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... 

Thank you to all of our students, staff, and families for bearing with us during the recent "boil-water alert" that affected NW DC. We are back to normal and able to use all the water in the building that we want. One unintended benefit of the alert was that hundreds of students discovered that water - not just soda, gatorade, or other beverages - actually satisfies thirst. It isn't just for washing hands. Thank you to DCPS out-of-building staff for making sure we had water and hand cleanser - we appreciated how this made the challenge much less onerous.

A few weeks ago we held our Science Fair and our Writing Celebration; this week the 8th grade National History Day presentations take the stage. Your children have been working for months on their projects and presentations. This is always a great chance to see how students challenge themselves to do their best. Some of the work is outright inspiring - the complexity of analysis, the work to develop authentic sources, and the unique advantage of being in DC where so much history has been made - and proves year after year why this is such a great activity.

There are several very significant events in the world of DCPS that are coming together this spring. As noted below, the Deputy Mayor for Education will be at Wilson HS on Wednesday to conduct a briefing on the process of boundary review and the status of the work. Join me there as I am always interested in hearing what the community has to say. This type of meeting is essential to be fully informed about this once-in-a-generation challenge.

This week is also when the DC and DCPS budgets will be unveiled. My staff and I will be working with our proposed allocation when we receive it on Wednesday and then will meet with the LSAT the following Monday afternoon to share the proposal. The Deal budget will be submitted by Tuesday, March 18 to the Chancellor. In anticipation of this tight schedule, I have been sharing budget information and processes with our teachers and with the LSAT and hearing about what they consider priorities. My goal with the budget process is to ensure that Deal is allocated sufficient funds to sustain and strengthen our academic program, to continue to seek creative ways to challenge our students, and to ensure that our school is able to manage the continuing change that each year presents.

For the first time, the Chancellor has proposed the awarding of additional funds to support student satisfaction ("Proving What's Possible") at all DCPS schools. At Deal, student satisfaction was measured in 2013 as 94 percent - above the goal set by the proposed award. That doesn't mean that we are done. Tomorrow evening I will submit a proposal for the use of the funds that will support new trips and activities for our students (6th, 7th, and 8th grade class trips, trips to performing arts events for all students, family barbeques by grade, team t-shirts, and mini-excursions for smaller interest groups) among other ideas. I met with both the LSAT and the Deal Student Council and solicited their ideas; once the funds have been awarded we will continue to refine the proposal and share the information with you.

There is a lot going on at Deal. I hope to see many of you at the various competitions, celebrations, information sessions, or just around the building. Until then, take care.

James Albright
Week of  
March 10
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I
      Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday -IB Bell
Friday - Bell I

Upcoming Dates  


March 10
8th Grade NHD Registration
2015 World Language trip
meetings (7th grade)

March 11
8th Grade NHD Judging
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm

March 12 
8th Grade NHD Viewing

March 14
Visiting Deal, 9 - 10 am
Pi Day

March 15
Deal Scrabble Tournament
Saturday Institute, 9 - 12 noon

March 17
Girls Soccer Tryouts

March 18
Girls Soccer Tryouts

March 19
PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm
Girls Soccer Tryouts

March 20
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

March 22
Saturday Detention, 9 - 12 noon
Saturday Institute, 9 - 12 noon

March 24
IB Assessment Workshop (staff)

March 25
Principal's Coffee, 9 - 10 am
IB Assessment Workshop (staff)
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm 

March 26
IB Assessment Workshop (staff)

March 29
Saturday Institute, 9 - 12 noon

March 31
DC CAS window starts
6th Grade Birthday Party

April 1 -11
DC CAS window

April 4
World Language Trip meetings
6:30 pm

April 5
Saturday Detention, 9 - noon

April 10
Family Fit Night
6 - 8 pm

April 11
France trip departs

April 12
China, Costa Rica trips depart

April 14 - 21
Spring Break

The Alice Deal PTA is Building Community

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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: Pi Day at Deal 

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant - the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter - which is approximately 3.14159.  Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. Deal students will celebrate Pi Day in their math classes on Friday.  Additionally,  6th, 7th, and 8th graders should brush up on their memorization of the digits of pi for the Pi Recitation Contest. To qualify, students must be able to recite AT MINIMUM the first 20 digits of pi. Interested students should see Ms. Neal by the end of school on Wednesday. 


New: Briefing on Student Assignment & Boundary Review

Many people across the city are eager to learn more about the ongoing review of student assignment, school boundaries and feeder patterns.


The Deputy Mayor for Education ("DME") Abigail Smith has been conducting a briefing next Wednesday, March 12th, at Wilson High School. The purpose of the briefing is to answer questions and hear comments on the subject.  


The briefing takes place in the Wilson Auditorium (3950 Chesapeake Street, NW) at 7 pm on the 12th. Please enter through the doors to the theater wing on Chesapeake Street, NW. There is generally abundant parking on Chesapeake adjacent to the school at that hour.


In the meantime, should you wish to learn more in advance of the meeting, the DME website provides useful background information and links to the materials reviewed by the committee through January. For background information, see and for the materials through January see


New: March is Music in Our School Month!

This month, schools and communities around the country are participating in activities and initiatives to raise awareness of the benefits of learning music and the ways music empowers and enriches lives.


The music department has a variety of things planned, including special musical performances and workshops, weekly music challenges and daily music trivia. Students interested in participating in this week's music crossword puzzle should see Mr. Washington on Monday, March 10th. Students who complete the weekly challenges will receive special recognition and a prize on the Friday of each week!


New: Teens for Jeans

Thank you to everyone who donated jeans--large and small, blue and other colors! As a school, we collected 887 pairs of jeans to be donated to local homeless shelters.


New: March Gladness

As you know, a small act of kindness can go a long way in brightening someone's day. Take a moment this week and plan how you will make someone smile. Spread gladness!

New: Vikings Compete @ "You Be the Chemist" 

Good luck to the group of Science Olympiad members who will be competing this week at the local "You Be the Chemist" challenge sponsored by the Chemical Education Foundation. Deal Vikings will face students from the area's private and charter schools in a quiz bowl format competition on Wednesday (March 12) evening at UDC. Go Vikings!


New: Deal Swim Team

Starting Thursday, March 13th, the Deal swim team will have three lanes from 3:30 - 4:30 at the Wilson Aquatics Center to continue to work on our strokes. This spring activity will be more of a stroke clinic than preparation for competitive dual meets with area schools. If interested, whether a returning swimmer or a new swimmer, email [email protected] with "Sign Up" in the subject line. You will only be able to swim with us once you have officially signed up.


New: 7th Grade Parents and World Language Trips! 

Any parent interested in having their student travel on next years (2015) 8th grade World Language trip either to France, Costa Rica or China in 2015 should come to an informational meeting at 6:00 pm on March 10th. We will discuss itineraries, pricing, and how to register. You can learn how to prepare for the trip and set up a payment plan at current trip rates (the cost of travel goes up as the departure date approaches). If you have any questions please contact Ms. Henderson at [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you there!


New: Mathalicious

Students participating in Alice Deal's Mathalicious Club are building on their critical thinking and problem solving skills. In the club, we continually look at a variety of problems and situations and use mathematical questions to help lead us to finding solutions to the task at hand. There are so many different ways to answer questions and solve problems, it is the goal of Mathalicious to use math to create structure around the problem solving process. Come join us Wednesdays at 3:30! 


New: African Drumming

What an amazing first half of the year! We have come so far from our first meeting. From learning the proper way to play a djembe to learning all the different parts to pkanlogo - one of the traditional Ghanaian songs we have been relentlessly mastering. All members of the group have become master drummers and have begun the quest to learn and master more of the music of West Africa.


New: Staff vs Student Basketball Game

The Alice Deal Dream Team of faculty and staff will be taking on the students of Alice Deal Middle School in a winner-takes-all basketball game on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Come on down to gym at 3:30pm to support your team!


New: Deal Alum: I, Too, Am Harvard

Deal graduates go everywhere and everywhere they go they try to make the world a bit better. Deal alumna Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence has been involved with a project at Harvard that everyone will appreciate. She is participating in a Tumblr that is part of a larger campus campaign that all started with a play she wrote as a sophomore. 


Matsuda-Lawrence and other members of the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College, Harvard's oldest existing black organization, came up with the idea last year around spring break. She conducted 40 interviews with black students on campus for an independent study last semester; those interviews are the basis of the play, called I, Too, Am Harvard, which premiered March 7th.


You can learn more about the project here:

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] 


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! (We are up to and over 250 followers - remember that when we hit a million followers Principal Albright has promised to cook dinner for the local follower!) 

Spring Sports are coming!
Please click on the following Athletics Calendar Link for any changes to the sports schedule.   
Outdoor track

Practices will be held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:45 pm weekly. Please bring a change of clothes. We will have indoor and outdoor workouts. Please bring warm outer wear in preparation for outdoor workouts. There will be NO PRACTICE THIS THURSDAY (March 13th) due to the faculty vs students basketball game after school. 



Lacrosse starts next week! Boys will practice on Mondays and Wednesdays. Girls will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You must register on the Winners Lacrosse website; Click the teams link. Each participant must also submit the DCPS athletic forms: Emergency Treatment Form 2013  and Consent for Athletic Participation 2013. These forms can also be found in the welcome center or on the school web page under student activities, then athletics. For further information please contact Coach Downing ([email protected]).  



Softball practice for next week will consist of conditioning and softball drills. This will begin Monday, March 10th - 13th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Friday's practice will be held from 3:30 - 4:50 pm. Athletes must bring a change of clothes for practice and tennis shoes with support. All forms must be submitted no later than Thursday, March 13th.

IRLS Soccer Tryouts

Tryouts for girls soccer will take place on March 17th, 18th, and 19th. Parents/guardians of students trying out must complete and return the following forms to Coach Ngwa no later than March 12th:

- Consent for Athletic Participation

- Athlete data and Emergency Treatment Information

- District of Columbia Universal Health Certificate (current)

- Asthma Action Plan (if applicable)


Forms can be picked up from the coach in Room N111 (Cottage), from the Welcome Center, or downloaded from under Student Activities (Athletics). Students will not be allowed to try out without these forms. [email protected]


Alice Deal Baseball Team

Coached by Nick Monaco and Tom Toggas

6th and 7th grade tryouts will take place March 10th and 11th at 5:00 pm. 8th grade tryouts will take place March 12th and 13th at 5:00 pm. 


Practices will start the week of March 17th and will be after school until 5:00pm unless otherwise notified.

Participation forms can be picked up in the main office or printed from the school website under student activities. Student will not be able to tryout without forms and students will NOT be permitted to try out at a later date. Please contact Coach Monaco ([email protected]) with any questions. 


This year there is a $375.00 for league fees, uniforms, umpires, etc. The additional funding is to expand playing opportunities for our baseball students. Currently, Deal participates in DCIAA (interscholastic) competition; in addition the coaches have worked over the last two years to find non-DCPS schools for additional competitions. This year, our baseball team will compete in a Sunday league - guaranteeing a much larger number of games. Any students who make the team but are concerned about the payments should contact our Athletic Director at


Spring Sports Coaches

Ultimate Frisbee - Ms. Kouri & Mr. Martini

Girls Soccer - Mr. Ngwa

Outdoor Track - Mr. Turner & Coach Downing

Lacrosse - Coach Downing

Softball - Ms. Spann

Baseball - Mr. Monaco


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.

 The Wizard of OZ!
 May 8th, 9th and 10th

Rehearsal Schedule

Monday 3/10  

MUSIC Jitterbug Ensemble, Wicked Witch, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Lion, Tin Man, Dance Troupe

Tuesday 3/11  

MUSIC 3:15 - 4:15 Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy

Wednesday 3/12 

DANCE 3:15 - 5:30 Dance Troupe, Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Sam and Max H.

Thursday 3/13  

BLOCKING 3:15 - 4:00 Scene 2 and 3 - Professor Marvell, Dorothy, Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion

Friday 3/14  

DANCE 3:15 - 5:30 DANCE TROUPE, Jitterbug Ensemble, Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion, Wicked Witch

Questions or Concerns? Email Director Jill Roos [email protected]

This Week at Deal...


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


Monday: Cooking Club

Cooking Club Group A will meet on Monday, March 10th. We will learn baking techniques!


Monday: GirlUp Welcomes a Special Guest 

The fabulous members of Deal's GirlUp Club welcome a special guest Monday afternoon! Kristin Wistoff, DC coordinator for the GirlUp program, will join us from 3:30 - 4:30 pm to discuss the international outreach agenda for the coming year. This is your chance to see what GirlUp hopes to accomplish around the world and what we can do to support girls in our community. New members are always welcome. "You see a girl; we see the future."


Monday: Ultimate Frisbee Club Interest Meeting

There will be an information meeting after school on Monday, March 10th to talk about our upcoming season! No experience is necessary to join and all are welcome to play. We will meet in Ms. Kouri's room, C205.


Tuesday: The After School Outdoor Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Tuesday, March 11th at 3:30 p.m. behind the school on the court next to the "cottage." Dress for cold weather. In the event of rain, snow, ice, or extremely cold, we will meet with Mr. Namian in Room E-204.


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 pm - 4:30 pm in Room C130. Please feel free to come for help or simply for a quiet place to work.


Wednesday: Art from the Heart Club

Join your friends in creating art to make the world a better place. Our next project will raise money to help the homeless in DC. We meet on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in C205.


Thursday: 7th/8th Grade Model UN 

There will be an informal work session for position papers on Thursday, March 13th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in W304. Bring your research, your questions, and a draft if you have one. 


Saturday: Cheerleading Competition

The cheerleading team will compete at the DCIAA citywide championship competition on Saturday, March 15th at 1:00 pm. All cheerleaders must report to Deal by 9:00 am. Please come out and support your Viking Cheerleaders!  


IB Learner Profile Students of the Month


Congratulations to the hardworking students who are featured on Student of the Month Bulletin Board outside of the Welcome Center. The IB Learner Profile represented this month is Principled. These students "act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. They take responsibility for their actions and their consequences."- IB definition IB WORLD


Timbuktu - Hugo Cornejo and Yirui Zhao


Rio - Ryan Cheney and Kaitlin Hunter

Sydney - Jahi Guise and Katherine Bouker

London - Madeleine Shapiro and Alexander Diaz-Lopez

Santiago - Aidan Ward and Destiny McPherson


Babylon - Robert Kovar and Evelyn Smyth

Dubai - Brenden Smith and Sarah Closser

Alexandria - Usha Hippensteil and Dasarath Kiridena

Mumbai - Chris Bond and Layla McEwen


Geneva - Abelina DeLeon and Nicholas Ortiz

Toronto - Josselin Hernandez and Jacob Rubin

Kiev - Nerissa Tunnessen and Boghdon Green





Eighth Grade Corner



8th grade students planning to attend Wilson High school please click on the following link for 


High School application deadlines are fast approaching!  


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 Schedule: 


March 31st: Results released.

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


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 meet in the conference room at 3:30 pm.


Tuesday: ELA ALT

The ELA academic leadership team will meet in Mr. Hughes' room (E206) at 3:30 pm.


Friday: Ides of March 

The hospitality committee invites the staff to socialize at 4:30 pm - please check your email inboxes for further information this week! 
(all activities begin at 7:45 am unless otherwise stated)






 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)





Music Workshop
  Space Time
Art from the Heart 
 Cheerleading practice - gym
New to Deal Transition Workshop
Chinese tutoring
Cheerleading practice - gym
Cooking Club Group B CG03
Swim Team Practice to 5:30 pm
Team Santiago study hall C130

Team London study hall


The Big Deal Acappella 
Investment Team 
Photography Club
Music Workshop
Field Hockey practice
Computer Programming
GSA club
N116 or
Team Babylon tutoring 

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 

Let's Get It Together

Artist Journaling
Outdoor Basketball Club 

African Drumming CG21

Student Council meeting


Please click the following link for the: 


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


DC STEM & Green Career Expo


Learn about green & STEM jobs! Discover internship opportunities! Participate in workshops! Learn from organization's employees that are sharing career paths opportunities in their field. They will add value to your student/young adult by assisting them in making connections between their current studies and applying them to future career opportunities. Find out about opportunities to gain community service hours. Ideal for 8th - 12th graders.

Saturday March 22, 2014

10:00AM - 2:30PM

H.D. Woodson STEM HS

540 55th St. NEWDC 20019


STEM is Everywhere Youth Summit
The Gwendolyn E. Boyd STEM is everywhere youth summit will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Registration is free, but required.  register online at Stem-is-everywhere-youth summit

Exposing Today's Youth to Tomorrow's Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. 

Asian American Lead Program is recruiting new students
The program offers biweekly sessions during the school year, Monday through Saturday, and the summer months, Monday through Friday. The program is designed to provide comprehensive programming for our youth. Youth are incorporated into the program's design and decision-making, ensuring that they are empowered and invested in their program. Programming covers academic needs, leadership and team skill building, positive social engagement and healthy active lifestyles. Programming sessions include Youth Council, SAT prep, College prep, ESL, tutoring, peer process discussion groups, enrichment workshops (i.e., yoga, dance, cooking), and gender specific groups. 

Right now, our recruitment is targeted specifically to Vietnamese American students.
Any  student who you think would benefit from this program, please refer  to: 
My Nguyen
DC Program Coordinator 

2100 New Hampshire Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20009
P: 202-884-0322 ext. 110 | E: [email protected] 
CFC# 88412 / United Way# 9613


 Squash Team 

Would you like to try the new cool sport in town? Dealsquash team is open for spring registrations!

Where - Chevy Chase Athletic Club, Barlow Building, Friendship Hts (opp Wholefoods)
Equipment - loaner equipment provided, need to wear non marking shoes.
Activities - we will have training days and play other MS teams in a friendly competitive league and work on fitness.

Financial assistance available

Contact Connie Barnes directly at [email protected] with any questions. 

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.