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: 

In normal years, the cherry blossoms signal the warming trend we typically call "Spring." They are beautiful this year, even with the freeze-heat-freeze-heat trend we have been having; I hope you were able to get out and see them. In this very international city, they are a strong reminder of our connection to the rest of the world, and with a beautiful flourish. 

This coming week is the last of the 3rd advisory; we had a good number of students working at our Saturday Academy yesterday so it is clear that many students received the message. We start 4th advisory formally on April 3, so we have a four-day work week coming up - Friday will be for teacher professional development and finishing up grade entry. There are still three weeks to Spring Break, so we will all need to work together to keep each other on track!

Tomorrow evening at Deal there will be a special Ward 3 meeting with our new Chancellor, Antwan Wilson.  Over the next few months, DCPS is asking for ideas and input from the DCPS community. What will it take so that every student, parent, and educator can walk into their school and feel welcomed, inspired, and supported? How can we instill excellence and equity at all levels of our district? This is an engagement evening, so be prepared to gather with neighbors and community members and put your heads together. It will take place in the Deal cafeteria, starting at 6:30pm; I hope to see you there.

Here are a couple of requests for the Spring season. Please have a conversation with your student about maintaining compliance with the dress code and keeping up with attendance expectations at school. The weather is going to get beautiful and we are all going to want to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. Your student should be encouraged and reminded to get to school on time - to catch the right train or bus, to head out early after a good breakfast, and to not delay to smell the roses on the way to school. The dress code becomes a heated topic every Spring - new clothes and outfits demand to be shown off. We will still follow our policies. One reminder: your children grow quickly, and that very cute outfit from last year may not fit as well in 2017! (Let your grade-level administrator answer any dress-code questions you might have.)

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright ( james.albright@dc.gov)

NB. I have been asked a couple of times about the "PARCC" focus over the last few weeks. In years far past, we used to do a lot of pre-testing activities: incentive contests, drills, pep rallies, and the like. We stopped this general approach as our concern was more about performance rather than participation. Given that there is a lot of testing in DCPS these days, my approach has been to incorporate testing activities into students' regular schedules and reduce the disruptions. If students are not actively testing, their school days will be almost like they are normally.

But PARCC IS coming up and we need to prepare our students. This has taken two forms: a series of very small (2 question) "short-cycle" assessments in math, once every two weeks, and work in English around setting goals on interim assessments and the PARCC itself. The word "PARCC" is going to come up, naturally, as the regular course work in math and ELA are based on the Common Core and that is measured by the PARCC. We discourage teachers from focusing too much on the test because it does increase student testing anxiety, where it exists. We will continue to strike a balance between appropriate preparation and intense focus so that students can do as well as they are able to do on the assessment.
Updates from the Alice Deal Community Association  (ADCA)
 
We hope you had a great weekend! Thanks to all who attended our ADCA General Meeting last week. We still have some party tickets available and you can still raise your paddle! Also, don't forget to purchase your mulch from us! 


Post-Gala Fun and 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!
With the promise of warm days ahead, Deal families are getting their gardens ready for spring - no matter when it actually arrives!
Alice Deal is having its first-ever Mulch Sale, running now 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: AliceDealMulch@gmail.com  
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
  Volunteers Still Needed
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 ( amysuardi@gmail.com) or Beth ( bethvassalo@gmail.com) 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
  • May 5th - 6th: Hairspray Jr. - Deal Student Musical
As always, please contact Lori at ADCAPresident@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks,   
The ADCA Board
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2017-2018
DCPS Annual Enrollment Begins April 1st!

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.
Week of 
March 27, 2017
 Bell Schedule
 
Monday -Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - No School for Students
(Teacher Work Day)
Upcoming Dates

March 27th
Ward 3 Chancellor's Meeting, 6:30 pm

March 30th
8th Grade International Trip Mtg, 6:30 pm

March 31
Records Day/ Term 3 Ends
No school for students

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
 

Deal Musical:  Hairspray
Rehearsal Schedule



Monday, March 27th (Music)
I Know Where I've Been
3:15pm-3:45pm
Motormouth, Tracy, Seaweed, Penny, Link, Little Inez, Seaweeds Friends

Welcome to the 60s
3:45pm-4:30pm
Welcome to the 60s Ensemble, Tracy, Edna, Dynamites, Mr. Pinky, Pinky Staff

It Takes Two
4:30pm-5:15pm
Link, Tracy, It Takes Two Back Up

Timeless to Me
5:15-6:00pm
Edna and Wilbur

Tuesday, March 28th (Staging)
Mama I'm A Big Girl Now
3:15pm-4:00pm
Tracy, Edna, Prudy, Penny, Velma, Amber, Mama Ensemble

It Takes Two
4:00pm-4:45pm
Link, Tracy, Council Girls, Link Back Up, Corny

I Know Where I've Been
4:45pm-5:30pm
Motormouth, Tracy, Seaweed, Penny, Link, Little Inez, Seaweeds Friends

Timeless to Me
5:30pm-6:30pm
Edna and Wilbur

(Dance Review)
Run and Tell That
3:15pm-4:15pm
Seaweed, Tracy, Penny, Link, Little Inez, Seaweed's Friends

Without Love
4:15pm-4:45pm
Without Love Ensemble

Wednesday, March 29th
(Dance Review)
Nicest Kids in Town
3:15pm-4:00pm
Amber, Link, Corny, Corny Collins Council Members, Corny Collins Dancers

(Dance)
Cooties
4:00pm-5:00pm
Amber, Corny Collins Council Members, Corny Collins Dancers

Welcome to the 60s
5:00pm-6:30pm
Mr. Pinky, 60s Ensemble, Mr. Pinkys Staff, Dynamites


Thursday,  March 30th
(Dance Review)
Cooties
3:15pm-4:00pm
Amber, Corny Collins Council Members, Corny Collins Dancers

(Dance)
Good Morning Baltimore
4:15pm-6:30pm
Full Company

Friday, March 31st (Dance)
You Can't Stop the Beat
12:00pm-4:00pm
Full Company

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.

Key Dates
January 6th: Final registration deadline for all trips - PASSED
February 3rd: All travel documents required submitted to trip sponsors - PASSED
March 30th: Final trip meeting @ 6:30 pm - all parents and students should attend

Trip Information
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. At this time, all scholarship funds are committed.

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. Rottman or 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!
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 ( 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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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 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:  International Trip Meeting 
Our final meeting for 8th graders and families attending a world language trip to Costa Rica, France, China, or Guatemala this spring break will take place at 6:30 pm on Thursday, March 30th.  All students and families are asked to attend this important meeting to discuss final preparations for our big adventure. We are just three weeks from departure!

New: Guatemala Spanish Trip Meeting
Guatemala Spanish Humanities travelers and parents we will be having our final meeting Thursday, March 30th at 6:30 in R113. See you there!  

New: 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

New: Chancellor Wilson's Ward 3 Meeting 
DCPS' Chancellor Wilson will hold a meeting at Deal at 6:30 pm on Monday, March 27th to discuss issues related to education in Ward 3. Deal families are encouraged to join the conversation.

New: 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 DorotheaBrady@globalharmonyexcellence.org
 
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 dcps.dc.gov/summer. 
 
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 ( mark.lalonde@dc.gov) or Eunice Humphrey ( eunice.humphrey@dc.gov).

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 Alana.Brown@dc.gov. Deal Gives Back will take place  Wednesday, June 7th.
 
Edline
If you need support with your Edline account or have questions about the system, please email DealEdline@gmail.com
 
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! 
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! 
     
 
 
6th Grade Corner
 


Take a Stand Against Bullying Activity
Data about bullying indicates that 17% of students have been bullied with some frequency (two-to-three times per month), while roughly 30% have admitted that if they saw a student being bullied, they'd do nothing, but 'think [they] ought to help.' On Thursday, March 30th, all 6th graders will watch "Bully" in the afternoon to encourage and inspire students to take action if they see bullying among their peers. "Bully" is a character-driven documentary; because of the sensitive nature of the film and the director's choice to not censor the bullying experienced by some students across the country, the movie is rated 'R'. If for any reason you do not want your child to view the movie, please sign and return the opt-out form (sent home this week) to your child's homeroom teacher by Tuesday, March 28th. Students who do not watch the film will participate in an alternate activity about bullying.

6th Grade French Field Trip
All 6th graders who are enrolled in French will visit the French embassy on Wednesday, March 29th from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. 

6th Grade Spirit/Random Acts of Kindness Week
6th Grade Spirit Week/Random Acts of Kindness Week is just around the corner! Students are going to participate in competitions to show their team spirit and begin our 4th advisory initiative - Random Acts of Kindness. Students will participate in penny-wars, door decorating, and dress-up days. The end of spirit week will culminate in a special trifecta challenge of lip-sync battles, basketball games, and a knocker ball obstacle course. Get ready for a spirited week where students will participate in friendly competition while recognizing and celebrating their peers!
  • Monday - Deal Gear
  • Tuesday - Twin Day
  • Wednesday - Decades Day
  • Thursday - Jersey/Sports Day
  • Friday - Team Color Day (Marrakesh - green; Colombo - yellow; Nassau - blue;and Douala - red
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.

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
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

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
 
 
Resources: 
 
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/digital-footprint
 
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
 
 
  
New: World Language Trip Meeting 
Our final meeting for families of students traveling to Costa Rica, France, China, and Guatemala with Deal this spring break will be Thursday, March 30th and 6:30 pm. This is our final meeting before we travel and all families are asked to attend.

New: Spirit Week Winners
 
Congratulations to team Accra for winning 8th grade spirit week! Last week's team spirit, generous giving, door decorations, wacky-tacky dressing, basketball tournament, and talent show were a ton of fun and a great expression of the personalities and warm spirit of this class. Thank you to Mr. Haller for organizing such a fun week and thank you to all the students and teachers who made it such a success!


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 is happening this week?
Students will meet with their Community Project supervisors this Thursday morning to get final approval on their action plans. This is their final planning meeting so students should come prepared with a finalized, detailed plan.

What is next?
With action plans finalized, students should implement their Community Project during the month of April.

Community Project Spotlight
8th grade students Emily Scarrow and Lily Martin are partnering with Leveling the Playing Field to run a used sporting equipment collection drive at Deal. LPF works within the community to ensure that every kid living in and around the DMV can enjoy the benefits of athletics. All donations benefit low-income schools, after school programs, and athletic leagues.  LPF relies on used/excess sports donations from local communities to engage underprivileged children. As you give your garage and yard a spring cleaning, please donate used sporting equipment so that kids can 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 until April 3rd.
 
Also, check out this story about LPF that recently ran in the Washington Post Kids Post
 
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 ( Eunice.Humphrey@dc.gov) 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
Kate.Outten@dc.gov
 
Mr. Boccardi - Social Worker 
Peter.Boccardi@dc.gov

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

Ms. Travers - Counselor
Johnet.Travers@dc.gov

Mr. Rottman - Assistant Principal
Patrick.Rottman@dc.gov
This Week at Deal
 
Monday: The After School Basketball Club
The after school outdoor basketball club will meet on Monday, March 27th 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 Room C217. This week will be a shortened version of the club as Mr. Namian must leave the school himself by 4:30 pm. Please plan for the club to end by 4:15 this Monday.
 
Monday: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet in Ms. Huber's room at 3:30 pm on Monday, March 27th. See you there!
 
Tuesday: Ultimate Frisbee 
Congratulations to all players who participated in our big win over the Field School last Tuesday. We will practice this Tuesday after school. Meet in Mr. Martini's room W104 at 3:30!
 
Wednesday: Model UN
Model UN will have a mini sim on March 29th from 3:30 - 5:30 pm in the Reno Multipurpose Room.  Students should bring their research and position papers. Students interested in ordering pizza should bring $3 cash and pizza will be ordered for the post-mini simulation.

Thursday: 8th Grade International Trip Mtg 
The final meeting for the 8th grade international trips will take place this Thursday at 6:30 pm. All families and traveling students are asked to attend as we will go over important final logistics and details. See you there! 

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  alicedeal.org (student life > athletics).

Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 3;30 - 6:00 PM
Thursday: Practice, 3:45 - 6:00 pm
Friday: Practice, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 

Softball
Days: Monday through  Friday
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Please come dressed appropriately for the weather or outside

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
Wednesday: Game vs. Stuart Hobson @ Coolidge, 3:30 pm  

Girls Soccer
Monday: Game vs. Brookland @ Deal, 4:30 pm
Wednesday: Practice,  3:30 - 4:30 pm
 
Baseball
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 
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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
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
Speech
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
Today, Tomorrow and Monday!
Stroud
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
M
3:30-4:30
W206
Student Librarians
Redekopp
Working in the media center.
T
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Debate
Stroud
Students will practice their public speaking skills and work towards practicing for competitions.
T 3:30-4:30
W206
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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  www.wilsoncrew.org 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 www.sparkthewave.org/register. 

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 sjk.fieldhockey@gmail.com 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  www.kidselitesports.org