Weekly Bulletin 

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

Our School Vision
Every student feels loved, challenged, and prepared to positively influence society and thrive in life.

What We Believe
All members of the Deal community feel valued, connected, respected, and supported.


Principal's Message:

Thank you to  all of  the students and families who joined us for Movie Night on Friday evening. We greatly appreciate the support of our ADCA.  

Fire Drill   
Our students and staff did an awesome job last week during the Great  ShakeOut  Drill.  Tomorrow, we will have  our  monthly fire drill.  I am pleased to say that we continue to have very successful fire drills where our staff and students evacuate the building, quickly and quietly, in under five minutes. I am confident that tomorrow will be another smooth transition.  

Saturday ZAP (Zeroes Are Not Permitted) 
The last day of class for first advisory is Friday, November 1st. All families are encouraged to use Aspen to monitor your child's grades.  We will host an opportunity for students to make up missing assignments on the morning of Saturday, October 26th during Zeroes Aren't Permitted (ZAP). This session of ZAP will begin at 9:00 am and end at 12:00 pm. Students who need to participate in ZAP are required to arrive by 9:15 am. It is imperative that students are fully aware of the assignments they need to complete. 

Students should communicate with all of their teachers to ensure they have the   necessary assignments    for ZAP on Saturday. If you would like your child to attend ZAP, please contact your child's Grade-Level Administrator:  

6th - Ms. Gathers -  Stacey.Gathers@k12.dc.gov  
7th - Mr. Moore -  Marcus.Moore3@k12.dc.gov  
8th - Mr. Rottman -  Patrick.Rottman@k12.dc.gov  

Onward and Upward!

Mensaje del Director:

Gracias a todos los estudiantes y familias que se unieron a nosotros para la Noche de Cine el viernes por la noche. 
Agradecemos enormemente el apoyo de nuestra ADCA.
Taladro de Incendio   
Nuestros   estudiantes  y el personal  hicieron  un  trabajo   impresionante  la  semana   pasada   durante  el Gran  Taladro   ShakeOut Mañana   tendremos   nuestro   simulacro   mensual  de  incendios  
Me  complace   decir  que  seguimos   teniendo   simulacros  de  incendio   muy   exitosos   donde   nuestro  personal y los 
estudiantes evacúan el edificio, de forma rápida y silenciosa, en menos de cinco minutos. Estoy seguro de que mañana será otra transición suave. 
Sábado ZAP (no se permiten ceros)  
El último día de clase para el primer aviso es el viernes 1 de noviembre. Se alienta a todas las familias a usar Aspen para monitorear las calificaciones de su hijo. Organizaremos una oportunidad para que los estudiantes comuplicen 
las tareas que faltan en la mañana del sábado 26 de octubre durante los ceros no están permitidos (ZAP). Esta sesión de ZAP comenzará a las 9:00 am y terminará a las 12:00 pm. Los estudiantes que necesiten participar en ZAP deben llegar antes de las 9:15 am. Es imperativo que los alumnos sean plenamente conscientes de las tareas que necesitan completar.

Los estudiantes deben comunicarse con todos sus maestros para asegurarse de que tienen las tareas necesarias para ZAP el sábado. Si desea que su hijo asista a ZAP, comuníquese con el Administrador de Nivel de Grado de su hijo:
6a - Sra. Gathers - Stacey.Gathers@k12.dc.gov 
7o - Sr. Moore - Marcus.Moore3@k12.dc.gov 
8o - Sr. Rottman - Patrick.Rottman@k12.dc.gov
¡Adelante y Hacia arriba!
 Week at Deal
  Monday - Bell 1 | Tuesday - Bell 2 | Wednesday  - Wednesday Bell  | Thursday - Bell 2 | Friday - Bell 1

Mark Your Calendar
November 4 & 5  | No School for Students - Professional Development for Staff
Assistant Principal
Stacey Gathers | Stacey.Gathers@k12.dc.gov

6th Grade Support Team 
Johnet Travers, Counselor  | Johnet.Travers@k12.dc.gov
Danielle Morin, Social Worker | Danielle.Morin@k12.dc.gov
Breona Vaughn, Dean | Breona.Vaughn@k12.dc.gov 

Please click the Team Name to access this week's newsletter. 
 If your team's link is not active, the newsletter will be sent out separately to families.

Team Name
Team Leader
Team Email
Team Lagos
Ms. Peteet 
Ms. Wesselhoft
Team Singapore
Mr. Martini
Team Capetown
Ms. Beckley
Team Brasilia
Mr. Martis 

Assistant Principal
Marcus Moore | Marcus.Moore3@k12.dc.gov

7th Grade Support Team 
Camille White, Counselor  | Camille.White@k12.dc.gov
Hilary Katz, Social Worker | Hilary.Katz@k12.dc.gov
Thomas Byrd, Dean | Thomas.Byrd@k12.dc.gov

Please click the Team Name to access this week's newsletter. 
 If your team's link is not active, the newsletter will be sent out separately to families.

Team Name
Team Leader
Team Email
Team Cochabamba
Ms. Belser
Ms. Lashley
Ms. Wickersham
Ms. Perrin
Team Barcelona
Ms. Wikander

This year 7th grade will be using ClassDojo to encourage important skills, like being persistent and building positive relationships with peers. Teachers will may also use it to communicate with you by sending messages or sharing photos from class.  

We'd like all 7th grade families to join us and sign up for ClassDojo! You can use it on any device: it is a simple, free mobile app for IOS and Android, and can also be used from a computer at: classdojo.com.  We will need to ensure we have your updated cell number and email to invite you to ClassDojo. Our goal is for every 7th grade family to be invited to ClassDojo.   Homeroom teachers will be collecting updated information from parents during Back to School Night.  Please contact your team or Mr. Moore if you have any questions. 

In support of their personal development and growth, Mr. Moore is asking students to read one book a month. The book for both September and October is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey.

For teens, life is not a playground, it's a jungle. And, being the parent of a teenager isn't any walk in the park, either. In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, author Sean Covey attempts to provide "a compass to help teens and their parents navigate the problems they encounter daily."  

Mr. Moore will be using this book in team assemblies to discuss various topics that are important to our middle schoolers' success.

Assistant Principal
Patrick Rottman | Patrick.Rottman@k12.dc.gov

8th Grade Support Team 
Joy Monkou, Counselor  | Joy.Monkou@k12.dc.gov
Peter Boccardi, Social Worker | Peter.Boccardi@k12.dc.gov
David Curtis, Dean | David.Curtis@k12.dc.gov

Please click the Team Name to access this week's newsletter.
If the team's link is not active, the newsletter will be sent out separately to families.

Team Name
Team Leader
Team Email
Ms. Hampton
Ms. Parish
Mr. Haller
Ms. Massaquoi
Team Mallorca
Ms. Beliveau

The 8th grade promotion has been set for Thursday, June 18th at 10:00 am at American University's Bender Arena. The 8th grade team is excited to work with this convenient, spacious venue and will release more information about promotion events as details are confirmed.

Our 8th graders will soon be heading off to high school. To assist with this great decision, we will be hosting High School Night on Thursday, November 14, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to receive information about DCPS high schools and the application process. All 7th and 8th grade families are invited to attend. We hope to see you there! 

Open houses are a great opportunity for students to learn about their high school options. If students choose to visit a high school (with parent permission), these absences are excused. Please confirm all open house dates with high schools listed as these dates are subject to change. 

Mckinley Tech
Fall Open House
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 13th
Time:  6pm - 8pm
Address: 151 T St. NE

Winter Open House
Date: Saturday, Jan 11th
Time: 10 am -12 pm
Location: 151 T St. NE

Winter Meet and Greet
Date: Tuesday, January 14th
Time: 6pm - 8pm 
Location: 151 T St. NE

Bard High School Early College DC
Fall Open House Schedule
Thursday, October 10
Wednesday, October 23
Wednesday, November 6
Tuesday, November 19
Wednesday, December 4
Wednesday, December 18
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: 4430 H St. SE Washington, DC 20019

School Without Walls
Open House 
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 
Time: 10 am -12 pm, School Without 
Location: 2130 G St NW
Students and parents MUST RSVP in order to attend. Click this link in order to register. Registration will be limited to the first 500 students to register.

Pleas note: Registration will begin on October 16 and close on November 8 or until capacity is reached.

As students begin to apply to high schools, some schools will require an official transcript be submitted as part of the application. For transcript requests please contact Ms. Monkou: dealtranscripts@gmail.com 

Tuesday, October 22 is our third parent night for 8th grade parents/guardians for Community Project and National History Day.  We will discuss the current assignments and research steps for Community Project and NHD in the respective sessions.   The community project meeting will be in W307 and NHD will meet in W305.  The first presentation will be from 5:00-5:40 and then repeated from 5:45-6:25.  Both sessions are the same and will be repeated for the second session.  Come to both or stay for one.      

Unable to attend?  All NHD materials can be found at  https://tinyurl.com/Grade8History under the NHD tab! Andall CP materials can be found on the Deal Website (just scroll down):  https://www.alicedealmiddleschool.org/ib-program

If there are questions about Community Project or if you know of a great community service idea, please reach out to Caitlin Daniels at  Caitlin.Daniels@k12.dc.gov (IB Coordinator).

For questions regarding National History Day please reach out to your child's History teacher or Amy Trenkle, Team Zanzibar at  amy.trenkle@k12.dc.gov.

Mark your calendars for future parent nights:
  • 11/20
  • 12/19
  • 1/14
  • 2/12
  • 2/25
You are welcome to attend all or choose what fits best for you.  All presentations will be uploaded to the   tinyurl.com/Grade8History site after the presentation.  

History Happened Here are history field trips to historic sites in our region aligned to our I&S curriculum.  While it would be great to visit each of these sites as a classroom field trip, due to time and numbers, it is often not possible.  These trips allow for interested students to explore History on a day-long field trips on a Saturday. 
 Each trip is 8-12 hours in lunch, leaving from and returning to Deal.  All costs are inclusive of transportation, admittance, and program fees.  Students may be required to bring a bagged lunch.  Each trip is approximately ia $75 unless otherwise noted.  Scholarships are available. 
 To register for one or more of the trips, please complete the google form at tinyurl.com/ADMSHHH
 Then, print off the permission slip and return it, with the cost in the form of a check made out to Alice Deal MS to Ms. Trenkle in W305.
Sign up at:   tinyurl.com/ADMSHHH
Permission slips for all trips are located here.
The trips are:
  • Williamsburg on 11/2
  • Fort McHenry on 2/8
  • Harpers Ferry, WV (John Brown's Raid) on 3/14
  • Harriet Tubman Byway and the Underground Railroad on 4/25
  • James Madison's Montpelier, Orange, VA on 5/16
You can sign up for one or multiple trips.  
 Scholarships are available, thanks to our amazing ADCA!  Please stop by W305 to talk to Ms. Trenkle or email her at   amy.trenkle@k12.dc.gov
 We need 40-45 8th graders to run the trip. Please talk with your friends!
Questions? Please email Ms. Trenkle at amy.trenkle@k12.dc.gov or stop by W305.

                                                                      IB STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Each month, Alice Deal highlights students that have personified one of the 10 IB Learner Profile Attributes. The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create and more peaceful world.  Be sure to congratulate your student!
October: Thinker.  Students use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems.  Students exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Elynor Westrom
Hong Kong
Quinn Mores and Wengyin Ho
Maisie Lidstone and
 Raeden Burnette-Leverette
Mackenzie Battle and Emerson Rising
Rhamone Wiggins and Alessandra Tatton
Cape Town
Eva Okoobo and Ian Bailey
Nabek Ababiya and Zinnia Deora
Nico Cloutier and Mara Lovelace
Jami George and Will Hamilton
Safya Biswal and Alexander Tucker 
Dylan Younker and Inez Spellacy-Baah
Tra Nguyen and  Efe Alper

Matt Burris

Parent and Student Information |  Week of October 21

Deal uses Aspen ( aspen.dcps.dc.gov) to share assignment information, grades, and attendance with students and parents/guardians. Returning students and families will use their same account credentials as last year to log in. All students should have brought an Aspen Welcome flier home with further account details. If you are unable to access your Aspen account or have not received account information, please email  DealAspenHelp@gmail.com .

October is National Bullying Awareness and Prevention Month. Throughout this month our team has planned activities and lessons to raise the level of awareness of bullying and it's impact on individuals and communities. At Alice Deal Middle School, we believe that our diversity is our strength. We are asking that everyone in our community to include families, school staff, and students, take time out this month to pledge to treat everyone with dignity and respect and not to engage in behaviors that attempts to diminish another persons worth. 
Some activities this month:
Week of October 21 - Smile Week - Students will have an opportunity to post, in our gallery, what makes them smile
October 23 - Unity Day/Mix it Up at Lunch Day - Staff and students are encouraged to wear orange (you may find t-shirts to purchase at  pacer.org/bullying or just wear an orange shirt that day)

Each year, the Deal   World   Language  Department organizes amazing Spring Break adventures for 8th  grade students studying a   language . This year, our students will travel to Costa Rica, France, China, and Guatemala. Students in good behavioral and academic standing may travel on the   trip   associated with the   language   they are studying. Only students in Spanish Humanities are eligible for the   trip   to Guatemala. Sorry parents, this is a student-only trip!
Important Dates
  • October 1st - Price increase for all trips (sign up before this date is highly recommended!)
  • October 10th - Sign-up deadline for Costa Rica
  • December 13th - Sign-up deadline for France and China
Please  use the links below to learn more about the itineraries and sign up:
Costa Rica
Trip  Website: 
Approximate travel dates: February Break, 2/15 - 2/23
Sponsor: Srta. Cuffee
Trip  Website:
Approximate travel dates: April Break, 4/11 - 4/19
Sponsor: Dr. Mbayu
Trip  Website: 
Approximate travel dates: April Break, 4/11 - 4/19
Sponsor: Mr. Zhi
Trip  Website: 
Approximate travel dates: February Break, 2/15 - 2/23
Sponsors: Ms. Daniels and Dr. Delgado

Please contact 8th grade assistant principal Rottman at Patrick.Rottman@k12.dc.gov with questions about trips or financial support.

Please click here to view our list of staff sponsored clubs and activities!

Please click here for this week's Model UN update!

Ready to join one of our amazing athletic teams? Check out this week's tryout schedule.

Have you lost something during the school day?  Check out our Instagram ( instagram.com/deallostandfound ) for photos of items found in common areas at Deal including in the cafeteria, on the field, and in the Gallery.  Lost items will be kept for approximately two weeks before they are donated.  To claim an item, simply pick it up from the Lost & Found at east side of the Gallery near the Gym.

We make an effort to identify labeled items and make announcements for students to pick these items up in the Welcome Center.  Please help us by putting your full name on all lunch boxes, back-packs and other items you bring to school on a regular basis.

Don't see what you've lost?  Most classrooms have individual lost-and-found areas.  Consider checking in with your teachers.  You can also stop by the lost-and-found to double check, as not all items may be pictured.

Congratulations  to Mr. Clark for the new addition to his family! While he is out on family leave, the Deal Library will not be open after school. After-school hours and Mr. Clark will return on December 3. The Deal Library will continue to be open to students from 8:10-3:30 daily.

Alice Deal Middle School's Picture Day is just around the corner. Click on Join Now below to order this season's school picture today! 

Alice Deal Middle School 
Picture Day Date: Friday, November 8 
Picture Day ID: MJ019166Q0 

2019-2020 YEARBOOK
Yearbooks capture it all!  From best friends they'll never forget, to the people they wouldn't remember without it, a yearbook captures the memories like nothing else. Preorder their yearbook so they won't miss out! 


Here is this week's Alice Deal Community Association update. Feel free to contact the ADCA with questions and comments at  ADCAPresident@gmail.com
Make sure you're in the Deal Directory
So far, we've verified only 31% of the households in Deal's AtoZ Directory. You should have received an email from AtoZ with a login link to update/confirm your information. If you haven't, please login to the  AtoZ dashboard If you want to be removed from the listing, you still need to go to the dashboard and opt-out to be removed from the directory.  Problems? Email Maan at  DealDirectoryUpdates@gmail.com.
International Night - November 20th
Please mark your calendars for  Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30 pm , to sample delicious foods from around the world during Alice Deal Middle School's International Night. We will celebrate the school's Blue Ribbon while raising funds to support the Albright Scholarship fund that helps send Deal students on the 8th grade international trip.   This has always been a fun annual event and we need your help make it a success again this year! 
What you can do :   Please sign-up to here to volunteer  to bring a dish (enough to share with 15-20 people) that represents any part of the world (North/South/Central America; Asia; Africa; Caribbean; Europe; etc.).  You can make or purchase your dish. Please also consider signing-up to help set up; clean up; DJ and so on.   You can get your tickets and/or donate here .
For further information, please contact International Night Chair Federiga Bindi at bindi@iwpr.org
Important Dates
  • November 21-23: 8th Grade Musical Performances
  • November 23-23: Politics and Prose Book Sale -
  • November 30th and December 1: Holiday Greens Sale
Sign-up Deadline for World Language Trips Approaching Fast
Please sign up as soon as you can. Space is limited.  Scholarships are available. Please contact 8th grade Assistant Principal Rottman at 
Patrick.Rottman@k12.dc.gov  with questions about trips or financial support.
This year, our students will travel to Costa Rica, France, China, and Guatemala. Students in good behavioral and academic standing may travel on the trip associated with the language they are studying. Only students in Spanish Humanities are eligible for the trip to Guatemala. Sorry parents, this is a student-only trip!
Important Dates:
  • December 13th - Sign-up deadline for France and China
For more information about each trip and a link to sign up, please see below:
Trip Website: www.eftours.com/2203872mj
Approximate travel dates: April Break, 4/11 - 4/19
Sponsor: Mr. Mbayu
Approximate travel dates: April Break, 4/11 - 4/19
Sponsor: Mr. Zhi
Shop Amazon from the Alice Deal Storefront
ADCA has set up an Alice Deal Community Association Storefront on Amazon which nets the school a much higher dividend from your purchases than we were getting last year. Click the red SHOP AMAZON button on the front of our  website .  You can also follow this link to our page   https://amzn.to/2nPsbnu .   Thanks for your support. 
Need Deal Gear? Shop the Deal Store
Support the Ultimate Frisbee Team
Check out the ADCA  calendar throughout the school year!
Thank you for all your support of the ADCA and of Alice Deal.
Lori and Jenny, 2019-20 ADCA Co-Presidents

DCPS  Public Budget Hearing on October 29, 6-8 pm at Maury Elementary School, 1250 Constitution Ave NE.  Members of the community who are interested in testifying can  sign up here until October 25 at 3:00 pm.  

DCPS has made available  Parent Curriculum Guides that provide grade-specific guides and tools to support your student.  Each guide provides an overview of the DCPS curriculum for the year and activities that families can do to further learning at home. 
Parent University is a free, five-session series for families of elementary and middle school students. Families will learn and share strategies to support their child's academic success across these five workshop titles:  https://t.e2ma.net/click/dtlzne/h05y7c/dxg6ofb
  • Communicating with Your Child's Teacher and School
  • All About Feeder Patterns, Strands and Specialized Programs
  • Understanding Your Child's Progress
  • Building a Sense of Independence in Your Child
  • Making Learning at Home Fun!
Workshops will be hosted at Brookland Middle School and Hart Middle School. All DCPS families are invited to attend. Spanish interpretation services and childcare for children three years and older will be available.
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@k12.dc.gov with submission requests.

Early registration for the Janney 5K and Fun Run ends on October 25. After that registration prices go up for the 5K and the Fun Run.  Please join us on Saturday, November 16 for a scenic run through AU Park and post-race festivities at Janney Elementary School.  Go to http://www.janney5k.com today.
Please join the Wilson High Ultimate Frisbee Teams for a 0.5K Fun Run and Halloween Fall Festival on Saturday, October 26, 5-8 pm at the Wilson Stadium! Celebrate fall, Halloween, and of course the beautiful game of Ultimate Frisbee! We'll have a 0.5K run (about 1/3 mile J), prizes for best costumes, a Frisbee clinic run by current Wilson Ultimate players (boys and girls teams), other fun games, crafts, and food! All ages welcome! Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults, and $15 for families. All proceeds will support the Wilson Ultimate program and the Wilson Boosters. Wilson High School is located at 3950 Chesapeake Street NW, Washington, DC  20016 - enter the stadium from Nebraska Avenue.    Any questions? C ontact  lely.constantinople@gmail.com  or  jenevacraig16@gmail.com . Hope to see you there!
On Sunday, October 27th at 6:30 PM Casa Italiana is organizing a theatrical and musical show on the history of theater through music from 1508 to today, titled L'ultimo polverone. If you love music or theater this is your show! Tickets are $20 but Casa Italiana is happy to offer free tickets to Deal students, staff and teachers (say you are a Deal student, staff and teacher at the entrance). For more info info@casaitalianaente.org Click Here for flier.
Chevy Chase Prep coaches students through successful middle and high school transitions all year around. We have extensive experience with math acceleration, SSAT/ISEE, HSPT, and Walls preparation, and competitive middle and high school admissions. Local references attest to our expertise, and to students' confidence and performance on standardized tests. We:

-- Proudly offer individual tutoring in DCPS Eureka Math to motivated Deal students
-- Expertly coach the SSAT, ISEE, and HSPT. Last year, we had a 100 percent record of competitive independent high school placements
-- Are community-based and woman-owned 

Please visit us on the web at:  chevychaseprep.com and email us at  chevychaseprep@gmail.com
Expert DCPS Math and SSAT/ISEE/HSPT Tutoring Available
Chevy Chase Prep coaches students through successful middle and high school transitions all year around. We have extensive experience with math acceleration, SSAT/ISEE, HSPT, and Walls preparation, and competitive middle and high school admissions. Local references attest to our expertise, and to students' confidence and performance on standardized tests. We:

-- Proudly offer individual tutoring in DCPS Eureka Math to motivated Deal students
-- Expertly coach the SSAT, ISEE, and HSPT. Last year, we had a 100 percent record of competitive independent high school placements
-- A re community-based and woman-owned 

Please visit us on the web at: chevychaseprep.com and email us at  chevychaseprep@gmail.com

The Lafayette Tennis Association is offering tennis classes at 4:30 and 5:30 throughout the week for Alice Deal students. The classes have already started but you can sign up now and get a prorated fee. The classes are for beginner, advanced beginner and intermediate tennis players. Anyone living in the general area can sign up for these classes so you can have your non-Deal friends join you in the class. The classes are at Lafayette Park which is on the M-4 Metro Bus line. Go to www.LafayetteTennis.org to see when the different types of classes are available. You can contact Paul Rosenbaum at 202 441-0925 or rosenbaumpaul@msn.com
with questions about the program.

STEM in your "Hood" is free for any student in grades 5-12 (in or outside of college bound) who need help or enrichment. Math and science are crucial for many things, so come work with their math coaches.
Mondays and Wednesdays
College Bound Office
128 M St NW, Suite 210
Washington, D.C. 20001 5:30 pm -
 7:30 pm 
Beacon House
601 Edgewood Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20017
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Dates of Operation*
September 30th - December 19th, 2019
January 6th - May, 2020
Click on the link to complete the application: https://www.collegebound.org/stem-in-your-hood-unlocking-urban-genius--the-winning-equation.html

Interested in trying a new sport? Wilson High School is offering an 8th-grade LEARN TO ROW program this fall. No experience necessary! Students will learn the basics of the rowing stroke while being introduced to the rigor and teamwork that characterizes Wilson Crew. The program is designed to impart the fundamentals of the sport to prepare participants for competitive rowing at the high school level. For more information, please visit our website:  wilsoncrew.org/middle-school-rowing or e-mail Coach Chris Rickard at  chrisrickard93@gmail.com.

All boys eleven or older are invited to join Boy Scout Troop 90 at Blessed Sacrament School. Troop 90 holds weekly meetings Wednesday nights from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm and monthly campouts. Scouting gives young people the opportunity to explore a world beyond the boundaries of everyday life.  You get to try new things, develop friendships, provide service to others, build self confidence, and develop leadership skills.  And have fun while doing it!  We just finished a scuba diving trip in St. Croix! Other activities include learning first aid, emergency preparedness, wilderness survival and other merit badges, rock climbing at Seneca Rocks, fishing in the Chesapeake Bay, camping in Antietam National Battlefield, backpacking in Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico, ski/snowboard trips to Wisp, community service projects, among others.  We have scouts from Alice Deal and other schools throughout the area.  Please come and check it out. No obligation!  No scouting experience necessary.  Any questions please contact Scoutmaster Keith Morrison at (202) 236-1624 or  kmorrison@vsadc.com.  You can also see our website at  troop90dc.org which was created and is updated by the scouts.
My name is Senait Solomon, and I am a Research Coordinator at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Currently, we are recruiting for an obesity prevention study for adolescent military dependents between the ages of 12 to 17.

Parents of Teens: Are you concerned about your child's eating? Is he or she above average weight? Consider participating in a voluntary research study testing how effective a group program is in the prevention of excess weight gain among military dependents aged 12 to 17 years who are above average weight and report loss of control eating and/or elevated anxiety symptoms. Study visits take place at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, MD, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, in Fort Belvoir, VA, and Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic in Joint Base Andrews, MD. Individuals who qualify to participate in this study will be compensated for their time. For more information, please call 301-295-1598 or 301-295-0864. Our study team looks forward to hearing from you!

Please feel free to reach out via phone, (301)-295-1598 or (301)-295-0864 with any questions.

Senait Solomon, B.A.
Research Coordinator
Developmental Research Laboratory on Eating and Weight Behaviors 
Department of Medical & Clinical Psychology
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Building B, Room 1022
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Office: 301-295-0864
 (K-12) in NW DC and MD
Good afternoon,
I hope you are doing well. I am reaching out today to share an opportunity with a great  tutoring company, Ad Alta Tutoring ( www.adaltatutoring.com). I help Ad Alta's founder/owner, Dani Villar del Saz, when she is in need of more great tutors, and we are gearing up for the 2019-2020 academic year. 
Most of our students are K-12 and live/attend school in the NW DC, Chevy Chase, Bethesda, and Silver Spring areas. Subject areas run the gamut - sciences, math, writing, reading, languages, social studies, etc. - and most students attend sessions 1-2x/week for one-hour per session. This does occasionally vary based on tests, projects, student's progress, etc. Hourly rate starts at $55 - and goes up from there - and the number of students each tutor helps depends largely on the tutor's availability. 
These freelance positions are a great way to earn supplemental income, and, because most students meet in the after school/early evening hours, those who work in the school system are often able to tutor in addition to their regular job. 
I'm reaching out to you as PTA leaders, as you have a better idea than many of parent organizations and/or listservs that may be useful for me to contact. As a PTA member at my son's school in Arlington, I'm well aware of how many talented, intelligent parents we have - and how much all of us parents could use a few extra bucks here and there! Any suggestions you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance for any response.
Kate Marden
Ad Alta Tutoring

DC Youth Orchestra Program has moved back to Ward 4 and Fall Registration is open!!
The DC Youth Orchestra Program has moved to Takoma Education Campus in Ward 4, which is only a 15-minute drive from Deal. DCYOP had its original home in Ward 4 for the first 50 years of its existence.  DCYOP has been growing steadily at Eastern High School in Ward 6 for the past six years and now has more students, greater financial stability, and a renewed international tour program. The new space at Takoma Education Campus will support the growing program.
DCYOP offers group lessons and ensemble training on all orchestral instruments for students ages 4 ½ to 18. More than 600 students participate in group classes, ensemble rehearsals, and performances each semester through DCYOP's main-site programming at Takoma Education Campus as well as DCYOP's school partnerships. All concerts are free and open to the public. To learn more about the program and register for the fall semester, please visit  www.dcyop.org.