Alice Deal Middle School
Think globally - Listen compassionately - Act inclusively
The Weekly Bulletin
Our school mission:
Alice Deal Middle School inspires excellence, curiosity, and compassion through intellectual and social engagement.
The school is the traditional heart of every community in the United States. It carries a significant burden with this responsibility: to meet the needs of the children who come through its doors and the families that deliver them to those doors. We finance our schools, we send our students to our schools, and we demand accountability from our schools. In essence, the community enters into a partnership with its schools. We say, here are our most vulnerable, cherish them and help us grow them. As principal of Alice Deal, I want to thank you for entering into a partnership with us this year; I look forward to helping your children grow.
Each week, I will use this bulletin to convey critical information to you. My message to you in this space responds to the week we have had, what is coming up, or what is going on in the world. If you just want to cut right to the heart of the matter, skip this section and start below with our regularly scheduled sections (it's okay, I can take it!).
Below to the left is our bell schedule, our monthly calendar, and other items that give additional information about a particular program or activity. On the right hand side, I follow a format that puts critical information first ("First Day Need-to-Know Items," for example) and then follows with announcements and news items. These might include tryout information for sports, curriculum information, results of competitions, team and grade activities, or information about clubs and activities. Below this section is a day-by-day accounting of the week at Deal. Below these sections is a "Staff Information" section. Not on view this week (but soon to appear) is a table with every activity after school for the week - by day, by activity name, by teacher, and by location.
Finally, I will add and highlight important items around these main sections. It pays to read all the way through (or at least look all the way through); with so much going on everything seems important to someone and I don't want anyone to miss out. If you notice an egregious error or just a simple mistake, feel free to let me know - we have a thin copy-editing staff and every little bit helps.
Let me close by reflecting on the weekend that just ended. We are so lucky and privileged to live in this wonderful city. The chance to gather on the National Mall and relive the experiences of the original March on Washington, to reflect on dreams met and dreams still unmet, and to share this with the amazing people who live around us - this is a chance you have given your children. The staff at Deal will do our best with your children so they can recognize what you do for them and what is expected of them as they grow and mature. We are ready.
August 25, 2013
Monday - Bell II
Tuesday -Bell II
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I
First day of school, 8:45 am
Faculty meeting 3:30 pm
No school for staff and students
PTA meeting, 6:00 pm
6th Grade Parent Workshop, 6:30 pm
6th Grade Parent Workshop, 6:30 pm
New to Deal meeting, 3:30 pm
LSAT meeting, 7:30 am
9 am to noon
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm
Music Info Night, 5:45 pm
Back to School Night, 6:30 pm
Student Council officer elections
Family Movie Night, 6:30 pm
Team Sydney to Hemlock
Team London to Hemlock
Team Rio to Hemlock
Team Santiago to Hemlock
9 am to noon
September 23 - 27
Principal's Coffee 9 - 10 am
Team Leaders 3:30 pm
8th Grade Parent Workshop
Faculty meeting, 3:30 pm
The library will open after school on Friday, August 30.
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).
The following are the Deal PTA 2013-2014 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
Elements Fitness and Wellness Center
Discount Vacation Rentals for Deal Families
Capitol Language Services
If your child travels on the 4 bus routes that WMATA makes available for Deal students, here are some important phone numbers for you.
If the D31 or D32
bus is late, misses a pick-up, or never shows up, please call the Western District Superintendent, Ms. Peggy Neils, at 202-962-5860
as soon as possible. Students who are passed should try to get the bus identification number. If your child rides the D33
, the Northern Division contact is Sophia Coleman Hill, and she can be reached directly at 202-568-1446
. As always, please send an email about a bus problem or concern to [email protected]
Here is a link
to the bus route schedule.
First Day Need-to-Know Items
If driving, please drop students off and continue to far end of lot to turn around - no T-turns please.
Entrances for drop-off on first day
- 6th graders will enter at the center door
- 7th graders will enter at the West Wing door
- 8th graders will enter at the Gym lobby door
Each student will receive a new copy of their schedule. Late arrivals (if any) please come through the center door after 8:45.
Parents: you will be leaving your child at the front door (if already registered).
We'll take it from there!
Student & parent information
New: DCOne Cards
Students needing DCOne cards will have their photographs taken at school on a specific day during textbook distribution. Eighth graders (replacements) will be on Monday; 7th graders (replacements) on Tuesday, and 6th graders (new or replacements) on Wednesday. Cards typically take more than a week to be processed; they will be distributed through homerooms.
New: Dress Code in effect first day of school
The dress code is in effect starting Monday, August 26. Students will receive the full dress code with the student handbook during homeroom on Tuesday. 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.
New: 6th grade Parent Workshops
On September 3 and 5 (6:30 pm both evenings), Deal will offer parent workshops for 6th grade parents. The schedule will be repeated each night, so you do not need to come to 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!
New: Back-to-School Night
On September 10 (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 meet of your child's teachers, hear from Principal Albright, and get a feel for the curriculum that your children will work on this year.
New: Aftercare at Deal: Early Stages
Early Stages Learning Center aftercare program is a fee-based program and will have an on-site manager. The program will run from 3:30 until 6:00 pm. Please check out this link for more information - Early Stages Aftercare at Deal MS
New: Inaugural Period 8 Session Starts Soon!
For the first time ever, Deal will be offering blended in-person/on-line extra-curricular courses. From Philosophy to the Stock Market, students will have the opportunity to explore a range of exciting topics in a variety of formats. Registration for the first session of these courses was open to rising 7th & 8th grade Vikings last spring. Courses will be held after school and will run for eight weeks beginning the second week of school. Families of enrolled students will be receiving more detailed information via email this week. Not enrolled for this session? Stay tuned for information regarding future Period 8 offerings.
Deal teachers use Edline (www.edline.net) to communicate homework assignments and report student progress. This year, both the calendar and student reports will be updated on a weekly basis starting the third week of school. Returning 7th and 8th grade students and families: your account information (username & password) will remain the same. New Vikings will receive student and parent activation codes during the first week of school in order to set up an account. If you have questions about Edline access, please email [email protected]
New: Afterschool Library
The library will be open after school until 4:30 pm beginning on Friday. Students are welcome for independent reading and homework. By September 9th, students who plan to use the library after school should have a permission form on file. Either stop by the library to get one, or download it from the library website (https://sites.google.com/a/dc.gov/alice-deal-library-media-center/library-passes).
New: Welcome Alexandrian Scholars
Our team email is [email protected]
Our team tutoring is called Alexandria Library and will be held every Wednesday in room E205 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm starting the September 4th.
All team teachers will be there!
New: Welcome to Team Dubai
Scholars: We look forward to meeting you on Monday! Please make sure you come prepared with your essential class materials and ready to learn. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]
New: Welcome Mumbai Students
Our team email is [email protected]
Our team tutoring will be held on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30.
We are excited to meet you all on Monday!
New: Team Santiago
Our team email is [email protected]
Ms. Brittingham, Mr. Martini, Ms. Nakamura, Ms. Carter, and Ms. Jackson were thrilled to meet the new Team Santiago students on Friday. We look forward to building relationships with each one of you this year. Welcome to 6th grade at Alice Deal Middle School!
New: Music interest meeting for students
We are excited to start a new year of music and performance with the students here at Alice Deal. There will be a Music Interest Meeting on Tuesday, Sept 3, 2013 from 3:30 to 3:45 pm in the auditorium. All students who are interested in any musical ensemble, including 6th Grade Concert Band, 7th/8th Grade Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Pep Band and/or Chorus should attend this short information session about our upcoming school year.
New: Hemlock Field Trip - 6th Grade Teams
All 6th grade students will participate in our 11th annual community-building outdoor educational enrichment activity at Hemlock Overlook Center in Clifton, Virginia this month. At Hemlock, students participate in physical activities designed to help them form relationships with their peers and teachers. Through these activities, students get to know each other better and gain trust in each other.
On the day of the activity, students should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that they won't mind getting dirty and sneakers or footwear that is appropriate for a day in the woods. Students are also encouraged to bring a poncho or raincoat in case of rain. Flip flops, sandals, large earrings, long necklaces, and accessories will not be allowed. Students should pack a lunch with a couple of bottles of water.
On the day of their trip, students should arrive to school by 8:00 am so that our buses can leave on time. Students will return to Deal by 6:30 pm.
Students will be given the permission slip for the trip on the first day of school. If you have any questions, please contact your child's team.
New: 1st Advisory Physical Education Students
Physical Education Students must purchase a gym uniform. The shirt is $7 and the shorts are $13.
Uniforms will be purchased during class using cash, check, or money order made out to Alice Deal.
New: Fall Sports
New: Cross Country Interest Meeting
We will have a Cross Country interest meeting on Wednesday, August 28 at 3:30 pm in the cafeteria. Any student interested in being on the Cross Country team needs to attend this meeting or see Ms. Parish in room N114 before Friday.
This Week at Deal...
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.
Tuesday: Cheerleading Meeting
There will be a brief cheerleading meeting for returning cheerleaders on Tuesday at 3:30 pm in the gymnasium.
Thursday: Grade-level team meetings
Students will meet with their assistant principals by grade on Thursday during the Thursday bell period time.
|Staff information ...
Please submit your pink homeroom attendance sheets to the Welcome Center by 9:15 am everyday this week.
Teachers only mark A for absent students on your attendance sheets. Please leave present students blank.
Teachers will start to enter attendance in STARS on Tuesday. Please remember to check the attendance completion box.
Textbook distribution scheduled as follows:
- Monday - 8th grade by math classes
- Tuesday - 7th grade by math classes
- Wednesday - 6th grade by math classes
Math teachers please remember to bring your students at the beginning of the period.
There will be a faculty meeting on Thursday at 3:30 pm.
(Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)