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: 

We are now at that sweet spot in the 2nd advisory - Thanksgiving directly behind us and the Winter Break still several weeks away - and mostly uninterrupted time to get or keep the advisory on track. My goal is for our students and families to have unimpeded rest periods over the Winter Break; to do that we need to get our work done now and not have a backlog looming over our heads! The midpoint of the advisory is next week; this would be a great time to do a check to make sure that your student is on track for the remainder of the calendar year. 

This week, the LSAT and Deal Washington Teacher's Union (WTU) representatives will present at the first of the budget hearings. As I discussed last week, our student growth continues unabated while our physical plant does not keep pace. I appreciate any and all support you give the school so that your students can continue to have a great education. At the very least, I need you to pay attention to the discussion and debate - that is your homework!

A couple of notes about the weather. We aren't able to open the front doors for students until 8am, so if your student is an early riser and wants to get to school at the crack of dawn, please dress them well so that they can keep warm until we open the doors. In emergencies, we will find a place for them of course but there is so much going on in the morning that we can't just regularly welcome them at 7am!

On the other end of the spectrum, if your child has a hard time getting to school, please work with them (and our attendance team) so that we can fix this. As I tell the students, 8:45am is one of the latest opening times in any school district, so there are very few excuses to why they couldn't get here on time. My concern remains that the habits we develop in middle school may well stay with us through high school and beyond. Being on time to school is a good habit to cultivate. The system is set up to heavily discourage students from being late - whether you agree with that or not - and we therefore take it seriously.

I hope to see you this week at Thursday's "Coffee House" - Deal's Open Mic for our talented kids. It takes place in the Reno Multipurpose Room from 4 till 5:30, and features coffee and music, dance, and poetry. 

Finally, in keeping with this year's motto "Let's Try Four Days a Week" we will NOT be having school for students on Friday. It is a professional development day for staff. 

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright ( james.albright@dc.gov)
Update from the Alice Deal Community Association  (ADCA)
 
Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2016 International Night last week!  A special thank you to our International Night Co-Chairs, Erica Venable and Eliane Catilina.  What a fun and delicious evening, as always!
 
Also, congratulations to our Donations Week Winners:
  • Claudia Kinkela, the parent of a 7th grader, won gift cards for dinners out!
  • Wendy Wilkinson, the parent of a 6th grader, won Galley Foods dinner for a week!
  • Nancy King, the grandmother of a 6th grader, won two tickets to the Gala and a free Uber Ride!
And, THANK YOU to all who bought books at the Politics and Prose Book Fair Fundraiser.  We raised $1,600.00 for the Deal Library and we purchased all of the books on the Library's Wish List!
 


COMING UP very soon is our Holiday Greens Sale.  Please sign up to volunteer here - scroll to near the bottom of the list and sign up!   And, make sure to get your tree on December 3rd, 4th, 10th, or 11th!


Important Dates
 
Mark your calendar for these upcoming ADCA and community events:
  • December 3 - 4 & 10 - 11: Holiday Greens Sale
  • January 18: ADCA General Meeting 6:30-8:00 pm
  • February 25: Annual Deal Auction Fundraiser Gala 
         
As always, please contact Lori at ADCAPresident@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Thanks, 
The ADCA Board

Week of 
November 28, 2016
 Bell Schedule
 
 
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I   
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - No School for Students
PD Day for Staff
Upcoming Dates


November 30
Janney Buddy Day 

December 1
7th Grade Assembly
New To Deal, 3:30 pm
Deal Coffee House, 4 - 5:30 pm

December 2
No school for students
Professional development for staff 

December 3
Holiday Green Sale 

December 4
Holiday Green Sale 

December 6
Team Leaders (all), 3:30 pm

December 7
Term 2 Progress Reports Distributed
Lafayette Buddy Day

December 8
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm
ALT, 3:30
PD for PLUs

December 10
Saturday Academy, 9 - noon
Holiday Greens Sale
DCPS Edfest 11am - 3pm
Saturday Stars 9 - noon

December 11
Holiday Greens Sale

December 14
Open House 9 - 1 
Hearst Buddy Day

December 15
Winter Concert, 6:30 pm
NHD Night - Multipurpose Room, 5 - 6 pm
Faculty Meeting, 3:30

December 16
Teacher Holiday Lunch

December 19
Eaton Buddy Day

December 20
Principal's Coffee, 9 am
Team Leaders, (Grade Level)

December 22 - January 2
Winter Break

January 3
School Resumes 
Team Leaders (all), 3:30 pm

January 5
New to Deal, 3:30 pm

January 6
Deal Tour, 9 am

January 7
Saturday Academy

January 11
ADCA Executive Board Meeting

January 12
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm

January 13
LSAT, 7:30 am
Deal Play, 6:30 pm

January 14
Saturday STARS,  9 - noon

January 16
Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday
No School for Students and Staff

January 17
Team Leaders, (grade level), 3:30 pm 

January 18
ADCA Meeting, 6:30 pm

January 19 
Records Day 
No School for Students

January 20
Inauguration Day 
No School for Students and Staff

January 24
Principal's Coffe, 9 am
WTU Meeting

January 26
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

January 27
Term 2 Marks due

January 28
Open House, 10 am - 1 pm

January 30
8th Grade NPG/SAAM Field Trip

January 31
8th Grade NPG/SAAM Field Trip 
A Midsummer Night's Dream Rehearsal Schedule 

Monday, November 28
BLOCKING 3:30 - 5:45 pm
Act 1 Sc. 1
Theseus, Hippolyta, Egeus, Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, Helena
Act 1 Sc  2
Quince, Snug, Bottom, Flute, Snout and Starveling

Tuesday, November 29
BLOCKING  3:30 - 5:45 pm 
Act 2 Sc. 1
Puck, Fairy 1, 2, and 3, Titania, Oberon
Act 2 Sc. 2
Titania, Lysander, Hermia, Puck, Helena 

Wednesday, November 30
BLOCKING  3:30 - 5:45 pm 
Act 3 Sc. 1
Bottom, Quince, Snug, Snout, Flute, Starveling, Titania, Peaseblossom, Cobweb,
Mustardseed, Moth

Thursday, December 1
BLOCKING  3:30 - 5:45 pm 
Act 3 Sc. 2
Oberon, Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, Helena, Puck 

Friday, December 2
BLOCKING  3:30 - 5:45 pm 
Act 4 Sc. 1
Lysander, Demetrius, Helena, Bottom, Peaseblossom, Mustardseed, Oberon, Cobweb, Moth, Puck, Titania, Thesus, Egeus, and Hippolyta


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
February 2nd: Trip meeting @ 6:30 pm
February 3rd: All travel documents required submitted to trip sponsors
March 30th: Trip meeting @ 6:30 pm  

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

Please continue to send non-perishable items for our Food Drive Competition. Our goal is for each homeroom to collect at least 125 items. Items will be donated to food pantries local to DC and Northern Virginia after the Thanksgiving holiday, a time when most food pantries are running low.

The following items are most wanted:
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned or dry beans
  • Canned vegetables (low sodium or no salt added)
  • Brown and white rice, pasta, macaroni and cheese
  • Hot and cold cereal
  • Canned tuna, salmon, or chicken
  • Canned fruits
  • 100% juices
  • Healthy snacks like raisin, granola bars 
For more information please contact Mr. Otterstatter ( Robert.Otterstatter@dc.gov) orAlana Brown ( Alana.Brown@dc.gov). 

  
Media Center  News

The Deal Library will be closed after school on  Thursday, November 17th for the faculty meeting.

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: Deal Holiday Tree Sale  
The Deal Holiday Tree Sale takes place on the weekends of December 3rd & 4th and 10th & 11th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The sale is held at Deal by the front doors.
 
On sale will be a great selection of fresh cut trees in a variety of sizes.  Your choices include Fraser Firs and Balsam Firs from 5 feet to 10 feet tall. Wreaths, candle rings, and garland are also on offer.
 
Cash, credit and check are accepted.  Proceeds go to support the Alice Deal Middle School students through  the programs of the ADCA. Get there early for the best selection!

New: National Junior Honors Society
The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is an opportunity for middle school students to be recognized for their excellence in scholarship, service to community, and character. 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
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).

New: Deal Coffee House
Deal's popular Deal Coffee House will take place Thursday, December 1st from 4:00 - 5:30 pm at Deal. This event is a fun opportunity for students and staff to show off their talents in a friendly, snack-filled environment. Join us to see your fellow Viking show off their artistic skills!
 
New: GeoPlunge Tournament Champions!
Congratulations to all players who participated in the GeoPlunge Challenge Tournament at the National Portrait Gallery on Nov. 15. A special shout-out to Myles Bell, Miles Wilkinson, and Zachary Isaacs for taking 1st place and Eva Flaherty, Mary Louisa Leopold, and Jillian Fletcher for 2nd place in the combo 3 Middle School division!

Doodle for Google Art Contest
Submissions for the nationwide contest are still being accepted through the end of November. Entry forms are located outside Ms. Kouri's room (C205) and this year's theme is "What I see for the future." Enter for a chance to win scholarships, a trip to Google headquarters, and other fabulous prizes! Forms can be returned to Ms. Kouri's mailbox in the Welcome Center.
 
3rd Annual Deal Open Mic Night!
Calling all student and staff singers, actors, musicians, and poets! The 3rd Annual Deal "Coffee House" will be held on Thursday, December 1st from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room! The sign up sheet is posted outside Ms. Neal's office on the first floor. Sign up for a 5  minute slot to show off your amazing talents! 

Clothing Drive for Bahamians
8th grade student, Earl Skrine, is hosting a clothing drive to support those who lost everything when  Hurricane  Michael hit the Bahamas this fall. Students who donate new or gently used clothes or shoes of all sizes  will be entered in to a drawing for a gift card! This clothing drive lasts from November 21st to December 19th. Please bring donations to their homerooms where they will receive their tickets for the drawing. Thank you in advance for your support. 

Socktember!
We are now in Socktember! Homerooms are collecting new, white or dark-colored socks, hats, gloves, and scarves for people experiencing homelessness. The homeroom that collects the most will receive a sweet treat!

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! 
Local School Advisory Team Update

The LSAT (Local School Advisory Team) is a group of teachers, administrators, and parents (elected by the community) who meet on a monthly basis to discuss school-wide and DCPS programs/initiatives, and concerns that affect the learning environment and overall school culture at Deal. A couple of key issues that we would like to bring to your attention are:
  1. On September 30th, 2016, DCPS families received a memo from the DCPS Office of Family and Public Engagement (OFPE) with the subject line "School Health Services Program Update." The memo informed the community of changes to school health services programs overseen by the DC Department of Health (DOH) that would take place in January 2017. A major part of the change was the decrease in nursing staff across the school system. This change would have reduced the current full-time nurse, at each school, to part-time. On October 25th, 2016, the DC Council passed emergency legislation to preserve the current nurse staffing at each school for the current school year. However, changes could still occur next school year. The LSAT is drafting a response expressing our desire to not only retain full-time nursing support, but also express the desire for an additional full-time nurse based on the school's size.
  2. There is a budget engagement meeting on November 29th, 2016 where members of the community can give testimony as it relates to the budget needs of their schools or the school system's budget structure as a whole. The LSAT is preparing testimony to raise awareness on the issue of the continued increase in enrollment at Deal which is causing a serious capacity issue that the school will face next school year. While the testimony will be to raise awareness, the LSAT will be working to have more pointed meetings with key members of the City Council over the next month and reaching out to the Deal community to solicit input for creating a formal position of the Deal community on what's the best thing for Deal in the long term.

The LSAT parent representatives for the 2016-2017 school year are:


6th Grade Corner
 


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



Executive Skills Supports
Some common issue facing many 7th Graders can be described as students being disorganized, forgetful, distracted, or careless. According to Peg Dawson and Richard Guare in their article "Executive Skills: The Hidden Curriculum", students who demonstrate these behaviors lack executive skills: the ability to get organized, execute tasks, and take an idea from start to finish. Dawson and Guare describe the following executive skills as essential to student success in school and life:

  • Response Inhibition - thinking before acting;
  • Working Memory - holding information in mind while performing complex tasks;
  • Emotional Control - managing emotions to     complete tasks or control behavior;
  • Sustained Attention - staying focused despite   distractions, boredom, or fatigue;
  • Task Initiation - beginning tasks without undue procrastination;
  • Planning and Prioritization - creating a           roadmap to reach a goal and making               decisions about what's important;
  • Organization - creating and maintaining           systems to keep track of information or           materials;
  • Time Management - estimating how much       time one has, what's important, how to         allocate time, and how to meet deadlines;
  • Goal-directed persistence - having a goal,       following through to completion, and not         getting sidetracked;
  • Adaptability - being able to revise plans in       the face of obstacles, setbacks, new               information, or mistakes;
  • Metacognition - being able to step back and   ask, "How am I doing?"
Throughout adolescence these skills develop slowly and unevenly. However, the middle school years mark a key developmental stage to support your children with the development of these skills. If you notice that your child is struggling in one of these areas of Executive Skill, please consider some of the following suggestions to support their development at home.
  • Structure, Routines and Organizational Schemes: Making tasks shorter; making the steps more explicit; building in variety and choice; and providing more prompts, reminders, and supervision.
  • Goal Setting: If you notice an Executive Skill weakness, set a goal with your child and develop steps to support them meeting the goal. Monitor their progress and provide them with feedback and encouragement.
  • Praise/Incentives: Provide your child with specific praise or incentives for meeting goals and demonstrating growth in a targeted skill. 
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 Grade Parents
8th Grade parents, guardians, and students are invited to a National History Day (NHD) workshop by Deal 8th grade I&S Teachers from  5:00 - 6:00 pm  on  December 15th  in the Reno Multipurpose Room. We will go over the general layout of the project, expectations, share previous year's projects, and have time for Q&A.

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 multiple schools, please gather all requests to submit at one time. Requests should include stamped envelopes for mailing.
 
Requesting Recommendations
Who - Start by thinking about the best teachers to attest to your strengths and positive attributes. Some schools require specific subject teachers to write the recommendation; be aware of this before you ask.

Prepare - Gather all recommendation forms and fill out all pertinent information. Prepare an addressed and stamped envelope for each requested recommendation for. All recommendations will be placed in the mail by the individual teacher or by your counselor.

Ask - Ask the individual if they would be willing to write your recommendation. Tell them when it needs to be completed and mailed in. It is also a good practice to send a follow-up email to the teacher thanking them for taking the time to do this for you. This email will help you keep track of who is submitting recommendations for you and also help with follow-up.

Grow - Use the experience of asking for a letter of recommendation to help you grow your communication skills.  This will come in handy when advocating for yourself in high school. 

Common Applications
The Common Application for specialized DCPS High Schools becomes accessible on December 12th.  The Common Application is used to apply to all DCPS Selective High Schools. These schools are Benjamin Banneker, School Without Walls, McKinley Technology, Phelps ACE, Columbia Heights Education Campus, and Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

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.  
 
High School Open House Dates
High school visits are an awesome opportunity 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!

Benjamin Banneker Academic HS
Saturday, December 3rd from 8:30 am - noon

Wilson HS
Friday, January 13th from 9:00 - 11:00 am
The Wilson Open House is for prospective parents who are interested in learning more information about the school's academic program.  Any student who wishes to attend must be accompanied by a parent.

Mckinley Tech 
Wednesday, January 25th at 6:00 pm
Register here:  http://bit.ly/TechOpenHouse

Duke Ellington School of Arts
Tuesday, November 29th from  3:00 - 4:30pm

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 (cancelled)
Regrettably, the After School Outdoor Basketball Club will NOT meet the next two Mondays: November 28th and December 5th. The club will resume on Monday, December 12th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the Cottage.
 
Tuesday: Young Philosophers
Young Philosophers will meet this Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm to discuss John Stuart Mill's idea of utilitarianism and ask the question, "What is the greatest good for the greatest number?"  You won't want to miss it!

Wednesday: Model UN
Model UN will have its Fair Trade mini sim on November 30th in the Reno Multi Purpose Room from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Students should plan to stay the entire time. Participants should bring a position paper and their conference folder. The background is uploaded to the MUN Edline page.

Thursday: Deal Coffee House
Deal's popular Deal Coffee House will take place Thursday, December 1st from 4:00 - 5:30 pm at Deal. This event is a fun opportunity for students and staff to show off their talents in a friendly, snack-filled environment. Join us to see your fellow Viking show off their artistic skills!


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).

Athletic Calendar
As practice and game schedules are subject to change, please check the Deal Athletics Calendar for the most current athletics schedule.

Basketball
6th grade boys
Team meeting Monday from 3:30 - 4:00 pm
Practice Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.

6th grade girls
Practice Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm

7th/8th boys
Practice Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; Study hall from 3:30 - 4:20 pm, conditioning from 4:30 - 5:00 pm, and court time from 5:00 - 6:00 pm

7th/8th girls
Team meeting Monday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm in room RG14
Practice Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.

If you have any other questions or require further assistance regarding basketball tryouts or required documents, please email the respective coach:

6th grade boys: Coach Danny Page
afreshstart1991@gmail.com 
7/8th grade boys: Coach Stacy Turner
dealdeanturner@gmail.com 
6th grade girls: Coach Darieal Wimbley
darieal.wimbley@dc.gov
7/8th grade girls: Coach Neal Downing
neal.downing@dc.gov

If you would like to be added to the email list to receive updates and information, please send an email to either dealgirlsball@gmail.com or
dealboysball@gmail.com and indicate which team your child is trying out for. 
  
Indoor Track
Practice Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm

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

Swimming
We are happy to announce that practice for the Deal Swim Team begins this week! Practices will take place at the Wilson Aquatic Center from 4:00 - 5:00 pm with students leaving from Deal at 3:30 pm.

Students must submit all mandatory health forms (see above) to participate with the swim team.

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.

Wilson Crew Holiday Wreath Sale 
Support  Wilson Crew and get ready for the holidays by purchasing fresh, fragrant 24-inch Frazier fir wreaths decorated with red velvet bows from Wilson Crew.  You can purchase wreaths for $30 each from your favorite rower or by logging on to  http://www.wilsoncrew.org/wreath-sale/.  Be sure to enter the name of your favorite rower when you purchase online so that he or she gets credit for the sale. Wreaths will be delivered the first week in December.   Wilson Crew is the only rowing program in DCPS and relies on the generosity of supporters like you to keep this sport alive for public school students in our city.  Pull for  Wilson Crew!

Don't miss the 5th annual Tenley WinterFest!
Chill with friends and neighbors at the 2016 Tenley WInterFest, Friday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Dec. 3, culminating in the Janney Winter Market! Crafters, artists, and small business people of all ages: reserve your table today for the bustling market on Dec. 3, 12-4pm. Student rate is just $20 per table; $40 for adults. To register for a table, submit your form and payment online at www.tenleywinterfest.org.
 
Rent a table to sell your wares or come shop for gifts and join the fun. Entrepreneurs sell their creations (jewelry, toys, accessories, baked goods, art work, lunch items, décor and more) to holiday shoppers at this festive community event, featuring live music, hot cocoa, Tenley WinterFest t-shirts, and yeti scavenger hunt prizes!
 
Get your yeti scavenger hunt form, and all the event details at www.tenleywinterfest.org

See the website for details on all the cool free stuff happening in Tenleytown that week: restaurant specials (WinterFEAST!), yeti scavenger hunt with fun prizes, Tenley Gets Lit holiday lighting and window decor contest, historic walking tour, library winter story time and crafts, toy drive and family movie night at St. Ann's, and more. And coming soon, the return of the special Tenley WInterFest display in the Best Buy window!

Stop Hunger Scholarships: Get $5K, Give $5K (12/5)
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation is accepting applications for the  Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships now through  Dec. 5. This program recognizes students who are finding creative solutions to end hunger in America. Winners receive a $5,000 scholarship and a $5,000 grant for their charity of choice. Please share this opportunity with your students. See flyer attached ("stop hunger flyer") and help spread the word on social media: #GET5GIVE5.  Additional resources to promote the scholarships are also available on Sodexo Net. Visit  www.HelpStopHunger.org  for official rules and to apply.

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