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... 

After an immensely successful, albeit cold, Reno Day on Friday, Deal students look down the road to the 3rd advisory and Spring Break. Monday we start anew, on the second half of the school year. The 3rd advisory is less broken up by the calendar, but is full of great Deal activities to keep the blood flowing! (For pictures of our second Reno Day, please check out our Twitter feed @DealVikings.)

This Friday at 7:00, Deal actors will take the stage for our first Shakespeare Festival. Students have been working for over a month to bring the bard to the boards of Deal through two lengthy excerpts from Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet. Keep coming to support our students' love for the arts at Deal

Our annual auction spectacular is just around the corner on the 8th of February (see below). As a party it is bound to be fun; as a fundraiser, you can make it a smash. In so many ways, the PTA is a rock for Deal - I have highlighted some of these over the last few weeks. But knowing that the little things that make the school roll smoothly on are also subject to PTA support - that makes it more meaningful. There are dozens of times a month in which a pizza party, a classroom need, or a student scholarship are covered by our PTA budget. These daily costs add up. Your support at the auction means that both big and small needs can be addressed smoothly. Please keep it up!

We are in the midst of planning for next year, with enrollment estimates, budgets, and the joint lottery process all unfolding. This week we will have some significant outreach - join me for my Principal's Coffee on Tuesday at 9, tell a friend about Visiting Deal on Friday morning, and we will have our last Open House on Saturday morning from 9 till 12. At this point, you might have all the information you need; please feel free to direct those who ask you questions to come to the Visit or the Open House.

Finally, with that strange mix of sadness and happiness, our plans for the 8th grade promotion are coming together. The promotion itself will be on the morning of Tuesday, June 17th. Mark your calendars! The location will be off-site - downtown at the Warner Theater. Yes, the Warner. Because this change to accommodate our 395 8th graders will require some significant detail planning, a letter will be going out to our 8th grade families soon with much more specific information.

Keep keeping warm - we will continue to let those students who show up before 8am into the building during this cold spell, so don't worry!

Take care.

James Albright

PS - Don't forget, Period 8 registration (below) is now open to all grades - including 6th graders for the first time. Hurry up and sign up, spots are limited.

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

"Easy as One Two Three!*"


The Magic of Motown is now two weeks away and we'd like to put three items on your to-do list:


1. Donate an item to the auction!

It's simple, just email: [email protected] and tell us what gift certificate, service, vacation home, theater tickets, sports game, wine collection, homemade delicacy, or other great item that you want to donate.


2. Sponsor the Magic of Motown!

Consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to the Magic of Motown party and auction. Sponsor a teacher's ticket for $25 or get us closer to our fundraising goal by giving $1000. Other donation amounts are also available. Our auction website,, has all the details.


3. Buy your tickets to the Magic of Motown!

Save money and buy your ticket today while the price is still just $25. After Feb. 5, the price doubles to $50. Tickets may be purchased at the auction website,


Thank you!


* "ABC" a Motown #1 hit for the Jackson 5 in 1970

Week of  
January 27
 Bell Schedule
Monday- Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I
      Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I 

Upcoming Dates  

January 27
Second Advisory Begins 


January 28
Principal's Coffee, 9 - 10 am

6th Grade Birthday Party 

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 
Grade-level Chairs, 3:30 pm
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
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: Theater Happenings 
Shakespeare Festival, Friday at 7pm
This Friday, join the Deal community to watch our first ever Shakespeare Festival. Last year's staging of A Midsummers Night's Dream has sparked the love of the English playwright. In addition, Deal students are reading Shakespeare in both 7th and 8th grades. The Festival is a great complement to these activities.

Spring Musical 
The audition schedule for our spring musical will soon be announced. Watch this space for more information for this always popular spectacular. You ask, what is the musical to be? This spring we will present The Wizard of Oz! 
New: Music Department

All students who have music in the 3rd Advisory should come to class prepared with a composition book or spiral notebook and a two-pocket folder!


New: Physical Education Department
All students taking a physical education class in the 3rd advisory must have a gym uniform. The physical education department will continue to sell 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 contact Ms. Spann, Ms. Curran, Mr. Downing, Mr. Monaco, or Mr. Ager.


New: Period 8 Registration Continues

There is still time! Register for these exciting 3rd advisory courses:


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)


In-person meetings for these extra curricular blended-learning classes will begin the second week of the advisory. Courses are open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Please see the course catalog (corrected link below) for more information.


Course catalog available at

Registration is available now online at


New: Deal Debate

As of this Tuesday, all debaters must complete and submit their research assignment via Edmodo. We will debate both sides of the National's topic resolution and will be joined by several Wilson High School debaters who will serve as informal judges and coaches. Please make sure to complete both speeches by Tuesday.


Debate Tournament

On February 8th, the Deal Debate Team will host approximately 200 debaters for a regional Washington Urban Debate League tournament. Parents will be needed to help with logistics, food, and general building management. Please check your e-mail for important messages from the tournament director, Chris Bond. Thank you for your support!


New: Model UN

There are still a few slots left for the 7th and 8th grade Model UN spring conference!  If interested, please see Ms. Trenkle in W304 for a registration packet.


New: Calling all National History Day Students!

Need help with your History Day project? Confused about how to best organized your project?

Have specific questions? Come have your questions answered and learn more "tricks of the trade" for your project!


Each session will be held in E305 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. A short presentation will be given, exemplars shared, and there will be an opportunity for students to ask questions. Our upcoming topics are:


*        January 29, Performances and Documentaries

*        February 5, Papers

*        February 12, Websites


Mark your calendar!  We hope to see you there! All projects are due the week of February 25. (This is a change from the NHD calendar provided at the beginning of the year.)


New: 8th Graders to National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum

All 8th Grade Students have a field trip this week to the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Transportation is provided. Students will leave at 8:45 and return by 3:15 pm. All students must have a bagged lunch and a pencil for writing with at the museum. Team Geneva's trip date is January 28, Team Kiev's trip date is January 29 and Team Toronto's trip date is January 30. This field trip supports two important museum partnerships for our 8th graders. 


New: Ski/Snowboard Trip 

Did you miss the meeting? There will be one final meeting for students interested in going on the ski/snowboard trip who missed the mandatory meeting. It will take place on Monday, January 27th at 3:20pm. Location TBA. Please listen to the announcements for location! Questions? Email Ms. Giron ([email protected])


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. 
New: Anti-Bullying: What Do YOU Stand for?
Last week, Deal students took part in a school-wide activity to raise awareness about the essential characteristics and values necessary for a safe and happy school community. Students and staff reflected and identified personal characteristics and values they possess. We call this "Creating Circles of Strength to Combat Bullying." Students decorated circles with character traits and qualities they admire in themselves. Open-Minded, Tolerant, Empathetic, Compassionate, Inclusive, and Courageous are among the qualities discussed. 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!

Group: Parenting Children w/ ADHD

Our next group meeting is Monday, January 27th at 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Please contact [email protected] for more information or just arrive that evening ready to share and learn.


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.


New Issue of School Newspaper

Be sure to check out The Vikings Quarterly for Deal news, human interest pieces, reviews, and more! You can find us at:

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

6th Grade Girls
vs Lincoln & Lincoln 

 6th Grade Girls vs West @ Deal 
 MS Boys vs Lincoln @ Deal 



  6th Grade Boys vs Oyster @ Deal


6th Boys vs Burroughs @ Deal 

 MS Girls vs Walker Jones @ Walker Jones
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.)  


Monday: Spelling Bee (rescheduled) 

Our schoolwide Spelling Bee will be held on Monday afternoon. It was rescheduled from last week. We wish all our competitive spellers the best of luck! 


Monday: The Outdoor Basketball Club

The Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, January 27th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "Cottage." Dress for cold weather. In the event of rain or extreme cold, we will meet with Mr. Namian in Room E-204.


Monday: GirlUp

Deal's GirlUp Club will meet Monday afternoon from 3:30 - 4:30 pm to reorganize and reschedule our winter fundraising and awareness campaign. Everyone is welcome!  Refreshments will be offered.


Monday: Cooking Club

Group B will Meet from 3:30 - 5:00 pm in RM C216 


Virginia Mogzec 

Ilana Samuel 

Niamh Brennan 

Britney Rivera-Martinez 

Leo Saunders 

Brenda Cruz

Aline Contreras 

Elizabeth Redman 

Rasheda White 

Lukas Leijon 

Alexandra Tomkin 

Aanisah Hasan 

 Donte Lezama 

Katya Lukyanchikova

 Detroy Hudgens 

Benjamin McMeley 

Lorna Ramirez     

Katherine Bouker 

Saule Aoki 

Lara Gillingham



Tuesday: History Club Trip (rescheduled) 

History Club will meet on Tuesday from 3:30 - 6:00 pm. Bring a subway card with round-trip fare ($6 if you have a Smartcard, $8 if you have to buy a paper card). Dress warmly and bring a snack.


Wednesday: Team Santiago Study Hall

Ms. Brittingham, Mr. Martini, Ms. Nakamura, and Ms. Jackson are 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.


Thursday: USIP Peacebuilders Workshop

After school this Thursday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm, twenty-five sixth grade students will participate in a peace building workshop with an educator from the United States Institutes of Peace! Selected students will receive invites from their geography teacher. The workshop will be held in Mr. Martini's room (C130).


Friday: Shakespeare Festival

Join our Deal thespians as they present excerpts from William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet. The event begins at 7:00pm. Please remember: students must attend with a parent. 



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.

Staff information ...  


Tuesday: Team Leaders

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


Wednesday: 8th Grade Teacher Meeting 

8th Grade level meeting Wednesday, January 29th at 8:10 AM in E300. We will discuss promotion activities.


Friday: Friday Professional Development 

There will a professional development session on Friday at 8:00 am, "Acting for Teachers 101," in Room CG07.


Saturday: Open House

Please contact your grade-level administrator if you are interested in assisting with the open house February 1st from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.  


PTA Auction: Please support the PTA by submitting an auction item for the February 8 auction. Teacher/team items are always VERY popular! You can email [email protected] with your idea. 



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



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)





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

Meditation Club C213


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].


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.  


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 your 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
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.