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 Deal families for a tremendous turnout for Back-to-School last Thursday. Although the evening raced by, I am glad that you were able to meet with your children's teachers, get a sense of what is being taught, and meet other parents with similar questions and goals. Our expectation is that the evening would help you see that we need your support and interest in what is happening in your children's school life. A special thanks to our teachers for conveying everything of importance in 10 minutes and always with a smile. One parent told me that they thought this was the strongest cohort of teachers they had seen at Deal; I have to (happily) agree.

There are a number of exciting community activities that are just about to go up on the calendar and I want to explain what is going on before they do. Although our students report being satisfied at Deal at a 91% rate (per the annual survey), I believe we should challenge ourselves to make their experience even richer. Last year, I met with student leaders and asked, what have you liked so far (in terms of school activities) in your time at Deal? These were mostly 8th graders, but to a person they remembered the fun and team-building of the 6th grade Hemlock trip, from two years before. In addition, I have been lucky enough to attend several pancake breakfasts that one of our 6th grade team puts on each year - a delicious way to get to know a homeroom's worth of parents. Events and activities like these take money and planning, but have a great payoff in the end: they build student community in the middle years, a time of great dislocation for students.

This year, the Chancellor directed funds for increasing student satisfaction across the school district. Based on the discussions above (and with the LSAT, teachers, and others) we crafted a budget for more student activities. Many of them are in the last stages of planning, but I want to give you a heads-up on how they are shaping up. For the 7th and 8th grades, we will be sending our students to outdoor experiences (somewhat akin to Hemlock) for a day in late October. They will be going to different places and doing different activities, but all will be focused on building teamwork and connectedness - and challenging students individually. These events will be at no direct cost to students, and more information should be available very soon with exact details.

We also want to build parent community. In the next month we have our very popular International Night (November 19th) which is PTA-led community building activity. With PTA and DCPS support, we will also have BBQ-type events, either by team or by grade, for all families in all grades throughout the year. We want you to have a chance to be with your child, their friends and their friends' families, and our staff, in a relaxed environment focused on food and fun. Last year's Deal Auction was a blast of a party; we need to hang out more!

Another significant effort will be unveiled soon as well - a program of artistic experiences for as many of our students as possible. We are working with a partner to arrange tickets for this season's music, theater, and dance performances. It is important for young people to get out into the city and see the amazing work that artists are creating every day. Dressing up and attending performances, whether at Deal or across the city, should be both valuable and fun. Students will attend in small groups throughout the year, organized and chaperoned by Deal faculty.

There is, of course, more to tell and more plans to share, but I will let those wait for another Sunday. If we can build a stronger community, in all these different ways, we will create even more opportunities for your children to grow. 

James Albright

PS - Our PTA has done an outstanding job so far this year of seeking and receiving your support. Keep it up! We will have fun event this Friday, a Movie Night at Deal, where you can bring a dinner and a blanket and we will stretch out on the "lawn" inside the cafeteria. The movie has yet to be selected, but it will be appropriate for all middle school kids - I hope to see your family there! And don't forget to help your child win a party for their team by joining up (if you haven't yet).

Week of September 15
 Bell Schedule

Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I
      Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Bell I 
Friday - Bell I 
Buddy Days are Coming!

Every year, Alice Deal Middle 6th grade students and teachers host a day for each feeder schools' 5th grade students and teachers to visit during the school day. This is our chance to proudly present Deal to our future middle school students. We make every effort to ensure our visitors have a wonderful "Deal" experience.

The following schools will visit from 8:50 to noon.

Hearst ES
Tuesday, October 14
Murch ES
Friday, October 24
Lafayette ES
  Friday, November 7
Eaton ES
Friday, November 14
Bancroft ES
Wednesday, November19
Shepherd ES
Wednesday, December 3
Janney ES
Tuesday, December 9



Upcoming Dates  

September 15
Team Istanbul to Hemlock

September 16
Team Baku to Hemlock 
UK Trip Parent Meeting, 6:30

September 17
Team Shanghai to Hemlock
Colombia Exchange Parents 6:30

September 18
Team Seoul to Hemlock 
Faculty Meeting 3:30

September 19
Movie Night, 6:30 pm 

September 20
Saturday Detention 9 am - noon

September 23
Principal's Coffee 9 am 
Team Leaders (grade level) 
3:30 pm 
October 2
New to Deal, 3:30 pm
8th Grade English Night 6:30 pm
October 3
LSAT, 7:30 am
October 4
Saturday Detention 9 am - noon

October 6
Team Athens on Science trip

October 7
Team Buenos Aires on Science trip
October 8
Team Kyoto on Science trip
PTA Meeting, 6:30 - 8 pm

October 9
Team Brussels on Science trip
October 10
Prof. dev't for staff
No school for students 
October 11 
Cardboard Challenge

October 13
Columbus Day
No school for students and staff
October 14
Buddy Day - Hearst 
October 15
Principal's Coffee, 9 am
October 16
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

October 18
Saturday Detention 9 am - noon

October 23
High School Night, 6:30 pm

October 24
Buddy Day - Murch 

October 28
Mix-It-Up Day

October 31
End of Term
Students dismissed at 
12:15 pm 

Tutoring at Deal...

Team Tutoring

Team teachers will be available after school on the following days:


6th Grade Teams

Seoul: Monday (C128)

Shanghai:Tuesday (W103)

Istanbul: Tuesday

Baku: Tuesday (E101)


7th Grade Teams

Buenos Aires: Wednesday 

Athens:Wednesday (E205)

Kyoto: Wednesday (W207)

Brussels: Wednesday


8th Grade Teams

Marrakesh: Tuesday

Dublin: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday

Addis Ababa: Tuesday. Wednesday, and Friday

Tokyo: Wednesday


Spanish Humanities 

Spanish Humanities tutoring will be in room C212 every Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.


Spanish Tutoring

Spanish tutoring will be every Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room CG07.

Media Center News


Center Hours 


Before School 8:00 - 8:40 am

 After School  3:30 - 5:00 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 2014 - 2015

Here is a link to the bus route schedule.


If an issue occurs with your designated school transit service, below are contacts at Metro who can help.


Northern (D31, 33, and 34) (202) 962-5800

Superintendent Priscilla Alston: (202) 962-5808 (direct)

Assistant Superintendent Frank Machado: (202) 962-5809 (direct)


Western (Morning D32s, one of the afternoon D32s)

Superintendent Jackie Smith: (202) 379-8787; mobile: (202) 962-8785

Assistant Superintendent Amit Tonse: (202) 379-8787 mobile: (202) 570-6728


For longer-term bus planning needs (i.e., requests for new transit services, ongoing crowding, etc.), contact Kristine Marsh at (202) 962-6088 or[email protected]

As always, please send an email about bus problems or concerns to  [email protected]

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.

The DCPS Attendance Protocol 


 DCPS Attendance Protocol and Policy: Things to Remember


1. Students that miss two class periods will automatically be counted as being absent for the entire school day.

2. Students must submit a note from their parents to excused from being absent from school (please refer to the list of authorized excused absences)


Excused Absences According DCPS:

  • Death in the Family
  • Illness (doctor's note must be provided for absences that exceed 5 days)
  • Medical Appointment
  • Emergency
  • Religious Holiday
  • Court Summons
  • School Activities (DCPS sponsored sports events, academic activities etc.)
  • School Visit (tours, interviews, etc.)

If you have any questions or concerns more, please contact our Attendance Counselor:


Krystle Johnson

[email protected]



World Language Trips 2015 and UK Trip 2015 


France Trip for 8th graders:

Registration for the 2015 spring trip to France is open for current 8th graders. To learn more about the trip, please visit and enter the tour number 1538201VB. If you have questions, please email Mr. Mbayu ([email protected]), Mr. Ngwa ([email protected]ov), or Ms. Brown ([email protected]). Merci! 


Costa Rica Trip for 8th Graders:

Registration for the 2015 spring trip to Costa Rica is open for current 8th graders. To learn more about the trip, please visit and enter the tour number 1610673CH. If you have questions, please email Ms. Cuffee ([email protected]) or Ms. Thompson ([email protected]). Gracias!  


China Trip for 8th graders

Registration for the 2015 spring trip to China is open for current 8th graders. To learn more about the trip, plesae visit or speak with anyone who attended last year's trip. If you have questions, please email Mr. Zhi at [email protected] 


The trip will visit Beijing, the capital of China; Xi'an, the historical city with terracotta warriors; Shanghai, the famous economic center; and Guilin, one of the most scenic places in the world.


United Kingdom Trip for Current 7th Graders Summer 2015:  

Registration for the 2015 summer trip to the United Kingdom is open for current 7th graders. To learn more about this trip, please visit and enter the tour number1605005AT. If you have questions, please email Mr. Otterstatter ([email protected]).


There will be a parent meeting for the United Kingdom trip on Tuesday, September 16th at 6:30 pm in room E304. Please RSVP with [email protected] 



Information about world language trip scholarships will be provided soon in the bulletin. Students will also hear about these in their classes.

International Baccalaureate



Unit planning is a major focus for teachers at Deal. Not only do our teachers plan collaboratively at the grade level, but they also plan across grade levels and across subjects. Our unit planning process is cyclical and has the following three components: inquiry, action, and reflection. The inquiry section involves a discussion about why students would care about the content at hand and the ways teachers can engage them at higher levels of thinking. The action component involvesplanning specific learning experiences that are exciting and beneficial to all students. Reflection allows teachers to consider their decisions at every stage of the process and to make meaningful conclusions about how instruction impacts student learning. Our goal is to be intentionally great in the planning and implementing of instruction so that our students can continue to grow as principled, lifelong learners.



Building Community w/ PTA 

Welcome to September and our PTA Dues Month! You can help your student win a PIZZA PARTY for their homeroom. The Deal PTA will give your student's homeroom a PIZZA PARTY if they have the most parents contribute their dues before the end of the month. There will be one PIZZA PARTY per team. (Parents, if you have already donated for the iPad mini, you have already helped your student's homeroom win!)


Go online and donate today! The suggested donation is $150.00 per family; you may of course give what you can or simply set up a payment plan online.  


Bring your Picnic Basket and Blanket!

Movie Night, Friday, September 19, 2014,  6:30 to 8:30 P.M. Deal Cafeteria (The Movie TBA)!!!

  We will need 10 parent volunteers, from 4:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. time frame, help set-up, serve hot dogs and clean up, etc.

iPad Mini Drawing will take place, Parents do not have to be present to win! Free hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream.


 We will be accepting dues for the Team Homeroom Challenge - Win a Pizza Party! 

Thank you for your support!



Student & parent information

6th Grade Hemlock Field Trip This Week 
All 6th grade students will participate in our 12th annual community-building outdoor educational enrichment activity at Hemlock Overlook Center in Clifton, Virginia this month. At Hemlock, students participate in physical activities designed to help them form relationships with their peers and teachers. Through these activities, students get to know each other better and gain trust in each other.


On the day of the activity, students should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that they won't mind getting dirty and sneakers or footwear that is appropriate for a day in the woods. Students are also encouraged to bring a poncho or raincoat in case of rain. Flip flops, sandals, large earrings, long necklaces, and accessories will not be allowed. Students should pack a lunch with a couple of bottles of water.

On the day of their trip, students should arrive to school by 8:00 am so that our buses can leave on time. Students will return to Deal by 6:30 pm.

New: 7th Grade Science Field Trip

The 7th Grade Science Department will be hosting an aquatic macro invertebrate field trip in October to support our Ecology Unit. We will go to Little Bennett's Creek Park in Clarksburg, Maryland and need your help. The teams will go on the following dates:


Team Athens - October 6th

Team Buenos Aires - October 7th

Team Kyoto - October 8th

Team Brussels - October 9th  


We still need chaperones from Team Brussels. Please email [email protected] with your name, your child's name, and your child's team name if you can help out. Thank you!


New: UK Trip Meeting 

There will be a parent meeting for the United Kingdom trip on Tuesday, September 16th at 6:30 pm in room E304. Please RSVP with [email protected] 

New: Turkish Festival

Team Istanbul's adopted Embassy this year is Turkey. They have graciously invited Team Istanbul, and all Alice Deal students and parents, to their annual Turkish Festival. The festival will be held on

September 28th from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm. For more information, check out

New: Movie Night 
All families are invited to a night of popcorn and kid-friendly cinema at our annual Movie Night this Friday, September 19th at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria. We hope to see you there! 

New: 8th Grade History Field Trip Club 

8th graders interested in a field trip-based History Club, in partnership with the National Park Service, please plan to attend an interest meeting on Friday, September 19th from 3:30 - 3:45 pm in C308.

New: Model UN Club

Thank you to all of the wonderful participants who attended our interest meeting! We had over 40 students join us! We will meet on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Our first meeting will be on October 1st in Room C308. You will receive an invite to join the Google site for our club and an email will be sent out prior to our first meeting as a reminder. We are looking forward to a productive and fun year!


New: 8th Grade History Film Club 

8th grade students are invited to join the History Film Club. Once a month we will watch a movie related to our curriculum. Sign up with your Humanities teacher. This month, we will show Freedom Riders. This film about the Civil Rights Movement is connected to our Leadership and Legacy National History Day theme. Participants will meet in W305 at 3:30 and should plan to stay until the end of the movie at 5:45 pm. Feel free to bring snacks!


New: Fantasy Football Club

We had an interesting start to our year, but the ball is rolling now. We are reading for an amazing season!

Week 2 matchups are:


New: Deal Peer Mediation Program Applications 

The Peer Mediation program here at Deal is now accepting applications for newcomers. Completed applications must be turned in to Ms. White by Monday, September 29th for consideration in the program. Students who participated in the mediation program last school year or who have been trained as mediators are asked to attend one of this week's meeting on Friday.  


New: Speech and Debate 

We completed our information sessions for all new and returning speech and debate team members. If you did not compete as a member of the team last year, please send an e-mail indicating your interest in joining the team to [email protected]. Once received, the new team member will be added to the speech and debate Edline account. Doing so guarantees that your family gets the most up-to-date information about the comings and goings of the speech and debate world.


Once activated, "Deal Debate" will appear on the left side of the navigation menu in Edline. New team members are encouraged to explore the Edline page for more information about the team and to download and print a copy of the parent permission slip. All team members must have a copy of the permission slip on file with Mr. Stroud before they can formally attend practice. 


New: Fall Period 8 Classes Begin this Week

Deal's after school blended-learning classes will meet from 3:30-4:30pm in the rooms listed below. Are you a 7th or 8th grade student who's interested but still hasn't signed up?  Visit for more information or use the Period 8 link on Edline to register before classes start. Questions?  Please email [email protected]

  • Understanding Comics - Monday in CG04 with Ms. Redekopp
  • Computer Programming - Monday in C212 with Ms. Wellersdick
  • The Stock Market - Tuesday in E207 with Ms. McCarron
  • Philosophy - Wednesday in C310 with Mr. Custer
  • Mapmaking - Wednesday in C130 with Mr. Martini
  • The Science of Happiness - Friday in E106 with Mr. Martis

New: Music Department Announcement

The music department is excited to announce the start of our 2014-15 choral and instrumental ensemble program. All morning rehearsals will begin this week. Please see the Before and After School Activities list to determine the location and schedule for each ensemble. Rehearsals begin at 7:45 am!


It's not too late to register for an ensemble. Please visit: to register.


Music Workshop provides an opportunity for students to practice their instruments and receive group and private instruction. All instrumentalists are welcome! See Mrs. Myers or Mr. Lewis for more information.


New: Colombia Exchange Hosting Families

We will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 17th at 6:30 in room C212 for families for our Columbia exchange host families. Please e-mail Srta. Diaz at [email protected] if you are unable to attend.


New: Cooking Club

Below is a table of all students in Groups A & B and on the waiting list. The next session will be Group B on Monday September 22, 2014.


Group A

Group B


Jamir Grier

Mauricio Orellana

Ilana Samuel

Aja Topps-Harjo 

Abby Gorman

Sarah Sabbatou

Constance Meredith

Hannah Dorosin

Margaret Goletani

Weston Duncan

Candace House

Jenelle Bethea

Angeline Daniels

Cecilia Noguera

Niamh Brennan

Peter Milius

Rosalia Inglima

Dallas Hardee

Alexis Mundle

Olivia Bock

Kylie Thomas

Amelia Bergeron

Madeline Kessler

Katherine Visco

Francesca Vichr

Zoe Walls

Avery Dunn

Sam Alswang

Lara Gillingham

Anna Lea Raziwill

Molly Johnston

Britney Rivera- Martinez

Anna Wehebrink

Jasmine Lawson Bailey

Jennifer Villeda

Ally Han

Hannah Darnell

Brenda Cruz


Alexa White

Sabina Harrison


Romont Randolph

Sahara Trask


CJ Beatsch

Lukas Leijon


Jocelyn Bostic

Milan Haight


Victoria Carter

Katherine Bouker


Chiara Purificado

Cordelia Stanton


GG Cestari

Quinn Freeman



Raegan Crowe
























Attention Parents!

Please take a look at DCPS' new attendance brochure: "Attend Today." It relays important information regarding the DCPS Attendance Policy and Protocol that you and your child should know to start this school year on the right track. Visit the DCPS website and download your personal copy today!


Team Brussels Parents

If you have not filled out the Google survey at http:/ please do so as soon as possible. The survey allows us to have the correct information for all parties. Critical information will continue to be sent out. If you have not received any emails and you have filled out the survey, please email [email protected] as soon as possible and let us know. And remember, team tutoring is every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. 


Team Athens Families

Please visit and fill in your student's information so that you will receive our weekly email. Thank you!



For support with your Edline account, please email [email protected]


Deal Peer Mediation Program

If teachers or students are having a conflict or want to let someone know about a potential conflict situation, they can refer the situation to Ms. White, the Peer Mediation coordinator. Mediation referral forms can be picked up from the bookcase outside the counseling suite and can be left with a counselor or in Ms. White's box. Parents can refer a conflict situation by calling Ms. White (202) 939-2012.


8th Grade Parent Writing Workshop

The 8th grade English department will host a parent  workshop on Thursday, October 2nd at 6:30 pm in room E304. This workshop is open to all parents with 8th grade students interested in learning the writing  methodology taught this year.


Speech and Debate Team Parents

Mark your calendars now! You won't want to miss it! We will be holding a face-to-face meeting of all parents whose children are a part of the Deal speech and debate team on September 30th, 2014 at 6:30 pm in room W206.


Yearbook Pictures

Have pictures you want in the yearbook?

I need YOUR pictures! Please send your first day photos, trips, events, ANYTHING and EVERYTHING Deal related to: 

[email protected]

Deal Athletics ...


Fall sports offered are Cheer (Ms. Baxter), Volleyball (Ms. Spann), Cross Country (Mr. Helsabeck), and Football (Coach Downing). Soccer has been moved to spring for both boys and girls as it is now being offered by DCIAA as a complete sport.


Athletic forms need to be submitted before a student can try out for an interscholastic sport. The Consent Form, Emergency Treatment Form, and DC Physical Form, signed and stamped by the doctor, should be turned in to the coach of each sport. If the nurse has a copy of your child's physical, please obtain a copy and submit it to the respective coach. Forms can be found on the school website or at the following links: 


Emergency Treatment Form 


Consent to Participate Form


Universal Health Certificate Form


Monday & Tuesday: Study Hall 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Practice 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday: Deal vs Jefferson 6:00 pm @ Wilson 
Friday: Practice 3:30 - 5:00 pm


Cheer practice will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Please make sure you have your athletic forms. 


Cross Country

This past week was the last week to join the Deal cross country team. For all runners who are on the roster: In order to run in the first meet on September 23rd, you need to have all paperwork turned in and up to date by Tuesday, September 16th to allow time for processing. 



Team A Practice                                                 

Monday, September 15                              

Tuesday, September 16                                  

Wednesday, September 17

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Site: Gymnasium


Team B Practice 

Wednesday, September 17

Time 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Site: Gymnasium 

All paper work must be submitted ASAP!


Winter Sports

Basketball, Cheerl, Indoor Track, and Swimming will all begin November 1st. Forms are being accepted now.

This Week at Deal...


Monday: Student Council's First Meeting

Student Council will meet this Monday at 3:30 in Room E205. All homeroom representatives and officer candidates should attend. We will start planning our fall events!


Officer candidates' speeches will be shown during homerooms this week and voting will take place on Friday.


Monday: Scrap-booking and Collage Club

Come join Ms. Nakamura's Scrapbooking and Collage Club on Mondays after school from 3:30 - 4:40 pm in room C104 to unleash your creative side in a fun and relaxing environment! Feel free to bring snacks, old magazines, and scrapbooking materials (photo albums, ribbons, borders, stencils, etc.) to contribute to the group. Some materials will be provided. Don't miss out! 


Monday: Girl Up

Interested in educating the Deal community and raising money to empower girls all over the world? Join Ms. Huber and the members of Girl Up! in E306 on Monday at 3:30 pm. We'll start planning our fundraisers for the year! Hope to see you there.


Monday: Yoga Club

Interested in yoga, but never found the time to learn? Join Ms. Turner in a beginners yoga class on Mondays in room C310. *Disclaimer: Ms. Turner is a beginner too...this should be fun!


Monday: Sixth Grade Soccer Club

Sixth grade students interested in playing and discussing soccer in a casual, non-competitive setting are welcome to join on Mondays after school from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. We will start in room W105 to discuss club expectations, then head outside to play a few games. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Hailfinger in room W105 or Ms. Curran in the PE Office. Beginners welcome!


Monday: African Drumming Club

The Alice Deal Middle School African Drumming Club will meet Monday afternoon in CG20 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Please be sure to bring in your permission slip for the club to Monday's meeting.


Monday: GeoPlunge!

Any sixth grade student interested in participating in GeoPlunge is invited to Mr. Martini's room, C130, during 3rd period recess on Monday. After eating your lunch, please wait for an announcement from Ms. Neal in order to be dismissed from the cafeteria.


Monday: The After School Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "Cottage." In the event of rain, we will meet with Mr. Namian in room W204.


Monday: Open Studio Club

Come join us on Monday afternoons from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room C217 for an open studio session. Work on your own ongoing projects, experiment with new materials, or create a mixed media masterpiece!


Monday: Conditioning Club

Do you want to add some variety to your fitness? Join the conditioning club and get a chance to experience a variety of workouts such as circuits, pilates, or stretching. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat if you have one. We will meet on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in E101.


Monday: Deal Scrabble Club

Can you make a seven-letter word out of the letters W  M  O   E   E   S   A? If you can, then you are AWESOME, and you should strongly consider joining the Deal Scrabble Club. The first meeting will be Monday after school in the cafeteria. We will continue to meet every Monday after school until 4:30. All Scrabble experience levels are welcome to join. We'll be E  X  C   I   T  E  D  to have you!


Monday: The International Cinema Club

The International Cinema Club will be meeting in room C103 to have popcorn and a movie and share our thoughts and perspectives in an open conversation on Monday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.  All are welcome.


Tuesday: Speech and Debate

Practice will be held this Tuesday (and every Tuesday) from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room W206. Students should come to practice prepared and ready to speak. The first Debate tournament will be held October 25th at Sidwell Friends School. The first Speech tournament is open to 7th and 8th graders who wish to compete in declamation, oral interpretation, duo interpretation, dramatic interpretation, or extemporaneous speaking. The tournament will be held at Broad Run High School in Virginia.  Entries for both tournaments are due to Mr. Stroud by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 15th. 


Tuesday: Ultimate Frisbee Club

Ultimate Frisbee will meet this Tuesday in Mr. Martini's room (C130) at 3:30 pm. Don't forget to bring your forms if you have not already along with athletic clothes and a water bottle. All skill levels are welcome.


Tuesday: Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad will take place on Tuesdays in room W200. We look forward to seeing our young scientists! 


Tuesday: Meditation Club

Interested in learning how to reduce stress after a busy school day? Come to Meditation Club on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Room C213 to learn about this ancient practice.


Wednesday: Art from the Heart Club

Art from the Heart club will meet on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.


Wednesday: National Junior Honor Society

Calling all students who were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society! The first National Junior Honor Society meeting will be held Wednesday in room W304 at 3:30 pm. We will discuss the vision for NJHS for the 2014-2015 school year and nominate NJHS officers. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Fils-Aime in room W304.


Wednesday: Deal GSA

If you're interested in joining Deal's Gay/Straight Alliance; if you want to be known for being awesome and inclusive; if you're interested in having fun and laughing with friends; if you're a straight person wanting to support your gay neighbors - come join us on Wednesday in E305 with Mr. Helsabeck and Mr. Haller right after school. We'll have some snacks, we'll listen to some music, and we'll get our activist jive on.


Wednesday: Everything Comics!

If you love all things comics (books, movies, video games), then join Mr. Siddiqui in room E103 this Wednesday. We will discuss any and everything related to comics, the characters, and the stories.


Wednesday: Spelling Bee Club

Love words? Love spelling them correctly? Want a little competition? Join others with a passion for perfection and prepare for the Deal Spelling Bee at the same time. We will meet on Wednesdays in Mr. Gueltig's room (E104) from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.


Wednesday: Spanish Theatre Club

Please join Ms. Henderson in the first ever Alice Deal Spanish Theatre Club. Anyone with an interest in reading, writing, performing and going to see live theatre en español is welcome. We will meet Wednesday afternoons in Room C217. ¡Nos vemos pronto!


Friday: Board not Bored

Monopoly, Yahtzee, Trouble, Scrabble, Cranium, Hit or Miss, Connect Four, Scattergories, Othello, Checkers, Uno, Taboo, Chess, Twister, and more!  If you would like to spend an afternoon enjoying a game that you've played a thousand times or challenging yourself to learn a new one, please come to W106 (Ms. Jackson's classroom) from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm on Fridays.


Friday: Reading Club

Reading club takes place in Ms. Culp's room (C128) on Fridays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Our first novel is Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. All students are welcome to join at any time!

Staff information ...

Thursday: Faculty Meeting

There will be a faculty meeting in the cafeteria at 3:30 pm. All staff are expected to attend. 


Friday: PD - IB Online Curriculum Center

There will a PD activity on Friday, September 19th at 8:10 am in room C206. The title is Navigating the IB Online Curriculum Center (OCC).


New: Upcoming Dates
9/8-9/10 - iReady Testing - 7th Grade
9/15-9/17 - iReady Testing - 8th Grade
10/6-10/9 - ELA Unit Assessment

New: 2nd Annual Faculty/Staff Art Show

Attention staff: show off your artistic side at the 2nd annual art show! You can bring paintings, printed photos, sculptures, knit crafts, drawings, etc. to Ms. Kouri in C205. All artwork will be put on display in the 1st floor glass cabinets through the beginning of October.

Schedule of Before School Activities

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





Symphonic Band - CG20String Orchestra - CG04Percussion Ensemble
String Orchestra
Peer Mediators
Concert Choir
Symphonic Band - CG20Concert Choir
Symphonic Band - CG20Concert Choir

Percussion Ensemble


Schedule of After School Clubs & Activities

(all activities begin at 3:30 pm unless otherwise stated)




Au Cinema
National Junior Honor Society
Reading Club
Creative Writing W307
Dance & Choreography
French Tutoring
Cottage Comic Book 
Open Art Studio
Debate Team
Music Workshop
East Asia Studies
Science Tutoring
Gay Straight Alliance
Board Games
Bocce Ball
Ultimate Frisbee
E307 (to 5pm) 
Peer Mediators
Conditioning Club
Tennis Club
Spanish Theatre
Yo-Yo Club
Corner Nurse & Neal
Team Shanghai
Study Hall
DIY Club

Girls on the Run
Game Club
Vinyl Club

Intramural Volleyball
Film Making 101
6th Gr Comic Book

Cooking Club
Teachers Lounge
Meditation Club
A Cappella

Calligraphy Club
Cultural Discovery Club
Fantasy Football 

Classic Card Games 
Spelling Bee Club
7th/8th Model UN

Girl Up
Learn to Swim Club
E201 (to 5:10pm)
Service Club

Student Council 
String Club 
Music Workshop 

African Drumming 
Science Olympiad
Art from the Heart

6th Gr Soccer Club
Tm Baku Study Hall

Chess Club

International Cinema
Club (Loc TBD)

Japanese Culture Club (Loc TBD)

Workout Warriors 

A Cappella

Scrabble Club

Scrapbooking & Collage


After School Basketball Club

7/8 Transitions Group


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


Deal Squash Team!

Squash is one of most popular and successful sports at DC and south MD area schools. Not only is squash great for cardio fitness (rated by Forbes magazine as the BEST cardio workout you can do in the US) and a great cross trainer, but because it is played at over 100 top colleges and so few juniors play; squash can help get your child into an excellent college. DEAL squash club trains at Chevy Chase Athletic Club , Friendship Hts (across from the metro). Beginners are most welcome.


Training is held 4 times per week and your child may do 1 or more days per week - most do 2 or 3 however Wed 4pm is now full (we also offer small group sessions on Saturday)


Registration is open, please contact me if you have any questions. Scholarships are available for FARM students  - contact me for details.


FREE TRIAL SESSION - like to try squash? join us on Sat Sept 13 at 1pm for a free trial session - this session is free but registration is essential.


Learn to Row 
There will be a Learn to Row information meeting on Thursday, September 4th at Wilson HS, Room 416, 7:00 p.m. Parents/Students can visit for more information.


For questions, please contact me at [email protected] 

or (202) 607-8642.