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Principal's Message...

A school with as beautiful an auditorium as Alice Deal should find as many ways as possible to put students on stage, behind stage, and viewing the stage. Traditionally, Deal has put on a fabulous spring musical, exciting and well-attended music concerts, and a variety of performances for students peppered throughout the year. The stage remains dark, however, for far too much time.

At the end of last year, Mr. Kirschenbaum approached me with an idea to stage a play in the fall. This week, A Midsummer Night's Dream will kick-off our winter performance series. Under the direction of Mr. Kirschenbaum and new Deal teacher Rafe Gandola, a talented cast of Deal students will act out the roles of Oberon, Puck, Theseus, and Hippolyta (among others) in the first staging of a Shakespearean classic in as many years as I can remember. In a break with tradition (albeit only as much as I remember which is five years!) we will have a Saturday evening show as well. So mark your calendars for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night at 6:30 for what I hope will be the first of many more productions at the Deal stage.

Productions of Shakespeare can be tricky but very rewarding. The typical high school canon of exposure to the Bard runs through Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and Macbeth (or King Lear). I applaud the director and our students for taking on this project. Shakespearean plays take multiple viewings for many in order for the nuance, the language, and the plot twists to become apparent. And yet his appeal continues to this day. There is clearly much that is universal in the stories; and while A Midsummer Night's Dream appears fanciful, there are many truths concealed in its complicated plotting. This should be fun!

During these gloomy evenings of winter, there can't be enough opportunities to get out of the house and see a show. So, after watching Shakespeare this week keep your cars warmed up and come see our Winter Concert on the following Thursday, also at 6:30. Our second-year music teachers, Messrs. Pavy, Washington, and Lewis, will put their different ensembles on the stage for "A Time of Harmony." There will be just this one performance, so be sure to get to Deal early.

Parents are reminded that, as with every evening event at Deal, students must come accompanied by parents. This allows everyone to enjoy the show - particularly the students. I will make this announcement to the students the day of the shows, but I wanted to remind you that the students know this rule - so join them in a family event at Deal rather than drop them off.  

Principal Albright


Special Message: Over the last few weeks, we have mailed home invoices for families with negative balances, according to the cafeteria accounting system. We have received back only 2 percent of the total owed. The current system (in place for many years and with few safeguards) has allowed students with no money in a lunch account to take lunches without challenge. As I have noted in previous bulletins, we have implemented a system to remind families that they need to 1) put money in a lunch account, or 2) sign-up and qualify for free and reduced lunch costs, or 3) bring a bag lunch. To correct the account balance, we decided to invoice families with a negative balance. This does not yet appear to be working.  


What I will not let happen is that a student goes through the lunch line without eating something. While we won't be able to provide a hot lunch for students who are in arrears, we will provide something to sustain them until their next meal. This policy will affect those families that are NOT putting money into their children's accounts or who are not giving them a lunch to take to school. I am still in discussions about what to provide students and how to do this (and will notify the community soon with a decision). Please take this time (if you need) to arrange for your child's lunch.


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Please join us for a tour. All tours start at 9:30 and meet outside the Welcome Center.

December 11
January 15 

Upcoming Dates 

December 4
Attendance Committee Mtg
PIA 2 Day 1

December 5
Math Dept. Meeting
PIA 2 Day 2

December 6
8th Grade Bully Movie
New to Deal, 3:30 pm
A Midsummer Night's Dream 6:30

December 7
LSAT, 7:30 am
Youth Risk Behavior Survey
A Midsummer Night's Dream 6:30

December 8
PTA Holiday Green Sale
A Midsummer Night's Dream 6:30

December 9
PTA Holiday Green Sale

December 11
Deal Tour, 9:30 am
Buddy Day - Shepherd

December 12 
Open House 9 - 12 am  

December 13
Department Chairs, 3:30 pm
Winter Concert, 6:30 pm

December 14
PD for Teachers and Staff
(No School for Students)
Detention 9 am - 12 noon

December 15
PTA Holiday Green Sale 

December 16
PTA Holiday Green Sale 

December 20
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

December 21
Spanish Field Trip to Guapo's
Winter Holiday Assembly

December 24 - January 4
Winter Break

January 7
School Resumes 
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). 


A Midsummer Night's Dream Rehearsal Schedule

Week of December 3

Monday - Wednesday - Full Cast

Thursday - Preview Performance

Friday - Performance

Saturday - Performance


Stage Crew:

Monday and Tuesday Afterschool this week.  Be prepared to paint.

PTA Sponsors
The following are the Deal PTA 2012-2013 business sponsors.

The Broad Branch Market

Taylor Agostino Group

Radifera Design Group

W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtor

Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

Second Wind CrossFit

edCount, LLC

 Math Medics

(More information at 

Community Information


 (Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)  


Writing Contest for Students in Grades 4-10


It's time for the 21st Annual Letters About Literature Writing Contest for students in grades 4-10. The contest challenges young readers to write a personal letter to an author explaining how that author's work somehow changed the reader's view of the world.

Letters About Literature is sponsored by the Library of Congress' Center for the Book. Prizes are awarded on both the state and national level in three categories:


-Grades 4-6
-Grades 7-8



for details.  Submissions must be mailed and be postmarked by January 11, 2013.  State winners will be notified in April, 2013; national winners will be notified in May, 2013.


I Trained U Basketball Clinics


Basketball Clinics will be held in November and December on

Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm

Sundays from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 

Bethesda Sports and Health Club

4400 Montgomery Avenue

Bethesda, MD 20814


Kids will learn from guaranteed improvement in the roots of basketball - ball-handling, shooting and passing, and defense. Learn from former college and professional basketball players.

1 session is $35. Four sessions are $100. For girls and boys ages 8-15 years. Register today at or call 202-497-9574 or you can email [email protected]


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


Lunch Application

Complete Lunch Form online at   

All families regardless of eligibility must complete a lunch form. This is important and helps determine some funding for the school.


Buddy Days at Deal are coming!


Every year the Alice Deal 6th grade students and teachers host a day for each of our feeder school 5th grade students and their teachers to visit for part of our school day. This is our chance to proudly present our school to future middle school students. We want to make every effort to have our visiting Buddies have a super positive experience.


The following school is scheduled to visit from 8:50 to noon:



Tuesday, December 11


Non-feeder school students and their families should feel free to attend one of the upcoming Deal Tours or visit the school at any time. 

Student and parent information...   


New: 6th grade Fraction Power Hour and Math Grade Recovery

The Fraction Power Hour is for any 6th grader wishing to improve their skills with fractions. Math Grade Recovery is for students who currently have Ds and Fs. Your teacher will invite you to attend to improve your overall 2nd Advisory Grade.

Please attend on Monday, December 10, 2012 from 3:30pm - 4:30pm in room C128.


New: Candygram Sale Supports Deal Languages Program!

Buy a candy cane for a friend and we'll deliver it to them with a personal message for the holidays. Candy canes will be on sale for $1 each during every lunch period, starting on Wednesday, December 5, and continuing through Wednesday, December 12. CandyGrams will be delivered on Monday, December 17. All proceeds benefit the Deal World Languages Program. Happy Holidays! Contact parent Dana Cooper 202-288-1073 for more information.


New: Spanish Book Club

Join our Spanish Language Book Club! The featured book, plus most of the discussion, will be in Spanish. The book for this season is El Principle de las Tinieblas by Carlos Ruiz Safón. Mrs. Cadavid's Classroom, C314, Thursdays after school.


New: Spanish Tutoring

Spanish tutoring for all levels! Every Monday and Thursday at 8:10 AM at Mrs. Cadavid's classroom C314.


New: Winter Concert "A Time of Harmony" 

The winter concert for the performance ensembles at Deal is right around the corner. Our concert, entitled "A Time of Harmony," will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 6:30pm in the Alice Deal auditorium. Come and join us for a wonderful musical experience!


New: Ensemble Music Reminder

Any student who is participating in an instrumental or vocal ensemble must be registered. There is a form on the Alice Deal Music Department webpage that needs to be completed. If you have not registered, please make sure you complete this as soon as possible. Additionally, there is a music ensemble fee of $35. To date we have received only 60% of payments. If you have not paid, please see Mr. Washington, Mr. Lewis or Mr. Pavy. Checks should be made payable to Alice Deal Middle School, and include the student's name in the memo line. 


New: Opportunity to Earn Community Service Hours for National Junior Honor Society

The Deal PTA is a 501(3)(c) and they need volunteers to assist with the World Languages Program CandyGram fundraiser to be held December 5-12. There are three opportunities to help while earning community service hours. (1) The volunteers have to cut over 1,600 cards out of construction paper using pinking shears and hole-punch them, affix labels to the cards, cut 1,600 lengths of ribbon, and then use the ribbons to tie the cards to the candy canes. (2) The CandyGrams will be sold over the course of a week during each lunch period, where your student can help with the sales. (3) Then all 1,600 CandyGrams have to be sorted into individual classes by teacher and delivered.


Why not help a good cause for the holiday season and earn community service hours?


If interested, please contact parent Dana Cooper at 202-288-1073 or [email protected] as soon as possible. Forms to document community service are available from Ms. Darcy Hampton in W301.


New: Mathcounts

The MathCounts Team is preparing to compete on January 25, 2013, at the 4th Annual MathCounts Competition at Carderock Naval Surface Warfare Center. We need all mathletes to attend practice on Thursday, December 6, to get all of the information and permissions that are needed. Listen to the announcements for the location! 


New:  International Cooking Club Group C
The International Cooking Club Group C will meet December 10, 2012, at 3:30 in Room C216 (the Teacher's Lounge) to make up their pizza day that was lost due to the hurricane. Students should be picked up at 5 pm so there is enough time to prepare and cook food. The following students are in Group C.

Zarina Carpenter
Elena Bagnoli
Surina Goel
Naejia Piper
Fiona Martone
Shakaliah Smalls
Shrabonti Turna
Ella Buring
Sofia Geislinger
Calia Christie
Nastia Webber
Claire Contreras
Matilda Jensen
Lindsay Harper
Clara Edmonds
Jisca Adigo
Sophia Pouros
Perri Hollar
Lalita Kohls
Anna Joos
Alexis Anderson

New: Cafeteria Payments

Some families have begun to receive notices from Deal that money is owed for student lunches. These notices are invoices for meals already purchased by students; rather than turn students away, we have decided to invoice families for what is owed. What needs to be done? If you receive an invoice, please follow the directions and make payment as noted. If you feel that your family should be exempt, please fill out the FARMS application that accompanies the invoice. If you would like to make advance payments on your child's lunches, there are directions below in this bulletin as well as on the invoice. Please remember: any debts NOT paid are paid by the general Deal school fund. If we are not able to recoup most of the outstanding invoices, we will have to change our policy regarding turning students away. Let's work together on this.



This Week at Deal...   


Paced Interim Assessments (PIA) This Week

All Deal students will take the PIA on Tuesday (Reading) and Wednesday (Math) this week. The make-up day will be Wednesday during lunch for each grade level. Students must bring two #2 pencils. Students should get plenty of rest, eat a good breakfast, and come to school on time prepared to do their best. We will be on a Bell T schedule. Please contact Ms. McFarland if you have any questions.


Monday: Student Council Representative

Please remember to come to the meetings Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30!


Monday: Deal Relief Council

We will meet in Mr. Gueltig's room, E104, at 3:30 on Monday to pack up our Hurricane Sandy supplies.


Monday: Photography Club

We will meet in Mr. Gueltig's room, E104, Monday at 3:30 to see your prints and display them around the building.


Monday and Friday: GeoPlunge!

Sixth grade students participating in GeoPlunge will meet in room C105 during recess this Monday and Friday.


Tuesday: 8th grade Assembly

On December 4, all 8th grade students will participate in an assembly on the "Lives and Work of Nepalese Children" at 2:30 in the auditorium.  Ms. Askgaard, a Deal parent, will be the keynote speaker. The topic of the book is related to our recent study on Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air.   


Wednesday: Team Santiago Study Hall

Santiago study hall meets every Wednesday after school in Mr. Martini's room (C130). This is a great opportunity to ask questions, catch up on homework, and get help from your core subject teachers!



Salva las Focas/Save the Seals  

Save the Seals/ Salva a las Focas is a club organized by some students from the 7th grade humanities class to help save seals from being clubbed to death in Northern North America- specifically Canada. Because seals have beautiful, soft, warm fur, they are captured, beaten to death with hooked clubs, and then skinned. But that's not the worst part- they are clubbing baby seals (called pups), and it's legal. If you want to help us, or at least see what we're all about, come to Ms. Cadavid's room, C314 on Wednesdays after school. Seal Saving Snacks will be provided!


Wednesday: Attention Deal Scientists

Discovery Club will meet this Wednesday, from 3:30 - 4:30 in E101 with Ms. Law and Ms. Purcell.


Thursday, Friday, and Saturday:  

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Come see our Fall theater production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at 6:30 pm on Thursday, Friday and, new to Deal this year, on Saturday night as well. Tickets are $1 for students, $2 for parents, and $500 for Broadway producers scouting Deal talent. 


Thursday: Team London Study Hall

Team London Study hall will be this Thursday, from 3:30-4:30 in E104. We will see you there!


Thursday: GEMS

Girls Excelling in Mathematics and Science will meet Thursday, December 6, 2012 in Room W103 from 3:30pm - 4pm. GEMS is for 6th grade girls interested in learning more about real world connections to mathematics and science. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Pough at [email protected] or Ms. Burnham at [email protected]


Thursday and Friday: Spelling Club

The Spelling Club will meet during 6th and 7th grade ZAPs in Mr. Gueltig's room, E104, on Thursday and Friday this week. The Spelling Bee is right after Winter Break, so be sure to come and see if you're ready for the challenge!


Friday: Youth Risk Behavior Survey

On Friday, we will give a citywide survey that will provide city agencies, as well as Deal, information about keeping adolescents healthy. We will be on a Bell II schedule; students will take the survey in their homerooms. Opt-out forms were sent home by DCPS central office several weeks ago. 


Friday: Peer Mediator Meeting

All of the peer mediators will meet on Friday, December 7, at 6th period in the Media Center.  New Deal mediators will receive their certificates for participating in training.  All mediators will have a chance to meet each other and talk about the framework and plans for the peer mediation program. 


Friday:  Football Team Awards Presentation

The Football team awards presentation will be held on Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.  


Friday:  Indoor Track

On Friday, the Indoor Track team will travel to the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex for their first meet of the season. Go Vikings! 

8th grade news and announcements 


Requesting Recommendations for Private Schools


1. Who to ask?- Start by thinking of which teachers can attest to your strengths and positive attributes. Some schools require specific subject teachers to write the recommendation so be aware of this before you ask.

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

3. Ask- Take the recommendation form with the envelope to the person who you need the request from. Ask the person if they would be willing to write your recommendation. Tell them when it needs to be completed and mailed in. Ms. White has recommendation request slips available to help with this process.

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


For all transcript requests for private schools, please also provide an addressed and stamped envelope for the mailing of these items as well.


Specialized High School Open House Updates

Columbia Heights EC- December 5
Duke Ellington School of the Arts- December 4 @ 3pm
Phelps ACE - December 21, January 18, and February 22

Additional High School information may also be obtained through the DCPS website under the tab "Plan for College and Careers"

High School Common Application 

The Common Application for specialized DCPS High Schools became accessible on Friday, November 16. Parents, please make sure that all of your contact information is correct in STARS so that the pre-loaded information on the application will be accurate. If you have changed addresses, phone numbers or email addresses please provide Ms. Baxter with updated information as soon as possible. For all students who are in need of assistance in working on the application, Ms. White will be available in the Media Center Computer Lab on the following dates after school from 3:30-4:30 p.m.- November 26 27, and 28.


Planning for Your Future: Individual Graduation Portfolio (IGP)


The IGP provides students with a road map to the future and a record of the past. Staying on course empowers students to reach the destination-graduation- with all the courses, skills, and experiences needed to make informed decisions about education and career. Grade level milestones and guideways lead students through the program. Learning opportunities available through the IGP include Career/College Major Exploration, High School Course Planning, Goal Setting/Journaling, Interest/Skill Inventories.


Please encourage your student to explore options for their future at home using the following steps:

1.      Go to

2.      Login with DCPS+studentID and the password the student has created (If it's the students first time logging in, the password is simply DCPS)

3.      Click on Choices Explorer

4.      Click on the Your Portfolio Tab

5.      Click Your Plans and get started on the path


Should there be any questions regarding the Choices explorer, please contact your grade level counselor.

Attendance at Deal 



Students this is a reminder that on-time arrival and regular attendance help us to achieve more in school and life. As the school year moves forward, we must all strive for on-time everyday. Good habits today foster good futures tomorrow. Congratulations to the following 6th, 7th and 8th grade homerooms for on-time arrival of 95% or above! All other homerooms start fresh on Monday with a new attitude and commitment to improve.


On-time arrival and regular attendance are critical to student success. Please reiterate our shared expectation with your child today! Let us strive to learn the "Viking Way": at school, on time, everyday!



6th Grade                      7th Grade                              8th Grade

Garza                        Assael                              Hovancsek

Jackson                      Diaz                                Mostoller

Law                           Parish                              Mungai

McDowell                    Rhoads                            Simpson

Pough                                                              Wang





Staff information ...

New: Team Leaders cancelled

Due to a conflict in schedule, the Team Leaders meeting scheduled for this Tuesday will be cancelled.  


New:  Educator Portal Available

Have you been to recently? With new features such as announcements and calendar events in real time, links to unit planning materials and other DCPS Common Core curriculum resources, and professional development resources such as Reality PD, the Educator Portalwebsite has many resources that you can use to improve your teaching. Please email [email protected] with questions.  


New: 8th Grade Buddy Movie Plan

On Thursday, December 6th, all 8th graders will be ready to board buses by 10:00 AM to attend "Bully," a movie at the Mazza Galleria Movie Theatre. Students will remain in their first period class until it is time to board the buses. First and second floor hallway doors will be closed while 8th graders quietly exit the center, side doors. They will be provided a snack prior to or on route to the theatre.


They should arrive back to school around 12:30 and proceed to lunch. Those students who purchase lunch, will proceed straight to the cafeteria. Those who bring their lunches, will return to their lockers before they come to the cafeteria. After lunch and recess, students will attend 6th and 7th period classes. For their activity period, students will do the post-activity in their homerooms (previously received). Team teachers will lead activities, supported by co-teachers.  If teachers did not retain all of their copies, additional copies are available in Ms. Abrams' office.


Teachers, please provide Ms. Abrams the names of students from your team not attending by Tuesday at 3:00 PM. They will remain in the building with one staff member during 3rd and 4th periods who will supervise them doing classwork. Teachers need to provide sufficient work for students to complete during that period of time.  


A chaperone list will be provided soon.

New: Friday YRBS
Deal will give the Youth Risk Behavior Survey this Friday. All teachers will meet in the auditorium on Friday morning at 8:10am to review the survey procedure. We will be on a Bell II schedule.


Before and After School Activities

Monday AM


Young Men's Choir - 7:45 am - Rm CG04 

Chinese tutoring 8 - 8:30am - Rm N111  

Spanish tutoring with Ms. Cadavid 8:10 am - RM C314

Spanish tutoring with Ms. Jackson - Rm C212












Monday PM  


Girl Up Rm E305

Newspaper club  Rm N116

Deal Garden club - Garden 

Student Council meeting Rm E205

Viking Quarterly Rm W103

African Drumming club- Canceled this week

Girls on Track - Rm E103

 school Outdoor Hoop
club - Rm W205

Ultimate Frisbee club - Rm C130

International Cooking club Group C to 5 pm - Rm C216 

6th grade Concert Band, 7th & 8th Symphonic Band and Jazz band meeting - Auditorium

Tennis club - Rm E300 

Photography Club - Rm E104  French club  to 4:30 - CG07  

Afterschool Basketball club - W205

Vikings Soccer to 5 pm 

GeoPlunge - C130

Board Games to 4:30 - W106

Midsummer Night's Dream Rehearsal - see above for schedule

Indoor Track practice to 5 pm 

Deal Relief Council - E104

Boys' Basketball practice

Girls' Basketball practice


Tuesday Am


8th String Ensemble - Auditorium 

Jazz Band 7:45 am - Rm CG20

Concert Choir 7:45 am - Rm CG04

Spanish tutoring with Ms. Jackson - RM C212













Tuesday PM


Fantasy Football club - Rm C212

Reader's Theater - Rm E205

Cheerleading practice to 5pm 

Ultimate Frisbee club - Rm C130 

Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation Ms. McFarland's office

Bocce club  - Front lawn

Music workshop    

Girls' Running - RM E304 

Girls on Track - Rm E103 

Mural/Public Art club

Swimming club to 5:15 pm

Midsummer Night's Dream Rehearsal - see above for schedule 

Boys' Basketball practice

Girls' Basketball practice 

Wednesday AM


6th Grade Concert Band - 7:45 am

Advanced Concert Band - 7:45 am


Young Men's Choir - 7:45 am 

Spanish tutoring with Ms. Jackson - RM C212
















Wednesday PM


Spartan Barracks  

Deal Student Librarian
-  Library 
Team Mumbai Rm N113
club to 5:00 pm - Rm W207

Alexandria Library  Rm E200

Roman Holiday - Rm E204

After School Sports Rap - Rm W104

Team Santiago study hall - Rm C130

Debate Team  - Rm W100

Type Faster Now to 4:15 - Rm 204

New Student Transitions workshop 7th & 8th  

Ms. White's Office

Roman Holiday - E204

Deal Scientists club - Rm E101

C-Span - Rm W304

Team Alexandria - Rm E200  

Santiago study Hall - C130

Parlons Français Club, to 4:30 - C308 

Literature-to-Film Festival to 5 pm - Library
Discovery Club - E101
Midsummer Night's Dream Rehearsal - see above for schedule  Salva Las Focas/Save the Seals club - C314
Boys' Basketball practice
Girls' Basketball practice

Thursday AM


  Chinese tutoring 8 - 8:30 am - Rm N111 

Spanish tutoring 8:10 am - RM C314

String Chamber Ensemble - 7:45 am

Jazz Band - 7:45 am

Concert Choir - 7:45 am 

Spanish tutoring with Ms. Jackson - RM C212 

French Tutoring Mr Ngwa 8:10 am



Thursday PM


Cheerleading practice to 5 pm 

MWIT club - Rm E206

Team London Rm E104

Mathletes Rm E106  

M.I.T. to 4:30 - RM E206

Swimming club to 5:15 pm 

TAGS 6th and 7th graders - C130 
GEMS meeting
Spanish Club 
Midsummer Night's Dream Rehearsal - see above for schedule 
Boys' Basketball practice 
Girls' Basketball practice
Indoor track practice to 5 pm











Friday AM


7th & 8th Grade Peer Mediators meeting at 8 am - Rm C116

6th Grade Concert Band - 7:45 am   

Advanced Concert Band - 7:45 am  














Friday PM 


Midsummer Night's Dream Rehearsal - see above for schedule 

Boys Basketball practice