Alice Deal Middle School

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The Weekly Bulletin 

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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.
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Principal's message: 

Good evening. With two weeks to go in the advisory, the Deal academic community is focused on making sure students get the instruction, the reteaching opportunities, and the support to demonstrate their learning. Keeping in mind that all grades are indicators of student progress - rather than a measure of who they are going to be as adults - they should be understood as a tool, rather than the goal. What does this mean?

DCPS has a standards-based curriculum for each of its subjects for each of your child's years. This includes materials, a scope and sequence of learning, and specific elements to demonstrate that progress is being made. Around this curriculum, Deal provides IB-based units, classwork, homework, and teacher-developed assessments, all implemented through daily lesson plans. At Deal, teachers who teach the same subject align all of their work and assessments throughout the year. 

These are many of the tools that we use to provide instruction. The student's responsibility in all of this is to be open to being engaged in class each day - that is when classwork is provided. The student should also do homework when homework is assigned - that sets up the instruction for the next day. Finally, the student should be prepared to bring all of her or his work together in formative or summative assessments, provided regularly. When a student feels that they didn't show what they think they are capable of in an IB assessment, then after a discussion with the teacher and some reteaching, there are opportunities for them to try to show what they know again.

And then there are the tools that require the student to stretch out. GRIT - lunchtime support - can be had most school days, but must be discussed with teachers and used effectively - there are only about 25 minutes each session. If your child says that they are going to GRIT each day, then ask them what they were able to get done each day. After-school time with teachers and formal team tutoring are more established opportunities; parents should also ask what is being accomplished in these important settings. Finally, Saturday Academy runs three to four times an advisory and helps students make up critical assignments or get some additional instruction. These run from 9 to 12 on announced Saturdays and are invaluable for some significant teacher-student time. If this is a necessary option, the wisest course is to take it!

The last part of the puzzle involves parents and guardians finding the right balance between attention to student performance and supporting young learners. Edline is for families to review and discuss - probably on an agreed-to schedule - and to therefore keep up with general progress. It allows families to note missed work or to have discussions around trends, growth, and struggles. At the same time, letting schoolwork become a primary stress in a family relationship isn't healthy. Almost every child wants to do well and every parent wants them to do well - and every teacher wants them to do well as well! It makes sense to figure out what are the practical and emotional challenges that might be interrupting a string of successes - and then approach their solution with steady support, love, and solid direction. Remember, one of the goals of school is to learn how to do school.

While there are many worthwhile events coming up, I want to highlight High School Night this Wednesday. Please bring your 8th grader along to this prime opportunity to hear from students at many of the schools that are available in DCPS for them. Many families come to HS Night to meet the school and then follow up with Open Houses and school visits. There is a lot that goes into this decision - so be sure to show up to get the ball rolling. Applications will be due sooner than you realize and making sure your 8th grader knows you are interested in this choice will get them off to a good start.

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright ( james.albright@dc.gov)

NB. A special shout-out to the community for helping the ADCA exceed their goals for dues week. I am very excited to spend the money that you raise - on software for student learning, on new technology for classes, and on the many community events we have just had. Keep it up!

Update from the Alice Deal Community Association  (ADCA)
 
The ADCA hopes you had a great Fall weekend! We have just a few reminders to start off our week. And, please be on the lookout for the winners of our donations week drawings next week!
 
Alice Deal School Directory
The ADCA provides a hard copy and an electronic school directory to all Deal families through A-to-Z Directories. Families should have received an email from the Alice Deal Community Association asking to verify their directory listing.

If you received email and you already verified your information for Deal, thank you! If you have not yet verified your data, please take a moment to click the link contained in the email to verify your data.  If you did not receive the email, please click the link here and follow the instructions .
 
Alice Deal Middle School International Night 2016!
This year's International Night will be held November 17th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. We need you to make this year's International Night a success!  Please click here for more information.
 
And, please click here to sign up to bring food, set up, or clean up.  As always, we depend on you to make this night a success and we truly appreciate your help with this fun, annual Deal event.
 
If you haven't volunteered yet, please sign up!
Thank you to all who already generously volunteered their time online! We still have several critical slots available - especially for our annual Gala! The ADCA has worked to break out individual jobs for each big event so that no one is overwhelmed. If you have any questions at all, please reach out to any ADCA board member. Thank you! 
Sign up to volunteer here
 
Important Dates 
Mark your calendar for these upcoming ADCA and community events:

*    October 29th & 30th: Politics & Prose Book Fair

*    November 17th: International Night at 6:30 pm

*    December 3rd - 4th and 10th - 11th: Holiday Greens Sale

  

As always, please contact Lori at ADCAPresident@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Thanks, 
The ADCA Board
Week of 
October 17, 2016
 Bell Schedule
 
 
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I   
Thursday - Thursday Bell  
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates

October 18
Principal's Coffee, 9:00 am
Team Leaders (Grade Level)
Murch Buddy Day

October 19
High School Night, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

October 20
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

October 21
Deal Tour, 9:00 am
8th Grade, Williamsburg Field Trip

October 22
Saturday Academy, 9 - noon

October 24
Eaton Buddy Day

October 25
Mix-It-Up Lunch Day
WTU meeting

October 26
6th Grade Spanish Field Trip, 
Gala Hispanic Theatre

October 27
ALT, 3:30 pm
World Language Trips Meeting, 6:30 pm

October 28
End of Term Records Day
No school for students

October 29
Saturday  STARS  
Politics and Prose Fundraiser

October 30
Politics and Prose Fundraiser

October 31
Term 2 begins

November 1
Career Day
Team Leaders (all)

November 3
6th Grade Spanish Field Trip
Gala Hispanic Theatre
NTD meeting, 3:30 pm

November 4
Parent-Teacher Conference Day
No school for students

November 7
Math & ELA Leap Seminar, 3:30 - 4:35 pm

November 9
Bancroft Buddy Day 

November 10 
WTU meeting, 3:30 pm
ALT, 3:30 pm

November 11
Veterans Day
No school for staff and students 

November 14
Term 1 Report Cards Distributed
Deal Play Auditions, 3:30 - 5:00 pm 

November 15
Open House 9 am - 1 pm 
Deal Play Auditions, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Team Leaders (Grade Level)

November 16
Shepherd Buddy Day

November 17
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
International Night, 6:30 pm

November 19 
Saturday Academy, 9 - 12 noon

November 22
Make-Up Picture Day
Principal's Coffee, 9 am
WTU meeting

November 24 
Thanksgiving Holiday
No school for students & staff 

November 25
Thanksgiving Break
No school for students & staff 

November 30
Janney Buddy Day 


8th Grade 
World Language Trips

Each spring break, many 8th graders travel with Deal to Costa Rica, France, or China as part of their study of a world language. These popular trips are a highlight of the year and an opportunity to give meaning to students' hard work in their world language classes.

Interest Meeting
Join us Thursday, October 27th at 6:30 pm in the Deal auditorium for our only trip meeting before the December sign-up deadline. This is a great chance to learn about this adventure and ask questions.

Sign Up Now!
Costa Rica
Sponsor: Britney Cuffee
dealspanishclass@gmail.com
Trip number: 1846054aj

France
Sponsor: Frederick Mbayu
frederick.mbayu@dc.gov
Trip Number: 1817749ch

China
Sponsor: Yanming Zhi
yanming.zhi@dc.gov
Trip Number: 1866938jy

Guatemala
(This service trip is only available to Spanish Humanities students)
Sponsor: Nataly Diaz
nataly.diaz@dc.gov
Trip Site

Trip Scholarships
Each year, Deal provides a limited number of partial scholarships for world language trips to eligible students. These scholarships are made possible by the support of the ADCA, individual family contributions, DCPS, and EF Tours. Here is the process:

1. After the end of 1st advisory, every 8th student who could be enrolled on a World Language trip will have their grades reviewed. 

2. Students on honor roll and who receive federal aid (WIC, FARMS, other - we maintain this list) will be offered the chance for a scholarship.

3. Students will be asked to complete an application, write an essay, and submit the package by a set date. All students who qualify will be offered a partial scholarship for the trip associated with their language of study. This has typically been $1,500, or roughly 50 - 60% of the total trip cost. This is regardless of whether they have already signed up or not.

Families who do not qualify for federal support but are still interested in support at some level should contact Assistant Principal Rottman at patrick.rottman@dc.gov or Principal Albright at james.albright@dc.gov. Families have been supported with up to $500 in years past (though this has varied based on the total amount available).

Because scholarship funding comes from a variety of sources, eligible families should not anticipate the funding to come up front; support is funded very close to the actual trip.

Please direct enrollment questions to the trip leader for your student; direct scholarship questions to Mr. Albright.
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Want to learn more about previous year's trips and get a taste for what you can expect from this year's trips? Check out our travel blogs!
International Baccalaureate Updates

As the end of the first advisory approaches, now is a great time to review your student's progress on Edline. Teachers will soon be closing their grade books, and we want to be sure that students have demonstrated their best work on all IB assignments. If your student scored a 3 (77%) or lower on any IB task, please encourage them to see their teachers this week for an opportunity to rework that assignment. Teachers may ask students to attend tutoring in preparation for the task, so the time to ask is now. 

If you need any clarification on Deal's assessment policy, please contact me via email ( Alana.Brown@dc.gov).


  
Media Center  News

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 ( http://alicedeal.org/lost-found/) 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
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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 james.albright@dc.gov. 

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 alicedealattendance@gmail.com. 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 alicedealattendance@gmail.com
or by calling (202) 939-2010.
Student & Parent Information

New: P arent Teacher Conferences - Make Your Appointment Online
The first round of Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Friday, November 4th from noon - 7:00 pm. Conferences with team teachers are by-appointment-only and appointment sign-up will take place online. Beginning Monday, October 17th, please visit http://ptcfast.com/schools/Alice_Deal_Middle_School to sign up for appointments with your child's team teachers. The appointment system will be available through November 2nd, but spots fill quickly. All non-team teachers (World Language, PE, Art, Music, Support, Resource, etc.) will be available for drop-in conferences. A detailed description of the online sign-up process is posted on Edline and Deal's website.
Note: you will need an email account to use the online process. If you will be unable to create appointments online, please contact your child's team to set up an appointment.

New: Picture Day 
If you missed picture day on Friday, October 14th, don't fret! Make-ups will take place on November 22nd in the gallery.

New: Period 8 Blended Learning Classes 
Each year, Deal offers our students extra-curricular "Period 8" classes that cover a wide variety of topics. Period 8 provides students with the opportunity to explore enrichment content outside of their traditional schedule. Period 8 classes are developed and taught by Deal teachers with students completing work online and attending one session after school each week.

Fall/Winter Update: Teachers are currently working on creating or re-vamping their courses, so stay tuned! Student registration will open on Monday, October 24th and classes will begin the following week. To see what we've done in the past, check out last year's course catalogue. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Katherine.Giron@dc.gov.  
 
New: Girl Up Thank You
Thank you to all students who came out to celebrate International Day of the Girl and watch the movie Girl Rising on October 11th. The Girl Up club raised $175 from the bake sale to support girls' education across the globe! Girl Up thanks you! #letgirlslearn
 
New: Unity Day
On  Wednesday, October 19th, 7th grade students will participate in Unity Day.  This day is recognized throughout the nation in support of National Bullying Awareness month. All students and staff are encouraged to wear orange on this day to show unity. The theme for this year is: "Together against bullying-united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion."
 
New: Hamilton Club
Hamilton Club is still here! Now hosted in room W304 by Ms. Massaquoi! Come enjoy snacks while we listen to songs from the hit play, "Hamilton" and other classic musicals! Hamilton Club is hosted every other Wednesday. The next meeting will be October 26th!
 
New: String Ensemble
Deal's String Ensemble is finally beginning! This group is open to any student who plays a string instrument. Rehearsals will take place Thursday mornings from 7:45 - 8:30 am in room CG20. The first rehearsal will be held Thursday, October 20th.

Robotics Club
The Robotics Club officially began on Wednesday, October 26th at 3:30 pm in room E206. We look forward to seeing you there each Wednesday!  
 
Career Day 2016 is coming soon!
The Deal Counseling Team will host our annual Career Day on Tuesday, November 1st. The theme this year is The Joy of Work: Positive Approaches to Work, Career & Life! We are seeking groups or individuals from our Deal community to share the joys of their daily work with our students. This important event exposes our students to thinking about life after middle school and piques interest in future possibilities. Anyone interested and willing to share their time that morning should contact Camille White (camille.white@dc.gov) or Eunice Humphrey (eunice.humphrey@dc.gov). 

Dietary Accommodations
Does your student have food allergies or unique dietary needs? If so, please complete a Medical Statement to Request Dietary Accommodations form (bit.ly/FoodNeeds). It must be signed by your physician before you turn it in to Nurse Whitlock. For more information, please visit the DCPS website at http://dcps.dc.gov/page/dietary-a
ccommodations
 
Annual Book Fair 
The annual Alice Deal Book Fair at Politics & Prose Book Store will be held on Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th.  Politics & Prose is very close to the school -- it is located at 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW.  The hours are Saturday 9am - 10 pm and Sunday 10am to 8pm.  We need volunteers to work the sale, and we invite all Deal families to come shop at Politics & Prose over the two-day fair.  The volunteer shifts are two hours.  The link to sign up to volunteer is:   www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A0F44A9A72B0-2016  
 
Politics and Prose will donate 20% of the money received from our Book Fair to Alice Deal.  All of these proceeds will go to support the Deal library. Please come purchase books, magazines, CDs,  gift  wrap, cards and stationary.  At checkout, please mention that you're a supporter of Alice Deal.  If you have any questions about the Book Fair or volunteering, please contact Jennie Bonney ( jenniebonney@aol.com ) or Amy Hall ( hall.amy50@yahoo.com ).
 
Edline
If you need support with your Edline account or have questions about the system, please email DealEdline@gmail.com
 
Deal Lost & Found
Have you lost something during the school day? Check out the lost and found section of the website (http://alicedeal.org/lost-found/) for photos of items found in common areas at Deal including in the cafeteria, on the field, and in the Gallery. Lost items will be kept for approximately two weeks before they are donated. To claim an item, simply pick it up from the Lost & Found at the top of the East Gallery stairs near the Nurse's Office.
 
We make an effort to identify labeled items and make announcements for students to pick these items 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 on the website? Most classrooms have individual lost-and-found areas. Consider checking in with your teachers.You can also stop by the lost-and-found to double check, as not all items may be pictured.

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! 
6th Grade Corner
 


 
 
Contact Information
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?

Ms. Chambliss - Dean of Students
Naima.chambliss@dc.gov

Ms. White - Counselor
Camille.white@dc.gov

Ms. Buchanan - Social Worker
Elizabeth.buchanan@dc.gov

Ms. Neal - Assistant Principal
Diedre.Neal@dc.gov

7th Grade Corner
 


Contact Information
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?

Mr. Lalonde - Dean of Students
Mark.Lalonde@dc.gov

Ms. Monkou - Counselor
Joy.Monkou@dc.gov

Ms. DeAngelis - Social Worker
Margaret.Deangelis@dc.gov

Mrs. Stallworth - Assistant Principal
Alieze.Stallworth@dc.gov
8th Grade Corner
 



Attention 8th Graders! 
Friday, October 21st is our field trip to Colonial Williamsburg. Students should meet their teams in the auditorium at  6:45 am  on Friday morning and plan to return to Deal by  5:45 pm. Students must dress for all weather, bring a bagged lunch, and a pencil. Cell phones will be permitted for communicating with parents and picture taking only. Any headphones or cell phones used for social media purposes will be confiscated. Students are expected to represent Deal and should be on their very best behavior. Students will be responsible for a work packet while they are in Williamsburg, which will be due  on Monday the 24th. Also, please be reminded Adv. 1 Passport to History projects (IB grade) are also due in History class on  Monday, October 24th!

High School Night
Mark your calendar for Deal's High School Night on Wednesday, October 19th at 6:30 pm. Participants will learn about the DC Common Application and process of applying for high schools before moving to the DCPS high school presentations of their choice. Students are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or designated adult.

World Language Trip Meeting
The world language trips over spring break are a big deal on the 8th grade! Learn more about these educational adventures at our interest meeting on Thursday, October 27th at 6:30 pm in the Deal auditorium. This is our only meeting before the registration deadline so we hope you can make it!

8th Grade Spanish Humanities Families
This year, students in Spanish Humanities have the opportunity to travel to Guatemala during spring break (April 15 - 21st) for a full Spanish immersion service experience. This is a new trip and will only be available to Spanish Humanities students. For more details click here

New Wilson Open House Date
As Wilson's October open house conflicted with the 8th grade field trip to Colonial Williamsburg, they have generously offered to hold an additional open house on Friday, November 18th from 9:00 - 11:00 am. Remember, high school visits are an approved absence for 8th grade students with a note submitted to the Welcome Center. We encourage students to learn more about their options for next year! 

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

Kate Outten - Dean of Students
Kate.Outten@dc.gov
 
Mr. Boccardi - Social Worker 
Peter.Boccardi@dc.gov

Ms. Humphrey - Counselor
Eunice.Humphrey@dc.gov

Mr. Rottman - Assistant Principal
Patrick.rottman@dc.gov

This Week at Deal
Monday: After School Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet Monday, October 17th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "cottage". Please dress for the weather. 

Monday: ELL Tutoring 
Reminder! All English Language Learners (ELLs) Levels 1-4.9 are invited to bring homework to room CG 07 every Monday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ms. Hasan, Ms. Wendy and Dr. Delgado will tutor students individually and in small groups
 
Monday: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet on Monday, October 17th in Ms. Huber's room, E307. We will watch the final scene of Girl Rising and discuss its relevance and significance. We will also plan for the Halloween Gram Sale. See you there! 

Monday: Stock Market Game Club
The Stock Market Game Club has officially started and there is room for one more team to participate! Students will collaborate with one another to create the highest stock portfolio in the district. Schools with the top portfolios will receive prizes this winter and spring! The club wil l meet on Mondays from  3:30-4:40pm  in Room E103.
If there are parents in the financial industry that are interested in coaching, sharing expertise or guest speaking, please reach out to Mr. Jang at daniel.jang@dc.gov!

Tuesday: Principal's Coffee
Join Mr. Albright for a principal's coffee at this Tuesday at 9:00 am at Deal. This is a great opportunity ask questions and learn more about Deal! 
 
Wednesday: Model Un
Model UN will meet from 3:30 - 4:20 pm in E205. We will have a special presentation by a foreign service officer from the State Department. Please make sure you have completed your background guide reading, your country profile research, and your position paper worksheet and outline by the start of our meeting on Wednesday. The final position paper will be due on the day of our mini sim on October 26th. All handouts from the club are on the MUN page. If you do not have MUN on your Edline page, please email Ms. Trenkle at  amy.trenkle@dc.gov  with your first and last name and you will be added.

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

Please complete the necessary forms online: 
Emergency Treatment & Consent Form at  rankonesports.

A copy of the student's current sports physical (Universal Health Certificate) must be turned into Coach Downing before students will be allowed to practice. Stop by the Welcome Center if for paper forms or more information.

Mandatory Athletics Form
All student athletes must complete the Heads Up Concussion form to participate in any school sport. Please return the completed form to your student's coach or Neal Downing.

Boys and Girls Basketball
We will hold two informational/sign up sessions this week  on Thursday and  Friday, from  3:30 to 4:30. Information for the upcoming season including workout and tryout information will be given at this time; your child MUST attend at least one of these sessions to participate. 

**Please note: There will be many students that will workout/tryout for the basketball teams however, there are only 15 spots on each team. That said, official tryout and cut dates will be announced next week.  

In order to ensure that the paperwork/registration process runs smoothly, we are asking that all athletes sign the digital version of the required Emergency Treatment & Consent to Participate forms, on the Rank One website found  HERE. Please print these forms once complete and send them, along with a STAMPED AND CURRENTcopy of your child's Universal Health Form, to school and either hand deliver to Coach Downing or put them in my mailbox in the main office. 

If you are unable to register your child on the Rank One website (this will mostly apply to 6th grade students) please email the following information to Coach Downing ( neal.downing@dc.gov) so that it can be manually entered into the system: Child's name, DOB, Student ID #, Parent name, Parent contact #. 

***ALL forms, including Emergency Treatment, Consent to Participate, and current Universal Health forms must be complete and on file by  Thursday October 20th for your child to participate in any practice, workout, game or scrimmage and regardless of if they make the team or not. 

If you wish to receive information regarding the upcoming basketball season, please send an email to one of the following and indicate whether your child is in 6th grade or 7/8th grade.

Cheerleading
Cheerleading practice is every Monday and Thursday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Please complete the necessary forms at  rankonesports.

Cross Country 
Congratulations to the team for doing so well at their two meets last week!
Cross country practice Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30.

Please send an email to  dealrunners@gmail.com to be added to the team email list

Football
Congratulations to our athletes for their victory at last week's homecoming game against McKinley!

This week we will meet  on MondayTuesday, &  Wednesday. Study-hall will be from  3:30 to 4:30 with practice directly following, from  4:30 to 6pm. There is no game this week. 

Volleyball
Congratulations to the volleyball team for their great games against last week! The Lady Vikings will play a game at Stuart Hobson at 5:30 on Thursday, October 20th. 

Volleyball Practice Dates:
Monday, October 17th       Wednesday, October 19th 
Tuesday, October 18th

Club/ Activity
Teacher
Description
Day
Time
Loc.
Girl Up Club
Huber/ Massaquoi
Mentoring young girls, helping them get through their day-to-day
M
3:30 - 4:30
E307
Concert Choir
McKeithen
Classical Music Choir
M
7:45 - 8:30
Audit.
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.
M
3:30 - 4:30
RG01
ELA Peer Tutoring
Culp
ELA Peer Tutoring
M
3:30 - 4:30
E105
After School Outdoor Basketball Club
Namian
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.
M
3:30 - 4:30
Cottage
The Poetry Cafe
Kwabenah
Students will read, write, discuss, critique and perform poetry forms from a variety of genres.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C-222
Science Fair Help
Rhoads
7th and 8th Grade Science Fair Help
M
3:30 - 4:30
RG02
Noted
McKeithen
Jazz/Popular Music Vocal Group
M
3:30 - 5:00
CG21
Peer Mediation
White
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.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C117
Shoelogy101
Kim, Giron
Come design shoes! Learn about how you can customize your own pair.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C224
Student Council
Wickersham/Haller
Governing student body at ADMS
M
3:30 - 4:30
Reno Room
Trading Card Games
Kirschenbaum
Students play trading card games of their choosing (Pokemon, Magic, etc.)
M
3:30 - 4:30
N103
Tennis
Smith
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.
M
3:30 - 4:30
W201
Culture Club
Donaldson
The Culture Club will explore and celebrate different countries/cultures from across the world each week with pictures, videos, food, etc.
M
3:30 - 4:30
N116
Civilization V - Brave New World
Magee
We will battle each other in the strategy game of culture, diplomacy, scientific innovation, and domination.
M
3:30 - 4:30
E300
Speech and Debate
Martis
Students will practice their public speaking skills and work towards practicing for competitions.
M
3:30 - 4:30
W106
ELL Homework Club
Hasan/Delgado/Thomas
Homework Assistance, guidance
M
3:30 - 4:30
CG06
Girl Up
Scott
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.
M
3:30 - 4:30
E 307
Apples To Apples Kids
Boccardi
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.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C302
Brainteaser Club
Brown
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!
M
3:30 - 4:20
C217
Yoga club
Quinn
Little yogis will learn the basics of yoga and functional movement.
M
3:30 - 4:15
R116
Philosophy
Otterstatter
In this club, students will discuss the "real questions"... what is the meaning of life, etc.
M
3:30 - 4:30
E304
Banana Splits
Alphonse
A safe place for students with divorced parents to come and express feelings and engage in fun activities
M
3:30 - 4:30
C103
The Stock Market Game
Jang
The Stock Market Game curriculum, lessons, and activities combine content knowledge, critical thinking, research, and analytical skills in a real-world simulation.
M
3:30 - 4:30
TBD
Cheerleading
Baxter/ Clark
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
M
3:30 - 5:30
Gym
Chess Club
Car'Mon
Students will learn to play chess.
M
3:30 - 4:30
RG10
Peer Mediation
White
Submitted previously
M
3:30 - 4:30
C310
International Cinema
Brown
Students meet for snacks and an international film viewing
M
3:30 - 4:30
N112
Scrabble Club
Fatis 
Compete against one another in the game of Scrabble. For serious player or those looking to have fun.
M
3:30-
4:30
Cafe
Student Librarians
Redekopp
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.
M
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Student Librarians
Redekopp
Working in the media center.
T
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
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.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W104
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.
T
3:00 - 7:00
TBD
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.
T
7:45 - 8:00
CG20
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.
T
3:30 - 4:30
CG20
Do It Yourself (D.I.Y) Club
Quiambao
Get together to create projects from a variety of old and new items to create something fun and useful.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W105
Photo Club
Snider
Learn about photographers, how to take awesome digital photos and participate in photo contests.
T
3:30 - 4:30
R111
Fencing
Martis
Students will learn the basics of Epee Fencing
T
3:30 - 4:30
R103
Power Walking Club
DeAngelis
Power Walking Club is perfect for Vikings who want to exercise and stay healthy throughout the school year!
T
3:30 - 4:00
C203
Pause devoirs
Mbayu
French homework help.
T
3:30 - 4:00
C308
Scrabble Club
Gentile
Compete against one another in the game of Scrabble. For serious player or those looking to have fun.
T
3:30 - 4:30
E103
GeoPlunge! (6th grade)
Martini
All 6th graders are invited to play GeoPlunge - a fun card game played using cards with facts and trivia about the 50 states!
T
6th Gr Lunch
W104
Young Philosophers
Stroud
Students will learn about several major political philosophies and how they are reflected in the comings and goings of life.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W206
Book Club
Chambliss
Students will read and discuss various literary genres.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W100
Inspiration Choir
Shipmon
After-School choir that will sing uplifting and inspiring music.
T
3:30 - 4:30
CG04
Creative Writing
Silberman
Students will write short screenplays, short stories, and poetry with special focus on enhanced description, structure, and plot development.
T
3:30 - 4:30
C104
Concert Choir
McKeithen
Classical Music Choir
W
7:45 - 8:30
Auditorium
Cooking Club
(new)
Henderson/Wooten
Practice cooking, work with recipes
W
3:30 - 4:30
C315
Student Librarians
Redekopp
Working in media center.
W
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.
W
7:45 - 8:00
CG20
Yearbook
Hyatt
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!
W
3:30 - 4:30
E201
Reading Support Club
Fraser
Gain confidence in reading and join our reading support club!
W
3:30 - 4:30
R104
Model UN
Trenkle
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.
W
3:30 - 4:30
E205
Girls Soccer (Spring '17)
Ngwa
DCIAA Spring soccer league
W
3:30 - 5:00
Field
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.
W
3:30 - 4:30
E105
Sports Rap
Burt
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!
W
3:30 - 4:30
W103
Coloring Club
Gentile
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!
W
3:30 - 4:30
E103
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.
W
3:30 - 4:30
C213
Robotics Club
Slocumb-Bradford
Students will have an opportunity to design, build, and program devices and robots to accomplish simple and complex tasks.
W
3:30 - 4:30
E206
Girl Talk
Monkou
A club where girls can share middle school adventures. Some topics will include fashion, academics, future goals and more.
W
3:30 - 4:30
C310
Girls on the Run
Sarnoff
A fun running club for girls, no experience necessary.
W
3:30 - 4:30
Gym
Hamilton Club
Gould Perrott
Fans of Hamilton no longer need to wait for it. Look around, look around, how lucky you are to have found the best new club at Deal where we will listen, read, and discuss our favorite found father, Alexander Hamilton, and the Tony Award wining smash-hit Hamilton. Don't throw away your shot to join. The room where it happens is W306.
W
3:30 - 4:15
W306
Book Club
Belser
Begins second semester. Welcome readers!! Book club will meet once a week to discuss a book we are all reading independently.
W
3:30 - 4:15
W207
Scratch Programming
Lerum
We are a student-led learning community focused on learning and applying scratch computer programing.
W
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Science Olympiad
Schuettpelz
Students involved in this club need to commit to practicing. This is a science team competition
W
3:30 - 4:15
W200
Student Librarians
Redekopp
Working in media center.
Th
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Cheerleading
Baxter/Clark
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
Th
3:30 - 5:30
Gym
8th Gr. Anime Club in C212
Schick
Students will enjoy in healthy debates about anime while reviewing age-appropriate cinema and eating snacks. Open to 8th graders.
Th
3:30 - 5:00
C212
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.
Th
3:30 - 4:30
CG20
Concert Choir
McKeithen
Classical Music Choir
F
7:45 - 8:30
Auditorium
Concert Band
van der Horst
Concern band practice.
F
7:45 - 8:00
CG20
Guitar Club
Neal
Come and play guitar with your friends; learn from each other!
F
3:30 - 4:30
C114
7th Gr. Comic Book Club in C212
Schick
Students will participate in healthy debates about comic books and superheroes while eating pizza and watching animated superhero shows and film.
F
3:30 - 5:00
C212
East Asia Studies
Diaz
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.
F
3:30 - 4:30
R113
Spanish theatre club
Henderson/ Wooten
We will read, write, watch, and of course ACT Spanish language theatre!
F
3:30 - 4:30
C315
Videogames
Perrin
Students can gather to discuss their favorite video games, which Pokémon they just caught on Pokémon Go, and more.
F
3:30 - 4:30
W205
Football, Girls Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse
Downing
Athletics
TBD
3:30 - 5:30
Gym/Field
Dr. Steve Science Journal Club
Newman
Read and discuss current events in the field of science. Dr. Steve, who spent his career developing vaccines at NIH, leads discussions.
TBD
3:15 - 4:15
R102
Passport to History
Daniels
8th grade students can accompany Ms. Daniels to sites around the city for their Passport to History project.
TBD
3:30 - 5:00
W305
Photography
Reddy
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.
TBD
3:30 - 4:30
E301
Yearbook
Hensley
Yearbook
TBD
3:30 - 4:30
E204/6
 

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.

Plan DC
The DC Office of Planning has scheduled 7 public meetings beginning Oct.19, 2016 through Nov. 15, 2016 to engage the community, and would like to invite parents and students to join this process to ensure community members' insights are reflected in the future of the District.
Please click her for more information. 

DEAL JUNIOR SQUASH 2016-17
COACH: CONNIE BARNES
Chevy Chase Athletic Club 5454 Wisconsin Ave Chevy Chase
Deal Squash Team requires 6 more participants for winter. Did you know that Wilson HS has a terrific Squash team and that they play in the HS squash league? DEAL also plays in the Middle school league against schools including Pyle, Westland, Wakefield and others. No experience required but being athletic with good hand eye coordination is helpful. Scholarships available.
 
The program will emphasize squash techniques and strategies, fitness, and sportsmanship.
 
Contact - Coach Barnes: (301) 807-9905  conniesquash@gmail.com

Restoration of The Broad Branch and Linnean Stream Park 
Join your neighbors to celebrate the on-going restoration of the green heart of Forest Hills - the Broad Branch and Linnean Stream park!

This is your chance to learn about the development of the new comprehensive planting plan to beautify the site and restore wildlife and bird habitat, removal of invasive species, the creation of walking trails and seating areas, installation of dog waste stations, and more.

District, NPS, and other leaders will be present to discuss upcoming plans for the site, including Councilmember Mary Cheh, DOEE's Steve Saari, and ANC3 members, as well as staff from DOEE's RiverSmart program, Rock Creek Conservancy, Casey Trees, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, and the lead designer of the site's new planting plan. The event will take place at the intersection of Linnean Avenue and Broad Branch Road.

Pizza and beverages will be served thanks to the generous support of Comet Ping Pong and Broad Branch Market! Native plants will be available for purchase from Chesapeake Natives. And free dog waste bags and clip-on leash dispensers will be given to all pooch owners!

10:00--Pre-event invasive species removal: Rock Creek Conservancy

11:00--Welcome and kick-off: Mary Cheh, DOEE, NPS, Casey Trees, ANC

11:15-12:15--Site tour: Steve Saari, DOEE, and Darlene Robbins, Lead Designer

12:15-1:00: Pizza and beverages, courtesy of Comet Ping Pong and Broad Branch Market; Native plant exhibit and sale, Chesapeake Natives; RiverSmart Homes info and signup; Free dog waste bags for our four-legged friends; Citizen Science projects, Frogwatch and E-BirdInformation; signup for Rock Creek Conservancy, Casey Tree, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, and more!

Grants from DOEE, Casey Trees, and ANC3 are supporting these efforts, which also build upon the award-winning, $2.2 million restoration work that was completed in 2015 by DOEE and the National Park Service (NPS) in the upper Broad Branch Stream and its Linnean tributary.

This is our park, in our community - help shape its future!

Support Wilson Crew by purchasing a family photo shoot with photographer  Ralph Alswang !
Your family portrait will be taken outdoors at the National Cathedral  on October 23, 2016.  Perfect timing for those Holiday Cards!  The cost for each 15 minute photo session and all photos will be a tax deductible $500 donation to Wilson Crew Boosters to support the crew team at Woodrow Wilson High School.  Sign up for your photo shoot today! Thank you for supporting Wilson Crew.

Parenting Children With ADHD: A Workshop Series
"CALM & CONNECTED: Parenting Children With ADHD©" is a 7-week live, interactive workshop series for parents struggling with all the challenges that ADHD brings. Learn to help your family thrive and connect with parents facing similar challenges. 

Through the Calm & Connected sessions*, parents will gain insight and tools for ... 
 
- Understanding ADHD/Executive Function
- Remaining Calm & Connected
- Improving Communication
- Encouraging Collaboration
- Achieving Clarity & Consistency
- Enforcing Consequences
- Making Better Choices

For the convenience  of participants, participants can choose from morning OR evening sessions on Thursdays,  beginning October 20 , in Bethesda. 

For details and to register (at EARLY REGISTRATION RATES  through Oct. 1), go to  http://www.positivefocuscoach.com/parent-workshops. Space is limited.

Winner Lacrosse Fall Ball Program
Winners Lacrosse fall ball program is offered for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

The program is also 100% free of cost! Students just need a mouthpiece like they would use in football, basketball, etc. Please see the attached  flyer for details.