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: 

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope it was the restful and yet energizing week that you and your family needed. This week is our last week of the 3rd advisory, so students have to jump right in and finish up their work. There will only be a half-day on Friday as teachers take the time to finish up their grades. Fourth advisory includes our PARCC testing and our preparations for the end of the year - yes, it is coming up quickly.

Around 200 of our students are traveling internationally and will be returning during the week. This is always an exciting set of trips. Today, I am with the group in Shanghai, China, getting ready to see the last part of China - the "modern" part - before we depart for home mid-week. This group of 33 children has seen an amazingly broad sweep of China on the trip. For them, the most memorable activity appears to have been limbing the Great Wall on the second day here. For me, one of the top ones was visiting our sister school, Yu Cai Academy, in Beijing. The internet has been far spottier than I anticipated - with the single exception our hotel in Shanghai - so the China trip has not been able to blog about the journey. We will attempt to do a "historical" blog when we return so that there will be a record of what happened, albeit not in real-time.

I want to return to our school visit for a moment because it contained one remarkable nugget of information. The school is located on the south side of the downtown, and we were greeted with a large, electronic billboard with rotating mages from their students' visit during our snowstorm. We were ushered into modern classrooms with little on the wall - the teachers change rooms each period, not the students, so there is no need to personalize the space. At one point, I asked the headmaster about an ancient structure visible over the basketball court wall. He said it was a museum and that it was the older part of the school. Through the interpreter, I secured the promise of a brief visit to the site.

After a rousing morning ceremony (flag-raising, choreographed motions by 2,000 students, exhortations to study harder, and an impromptu speech from Deal's principal) our smaller group of school officials went around a parking lot to the historical section of the school. As we rounded the corner, I was stunned by the size of this clearly centuries-old temple next to the school. The area adjacent to the school was a vast area of temples, sculptures, and groves - with the elementary and high school parts of Yu Cai scattered around the edges (all told, 4,000 students at the school). There was clearly an interesting story to this site.

In 1949, when the Communists assumed power in China, they moved Yu Cai Academy from its original location in the provinces to the current site in Beijing. The site in Beijing was a significant area of temples where the emperors came to worship and pray for good agricultural harvests. It is very well preserved. This is clearly an example of a new regime dispensing with the belief system of the old regime by repurposing their important spaces. The school was founded by Mao Tse Tung's teacher himself and, while a public school, is definitely the place to be for aspiring members of the Chinese hierarchy. Students initially took lunch in the main temple, and there were basketball and soccer fields scattered across the grounds. Eventually, newer buildings were erected to house students (and some teachers). Some very older faculty members still live on site and were taking walks through the temple complex as we passed through.

It is a strikingly interesting campus. I believe our students came away with a sense of how their peers in another country experience school, with the chance to reconnect with those they had seen just a couple of months prior to our visit, and with an increased ability to look with a more critical eye at their own learning at Deal.

I am glad that your school community supports these endeavors for our students - both through their direct trip costs as well as through donations to defray the costs for many - and feel privileged that I was able to travel with them to this remarkable place. I will continue to push so that all of our students at some point in their education can have a similar opportunity.

James Albright

NB - For fifth grade families interested in our Summer Bridge one-week sessions in July, additional information will be forthcoming. Please check our website for that information.

Week of 
April 4, 2016
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - Half Day 
Students Dismissed at 12:15 
Upcoming Dates   

April 4
6th Grade Science Trip to Calleva

April 5
Costa Rica Trip returns 
6th Grade Science Trip to Calleva
April 6
China Trip returns 
France Trip returns 
6th Grade Science Trip to Calleva

April 7
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm
6th Grade Science Trip to Calleva

April 8
End of Term 
Comfort Cases Packing Party
Students dismissed at 12:15 pm

April 9
Saturday Detention, 9 am - noon

April 11
6th Grade Birthday Party, 3:00 pm
6th Grade Building Museum Trip

April 12
6th Grade Building Museum Trip

April 13
6th Grade Building Museum Trip
UK Trip Meeting, 6:30 pm

April 14
Team Leaders, 8:10 am (all)
Community Project Meeting, 8:10 am
6th Grade, Building Museum Trip
Spring Dance

April 15
Emancipation Day Observed
No school for staff and students 

April 20
DCPS Music Festival 

April 21
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

April 22
SCAC Meeting, 7:30 pm

April 23
Musical Rehearsal, 9 am - 4 pm

April 24
Musical Rehearsal, 9 am - 4 pm

April 28
Team Leaders, 8:10 am (Gr Level) 
DCPS Music Festival
April 30
Musical Rehearsal, 9 am - 4 pm
DCPS Music Festival 

May 2 - May 6
6th Grade Spirit Week

May 5
Community Project Meeting, 8:10 am
WTU Meeting, 3:30 4:30 pm
Spring Musical, 6:30 pm

May 6
Professional Development
(No School for Students)
Spring Musical, 6:30 pm

May 7
Saturday Academy, 9 am - noon
Saturday Detention, 9 am - noon
Spring Musical, 2:00 pm

May 9
DCPS Night at NATS Park 

May 10
8th Grade I&S SAAM Reception
Diversity Group Meeting, 3:30 pm

May 11
Principal's Coffee, 10 am

May 12
Advisory Mid Point
Team Leaders, All 8:10 am

May 13
SCAC Meeting, 7:30 am
Deal Visit 10 am
8th Grade Common Project Training, 8:10am

May 14
2nd Annual IB World Languages Festival
Music in the Parks, 8 am - 7 pm

May 16
6th Grade Math, Finance Park

May 17
Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, 
6th Grade
6th Grade Math, Finance Park

May 18
ADCA General Meeting, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
6th Grade Math, Finance Park

May 19
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
Community Project Meeting, 3:30 pm
Spring Concert, 6:30 pm

May 20
8th Grade I&S Gettysburg Trip

May 21
Saturday Academy, 9 am - noon
Murch Musical, noon
Saturday Detention
Admin Party

May 23
Parent Teacher Conference Day
(No School for Students)

May 24
8th Grade I&S NPG Reception

May 26
Team Leaders, Grade Level, 8:10 am

May 27
8th Grade Community Project Training, 8:10 am
Deal Visit, 10 am

May 30
Memorial Day
No School for Students and Staff

May 31
8th Grade I&S Civil War to Civil Rights Field Trip
Science 7 Field Trip
WL Film Festival 

Alice Deal Middle School Presents:
Rehearsal Schedule

The rehearsal schedule was not received in time to enter into the bulletin. Please contact Director Roos with questions about this week's schedule.

Questions or Concerns? Please contact Director Jill Roos ([email protected]
International Baccalaureate Updates  

The IB Mid-Atlantic region will award one IB Middle Years Program student a $500 scholarship for excellence in service. Students who apply will need to submit the following:
  • A completed application with parent signature
  • Learner profile essay/poem or short story or visual/graphic or video
  • Student service short essay (Students will write about a service project they have already participated in OR about one that they would like to do.)
  • One teacher recommendation 
If your student has demonstrated excellence in service or has great ideas about what they'd like to do, please email me ([email protected]). I will give them the application and support them through the process. 
Is your student a content creator? The IB has launched a competition for IB students around the world to create a film or poster that delivers a message about the importance of academic honesty. The winning entries will be showcased on the IBO website and the winners will be featured in IB World magazine. For more information about the competition please click hereStudents who are interested should see Ms. A. Brown in C227 for support.


We're going to Europe! 8th graders invited! 
We are excited to announce that a group of students and teachers from Alice Deal Middle School will be traveling on a new educational tour to  London and Rome in August 2016! Previously only available to 7th grade students, this tour is now open to 8th graders!
The tour is all about better understanding western literature that our students will be experiencing over their upcoming years in school. The trip visits London (with a walking tour of Shakespeare Globe Theatre), Stratford Upon Avon, Rome, and the Vatican. Students will visit exciting new locations each day and will discuss numerous authors and their works, including:
  • J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter series
  • C.S. Lewis - The Chronicles of Narnia and others
  • Robert Lewis Stevenson - Robinson Caruso and others
  • Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels and others
  • Dante - The Divine Comedy
  • Charlotte Brontė -Jane Eyre
  • Emily Brontė- Wuthering Heights
  • Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, and others
  • Many more!
The tour is operated by EF Educational Tours. You can learn more online at or by telephone at 800-665-5364. The cost of $4,845.00 includes all airfare, ground transportation, tour guides, lodging, breakfasts, and dinners.
There are a limited number of spots still available and the tour is sure to fill up quickly, so please attend the meeting if you are interested.

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.


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:

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

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.

Student & Parent Information
New: Comfort Cases Drive
Deal 7th graders have been spearheading a collection drive for Comfort Cases, a wonderful non-profit that sends brand new backpacks with essentials inside them to children and teens who are in foster care. We collected over 1,500 items from homerooms this week! 
We will continuing the drive for one more week after spring break, so please take some time over the break to search around your house, go to the store, and fill up a bag with things on our donation list. We are in particular need of pajamas.
Finally, please plan to join us on April 8th from 12:30 - 2:00 pm for our packing party! We will get together to pack hundreds of backpacks full of items for Comfort Cases. This will be a fun event for the entire family, and it is a wonderful opportunity to give back to your community!

 Model United Nations
7th and 8th grade Model UN Club students will meet on Wednesday at 3:30 in RG03 to prep for our conference on Friday!  All final logistics for the conference will be shared. See you there!

New: Travel Blogs!
With many 8th graders still out of the country, don't forget to check out their adventures on one of the Deal travel blogs!  
New: Girl Up
Girl Up will not meet on Monday, April 4th because of the spring break trips taking place. See you the following Monday! 
New: Spring Dance/Party is approaching!
The Spring Dance/Party will be Thursday, April 14th from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Come dance, take pictures with your friends, play basketball, ping pong, watch a movie, and generally have fun!

New: Edline Updates
Spring Break and the end of 3rd Advisory are right around the corner. To keep students and parents well informed, new Edline updates will be posted on the following dates: 4/4, 4/7, 4/11, 4/14. After this, we will resume our regular weekly schedule for updates. 

New: Comics Workshop 
If you like making comics and want to attend a small session with Faith Erin Hicks (creator of many graphic novels including The Adventures of Superhero Girl and The War at Ellsmere) see Ms. Redekopp this week. The workshop is Monday, April 4th at Deal during 7th period.

Sailing Club
Warmer weather means the return of the Deal Sailing Club! Weekly trips will start in late-April and all students are invited to join! Beginners welcome! Our first trip will be on DC Sail's schooner, The Spirit of America. After that, club members will get to sail on smaller Flying Scots. Students can sign up for as many or as few trips as they want. A complete schedule and sign-up sheet will be released soon. Until then, check out last year's video!

Alice Deal Community Choir
Did you miss your opportunity to sing with our students in the Winter Concert? Fear not! The time is coming to prepare for the Alice Deal Community Choir's performance at the Spring Concert. Email [email protected] if you are interested.
Lost and Found Survey
Team Paris students Blyss and Grace are working to make the Deal lost and found work better for all students as part of their 8th grade Community Project. Help them out by taking this short survey: Lost & Found

Yearbook Pictures Needed
Do you have pictures from Snowmageddon? Is your student a sports pro? Do they rock our school band or attend a club/after school activity? If you have pictures of these events or any others, please feel free to send them to [email protected]!
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!

Comfort Cases Drive
Top FIVE Ways to Help Kids in Foster Care
Deal 7th graders have been spearheading a collection drive for Comfort Cases, a wonderful non-profit that sends brand new backpacks with essentials inside them to children and teens who are in foster care. We collected over 2,500 items from homerooms so far! Don't be left out! Let's work together to help kids in foster care. You can help, even over spring break. Here's how:


1.  Collect the following items for kids in foster care, then bring the stuff to school on April 4 and deposit in the collection bin in your homeroom! 

  • New youth pajamas (size 10 and up)
  • New backpacks
  • Travel-sized toiletries, toothpaste, toothbrushes and lotion
  • New books
  • Throw blankets

2. Donate funds to These donations are tax deductible since you are contributing to a 501c(3).


3.  SCALE IT UP by inviting your friends, neighbors, parents and others to donate and get involved.

4. Make a plan to join us on April 8 from 12:30 - 2 PM for a Comfort Cases packing party to pack 100s of Comfort Case together. Invite your family!

5. Get ready to bliss out on the great feeling that comes from helping others!
We will continuing the drive for one more week after spring break. We are in particular need of pajamas. Questions? Please contacMr. Helsabeck or Kitson Jazynka. This will be a fun event for the entire family, and it is a wonderful opportunity to give back to your community! For more information on Comfort Cases, go to
Looking for a Great Summer Camp?  

The Alice Deal Athletic Department will offer a four-week youth sport & fitness camp in July!

What: Four weeks of rotating sports instruction, fitness & nutrition education, and FUN!
When: Four sessions from July 5th - July 29th from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday with no camp on Monday, July 4th.
Who: Any rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders 
This summer, Deal Fit & Sport Camp will provide 
fitness, sport, and nutritional education in a fun and nurturing environment. In addition, the Deal Fit & Sport Camp will offer opportunities for enrichment, team building, and peer mentoring. 
  • Weekly swimming and water play
  • Weekly rotating sports and games
  • Skills instruction
  • Indoor/outdoor free play
  • Stretching and exercise instruction
  • Daily fun runs
  • Nutrition and diet education

  • Weekly field trip

Camp rates per session:
1 week session: $300
2 sessions: $550
All 4 sessions: $1,000
Drop in daily rate: $50
Register now using the following link (paper registration forms are also available):
Please email [email protected] with any questions or contact Coach Downing directly at [email protected].
Space is limited, register now!  

6th Grade News

Newseum Field Trip
Sixth grade teams will take a field trip to the Newseum from March 22nd - 25th. On the day of the field trip, all students on the team taking the trip must arrive by 8:15 am. Students will be taking the Metro. The Metro fare is free to DCPS students with a DC One Card that is pre-registered for the "Kids Ride Free on Rail" program. Students must have a DC One Card with them and the card must be registered at least 24 hours before the trip. Students must bring lunch to school on the day of this trip. If you have any concerns about the DC One cards or about providing your child with lunch for the trip, please email your child's ELA teacher (see below). Permission slips should have been returned to your child's ELA teacher by Wednesday, March 16th. 

Team Dakar
Tuesday, March 22
Ms. Culp - [email protected]gov

Team Montevideo
Wednesday, March 23
Ms. W. Anderson - [email protected]

Team Quito
Thursday, March 24
Ms. Quiambao - chelley.[email protected]

Team Taipei
Friday, March 25
Mr. Spencer - derrick.[email protected]

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 

7th Grade Battle of the Teams  - This week!
Student Council is sponsoring  7th grade Spirit Week/Battle of the Teams to welcome our 7th graders back from break.

Each day there will be a different event that will add up to a total number of points for each team. Teams get points by having as many students participate as possible. The team with the most points at the end of the week will win.
·      On Monday, we will wear team colors. Colors were randomly assigned to each team:
Valencia - blue, LaPaz - red, Lima - green, Budapest - white. 

In addition to the team colors counting contest, each homeroom will be able to compete to decorate their doors.  (Theme - the subject of the homeroom class). 

  • On Tuesday, we will dress as your favorite character. 
  • Wednesday, we will make a special push for items for Comfort Cases. 
  • On Thursday, the four teams will battle each other and the winning team will face the teachers in a basketball tournament during the afternoon activity period. 
  • On Friday, April 8th we will host our seventh grade "Deal's Got Talent" Show. We will announce the Winning Team at the end of the show.

All week, we will conduct a penny war - teams compete by putting pennies in their own jars and other coins (or even dollars bills) into other team's jars.  Proceeds will be donated!

Ron Smith School Visit
On Friday, April 8th, the 7th grade will receive a visit from Ron Smith, author of the new book Hoodoo, which recently won the Coretta Scott King/Joseph Steptoe New Talent Award. This compelling novel tells the story of a boy in the south living in the 1930s. Its intrigue and mystery capture readers of all ages. Mr. Smith recently visited Ms. Culp's 6th grade book club to discuss Hoodoo and we are excited to welcome him back to Deal to talk to the 7th grade about his writing career. 

Mr. Smith will be available to sign books after the assembly. If you would like to meet him and get his autograph, you should purchase the book at a local book store or online.

Wand to learn more about Ronald Smith? Check out this great interview:
Costa Rica Trip 
Is your rising 8th grader interested in traveling to Costa Rica? Are they currently taking Spanish at Deal? Registration for next year's tour is already open! Secure your spot today to guarantee a spot and get the lowest price! Either call EF Tours and provide the following tour number:1846054AJ or simply go and enroll now. For additional information, email [email protected].

Contact Information
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?

Ms. Humphrey - Counselor

Mr. Boccardi - Social Worker

Mrs. Stallworth - Assistant Principal

8th Grade Corner 

World Language Trips
A large number of 8th grade students will be out of the country on the world language trips Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. That said, classes will continue as normal and students on the trips will be expected to make up missed work. We look forward to welcoming back our weary travelers later this week!

YouTube Fridays
Do you know where to find the coolest dance videos, most amazing skateboard stunts, or inspiring messages online? Every Friday morning in the gym before school, 8th grade students get to sit back and relax as they watch a variety of inspirational, entertaining, and interesting YouTube videos. If you have any suggestions for videos to watch, please let us know using the following Google spreadsheet:

Mark Your Calendars
The second semester is a busy time for our 8th grade students as we celebrate their hard work and promotion to high school! Please mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • Deal Gives Back - June 1st
  • Deal Day - June 10th
  • 8th Grade Dance - June 10th
  • Kings Dominion Trip - June 13th
  • Promotion Practice - June 14th
  • Promotion - June 15th
Deal Gives Back, Deal Day, and the promotion are free events. Payments for the 8th grade dance and the Kings Dominion trip will be accepted after spring break and additional information will be sent home in late March.

High School Open House Dates: 
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
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. RSVPs for the Open Houses are requested at 
Cardozo Education Campus
During the month February, Cardozo will host several Open Houses and Shadow Days for elementary and middle school students. They will feature our outstanding CTE Academies, TransSTEM and the Academy of Information Technology. They offer programs of study in Engineering, Computer Science, Interactive Media, Electro-Mechanical Technology, and they also have a FLEX-ACE Lab in Aviation. If you would like to attend an Open House and Shadow Day, please contact Shirley C. McCall at [email protected] or 202-673-7753.

Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School
Phelps still has seats available for rising 9th graders next school year. Please contact Principal Jackson by email, apply to, or by phone call 202-729-4360
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, April 4th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "Cottage." Dress for cold weather! In the event of bad weather, we will meet with Mr. Namian in E207. 

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.

Spring Sports

Outdoor Track -  [email protected]
Distance Track- [email protected]
Softball - [email protected]
Cheerleading- [email protected]

Baseball Practice Schedule 
  • Monday, April 4th: 7/8th Grade Baseball Practice 3:30 - 5:15 pm
  • Tuesday, April 5th: 7/8th Grade Game vs. Riverdale Baptist at Deal at 4:00 pm 
  • Thursday, April 7th: 6/7th Grade Practice 3:30 - 5:15 pm
Girls Soccer
Girls soccer practice will take place on Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.  Please turn in your health forms to Coach Ngwa before practice. 

Softball Practice Schedule 
Practice will resume Monday through Thursday outside on the softball field. All softball players must report outside on the field no later than 3:25 pm changed and warming up.  All documented forms must be submitted in order to be cleared to practice. The documents include: Universal health form,consent, emergency treatment and copy of report card.  
Required items: Change of clothes, softball glove, tennis shoes with support around ankles,  water bottle and light snack. If you are unable to attend softball practice you are required to notify coach Spann before practice unless it is an emergency. 
Outdoor Track 
Spring track is up and running. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. All paperwork must be received by this Wednesday in order to participate. Please contact Coach Farrar at [email protected] for information.

Cheerleading practice will be held on Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. All cheerleaders must have the required forms in order to participate. 

Outdoor Distance Track
The season has begun! If you ran cross country or are interested in joining us for the first time, reach out to him at [email protected] or in person to join the roster.
Staff Information 
New: PARCC Training
All teachers must participate in PARCC training before the assessment is administered. Staff may attend training either during the records day or throughout the week of April 11th. Please see Ms. Giron with any questions.

8th Grade Travelers

A large number of 8th grade students and their chaperones will be out the first half of this week. Costa Rica travelers will return Wednesday. France and China travelers will return Thursday.

Thursday: WTU Meeting
There will be a WTU meeting at 3:30 pm.

Friday: Half Day
Students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm for the records day. Please reach out to your grade level administrator with any questions about the day's schedule.

 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 - AdvancedW301Tuesday 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 CongressW301Wednesday3:30 - 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
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Blood Drive at Murch Elementary School, Thursday March 24th 2-7:30pm
Did you know that every day in the U.S over 44,000 pints of blood are needed? Every 2 seconds someone needs blood for an injury or illness. 

Murch Elementary School is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, March 24th from 2-7:30pm in the Murch Gym. Please sign up to schedule an appointment time to donate at and enter sponsor code Murch EL DC under "Give Blood"!

Your donation could save up to three lives! 
FREE Summer Enrichment Program for Advanced Rising Middle Schoolers
The Advanced and Enriched Instruction Division is excited to announce that they will be offering the Summer Enrichment Program for the third year! This four-week summer program for highly motivated and precocious rising middle school students (those currently in grades 5, 6, 7) are invited to apply for a spot at Burrville ES, Hardy MS, or Stuart-Hobson MS. The program runs from 7/5-7/29, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.daily and is free for DCPS students. Students will work in small groups of no more than 15 on topics directly related to their areas of academic interest as well as go on several exciting field trips. Please visit this link for the online application or this link for a downloadable application. For questions, contact Dr. Angela Novak.
Girls U14 MSI Classic Soccer Team
Girls U14 MSI Classic Soccer Team looking for a couple of field players or goalie for the spring.  It's a great group of girls who had a strong Fall season.  Professionally coached team practices 2x week in Bethesda (generally the closer to NW DC parts of Bethesda).  Please email for additional details: [email protected]
Washington Performing Arts Society Summer Camps 
Join us this summer for a series of fun-filled music and dance camps led by professional teaching artists. For ages 8-18.

Capital Jazz Camp (June 27-July 1)
Capital Strings Camp (June 27-July 1)
Capital Voices Camp (July 18-22)
Summer Steps with Step Afrika! (August 8-12)

Apply today and get the Early Bird discount!
$25 early bird registration price will expire March 15.

More information can be found at the following link: Washington Performing Arts
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 ½ 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

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

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 -