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: 

Although Spring Break fell earlier this year than usual, this schedule did allow for the Emancipation Day holiday to be celebrated on its own merits. On occasion, the holiday has slipped into Spring Break, concealing its merits from some and emptying the city of many who would celebrate it joyously - as was done this weekend in Washington. Parades, speeches, commemorations - and beautiful weather - were the notes by which the city moved this weekend.

Starting tomorrow, we take on the second version of the PARCC assessment. Your students are well-prepared for both the English and the Math portions of the PARCC - that preparation is the purpose of the eight months of instruction that have preceded these tests. As the District and Deal have come to better understand expectations for student learning as defined in the Common Core (English and Math), our ability to support this learning has increased. Over the last few years, many of the pieces of the curricular puzzle have fallen into place: the standards are defined and better understood, the sequence of learning and formative assessments have been restructured to support appropriate learning of the standards, and both interim and PARCC assessments have been designed to more accurately capture true learning. 

This is not to say that the work is finished. For this iteration of the PARCC, numerous changes were made in design and implementation. Deal English and Math teachers continue to refine units and lessons based on student responses to teacher work. The use of feedback - timely, informative, and aligned to learning - is an area in which we continue to work hard because we know it is a critical component of student learning. In our review of student results from the first PARCC assessments, we found gaps in what students knew and how we responded to these gaps. This is the day-to-day work we undertake.

Implementing these assessments to our own level of expectation has proven to be a significant amount of work. By virtue of its size and that it is a middle school (where students are assessed in both subjects each year), Deal has the largest testing burden of any school in the city. To make this burden manageable, we have designed a low-impact testing schema to reduce the weight on students and to reach our goal of all students assessed appropriately. Last year, we reached 99.7 percent of all students through careful planning. We also kept much of our regular schedule moving along so that students that weren't in a testing setting didn't feel it. We will continue these practices this year and work towards the same results.

In many letters home from school, family members might be exhorted to make sure their child has enough to eat that day, is well-rested, and doesn't have any appointments to disrupt their schedule. Of course, when I read this I ask myself "How is that different from any other day?" So, like every day of the year, please make sure your child is ready for whatever school will bring that day - whether it is a field trip, a Socratic seminar, or a PARCC assessment. I promise you that will do our part to be ready for child as well!

James Albright

NB - This week is Assistant Principal Appreciation Week. At Deal, we (you and I) are lucky to have such caring and effective Assistant Principals as Katherine Giron, Adam Kirschenbaum, Diedre Neal, Patrick Rottman, and Alieze Stallworth. This is a team of very different individuals - we have scientists, sailors, dancers, grandparents, lawyers in this mix - but in the cumulative they are what makes Deal work. It is a poorly kept secret in the world of education that Assistant Principals are the difference between success and failure in school management. The Deal community is incredibly well-served by this team of leaders. It speaks to their commitment to students and their reluctance to grab the spotlight that they will most likely be embarrassed to be called out like this - but hey, credit where credit is due! So, please feel free to thank them personally or drop me a line to share a story. They deserve it.
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 18, 2016
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Bell I  
Friday - Bell I

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's 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 19
Deal at Murch, 6:30 pm

April 21
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
UK Trip Meeting, 6:30 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

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, 2:00pm, 6:30pm

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]
World Language Trips!
Attention 7th Grade Families
Our 8th graders are still unpacking from their successful spring break trips to Costa Rica, France, and China, but it's time for our 7th grade students to start planning for their adventures next year!

To learn more about next year's trips, including itineraries and pricing, or to sign up please click on the following links:

Costa Rica
Trip Leader: Ms. Cuffee
EF Trip Number: 1846054AJ

Trip Leader: Mr. Mbayu
EF Trip Number: 1817749CH

Trip Leader: Mr. Zhi
EF Trip Number: 1866938JY


These trips are a blast! To learn more about previous years' trips, check out our blogs!
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

The Deal Library will be closed after school this week
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.
Summer Bridge 2016
For rising 6th graders (current 5th graders)

This year, Summer Bridge will focus on the following:
  • Organizational skills
  • Deal culture & expectations
  • Study Skills 
    • Annotating texts (English)
    • Problem-solving (Math)
  • Technology Skills 
There will be three one-week sessions
  • Session 1: July 11th - July 14th
  • Session 2: July 18th - July 21st
  • Session 3: July 25th - July 28th
8:30 am - 12 pm
Monday - Thursday
$50 per session
*Students should only register for ONE session
*Spaces are limited

Click here for Registration Link

Please contact us at (202) 939-2010 if there are any problems with the link.

Student & Parent Information

New: Speech and Debate Results
On Wednesday, Deal played host to a DC Citywide Speech and Debate Tournament. With 30 students in attendance the following students received first place in their respective events:
  • Public Forum Debate - 1st Place Skylar Clay and Bennett Cullison
  • Top Speaker- Josh Landweber
  • Dramatic Interpretation and Declamation -Savannah Waymer
  • Impromptu Speaking - Jamir Grier
Congratulations to all who participated! Next up is the city-wide championship tournament on May 12th. 
New: Speech and Debate Nationals
Twenty-one students from Deal will be attending the national middle school speech and debate tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah June 14th - 17th. The team, currently ranked 9th in the nation, is excited for the opportunity to participate among the 100 public and private middle schools from four countries and all 50 states. Representing Deal in Salt Lake City are the following students:
Sam Alswang, Max Gersch, Jake Stohr, Kaleb Andeson, Alex Holmes, Savannah Waymer,
Willa Beckerman, Julien Kearns, Iona Volynets,
Emily Burke, Josh Landweber, Max Wix,Skylar Clay Maria Leon-Acosta, Bennet Cullison,
Tristan May,Jonah Docter-Loeb, Peter Milius,
CJ Edlen, and Ellie Selden!Go Vikings!
New: Congratulations Alice Deal Cheerleaders
The Alice Deal Cheerleaders competed this weekend at Show Place Arena and received a bid to US Finals Cheerleading competition in VA Beach. Great Job Girls!
New: 8th Grade England/Italy Trip
There will be a meeting for all parents of students signed up for this summer's literary field trip to England & Italy at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 21st in Mr. Otterstatter's room (RG04). We have important information about the trip. Please bring copies of your traveling student's passport and birth certificate. We will discuss the itinerary, travel protocol, and procedures. This is an important meeting so please do your best to be in attendance. 
New: Girl Up Mother's Day Fundraiser 
Girl Up will sell items for Mother's Day from May 2nd - 5th during 7th and 8th grade lunches.  All proceeds go to Amani ya Juu, a fair trade organization to benefit women in Liberia, Kenya, and Uganda. If you would like to purchase items, please plan on bringing cash during recess. Items on sale will include jewelry, purses, pencil pouches, and more! Come find the perfect Mother's Day gift and support a great cause! 
New: Shoeboxes/Legos Needed
The 6th grade science department is looking for shoeboxes and/or legos. Donations can be dropped off to any 6th grade science teacher or in the welcome center with a note that says "6th grade Science". Thank you in advance!
New: DC Youth Bi-lingual Poetry Contest
For the chance to win $25 - $125, enter this contest by submitting an original poem in English, Spanish, or both. If you are interested, see Ms. Redekopp at the Deal Library for more information! All poems are due at the end of April. 
New: Snow Day Clarification
Due to the 2.5 snow days this winter, there has been some reasonable confusion as to how many days must be made up. The attached letter clarifies that the school year will be extended one day to Friday, June 17th. Also, DCPS has announced the SY16-17 calendars. Please note that there are two different calendars - one for the 11 schools following an Extended Year calendar, and one for the majority of our schools following a traditional calendar. Deal will follow the traditional calendar.   
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.
Spring Period 8 Blended Learning  
Classes start Monday! Courses being offered are
  • TedEd Club (NEW! Starting 4/18)
  • 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.  
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 were due by Wednesday, April 13th.  

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

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

Activities Payments
In an effort to reduce costs for our families, this year's 8th grade promotion is free! However, students will still need to pay for the optional trip to Kings Dominion ($85) and 8th grade dance ($35). A letter went home with 8th grade students this week outlining the process for paying for the 8th grade dance and 8th grade trip to Kings Dominion. This year, payments can be made online or in person.

To pay online:
  • Visit this link
  • Enter your student's ID and zip code
  • For "Payment is for", select student fees
  • For "Payment notes", identify the activities for which you are paying
  • Enter the total amount you wish to pay ($120 if you are paying for both activities)
To pay in person:
  • Team leaders will collect payments on Thursdays from 3:15 - 3:30 pm - Due to the large number of payments, teachers will not accept payments outside of this time
  • Payments will be accepted until May 19th
  • Check payments will not be accepted after May 5th

It is our sincere hope that all 8th grade students will participate in all end-of-year activities. If you are in need of financial assistance, please reach out to [email protected]

8th Grade Dance Help
Parents, the 8th Grade Dance is approaching fast! Each year, 8th graders gather one last time to dance and celebrate before venturing off to high school. We need your help to ensure this night is memorable and fun!
Volunteers are needed for:
  • Set Up (1:00 - 6:00 pm - 2-hour shifts)
  • Chaperoning (7:00 - 10:00 pm)
  • Clean up (9:00 - 10:30 pm)
If you are interested in helping out, please email [email protected]. Last year, we had 12 parents help. We hope to double that number this year and look forward to hearing from you!

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 to [email protected] with the following information: 
Student'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.

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 18th 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: Poetry Celebration
Monday, April 18th is our 4th annual Poetry Celebration, hosted by 8th graders Jackson Frame and Jamir Grier. All students and staff are welcome to come, share a poem (original or an old favorite), and revel in some poetry power! We look forward to seeing you this Monday at 3:30 in the Deal Library!
Wednesday: Model UN
Model UN will meet on Wednesday, April 20th from 3:30 - 4:20 pm. We will have a guest speaker about a SDG.  Please plan to attend!

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
The girls soccer season started on April 11th. 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
Baseball Schedule 
Please see the attached Baseball Schedule 

Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday
Time:    3:30 pm  - 5:00 pm
Site:      Softball Field

Wednesday, April 20th, 4:00 pm - Deal vs. Walker-Jones [email protected] Walker-Jones

Please see the attached Softball Schedule.                 
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.
8th Grade Community Project Request
Dear Deal Community,

Every day, sick kids have to go through several radiological procedures. It can be 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 and I am on Team Paris. For my 8th grade community project I have decided to do a toy drive for Children's National Hospital with a goal of collecting 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. 

Many patients have potentially frightening and stressful procedures done and a stuffed animal can provide comfort in those situations. Due to infection control standards, 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 collect toys until April 30th. 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
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 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
(Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)

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FREE Summer Field Hockey Camp with Wilson Players
Are you interested in learning to play field hockey or to improve your skills? This summer you have the opportunity to participate in a FREE field hockey camp run by players on the Wilson Field Hockey Team. We hope you can join us from 9am-12pm the week of July 18th at Deal. Players will have the opportunity to learn new skills. Open to rising 6th-9th graders. All skill levels are welcome! If you are interested, please email [email protected] to confirm registration. Also feel free to contact us with any questions!

FREE Parenting Series: Making Sense Of Anxiety
Does your child struggle with anxiety? Do the children you work with appear anxious? This FREE five-part course focuses on the anxiety of our children and what we can do about this, both as a society and as the adults responsible for them. The dynamics and insights however apply to all ages. We will meet Wed. nights, from 7-9 PM at Metropolitan Church on Nebraska Ave., May 4th - June 1st. Visit this link for more information and to RSVP to this very special event!

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 -