Alice Deal Middle School

Think globally - Listen compassionately - Act inclusively  


The Weekly Bulletin 

deal modernized
Our school mission:
Alice Deal Middle School inspires excellence, curiosity, and compassion through intellectual and social engagement.

What we believe:
All members of the Deal community feel valued, connected, respected, and supported.
deal front        Ecology Field Trip

Principal's message: 

Our fourth and final advisory is upon us! Where third advisory was a straight shot all the way from January, the fourth advisory looks more like the second - lots of interruptions (Spring Break, PARCC) - but it is just as heavily weighted as the first three. Our students did a great job keeping their grades up for second advisory (and I believe for third as well) so let's see if we can make the final push just as successful. Keep in mind that we will have our usual support suspects - team tutoring, grit time at lunch, Saturday Academy, and individual teacher work - but your children will need to take advantage of these themselves.

As in every year, we see a spike in student behavior concerns in the spring. Two weeks ago, the ADCA had a very good speaker to address substance abuse concerns with students. We previously had a session on all things cyber - bullying, appropriate use of technology, and general Internet safety. These sessions were well-attended but not overwhelmingly full. Sometimes it might feel as a parent that we spend a lot of time worrying about scary things and less about all the good things in life, but I think that it does us well to be balanced in our approach. Frankly, our own memories of misbehavior in our schooling (not you, of course) pale in comparison to the complexity of challenges facing our kids. Here are a few things you should know about.

1) Some students still, very rarely, try to bring un-allowed substances to school. Recently, this has taken the form of buying a soda and mixing candy in the soda for discoloration, and then adding something else like cough syrup (already sweet) into the mix. Our security staff at each door makes students dispose of anything that is opened or already being imbibed - pour it out or throw it out. Like any substance abuse, when we hear of it we act on it. You might not hear about it, but since I personally take these seriously, I have very little tolerance. This is a lot harder to manage from home, but at the least make sure that your children are drinking what you want them to drink and are wise about other beverages. For example, a good rule is if you don't know what it is, don't drink it. Students should never pass drinks around - sodas, bottled water, milk - because it isn't sanitary on the face of it and one just has to be sure. A good family reminder will probably address any potential mistakes down the road.

2) My concern over smart phones continues to rise. Currently, 6 billion people have access to cellular technology, so the phones aren't going away. But we are still plagued by incredibly inappropriate use of a tool that allows us to photograph or write anything we want, send it to anyone we want, and then hide that fact at any time. I completely understand the parental need for a tool to keep in touch with a child; almost all of our lives would be that much more complicated without these. But like any tool, just handing this technology over to wonderful, impressionable, impulsive adolescents comes with great risks. We don't let 11-year-olds drive cars but we give them access to every single other human in the world via the internet. And our culture values individual privacy so much that many of us feel that we dare not intrude into this private world of our children. We couldn't be further from the truth - we are negligent when we don't manage the tool for them.

With regularity, a student will post something private or inappropriate. Without fail, this item will spread like wildfire to everyone they are in touch with. It might then be turned against them by someone who doesn't like them (no reasons are needed, this is middle school). We at school only hear about this when someone is hurt or offended, and then we do our best to act on it within the limits allowed to us. 

So what can you do?

a) You own the phone, you pay for the phone, you are responsible for your child: what happens on the Internet with your child should be something that you are in control of. That will look different from family to family, but please do not rely on good sense or wonderful community to stop every bad thing from happening.

b) Have a strong discussion with your child about the wonders and dangers of the Internet and instant communication. Our speaker from two weeks ago encouraged us to see the phone not as a gateway to evil but a tool for positive good; how we approach the technology frames how our students see it. There needs to be a dialogue in your family about the phone, about friends, about cyberbullying, about inappropriate images, about how to preserve privacy from non-parents, about many things. Keep this a regular conversation. Don't just hand them the keys to the car and wish them well.

Even though I write this, I still ask you to exercise reasonable caution in your approach. We know that almost all of our students would be aghast at either of these situations. It still is worthwhile to talk about them, and share your values and concerns with your kids. As with much in the world, a few difficult situations or struggling kids get a lot of attention. Remember that we are all working towards the same goals with many of the same values. We work hard to support what you do at home with your children/our students, and we continue to benefit from your support of our work.

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright (

NB. Thank you to the many families who came to the Chancellor's meeting on Monday last. The room was packed and there were many very exciting conversations. We were proud of two Deal 8th grade students, Samiyah and Kevin, who represented their whole school in the middle school version of a Chancellor engagement session on Monday as well!
DCPS Annual Enrollment 

All students must be enrolled  for the 2017-2018 school year by  June 14th.

Current 5th, 6th and 7th grader's  parents should bring their proof  of residency to the Deal Welcome  Center to complete the pre-printed enrollment  documents starting Monday, April 3rd.  Evening hours are  scheduled every  Thursday until 7  pm for families who are not able  to come to the school during the  day. 8th graders should take  their proof of residency to the  high school they will attend.

The required residency verification guidelines are Attached here.
Updates from the Alice Deal Community Association  (ADCA)
Happy April! Make sure to buy your mulch from us before April 15th! April 15th is also the last day to purchase well-wisher ads for our Hairspray cast! 
LAST CHANCE to Raise Your Paddle (to help Deal purchase additional laptops)!
If you were unable to attend our Gala or stay late enough to Raise the Paddle for additional laptops for our Deal students, you can still raise your paddle here! Also, you can purchase tickets to some of the parent parties and additional items, including a gift certificate to Hank's Oyster Bar or a date weekend at the Omni.

Alice Deal Mulch Sale!
Deadline to Purchase Your Mulch is April 15th!

Deal's first-ever mulch sale will run until April 15th! Purchase mulch, top-soil, and soil conditioner. All orders include free delivery and there is no minimum order! Plus, you can add a bag (or two) to your order and designate it for Tenleytown Main Street, the folks who help keep Alice Deal's neighborhood looking sharp!

Many thanks to Mark Rasevic and Rasevic Landscape Company for making this fundraiser possible.

Questions? Email:  
Product Choices for 2017 - Each $7
  • Double-Shredded Hardwood Mulch, 3 cu. ft. bag
  • Virginia Pine Bark & Fines Mulch, 3 cu. ft. bag
  • Shredded Pine Bark Mulch, 3 cu. ft. bag
  • Rappahannock (Mini Pine Nuggets) Mulch, 3 cu. ft. bag
  • Silver Dollar (Large Pine Nuggets) Mulch, 3 cu. ft. bag
  • Superfines (Pine Soil Conditioner), 40 lb. bag
  • Leafgro (Composted Leaf Soil Conditioner), 1.5 cu. ft. bag
  • Top Soil, 40 lb. bag

Hairspray Updates 
Calling Deal Students to Join our Hairspray Hair and Makeup Tech Crew!
Are you an aspiring makeup or style artist?  Are you interested in learning what it is like to be part of the backstage fun of a large-scale musical? We are searching for a few students to join our Hairspray hair and makeup tech crew! Please email amysuardi@gmail.comif you are interested !
Parent Volunteers are Still Needed!  
*   We're still looking for Parent Volunteers for particular jobs for the production. 
Please contact Amy ( ) or Beth ( ) if you can help.  Thank you!
Students are still in early rehearsals, but once we get into production and performance mode, we will need lots of help! Here are some larger jobs that we'd like to fill before things heat up:
  • Program ad designer - someone with graphic design skills to format and create "well-wisher" ads for the playbill
  • Hair stylists - two people willing to coordinate and liaison with the costume designer, plus others to help at performances
  • Make-up artists - pair with our co-coordinator to organize supplies and volunteers
  • DVD - someone to coordinate the videography, reproduction, and delivery
Please contact Amy ( or Beth ( if you can help.  Thank you!
How to be a Parent Sponsor 
Don't have time but would like to volunteer? Monetary donations help us purchase supplies such as scenery, costumes, make-up, and the cast party, as well as compensate the professionals who work hard to direct and design the musical. Any amount you can give is welcome and appreciated.
Because we are supported by the non-profit Alice Deal Community Association (ADCA), all donations are tax-deductible. Special thanks to ADCA co-treasurer, Carolyn Arpin, for creating our Hairspray store and online payment page.
Well-Wisher Ad Sales - Support Our Artists! 
If you want to surprise your student with a special high-five, you can buy a quarter-page ad or a 2-line "shout-out" in the Hairspray playbill. Three full-page spots are also available to businesses who want to reach a large, captive audience. For more information, see our  Program Ad Info Sheet  court esy of coordinator Sarah Zogby.
Don't delay- all text, images, and payments must be sent by April 15th. Click here to purchase your   well-wisher ad.
Important Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these upcoming ADCA and community events:
  • April 15th: Spring mulch sale ends
  • April 15th: Deadline to purchase well-wisher ads for students in Hairspray
  • May 5th and 6th: Hairspray Jr. - Deal Musical
As always, please contact Lori at if you have any questions or concerns.

The ADCA Board
Week of 
April 3, 2017
 Bell Schedule
Monday -Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates

April 3
Math LEAP Seminar; 3:30 - 4:45
Term 4 Begins 
April 4
Team Leaders (all) 
April 6
Speech and Debate Tournament, 3:30  
Staff vs Students Basketball; 3:30 - 4:30 
April 7
LSAT 7:30 
Deal Tour 9am 
Term 3 Marks due in Aspen 
April 8
EMOC, 9 am - noon
Saturday STARS, 9 am - noon
April 10
6th Grade Science Field Trip/Calleva Farm 
April 11
6th Grade Science Field Trip/ Calleva Farm
April 12
6th Grade Science Field Trip/ Calleva Farm
April 13
WTU Meeting; 3:30 in E200
ALT 3:30 
April 14
Term 3 Report Cards distributed 
6th Grade Science Field Trip/Calleva Farm 
April 17 - 21
No school for teachers and students
Spring Break 
April 25
Principal's Coffee - 9am
Team Leaders (Grade) 
WTU - Reno Room
April 27
6th Grade Spanish field trip to Gala Hispanic Theatre. 
Faculty Meeting - 3:30 
April 28
Deal Tour 9am
April 29
Saturday STARS; 9 - 12

May 1
Teacher Appreciation Week 
Math & ELA Leap Seminar,
3:30 - 4:45 pm 

May 2 
 Team Leaders(all)

May 4 
6th Grade Awards Ceremonies 
NTD, 3:30 pm

May 5
LSAT 7:30 am

May 10
ADCA Executive Board Meeting

May 11
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm
ALT, 3:30 pm
Speech and Debate Tournament, 3:30 pm 

May 12
Term 4 Midpoint
8th Grade Trip Gettysburg

May 16
Team Leaders (grade level)
Spring Concert, 6:30 pm 

May 18
PD Day,
No School for Student

May 19 
Parent Teacher Conference Day,
No School for Students

May 23
Principal's Coffee, 9 am
WTU, meeting

May 24
ADCA General Meeting, 6:30 pm

May 25
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

May 26
Deal Tour, 9 am

May 29
Memorial Day
No School 

International Baccalaureate Updates

During the month of May, students will be exploring Design principles through Science 6 and all world language courses. We need your help with some supplies to get this initiative off the ground. Ms. Law and the Science 6 team are requesting the following items: 

  • Glue guns w/glue sticks
  • tacky glue (wood glue)
  • sticky back foam sheets 
  • jumbo wood craft sticks
  • wood skill sticks (building popsicle sticks)
  • wood buttons (for car wheels)
  • mini solar panels
  • Legos
Donated items can be sent to Ms. Brown in C227 or Ms. Law in E101.

Deal Musical:  Hairspray
Rehearsal Schedule


Monday, April 3 
Scenes 1-7
Tracy, Edna, Wilbur, Prudy, Penny, Amber, Velma, Corny Collins, Corny Collins Council 
Members, Seaweed's Friends, Seaweed, Lil Inez, Link
Tuesday, April 4
Dance Review
You Can't Stop the Beat Aisle's and Audience: 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Group 4 - Good Morning Baltimore: 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Run and Tell That: 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Without Love: 4:45pm - 5:15pm
Cooties 5:15pm - 5:45pm
Nicest Kids in Town: 5:45pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday, April 5
Good Morning, Baltimore: 3:30pm-6:30pm
Tracy, Groups 1, 2, and 3 
Thursday, April 6
You Can't Stop the Beat: 3:15pm - 6:00pm
Tracy, Link, Seaweeds Friends (plus anyone we added to come from the aisle), Lil Inez, 
Council Members, Corny Dancers, Penny, Dynamites 
Welcome to the 60s: 6:00pm - 7:00pm 
60s Ensemble, Tracy, Dynamites, Pinky Staff, Pinky, Edna 
Friday, April 7
Amber: 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Edna and Wilbur: 3:45pm - 4:45pm
You Can't Stop the Beat Soloists: 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Without Love Soloists: 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Link: 6:00pm - 6:15pm
Tracy: 6:15pm - 6:30pm

The MOST affordable sports camp in DC! Hurry, early bird pricing ends  April 1st! Sibling and multiple week discounts available as well. 

Deal is Hiring!
Deal is growing! As our enrollment increases, so does our need for remarkable, dedicated educators. Deal will add two teams next year and will have a number of positions available for the 2017-2018 school year. Talented, engaging teachers are encouraged to apply!
 Deal is currently interviewing candidates for English, math, science, social studies, arts (music, visual, dance, or theater), Arabic, and Spanish. If you or someone you know has what it takes to lead the best kids in DC, visit our website to apply

We know that some of our best teachers come from referrals from our community and staff. Please consider spreading the word to talented teachers in your conversations and social media posts. Our students deserve the best and Deal is a great place to teach! 
Media Center  News

The Deal Library will be closed after school Wednesday-Friday this week.
Center Hours
B efore School 8:00 - 8:40 am
  After School  3:30 - 4:30 pm

 Students are welcome for independent reading and homework. Please review the expectations and complete the permission slip available in the Library or on our website  Alice Deal Library Pass .

Alice Deal 

Have you lost something during the school day? Check out the lost and found section of the website ( for photos of items found in common areas at Deal, including in the cafeteria, field, and gallery. Lost items will be kept for approximately two weeks before they are donated. To claim an item, please ask a staff member in the cafeteria to guide you to the lost-and-found.
We make an effort to identify labeled items and make announcements for students to pick these up in the Welcome Center. Please help us by putting your full name on all lunch boxes, back-packs, and other items you bring to school on a regular basis.

Don't see what you've lost? Most classrooms have individual lost-and-found areas. Consider checking in with your teachers. You can also stop by the lost-and- found in the cafeteria as not all items may be pictured.
Bus Information
The D31 morning trip times were adjusted effective Monday December 5th, 2016. 
One trip will begin 10 minutes earlier, departing 16th Street & Eastern Avenue at  7:26 AM, to arrive at Deal approximately  8:15 AM.  The second trip will remain unchanged, departing 16th Street & Eastern Avenue at  7:36 AM.
Here is a link to the bus route schedule.

If an issue occurs with your designated school transit service, please contact the number below:

Bus Operations
(202) 962-1825
As always, please send an email about bus problems or concerns to 

DCPS Attendance Protocol and Policy: Things to Remember
Important: please provide a note for any absence as soon as possible (day of or soon after) to The note can be emailed to or brought to the attendance office next to the school entrance. Or you can complete the attach attendance link to excuse absences. It is also suggested that you email your child's teachers so that they can plan accordingly.

Students must submit a note from their parents to be excused from being absent from school. DCPS' list of reasons an absence can be excused are limited to:
  • Death in the family
  • Illness (doctor's note must be provided for absences that exceed 5 days)
  • Medical appointment
  • Emergency
  • Religious holiday
  • Court summons
  • School activities (DCPS sponsored sports events, academic activities etc.)
  • School visit (tours, interviews, etc.)
If you have any questions or concerns more, please contact our Attendance Office at
or by calling (202) 939-2010.

8th Grade Corner
Wilson HS Course Selection
Wilson High School will visit Deal on Monday, April 3rd for an assembly during 1st period. Selection of courses will take place in homerooms between April 4th and April 7th. Ms. Humphrey and Ms. Travers will visit homerooms to answer questions and help students fill out forms. Students will have the opportunity to take forms home to discuss their options before they are submitted to Wilson.

8th Grade Dance Help
Attention 8th grade parents! It's time to start thining 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 12th:

Set-up: 12:45 - 6:00 pm
Chaperone: 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Clean-up: 9:00pm until the end of the dance. 

Please email if you are available to help for any part of the fun! 
8th Grade Promotion Dates 
Mark your calendars now! The end of the year is a busy time for our 8th graders and we have confirmed dates for all the fun:
  • Kings Dominion Trip - June 9th
  • Promotion Practice - June 12th
  • 8th Grade Dance - June 12th
  • Promotion - June 13th
This year's promotion will take place at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium on Tuesday, June 13th at 10:00 am. Due to space constraints, each student will be given two guest tickets. More information about payment, tickets, and logistics will be shared in a letter and the "8th Grade Corner" in the coming weeks. We look forward to sharing this special time with our biggest, wisest Vikings!

8th Grade Team Texts
Sign up for team-specific texts for community project, field trips, and other information using Remind 101. Signing up is optional, but this is a good way for students and families to stay connected via text when your email inbox is overflowing!  
Community Project Updates
What happened this week?
Our second set of supervisor meetings took place this week. Students should ha ve documented their meeting notes in process journal #4. Students on teams Kigali, Oslo, and Accra also completed a letter about their project to take home to parents. Please sign and return this letter to your students homeroom teacher. 

What's next?
Students should begin completing their projects. Whatever their plan, students should complete their project by mid-May or sooner.

What's needed? 
If you haven't already discussed what activity your student will be completing, now's the time to ask. Students continue to need guidance for their projects, so please assist them with making phone calls to the organizations or people they would like to serve. 

Also,  if you have resources that students may benefit from or connections to organizations that can use some help, please contact me at 

High School Applications 
Eighth grade students applying to high schools will likely need transcripts and letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, and admin at Deal. Here are a few tips to ensure the process goes smoothly for students and staff:

Requesting a Transcript 
Many applications will ask for a transcript or school records. Requests should be sent to Ms. Humphrey ( in writing at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline. If your student applies to

High School Open Houses and Interviews
High school visits and interviews are awesome opportunities to learn about your options for next year and an excused absence for 8th grade students. Take advantage of these open houses to find your p erfect match!

Contact Information
Do you have compliments, questions or comments? Let the 8th grade team know:

Ms. Outten - Dean of Students
Mr. Boccardi - Social Worker

Ms. Humphrey - Counselor

Ms. Travers - Counselor

Mr. Rottman - Assistant Principal
Student & Parent Information
New: Lost & Found Spring Refresh
Lost and found clothing will be on display in the Gallery during the lunch periods early next week. Images of items will also be posted to Instagram. Please check for your hats, gloves, coats, jackets, and sweaters. Items that are unclaimed by Friday, April 7th will be donated.

New: Edline - Advisory Change
All fourth-advisory classes are now active on Edline. Classes for third advisory will remain active this week while teachers work on record keeping. The final update for the 3rd advisory will take place on Monday, April 3rd.

New: 8th Grade Updates 
This is a busy time of year for 8th graders! Please check out the "8th Grade Corner" and "Community Project" sections of the bulletin (below) for important updates on promotion activities and ongoing 8th grade Community Projects.

New: Student Vs. Staff Basketball Game 
The number of trophies in the halls of Deal will tell you that our students are pretty solid athletes... but are they good enough to beat the Deal Dream Team? Find out this Thursday at 3:30 in the gym as Deal holds its annual students vs. staff basketball game!

New: Congratulations Team Accra 
Team Accra students won the 8th grade Battle of the Teams (spirit week) with their impressive participation, donations, and door decorating! To celebrate their victory, Team Accra students will enjoy a pizza party in the multipurpose room during the lunch period this Friday. Congratulations! 

Parent School Climate Survey
The National Institute of Justice and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) are conducting a study of school climate. The purpose of the study is to assist schools in the implementation of programs to enhance and improve school culture and climate. We are asking members of the Deal community to participate in the process by completing an online survey.
Parents\Guardians, we would like you to use the link below to take the online survey. The questions will ask for your thoughts about student engagement, school environment, and school safety. Thank you! Take the Parent Survey Here

Middle School Writing Competition 
The 29th "Celebration of Youth" essay contest is open to all DCPS students in grades 4 to 9.  The theme this year is about a situation in the student's own life that the student wants to be different; the student is asked to select and take a small action on a consistent basis to make the situation better for him/her self. Essays are due by 6:00 pm on May 1st. Cash Awards will be given to 60+ students across the city. This opportunity is sponsored by Global Harmony Through Personal Excellence, a local nonprofit in Washington, DC.  Visit their website or download the attachment to get the complete set of guidelines for the contest. For questions, email Dorothea Brady at  

DCPS Summer Learning 2017
Summer Learning 2017 is open to all current Kindergarten through 8th grade students (rising 1st through 9th grade students) and takes place from June 26th - July 28th. Students at Deal will attend Brightwood EC for Summer Learning. Registration for Summer Learning is open online. More information, including summer course descriptions, can be found at this link and flyer. Information on all DCPS summer programs can be found at 
March is Women's History Month!
Girl Up will highlight women who made contributions to our world every day in the morning announcements. Keep your ears open to learn more about how women have shaped the world!
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honors Society (NJHS) is an opportunity for middle school students to be recognized for their excellence in scholarship, service to community, and character. To participate, students must be in the 7th or 8th grade and meet the following criteria to be eligible for induction into the Deal Chapter of NJHS:

-Maintain A's or B's in all classes through the 3rd Advisory
-Complete 10 hours of community service
-Participation in a school club or activity

Evidence of these requirements will be submitted with a National Junior Honor Society Application after the 3rd Advisory on April 28th. Applications will be shared with all eligible students in March. If you have any questions about NJHS Eligibility, please reach out to Mark LaLonde ( or Eunice Humphrey (

Peer Mediation
Peer mediation is a process of conflict resolution in which trained student mediator assists disputants to discuss and resolve their conflict. Mediation is available at Deal for student disputes on a referral basis. If students have a conflict or want to let someone know about a potential conflict situation, there are two ways to refer the issue:
1. Any student or adult may fill out the blue Mediation Referral form found in Ms. White's mailbox in the Welcome Center and in each of the grade level counselor offices.
2.  Students may also talk to a trusted adult who will refer the matter to one of the grade level counselors.
It is important to note that mediation referrals can be submitted anonymously. This means that those referring others for mediation can do so without putting their name on the form. 
Deal Gives Back
Deal Gives Back is our annual community service  day in which all Deal students and teachers serve our local community. Deal is looking for new activities and ideas for this year's sixth grade students. If you are a part of an organization or know of one that can use student volunteers, please contact Deal Gives Back will take place  Wednesday, June 7th.
If you need support with your Edline account or have questions about the system, please email
Follow Us on Twitter! 
Be sure to follow @DealVikings on Twitter for a glimpse in to the daily life of Deal students and all the latest news. Don't forget to tag us when you mention your favorite Deal moments! 
Community Project 

With every 8th grade student completing a Community Project this year, there will be many requests for donations of supplies, toiletries, food, sporting goods, and various other items. Thank you for your support of our young community leaders as they find ways to improve the world around them! Here are some of the ways students hope to help others:

Delanie and Francesca are looking for donations for their IB project. They are collecting ALL items for animals, especially cats and dogs at the DC Humane Societey (clothes, toys, food, treats, blankets, shampoo, etc). Donations should be brought to room C322 during the month of April. 

My name is Spencer! My friends Caleb, Robert, and Lefa are working on the 8th grade community project. Our project topic is participating actively.  Our goal is to gather 100 shoes for donation to a foundation that provides things for people in need. My group and I need your help to reach this goal. We will be accepting donations in front of the Welcome Center from  April 3rd to April 25th
8th grade students Emily and Lily are partnering with Leveling the Playing Field to run a used sporting equipment collection drive at Deal. LPF relies on used/excess sports donations from local communities to engage underprivileged children in the DMV. Clean out your garages and clear the yard of used sporting equipment so that kids who are less fortunate are able to enjoy them! See the list of accepted equipment and drop off your equipment in the LPF bin in front of the Welcome Center.  The collection will run during the month of April 

Pictures of our students meeting with their Community Project supervisors last week!

6th Grade Corner

Final Saturday for Saturday STARS
The final Saturday STARS session will take place this Saturday.  Our focus on Saturday, April 8 will be math!  Our celebration activity will take place at 11:30 am.

Both the 6th grade EMOC - MOY and the 7th & 8th grade EMOC - Rites of Passage Programs will take place on Saturday, April 8. 6th graders should report at 9:00 am.  6th grade parents are asked to join us at 11:00 am for a special presentation.  7th and 8th Graders should report to Deal at 10:00 am.  The bus to Dave & Busters will leave by 10:30.  Students will return to Deal by 1:30.

School House Rock Rehearsal Schedule
(All rehearsals will take place in the multi-purpose room.)

Monday - 3:15-5

Tuesday - 3:15-5

Wednesday - 3:15- 5:15
Preamble 3:15-4:25
Circulation 4:25-5:15

Thursday - 3:15- 5:15
Adjectives 3:15-4:25
I'm Just a Bill 4:25-5:15

Friday - 3:15-5

6th Grade Spirit Week

Random Acts of Kindness
Next week  during sixth grade spirit week we will kick off our Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Initiative. March has been a long month and as the weather warms, we would like to ask kids to pay attention to the kindness around them everyday. During the month of April, we are asking sixth grade students and teachers to give a shout-out to anyone who has done something randomly kind for them. The names of the students who receive the shout-out will appear on stars on the wall above their team's main locker location. Each sixth grade teacher will be given a stack of shout-out sheets for students or teachers to write briefly about their RAK encounter.

Dress Up Days
Monday - Deal Gear
Tuesday - Twin Day
Wednesday - Decades Day
Thursday - Sports Day
Friday - Team Colors (Marrakesh - green; Colombo - yellow; Nassau - blue;and Douala - red)

Activity Period on Thursday
6th graders will return to homeroom after 7th period. Once an announcement is made, homerooms will be escorted to the gymnasium for the following activities:

Part 1 - a brief basket ball tournament- two half court games at a time for five minutes, winners will play against each other for 1st and 2nd, and teams that don't win will play for 3rd and 4th.

Part 2 - After the games, we will have a lip sync battle! We will have three performances, about one minute long,  from each team. There can be multiple students in each group. The three best groups from each team will be chosen to perform.

Part 3 - It's a surprise!!

HOMEgirls Homework Club
Does your daughter, niece, or granddaughter need help catching up on past assignments? Does she have an NTI or two in Edline? Or, is she in need of a quiet, supportive place to complete the day's homework assignments? If so, the HOMEgirls Homework Club is the place for her! Girls will work on current and missing assignments, and receive organizational strategies and study tips! HOMEgirls will meet in Room C116 every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

Calleva Farm Science Field Trip
6th grade students will head to Calleva Farm the week of April 10th - 14th. Team Marrakesh will go 4/10, Team Colombo 4/11, Team Nassau 4/12, and Team Douala 4/14. Please submit Calleva permission slip and $10 (cash) to your science teacher. Check your team newsletter for specifics. Here is the link for the online waiver, the School Group ID is "2017 Alice Deal 6th Farm Day". 

6th Grade Team Meetings
Douala - Monday
Nassau - Wednesday
Colombo - Wednesday
Marrakesh - Monday 
Contact Information
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?

Ms. Chambliss - Dean of Students

Ms. White - Counselor

Ms. Buchanan - Social Worker

Ms. Neal - Assistant Principal

7th Grade Corner

Digital Footprints
This month, 7 th grade students are learning about digital footprints through guidance lessons. A digital footprint is a trail of information that exists on the internet as a result of a person's online activity.  Filling out a form, comments on social media, sending an email to a friend, posting a photo or even the simple act of visiting a website or using a search engine leaves a digital footprint.
It is important to talk to your students about the benefits and harm digital footprints can have on their reputation and image. Information currently shared online can impact future opportunities. These opportunities include applying to high school, college, or jobs 
Have students consider: "How do I want people to see me, now and in the future? Am I doing a good job of conveying a positive image through my online actions and communications?"
The following are 5 tips for maintaining a more positive digital footprint:
1.     Use Privacy Settings
2.     Keep A List of Accounts
3.     Don't Overshare (keep private information private)
4.     Sending Is Like Publishing-Forever
5.     Your Online Persona Should Reflect Your Offline Persona
Contact Information
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?

Mr. Lalonde - Dean of Students

Ms. Monkou - Counselor

Ms. DeAngelis - Social Worker

Mrs. Stallworth - Assistant Principal
This Week at Deal
Monday: NHD Citywide meeting
There will be a NHD Citywide meeting on Monday at GRIT in E205 to go over logistics and Q&A. All students participating in Citywide should have received an email from Missy McNatt or Taylor Horst with logistics for their category. Please pay attention to these details. If students haven't received this email, please email .
Monday: After School Outdoor Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, April 3rd at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the Cottage. Dress for cold weather! In the event of poor weather, we will meet with Mr. Namian in C217.
Monday: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet on Monday, April 3rd at 3:15 pm! We will host a Bake Sale in front of the school so don't forget to bring your baked goods! We will also host a Bake Sale on Tuesday afternoon. All proceeds will go towards Girl Up empowerment programs in East Africa. See you ladies there!
Monday: Tennis Club
Attention tennis players, spring is here and tennis club will resume this week! On Monday, we will meet in room W201 and leave for the tennis courts at Fort Reno promptly at 3:30 pm. We will play until 4:30
pm and dismiss from the courts. Bring a racket if you have one and wear appropriate shoes. Looking forward to seeing everyone again!
Tuesday: Deal Ultimate Frisbee!
The Ultimate Frisbee club will practice this Tuesday, April 4th after school from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. New and returning players are welcome to participate and should come to Mr. Martini's room (W104) after school. 
Tuesday: GeoPlunge!
All 6th graders (new and returning) interested in GeoPlunge will meet every Tuesday during GRIT time in Mr. Martini's room (W104). We will prepare for the Spring tournament.
Wednesday: Model UN 
ADMUN will have a chair meeting this Wednesday, April 5th at 8:10 am in E205, but will not meet after school. Our next meeting will be April 12th. 

Deal Athletics
Fall Sports: Girls Volleyball, Football, Cross Country and Cheerleading.
Winter Sports: Indoor Track, Basketball and Cheerleading.
Spring Sports: Softball, Baseball, Outdoor Track and Soccer

Mandatory Athletics Forms
Students must submit all necessary forms before they can try out, practice, or play with any Deal team. Please submit all completed forms to your athlete's coach or Coach Downing:
If, for any other reason, you are unable to register your child on rankonesport, you can do one of the following: 1. download and print the required forms from the rankone website, 2. pick up hard copies from the Welcome Center at Deal, or 3. print them from (student life > athletics).

Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Thursday: Practice, 3:45 - 6:00 pm

Softball Practice
Days:  Monday, April 3rd - Thursday, April 6th
Time:  3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Please bring clothing to practice inside or outside, depending on the weather.

Upcoming Games
- Deal vs. Walker-Jones
  Wednesday, April 26th at 4:00 pm at Walker-Jones
- Deal vs. Hardy
  Friday, April 28th at 4:00 pm at Deal

Outdoor Track
Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30, meet in gym
Wednesday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30, meet in gym
Boys Soccer:
Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Girls Soccer
Monday: Deal vs. Lincoln at Randall at 3:30 pm
Wednesday: Practice at 3:30 pm
Monday: Practice, 6:45 - 8:00 am, Squad A
Wednesday: Practice, 3:30 - 6:00 pm, squad A
Thursday: Practice, 6:45 - 8:00 am, squad A

Winners Lacrosse
Monday: Girls Practice,  6:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday: Boys Practice,  6:00 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday: Girls & Boys Practice, 
6:00 - 7:30 pm 

Club/ Activity
Girl Up Club
Huber/ Massaquoi
Mentoring young girls, helping them get through their day-to-day
3:30 - 4:30
Concert Choir
Classical Music Choir
7:45 - 8:30
Pen pals
Dziato/ Parish
Get to know another middle school half way across the world in Singapore. You will send your pen pal letter, emails and even video messages.
3:30 - 4:30
ELA Peer Tutoring
ELA Peer Tutoring
3:30 - 4:30
After School Outdoor Basketball Club
All are welcome to participate in Mr. Namian's Outdoor After School Basketball Club. Girls, boys, players grades 6-8, novices/experts. If you like the greatest game ever invented, then this is the club for you! After an hour of supervised pickup, each session culminates with Mr. Namian's famous wild half court shootout for Gatorades.
3:30 - 4:30
Science Fair Help
7th and 8th Grade Science Fair Help
3:30 - 4:30
Jazz/Popular Music Vocal Group
3:30 - 5:00
Peer Mediation
Students in all grades learning how to help their peers resolve conflict in a peaceful way. Club members will mediate disputes that have been referred by staff and students throughout the school year.
3:30 - 4:30
Kim, Giron
Come design shoes! Learn about how you can customize your own pair.
3:30 - 4:30
Student Council
Governing student body at ADMS
3:30 - 4:30
Reno Room
Trading Card Games
Students play trading card games of their choosing (Pokemon, Magic, etc.)
3:30 - 4:30
Tennis club is a casual weekly gathering for those interested in the sport. A typical day involves 15-20 minutes of drills to improve skill, followed by 20-30 minutes of friendly competition. Depending on the amount of interest, the club may split into 2 groups based on skill level. The club typically breaks during the winter. Tennis shoes are required, a racket is recommended, and I will provide tennis balls.
3:30 - 4:30
Culture Club
The Culture Club will explore and celebrate different countries/cultures from across the world each week with pictures, videos, food, etc.
3:30 - 4:30
Students will practice their public speaking skills and work towards practicing for competitions.
3:30 - 4:30
ELL Homework Club
Homework Assistance, guidance
3:30 - 4:30
Girl Up
Since 2010, Girl Up has partnered with the United Nations to support programs that give girls an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities, and a life free from violence.
3:30 - 4:30
E 307
Apples To Apples Kids
Come join Mr. Boccardi and play Apples. Apples to Apples is a fun games that requires you to make whacky comparison based on your opponents personality and character.
3:30 - 4:30
Brainteaser Club
Come stretch your brain with logic puzzles, optical illusions, and visual workouts. This club will be a break from homework, but will still make you think!
3:30 - 4:20
Yoga club
Little yogis will learn the basics of yoga and functional movement.
3:30 - 4:15
In this club, students will discuss the "real questions"... what is the meaning of life, etc.
3:30 - 4:30
Banana Splits
A safe place for students with divorced parents to come and express feelings and engage in fun activities
3:30 - 4:30
The Stock Market Game
The Stock Market Game curriculum, lessons, and activities combine content knowledge, critical thinking, research, and analytical skills in a real-world simulation.
3:30 - 4:30
Baxter/ Clark
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
3:30 - 5:30
Chess Club
Students will learn to play chess.
3:30 - 4:30
Peer Mediation
Submitted previously
3:30 - 4:30
International Cinema
Students meet for snacks and an international film viewing
3:30 - 4:30
Scrabble Club
Compete against one another in the game of Scrabble. For serious player or those looking to have fun.
Student Librarians
If you love organizing and helping your classmates, consider becoming a student librarian! Choose a day to come after school to help with shelving, organizing, and assisting your fellow students.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Today, Tomorrow and Monday!
A group of seventh graders have requested an opportunity to explore current events and how they impact upon a middle schooler's today and tomorrow!  Of course, in line with the club's name, will meet on Monday at 3:30 in room W206
Student Librarians
Working in the media center.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Students will practice their public speaking skills and work towards practicing for competitions.
T 3:30-4:30
Ultimate Frisbee
Kouri/ Martini
The Ultimate Frisbee club is open to all levels of experience. Players will practice offensive and defensive strategies, learn different throwing techniques, and embody the spirit of the game through sportsmanship.
3:30 - 4:30
Sailing Club
Rottman /Law/ Philip
This seasonal club is a great chance for students to go sailing in DC! Sign ups are in the bulletin, students can come as much or as little as they like, and no experience is necessary.
3:00 - 7:00
Concert Band
van der Horst
Concert Band is a performing ensemble open to all students who play a wind or percussion instrument. There will be performance opportunities outside school hours.
7:45 - 8:00
Jazz Band
van der Horst
A traditional jazz ensemble open to students with at least one year experience on their instrument. An audition is required.
3:30 - 4:30
Do It Yourself (D.I.Y) Club
Get together to create projects from a variety of old and new items to create something fun and useful.
3:30 - 4:30
Power Walking Club
Power Walking Club is perfect for Vikings who want to exercise and stay healthy throughout the school year!
3:30 - 4:00
Pause devoirs
French homework help.
3:30 - 4:00
Scrabble Club
Compete against one another in the game of Scrabble. For serious player or those looking to have fun.
3:30 - 4:30
GeoPlunge! (6th grade)
All 6th graders are invited to play GeoPlunge - a fun card game played using cards with facts and trivia about the 50 states!
6th Gr Lunch
Inspiration Choir
After-School choir that will sing uplifting and inspiring music.
3:30 - 4:30
Creative Writing
Students will write short screenplays, short stories, and poetry with special focus on enhanced description, structure, and plot development.
3:30 - 4:30
Concert Choir
Classical Music Choir
7:45 - 8:30
Student Librarians
Working in media center.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Concert Band
Van der Horst
Concert Band is a performing ensemble open to all students who play a wind or percussion instrument. There will be performance opportunities outside school hours.
7:45 - 8:00
Students will work throughout the year to produce the 2016-2017 ADMS Yearbook! Students will take photos, organize layouts and write descriptions for the yearbook!
3:30 - 4:30
Reading Support Club
Gain confidence in reading and join our reading support club!
3:30 - 4:30
Model UN
Students will discuss global current events, work on Model UN Skills, and participate in MUN Conferences. This club is for 7th and 8th grade students, or 6th grade students with experience.
3:30 - 4:30
Girls Soccer (Spring '17)
DCIAA Spring soccer league
3:30 - 5:00
Girl Talk
Fullington/ Humphrey
Girl Talk will be designed to provide educational and recreational experiences through positive social interactions, peer mentoring, and teamwork and life skills development.
3:30 - 4:30
Sports Rap
In Sports Rap, students will engage in socratic seminar type discussions, debating the major issues in the sports world. Students will also view and discuss current highlights from major sporting events. A fun activity for the serious sports fan!
3:30 - 4:30
Coloring Club
Do you love to color? Adult coloring is growing in popularity. According to CNN, coloring "has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness," Whether you want to reduce stress or just enjoy coloring, come join coloring club!
3:30 - 4:30
Math HW Club
Lewis - Samuels
The Math HW Club is designed to assist 6th grade math students to complete their math homework in a setting with a math specialist. Students will work at their pace to develop skills and confidence to improve their math performance.
3:30 - 4:30
Robotics Club
Students will have an opportunity to design, build, and program devices and robots to accomplish simple and complex tasks.
3:30 - 4:30
Girl Talk
A club where girls can share middle school adventures. Some topics will include fashion, academics, future goals and more.
3:30 - 4:30
Book Club
Begins second semester. Welcome readers!! Book club will meet once a week to discuss a book we are all reading independently.
3:30 - 4:15
Science Olympiad
Students involved in this club need to commit to practicing. This is a science team competition
3:30 - 4:15
Student Librarians
Working in media center.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
3:30 - 5:30
8th Gr. Anime Club in C212
Students will enjoy in healthy debates about anime while reviewing age-appropriate cinema and eating snacks. Open to 8th graders.
3:30 - 5:00
Jazz Band
van der Horst
A traditional jazz ensemble open to students with at least one year experience on their instrument. An audition is required.
3:30 - 4:30
Concert Choir
Classical Music Choir
7:45 - 8:30
Concert Band
van der Horst
Concern band practice.
7:45 - 8:00
Guitar Club
Come and play guitar with your friends; learn from each other!
3:30 - 4:30
7th Gr. Comic Book Club in C212
Students will participate in healthy debates about comic books and superheroes while eating pizza and watching animated superhero shows and film.
3:30 - 5:00
East Asia Studies
If you love Asian culture and would like to learn more this is the club for you. We watch Korean or Japanese films and we discuss their culture.
3:30 - 4:30
Students can gather to discuss their favorite video games, which Pokémon they just caught on Pokémon Go, and more.
3:30 - 4:30
Football, Girls Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse
3:30 - 5:30
Dr. Steve Science Journal Club
Read and discuss current events in the field of science. Dr. Steve, who spent his career developing vaccines at NIH, leads discussions.
3:15 - 4:15
Passport to History
8th grade students can accompany Ms. Daniels to sites around the city for their Passport to History project.
3:30 - 5:00
In this club, students will understand the key principles of digital photography and the post production techniques. We will also be taking a lot of photographs.
3:30 - 4:30
3:30 - 4:30

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.comwith submission requests.

Wilson Crew Plant Sale 
Spring is here, and that means it's time for the Wilson Crew plant sale! Purchase beautiful flowering plants and herbs while lending your support to the only public school rowing program in Washington, DC. 
Ordering on-line is easy! Go to and click the "plant sale" tab, then begin shopping. PLEASE NOTE: You must enter a Rower Coupon Code in order for a particular rower to get fundraising credit for your order. You may also click "any rower" to support the whole team.
Thank you for supporting Wilson Crew, and happy spring!!
Mental Health Awareness Day
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated will host a Mental Health Awareness Day on April 8 from 2 pm- 5 pm at the Kingsbury Center 5000 14th Street NW Wash, DC 20011. Join together as we explore the impact of mental health on youth using dance, music, and other artistic forms of expression. Everyone's life is worth living! Please the attached flyers for move information.  Mental Health Awareness Day Flyer  Mental Health Impact Day Press Release

Summer Opportunity for Community Service and Leadership Growth
Spark the Wave is an organization that encourages young people to become leaders within their communities. Wave Week is a Service Leadership Institute for youth which takes place in the summer. Wave Week offers an intensive program of leadership development, community service, team building activities and fun. During this week, participants will plan their own community service projects and gain the leadership skills necessary to implement these projects. Both residential and commuter options are available at Georgetown University and at Villanova University. This summer program is open to students in grades 6-11. For more information or to register please visit 

Field Hockey Clinic-FREE!
Are you interested in learning how to play field hockey? Come to a free clinic run by three Wilson field hockey players on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 9am-noon at Deal. Open to all 6-8th graders at any skill level! Contact us at if you are interested. Hope to see you there!  
Opportunities for Tweens and Teens at the Camp @ Cleveland Park
The Camp @ Cleveland Park Club offers weekly sessions from June 19 to August 11 for campers ages 4.5-10, counselors-in-training ages 11-12, and counselors ages 13+. Fun and educational projects vary with weekly themes and a portion of each day includes free swim in the Club's outdoor pool. Counselors-in-training (CIT's) experience the fun of summer camp while also taking on new responsibilities. CIT's are mentored by teenage counselors and adult staff, learning team cooperation, responsibility and motivation. For young teens, counselor positions are available week-to-week and entail more training and responsibility.
Summer Youth Sailing with DC Sail
DC Sail offers youth racing programs in the spring and fall for high school and middle school students from the DC area. Students do not need prior sailing experience to participate as learning is part of the fun! Scholarships are available for families with a demonstrated need.
Click here for more information and to sign up for the spring season.
Kids Elite Sports Summer Camp 
It's that time again to be thinking about camp even though the weather is freezing!  Kids Elite Sports Summer Camp is a multi-style camp that takes place at Wilson High School.  The camp was created by Wilson Track Coach, Desmond Dunham, who is a warm, friendly, thoughtful educator who gets kids and knows how to engage and motivate them. A total of 8, 1 week sessions are offered starting June 19th and ending August 11th.  More information can be found at