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 everyone has had a wonderful, sunny weekend. This week our highlight is  the Winter Concert on Thursday evening; this annual event is always a sure family favorite. It comes on the heels of a well-attended Coffee House - a showcase of individual student talents. Together these get ready to send us off into the cold of winter.

As I am sure most of you know, there was a serious incident over at Wilson High School this week. A small number of Deal parents have emailed me to ask my thoughts about the security situation in general and on this incident in particular. At this point, I don't have any more information about the incident than the community does. As in any situation still under investigation, specifics are hard to come by - and are not shared (even with this principal) as a matter of course. 

Deal and Wilson are bound together as an academic community. The majority of Wilson students are former Deal students. We know them and they know us. Every day, we have volunteer Tigers over to help teachers grade, to earn community service, and to watch younger sisters and brothers compete in sports. Wilson players practice on our field or in our gym when they need to; we share their football stadium and theater staff with them as well. Wilson IS Deal, and we love the school. We believe that the combination of Deal and Wilson is an amazing academic and social-emotional experience second to none in the city. 

What I do know about the incident is that a student reported the weapon. That to me says so much about who our students are as people. It takes a school culture of trust and respect for students to take ownership of their space. Our students at Deal and Wilson believe that their schools - and their peers - should be held to a high standard in all things. Tigers and Vikings want only the best for their schools. It moved me to think that in spite of what must have been a scary moment, a student took action to make the school safer. I appreciate that courage. I appreciate that our students are that type of people. That is one of the benefits of a great school culture.

For Deal's part, we take our security seriously. Following the news about what happened at Wilson, I have asked for a review of our own security practices and physical protections to be on the safe side. I recently met with the DCPS security office to ensure that all our videocamera placements were in the right locations and set-up appropriately; we were in the midst of some changes already this week. As an administration, we are also looking at our safety drills to make sure we are always testing the right things. Finally, we will continue to be a safe haven for Wilson students when necessary. Twice in the last five years Wilson has evacuated to Deal for different reasons; in each case we were glad to host former and new students, fellow teachers, and administrative staff in a safe environment.

Deal and Wilson are large campuses that are the safest in the city. We provide a public education that is second to none. We take these responsibilities seriously - and recognize that incidents like this week's imperil trust. The actions of a single individual can damage any reputation, no matter how strong. The only way to counter that is by creating a climate of trust and caring - on the part of both students and parents - and keep making school a place where incidents like last week's are rare or non-existent.

Take care, 

James Albright

NB. I will host a Principal's Coffee this Wednesday at 10 in the conference room. On Friday, I will host a "Deal Visit" for families interested in having their children attend Deal. This will be at 10am as well. No reservations are necessary for either event.
Alice Deal Community Association 

    Deal Holiday Tree Sale 

The Deal Holiday Tree Sales will continue the weekend of December 12-13th from 10:00 am - 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 
December 7, 2015
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I
Upcoming Dates  

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
LSAT Subcommittee Meeting, 7:30 am
Deal Visit, 10:00 am

December 12
Saturday Academy, 9:00 am - Noon
Deal Scrabble Tournament
Holiday Greens Sale
EdFest at Stadium Armory, 10 am

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
ELA Unit 2 Assessment
WTU Meeting 3:30 - 4:30 pm

January 8
LSAT Meeting, 7:30 am
ELA Unit 2 Assessment
Deal Visit, 10 am

January 9
Saturday Academy, 9 am - noon

January 12
Math Interim Assessment 2

January 13
Math Interim Assessment 2
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 - 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

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: Principal's Coffee
Join Principal Albright from 10-11am in the conference room for this month's Principal's Coffee. This is a chance to ask questions, hear what is going on in the school community, and get a sense of the day-to-day life of your student at Deal.

New: Band Students
Our Winter Concert is this week! The concert is  Thursday, December 10th at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. Band students will need to arrive no later than 6:00 pm to set up and warm up. Performers will wear white dress shirts or blouses with black dress pants or skirts (knee-lenth or longer) and black dress shoes. Any students attending must come with a parent!

Dress rehearsal for the concert will be Thursday from 2 until 3:30.

New: ADHD Parent Worksop Session #3
The team of Deal social workers is excited to invite parents to their next ADHD parent workshop session, "Executive Functioning and the Brain: How parents can better understand and support their ADHD child" on Thursday, December 17th, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the Reno Building (Room TBD). Please RSVP to Mr. Kling ([email protected]) to let us know of your availability.  
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.  Each team needs parent and community volunteers for both days! 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: Model UN 
Model UN will will have a guest speaker on Wednesday, December 9th, from 3:30 - 4:30 pm for all MUN students. We will hear specifically about the Sustainable Development Goals. Please plan to attend!

National Geographic 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! 
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. 
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 
Duke Ellington Thanks
Thank you to the staff of Duke Ellington School School of the Arts for their visit last week. If your student missed the visit or you would like more information, please visit their website.

Common Applications
The Common Application for specialized DCPS High Schools becomes accessible on Monday, December 14.
The Common Application is used to apply to all DCPS Selective High Schools. These schools are Benjamin Banneker, School Without Walls, McKinley Technology, Phelps ACE, Columbia Heights Education Campus, and Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
The following tips will ensure a smooth process:
1.   Make sure that all of your contact information is correct in ASPEN. Your pre-loaded information for applying to schools will be the same information you used to register your student here at Deal. Please contact Mr. Giron in the Welcome Center to update information if needed prior to using the application. When registering for an account, be sure to use information exactly as it appears on official school documents.
2.   Create a family account for For students with siblings who are applying on the Common Application, create one account for the family. This is important in the event that sibling preference is used to enroll a student.
3.   School Ranking.  At the end of the application you will be asked to rank your schools in the order of preference. Be honest in ranking your schools based on which one is your true first choice, second choice, third choice, etc.
4.   Recommendations. To get your recommendation requests to the right teachers be sure to type in their DCPS email address with the correct spelling of the name. If you are unsure of an email address, please ask the teacher. 
5. Time. The deadline for submittal of the application is February 1. Do not wait until the last week to submit your application. You will be able to go back to change rankings up until the deadline. 
6. Questions? Please reach out to Ms. White- 
202-939-2012 or [email protected] or the MySchoolDC helpline 202-888-6336.

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: Outdoor Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, December 7th 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 E207.
Tuesday: Hour of Code
Please join Ms. Wellersdick, Ms. Redekopp, and the coding club in the library this Tuesday, December 8th, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. to participate in the Hour of Code! Each year during Computer Science week, students across the world participate in the Hour of Code to find out what coding is all about. Come join us for this fun event!

Tuesday: #findyourpark
#findyourpark will meet on Tuesday, December 8th in RG03 at 3:30 pm to start our project. Bring your pictures from Saturday!

Wednesday: Model UN Speaker 
Model UN will will have a guest speaker on Wednesday, December 9th, from 3:30 - 4:30 pm for all MUN students. We will hear specifically about the Sustainable Development Goals. Please plan to attend!

Thursday: Winter Concert
Don't miss our amazing music department's Winter Concert this Thursday at 6:30 pm! Performers should plan to arrive early as warm-up starts promptly at 6:00 pm.

Saturday: EdFEST  
EdFEST, DC's only city-wide education fair is 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.
If you visit, be sure to say hello to our Deal booth!

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 
If you are interested in chaperoning one of the 8th grade international trips and have not yet filled out the interest form, please do so ASAP. Staff members should have received the link in an email. If you have questions or need access to the link, please email Mr. Rottman.  
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.

Monday: Advisory Mid-Point 
December 7th is the advisory mid-point. Progress reports will be printed using the information from Edline on this date.

Tuesday: Diversity Group 
The Diversity Group will meet at 3:30 pm.

Thursday: IB MYP Lesson 
This Thursday's activity period will be an IB MYP lesson in homerooms. Please contact your grade-level administrator with any questions.

Thursday: Hospitality Gathering 
The Hospitality Committee's December gathering will take place at 3:30 pm at a local restaurant. Please send your RSVP and any questions to [email protected]
Shakespeare Festival Rehearsal Schedule
Please contact Ms. Roos for this week's schedule of rehearsals.

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.

DC Youth Orchestra Program Spring Registration for New Students is Open!!
DCYOP offers beginner through advanced group lessons and ensemble training on all orchestral instruments for students ages 4 to 18.  Nearly 500 students participate in group classes, ensemble rehearsals, and performances each semester at Eastern High School on Capitol Hill.  Every student has the opportunity to perform in at least one concert every semester.  All concerts are free and open to the public. To learn more about DCYOP programs and register for the spring semester, please visit

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 over 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 -