Alice Deal Middle School

Think globally - Listen compassionately - Act inclusively  


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: 

While this glorious Spring-like weather confuses trees, birds, and flowers, we remain unconfused about the need for everyone to have a restful break starting this coming weekend. The five days of school remaining in this calendar year are full of activities and learning - students are working to keep their grades up by taking care of their work and evaluations. Teachers are working to make sure that they end the week on a strong note to keep student motivation high. And all of us - students, staff, and families alike - are eager to stop and catch our breath at the end of the year.

To this end, we will continue our practice to assign no homework over the Winter Break. As I say each year, teachers AND students need to rest. While there may be the stray Science Fair or National History Day work that a student chooses to work on over the coming two weeks, students should be able to focus on their families and friends in this quiet time. Please encourage them to do so - and you as well.

Last week's Winter Music Concert, courtesy of Deal music teachers Ms. Van Der Horst and Mr. McKeithen and our Strings Director, Ms. Cuffy, made a beautiful sound in the Deal auditorium. We hope to continue the growth of these different ensembles and the overall music program. I am strongly committed to a wonderful art and music experience for the students at Deal and will continue to look for ways to make sure that our students get to show off their artistic - both visual and musical - talents. We will have a Winter Assembly on Friday afternoon in which highlights from last week's show will be shared with the student body. It will be the last event of the calendar year. As a note, if you are planning to pick up your student on that Friday, please do not do so between 2:15 and 3:15 - it is difficult to interrupt the student traffic flow and the concert itself. I know you can appreciate this request.

I want to take a little space to thank our parent volunteers for their support throughout the first part of the year. The Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) and the Alice Deal Community Association (ADCA) give of their time to make sure that the school side of the equation runs smoothly. We need them and appreciate them. This last week, the ADCA thanked our staff with a wonderful lunchtime spread. This time of the year it is tough for teachers, school staff, custodians, and the office team to sneak out for a well-deserved lunch. It makes a difference when the deliciousness is brought to our door. Thank you all for this support. I would also be remiss if I didn't mention the significant number of parents, guardians, and community members who help us run events, chaperone students, and judge our innumerable contests. Thank you; Deal wouldn't be Deal without you.

The next issue of this Weekly Bulletin will be emailed on January 3rd, 2016, barring any emergency or informational reason you need to hear from your school. 

Take care, 

James Albright

NB. Over the last three years, the Deal speech and debate team has grown into a pretty substantial enterprise. Led by Mr. Stroud, the teacher team of Mr. Martis, Mr. Conway, and Mr. Hensley has really put our students in position to have a very successful speech and debate experience. If you read below, you can see the results from our most recent competition - and note that Deal's team is ranked #7 in the nation. The amount of work that the students put in, supported by teachers and families, is tremendous - and it is wonderful when it pays off like this. But even if we didn't have a team and individual students ranked so highly, it is great to have an opportunity for students to challenge themselves to succeed on a regular basis. We are very proud of the whole team!
Week of 
December 15, 2015
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - Bell III
Upcoming Dates  

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
ALT Meeting, 3:30 pm

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
6th Grade ELA Parent Night, 6:30 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 26
Team Suva SAAM/NPG Field Trip

January 27
Team Havana SAAM/NPG Field Trip

January 28
Team Leaders, Grade Level, 8:10 am
Team Paris SAAM/NPG Field Trip
World Language Trip Meeting, 6:30 pm 

January 29
Team Bogota SAAM/NPG Field Trip
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 Deal Library will be closed after school Thursday and Friday.

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
Although the deadline set by EF is passed, families can still sign up for the trips. Please use the links at the bottom of this box to sign up and get more information.

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 register or 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: 8th Grade Costa Rica Trip
Interested in going to Costa Rica? Did you forget the December 7th enrollment deadline? If so, it's NOT too late to enroll. You can still enroll at or by calling EF Tours at 1-800-665-5364. Don't miss this amazing opportunity! EF Tours is waiving the late enrollment fee until Monday, December 14th so be sure to reserve your spot now! 
New: Girl Up
Girl Up will have a bake sale this Tuesday and Wednesday during each of the lunch periods. The club is raising funds to support SchoolCycle, a global campaign to provide bikes to adolescent girls to increase their access to social services and to improve their school attendance and retention. Proceeds will support girls in Guatemala! For $125, a girl will receive a bike, bike parts, and training. Thank you for buying goodies or making a donation! 
New: ADHD Parent Workshop Session #3
The Alice Deal Social Workers are excited to invite you to their next parent workshop:  "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 contact Mr. Kling at [email protected] to RSVP or to volunteer to bring snacks! 
New: Scholastic Art & Writing Competition
The deadline to submit work to this awesome competition is Wednesday! If you wrote or created something you would like to submit, please visit Mr. Helsabeck is W207 by Tuesday to submit your work. Any student at Deal, not just Mr. Helsabeck's students, may swing by for assistance! You may submit any genre of art or writing; and you may submit as many pieces as you would like! To learn more, please visit

New: Team Bogota's Holiday Wish List
It's flu season! We are in need of tissues and Clorox wipes. We would love any and all donations :) Thanks in advance!  
New: Speech and Debate
Congratulations to the following students who received first place in their respective events at the recent DC Citywide Speech and Debate tournament:
Lincoln-Douglas Debate - Luke Kennelly
Policy Debate - Thomas and Rubucci
Oral Interpretation - Savannah Waymer
Duo Interpretation - Torin O'Brien and Iona Volynets
Improvisational Interpretation - Skylar Clay
Extemporaneous - Jonah Docter-Loeb
Impromptu - Levi Berger and Jamie Stewart-Aday
Original Oratory - Jonah Docter-Loeb
Lincoln-Douglas Debate
The Lincoln-Douglas debaters will research and debate the following topic in January and February: "Resolved: In the United States, private ownership of handguns ought to be banned."

Students wishing to compete in January should access the Dropbox account over the winter break and complete their cases. New debaters are welcome to contact their "student coaches" over the winter break for advice and help with their cases. Please come to the first practice in January with both a completed affirmative and negative case in hard copy. 
Policy Debate
For the remainder of the school year, policy debaters will be debating the following resolution: "Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance." Viking debaters will have the opportunity to debate in the new Washington Urban Debate League once each month. New members of the team are always welcome. For more information, see Mr. Conway in R103 or Mr. Stroud in E200.
Deal is Nationally Ranked 
Alice Deal has the honor of being recognized as a chapter of the National Junior Forensics League - the second largest honor society for middle or high school students in the United States. This organization inducts new members on an annual basis to recognize those students who excelled in speech, debate, and other communication arts. Their hard work and commitment is paying off as the Vikings end the year with Deal ranked 7th in the nation out of over 500 middle school members for speaking excellence!
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.
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 
Common Application
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: 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. Contact Information - Make sure Deal has your contact information. 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.
2. Account Access - For students with siblings 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. Be honest in ranking your schools based on which one is your true first choice, second choice, third choice, etc.
4. Recommendations - Be sure to use your teachers' DCPS email address when requesting recommendations. If you are unsure of an email address, please ask the teacher. 
5. Time - The deadline to submit the application is February 1st. 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 at 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 Monday, December 14th 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.
Monday: Deal SAGA 
SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Alliance) is the new and improved gay/straight alliance at Deal! The club changed their name to accurately reflect their inclusive focus on issues related to sexuality and gender. Their Winter Shindig is this Monday after school from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in W207 (Mr. Helsabeck's room). There will be pizza, music and conversation about making Deal an even better place.
Monday: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet on Monday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Be ready to celebrate the holiday and prep for their Bake Sales taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday. See you then! 
Tuesday & Wednesday: Literature-to-Film  
The December pick for the Literature-to-Film Festiival is the snow-and-ice-filled adaptation of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe! This epic film will be screened Tuesday and Wednesday after school at 3:30 pm  in the Deal Library. 
Wednesday: Spanish Club
Please join us for the last Spanish Club meeting of 2015 on Wednesday, December 16th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room C314. We will enjoy treats, play a few games, and design holiday cards in Spanish for our friends and family!

Thursday: Viking Time 
Don't forget this Thursday is the third Thursday of the month, which means it is Viking Time! Students and teachers should report directly to their assigned Viking Time location after 7th period (skip your lockers).

Friday: Winter Assembly 
Friday will be a "Bell III" schedule, which shortens each class and will allow time for our winter assembly. Students will report to their homerooms after 7th period and be escorted to the assembly by their homeroom teacher.

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
There are no longer any spots available on the Deal Swim Team. We have filled up our lanes at the Wilson Pool. There is a lengthy waiting list at this point, but if you would like to get on it, you may email Mr. Helsabeck at [email protected]

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 

Open Enrollment Ends  
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. 

Tuesday: Diversity Committee
There will be an important meeting of the Diversity Committee on Tuesday at 3:30 pm. All members are encouraged to attend.

Thursday: Viking Time
This is the third Thursday of the month so the activity period will be Viking Time!

Thursday: Faculty Meeting
All staff are asked to meet in the auditorium at 3:30 pm for a faculty meeting.

Friday: 8th Grade Team Meeting
8th grade team teachers will meet in room RG01 at 8:10 am for a brief grade-level meeting.

Friday: Bell III
Friday's "Bell III" schedule will allow time for an assembly in the afternoon. Students and homeroom buddies will report to homerooms after 7th period. Students will be escorted to the gymnasium at the announcemtns.
Shakespeare Festival Rehearsal Schedule
Monday, December 14 
3:15pm - 4:00pm Hero, Beatrice, Ursula, Margret 
4:00pm - 4:45pm Benedick, Don Pedro, Leonato, Claudio 
4:45 - 5:30pm Ferdinand, Miranda, Prospero 

Tuesday, December 15 
3:15 - 4:15pm Ensemble, Friar, Don John,Beatrice, Don Pedro, Friar, Claudio, Hero, Leonato, Benedick, Margaret, Ursula 
4:15 - 5:00pm Stephano, Trinculo, Caliban, Ariel 

Wednesday, December 16 
3:15 - 4:15pm Gonzalo, Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, Ariel, Prospero, 
4:15 - 5:00pm Prospero, Ariel, Ferdinand, Miranda, Stephano, Trinculo, Caliban 

Thursday, December 17 
3:15 - 4:30pm Prospero, Ariel, Gonzalo, Sebastian, Antonio, Francisco, Ferdinand, Stephano, Trinculo, Caliban, Miranda, Boatswain and Master 

Friday, December 18 
3:15 - 4:30pm Ensemble, Friar, Don John,Beatrice, Don Pedro, Friar, Claudio, Hero, Leonato, Benedick, Margaret, Ursula

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 -