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 to Deal students and families: 

I hope that you were able to spend some time with your families over this extended weekend. Whether you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday or not, the time away from our regularly scheduled lives can be a powerful tonic. That extra day in the middle can be one of the most relaxing days of the year! On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Deal hosted James Ponti, an author of children's books. He met with some of our classes and toured the building. What made his visit exciting is that he is setting his next series - about a student detective - at Deal Middle School! I will let you know when the first in the series comes out (it is aimed at middle schoolers, I believe). His visit made for an interesting way to end the week.

Welcome back to Part Two of the second advisory: the run to Winter Break. There are some critical pieces of information you should know about. The first is that both students and teachers need to refresh over the extended break. Therefore, I have directed teachers not to issue homework for that time. There are always a couple of longer projects (Science Fair, National History Day) that run before and after the break, but I urge you to keep your children focused on the need to rest up for the remainder of the year. 

This also means, however, that students need to make sure they have their pre-Winter Break work in to their teachers. There are three weeks to go before the break; during that time students should make sure that they complete their formative assignments on time and in class and that any gaps (missed formatives, for example) are made up as soon as possible. This is important for a couple of reasons: a formative assignment is about feedback, a student getting information as soon as possible about their work so that they can improve in advance of a summative assessment. Therefore, if they have missed an assignment, they should want to get that feedback. While sometimes feedback doesn't come immediately, it is much better received before a two-week hiatus than afterwards. Therefore, teachers will work to get student feedback to them as well. How can a parent facilitate this process? When you review your child's Edline page, look for assignments that have two asterisks - which means not turned in. If this is the case, be sure to help them plan when they are going to address the missing work. The reason for the focus is to allow them to have the time they will need over the break unencumbered. 

Over the next few weeks, we have a number of wonderful things to look forward to. The Deal Coffee House will showcase our talented students this coming Thursday from 4 until 6 in the Reno Multipurpose Room. This is a chance to see a variety of talents in a relaxed, friendly setting, and to enjoy music and poetry. There might even be a performing teacher! The following week is our Winter Music Concert in the auditorium. That will also be on a Thursday, December 10, at 6:30pm. We are quite excited to see and hear our ensembles perform. 

Many of you know that we have a lot of talented student musicians at Deal. Some of them participate in our ensembles or our art shows. We continually look for ways to get them involved in sharing their talent with our school community. I discovered this weekend that a particularly gifted musician, Jack Cassady, bassist-guitarist for Jefferson Airplane and now Hot Tuna, was a Deal alum! I hope that some of you were able to catch the Hot Tuna show at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue recently. I hope to find out whether he was in the Deal band back in the 1960s - time to get out the yearbooks!

Welcome back and take care, 

James Albright

NB. Rehearsals for our Shakespeare Festival are starting this week. The schedule for rehearsals is posted at the very end of the right-most column below.
Alice Deal Community Association 

    Deal Holiday Tree Sale 

The Deal Holiday Tree Sales will happen the weekends of December 5-6th and 12-13th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Deal Middle School. On sale will be a great selection of fresh cut trees in a variety of sizes. Your choices will include fraser fir and balsam firs from 5 feet to 10 feet tall. Wreaths, candle rings and garland are also on offer.

Cash, credit and check are accepted.

We need your help to make our sale a success! Sign up for a 2-hour volunteer slot here:

Proceeds go to support the Alice Deal Middle School students through the ADCA. Come early for best selection!

For more information, contact: Jonathan McHugh, Deal Tree Sales Coordinator
 [email protected].

Week of 
November 30, 2015
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - No school for students
Professional Development for staff
Upcoming Dates  

November 30 
Shakespeare Festival Rehearsals Begin 

December 2 
Buddy Day - Shepherd

December 3 
LSAT Meeting, 7:30 am
Team Leaders, Grade level 8:10 am
WTU Meeting, 3:30
 Deal Art/Music Coffee House, 6:30 pm

December 4 
Professional Development Day 
(No school for students)  

December 5
Saturday Academy, 9:00 am - Noon
ADCA Holiday Greens Sale

December 6
ADCA Holiday Greens Sale

December 7
Advisory Mid Point

December 8
Buddy Day - Janney
Deal @ Bancroft, 6:30 pm

December 9
Principal's Coffee, 10:00 am

December 10
Winter Concert, 6:30 pm

December 11
SCAC Meeting, 7:30 am
Deal Visit, 10:00 am

December 12
Saturday Academy, 9:00 am - Noon
Deal Scrabble Tournament
Holiday Greens Sale

December 13
Holiday Greens Sale

December 15th
Deal @ Eaton, 6:30pm

December 16
Deal Open House, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

December 17
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

December 18
Winter Assembly

December 21 - January 1
Winter Break
No School for Students and Teachers

January 4
Students and staff return from
 Winter Break

January 7
WTU Meeting 3:30 - 4:30 pm

January 8
Deal Visit, 10 am

January 9
Saturday Academy, 9 am to noon

January 13
School Wide Geography Bee
ADCA General Meeting, 6:30 pm

January 14
Team Leaders, All 8:10 am

January 15
SCAC Meeting, 7:30 am
Shakespeare Festival, 6:30 pm 

January 16
Saturday Academy, 9 am to noon 

January 18
Martin Luther King Day
No school for students and staff 

January 20
8th Grade School Wide Mock Competition

January 21
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

January 22
End of Term 
Students dismissed at 12:15 pm

January 23
Deal Saturday Open House 10 - 2pm

January 25
6th Grade Birthday Party, 3 pm

January 28
Team Leaders, Grade Level, 8:10 am
World Language Trip Meeting, 6:30 pm 

January 29
Deal Visit, 10 am
DCPS Attendance Protocol and Policy: Things to Remember
Important: please provide a note for any absence as soon as possible (day of or soon after) to [email protected]. The note can be emailed to her or brought to her office next to the school entrance. It is also suggested that you email your child's teachers so that they can plan accordingly.

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 be excused from being absent from school. DCPS' list of reasons an absence can be excused are limited to:
  • 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.)
Notes can be provided as paper notes or as emails from the parent or guardian to our Attendance Counselor, Ms. Wright. If you have any questions or concerns more, please contact our Ms. Wright, at 
[email protected]
or by calling (202) 939-2010.


Team Dakar
Team Dakar students looking to continue their growth in their Team Dakar classes are invited to join us after school on Tuesdays for Team Dakar Study Hour. Students will work on assignments, meet with teachers for help with class content, and use their peers as a resource.

Team Dakar Study Hour will be Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Ms. Hailfinger's room (E104). Bring your GRIT and GROWTH MINDSET for optimal success!

Team La Paz
Team La Paz would like to thank its students for being wonderfully engaged learners who are working hard to advocate on their own behalf. We appreciate all of you who have come to us of their own accord to ask about missing assignments and makeup work. Keep it up! As always, remember that our tutoring days are:

Tuesday - Science
Wednesday - Math and English
Thursday - Individuals and Society

Media Center News

The library will be closed after school Monday and Tuesday (11/30-12/1) this week.

Center Hours
Before School 8:00 - 8:40 am
 After School  3:30 - 5:00 pm

 Students are welcome for independent reading and homework. Please review the expectations and complete the permission slip available in the Library or on our website Alice Deal Library Pass.

Bus Information
Here is a link to the bus route schedule.

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

Bus Operations
(202) 962-1825

(D31, D33, and D34)
(202) 962-5800

Superintendent Priscilla Alston: (202) 962-5808

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

(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] 

Alice Deal 

Have you lost something during the school day? Check out the lost and found section of the website ( for photos of items found in common areas at Deal, including in the cafeteria, field, and gallery. Lost items will be kept for approximately two weeks before they are donated. To claim an item, please ask a staff member in the cafeteria to guide you to the lost-and-found.
We make an effort to identify labeled items and make announcements for students to pick these up in the Welcome Center. Please help us by putting your full name on all lunch boxes, back-packs, and other items you bring to school on a regular basis.

Don't see what you've lost? Most classrooms have individual lost-and-found areas. Consider checking in with your teachers. You can also stop by the lost-and- found in the cafeteria as not all items may be pictured.
World Language Trips - General Update
World Language Meetings
Mark your calendars for our next international trip meeting on January 28th at 6:30 pm. All families and students attending the trips to Costa Rica, France, or China should plan to attend.

Enrollment Deadline
We ask all families to enroll by December 1st to allow EF Tours to schedule flights and make final arrangements. Still on the fence? You can still sign up later, but prices are not guaranteed to stay the same after this date.

Updates on France Trip
As we consider options for our trip to France this year, student safety is our top priority. EF Tours, Deal, and DCPS have been in constant communication about the ongoing security concerns in Europe. All families signed up for the France trip should have received an email from EF Tours about their response. At this time, Deal still plans to hold a trip to France, but will remain flexible and closely monitor the news and travel recommendations from the State Department. EF Tours has extended the deadline for increased cancellation fees until the end of December to allow families more time to make decisions about the trip.

World Language Scholarships
Many families have asked about the availability of scholarships for our world language trips. We will again offer scholarships for select students. Funding for these scholarships is provided by the ADCA, individual family contributions (thank you!), and funding set aside by the Chancellor for student trips.

At this point, all students who qualified for a need-based scholarship have been contacted and should submit their applications by December 11th.

Families who do not qualify for federal support but are still interested in support at some level should contact Principal Albright at [email protected]. Families in need have been offered $500 in years past (though this has varied based on the total amount available).

Because scholarship funding comes from a variety of sources, eligible families should not anticipate the funding to come up front; support is funded very close to the actual trip.

Please direct enrollment questions to the trip leader for your student; direct scholarship questions to Mr. Albright.


To learn more about these trips, please check out these links:

Costa Rica
If you haven't enrolled, please visit  and enter tour number 1697148BA or email
[email protected]
Visit and enter tour number 1687377BT

Visit and enter tour number 1692201BH or email
[email protected]

These trips are a memorable experience and we encourage all families to consider participating. To learn more about past trips, visit and check out our travel blogs!
Student & Parent Information

New: Coffee House
Deal's second annual Coffee House is this Thursday, December 3rd from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room! You won't want to miss this chance to see your teachers and friends perform!
New: Model UN 
Model UN will have conference prep on Wednesday, December 2nd from 3:30 - 4:30 pm for their upcoming conferences in January and February. Students interested in WMIDMUN and with questions about any conferences should plan to attend. Also, there will be a guest speaker on Wednesday, December 9th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm for all MUN students. The speaker will discuss the Sustainable Development Goals.  Please plan to attend!
New: Mock Hearings Volunteers Needed 
8th grade Individuals and Societies classes will hold their annual We the People Constitution Mock Hearings in class on Tuesday, December 15th and Wednesday, December 16th.  We need parent and community volunteers for each of the teams!  If you are interested in judging our students' constitutional knowledge (all information will be provided in advance), please send an email to your child's team history teacher or to Ms. Trenkle at [email protected]. Volunteers must be available from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm on one or both days. Thank you!

New: Nat-Geo Magazines Needed
If you have National Geographic Magazines lying around, please donate the magazines to the Art Department! Also, if you have any large yogurt containers, please feel free to save them and donate clean containers to the Art Department! Thank you! 
New: ADHD Parent Workshop Session #3
The Alice Deal Social Workers are excited to invite you to their next ADHD parent workshop session, entitled "Executive Functioning and the Brain: How parents can better understand and support their ADHD child." The workshop will meet Thursday, December 17th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the Reno Building. Please RSVP to Mr. Kling ([email protected]) to let us know of your availability or if you are able to volunteer to bring snacks. 

No Shots, No School! 
All students attending DC public schools must have their immunizations updated. Call today to ask your child's doctor about the shots that may be required. For more information, go to or call 202-576-7130.

EdFEST Is Coming 
My School DC is putting on EdFEST, DC's only city-wide education fair on Saturday, December 12th from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at the DC Armory (2001 East Capitol St. SE). This event is a great opportunity to see nearly all of the District's public education options under one roof! Come to learn more about the 2016-2017 lottery process and meet school staff from across the city.
Peer Mediation
Peer mediation is a process of conflict resolution in which trained student mediators assist disputants to discuss and resolve their conflict. Mediation is available at Deal for student disputes on a referral basis. If students have a conflict or want to let someone know about a potential conflict situation, please follow these referral steps: (1) Obtain a mediation referral form from your grade level counselor or from Ms. White's mailbox in the Welcome Center. (2) Fill out the form with as much information as possible. (3) Place the form in Ms. White's mailbox or turn it in to your grade level counselor. 
It is important to note that mediation referrals can submitted anonymously. This means that those referring others for mediation can do so without putting their name in the "referred by" section of the form. 
Band Students
Our Winter Concert is approaching! The concert is scheduled for Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium at Deal. Band students will need to arrive no later than 6 pm to set up and warm up. For the concert we will be wearing white dress shirts or blouses with black dress pants or skirts (knee-lenth or longer) and black dress shoes.
Follow Deal on Twitter
For the latest news and a glimpse in to daily life at Deal, be sure to follow us on twitter @DealVikings!

6th Grade News


Contact Information 

Do you have concerns, questions or comments?
Contact the 6th grade team:

Ms. Howard - Counselor

Mr. Kling - Social Worker

Ms. Neal - Assistant Principal

7th Grade News

Contact Information 
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?
Contact the 7th grade team:

Ms. Humphrey - Counselor

Mr. Boccardi - Social Worker

Mrs. Stallworth - Assistant Principal

8th Grade Corner 
Saturday Academy
8th grade Saturday Academy for the second advisory will begin this Saturday, December 5th from 9:00 am until noon. Saturday Academy is invitation-only and meant to support students who need some additional time in a specific class. Teams will be reaching out to invited students and families this week.
Interested in Attending Duke Ellington?
On Thursday, December 3rd at 2:30 pm (during the activity period), admissions staff from Duke Ellington School of the Arts will be at Deal to meet with our 8th grade students. All 8th grade students who wish to attend should see Ms. White during lunch this week to sign-up for this visit. 
High School Applications
Eighth grade students applying to high schools will likely need transcripts and letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, and admin at Deal. Here are a few tips to ensure the process goes smoothly for students and staff:

Requesting a Transcript 
Most applications will ask for a transcript or school records. Requests should be sent to Ms. White in writing at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline. If your student applies to multiple schools, please gather all requests to submit at one time. Requests should include stamped envelopes for mailing.
Requesting Recommendations
Who - Start by thinking about the best teachers to attest to your strengths and positive attributes. Some schools require specific subject teachers to write the recommendation; be aware of this before you ask.

Prepare - Gather the recommendation forms and fill out all pertinent information. Prepare an addressed and stamped envelope for each requested recommendation for. All recommendations will be placed in the mail by the individual teacher or by your counselor.

Ask - Ask the individual if they would be willing to write your recommendation. Tell them when it needs to be completed and mailed in. It is also a good practice to send a follow-up email to the teacher thanking them for taking the time to do this for you. This email will help you keep track of who is submitting recommendations for you and also help with follow-up.

Grow - Use the experience of asking for a letter of recommendation to help you grow your communication skills.  This will come in handy when advocating for yourself in high school. 
High School Open House Dates: 
Want to learn more about a specific high school? The best way to learn more is to visit them in person! The following are current open house dates for Wilson and for DCPS application high schools. Please be sure to call the high school prior to attending  an open house to verify the date, time and location. These dates may change and we will make sure to keep the bulletin updated as we hear from schools.

Wilson Senior High School
Friday, January 8th @ 9:00 am
Friday, February 19th @ 9:00 am
Friday, March 18th @ 9:00 am
McKinley Technology High School
Thursday, January 14th from @ 6:00 pm 
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Wednesday, January 13th @ 3:00 pm
Students interested in attending Duke Ellington School of the Arts next year should attend one of their open houses. All Open House events will be held at Garnet-Patterson 2001 10th Street NW Washington, DC 20001. RSVP's for the open house dates are requested at 
Phelps ACE High School
Thursday, December 17th @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 9 @ 10:00 am
Thursday, January 21 @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 30 @ 10:00 am 
Contact Information
Do you have compliments, questions or comments? Let the 8th grade team know:

Ms. DeAngelis - Social Worker 
[email protected]

Ms. White - Counselor
[email protected]

Mr. Rottman - Assistant Principal
[email protected]
This Week at Deal...

Monday: 8th Grade Passport to History
There will be a fieldtrip after school with Ms. Daniels immediately after school on Monday, November 30th to the Statue of George Washington. Please see your history teacher for a permission form.
Monday: Outdoor Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet Monday, November 30th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "Cottage." Dress for cold weather. In the event of rain, the club will meet in Room E207.

Tuesday: #findyourpark 
#findyourpark will meet briefly on Tuesday, December 1st in RG03 at 3:30 pm to discuss logistics for our outing on Saturday.  See you there!

Thursday: SSR 
This week's Thursday activity period is sustained silent reading, or SSR! Make sure you have your favorite book handy or visit the library to find something new!

Thursday: Coffee House 
Deal's second annual Coffee House is this Thursday from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Stop by to support the arts and celebrate our very talented students! 

Deal Athletics ...

Athletics Calendar
Check out the Deal Athletics Calendar for the latest information on games and practices. Athletics schedules can change on short notice, so this calendar is the best place to keep up to date.

Winter Sports

Boys Basketball- [email protected]
Girls Basketball- [email protected]
Indoor Track- [email protected]
Cheerleading- [email protected]

Swim Team
The Deal swim team will use TeamSnap to manage communication with parents this season. The team practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:00 pm at the Wilson Pool.

Indoor Track
Indoor Track practice is held from 3:30 - 4:30 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. We meet in the gallery before heading outside for practice. Please complete the necessary forms online at rankonesport. A copy of your current sports physical MUST be turned into Coach Farrar before students will be allowed to practice.  Be sure to stop by the welcome center to get the informational letter this week if you haven't yet received one.
Cheerleading practice will be held on Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.  All cheerleaders must have the required forms in order to participate.  
Staff Information 
New: International Trip Chaperones 
Please check your inbox for a link to express your interest in chaperoning one of Deal's world language trips this year. 
Open Enrollment
Open Enrollment 2016 for DC Government employees runs now through Monday, December 14th at 5:00 pm. This is your opportunity to review your current benefit elections and make any necessary changes.

Thursday: New to Deal Meeting
All new-to-Deal staff members will meet at 8:10 am.

Thursday: WTU Meeting
The Washington Teachers Union will hold a meeting from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

Friday: Professional Development Day
All staff will attend DCPS professional development this Friday, December 4th. Please contact your content-area administrator with questions about the time, location, or content.  
Shakespeare Festival Rehearsal Schedule

Monday, November 30
Beatrice, Balthasar, Leonato, Benedick, Don Pedro, Don John
Prospero and Miranda
Tuesday, December 1
Benedick, Don Pedro, Claudio, Leonato
Hero, Ursula, Margaret, Beatrice
Wednesday, December 2
Ariel, Prospero
Ariel, Prospero, Miranda, Caliban
Thursday, December 3
Friar Francis, Claudio, Leonato, Hero, Don John, Benedick, Don Pedro
Dogberry, Verges
Friday, December 4
Questions or concerns contact [email protected]


 Alice Deal Club/Activities 
(Clubs continue to be added)

Book ClubE105Friday3:30-4:30
BaseballGymMonday - Friday  AM/PM
African DrummingCG21Monday3:30 - 4:30
Art of the Month ClubC205Monday3:30 - 4:30
Caribbeans on BoardE103Monday3:30 - 4:30
Dance ClubC128Monday3:30 - 4:30
Future Teacher ClubR102Monday3:30 - 4:30
Girl Up ClubW 305Monday3:30 - 4:30
International Cinema ClubR109Monday3:30 - 4:30
MeditationCG06Monday3:30 to 4:30
Muay Thai Fundamentals and FitnessTBAMonday3:30 - 4:30
Open StudioC224Monday3:30 - 4:30
Outdoor After School Basketball ClubCottageMonday3:30 - 4:30
Podcast ClubE207Monday3:30 - 4:30
Run Girls Run!W306Monday3:30 - 4:30
Scrabble ClubCafeteriaMonday3:30 - 4:30
Sixth Grade Soccer ClubE104Monday3:30 - 4:30
Student CouncilMonday3:30 - 4:30
The Poetry CafeC222Monday3:30 - 4:30
Board GamesE100Monday3:30 - 4:30
History through the cityE307Monday (alt.)3:30-5:30
Peer MediationC302Monday and Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Concert ChoirAuditoriumMonday, Wednesday, and Friday7:45 - 8:30 am
Cross CountryReno ParkMonday, Wednesday, and Thursday3:30-5:00
Ultimate FrisbeeR101Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Debate - BeginningR103Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Crocheting/Knitting ClubE207Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Power Walking ClubC302Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Science Fair HelpE201Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
SpeechW101Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Adult ColoringW307Tuesday (alt.)3:30 - 4:15
Jazz BandCG20Tuesday and Thursday3:30 - 4:30
Debate - AdvancedE200Tuesday and Thursday3:30 - 4:30
Vocal EnsembleCG21Tuesday and Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Concert BandCG20Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday3:30 - 4:30
Art from the HeartR109Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Comic Book ClubN103Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Creative Writing ClubE106Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
D.I.Y. ClubW105Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Model UN ClubRG03Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Robotics ClubCG07Wednesday3:30 - 4:45 pm
Scrapbooking & CollageC104Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Sports RapW100Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Student CongressE200Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Los Vikingos Latinos- Deal's Spanish ClubC314Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Calligraphy & TeaC213Thursday3:30 - 4:30
Gay - Straight AllianceW207Thursday (alt.)3:30-4:30
Book ClubE105Friday3:30-4:30
#FindYourParkTBASaturday10:00 - Noon
Photography (Motography-the art of travel photography)TBATBD3:30 - 4:30
Sailing ClubE101TBD3:30 - 4:30
Vinyl ClubW300TBD3:30 - 4:30

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

Do you have a community event or organization you would like to see included in the weekly bulletin? Please contact d[email protected] with submission requests.

Tenley WinterFest is Coming Soon!
Mark your calendars now for Tenley WinterFest 2015, November 27 - December 5. Watch for fun activities and special deals throughout the week at Janney and in the neighborhood. 

Beginning on the Friday after Thanksgiving, we'll have the return of the popular Yeti Scavenger Hunt, as well as the 2nd annual "WinterFeast" featuring specials at local restaurants. New this year: GPS Yeti Drawing Project at Ft. Reno all week with the Tenley-Friendship Library's Makers-in-Residence. There will also be a historic walking tour, an art sale at Iona, holiday lighting, tree sales at Deal and Janney, wintry programming at the Tenley Library, and much more.

Save the date of Saturday, December 5 for the annual Janney Winter Market from 12-4 pm, followed by a screening of "Polar Express" at St. Ann's, and live music from Cheaper Than Therapy (featuring parents from neighborhood schools) at Tenley Bar & Grill. 

For more information on all of these events, updated regularly, check out

Local Business Funding for Tenleytown
Dear friends and neighbors,

We have some exciting news to share today. Tenleytown has received funding to support our local businesses, attract new businesses, and enliven our streetscape on Wisconsin Avenue.
The District Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) awarded a grant to Tenleytown Main Street to help strengthen our business community and beautify our commercial corridor from Tenley Circle to Fessenden Street. TTMS will receive $200,000 to implement an ambitious set of projects in 2016 to make what is great about Tenleytown even better.
We'd like to thank the numerous local businesses, property owners, community groups and residents who supported the main street application. At its core, Tenleytown Main Street's mission is to serve those working and living here by supporting our local businesses. It is crucial that the TTMS initiative reflects the needs and priorities of the community.
And we need your help. For the Main Street program to be successful it will rely upon the substantial energy, expertise, and creativity of the Tenleytown community.
Hence, as our first step after winning this award, TTMS will hold a community meeting at the Tenley-Friendship Library on Tuesday, November 24 at 7:00 p.m. You are invited to learn more about TTMS, discuss next steps, learn how you can participate, and begin a process of substantive community engagement in the planning process for FY 2016.
I hope you will join us on November 24 and bring your ideas and questions.
We look forward to working with each of you, so that together we can capitalize on the enormous opportunity the Main Street grant affords Tenleytown and work to make the Tenleytown business corridor an increasing source of pride and community for us all.
All the best,
Carolyn Long                                                                Matthew Frumin
TTMS Advisory Committee                                             TTMS Advisory Committee

Junior Squash Program 
A junior squash program, run by one of the area's top squash pros, will be held at Chevy Chase Athletic Club for DEAL students. Winter - Nov 24 - March 7 Tuesday 4 - 5pm or Thursday 4 - 5pm Spring - March 15 - June 15 Cost per 10 week session $250 or $400 for both Scholarships available The program will emphasize squash techniques and strategies, fitness, sportsmanship, and mental preparation. In winter, participants may play matches as part of the CIML Chase Interclub Middle School league with 2 or 3 friendly matches played against other local Middle school teams on Wednesday afternoons. Contact - Coach Barnes: (301) 807-9905 [email protected]

Summer Program Opportunity for grades 6, 7, and 8
Have fun and enjoy personal enrichment classes with academically-motivated students from around the world in Duke University's Honors Institute. This international and elite program challenges young students to explore advances in technology to design robots or advances in forensic science to solve crimes. Students can also learn the science behind making new medicines and new developments in genetics. For more information visit their website at

CREATE Arts Center
Art Camps at CREATE Arts Center is located in downtown Silver Spring. When school is out, art is in at CREATE! Coming up are camps for students from 6 - 14 years old on these DCPS no-school days (Oct. 19, Nov 11, and Dec. 4) and winter break. Before and aftercare are also available. Ages 13-14 can be CITs during Winter Art Camp. Register at

The John's Hopkins Center for Talented Youth 
The John's Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is currently seeking candidates for their CTY Talent Search. The programs offered through CTY are recommended for students who have scored in the Advanced range on the DC state tests or who have demonstrated superior academic performance in their school coursework. Brochures for the CTY program are available in each grade level counselor's office or you may find more information on their website -