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.
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Principal's Message...

The last day of the summer break before we pry open the school doors can mean many things. For those of us who have been in the building all summer there is a sense of a plan coming to fruition - the classrooms ready, the grounds freshened up, the curriculum planned, and the details ironed out. For our new teachers, are Deal students and their families going to be as supportive and committed as promised during their interviews? For our returning teachers, what will this principal be like? Will Deal be the Deal they love? For our 7th and 8th graders, back for another round, will they see their friends, will they enjoy their days, will they be excited and learn as much as last year? For our students' parents, will this year live up to their expectations and hopes? Was this the right decision? Finally, our incoming 6th graders. Will they be as nervous as they were on Friday during orientation? Will they really be able to get across the building in the time they need? Will teachers, principals, counselors, really be as nice as they promised?

Before we can answer these questions, we need to take a bit of time to get reacquainted - with this bulletin. Each Sunday, I will send you this bulletin updated and ready for the week. There are a number of items to keep your eyes on (besides the Principal's message) so you are informed and can, in turn, inform your children. The next section, Student and Parent Information, is our news section. Items of interest to many, results from competitions, events in the life of the school, new activities popping up - here is where I place them. Right below this is This Week at Deal. This is a day-by-day listing of school events that allows all of us to get a handle on what is important to know. For example, all of us now know that the Student Handbook is being distributed on Tuesday - so parents should know to look for it that afternoon. The next section below that is Staff Information - meetings, expectations, professional development. Further on (but not here this week) is a calendar of our after-school activities. Each club and activity is listed, with location and end-times. There is a lot in this section and it is a bit tough to read, but persevere! It is very useful.

On the left side of the bulletin, I start by listing our Bell Schedule. This helps the staff know which schedule to use on each day and signals that something special might be happening and to look further in the bulletin. Below this is a calendar of Upcoming Dates, taken directly from our in-house school calendar. This lists everything coming up for the next month or so. Check this carefully and use it to populate your own calendars. Next is news from our library/media center - a popular place and happening one as well.

The bulletin will grow as we get in to the year. There is a place for community news and for sponsors of Deal. Our attendance will be shared with you. There will be inserts of important news. An article or two will pop up. For those of you who have been faithful readers over the last few years, you might also note that the bulletin continues to evolve. This is due to comments we receive from parents and teachers alike. For example, we make more of an effort to highlight new items and to delete unnecessary ones. In other words, you have helped make the bulletin a better place.

Finally, tomorrow is the start of something great. Please make sure that your children or at school on time, ready to go. Our doors open at 8:00 for them - and classes start at 8:45. They will pick up a copy of their schedules and go to designated locations - we will be there to guide them. Have them dressed for success and fed for learning. Be aware that there may be much coming home each day and we need your help in getting critical documents back to us. Take care - we have this.

Principal Albright
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Bell Schedule

Monday -Bell II 
Tuesday -Bell II
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I 

Upcoming Dates


August 27
First Day of School
September 3
Labor Day
No school for students or staff
September 4
Team Leaders

September 5
PTA Meeting - 6:00 pm
6th Grade Parent Workshops
6:30 pm

September 6
6th Grade Parent Workshops
6:30 pm

September 8
Saturday Detention 9 -12

September 11
Team Leaders
Music Info Night 6 - 6:30
Back-to- School Night
6:30 pm

September 13
Dept. Chairs, 3:30 pm

September 14
Party on the Plaza Movie/Ice Cream night, 6:30 pm

September 19
Hemlock - Team Sydney

September 20
Hemlock - Team Santiago

September 24
Hemlock - Team San Francisco

September 25
Team Leaders

September 26
Deficiencies to Admin

September 27
Hemlock - Team London

October 2
Parent- Teacher Conference letter distributed 
Custodian Appreciation Day

October 3
NHD Workshop for students and parents 6:30 pm

October 4
Picture Day
High School Night, 6:30 pm

October 8
Columbus Day
No School for students or staff

October 9
Team Leaders

October 10 
Paced Interim Assessments

October 11
Dept. Chairs, 3:30 pm
PTA International Night
 6:30 pm

October 12
World Language Trip Meeting

October 13
Saturday Detention, 9-12

October 15
8th Grade Art History Trip

October 16
8th Grade Art History Trip

October 17
Math Family Night
 6:30 pm

October 18
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
8th Grade Trip to Mount Vernon

October 19
Professional Development for Staff 
(No school for students)
Detention 9-12

October 22
Parent-Teacher Conferences
(No school for students)

October 24
Literature to Film Festival

October 27
Saturday Detention, 9-12

October 31
Beginning French Trip to NGA
Library News

Library Media Center Hours   

 Before School 8 - 8:40 am

After School  3:30 - 4:30 pm
Students must have parental permission to stay after school


The Alice Deal Library welcomes students for reading and homework after school! Students must have a permission form on file in the library to use the space after school. Students may pick up a form in the library, or may download it from the library website (Library Pass). 

Community Information

  (Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)  


Information of interest to the Deal community may be emailed for consideration to [email protected]  



Student and parent information...   


Aftercare at Deal: Early Stages

An active parent group has led the way in bringing aftercare to Deal for the current year. The program will be fee-based, will have an on-site manager, and will run from 3:30 until 6:00. Please check out this link for more information - Early Stages Aftercare at Deal MS 


6th grade Parent Workshops

On September 5 and 6, Deal will offer parent workshops for 6th grade parents. The schedule will be repeated each night, so need to come to them both. Topics will be announced soon, but typically include how to communicate with your team, special education at Deal, the IB Middle Years Program, and how grading works at the middle school. You won't want to miss this! 


Back-to-School Night

On September 11 (6:30 pm) Deal's back-to-school night will be held. This is a popular event, so come a bit early to find parking. You will have a chance to hear from Principal Albright, meet each of your child's teachers, and get a feel for the curriculum that your children will work on this year. 


PTA Dues Week

From September 10 -14, the Deal PTA will host the 2nd Annual Dues Week. This will include a pizza night at Pete's New Haven Style Apizza (Monday), PTA sign-up at Back-to-School Night (Tuesday), and a Deal Movie Night and Ice Cream Social on Friday evening. Check out for more information - and don't forget to join! 


Team Alexandria

We would like to welcome our students to Team Alexandria. We are looking forward to having a successful school year. We will begin team tutoring, Alexandria Library time, on September 5 and will host tutoring weekly on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 in E200. Your teachers will be present to help you with homework or with review. If you need to contact the teachers of Team Alexandria, please feel free to email us at [email protected], and we will respond to your questions or concerns as quickly as possible.


Digital Photography Club

Interested in taking great photographs?  Get ready for an interest meeting next week to meet others who enjoy taking pictures or want to learn how. We will go outside, explore the Deal campus and plan future outings to take shots throughout Washington, D.C. A camera is required. Contact Mr. Gueltig or Ms. Mazzone for more information. 


8th Grade Art Students

All current 8th grade art students are required to purchase a $10 hardcover sketchbook through the art department. Cash or check written out to Alice Deal Middle School can be given to your child's art teacher. Payment is required prior to the mid-advisory.


6th Grade Art Students

All current 6th grade art students are required to purchase a minimum 40-page sketchbook for class by Monday, September 3rd. 


Magazines! Magazines! Magazines!

The art department is in need of your leftover National Geographic, home & garden, travel and leisure magazines or other sources of imagery to supplement curriculum needs. Magazines can be dropped off in the Welcome Center labeled for the "Visual Arts Department".


Calling All Student Artists!

Are you creative? Do you want more art in your life? Join one of our amazing Visual Arts clubs: Painting for the Soul, Digital Media, Deal's Public Art Project. Speak with Mrs. Bustos or Ms. Leikin in room C224 for more information!


Student Council

Student Council would like to welcome all Deal students and staff, and give a special shout out to our incoming 6th graders. Homeroom teachers will be holding elections for student council representatives and we would love for you to participate. We look forward to a fun and productive school year. 


Music Department

We are extremely excited to kick off the new school year! As we begin, we would like to make you aware of Music Night, which is coming up on Tuesday, September, 11 at 6:00pm. There are very exciting performance opportunities for students this year in various instrumental and vocal ensembles.


General music students are in for a fast-paced and challenging curriculum where they will learn to be better global citizens by developing musical skills.


Dress Code In Effect
First Day of School

The dress code is in effect starting Monday, August 27. Students will receive the full dress code with the student handbook during homeroom on Tuesdays. In particular, parents are reminded that no students can wear flip-flops or hats in the building. Girls cannot wear leggings in place of pants, shorts or skirts less than fingertip length, shirts that do not have a full back, or tank tops that are less than two fingers' width or show bra straps. Boys' pants must not "sag" below their waists.
This week at Deal...   


Monday: Welcome Back!

All students will pick up schedules in front of the building. Please look for the table with your last name. 6th graders will meet their homeroom teachers in the auditorium. 7th and 8th graders will proceed directly to the auditorium.


Tuesday: Student Handbook Distribution

Students will receive handbooks and related materials during homeroom on Tuesday. Parents, please look for materials to review and sign on Tuesday evening.


Friday: Peer Mediators 

All 7th and 8th Grade peer mediators are invited to come to the first meeting of the year on Friday, August 31.  The meeting will be held in Ms. McFarland's office in the counselors' suite (Room C-116) at 8:00 am.  We look forward to working with you this year. -- Ms. McFarland and Ms. Blakeway

Staff information... 


PD Friday: No-Nonsense Nurturing 


  • Precise Directions - Room E200
  • Positive Narration - W100
  • Providing Consequences - W304
  • Building Positive Relationships - N112


  • To provide teachers with the opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of the week around implementing the four steps for the No-Nonsense Nurturing process in their classrooms. 
  • To provide teachers with strategies that will assist them in the implementation of the No-Nonsense Nurturing model.

Teachers can attend the session they feel will assist them in creating the No-Nonsense Nurturing environment in their classroom. 


Friday: 6th Grade Team Meetings

6th grade teams will meet in the auditorium during homeroom on Fridays.


Sept. 7 - Team Sydney
Sept. 14 - Team Santiago
Sept. 21 - Team San Francisco
Sept. 28 - Team London

Homeroom teachers are asked to escort students to the auditorium by 9:35.  Students should bring their materials with them.