Alice Deal Middle School

Think globally - Listen compassionately - Act inclusively  


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... 

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite of our many holidays. It is focused around family, it involves mashed potatoes, and the odd placement of the day on Thursday almost requires the next day off to recover. In the school tradition, it is the signal that cafeterias try and replicate the home table with turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Further, the short week that precedes the holiday sets dreams of Winter Break in motion in the minds of students. Most importantly for me, everyone starts saying "thank you" for everything. These little recognitions go a long way towards raising all of our late Fall spirits. So . . .

Thank you to our amazing students. This week, our girls volleyball team came very close to a 6th straight championship in a tight loss to Kelly Miller, but they held their heads high. Our students welcomed two sets of buddies to Deal - from Bancroft and Hearst - and the welcome was so warm a 5th grader whispered on his way out the door that he wanted to stay! Our student council leadership shared the building with visitors for our first Open House, our All School Choir sang their hearts out at International Night, our whole student population jumped into Geography Awareness Week . . . It is almost an endless list. Our students are the best reason for us to get up in the morning.

Thank you to our hard-working, deeply caring staff. The students we celebrate rise to the standards you set every day in your classrooms. They know you care by how you work with them to be successful. Your ability to create a challenging curriculum that reaches the wide range of students we serve is unique. You maintain your enthusiasm throughout the day and, when the struggle is hard, you turn to your colleagues to get re-energized. Your daily efforts are appreciated by students, parents, and the whole school team. Every visitor to Deal, including 50 teachers from China on Tuesday, is impressed by your teaching and your accomplishments each day.

Thank you to the parents of our students, who make sure they arrive at our door ready to go. Your home support never goes unnoticed. Whether it is checking their work progress on Edline, making sure they are well-fed and have a place to study, providing encouragement in tough times, or being firm when needed, your children need your presence in their academic lives.  Thank you for trusting us with them.

Thank you to the non-teaching staff. Our Welcome Center team, custodians, aides, instructional leaders, cafeteria workers, technology specialists, nurse, psychologists, social workers, administrators, media center specialists, engineers - everyone who walks these halls. So much of what works at Deal is in the details of the day-to-day, supported by those who aren't in classrooms. Let's be sure to thank them for their service as well.

This week, the community had a chance to share in what Deal provides - a great Open House, the Buddy Days, a huge International Night, Deal Visits, and an ELL parent night. I appreciate all our staff and the community that supports us in making these critical events possible.

Have a restful break.

James Albright
Thank you for a great International Night!

We would like to thank every parent, student, and staff member who helped make this year's International Night a huge success. The food, choir performance, and conversation made for a truly memorable evening. All proceeds from this year's International Night will support students who would not otherwise be able to attend one of our life-changing international trips this spring. Thank you for your support!   
The awesome All School Choir
The Deal Teacher Table was a delicious accomplishment!
Week of  
November 25, 2013
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday -Bell I
      Wednesday - Bell III 
    Thursday and Friday
No school - Thanksgiving Break


Upcoming Dates  

November 26
Principal's Coffee, 9 - 10

November 27
Thanksgiving Assembly

November 28 - 29
Thanksgiving Break 
No school for students or teachers


December 3
Shepherd Buddy Day


December 5
PIA 2 English 
New to Deal, 3:30 pm


December 6
PIA 2 - English 
Visiting Deal 9 - 10


December 7
Saturday Detention 9 - noon
Hack-a-thon 8 am - 7 pm
PTA Holiday Greens Sale 


December 8
Hack-a-thon 8 am - 6 pm
PTA Holiday Greens Sale


December 10
PIA 2 - Math 

 December 11

PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm
Reno Building Community Meeting 


December 12
School Geography Bee


December 13
LSAT, 7:30 am


December 14
Saturday Detention 9 - noon  
PTA Holiday Greens Sale
December 15
PTA Holiday Greens Sale 


December 16

Teacher Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 

 December 17

Janney Buddy Day
Winter Concert 6:30 

 December 18

Open House 9 - 1

 December 19

Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm 

 December 20

SCAC, 7:30 am
Holiday Assembly

 December 23 - January 3

Winter Break

 January 6

Professional Development Day
No school for students


January 7
Students return to school 


Buddy Days are coming to Deal!


Every year, Alice Deal 6th grade students and teachers host a day for each feeder school's 5th grade students and teachers to visit during the school day. This is our chance to proudly present our school to future middle school students and we make every effort to ensure our visiting buddies have a super positive experience.


The following schools will visit from 8:50 am to noon:


Tues.Dec. 3
Tues.Dec. 17


The Alice Deal PTA is Building Community

Shop online anytime at Politics and Prose and earn contributions to
benefit the school's library.

Search for books through the search bar at the top of the page, and 5%
of the proceeds from any purchases will go to fund the Deal library.

The library, our teachers, and Deal kids all benefit!     

Media Center News
    Center Hours



The library will be closed after school on Wednesday, Nov. 27th.


Before School 8:00 - 8:40 am

 After School  3:30 - 4:30 pm

Students must have parental permission to stay after school


The Alice Deal Media Center 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). 
Bus Information '13-'14

Metrobus Contacts for Schools


If an issue occurs with your designated school transit service, below are contacts at Metro who can help.


For emergency issues or time-sensitive questions (i.e., safety, late buses, missed stops, etc.), contact the Bus Operations Communication Center at (202) 962-1825.


For longer-term bus planning needs (i.e., requests for new transit services, ongoing crowding, etc.), contact Brooke Fossey at (202) 962-5203 or [email protected].


As always, please send an email about bus problems or concerns to [email protected]

Here is a link to the bus route schedule.

Immunization News 


Thanks to the parents who have been sending in immunization information. Please continue to send in  documentation every time your student receives new immunizations. It is important to have all students immunized to prevent the spread of childhood diseases.


All 6th graders 11 years or older must have the following:

Tdap (tetanus, diptheria and pertussis)

Meningococcal (meningitis)  

HPV (human papilloma virus)


For the HPV vaccine, three doses are required for females or you may complete an opt out form.


All immunization forms must be stamped, signed and dated before the Immunization Registry will accept them.


If there are any questions, please call Nurse Whitlock at (202) 939-2009.

PTA Sponsors
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
edCount, LLC 

Discount Vacation Rentals for Deal Families

 Capitol Language Services  


Acacia Bistro 


The DCPS Attendance Protocol


In order to be acknowledged as "excused", parents must provided a note (email or written) to Ms. Johnson, the attendance counselor, indicating the reason for the child's absence.  


Ms. Johnson's email address is [email protected]. If you have any questions, please contact the Welcome Center and ask to speak to the Attendance Counselor, Ms. Johnson. 


IB Learner Profile

 Students of the Month



Congratulations to the hardworking students who are featured on the Student of the Month Bulletin Board outside of the Welcome Center. The IB Learner Profile represented this month is Inquirer. These students "nurture their curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. They know how to learn independently and with others. They learn with enthusiasm and sustain their love of learning throughout life."


Rio - Elie Salem & Saule Aoki
Sydney - Merrick Cabezas & Aline Contreas-Martinez
London - Amartya Eswaran-King & Savannah Waymer
Santiago - Jose Valencia and Michaela Herdoiza
Babylon - Alexander Davies & Cecelia Sneed
Dubai - Lucas Suarez-Findlay & Isabella Jacobsen
Alexandria - Mauricio Orellana & Natalia Thomas
Mumbai - Blake Hall-Taylor & Talia Zitner
Geneva - Paul McCoyer and Eliza Zizka
Toronto - Julius Ball-Heldman & Ayia Evans
Kiev - Dev Hippenstiel & Ella Buring
Timbuktu - Samuel Zambrano & Ambar Alvarez
Student & parent information

New: RHoK Hackathon Coming to Deal

On December 7 - 8, Deal will serve as the host site for the DC Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) Hackathon. During the Hackathon, community members will present challenges based on local problems or needs to a group of volunteer programers who will then work in teams to design solutions. We want to encourage students and parents to join in presenting challenges or creating solutions. No programming experience necessary! This will be an opportunity to support your local community as well as gain experience working with experts in social media, mapping, and IT. Parents and students, if you are interested, please come to an organizational meeting Monday, November 25th from 3:30 - 4:00 pm in room W200. Students and volunteer "hackers" can also sign up at and follow the fun at #rhokDCdec13. 


New: Spanish Humanities $3 Challenge

Did you know that millions of people around the world live on less than $2 a day? This Wednesday, November 27th, Sra. Cadavid's 8th grade Spanish Humanities students will visit a market near our school to find out what this means. Each student will bring $3 to buy ingredients to cook a meal for their families. This field trip will help the students as they begin their "Pasamos La Voz" project where they raise awareness about a topic. This year's topic will be climate change and its consequences - including hunger and famine. The class invites all school community members to join the $3 challenge, take photographs, and reflect on the experience.


New: Geography Awareness Week Trivia Contest

The TAGS DC club would like to thank all participants who submitted an answer last week for the GAW Trivia Contest! Congratulations to the following students:  

Monday - Julia Modell

Tuesday - Kaitlin Robinson

Wednesday - Zara Hall

Thursday - Nicholas Whitman

Friday - Zach Crouch

Will one of you be the next winner of the Deal Geo Bee? A shout-out to Chris Bond, Tim Costello, Qiuyu, Graham Cunningham, Marney Harris, Natalia Facchinato-Sitja, Nico Mila, and Nico Acajabon for writing and researching all of the questions!


New: Geography Essay Contest Deadline Extended

There's still time! The deadline for the Geography Awareness Week essay contest has been extended to Wednesday, November 27th. The theme is: "What does it mean to be a 21st Century explorer?"

Essays can be emailed to Mr. Martini at [email protected]. One winner will be selected from each grade level!


New: Fencing 

Thank you for a great year! We were so glad to see so many students excited to be a part of the fencing club. We had an excellent year with a big group of over 60 students! Every participant practiced hard, had fun, and learned a lot. We were pleased by the dedication, cooperation, and the use of the strategies that were taught during drilling. We look forward to seeing you all next year!


Scholastic Reading Clubs

Books and ebooks are available online for students at a discounted rate. You simply go online, register, and order by mid-December. Ms. Kinzer will then process your order and have books delivered to your child at school. To order: 


1. Register at

2. Enter the Class Activation Code: LWMM6

3. Choose from thousands of print titles, value packs, and Storia eBooks

4. Submit the order online by the listed due date 


Orders should be placed no later than Friday, December 13, 2013. If you have any additional questions, please contact Ms. Kinzer at [email protected].


Recycling at Deal: Changes are Coming! 

In the coming weeks, Alice Deal will shift our recycling habits. Instead of placing all recyclable items in one bin we will separate paper/cardboard from all plastic/metal/glass items. Labels and signage to help with this change will appear in classrooms and common areas around the building. Teachers and students, you can start to assist with this process already: start to use your classroom recycling bins for paper products only. If you have other recyclable materials, start a second collection bin or place them to the side to keep them separate. Remember: rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle!


"Letters About Literature" Writing Contest

Are you a voracious reader and writer? If so, the "Letters About Literature" contest is perfect for you! The theme is to write a personal letter to an author whose work (either fiction or nonfiction) has changed your view of the world or yourself. See Ms. Clements in CG10 for more information, or email her at [email protected].


7th Grade Science Students

7th Grade Science Students should be running their experiments at this time. Data are due soon.  


Follow @DealVikings on Twitter!  
Be sure to follow, mention, and retweet Alice Deal's new Twitter account for updates and pictures from the daily happenings at Deal.

Parent Groups: Parenting Children w/ ADHD.

Parents, are you looking for support and strategies for managing your child who lives with ADHD? We are happy to resume this parent support/psychoeducation group on Monday, November 18th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. This is a date change due to the Veteran's Day holiday. Please contact [email protected] for more information or just arrive that evening

ready to share and learn.

The [email protected]   

HONK! Jr., DVDs on Sale Now  

HONK Jr. DVDs are on sale now through

The memory of the 2013 Alice Deal Middle School musical, Honk! Jr., is captured in a DVD of the show on sale now through the Alice Deal website. Just click the link, order the desired quantity, pay $10 per disc and we will mail your DVDs. Honk! Jr. DVDs will also be sold at the school store on International Night on November 20th. 


StepAfrika! Workshop
6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are still encouraged to participate in a workshop with Step Afrika! ( Members of the company will work with students on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 4:30 until December 10th. Interested students should see Ms. Neal for information.


Calling Aspiring Journalists!

If you would like to be a correspondent for the Northwest Current newspaper, see Ms. Redekopp in the Media Center. Your work may be featured in the School Dispatches section of the paper!


Pictures for the Yearbook

Do you have pictures from a school event? Mr. Klauber is in need of photographs for the yearbook. He is requesting any and all pictures of Deal events! Please send them to [email protected].  


Johns Hopkins CTY 2013 Global Talent Search

Application/registration forms are available in the counselors office for all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who qualify to participate in the Johns Hopkins University Talent Search Program. To qualify, students must have scored "Advanced" in either Reading or Math on last year's DC CAS. Please pick up an application from your grade level counselor if you would like to participate in the 2013-14 Global Talent Search.

World Language Trips 
France - Spring Break 2014

To register an 8th grader (taking French) for the cultural and immersion trip to France, please go  to and enroll with tour number: 1344248K. You can also click on the following link in your browser: EF Tours France trip 

Questions/Comments? Feel free to contact M. Mbayu at [email protected] or M. Ngwa at


Costa Rica - Spring Break 2014 

To register an 8th grader (taking Spanish) for traveling to Costa Rica, visit and enroll with tour #1365514. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Henderson at [email protected].


China - Spring Break 2014 

To register an 8th grader (taking Chinese) for traveling to China, please visit and register with tour #1362243VB. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Yanming Zhi at [email protected]


Trip Scholarships - 2014

The world language team reached out to students of limited economic means (based on whether the family is receiving Federal aid of some form), good academics, and positive behavior with information about the PTA World Language Trip scholarships. These students are completing an application and essay for consideration for significant trip support. In addition to these scholarships, there are a limited number of smaller grants to families who are having difficulty with the cost of the trip but who do not qualify as limited economic means. These grants are for up to $500; please contact [email protected] for further information. 

Winter Sports Practice Schedule
3:30 - 5
6th Boys Basket
3:30 - 5
3:30 - 5
3:30 - 5XX
6th Girls
3:30 - 5
3:30 - 5
7/8 Boys
5 - 6:30
5 - 6:30
5 - 6:30
7/8 Girls
5 - 6:30
5 - 6:30
5 - 6:30
Indoor Track
3:30 - 5
3:30 - 5 

Student athletes with later start times for practice are required to be in study hall until practice starts. With permission, students may work with other teachers as needed. Students must be under adult supervision at all times. 

Please ensure that your athlete has sufficient food for snacks or meals; individual teams may make arrangements for their students. Students are not allowed to leave school to travel for food in the neighborhood, nor are they allowed to ask others to do so.

Please speak with your child's coach if you have questions about any of these items.

This Week at Deal...

Please note: not all club meetings are included in this section; please check the full schedule at the bottom of this bulletin.


Monday: Yoga

Yoga club will meet this Monday, November 25th at 3:30 pm in E101.


Monday: Outdoor After School Basketball Club

The Outdoor Afterschool Basketball Club will meet on Monday, November 25 at 3:30 pm on the court behind the "Cottage." Dress for cold weather. In the event of rain, we will meet with Mr. Namian in Room E204.


Monday: Art Journaling Club

Art Journaling Club continues to meet!  Bring a sketchbook and join us on Monday 3:30 - 4:30 in room C217.


Monday: Cooking Club

Cooking Club Group A will meet Monday, November 25th in Room 216 from 3:30-5.



Grace Kowal

Sahara Trask

Colyar Trimble

Hannah W. Dorosin

Blyss Saron

Margaret Goletiani

Kaitlyn Hunter

Maddie Breeden

Jalen Anthony

Candace House

Chandler Mabry

Golden Davis

Stella Magee

Edvin Leijon

Torin O'Brien

Jaidyn Campfield

Avery Dunn

Murphy Harllee

Brittany Diaz

Alexandra Garcia




Tuesday: Photography Club

Photography Club will meet Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in W204. For more information about the club, please see Ms. Taylor in W204 or Mr. Healy in W300.


Staff information ...  
Monday: Wash.Teacher's Union (WTU) Meeting
We will have a WTU meeting in Mr. Gueltig's room, E104, at 3:30 on Monday, December 2nd. Future meeting dates are: 

January 13, February 10, March 10, April 22, and May 12. 


Tuesday: End of canned food drive 

The last day for our very successful canned food drive is this Tuesday. Let's go for the final push!


Wednesday: Thanksgiving Assembly

There will be two Thanksgiving Assemblies on Wednesday during Bell III. Information about the 6th grade assembly has been provided by Ms. Neal. The 7/8th grade assembly will be in the gymnasium, and will include all the wonderful elements from year's past. Students will return to their homeroom classes after 7th on Wednesday, and will then be dismissed. 7th and 8th grade students will be called to the gymnasium after the classes have settled.   


Review of Attendance Practices for Teachers  

1) Homeroom teachers must take their roll by the end of first period everyday.

2) On field trip days, the roll should be taken and submitted to Ms. Johnson's inbox (if written) or via email before leaving the building. 

3) All attendance must be completed and entered into STARS by 3:30 on a daily basis or before you leave for the day. 

4) Students that are not present in your class should be marked "absent."

5) Students that have notes for their absences will be asked to come to the Welcome Center in the morning during homeroom and in the afternoon during 7th period to submit their notes.  


Eighth Grade Corner


Specialized High School Open House Dates


High School application deadlines are fast approaching beginning in early December! Don't miss the opportunity to visit their upcoming Open Houses.


Duke Ellington School of the Arts 

  • January 9th, 3 - 4:30 pm  
Phelps Architecture, Construction & Engineering School 
  • Dec. 20th & Jan. 17th, 11 - 2 pm 

Wilson High School 

  • December 6th, 2013, 9 - 11 
  • Jan. 10th, Feb. 7th, and March 14, 2014, 9 - 11

McKinley Technology High School  

  • Wednesday, December 18th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 11th, 10 - 12 pm


High School Common Application


This year there will be a common application and lottery system for all public schools of choice, including charters, DCPS out-of-boundary, and DCPS specialized high schools. The initiative is entitled MySchoolDC, for more information email The timeline for completing the application process is as follows:


December 16th: Application becomes available online at

February 3rd: Application deadline for all DCPS and most DC charter high schools

March 31st: Results released.

May 1st: Deadline to claim your seat by turning in your enrollment forms.            


The DCPS Specialized/City-Wide High Schools are:

  • Benjamin Banneker High School
  • McKinley Technology High School
  • Columbia Heights Education Campus (Bell)   
  • Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School
  • Duke Ellington School of the Arts
  • School Without Walls

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

3.  Take the recommendation form with the envelope to the person from whom you need the request. Ask the person if they would be willing to write a recommendation for you. Remind them of the date by when it needs to be completed and mailed in. Please give the teacher two weeks to complete your recommendation. Ms. McFarland has copies of "Letter of Recommendation Request Forms" and "Student Profile Sheets" that are helpful for  this process.


If you need a transcript to send to a private school, please provide Ms. McFarland an addressed and stamped envelope to use to mail your transcript.

(all activities begin at 7:45 am unless otherwise stated)



No School 
Thanksgiving Break
No School  
Deal Madrigal 

All School Chorus 

 Deal Madrigal 


Percussion Ensemble
String Chamber Ensemble  
Percussion Ensemble  
Symphonic Band 
Jazz Band 
 6th Grade Concert Band    
(all activities begin at 3:30 pm unless otherwise stated)

No School 
Thanksgiving Break

No School
Outdoor Basketball 
Outside Court
  Space Time
 Cheerleading practice - gym
New to Deal Transition Workshop

6th Grade Soccer club E103
Swim Team Practice to 5:30 pm
Team Santiago study hall C130



Investment Team 
Photography Club
Music Workshop

Computer Programming
GSA club
N116 or
Team Babylon tutoring 

Literary Magazine club CG07
History club
Vinyl club

Board Games
Debate Team
  Art From the Heart C205

Chess Club
Jiu Jitsu
Outside gym
Alexandria Library E205

Scrabble club
Science Olympiad Team W200

Team Rio study hall

 Digital Recording Club

Yoga club RM E101

Team Mumbai tutoring

Knitting Club
After School String workshop

Illustrator's Club C224
DIY club 

Chinese tutoring
The Big Deal Acappella Choir 


Artist Journaling

African Drumming CG21

Student Council meeting

Music Workshop

Cooking Club Group A CG03

Please click the following link for the: 


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



New: Janney 5k race on Saturday December 7

Come join the fun and race for a good cause! Support Janney Elementary (American University Park, Washington DC) in its efforts to raise school funds, build community spirit and encourage good health.The morning program includes a 5K race in the Janney school district neighborhood and a shorter fun run for younger participants.

5K race starts at 10am, followed by fun run at 11am

WINTERFEST will be held all day at Janney after the race!

For more details and registration, visit

All pre-registered runners are guaranteed a tee-shirt and race packet. Volunteers needed! If you have any questions or would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Jeff Davis or Kelly Lee at [email protected]

This event is being timed and scored by AMAZING RACE TIMING

This is a USATF-certified course with chip timing


Great community service activity still looking for students! 

Janney Elementary school is STILL looking for Honor Roll students from 7th and 8th grade who are interested in working with Janney students to provide homework help and support basic math and English language skills as part of a supervised after school activity, "Study Buddies."  This requires a regular commitment on Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays, 3:40 - 4:40 pm from November - January, and would count towards community service. 


Contact Pippa Trench at [email protected] if you need more information.

Bancroft Elementary School is Starting a Chess Program.
Bancroft is looking for middle school chess players to help 3rd-5th grade beginners.   The program meets every Tuesday from 4:30 - 6:00 pm at Bancroft Elementary. 
Interested students may contact Devon Bartlett at [email protected] 
or 202-288-0009.