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... 

During this period of mourning for the passing of Nelson Mandela on Thursday, I wondered how our 10- to 14-year-olds understood the nature of the struggle represented by his life. Throughout their lifetimes, South Africa was a country on the map, beset by troubles generally common to its neighbors, but symbolized by a wise older figure much revered by parents and the media. How do a school and a community teach about incredible strife and struggle that is not immediately transparent to those too young to have experienced the journey?

As we completed our first Reno Day last month, I was reminded again how much the desegregation battles seem to some students like something in the distant past. While they still are immersed in a culture that hasn't come to grips with its "present," at least the present is something they can emotionally experience. Remembering long back to my own middle school experience, I recall the fear of being in the midst of the Cold War - watching the fall of Hanoi, the wars in Angola and Mozambique - and wondering whether the world would always be condemned to this "balance" of power. The Iron Curtain meant something visceral - as a child, I could not imagine what happened in households where fear reigned at every moment. In this context, South Africa was another intractable problem - how could anything ever happen to change the world I had been born into? Many people felt similar fears - for other injustices, challenges, and struggles that seemed to have no end.

So how do I explain the incredible joy I felt when the whole construct crumbled under the pressure of Solidarity, glasnost, perestroika, and the inhuman conditions half the world's people were kept under? Mandela's freedom and the subsequent (peaceful) collapse of the South African order are similarly difficult to explain. Teaching about abstract concepts is tricky but essential; similarly, connecting learning to their own experiences today (from which there are many struggles to choose from) can also be effective. The effort to explain why something was important to those who lived through it also provides meaning. Perhaps our goal must be to provide the next generation of leaders with the contexts, skills, and motivations to fight the battles we can't imagine being won, or can't even imagine will exist.

On a less somber note, here are a couple of important calendar items:

This week, our PTA meeting on Wednesday (6:30) will be followed by a Community Meeting (7:15) on progress on the Reno Building renovation and addition. Stay for both!

And we have finally set the date for the Shakespeare Festival at Deal: January 31st. This will be a series of Shakespearean scenes acted by Deal students. Auditions are this week (Wednesday and Thursday) for interested students. We have yet to announce the Spring Musical - but rest assured it will not conflict with the just-announced Festival.

Thank you.

James Albright
PTA Meeting this Wednesday at 6:30 - followed by a Community Meeting on the Reno Building Construction at 7:15

The Deal Holiday Greens Sales this weekend!

Saturday & Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm at Deal


On sale will be a great selection of fresh-cut trees in a variety of sizes. Choose from fraser/balsam firs and blue spruces from 5' to 10' tall. Wreaths, candle rings and garlands are also on offer. The best trees and greens go first, so get here early! 


Proceeds go to support the school through the programs of the PTA.


Volunteers still needed! Please sign up for times you are available to help:


Your Support Means a Great DEAL!


Don't forget - The Deal Auction - February 8, 2014
Week of  
December 9
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday -Bell T
      Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I 


The Viking Ship will be open during lunch in the Gallery 
Thursday and Friday, December 12 & 13

New items for sale include flannel pajama pants for $30. We will also have all of our regular items. Hoodies, t-shirts, water bottles, and wallets, are still available.

Your kids can wear the pajama pants as much as they want over winter break...but no pajamas at Alice Deal!!!

Upcoming Dates  

December 10
PIA 2 - Math 

 December 11

PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm
Shakespeare Auditions
Reno Building Community Meeting 


December 12
Shakespeare Auditions 


December 13
LSAT, 7:30 am
World Language Trip Meetings 6:30 pm 


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 and Art Show 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 - 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 almost over! 


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.


Our last remaining Buddy Day will be with students from Janney elementary from 8:50 am to noon on December 17th.


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


The [email protected]    


New: Shakespeare Festival auditions this week!

Interested in acting? Come audition for Alice Deal's Shakespeare Festival! Auditions will be held on Wednesday December 11th and Thursday December 12th at 3:15 in the auditorium. You will be given a short monologue and scene to read at auditions.  The performance will take place on January 31st. No previous theatre experience is necessary!  If you have any questions please feel free to email Director Jill Roos at [email protected]

New: Winter Concert

The music department cordially invites you to our winter concert on Wednesday, December 18th at 6:30 pm. The concert will feature chamber and vocal groups, a variety of bands, and a full orchestra. Come and enjoy an evening of great music and impressive student performers!   


New: Come Celebrate Our Student Artists!

On the evening of December 18th, in conjunction with the Music Department's Winter Concert at 6:30 pm, all students who had art class in the first two advisories will have work on display! Please join us to hear some great music and see some great art! The art will be on display thoughout the first floor and the gallery areas. 


"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].


New: Debate Team Parent Meeting

The Deal Debate Team parents gather for a meeting this Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30pm in room W206. Please plan to attend if your child is involved in the debate team. We will provide an opportunity for parents to get information about future tournaments, membership in the National Speech and Debate Honor Society, and much more!


New: Career Awareness Poster Contest Winner

Congratulations to 7th grader Eliyah Lister for her excellent illustration of the Career Awareness Month theme of "Choosing to Make a Difference." She is the 2013 Deal poster contest winner. Her poster, entitled "Be All You Can Be", will be on display in the hall beside the counseling department offices.


New: The Sixth Grade Soccer Club

The Sixth Grade Soccer Club will not meet during the cold winter months. Beginning this week, students should make other arrangements for Monday afternoons. Soccer Club will begin again when the weather is warmer! If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hailfinger at [email protected] Many thanks and see you in the Spring!


New: Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI)

The new DCPS report card provides information on your student's reading level using data from the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI). The SRI is a computerized, multiple-choice exam that was created by Scholastic to identify a student's reading comprehension level. The test utilizes adaptive technology, where the exam changes based on the student's answers. The target reading comprehension levels for each grade are as follows:

6th Grade - 800-1050

7th Grade - 850-1150

8th Grade - 900-1200


Generally, Deal students take the SRI twice during the school year: at the beginning and end of the year. Students in reading support classes take the SRI five times a year: at the beginning of the year and at the end of every advisory. If you have questions regarding your student's SRI score, please reach out to your student's English teacher.


New: Project Display Boards

Project display boards are on sale for 8th grade Science Fair or National History Day (NHD). Boards cost $6.00. Purchases may be made with Ms. Hampton in room W301 or Mr. Jakubowski E301.


New: Martha's Table Donation!
Last Wednesday, employees of Martha's Table picked up all the remaining #socktober items that were collected - 20 large boxes of coats, shoes, hats, gloves, scarves, and socks. They will be delivered to the SE location of Martha's Outfitters and put to good use keeping families warm this winter! Thank you to all students, families, and staff who participated!


New: Urban Debate League Tournament

Attention all Deal Community! Be sure to wish good luck to our Debate Team members who will participate in the 2nd D.C. Urban Debate League Tournament on Saturday, December 14th at Samuel Ogle Middle School in Bowie, MD. The debated topics will include: middle schools should be in session year round, all US residents should be required to hold health insurance, and no country should have a veto on the UN Security Council. Our debaters have been working hard to ensure their success on Saturday. Feel free to come and cheer us on to see spectacular argumentation skills at their best! - Mr. Stroud, Mrs. Brittingham,and Ms. Darkjian


New: Spring Break International Trip Meeting 

There will be an informational trip meeting Friday December 13th for all parents, students, and chaperons traveling abroad this spring break. This is an opportunity to learn about what to expect while abroad, how you should prepare, and to ask questions. This is also a time for parents to meet the chaperons and administrators traveling. The meeting will be held at 6 pm and the location is TBD. Please contact Ms. Henderson, Mr. Mbayu, or Mr. Zhi with questions.



Winter Solstice Star Gazing

Come join the 6th grade science department for a Winter Solstice Star Gazing event on the fields at Deal on Wednesday, December 18th from 6:00-6:30pm. Please bring a telescope if you have one and dress warm. If you are an expert or know an expert on astronomy that would be interested in contributing to the event please contact Ms. LoFaro. Note: This event is weather dependent.


Parents Group: Parenting Children w ADHD. 

Parents, are you looking for support and strategies for managing your child who lives with ADHD? The next parent support/psychoeducation group is on Monday, December 16th at 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Please contact [email protected] for more information or just arrive that evening ready to share and learn.


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!


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!


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

[email protected]

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

Families who have applied for World Language scholarship consideration will be contacted this week to discuss the results. 

Winter Sports Practice Schedule
3:30 - 5
3:30 - 5
6th Boys Basket
3:30 - 5
Deal vs Noyes @ Deal 
3:30 - 5Deal vs West 
@ Deal
6th Girls
3:30 - 5
3:30 - 5
3:30 - 5
7/8 Boys
5 - 6:30
Deal vs
Johnson @ Browne
5 - 6:30
Deal vs Hart @
7/8 Girls
5 - 6:15
5 - 6:15
Deal vs
Hart @
Indoor Track
3:30 - 4:30
3:30 - 4:30 
3:30 - 4:30  

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 Club

Yoga club will meet Monday, from 3:30 - 4:30 in E101.


Monday: Cooking Club

Cooking Club Group A will meet Monday, December 9th in Room 216 from 3:30-5.


Group A

Grace Kowal

Sahara Trask

Colyar Trimble

Hannah W. Dorosin

Blyss Saron   

Margaret Goletiani

Kaitlyn Hunter

Maddie Breeden

Jalen Anthony

Candace House

Chandler Mabry

Refal Bahabri

Stella Magee

Edvin Leijon   

Torin O'Brien

Jaidyn Campfield

Avery Dunn   

Alexandra Garcia

Brittany Diaz

Murphy Harllee



Monday: Hour of Code

Did you know that by the year 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer programming jobs but only 400,000 computer scientists ready to take those jobs? This Monday, December 9 from 3:30 - 4:30 Deal's computer programming club is hosting an "Hour of Code," to introduce students to computer programming in a fun and interactive way. Come join us in E206 to learn the basics of coding!


Monday: The Outdoor Basketball Club

The Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, December 9th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "cottage." Dress for cold weather. In the event of rain, we will meet with Mr. Namian in Room E-204.


Tuesday: Shakespeare Club

The Deal Shakespeare club is going strong. Looking forward to seeing all current and new members on Tuesday, December 10th. This will be the day we plan our field trip! We look forward to seeing you there!


Wednesday:Team Santiago Study Hall

Ms. Brittingham, Mr. Martini, Ms. Nakamura, and Ms. Jackson will be available to provide academic support to all Team Santiago students every Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Room C130. Please feel free to come for help or simply for a quiet place to work.


Wednesday: Space Club

Space Club with Mr. Siddiqui will meet this Wednesday, December 11th in room E100. We will discuss recent missions to Mars as well as plans for new Moon missions.


Wednesday and Thursday:

Shakespeare Festival Auditions will be held in the auditorium, starting at 3:30. Students do not need to prepare an audition piece. Please contact Festival Director [email protected] with questions. 


Thursday: Art from the Heart:

We will meet Thursday, December 12th at 3:30 pm in room C205 to discuss January project ideas. Special Note: This club will meet every Wednesday starting January 15th. All are welcome!

Staff information ...  

Tuesday: Grade Level Chairs Meeting

Grade level chairs will meet at 3:30 pm in the conference room.


Friday: Professional Development 

The Professional Development session for Friday, December 13th is on conducting Socratic Seminars. The session will be held in room W307.


New: 8th Grade Level 

8th Grade teachers will have a meeting next Wednesday, December 18, at 8:10am in E300.


Paced Interim Assessments #2
The Math PIA will be held Tuesday during with a Bell T testing schedule.

Mid-Advisory Reporting Timeline

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


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

  • 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
Cooking Club Group A CG03
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 
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

African Drumming CG21

Student Council meeting

Music Workshop

Please click the following link for the: 


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


DC Youth Orchestra    

Join the DC Youth Orchestra Program for music classes and ensemble rehearsals this Spring at Eastern High School on Capitol Hill. Most classes and rehearsals are on Saturdays, but some beginning classes are offered on Tuesday evenings. Students at all levels and from the entire DC/MD/VA area are welcome. Students who already play an instrument need to schedule an audition to determine the appropriate class and ensemble. The Spring semester begins on January 25 (the Youth Orchestra and Junior Orchestra begin January 18). The last day to register is January 18. For more information and to register go to 


Advanced students may schedule an audition for the DCYOP's top orchestra - the Youth Orchestra - for January 11. The YO will be traveling to Bogotá, Columbia in late June to a side-by-side residency and concert tour with the Orquestra Metropolitana Batuta, part of the second-largest youth orchestra system in the world. The 120-piece American-Colombian youth orchestra will perform three concerts, including a finale concert in Bogotá's 1700-seat concert hall. All members of the Youth Orchestra, including those who audition in January, are invited to participate.


The Wilson Players and "The Man Who Came to Dinner" 

The Wilson Players present the 1942 acclaimed classic play, "The Man Who Came to Dinner."   Directed by Lynn Sharp Spears, this is a delightful comedy about a notorious radio talk show host who slips on the icy steps of a prominent mid-western family and insists on recuperating in their home during the Christmas holidays, turning the entire household upside down.  The show runs December 12, 13, 14 at

New: Duke Ellington School of the Arts presents "Black Nativity"

Dec.  12, 13, and 14: 7:30 pm

Dec.  14, and 15: 3:00 pm

Dec. 11 and 12: 10:00 am


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


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.