Alice Deal Middle School

Think globally - Listen compassionately - Act inclusively  


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: 

Welcome and welcome back to the many members of the Deal community who are going to be traveling with us for the 2016-17 school year. We are extremely excited - ready as ever and eager to get going with the good work. Thank you for trusting us with your children!

This Weekly Bulletin is an essential part of knowing what is going on in your school for the upcoming week and beyond. There are other ways you will get information (from teams, from grades, via Edline, on the website, etc.) but consider this one the full town newspaper!

I send the bulletin out every Sunday, with the exception of those at the beginning of week-long breaks (Winter, Spring). Each starts with a message (like this) and typically an item from the ADCA (as below). Student and Parent Information is a list of the events or items of our life - announcements, congratulations, field trips, testing schedules, cool visitors, tryout announcements, everything - that you should know. If the item is new to the bulletin, it says "New" at the beginning; some items run for a few weeks so this designation should let you know what is fresh.

Each grade has a "corner" for its activities and events as well. This information might be repeated elsewhere but special attention is drawn here for your grade(s). The next big section is "This Week at Deal" which has date-specific information for your use. This information is organized by weekday and may also include information captured elsewhere. Nearby will be information from the Athletic Department with critical information and contact information.

On the left hand side of the newsletter you can find the Bell schedule (mostly important for teachers and students) and the upcoming Deal calendar. The calendar is a list of all events in the Deal life for us and projects forward about a month and a half. If the event is for staff the calendar will say so. Below this you can find information about the media center, our attendance office, bus route contacts, and the nurse. Of course, other information slips in over time so take a quick peek in case there is something new.  Starting next week, the bulletin will have at the bottom a list of clubs and activities, their sponsors, and their locations. This will let parents and guardians know about what the after-school situation is in general; any weekly changes will be announced elsewhere in the bulletin.

So, what do you need to think about for tomorrow? Here is a partial rundown:
  • School doors open at 8:10 (just for tomorrow); school starts at 8:45. The parking lot is particularly challenging at the start of the year; if you are driving please pull all the way through to the turn-around at the top of the hill. 
  • Be at the bus a bit earlier than scheduled; they have not been running these buses for a couple of months so anticipate an issue or two. If there is a problem (bus hasn't arrived or is really late) then bring your child to school (carpools work here) and let us know. We will be monitoring the bus situation. If you have an immediate need, use the contact list below. If you send an email to WMATA, please copy me on the email so I can work with them. I don't manage the buses (!) so your direct work with WMATA is more effective. For the buses, always have a back-up plan. (The buses drop and pick-up the students at the Fort Drive/Nebraska corner, btw.)
  • Please say goodbye to your student out front; we will gently remind you to not enter the building!
  • Students must be out of the building and on their way home by 3:30; there are no clubs this week! All of us need to work to make this happen; please have a regular discussion with your child about 3:30 and your expectations. Once students leave the building they aren't allowed back in. We will communicate this to them every day, of course.
  • Students should feel free to bring in their supplies; lockers and locks will be distributed to students (and books through the week).
  • It is going to be okay!
Finally, let me say that stuff happens - emergencies, unexpected changes, gas leaks - and that the best way for all of us to make sure students are safe is to work together. I will always do my best to communicate necessary information clearly and as soon as possible. Check Twitter (@DealVikings), your email (like this newsletter), and DC's normal outreach tools to get the latest. We are also working with some "push" technologies to increase our capacity to reach you. Just know that I want you to know what I know.

I am SO looking forward to having your charges in the building tomorrow to continue the great traditions that Deal has developed. We are ready - and I know they are, too!

Take care,

James Albright

Alice Deal Community Association (ADCA) 

Hi Deal Parents,
Welcome back to a new school year!
The ADCA has already been busy with a few pre-beginning-of-school activities. We want to take a moment to THANK our volunteers - especially the brand new parents to Deal who are already helping us out. Thank you all so much!
We had an amazing group of volunteers help us stuff envelopes for the Deal Summer mailing in the beginning of August. Then, we hosted a breakfast for all of the new Deal teachers and last week hosted a breakfast and lunch for all of the Deal teachers and staff. Finally, on Friday, we hosted a pizza lunch for the students of our incoming 6th graders. We have already had more than 20 parent volunteers helping us out. And, it is has been great to jump-start our support of the 2016-17 Deal teacher and administrative team!
If you are interested in volunteering, we rely on you throughout the year. Please take a minute to look through our list of volunteer needs so far this year. We really do appreciate your help and support. You have no idea! And, thank you in advance. Please volunteer by clicking here.
For announcements throughout your time at Deal, please make sure you have joined the ADCA mailing list, click here to join .
Finally, supporting the ADCA is a great way to support Deal. The ADCA funds support so many vital programs, equipment and supplies throughout the year at Deal. This year, contributing online is quick and easy - click here to donate.
Thank you again for such a great start to the year! Please reach out if you have any questions at all to
Your ADCA Board

Week of 
August 22, 2016
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell II
Tuesday - Bell II 
Wednesday - Bell I   
Thursday - Thursday Bell  
Friday - Bell I 
- Urgent - 
Register Now!
 All students must be reenrolled for this school year.
Parents who have not proven residency should bring their proof
 of residency to the Deal Welcome
 Center to complete enrollment
 documents. Students whose residency is not proven by Friday,  September 2 will be withdrawn from Alice Deal Middle School.  
Upcoming Dates

August 22
First Day of School

August 25
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

August 31
6th Grade Parent Workshop, 6:30 pm

September 1
iReady Assessments
New To Deal (staff), 3:30 pm
6th Grade Parent Workshop, 6:30 pm

September 2
iReady Assessments
ADCA Reception 

September 5 
Labor Day 
No school for staff and students 

September 8
ALT 3:30 pm
Back to School Night, 6:30 - 8:30pm

September 9
Grandparents Day, 2 to 4 pm

September 10
8th grade BBQ 

September 12
ADCA Donations Week 

September 15
Hispanic Heritage Month
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

September 17
7th grade Family Fun Day

September 21
ADCA Executive Board Meeting

September 22
ALT 3:30 pm

September 23
Term 1 Midpoint
Movie Night, 6:30 pm

September 26
Hemlock - 6th grade

September 26
Hemlock - 6th grade

September 28
Hemlock - 6th grade
ADCA Meeting, 6:30 pm

September 29
Author visit: James Conti (pm)

September 30
No school for students
Staff professional development

International Baccalaureate 

The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

How are we doing? It is our goal to develop students who are global thinkers, compassionate, and willing to take action in their communities. As the year progresses, please feel free to share your experiences and feedback with Ms. Alana Brown (, our IB coordinator.

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 ( 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
Here is a link to the bus route schedule.

If an issue occurs with your designated school transit service, below are the contacts at Metro who can help:

Bus Operations
(202) 962-1825

(D31, D33, and D34)
(202) 962-5800

Superintendent Priscilla Alston: (202) 962-5808

Assistant Superintendent Frank Machado: (202) 962-5809 (direct)

(Morning D32s, one of the afternoon D32s)

Superintendent Jackie Smith: (202) 379-8787; mobile: (202) 962-8785

Assistant Superintendent Amit Tonse: (202) 379-8787 mobile: (202) 570-6728

For longer-term bus planning needs (i.e., requests for new transit services, ongoing crowding, etc.), contact Kristine Marsh at (202) 962-6088 or
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. 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.
Student & Parent Information

New: Getting Started with Edline
All teachers at Deal use Edline, an online system for reporting student progress as well as communicating general class information such as nightly homework.  Class pages (including homework calendars) will be active beginning the second week of school and progress reports will be posted beginning September 6th.    
Returning Edline users will use the same account information as last year to access the system.  New 7th and 8th grade Edline users will receive account activation codes this week through homeroom.  Sixth grade students will create Edline accounts during the second week of school and activation information will go home at that point.  If you need support for your Edline account or have questions about the system, contact

6th Grade Corner

Contact Information
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?

Ms. Chamblis - Dean of Students

Ms. White - Counselor

Ms. Buchanan - Social Worker

Ms. Neal - Assistant Principal

7th Grade Corner

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

8th Grade Corner

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

Kate Outten - Dean of Students

Mr. Boccardi - Social Worker

Ms. Humphrey - Counselor

Mr. Rottman - Assistant Principal

This Week at Deal...

Deal Athletics
Sign Up for Teams
Please see Coach Downing to sign up for Athletics for this school year. If you are playing football your forms need to be turned in to Coach Downing or before the last day of school. Digital forms can be found on our school website: under Student Activities or below.

Parent Consent
Emergency Treatment
Universal Health Certificate
Asthma Action Plan
Anaphylaxis Plan
Impact Consent Form

Staff Information 


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.

ADHD Webinar - Details for Parents of Children w/ ADHD

CHADD Meet-Up Webinar (three parts) s
Wed., June 29 (Executive Functions) 7:30-8:30
Wed., July 6 (Self Determination) 7:30-8:30
Thurs., July 13 (Motivation/Grit) 7:30-8:30 

Cost - $100, of which $25 are donated to Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).
The audiences for this program are p
arents of children with ADHD and s
tudents of high school age or older. This program will take place through a conference call; a 
recording will be made for review or for those who cannot attend a particular session. 
Ronald S. Bashian, M.D.
American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow
VCU School of Medicine, assistant clinical professor
ADHD Coaches Organization, professional member
CHADD, professional member, Parent to Parent instructor
George Mason University, instructor, Fall 2012, Dept. of Biology, Senior seminar, Peer-reviewed literature

Registration for Fall Flag Football is here! 

Flag Star Football -- held on Sundays this Fall -- is filling its final roster spots for the year. The league is Sundays-only (no midweek practices!), super organized and has two goals  -- Get Better. Have Fun. 
This is for boys  and  girls. K-9th Grade. No experience needed -- just a little positive energy and a whole lotta hustle! It's a high-energy, low-pressure way to run around and ball on the weekends.  Scholarships and financial aid are readily available. And Carl Ehrlich -- the league founder -- is never more than a phone call or e-mail away.  or 202-468-1516 with any questions."