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: 

At the recent LSAT meeting, the question about student safety after school and Deal's responsibility for supervision was raised. This is a common concern each spring, as the days grow longer and the weather warmer; students enjoy spending time at school with their friends after activities have ended. Unfortunately, there is no way to supervise the number of students who want to stay at school late. To ensure their safety and the smooth operation of the school, let me take this time to clarify expectations for all. 

School ends each day at 3:15. Everyday I go on the public address system and tell students to be in their clubs or activities no later than 3:30 or to exit the building and head home. I remind them of this everyday in order to be clear. There is no supervision of students after school, exclusive of clubs, activities, or sports. Once your child has finished with their after school activity, they are expected to exit the building. It is you and your child's responsibility to secure a safe way home for them after hours. What does this mean?

1) Students should plan to leave no later than 15 minutes after finishing their activity. Please arrange for their pick-up or passage home after this. As middle schoolers, our students are not mature enough to be given free reign in the neighborhood; they should be under parental or guardian supervision when not at school. Just as when they were in elementary school, there should be a clear plan in place for all of their time.

2) Please do not tell your student that you will pick them up later than their scheduled departure time. In some cases, students wait for two or three hours for their parents to pick them up; this is not safe. Carpooling, traveling with friends, returning straight home or to a neighbor's house; these are among reasonable alternatives. In order to accommodate our 4:30 club ending schedule, WMATA has provided a 4:40 bus for some of our students. This should be used whenever possible.

3) Siblings should not wait for each other after school if they have different schedules. If a student is in a sport, the brother or sister cannot wait for them; the coach cannot assume responsibility for the non-team member. 

4) There is no general place at Deal for students to wait or gather after school outside of after care. The YMCA provides after care until 6:30 and many families take advantage of this supervised activity. Otherwise, the Deal library closes at 5:00.

One of the main reasons for these policies is that students know they aren't supposed to be at school after it ends (without an activity) and are stuck between following school rules and knowing that they have no way to go home. It is essential that you plan for your child's trip home at the appropriate time. After this week, we will call families with students who remain at school without supervision to have them come retrieve their students. Please help us keep our focus on instruction and not on policing!

James Albright

NB - As our academic year moves into its final advisory, please consider supporting either our Alice Deal Community Association (ADCA) or the Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) through active participation in their boards. Both of these organizations are essential to the effective running of our school; both need a continual supply of new members and leaders. You should do this. You should!

Also, please check towards the bottom of the bulletin for a special request by Deal student Tolani Smith. Or just click here!

PARCC 2016

Each spring, DCPS students participate in the PARCC assessment to help the district learn more about both student and school progress towards college and career readiness. PARCC will be administered at Deal starting mid-April. 8th grade students will test in the morning and 6th graders in the afternoon during the first two weeks of our school-specific testing window. 7th graders will test in the morning during the last two weeks along with the 8th grade single-session DC Science test that will be administered on 5/13. Please see the chart below for information on which test your scholar will take on each given day to ensure they are present and ready for the assessment. Please email Ms. Giron with any questions ([email protected]).

Week of 
April 11, 2016
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - Emancipation Day
No School for Staff and Students

Are you a Deal parent or staff member?
Do you play in a band?
Want to take part in the 2nd annual Band Battle?

Please save the date of Saturday, May 14th for this fun evening of music and festivities on behalf of Alice Deal Middle School! This year the event will take place at Tenley Bar and Grill.

If your band is interested, get in touch with Karen Harris by emailing [email protected].

Upcoming Dates   

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 3:30 - 5:30

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
Access for ELLs Testing
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
Community Project Meeting, 3:30 pm
Spring Concert, 6:30 pm

May 20
Access for ELLs Testing 
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.


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: National Junior Honor Society 
Eligible honor roll students received invitations to apply for membership in the National Junior Honor Society. To qualify for induction students must also be on the honor roll for the third advisory, meet all application deadlines, and meet discipline requirements.
The deadlines are as follows:
  • The letter of intent is due April 29th
  • The completed application is due May 20th
Please contact Ms. Stallworth or Ms. Humphrey if you have any questions.
New: Spring Dance/Party is approaching!
The Spring Dance/Party will be Thursday, April 14th from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Come dance, take pictures with your friends, play basketball and ping pong, watch a movie, and generally have fun! Snacks will be available for sale.

New: Spring Period 8 Blended Learning  
Classes start Monday! Courses being offered are
  • TedEd Club (NEW! Starting 4/17)
  • Mixtape to Movement on Mondays with Mr. Spencer and Ms. Howard
  • Piano & Composition on Mondays with Mr. McKeithen
  • "The Witness" and the Art of Game Design on Tuesdays with Mr. Eckel
  • Learning Spanish through the News on Tuesdays with Mr. Arango. 
Courses start the second week of April (4/11-4/14) and end the first week in June (5/30-6/3). If you are interested in joining one of these classes, please visit to register. Not ready to enroll but would like more information? Visit the course catalog or email Ms. Giron ([email protected]) with questions.

New: France Blog - Updated 
Please visit to read about our adventures! Want more pictures? Visit the link on the bottom, right-hand side of Edline to view or download images!

New: 7th Grade Battle of the Teams 
Congratulations to Team La Paz for winning the 7th Grade Battle for the Teams!  Also, a big shout out to all 7th graders, who raised over $900 in their team penny war to donate to Comfort Cases.

New: Girl Up Fundraiser
Thank you to the entire Deal community for all of the donations to Girl Up's March fundraising campaign, Dollars for Donuts. The club raised over $2,800 for girls' education in Liberia!! Winners for each grade level competition are: 
6th grade: Ms. Culp's homeroom with $416!! 
7th grade: Ms. Wickersham's homeroom with $278
8th grade: Ms. Farrar's homeroom with $107
Girl Up will meet on Monday, April 11th at 3:30 pm in W305. We will finalize plans for our Mother's Day sale. See you then! 
New: Model UN Club
Model UN Club members will NOT meet on Wednesday, April 13th. However, we will have a speaker about one of our SDG's on April 20th and another speaker about a different SDG on April 27th. Please plan to attend. Both meetings will be held in RG03 from 3:30 - 4:20 pm. 
New: Music Department Field Trip
The bands and choirs will travel to Six Flags America to perform in Music in the Parks on Saturday, May 14th.  Permission slips and money are due to Ms. Van der Horst or Mr. McKeithen by Wednesday, April 13th.  

New: Edline Updates
To keep students and parents well informed, new Edline updates will be posted on the following dates: 4/11 and 4/14. After this, we will resume our regular weekly schedule for updates. 

New: Speech and Debate Update
Saturday the Viking debater were at Dunbar High School for a policy debate tournament competing against students from Banneker High School, Oyster Adams, DC Prep, DC International, and  Largo High School.  Another outstanding showing with a number of rewards received by all of the Deal students in attendance:

Jake Stohr and Tristan May: 2nd place
Jonah Docter-Loeb and Ellie Selden: 3rd place
Tristan May was also recognized as the third overall speaker.

Bennett Cullison champion team and 3rd place overall speaker
Ethan Slager and Peter Milius: 3rd place 
Emily Burke and Willa Beckerman: 4th place.

Outstanding job!

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.

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!
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

Building Museum Field Trip
This week, 6th grade teams will travel to the Building Museum for a field trip! Please see your team's weekly email for more information.

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 
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 

8th Grade Transition to High School
As our 8th graders prepare to transition to the next level, we need to know where they will attend high school next school year. Once a decision is made, it is important for families to  let us know so that school records transfer to the next school smoothly. Please note that Wilson Senior High School is our feeder school and records will be transferred there if it is unknown where the student will attend. To help with this process, students who are  not attending Wilson should send Ms. White an email with the following information: Students's first and last name and the name and address of the 
school they will attend next school year.

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.


Parents of rising 9th graders headed to Wilson: Join Wilson High's PTSO Board for 2016-2017!

Please consider joining the PTSO Board next year.  Interested candidates should submit a brief bio, photo and statement of interest to Ellen Leander at [email protected]. If you have any questions about the PTSO or any of the positions, please contact Ellen or Kim Bayliss, current PTSO president at [email protected].   

Wilson's Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) meets once a month and is the primary way parents can get involved at Wilson. The PTSO's fundraising efforts support teacher grants, student organizations, the arts, academies, and supplies and materials.
The PTSO needs your ideas, your time and your talents. Please consider running for a position on the Executive Board:  
PTSO President: One President or two co-presidents are needed for 2016-2017. The President is the principal executive officer of the PTSO and implements and supervises all of the business and affairs of the PTSO.  
Co-Treasurer: Two co-treasures are needed. 
The Treasurer responsibilities are split between two co-treasurer positions. Currently, one Co-Treasurer is responsible for managing incoming funds from checks and through PayPal. This position is responsible for sending out receipts and charitable contribution notices to the contributors. The co-treasurer works closely with the school's staff and others to arrange for payments to the PTSO for various events throughout the year. The second co-treasurer is currently responsible for the bookkeeping services. This position writes and distributes the checks, records and reconciles all of the banking activity and presents the financial information to the Board. This position also sends out the annual 1099 tax documents and files the annual form 990.
Secretary: One needed. The secretary prepares minutes for all meetings of PTSO and the PTSO Board and performs other duties as delegated.
VP, Community Building: One needed. This position focuses on community building and outreach to the Wilson community. 
VP, Communications: One needed. This position will work with staff at Wilson to communicate PTSO messages.
VP, Fundraising: One needed. This position 
manages Wilson PTSO's fundraising activities.
VP, Hospitality: One needed. The VP of  
Hospitality organizes the meals that the PTSO provides to teachers and staff during the parent-teacher conferences and when teachers first return to school.  This position also helps manage new parent receptions, and other receptions for school-related activities on an as-needed basis.
PTSO LSAT Representative: This LSAT 
representative to the PTSO attends the monthly LSAT meeting and reports to the PTSO.
PTSO Representative to S.H.A.P.P.E.: This 
PTSO representative to SHAPPE (Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators) attends the monthly SHAPPE meeting and reports to the PTSO.
9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade Representatives: One representative for each grade (total of 1 each per grade needed for 2016-17). The grade representative represents the interests of the class. 
Standing Committees:
There are several standing committees of the PTSO that are in need of a co-chair or a chair person. The heads of these committees also have a vote on the PTSO Board.  
Directory Committee - The PTSO compiles, prints and distributes the student directory.  
Grocery Receipt Program - Giant, Safeway and Harris Teeter have programs that make contributions to Wilson.  
Teacher Grants - Wilson PTSO provides grants to teachers who submit proposals. Someone is needed to review and approve teacher grant requests.
Deadline for nominations is Friday, April 29th. Date of election not yet determined.

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 11th 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.

Monday: Candid and Team Pictures 
Sports teams and clubs will take their group pictures on Monday between 10:30 am - 6:00 pm. Students should contact their coach or club sponsor for more information.

Thursday: Spring Dance/Party 
The Spring Dance/Party will be Thursday, April 14th from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. All students are invited to dance, take pictures with your friends, play basketball and ping pong, watch a movie, and generally have fun! Snacks will be available for sale. See you there!

Friday: DC Emancipation Day 
There will be no school for students or staff in observance of DC Emancipation Day. Looking for a way to spend the day? Check out these events from

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]

Girls Soccer
Girls soccer season starts on Monday April 11, 2016. Visit this link for the team's practice schedule. Visit this link for the game schedule.

Please address any questions or concerns to [email protected].
Boys Soccer
Those students who were pre-selected during the tryout sessions should see the Athletic Director, Mr Downing, to verify eligibility and compliance. The first two games of the season are:
  • Monday, April 18th, 5:30 pm - Deal vs Stuart-Hobson @ Stuart-Hobson
  • Thursday, April 21st, 4:45 pm - Deal vs Hardy @ Deal
All softball team members will report to the girls locker room to get dressed in their softball uniform to take a team photo for the year book Monday, April 11th.

Mandatory Practice for all softball members Monday April 11th -  Thursday, April 14th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Any team members who does not have all of the proper documents will not be allowed to practice (universal health form, consent and emergency form). Our first game is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20th.  Coach Spann will distribute the schedule when the athletic office distributes it to  the coaches. 
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.
Dear Deal Community

Everyday sick kids have to go through several radiological procedures. It's dark, cold and claustrophobic. Wouldn't it be wonderful if, every child that goes through this process had a soft, fluffy, stuffed animal toy to calm them and support them in this time of medical uncertainty?

My name is Tolani Smith. For this community project I have decided to do a toy drive for Children's National Hospitals with a goal of 500 toys, specifically teddy bears. I am writing in hopes that you would be willing to donate teddy bears for sick children in the radiology department at these hospitals in Washington, D.C. 

Teddy bears would be a great toy; many of the patients have potentially frightening and stressful procedures done, and a stuffed animal can provide a lot of comfort in those situations. Stuffed animals would be suitable as long as they are brand new and sealed. As far as other restrictions, due to infection control standards, the main thing is that toys (not just stuffed animals) must ALL be brand new and sealed. Additionally, no gifts can be religious or contain any messages related to getting well.

I will be collecting toys until April 30, 2016. There will be a box in the Welcome Center to receive any donations. Please be generous!

Here is a link with some ideas about donations:

I am happy to respond to any questions or concerns you may have.

Thanks again,
Tolani Smith
Staff Information 
Tuesday: Diversity Group Meeting
The Diversity Group will meet at 3:30 pm in Ms. Neal's office.

Thursday: Thursday Bell 
This Thursday's activity period is an MYP lesson. Please contact your team's MYP master or grade level administrator for more information.

Thursday: Community Project Meeting 
Team Paris and the community project team will meet in Ms. Daniels' room at 8:10 am.

Thursday: Team Leaders 
All Team Leaders will meet with Ms. Neal as a group at 8:10 am.

Thursday: ALT 
The Academic Leadership Team will meet in the conference room at 3:30 pm.

Thursday: Spring Dance 
Chaperones are needed for the spring dance from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Support from any staff members is sincerely appreciated as this fun event can't happen without you! Please contact Ms. Wickersham, Mr. Haller, or Mr. Martis for more information. 

 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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3rd Annual Unleashed Conference-Defining Your Power, Purpose and Passion
On April 30, 2016 we will hold our 3rd annual Unleashed Conference-Defining Your Power, Purpose and Passion. The event is open and free to all middle and high school girls and focuses on topics such as: developing your personal brand, building self-confidence, goal setting, college readiness and youth entrepreneurship. Our keynote speaker this year is 15 year old Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker and BET's Black Girls Rock Honoree, Gabrielle Jordan and our DJ is 14 year old DJ Beauty and the Beatz. The event will be empowering, exciting and a fun experience! We would greatly appreciate it if you would take the time to share this event opportunity with the parents and students you work with. Please see the attached flyer for more information. 

The registration link can be found at

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 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 -