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October 6, 2008
"Think globally. Listen compassionately. Act inclusively."
Thought for the Week

"The main hope of a nation lies in the proper education of its youth."
-- Erasmus

Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell II
Thursday - Bell I
Friday - Bell I
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IB MYP at Deal!

The IB MYP is a structured program built around a school's state-provided curriculum.  For schools that are authorized to offer IB, there are a number of guiding documents that describe how the program should look.
One critical piece is the IB Program Standards. These are the practices against which IB schools are evaluated. There are four major sections:
  1. philosophy
  2. organization
  3. curriculum
  4. student
Standard A1 (philosophy) insists that there be "close alignment between the educational beliefs and values of the school and those of the program."  In this standard, one can find language about the learner profile (the 10 characteristic properties of the IB student).  The learner profile has struck a chord in many IB communities, as it matches closely with what many feel are their hopes for their students: that they be inquirers, balanced, open-minded, caring, principled, communicators and so forth. Find more about the profile on the web at or look at the course outlines that you picked up at the Back-to-School Night last week. We will be building student and adult activities around the profile in the future.

Don't forget to join us on Tuesday, October 21, at 6:30  for an IB Community Information Night. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Activities!

National History Day Workshop for parents and students, 7 pm

LSRT meeting, 7:30 am

October 13th
Columbus Day (Holiday)

October 14th
Ms. Kim visits Eaton ES families, 6 pm

October 15th
Eaton Buddy Day!
Ms. Kim visits Thomson ES families, 6:30 pm

October 16th
Janney Buddy Day!
Faculty Meeting
International Night,
7-9 pm

October 17th
Jamestown/ Williamsburg Trip for 8th graders

October 21st
Murch Buddy Day!
IB Community Meeting for current & future Deal families

October 22nd
Lafayette Buddy Day!

October 23rd
Sally Foster Pick-up Day
Student Portrait Day
Deal hosts 10 US school administrators for a school visit
Ms. Kim visits with Lafayette ES families, 6:30 pm

October 24th
End of 1st advisory
Halloween Party,
 3:30 - 6 pm

October 28th & 29th
DC BAS testing

October 30th
Wilson night, 6:30 pm

October 31st
Record keeping day -  students dismissed at 12:15 pm

November 3rd
Student Council Non-perishable food drive begins

November 4th
HD Cooke Buddy Day!

November 6th
Career Day
Deal Night, 6:30 - 8 pm
November 7th
Report cards issued
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am

November 8th & 9th
Politics & Prose Book Store sale!

November 11th
Veterans Day (Holiday)
November 19th
Mann Buddy Day!

November 20th

Faculty meeting
PTA Parent Education Workshop, 7 pm

November 27-28
Thanksgiving holiday

December 2nd
Mid-Advisory Progress Reports sent home
Picture make-up day

December 3rd
Deal Open House #1

December 5th
Geography Bee competition
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am

December 8th
Parent Teacher Conference Day
(students not in school)

December 11th
Winter Concert, 7 pm

December 13th
Holiday Greens Sale

December 16th
Deal Open House #2

December 18th
Faculty Meeting

December 19th
Student Council Winter Assembly
Last Day of School for Students (Winter Holiday)

January 5th
School resumes after Winter Break!

January 9th
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am

January 14th & 15th

January 15th
Faculty Meeting

January 16th
End of 2nd Advisory
Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly

January 19th
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 20th
Inauguration Day Holiday

January 22nd
Student Council Awards Assembly

January 23rd
Record Keeping Day
12:15 Dismissal

Message from Principal Kim
Principal Kim
I greatly enjoyed Parent Teacher Conference Day.  Thanks to everyone who made it so successful.  I also appreciate the willingness of families who could not get scheduled for Friday to come in and meet with teachers this week.  Additionally, I am thankful to the teachers for adjusting other meeting schedules to prioritize parent meetings.

We have now officially moved out of our old main office to our new, modernized Welcome Center!  As a part of this transition, our main school phone number has changed.  Please make a note:  Our new phone number is 202-939-2010.  Our fax number remains unchanged:  202-282-1116.  Thank you for your patience with periods of phone difficulties last week during the transition.

One of the most impressive aspects of Deal is how we have integrated the National History Day project into the curriculum for all students.  Our unparalleled social studies team will be hosting an information session this Tuesday at 7 pm, that will be extremely informative for students and their families.  Hope to see everyone on Tuesday night. 

Have a wonderfully productive learning week!

Principal Kim

Weekly News

Thank You!
  • Thanks for coming to Parent Teacher Conferences!
  • Thanks to Mr. Ngwa and Mr. Larry Bell for a great kick-off to October Peace Month!
  • Thanks to Mr. Jackson, Mr. Frye, student and parent volunteers, donators, and purchasers for making the bake sale so successful!!
  • Thanks for your PTA Newsletter submissions!
  • Thanks to Ms. Anita Seline for organizing Sally Foster Gift Wrap Sales!
  • Thanks to the Deal office team & to Heery for helping to make the transition to the new Welcome Center so smooth!
Teacher Reminders:
  • HR teachers, please take the time to review all items that pertain to students and student activities with your HR class.  Too many students have mentioned to me that this is not happening in their homerooms.  Thanks!
  • I love the data walls in your classrooms!  Thanks for using data as an essential instructional tool!
  • PPEPs are due to Ms. Kim at 8:30 next Tuesday.  Please be timely with this and all other submissions.
  • We are finally in the new Welcome Center!  Teachers, please move your old mailbox to your new mailbox and remember to check your mailbox in the morning as well as in the afternoon.
  • If any teacher still is not hearing PA announcements, please alert Mr. D today.
  • The laptop cart is available for sign-out and use!  Please see Mr. Mbayu!
  • Teachers, if you have your "wish list" complete, please send it to Ms. Frumin at [email protected] for posting on the Deal website.
Classroom Visit from 8th Grade Counselor
  • Ms. McFarland will visit all 8th Grade English classes this week to discuss what every 8th grade student needs to know to get ready for high school. 
Buddy Day Updates
  • Eaton Elementary School 6th grade students will be visiting us Tuesday, October 15. This is just a few days away!
    Students who would like to be "Buddies," please sign up in the Counseling Suite (Room 113) with Ms. Hernandez after school.
    Eaton ES        Wednesday, October 15
    Janney ES       Thursdday, October 16
    Murch ES        Tuesday, October 21
    Lafayette ES   Wednesday, October 22
    HD Cooke ES   Tuesday, November 4
    Mann ES         Wednesday, November 19
    Let us remember that we are each other's allies. May the Peace Month Assembly message remain clear and be reflected in our actions every moment of every day.

Department of Music Listserv

  • The Music Department uses a listserv to communicate information to students and parents.  All students involved with the Department of Music should sign up.  To become a member, send an email to .

Come Tuesday to learn about National History Day!

  • Students and their parents are invited to a special workshop at 7 pm, Tuesday, to learn more about Deal's participation in the National History Day program.  This year's theme is "The Individual in History:  Actions and Legacies."  This will be your opportunity to see what great exhibit boards, documentaries, performances,  and research papers look like.  Missy McNatt, the DC coordinator for NHD will be here to answer questions,  help explain the resources available at the National Archives, and to start our preparations for another successful year.
    The workshop runs from 7-8 pm in the cafeteria -- you should be able to return home in time to watch the second Presidential debate!

Data Presentations

  • Dr. Wilhoyte will visit our school in mid-October for team/department data presentations.  Teachers are encouraged to work collaboratively to disaggregate our DCBAS data, with the Data Dean taking the lead role for the teams and department chairs taking the lead role for departments.  Each member of the team should feel comfortable with presenting your findings and action plans.  Feel free to use the template as the foundation for the presentation, but also enrich as you see fit!

Grade Level Department Chairs Meeting

  • Grade level department chairs (not just the department chairs) will meet on Thursday at 3:30 pm in room N101.  Department chairs are expected to bring the following information:

    • Department mission statement
    • Specific math strand "adopted" by the department.

Family Math Night

  • The new date for Family Math Night is Thursday, November 13th.  We will feature interactive hands-on activities to:
    • show how to highlight math in real life moments and
    • demonstrate some of the cool "stuff " your kids are learning in school.
    Students are encouraged to attend with their parents.

Deal Debate

  • Deal's Debate Team started its season with a resounding win at George Washington University this Saturday.  Of the 79 debaters competing, 5 of the top 7 were from Deal.  We brought home the Sweepstakes trophy by winning 23 debates.  Of 27 teams competing, teams from Deal placed #1, 4, 5, 7, and 10. The #1 team, composed of returning champions Abbie Israel, Derek Levinson, and Lena Shapiro, went undefeated for the day. Seventh grade rookie of the day was Luke Trinity, who took fourth in individual speaker points.  Congratulations to all the debaters, who displayed great skill and sportsmanship.

    Debate club will meet in Mrs. Sweeney's room on Monday from 3:20 to 4:30.

Field Trip Opportunities

  • Teachers are invited to attend a workshop offered by the National Building Museum to explore how you can encourage your students to "go green."  It will be held on Saturday, October 25, from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.  For more information and to register for this and future workshops visit

Homework Hotline
The Homework Hotline is operating!

  • Teachers: The Homework Hotline date input forms should be submitted by the close of business on Thursdays.  Please place the completed data form in the Homework Hotline mailbox.  The forms are on the counter in the main office.  Please use only black or blue pens to fill out the forms.  No pencils, please!!!

Deal International Night is next week!!

  • Mark Your Calendars!  Put on Your Aprons! Deal International Night is next Thursday, October 16th!  This year is the 29th Annual Deal International Night, an exciting and fun event that celebrates the rich diversity of the Deal Community.  The evening provides an opportunity for parents, students, and teachers to come together to socialize and enjoy delicious foods from around the world.  Deal's own students will provide the entertainment -- the school band, choir, language class students, and others will perform.   In order to make International Night a success, we need your help!  If you have already filled out an International Night Volunteer form with your PTA packet, you will be contacted soon.  If you have not yet volunteered, please do so today.   We need families to bring food and to help out the night of the event.  Cuisines represented include African, Asian, American Regional, Middle East, European, Caribbean, and Latin American.  If you can help, please contact:  Beth Van Hanswyk at 363-7465 (h) or or Jane Feller at , 966-9552 or Betsy Wendt (Habla Español) at 319-8168 (h), 671-1767 (w), .
  •  Marquen sus calendarios!  Ponganse sus delantales!  "Deal International Night" (la Noche Internacional de Deal) es el jueves 16 de octubre!  Este año es el 29o aniversario de "Deal International Night," un evento muy alegre y divertido en el cual se celebra la diversidad de la Comunidad de Deal.  Esta celebración permite que padres, estudiantes y maestros se unan para compartir un rato y disfrutar comidas deliciosas de varias partes del mundo.  Estudiantes de Deal proveerán el entretenimiento - la orquesta de le escuela, el coro, estudiantes de varios idiomas y otros tomaran parte en el evento.  Pero necesitamos su ayuda para asegurar el éxito de "International Night"!  Si ya ha llenado y entregado el formulario (que recibió como parte de los documentos del PTA) para ser voluntario en este evento, ya será contactado muy pronto.  Si todavía no se ha ofrecido como voluntario/a, hágalo hoy!  Necesitamos familias para traer comida al evento y para ayudar en las actividades esa noche.  Se espera tener comida Africana, Asiática, Estadounidense (Regional), Medio Oriental, Europea, Caribeña y Latino Americana. Si puede ayudar, por favor contactar a Beth Van Hanswyk 363-7465 (hogar) [email protected], o Jane Feller [email protected], 966-9552, o Betsy Wendt (Habla Español) 319-8168 (hogar), 671-1767 (trabajo), [email protected]


Before & After School Activities This Week ...
Monday AM
  • Concert Band, 7:45 am
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am

Monday PM

  • Cross Country practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Debate Team, 3:20 - 4:30 pm
  • Cheerleading practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Rugby, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Girls' soccer practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Yoga, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Volleyball Game, 4:30 pm at Kelly Miller VS Johnson
  • Student Council Officers,  3:20 - 4 pm, RM 207
  • Tutoring with Ms. Mason, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM 211

Tuesday AM

  • Jazz Band, 7:45 am
  • Concert Choir, 7:45 am
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am

Tuesday PM

  • Student Government meeting, 3:20 pm, Cafeteria
  • Human Rights Club meeting, 3:15 pm, RM N101
  • Volleyball practice, 3:30 -5 pm
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Drumline, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • International Cooking Club, 3:15-4:30 pm
  • Boys' Soccer Practice

Wednesday AM

  • Concert Band, 7:45 am
  • Concert Choir, 7:45 am
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am

Wednesday PM

  • Show Choir, 3:30 - 4:15 pm 
  • Girls' Soccer Game, 5:30 pm at Winston
  • Fencing Club, 3:20 - 5 pm
  • Cross Country Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Thursday AM

  • Jazz Band, 7:45 am
  • Concert Choir, 7:45 am
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am

Thursday PM

  • Fencing Club, 3:20 - 5 pm, RM 215
  • Rugby, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Volleyball Game
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Boys' Soccer Practice
  • Cross Country Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm


  • Girls' Soccer Game, 3:15 - 5:00 p.m. at Jefferson
  • Boys' Soccer Game, 4:00 pm at Deal VS Cesar Chavez
  • Cross Country Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
As always, students should only be at school with parent permission!
Food for thought...

A System for Explicitly Teaching Reading Comprehension

Many teachers say their students read but don't comprehend, says University of Central Florida researcher Tabatha Dobson Scharlach in this Reading Teacher article. Yet studies show that there is very little explicit instruction in reading comprehension in many classrooms.

To help teachers teach comprehension, Scharlach created START (Students and Teachers Actively Reading Text), a system designed to hone eight comprehension strategies during the read-aloud and independent reading segments of the daily literacy block. START is based on the idea that comprehension strategies are best taught while students are immersed in reading, not as a separate activity. Scharlach conducted a study in which control groups learned in conventional reading classes and the START group learned in this manner:

            · During the daily read-aloud time, START teachers explicitly taught, modeled, and scaffolded each of the eight comprehension strategies, adding a new one each day, with a quick review of the skills taught previously:

Before reading:

-          Predicting/inferring (In this chapter, I think)

During reading:

-          Visualizing (In my mind, I see)

-          Making connections (This reminds me of)

-          Questioning (I wonder)

After reading:

-          Determining main idea (I think the most important thing was)

-          Summarizing (In ten words or less)

-          Checking predictions (My original prediction was)

-          Making judgments (The most interesting part was)

Teachers used sticky notes to jot down each prediction, visualization, connection, etc. and put them in the book being read aloud.

            · During independent reading time, students completed an ART of Comprehension recording sheet to scaffold the transfer of strategies (teachers had modeled the use of the sheet during read-aloud). The two-page ART sheet mirrored the eight questions above, with space under each one for students to write or draw their answers. A wall chart in the classroom prompted students to think about each strategy while reading.

            Sharlach's study showed that the START group had significantly better reading comprehension on Gates-MacGinitie reading tests than the control groups. "It is imperative that we provide reading comprehension instruction to all students each and every day to improve comprehension for all students regardless of achievement level," she concludes. "Direct instruction in comprehension strategies includes teacher modeling of strategies and explaining when and how to use them, repeated opportunities for guided practice, and extended independent reading."

"START Comprehending: Students and Teachers Actively Reading Text" by Tabatha Dobson Scharlach in The Reading Teacher, September 2008 (Vol. 62, #1, p. 20-31), no e-link available; the author can be reached at .

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