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Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell 1
Tuesday - Bell 1
Wednesday - Bell  1 Thursday - 8th grade promotion & 7th grade trip to King's Dominion
Friday - Bell 1


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All students must be registered by
June 15th! 
Parents, if you have not registered your child please do so before the deadline!

Deal's budget is tied to registration!!!

Upcoming Dates
June 8
7th Grade Textbook Collection
June 9
7th Grade Textbook Collection
 7th Grade Algebra Exam
6th & 7th Grade Math Placement Test, 4:30 pm (cafeteria) 
June 11
8th Grade Promotion, 10:15 am
7th Grade Trip to King's Dominion
June 15
Last Day of School for Students (students dismissed at 12:15 pm)

June 17
Last Day of School for Teachers
June 18 
6th & 7th Grade Math Placement Test, 9:00 am (cafeteria)
your 2008-2009 Alice Deal MS Yearbook now!!  Only 65 copies left!

The 2008 - 2009 yearbooks are here and they are selling quickly!!  Don't miss out on the opportunity to purchase this keepsake of your memories!

Please return order forms and checks in the amount of $45 to Ms. Baxter. 

We have only 65 left to sell!
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Boys & Girls Summer Camp
Campers will participate in the arts, education, a healthy cooking class, sports, fitness, and recreation. In addition, we will have trips to the library, swimming, and field trips throughout the summer.
Camp will be from June 22nd-August 14th. The normal hours of operation will be 9am-4pm and before aftercare will be from 8-6. The camp fees will be $150 per two week session and $25 a week for before and after care.
3265 S St., NW
Washington, DC 2000
 Tel: (202) 462-1317
Fax: (202) 797-1066
Alice Deal Weekly Bulletin
"Think Globally.  Listen Compassionately.  Act Inclusively."
Thought for the Week
"The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change."

Maya Angelou
Message from Principal Kim

The 8th grade promotional dance was beautiful and a ton of fun!  Thanks to Ms. Sweeney and the many other teachers and staff members who helped to organize and support this celebration. 

The celebration continues this week for 8th graders with the promotional ceremony this Thursday.  We will begin seating for families at 9:30 am in Deal's gymnasium and begin the ceremony promptly at 10 am.  After the promotion ceremony, the Deal PTA will host a small reception in the gallery with cake and drinks.

This will be the last weekly bulletin written for the 8th grade class -- you will be missed.  I am so proud of your contributions and achievements.  Take good care of each other in high school and don't forget to come back and tell us about how you are doing as you prepare to enter college in four very short years!

Principal Kim
This week at Deal...
7th Grade Spanish Test
As mandated by the DCPS Office of World Languages, all Beginning Spanish students and Spanish Humanities 7th grade students will take a proficiency test on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  They will be testing during their regular Spanish period.  The test is online and measures student proficiency through multiple-choice, writing, and speaking questions.
Eighth Grade Locker Clean Out
Eighth graders will clean out lockers on Tuesday during first period.
Textbook collection!
All 8th graders should have returned their textbooks last week.  This week we will begin collecting textbooks from 7th grade students.  Students will have to pay for missing textbooks before records are released for the next year.  Please make sure you bring your textbooks in to school!

Eighth Grade Promotion Rehearsal
Promotion rehearsals will start Tuesday during 6th and 7th periods. Please wait for an announcement to escort your 6th period class to the gymnasium. 
7th Graders Going to Kings Dominion on Thursday 
Students should report to school by 7:30 am on Thursday, June 11.  Students should bring sunscreen, swimwear, towels, PG-13 DVDs for the bus ride, a sweater or sweatshirt for the bus ride, pocket money for food, games, souvenirs, and a good attitude.  Please do NOT bring candy, gum, or electronics.  Deal will not be responsible for theft or loss of any personal items.  Students will return to Deal around 7:45 pm.  Please be prepared to pick up your student at the school.
7TH GRADE ELL TRIP on Thursday
The 7th grade ELL students will be on an all-day field trip visiting educational sites on the National Mall.  Please excuse their absence and allow them to make up any missed work.
On Saturday, May 30 Team United Nations collected donations of 51 bicycles, $519, and lots of bike parts and accessories for Bikes For The World.  This year, like last year, the bikes will be sent to a partner organization in Uganda that helps needy women learn job skills and find employment and housing. 

The ELL Department would like to thank Deal students Mohamed Ahmed, Max Smith, Anya Smith, A J Harris and his mom, Dona Harris, for volunteering and working so hard on Saturday, May 30 to prepare the bikes for the long journey to West Africa.
Student Information
Department of Music Listserv
The Music Department uses a listserv in order to communicate information to its students and parents. All students involved with the Department of Music should sign up to be a member of this listserv.  To become a member send an email mail to [email protected] 

Staff Information
All 8th grade teachers 
On Tuesday morning at 8:10, all teachers of 8th graders should report to room 105 instead of to department meetings. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss logistics for the promotion ceremony on Thursday. ALL eighth grade teachers will have a role in helping the rehearsals and the event run smoothly

7th grade math teachers

Please meet with Ms. Kim and Ms. Neal Tuesday  8:10am in Ms. Kim's office.


Math Placement Test for Incoming 6th and 7th Grade Students

 Tuesday, June 9
4:30 pm
Deal Cafeteria
Thursday, June 18
9:00 am
Deal Cafeteria
These two make-up sessions are for incoming students who have not taken the Deal Math Placement Test.

Before & After School Activities This Week...
Monday PM
Green Scholars Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:15 pm
Tuesday AM  
8th Grade Promotion Choir, 7:45 am
8th Grade Promotion Band, 7:45 am
Tuesday PM
Student Government meeting, 3:20 pm, RM 207
International Cooking Club, 3:20 - 4:30 pm
Art Club, 3:30 - 4:20 pm, Ms. Washington's classroom
Chinese Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Team Olympians Study Hall with Ms. Kinzer, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday PM
Mathcounts, 3:25 - 4:45 pm, RM 105
CAPS, Counseling Session, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Green Scholars Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:15
Thursday PM 
Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Team Aztec - A Quiet Place, 3:30 - 4:15 pm, Cafeteria
Team Olympians Study Hall with Ms. Kinzer, 3:30 - 4:30 pm  
Green Scholars Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:15 pm
Friday PM
Field Games with Mr. Brecher, 3:30 pm
Knitting with Ms. Wells, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Food for thought... for families this summer and beyond.
Ideas for Family Writing Activities
"One becomes a better reader by writing, and one becomes a better writer by reading," say Kent State professors Timothy Rasinski and Nancy Padak in this article in The Reading Teacher. "Writing, like reading, is best learned when it occurs in authentic situations and for authentic purposes." They make the case for working with parents exploit the power of all kinds of writing at home. Here are some ways parents can do this:

- Lists - Families make these all the time: shopping lists, to-do lists, invitation lists, etc. Children could be encouraged to make lists of their own: birthday wishes, chores, top-ten lists, etc.
- Notes - Rasinski fondly remembers the notes that his mother put in his lunch box and notes that his father put under his pillow. Kids can be encouraged to jot notes to family members and capture special moments in writing - saying goodbye to grandparents after a summer vacation, the taste of a chocolate chip ice cream cone, etc.
- Journals and diaries - "In the process of writing, journalers often come to deeper understanding of their lives," say Rasinski and Padak. "Moreover, the journal becomes a precious keepsake as the journaler continues through life."
- Dialogue journals - These are a written conversation between a parent and child, usually in a journal or notebook passed back and forth at different times of day. This is a way for a parent to develop a deeper relationship with a child - questions, answers, encouragements, apologies, and words of affection can be written that might never be spoken.
- Letters and e-mails - These can help children stay in touch with distant family members. Children get a kick out of getting a letter or e-mail back.
- Birthday and special-event books - These are blank books in which family members and guests at a birthday party or special event write personal notes or wishes.
- Parodies - Families can enjoy writing spoofs of songs, poems, advertisements, and other genres.
Rasinski and Padak close with some suggestions for home-based writing that they have picked up over the years:
- The writing must be an authentic part of everyday life; it will lose its power if it's seen as overly instructional.
- Parents shouldn't be overly concerned with grammar and spelling. "Pointing out children's shortcomings will discourage them from writing," say Rasinski and Padak.
- It's very helpful to have writing materials on hand - pens, pencils, colored markers, paper, construction paper, staplers, etc.

"Write Soon!" by Timothy Rasinski and Nancy Padak in The Reading Teacher, April 2009 (Vol. 62, #7, p. 618-620), no e-link; the authors can be reached at [email protected] and [email protected]


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