Alice Deal Middle School

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The Weekly Bulletin 

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

What we believe:
All members of the Deal community feel valued, connected, respected, and supported.
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Principal's message: 

We are now just two weeks shy of the end of the 3rd advisory. With Spring Break looming right afterwards, we need to work together to make sure that our students are closing strong this month. We will have our last Saturday Academy of the advisory this Saturday - so have your student check with their teachers about this. This is a great week to take advantage of Grit time during lunch. Finally, take a peek at your child's Edline report to make sure that you know where they are and where they should be expending their energy.

There were a couple of great firsts this week: our students participated in the District's first Honor Choir on Saturday at Stuart-Hobson and we had our first Science Olympiad competition yesterday! Results from our recent Science Fair are below; although we were only allowed to have five participants, one can see that they presented great projects and were well represented among award recipients.

I want to take the time this week to highlight a wonderful effort that started in our ADCA that speaks to their commitment to the community. A couple of years ago, former PTA president, Diana Rojas spoke to me about a desire to support other PTAs around the city with funding and expertise. It is our privilege that lets us forget that most PTAs struggle with the financial side of supporting their schools. Without money, lots of the cool things that we do at Deal couldn't happen. It takes money to make money as well; our successful auction costs thousands of dollars to make happen before we see any receipts; a tree sale in December must have a $10,000 outlay up front. There would be no money made if none was available to start.

Ms. Rojas, working with Deal parent Tabatha Thompson, embarked on a project to create a fund that could be tapped by PTAs across the District that need financial support for academically oriented events or purchases. It is not well known that the PTAs in upper Northwest raise significant amounts of funds to support their schools and their students; PTAs elsewhere in the city might only raise 1 percent of that of one of our Northwest schools. As I hope you know by now, the ADCA supports many of the things at Deal that you and your children hold dear. We do it with the money that you contribute and help us raise. Imagine if even some of that funding were available to any school, anywhere in the city. 

This being Washington, the Washington Lawyers' Committee had also been working on this and had a program to support a few PTAs. Rojas and Thompson worked with the WLC to merge the two ideas, and designed an ambitious PTA support program. The first step was to solicit PTAs to build base funding for potential grants. Rojas and Thompson have been visiting our PTAs and asking that each PTA commit to a percentage of annual net earnings to support this fund. Both the Deal and Wilson PTAs eagerly agreed to provide a 1 percent donation, repeated annually, to support spreading the impact of PTAs across the city.

Why should a PTA donate funds intended to support their own school to a fund that supports other PTAs? The answer is that "because we should." Deal and Wilson, for example, are DCPS schools that are in communion with all other schools in the city. We need the district to be successful. PTAs are wonderful organizations to leverage resources and make things happen in a school. As a district we are still struggling with the inequitable distribution of wealth across neighborhoods - and thus across PTAs. This is a small way to contribute to the erosion of that inequity.  My second argument is " because we can." The ADCA is raising approximately $175,000 this year to support Deal. We are donating $1,800 of this amount to this PTA support effort. We sometimes don't realize how much this amount can mean to another school for their program. Other school PTAs annually raise more than this. This is a truly efficient way to share the support with a relatively small impact financially.

Already, more than a dozen DCPS PTAs have requested grant funds to support a program or an activity. Each PTA must match the funding requested, and there is a technical support component for each grant. Donations from our schools and from the WLC have reached $20,000 this year; these are rapidly turning into real experiences for students across the city. I want to encourage all PTAs to take advantage of the effort being expended on their behalf to support students across the city. This is truly important work.

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright (

NB. Please respond to the Parent-School Climate Survey request below, as your commendations and concerns need to be heard and shared or addressed. This is a great vehicle to make that happen.

NBB. I hope to see a lot of you at our Parent Math Meeting (rescheduled from March 14th), followed by our quarterly ADCA meeting. And on Thursday, we have a great, free-to-you performance by Saakumu, a West African performance group that consistently knocks our socks off each year. 
Updates from the Alice Deal Community Association  (ADCA)

We all hope for some warmer weather this week! Between all that you have going on this week, please find time to support the ADCA and Deal by doing one or all of the following: (1) buy up some of the remaining Gala items in support of Deal, (2) attend this week's ADCA meeting, and (3) buy mulch for your upcoming Spring yard work! 
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.

This Wednesday Night is Our Next ADCA General Meeting!
We invite you to join our ADCA General Meeting next Wednesday, March 22nd.Our guest speaker will be Nadine J. Parker, the executive director of the National Capitol Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking.  Click here for more information.
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:  
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
Important Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these upcoming ADCA and community events: 
  • March 22nd: ADCA General Meeting 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • April 15th: Spring Mulch Sale Ends
  • May 5th & 6th: Hairspray Jr. - Deal Student Musical
As always, please contact Lori at if you have any questions or concerns.
The ADCA Board
The MOST affordable sports camp in DC! Hurry, early bird pricing ends  April 1st! Sibling and multiple week discounts available as well. 

Week of 
March 20, 2017
 Bell Schedule
Monday -Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates

March 20
8th Grade Spirit Week Begins

March  21
Principal's Coffee, 9 am 
6th Grade ELA Trip, Douala

March 22
6th Grade ELA Trip, Colombo
ADCA Meeting, 6:30 pm

March 23
ALT, 3:30 pm
6th Grade ELA, Trip Marrakesh
Saakamu Workshop and Performance

March 24
Deal Tour, 9am
6th Grade ELA Trip, Nassau

March 25
Saturday Academy, 9 am - noon
EMOC, 9 am - noon
Saturday STARS, 9 am - noon

March 26
World Scholar's Cup

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
International Baccalaureate Updates

Thanks to all the parents who reached out for World Scholars' Cup. I will touch base with all students next week with some basic information about the event and how they can prepare if they choose to do so.


Ms. Brown
Deal Musical:  Hairspray
Rehearsal Schedule

Monday, March 20th (Music)
3:15 - 4:15 pm "You Can't Stop the Beat"   - Full company
4:15 - 5:15 pm "Big Dollhouse" - Matron, Tracy, Edna, Velma, Penny, Amber, Little Inez, Motormouth, Jailhouse Ensemble
5:15 - 6:00 pm "Cooties" - Amber, Corny Colins, Amber, Corny Collins Council Members, Corny Collins  Dancers

Tuesday, March 21st (Blocking)
3:15 - 6:30 pm
Scene 9 - Little Inez, Seaweed, Motormouth, Penny, Tracy, Link, Edna, Velma, Amber, Wilbur,
 Cindy Watkins

Scene 10 -  Guard, Velma, Edna, Tracy, Wilbur, Amber, Penny, Little Inez, Prudy, Seaweed, Link

Scene 10b - Wilber and Edna

Scene 11 Newscaster, Motormouth, Penny, Seaweed, Link, Tracy, Seaweed

Scene 12 - C orny, Amber, Wilbur, Motormouth, Velma, Tracy, Little Inez, Prudy, Penny, Seaweed

Wednesday, March 22nd (Staging)
3:15 - 4:00 pm "Mama I'm a Big Girl Now" - Tracy, Penny, Amber, Velma, Prudy, Edna, Mama Ensemble
4:00 - 5:15 pm "Nicest Kids in Town" - Corny Colins, Amber, Link, Corny Collins Council Members, Corny Collins Dancers
5:15 - 6:30 pm "Run and Tell That" - Seaweed, Seaweed's Friends, Duane, Lorraine, Gilbert, Penny, Link, Tracy, Little Inez

Thursday, March 23rd (Staging)
3:15 - 4:00 pm "It Takes Two" - Link, Tracy, It Takes Two Back Up
4:00 - 5:00 pm "Without Love" - Tracy, Seaweed, Penny, Link, Without Love Ensemble
5:00 - 6:30 pm "Cooties" - Amber, Corny Colins, Amber, Link, Corny Collins Council Members, Corny CollinsDancers

Friday, March 24th (Staging)
3:15 - 4:00 pm "Good Morning Baltimore" - Full Company
4:00 - 4:30 pm "You Can't Stop the Beat" - Full Company
4:30 - 5:15 pm "It's Hairspray" - Corny, Council Members, Corny Dancers, Amber

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
Trip number: 1846054aj

Sponsor: Frederick Mbayu
Trip Number: 1817749ch

Sponsor: Yanming Zhi
Trip Number: 1866938jy

(This service trip is only available to Spanish Humanities students)
Sponsor: Nataly Diaz
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.

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

Center Hours
B efore School 8:00 - 8:40 am
  After School  3:30 - 4:30 pm

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

Alice Deal 

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

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

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

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

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

Students must submit a note from their parents to be excused from being absent from school. DCPS' list of reasons an absence can be excused are limited to:
  • Death in the family
  • Illness (doctor's note must be provided for absences that exceed 5 days)
  • Medical appointment
  • Emergency
  • Religious holiday
  • Court summons
  • School activities (DCPS sponsored sports events, academic activities etc.)
  • School visit (tours, interviews, etc.)
If you have any questions or concerns more, please contact our Attendance Office at
or by calling (202) 939-2010.
Student & Parent Information
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: 8th Grade Spirit Week
The Battle of the 8th Grade Teams starts this week! Each day this week, students will participate in friendly competitions to show team and Deal spirit, benefit others, and participate in friendly competition. To earn points for your team:

Monday - Wear your team shirt!
Tuesday - Bring canned food to your homeroom!
Wednesday - Backwards "wacky tacky" day!
Thursday - Team basketball tournament!
Friday - Deal talent show!

New: Digital Footprints
This month, 7th grade students have been 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: Commonsensemedia
New: Deal Science Olympiad
The first official Deal Science Olympiad Team did a fantastic job, winning 3rd place in the overall state competition. The team members of James White, Nate Belman, Teherama White, Meredith Simon, Jack Burke, Annette Leber, and Sean Maxfield did a phenomenal job placing 1, 2, or 3 in every event!

New: 8th Grade Tournament of Presidents 
In the spirit of March Madness, we will have a Tournament of Presidents Bracket.  Students will choose a president to write a one minute speech in which they make the case that their president was the most influential president in US History.  Presidents are arranged by era.  Brackets are available with Ms. Trenkle in E205.  The debate will be all next week during GRIT. Any 8th grader may participate. Students must see visit or email Ms. Trenkle at  to choose their president and receive formal directions.  Round one will begin Monday!
New: West African Music and Dance Performance and Student Workshops
Saakumu Dance Troupe, the performers who have amazed us here at Deal since 2010, will return for a special evening performance for our community. They will perform in the Deal Auditorium on Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30 pm. The show is FREE with a suggested donation. Check Saakumu out here: 
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 
DCIAA Tennis Clinic
Middle school tennis is not yet added to the DCIAA roster of sports, but, in effort to grow interest and prepare our student-athletes for high school tennis, middle school students are invited to participate in the 2017 DCIAA Tennis Clinic. The DCIAA Tennis Clinic will take place on Saturday, March 25th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. This clinic is a fun way to get your athlete ready for next year's high school season!

New: Support Alahna Sabbakhan!
Vote for Alice Deal 2015 graduate Alahna Sabbakhan, now a sophomore at St. John's College HS, as DC Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Her time of 1:14 in the 500m this indoor season ranked her overall US#8 in the nation! Voting ends on Tuesday.

March is Women's History Month!
Girl Up will highlight women who made contributions to our world every day in the morning announcements. Keep your ears open to learn more about how women have shaped the world!
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honors Society (NJHS) is an opportunity for middle school students to be recognized for their excellence in scholarship, service to community, and character. To participate, students must be in the 7th or 8th grade and meet the following criteria to be eligible for induction into the Deal Chapter of NJHS:

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

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

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

Congratulations Science Fair Winners 

Category Awards
  • Animal Sciences: 2nd place, Vance Gootman
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology: 1st place, Maya Landweber
  • Engineering Mechanics: 3rd place, Katherine Geislinger
  • Physics and Astronomy: 1st place, James Paul
Special Organization Awards 
  • ACE Mentor Award 1st Place: Katherine Geislinger
  • Aerospace Corporation's Robert H. Herndon Regional Science Competition Award Honorable Mentions: Katherine Geislinger, James Paul
  • American Meteorological Society of DC 3rd Place: James Paul
  • American Psychological Association: 1st Place: Leila Warner
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), DC Chapter 2nd place: Katherine Geislinger
  • Society of Toxicology, National Capital Area Chapter, Toxicology 2nd place: Vance Gootman
  • U.S. Public Health Service 2nd place: Leila Warner
  • Washington Statistical Society Honorable Mentions: Vance Gootman and Leila Warner
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

School House Rock - Auditions this Week!!!
  • Monday, March 20 or Wednesday, March 22- Vocal Auditions; Multi-purpose Room at 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, March 21 - Dance Auditions; Multi-purpose Room at 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, March 23 - Callback Auditions by invitation (students will be notified by email); Multi-purpose Room at 3:30 pm 
Please prepare one verse or a verse and a chorus of a song from a musical for your audition piece.  Songs will be sung a cappella, but students will be able to find their starting note on a keyboard. No dance experience is necessary, but all potential cast members must attend the dance audition.

Saturday Programs
Both the 6th grade EMOC - MOY and the 7th & 8th grade EMOC - Rites of Passage Programs will take place on Saturday, March 11, from 9:00am until 12 noon. 
Saturday STARS
The 6th grade Saturday STARS Program will take place on Saturday, March 25, from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon.
6th Grade English Field Trip 
All 6th graders will be going on a field trip to the Newseum this month. Details and permission slips coming soon! 
Tuesday, March 21st - Douala
Wednesday , March 22nd - Colombo
Thursday, March 23rd - Marrakesh
Friday, March 24th - Nassau

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
The 6th Grade Spirit Week will take place from April 3rd through April 7th! During this week, all members of the 6th grade community (students, teachers, and families) are encouraged to practice Random Acts of Kindness.
  • 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

Ms. White - Counselor

Ms. Buchanan - Social Worker

Ms. Neal - Assistant Principal

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

Ms. Monkou - Counselor

Ms. DeAngelis - Social Worker

Mrs. Stallworth - Assistant Principal

8th Grade Corner
New: Battle of the 8th Grade Teams!
To celebrate their success so far and build excitement for all the fun and learning coming this spring, the 8th grade team will hold a spirit week from March 20th - 24th! Teams will compete in competitions and participation with the winning team earning an ice cream party!

Monday: Team T-Shirt Count and Door Decorating (Spring Theme!)
Tuesday: Canned Food Drive
Wednesday: Backwards "Wacky Tacky" Day
Thursday: Team Basketball Competition
Friday: 3rd Annual Deal's Got Talent

Teams will earn points for their participation each day so make sure to join the fun and start talking smack to your friends!  
New: Attention 8th Graders 
This is a reminder that Passport to History Formative C Projects for Advisory 3 are due on Friday, March 24th. You must visit 6 appropriate sites and answer the 4 accompanying questions.
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.

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

8th Grade Team Texts
Sign up for team-specific texts for community project, field trips, and other information using Remind 101. Signing up is optional, but this is a good way for students and families to stay connected via text when your email inbox is overflowing!  
Community Project Updates
What happened this week? 
Due to last week's weather delays, students did not meet with their CP supervisors. We will reschedule our supervisor visit in the coming weeks. 
What's next? 
Students will meet with their supervisors in the coming weeks. As students completed their action plans, they should begin implementing their projects now. 

What's needed?  
If you haven't already discussed what activity your student will be completing, now's the time to ask. Students continue to need guidance for their projects, so please assist them with making phone calls to the organizations or people they would like to serve. 
High School Applications 
Eighth grade students applying to high schools will likely need transcripts and letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, and admin at Deal. Here are a few tips to ensure the process goes smoothly for students and staff:

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

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

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

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

Ms. Humphrey - Counselor

Ms. Travers - Counselor

Mr. Rottman - Assistant Principal
This Week at Deal
Monday: After School Basketball Club 
The after school outdoor basketball club will meet  Monday, March 20th 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. 
Monday: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet in Ms. Huber's room on Monday, March 20th at 3:30 pm. We will discuss current legislation and its potential impact on girls around the world and celebrate Women's History Month! Feel free to bring a treat or snack to share with the group and we will "Remember the Ladies!" as Abigail Adams advised!

Tuesday: Principal's Coffee 
Join Principal Albright Tuesday at 9:00 am for informal conversation and coffee. 
Wednesday: Model UN
Model UN will have a guest speaker from the State Department on Wednesday, March 22nd from 3:30 - 4:20 pm. The speaker will present about the Situation in Somalia (our current mini sim).  Students who are not participating in the mini-sim should still plan to participate in our Wednesday meeting and learn more about this current event.

Saturday: Saturday Academy 
This Saturday is the final Saturday Academy of the advisory for 7th and 8th grade students. This invitation-only event is a good chance for extra support and time to catch up on assignments.

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

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

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

Softball practice will take place Monday, March 20thTuesday, March 21st and Wednesday, March 22nd from 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm on the softball field or in the gym (depending on the weather).

All young ladies who must submit any updated universal health forms must do so by Monday, March 20th

Important upcoming dates:
  • Monday, March 20th - All softball athlete documents due  
  • Wednesday, April 25th - Deal vs. Walker-Jones Educational Campus @ Walker-Jones  4:00 pm
Outdoor Track
Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30, meet in gym
Wednesday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30, meet in gym
Boys Soccer:
Monday: Game vs. Oyster @ Randall Field,  3:30 pm
See athletic calendar for practice info 

Girls Soccer
Monday: Game vs. Stuart Hobson @ Coolidge, 4:30 pm
Wednesday: Practice,  3:30 - 4:30 pm
Monday : Game vs. Washington Latin @ Deal,  2:30pm - 4:30  "B/C"
Tuesday : Game vs. St. Anselm @ Deal,  3:30pm - 5:30   "A/B"
Wednesday : Practice,  6:45 - 8:00 am   "A"
Thursday : practice,  6:45 - 8:00 am "C"; Game vs. Bullis @ Deal  2:45 - 4:45 pm "A"
Friday : Practice,  3:30 - 5:00 pm  "B/C"; Practice  5:00 - 6:30 pm   "A

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

Community Information
(Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)

Do you have a community event or organization you would like to see included in the weekly bulletin? Please contact dealbulletin@gmail.comwith submission requests.
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

DC Youth Orchestra Program Spring Registration is Open!!
DCYOP offers beginner through advanced group lessons and ensemble training on all orchestral instruments for students ages 4 ½ to 18.  Nearly 500 students participate in group classes, ensemble rehearsals, and performances each semester at Eastern High School on Capitol Hill.  Every student has the opportunity to perform in at least one concert every semester.  All concerts are free and open to the public. To learn more about DCYOP programs and register for the spring semester, please visit
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