Alice Deal Middle School

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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... 

On Thursday evening, attendees at our celebration performance for the legacy of Dr. King were treated to an amazing musical, spoken word, and dance experience. This weekend, many across the city are finding ways to put meaning into Dr. King's words and deeds, through service, family gatherings, or personal reflection. Please take the time (if you haven't already) to share with your children what his life and struggle mean to you today. The victories that Dr. King helped win are more ephemeral than they should be - and need to be won again and again.

This Friday, our school community continues to reflect on one of those victories - the end to legal segregation in DC Public Schools. Students at Deal will take part in our second Reno Day, an exploration of the history behind the present. As the Reno School and Deal grow ever closer, our students become more curious about what their initial separation meant. Last advisory they looked at what remains on the landscape from the original Reno City community; this Friday they will learn about how their community has changed demographically over the last 150 years and what the inside of their new building will look like. Our next Reno Day, at the end of the 3rd advisory, will explore the contorted history of the unmaking of legal segregation.

In addition to the Reno Day activities, the entire Deal student community will be working on anti-bullying activities on Friday. Last year, our students were taken to see a powerful movie, Bully, that demonstrated how pervasive and devastating bullying can be. The challenge for all of us is to keep students safe by keeping them informed on what constitutes bullying, giving them the tools to respond, making sure that they see the school as an ally in their safety, and encouraging all to build respectful and caring relationships. One movie or a meaningful series of activities of course can't be the only effort to address bullying, but they are part of the answer.

Period 8, our unique blended learning program, rolls on for the next advisory with an added twist. Period 8 courses are advisory-length courses (8 weeks) that meet once a week afterschool in a class setting and have online activities throughout the rest of the week. These are free, and were created and led by Deal staff. This advisory there are six courses: four that ran previously (Philosophy, the Stock Market, Immigration in the USA, World Travel Blogger Style) and two new courses, Computer Programming and the Plant/People Paradigm. Check further down in the bulletin for a link that describes the courses in more detail. For the first time this year, the Period 8 courses are being opened up to sixth graders now that these newest members of our community are settled in! As sign-up is first-come, first-served, now is the time to take advantage of this uniquely Deal program.

Let me make another pitch for the February 8 PTA party and auction. Much of our rich experience is made possible by you through your contributions. Just in this note alone, the PTA funds our choral program and the development of Period 8. Scholarships, like those for the world language trips, are extended as necessary to families for fun, community-building activities like the upcoming ski trip. If DCPS lags a bit in providing access to funds for supplies - the PTA is there to make sure that teachers don't run out of toner. Every week I reach out to the PTA for some item, some need, or some funding to support the complexity that is Deal. Your PTA leadership and I work together closely to make sure that contributions reach those who need them and make it all work better. I hope to see you on the 8th of February - or at least encourage you to go online and participate.

Take care.

James Albright

The Magic of Motown Party and Auction
February 8, 2014
6:30 to 11:00 pm.   

Nowhere to run to, Nowhere to hide*...the organizers of the Magic of Motown Party and Auction are looking for YOU to help us make the event the biggest Fun-Raiser of the school year!


We need your donations!


Please email [email protected] if you have a donation and an auction organizer will respond.


With your help, the auction will burst with special experiences, treats, special occasions, and unusual and wonderful events that make life interesting The categories are:


Supreme Silent - vacation homes, interesting experiences, art. Already donated: vacation stays in Rehoboth Beach, Massanutten Resort, and Costa Rica, plus VIP 8th grade promotion package.


Temptations - homemade treats by Deal cooks from gourmet meals to wine collections, from soup of the month to specialty cakes.  Already donated: cooking classes, a vodka tasting and Russian dinner, and billiards tournament.


Sports and Fitness - tickets to local sporting events, both collegiate and professional,  fitness equipment, training, and classes. Already donated: DC United experience, World Cup jersey and "Brazuca ball", Georgetown and American University basketball tickets, and a mother-daughter yoga party.


Out on the Town - restaurant gift certificates and performances in theater, dance, and music. Already dontated: Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Tour of the U.S. Capitol, and cocktails at the Columbia Room.


There's a lot more on the party's website at with more items added every day! Also, while you're there, check out what the Deal staff and teachers have donated to the Deal Insiders category and the Pick-a-Prize section, the Magic of Motown prizes to be given away at the party.


Please email [email protected] if you have a donation TODAY!


Too busy to donate? Sponsor the Magic of Motown instead with a fully tax-deductible donation. See details at: And buy your ticket to the event for just $25 (until Feb.5).


*Motown hit by Martha and the Vandellas, in 1965, written by Motown's signature songwriting and production team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Edward Holland, Jr.

Week of  
January 20
 Bell Schedule
Monday - No School
(Martin Luther King Holiday)
Tuesday - Bell I
      Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Viking Time 
Friday - Half Day Bell 

Upcoming Dates  

January 20
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
No school
January 21

8th Grade Ski Trip Meeting, 3:30 pm

January 22 

School-wide Spelling Bee, 12:30 pm

January 23
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm 


January 24
Reno Day #2 
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
Shakespeare Festival, 7:00 pm  


February 1
Open House, 9 am - 12 noon

February 5  

Science Fair Judging

February 6
New to Deal, 3:30 pm


February 7
LSAT, 7:30 am
Report Cards Issued
Visiting Deal, 9 - 10 am 


February 8
Saturday Detention, 9 - 12 noon
PTA Auction
Debate Tournament
February 11
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm  


February 12
PIA 3 - English   


February 14
Professional Development Day
No school for students 


February 17
Presidents's Day
No school for students or staff 


 February 18 
Musical Auditions


February 19
PIA 3 - Math
Musical Auditions
8th Grade Humanities Mock Hearings


February 20
Musical Auditions
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm 


February 21
Musical Auditions 


February 22
Saturday Detention, 9 - 12 noon


February 24
Parent-Teacher Conference Day
No school for students


February 25
Principal's Coffee 9 -10 
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm
6th Grade Ski Trip 


February 26
SCAC, 7:30 pm
7th Grade Ski Trip 


February 27
Speech and Drama Competition


February 28
Visiting Deal, 9 - 10 am 
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

The library will be closed after school Thursday and Friday (Jan. 23-24) due to faculty meeting and the early dismissal.

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: Reno Day #2 - Friday's half-day schedule

Friday, January 24, is a half-day for all students. On that day, all students will participate in our second Reno Day - an exploration of the history of our school and the upcoming merger with the Reno School. Students will be with their teams for the day working on mathematics and science lessons associated with our history. In addition, students will participate in an anti-bullying activity during the day. Students will be released at 12:15pm after a full day of activities.  


New: 8th Grade Mock Hearing Congratulations 
Congratulations to the 80+ 8th graders who participated in the school-level We the People Congressional Mock Hearings on Wednesday, January 15th. Students demonstrated their constitutional knowledge through a prepared written statement, followed by six minutes of questions from the judges. 


In December, each 8th grade team sent their best student representatives for each of the six units to the school level competition. This past Wednesday, the best of each unit were heard and the top team for each unit was selected.  The winning students will move on to the citywide competition at Georgetown Law on February 19th. Congratulations to all the student participants - your constitutional knowledge is impressive! 





Francesca Sewell, Simon Birnstad, Philip Rosten, Logan Botts, Julius Terrell


Theo Shapinsky, Jessica Padilla, Felicia Klimpacher, Claire Medina, Ella Weiner


Langley Custer, Zola Bzdek, Marlon Gudiel, Liana Rubin


Ryan Johnston, Natalie Seablom, Regan Staudenraus, Jericho Desalegn


Sierra Lewter, Sam Himmelfarb, Cameron Harrison


Eliza Zizka, Kyle Clemente, Willem Bouma



New: Ski/Snowboard Trip Forms and Payment

There is a meeting for all 7th and 8th graders interested in going on the ski trip on Tuesday at 3:30pm in the cafeteria. Students interested must attend.


Please return your forms and payment (cash or check/money order payable to Alice Deal Middle School) to the following rooms between 3:15-3:30 pm by Friday, January 31st: 

     6th Grade: Ms. Quinn/Ms. Azimi (Room N103)

     7th Grade: Ms. Giron (Room W201)

     8th Grade: Mr. Jakubowski (Room E301)


Once spots have been filled, there will be another pre-trip meeting for students to receive the day's itinerary, their assigned groups, check-in times, lesson information (for EZ/All-Mountain packages), and other important details. If you have any concerns or questions, please email Ms. Giron at [email protected]. 

New: Period 8 Course Offerings & Registration

Deal will offer another round of extra-curricular blended-learning courses this coming advisory. Period 8 classes meet in-person once a week after school. In addition, students spend 1-2 hours outside of class each week engaged in online coursework and activities. Period 8 courses are available to all Deal Vikings - including 6th graders for the first time!  


Detailed course information can be found at

Registration is available now online at


Computer Programming - Mondays (Ms Wellersdick)

The Plant-People Paradigm - Mondays (Ms Schuettpelz)

Philosophy - Wednesdays (Mr Custer)

World Travel-Blogger Style - Wednesdays (Ms D'Antonio)

Immigration in the US - Thursdays (Ms Diaz)

The Stock Market - Thursdays (Ms Quinn)


New: Model UN

All 7th and 8th grade students interested in participating in the Model UN Conference in April at the State Department must see Ms. Trenkle in W304 for a registration packet. When the registration is complete, students may choose their country and committee. Watch the bulletin and listen to the announcements for our next meeting time.


New: Attention All 8th Grade Art Students - 1st and 2nd Semester!

All 8th grade students currently enrolled in art 1st semester must pay their $10 sketchbook fee by Thursday, January 23 in order to close out the advisory.


All 2nd semester 8th grade art students please bring in your $10 sketchbook fee for your first day of art for all sections (Kouri, Langon and Lombardo). Checks should be written out to Alice Deal Middle School. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in art class!


New: National History Day Workshops 

Students looking for a little extra help with their NHD projects can attend one of four afternoon workshops for advice about research methods and sources, project design, or anything else you want to ask. This week's workshop is focused on performance projects, but students who want help with exhibit boards are also welcome. Participants will view footage of prior performance projects as part of the workshop. All sessions start at 3:30pm in E305.


The schedule:

Wednesday, January 22: Performances

Wednesday, January 29: Documentaries

Wednesday, February 5: Papers

Wednesday, February 12: Websites


New: Group: Parenting Children w/ ADHD.

Our next group meeting is Monday, January 27 at 6-7:30 pm. Please contact [email protected] for more information or just arrive that evening ready to share and learn.


New: Physical Education Department
The physical education department will continue to sell PE uniforms in the cafeteria and after school. Payments should be made in cash or checks made out to Alice Deal Middle School. Shirts cost $7 and shorts cost $13. If you have any questions regarding the purchase of a uniform, please feel free to see Ms. Spann, Ms. Curran, Mr. Downing, Mr. Monaco or Mr. Ager.

New: Anti-Bullying Activity: What Do YOU Stand for? Creating Circles of Strength to Combat Bullying
As part of this Friday's schedule, we will conduct a school-wide activity to raise awareness about the essential characteristics and values that are necessary for a safe and happy school community. Students and staff will reflect and identify personal characteristics and values they possess. We call this "Creating Circles of Strength to Combat Bullying." Students will create decorated circles with character traits and qualities they admire in themselves. Open-Minded, Tolerant, Empathetic, Compassionate, Inclusive, and Courageous are among the qualities we will discuss. The circles will be displayed through the halls of Deal. 

Be inspired and be your good self. Let's create a big circle of Deal Strength!


New: Composting in the Cafeteria! 

Last week, Deal students began to compost a wide variety of materials from their lunches. Students from Sra. Cadavid's 8th grade Spanish Humanities class led the charge by announcing the program in homerooms and assisting in the cafeteria. Thank you to our wonderful student helpers and everyone taking part in the program! 


Calling all Ultimate Frisbee Players!

The Washington Area Frisbee Club (WAFC) is looking to begin a middle school recreational league in the DC metro area but they need players and parents! All games and activities will be organized by WAFC and are not Deal sponsored. If families are interested in registering please visit or email Coach Martini ([email protected]) for more information!


Yearbook/Newspaper pictures are requested!

Please email any pictures for the yearbook and/or the newspaper to Mr. Klauber at  [email protected] 

Book Trailer Contest

Calling all readers with a cinematic vision! Get ready to celebrate Digital Learning Day on February 5th by entering the first Book Trailer Contest! Listen up for the announcements this week and pick up more information in the library. The deadline for all entries is January 31st and trailers should be 90 seconds or less.

First prize: $50

Second prize: $20 iTunes gift card

Third prize: $10 iTunes gift card

Scholastic Reading Clubs

Books and ebooks are available online for students at a discounted rate. Go online, register, and order. 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 due date
Orders should be placed no later than Friday, January 31st, 2013. If you have any additional questions, please contact Ms. Kinzer at [email protected]


Teens for Jeans

The number one most requested item at homeless shelters is a pair of jeans. Do you have any that you've outgrown? Any that are no longer your style? Any that you think would brighten someone else's day if they could wear them? If so, please bring them in and donate them to Teens for Jeans in your homeroom. Last year, Deal students and staff collected 1,423 pairs of jeans. Our goal this year is 1,600. We will collect through February 13.


Please Help Us Find Science Fair Judges!

Deal's annual Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 5th from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. The Deal science department is asking for your help in identifying community members to serve as project judges. Judges should have no direct relationship to a Deal student and be available for at least two hours during the morning of February 5. More detailed information is available by contacting Elyse Lerum ([email protected]). Please ask your neighbors, friends, or colleagues.


New Issue of School Newspaper

The Vikings Quarterly had a huge update over the break! Visit our school newspaper at   


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 W301 or Mr. Jakubowski in E301.


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!

Winter Sports


BB - MS Girls v. Jefferson @JeffersonTrack Practice 
  BB - MS Girls v. Browne @ Browne  


BB - 6th Grade Girls v. West @ West 


BB - MS Boys v. [email protected]

BB - MS Boys v. Browne @ Browne 

  BB - 6th Grade Boys v. West @ West  
Please click on the following Athletics Calendar Link for any changes to the above schedule.   
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 procedures.

This Week at Deal...


(If there are any weather-related delays or closures, announcements will be made at school for when activities will be held.)  


Tuesday: 8th grade Ski Trip meeting

8th grade students interested in going on the ski trip must attend this meeting at 3:30 in the cafeteria to receive all the forms and information necessary. 


Tuesday: Photography Club

Photography Club will meet Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:30 in W204 with Mr. Healy and Ms. Taylor. Please bring $16 for your ADP t-shirt!


Getting Organized Club

Are you interested in getting your life more organized? Learn how to use Edline, your agenda, your notebook, and even your locker more effectively. We will meet on Tuesdays in C113 (Mr. Kirschenbaum's office) starting Tuesday, January 21st from 3:30 - 4:10.  If you have any questions, please email Mr. Kirschenbaum at [email protected].


Tuesday: GirlUp Partners with the Media Center to Show "Girl Rising"

Join us this afternoon for a special showing of the acclaimed film "Girl Rising" at 3:30 pm in Deal's Media Center. This feature length film celebrates the dreams and desires of nine different girls from around the world. Their stories tell about their struggles to go to school, to find meaningful and rewarding work, to find justice in the law, and to live safety in their communities. This film is part of a United Nations project to improve the lives of girls.  Everyone is welcome!


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.


Friday: TAGS DC Field Trip!         

TAGS will be taking a field trip to National Geographic Society on Friday, January 24 after the half-day of school. We will be working with GIS mentors to begin our final mapmaking project for the year.  We will be departing Deal at 1:00 pm and returning at 5:00 pm. Please bring a SmartTrip/DCOne card loaded with $6 for the metro!


Friday: Cheerleading Practice

Cheerleaders will practice Friday from 12:30 - 5:00 pm.  Practice is mandatory for everyone on the competition team. 

Staff information ...  


Tuesday: Grade-Level Chairs

Grade-level chairs will meet at 3:30 pm on January 21 in the Conference Room 


Wednesday: 8th Grade Meeting  

Eighth-grade level teachers will meet at 8:10am on January 22 in Room E300


Thursday: Faculty Meeting

All faculty will meet in the cafeteria at 3:30pm. 


New: Friday PD

This Friday's Supporting Students with 504 Plans PD will take place in Room C310 



Eighth Grade Corner


Specialized High School Open House Dates


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


8th Grade Mock High School Interviews

If you plan to interview for high schools and would like practice and feedback, contact Ms. Redekopp in the library to schedule a mock interview.  They will be held during lunch periods and after school, and appointments last approximately 15 minutes.


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:


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 (Holiday) 


All School Chorus

All School Chorus 

 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)

No School




Half Day
(No activities) 
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)


SYEP Announcement

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is a mayoral initiative that provides District youth ages 14-21 with enriching summer work experiences through subsidized work placements in the private and government sectors. This year the application is open for three short weeks only, between January 24 and February 15. Please direct students to for more information and application instructions.  If you have any additional questions, please contact [email protected].


Starlings Volleyball

It's not too late to play club volleyball in 2014!


2014 volleyball club season tryouts:

Date: Jan 22nd & 23rd

Time: 6pm-7:30pm

Location: Takoma Academy-Takoma Park, MD



Preregister by emailing:

[email protected]



(888) 969- 5105



Capitol City Little League:

Baseball and Softball Registration is Currently Open  

Registration for the Capitol City Little League (CCLL) is currently open for all children who live or go to school in the CCLL area.  For more than twenty-five years, CCLL has provided boys and girls in our community with a fun environment in which to learn the fundamentals of baseball and softball, while playing on a team comprised of other kids of similar age and skill level.  The league encourages all children to participate, learn the game, build their skills, and have a fun with current and new friends.  The CCLL season begins in late March and continues through early June.  You can register your child to participate at:


Early bird registration will be open until February 1, 2014. Those registering by February 1 will receive a $25 discount. Those who register between February 2 and February 16, 2014 will pay the basic rate.  Those registering on or after February 17, 2014 will be charged a $25 late fee.  Registration for all divisions (except the National Division) closes on March 1, 2014 and no registrations will be accepted after that date.  This firm deadline is necessary to ensure that the league can keep team sizes at an appropriate level so all kids get enough playing time, to recruit coaches, and to secure field space.  We look forward to a terrific Spring 2014 season and hope that your daughters and sons will participate.  



Barstons Child's Play Speaker Series Presents:

"Overuse Injuries in Adolescent Athletes"

Sunday, January 26 @ 2 pm

by Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Stacy E. King

Free lecture and Q & A session.

Please call 202-244-3602 to reserve a seat

5536 Connecticut Ave. NW 


Wilson Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) presents:
 Wilson High School Mental Health Speaker Series and Dialogue
The goal of this speaker series is to allow parents and guardians to learn from
experts about the latest developments in adolescent mental health. We would also like to encourage a dialogue about the role of parents, students,
and schools.
Mark you calendars for these upcoming events and dates. All events will be held
in the Wilson Library from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Parenting Tools for Keeping Teens Out of Trouble Tues, Feb 11th
Neil Bernstein, PhD      
Dr. Bernstein is a practicing clinical psychologist, based in Washington, DC (around the corner from Wilson). He is a nationally recognized expert who has spent over 25 years guiding teens and their families through difficult times. He also serves on the advisory board of the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Dr. Bernstein's latest book is There When He Needs You: How to Be an Available, Involved, and Emotionally Connected Father to Your Son. His previous books are How to Keep Your Teenager Out of Trouble and What to Do if You Can't and Treating the Unmanageable Adolescent.
Bullying: How to Intervene    Tuesday, March 11th
Speaker and Details TBD


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.



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.