Alice Deal Middle School

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The Weekly Bulletin 

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Principal's Message... 

On Wednesday, Deal celebrated the upcoming Thanksgiving Day with two different celebrations: the 7th and 8th graders met in the auditorium to share the spirit of the season in poems, statements of thanks, and with music. The 6th graders participated in a fun array of activities, including creating a Tree of Gratitude and sharing in a Thankstringing in the gym. Separating for these important celebrations is an unfortunate reality - but there is something slightly more meaningful when the event is more manageable. We look forward to our Winter Assembly when we will all gather together before the extended break. Special thanks go to our 6th grade team of teachers for crafting such a great event, to the Student Council for their leadership in running the assembly, to our instrumental performers, and to the families at Deal for contributing over 8,800 lbs. of dry goods for sharing. This was a better Thanksgiving for many because of your work.

I would like to break away from "thanks" to "rev your engines" for Winter Break.  Students should get all their missing work in (for the current advisory) BEFORE the break on December 20. Deal does not provide a "winter packet" for students to turn in on January 7 - we expect our students to rest, recharge, and be ready for the remainder of the 2nd advisory. Everyone needs this time. There is nothing less fruitful than turning in work many weeks after it is due (with the grace of a kind teacher) when the assignment has little meaning. Get it done, get it in, get on with the break.

In order to support family efforts to support their students, we have slightly modified our Edline reporting. Because we are concerned that there is a gap between when students turn in an assignment and when it shows up in a grade book (with 110 essays to grade or extensive projects, it can't always be done right away) we are adding a new symbol: "R." "R" means received but not yet graded. Hope this helps.

And now, a calendar change. Our Winter Concert has finally landed on a date that conflicts with nothing at Wilson - December 18. Of course, this complicates the schedules of some, and for that I apologize. We have added a never-been-tried January vocal concert date (January 16) to our calendar, so if December 18th is missed, another is just a month away.

Finally, leaving early - vacations and school days. Families frequently reach out to let me know that they are taking an early vacation, have a great opportunity for their child, or something else that will remove their child from school.This has been a long-standing challenge in DCPS schools, and there is no good reason why it should be such a large number of students. I am not allowed to excuse a child for absence for any reason beyond the ones that DCPS enumerates. To this point, we have not held children responsible for missing work on days that they are out unexcused as these are family decisions. But my teachers work very hard to make each and every day meaningful - and giving up a week (even if your child gets the work done) is a lost week. A week I hold dear. Please try to schedule your family events for the planned breaks where possible - it matters.

Thank you.

James Albright
Don't miss out on these PTA events!
Holiday Greens Sale at Deal - Dec. 7, 8 and 14, 15.
Deal Auction - February 8, 2014
Week of  
November 25, 2013
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday -Bell I
      Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Bell 1 
Friday - Bell I 


Upcoming Dates  

December 3
Shepherd Buddy Day
Team Leaders Meeting 


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  

 December 18

Open House 9 - 1

Winter Concert 6:30 pm 

 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 
January 9
New to Deal, 3:30 pm
January 10
LSAT, 7:30 pm
Visiting Deal, 9 - 10 am
January 11
Saturday Detention, 9 - 12 noon
January 14
Team Leaders, 3:30

January 16
School-Wide Spelling Bee
Vocal Music Concert, 6:30 pm
January 17 
SCAC, 7:30 am
January 18
Open House, 9 - 12 noon
January 20
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
No School
January 23
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm 
January 24
Records Day
Half Day for Students
End of Second Advisory 
 January 25
Saturday Detention, 9 - 12 noon
January 27
Second Advisory 6th Grade Birthday Party
January 28
Principal's Coffee, 9 - 10 am
Team Leaders Meeting, 3:30 pm
January 31
Visiting Deal, 9 - 10 am


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

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

Media Center News
    Center Hours


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. 

Student & parent information
New: Cafeteria Composting Comes to Deal

The Deal cafeteria is the site of two distinct but complementary composting activities. The 8th grade Spanish Humanities class along with several 7th grade science students will start supporting the cafeteria's composting program this week. Through the "Pasamos La Voz" and science projects, Deal will reduce its carbon footprint and help create renewable, environmentally-friendly fertilizer. Starting Monday, students will conduct waste audits to quantify Deal's cafeteria waste after breakfast and lunch. This is in addition to the waste composting that our custodial crew and the cafeteria staff have already begun with the support of DCPS. There is much to do to have a true "low- to no-waste lunch," but these are important steps. Another great idea has been to reduce the waste of fruit that is not eaten but just tossed - this is a tragic waste of resources. More as we find out what our options are.  


New: Track Team Deadline 

Monday is the last day to join the track team. All forms must be turned in by Monday, December 2.  


New: Period 8 Journalism 

Period 8 Journalism is proud to introduce the student-run school newspaper of Alice Deal! Check out all the news at  


New: Debate Parent Meetings and Tournaments 

There will be a brief parent meeting Wednesday, December 4th at 6:30 pm in Mr. Stroud's classroom (W206). Agenda items will include hosting a region-wide debate tournament in February, the forward movement of the program, judging obligations, and answering any questions parents might have about what it means to be a Viking debater.


On December 14th, debaters will travel to Samuel Ogle Math and Science Magnet School in Prince George's County for our next tournament. Students who meet their research and practice obligations by December 6th will be eligible to complete. As always, any student is welcome to attend as a supporter or observer.


Interested in joining debate? See Mr. Stroud (W206) or Ms. Brittingham (W100) for more information.

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. Students and volunteer "hackers" can also sign up at and follow the fun at #rhokDCdec13. 


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].


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. If you already follow us, you know that we have been posting pictures and narratives that show what is happening during each of our Deal days. Don't miss out!

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. 


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 y[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. 


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 Contreras-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
Winter Sports Practice Schedule
3:30 - 5
3:30 - 5
6th Boys Basket
3:30 - 5
3:30 - 5
3:30 - 53:30 - 5X
6th Girls
3:30 - 5
3:30 - 5
3:30 - 5
7/8 Boys
5 - 6:30
5 - 6:30
5 - 6:30
7/8 Girls
5 - 6:15
5 - 6:15
5 - 6:15
Indoor Track
3:30 - 4:30
3:30 - 4:30 
3:30 - 4:30  
Developmental Mee

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: Literary Magazine Club Canceled

Literary Magazine Club will not meet on Monday, December 2nd. The club will meet Monday, December 9th to celebrate the publication of our first edition!


Monday: Art Journaling Club Canceled 

Art Journaling Club will not meet on Monday, December 2nd. The club will meet again Monday, December 9th in Room C217.


Monday: Yoga Club

Yoga club will meet Monday at 3:30 in E101. All levels are welcome. Bring a mat or towel.


Monday: The Outdoor Basketball Club

The Afterschool Outdoor Basketball Club will meet Monday, December 2 at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "cottage." Dress for cold weather. In the event of rain, the club will meet with Mr. Namian in Room E-204.


Tuesday: Alice Deal Photography Club

ADP, Alice Deal Photography club, will meet Tuesday at 3:30 in W204. Please bring $15 for your ADP t-shirt!


Wednesday: The Literature-to-Film Festival

The Literature-to-Film festival continues with Holes, the film based on the novel by Louis Sachar. Come watch the film after school on Wednesday, Dec. 4th.


Thursday: TAGS DC

Do you love working with maps? Do you enjoy geography? New members are always welcome! The TAGS DC club will meet on Thursday, December 5th in Mr. Martini's room (C130). Congratulations to all members on a successful celebration of Geography Awareness Week! 

Staff information ...  
New: Paced Interim Assessments #2
Please check your emails from our 2013-2104 Test Coordinator, Ms. Hernandez, for critical information regarding our English PIA test. The English test will be held during English classes this Thursday, with students needing extra time finishing their tests on Friday. The Math PIA will be held next Tuesday during with a Bell T testing schedule.

New: Mid-Advisory Reporting Timeline

Deficiencies/Mid-advisory reports will be generated using the December 8th Edline upload data.  Please ensure that your gradebook accurately reflects your student rosters and student progress.


New: 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. 

Tuesday: Team Leaders Meeting 
Team leaders will meet at 3:30 in the conference room.

Thursday: New to Deal 
New to Deal will meet at 3:30. Location TBA. 


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)



Deal Madrigal 

All School Chorus 

 Deal Madrigal 

 All School Chorus

All School Chorus 
Percussion Ensemble
String Chamber Ensemble  
Percussion Ensemble  
String Chamber Ensemble Jazz Band 
Symphonic Band 
Jazz Band 
Symphonic Band 
Peer Mediators Meeting 8:00 am
RM C116 
 6th Grade Concert Band  6th Grade Concert Band  
(all activities begin at 3:30 pm unless otherwise stated)


Outdoor Basketball 
Outside Court
  Space Time
Art from the Heart 
 Girls in Real Life Situations
 Cheerleading practice - gym
New to Deal Transition Workshop
Chinese tutoring
Cheerleading practice - gym
6th Grade Soccer club E103
Swim Team Practice to 5:30 pm
Team Santiago study hall C130

Team London study hall


6th Grade Transitions Workshop
Investment Team 
Photography Club
Music Workshop
Field Hockey practiceRobotics/Investment 
Computer Programming
GSA club
N116 or
Team Babylon tutoring 
The Big Deal Acappella 
Literary Magazine club CG07 (cancelled this week)
History club
Vinyl club
Speech Club

Board Games
Debate Team
  Art From the Heart C205
French tutoring

Chess Club
Jiu Jitsu
Outside gym
Alexandria Library E205
Model Un

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
(cancelled this week) 

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: Tenleytown Keeps Getting Cooler . . . Come to the Tenley WinterFest on Dec. 7!  


Check out for details! Here are some to start you off. . .

  • Nov 29 - Dec 7: Yeti scavenger hunt along Wisconsin Ave (maps at and at Tenley library children's desk). Student-designed winter window displays at Ace Hardware and Best Buy. New winter lamppost banners, sidewalk sales and special offers at shops and restaurants along Wisconsin Ave.
  • Fri Dec 6: Winter Garden lighting and holiday singalong, 5:30 - 6pm at Janney Elementary
  • Sat Dec 7: At Janney - 12 - 4pm Winter Market offering unique gifts and handmade items, Winter Garden of Lights with crafts and Yeti Village, grilled eats, hot cocoa, roasted chestnuts, Lego train, historic walking tours, music and more. At Tenley Library - winter storytime, crafts, and children's booksale. At Middle C - live music outside storefront. At Brandywine and Wisconsin - 4-10pm WinterFest tent with live music and winter brews.

New: Duke Elington School of the Arts presents "Black Nativity" on 


Dec. 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14: 7:30pm

Dec. 7, 8, 14, and 15: 3:00pm

Dec. 11 and 12: 10:0am


Please go to for further information. We hope to see you there at the show !!!!


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.

The 5K race starts at 10am, followed by Fun Run at 11am. (This event is being timed and scored by "Amazing Race Timing." This is a USATF-certified course with chip timing.)


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]


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.