUTORING & EUREKA MATH ACCELERATION Chevy Chase Prep coaches students through successful school and college transitions all year around. This summer, we're pleased to offer Eureka Math 6 (a small class format), Math 7, Math 8, and Jump to Geometry (a small class format)! 
We have extensive experience with math acceleration, academic writing, standardized test preparation, and competitive school placements. Local references attest to our expertise, and to students' confidence and performance on standardized tests. We offer DCPS and family discounts, are Deal neighbors, and are 100 percent woman-owned.  Please visit us on the web at: chevychaseprep.com, and email us at chevychaseprep@gmail.com. Maggie RonkinFounding Owner202-670-7885

HELP US SAVE THE GREAT BARRIER REEF!The biggest living thing in the world is dying. The Great Barrier Reef! We have teamed up with 4ocean. Please help us save the reef,by limiting your usage of plastic! A couple of ways you can use less plastic is... 1-when you go to the supermarket, bring a bag so you won't have to use the plastic ones they offer. 2-use metal straws or none at all! And lastly, spread the word in every way you can!IF YOU WANT TO VISIT THE WEBSITE, HERE IS THE LINK:  https://4ocean.com/Rubi and Sarah(8th graders)

FIELD HOCKEY SUMMER CAMPS & CLINICSSTORM ACADEMY CLINICS begin Sunday, April 27! Clinics are open to all ages and skill levels and are on Sundays from 3-5pm at Madeira School. This is a great option for girls who want to play and improve, but don't have the time for club.  SUMMER CAMPS at Georgetown Visitation.  The first week (June 24-28th) is for less experienced players and the second week (July 22-26)  is a high school prep camp.   More info here!  https://www.tennistar.com/pages/index.cfm?siteid=19611 

WASHINGTON CAPITAL FC 2019/2020 TRYOUTS!Join us for the Washington Capital FC 2019/2020 Tryouts!Boys sessions will be held May 6-May 11.Girls sessions will be held May 13- May 18.
The full schedule and details can be found on our website.  https://capitalfc.org/tryouts All players MUST register online in advance of tryouts.Register Here
WCFC is one of the fastest growing clubs in the DMV. Our teams compete in National League, EDP & NCSL, and train in Washington, DC. We offer programs for boys and girls born between 2013-2001.

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 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

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

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.

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