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September 2 , 2008
"Think globally. Listen compassionately. Act inclusively."
Thought for the week

"Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going."
--- Jim Rohn

Bell Schedule
Monday - No school
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday -Bell I
Thursday -Bell I
Friday - Bell I
You must prove DC residency now!

All new and returning families must prove residency by September 11th.   If this is not taken care of, your child will be excluded from school.

Please do not disrupt your child's learning.

Come in to verify residency today!

If you have questions, please email Ms. Baxter.
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Upcoming Activities!

7th grade expectations assembly

8th grade expectations assembly

DC BAS testing
PTA Welcome Reception in the cafeteria
 6:30 pm - Reception
7 pm - PTA meeting

DC BAS testing
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am

September 8th
Hemlock Trip forAztecs

September 9th
Hemlock Trip for Green Scholars

September 10th
Hemlock Trip for Olympians & Team United Nations

September 12th
Sally Foster Collection Day!

September 15th
PTA conference appointment sheets sent home
September 18th
Facutly meeting

September 19th
Hispanic Heritage Assembly

September 22nd
Spirit Week begins!

September 24th
Mid-Advisory Progress/ Deficiency Reports sent home
Student Council induction ceremony

September 25th
Back to School Night 6:30 - 9 pm
International Trip parent meeting 5:30 pm
Sally Foster Collection Day!

October 2nd
Math Night 6:30 - 8 pm

October 3rd
LSRT mtg 7:30 am
Parent Teacher Conference Day
(students not in school)

October 7th
National History Day Workshop for parents and students 7pm

October 13th
Columbus Day (Holiday)

October 16th
Faculty meeting
International Night 7-9 pm

October 17th
Jamestown/ Williamsburg Trip for 8th graders

October 23
Sally Foster Pick-up day
Student Portrait Day

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 @ 12:15

November 3rd
Student Council Non-perishable food drive begins

November 6th
Career Day
Deal Night 6:30 - 8 pm
November 7th
Reportcards Issued
LSRT meeting 7:30 am

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

November 11th
Veteran's Day (Holiday)
November 20th
Faculty meeting
PTA Parent Education Workshop, 7 pm

November 27-28
Thanksgiving holiday
Message from Principal Kim
Principal Kim
The first week of school was terrific!  The positive energy coming from students and teachers makes each day a joy.  I am also thankful to the many parents who have expressed such willingness to get involved and support our school.

Some highlights of the first week:
  • All students have received their textbooks! (Thanks to Ms. Lindler, Ms. Streeter, & social studies teachers!)
  • All students have received their lockers!  (Thanks to Ms. Baxter, Mr. Greenhill, and HR teachers!)
  • Deal Family Music Night was so well attended!  We didn't get an exact count, but certainly well over 120 students and parents came out to learn how to get involved!!!  Yahoo! Mr. Jackson and Mr. Frye have big plans for students and music this year.  It was nice to reconnect with returning families and meet new ones.
  • The administrative team has visited every single class.
  • Students and teachers are having fun learning and getting to know each other!
I have to thank the wonderful souls who helped to beautify our school during Deal Beautification day again.  The plants in the tree boxes and along the front walkway make this a pleasant and welcoming place!

The PTA and I welcome all parents to the Welcome Back Reception this Thursday at 6:30.  Please join us for light refreshments at 6:30, with the formal meeting will beginning at 7 pm.  All our new teachers and many of our returning teachers will be there to say hello.  I hope to see all of our parents on Thursday night!

Principal Kim
Alice Deal Middle School

Weekly News

Collecting PTA first-day packets & Deal Parent Compact
  • Students, please bring in those packets!  The 1st HR to collect 100% of those packets will celebrate with a pizza party!
School Safety Assembly
  • There will be a School Safety Assembly on Tuesday for 7th graders and on Wednesday for 8th graders.  The schedule is as follows:


1st period - Green Scholars
2nd period - Aztecs
3rd period - Olympians (Mungai & McDowell) 
1st period - Braveheart
2nd period - Odyssey
3rd period - Olympians (Kinzer & Lerum) 
DC BAS Testing on the 4th and 5th
  • Teachers, please follow the schedule that Ms. Hernandez will place in your mailbox.
7th Grade Teams Visit Hemlock Overlook
  • 7th grade students will participate in Deal's sixth annual community-building trip to Hemlock Overlook Center the week of September 8th.  The Deal PTA is once again sponsoring this fun-filled adventure - thank you!  Students will travel to Hemlock with their teams on the following dates:
Monday, Sept. 8th - Aztecs
Tuesday, Sept. 9th - Green Scholars
Wednesday, Sept. 10th - Olympians & 
                                        Team United Nations 
On the day of their trip, students must arrive at school by 8:00 am.  Students will return to Deal around 6 pm and parents should be ready to pick them up at that time.  Students are reminded to wear comfortable clothing and bring a bag lunch and couple of bottles of water.  Ask your homeroom teacher if you have additional questions about the trip.

Have your work published!

  • You can make news!  We are looking for 7th and 8th grade Deal students to write a School Dispatches column for the North West Current, a weekly newspaper.  Each student will only need to write a short (2-3 paragraph) article every 6-8 weeks.  The student can pick any Deal-related topic.  To volunteer please contact Susan Ullman ([email protected] or 966-81789).

Deal Debate Team Invites New Members

  • Do you love to argue and prove you are right?  Then come out next Monday after school and learn from the best in the nation's capital. The Deal Debate Team begins its preparation for another year of exciting debate about the hottest topics locally, nationally, and internationally. The mighty D.D.T. (not to be confused with the pesticide) is for students willing to go head-to-head in competitions that last for entire Saturdays, after weeks of research and practice. It is also a great place to develop leadership skills, as research and strategy is a student-led process. The Debate Team meets at 3:20 pm after school in Ms. Sweeney's classroom beginning next Monday, September 8th.  In order to attend, you need a permission form that you can pick up from Ms. Sweeney in room CG06, or from Mr. Hughes, who is in room 215 any day after school.

Fencing Club Challenges You to a Duel!

  • Did you notice that the first gold medal won by an American at this summer's Olympic Games was by a fencer?

You have a chance to dream of glory while wielding a sword by coming out for the Deal Fencing Club, which meets after school in room 215 on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 3:20 until 5 pm.  Deal supplies all the equipment, weapons, and protective uniforms. You need no experience. You get to attack your friends with sticks and it is completely okay!  You must have a signed permission slip to attend, which you may pick up from Mr. Hughes in room 215 any day after school.

From Your Athletic Director

  • Our fall sports season is getting ready to take off next week!  Don't miss your chance to join one of Deal's championship athletic programs.  Listen for announcements over the PA system and read the on-line weekly bulletin with your parents.  If you are not sure when or where a team is trying out, stop by our brand new gymnasium to see Mr. Jenkins, the athletic director, to get the information that you need.

Volleyball Tryouts

  • There will be volleyball tryouts on Thursday and Friday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in the gym.  Please see Ms. Ortiz on Tuesday and Wednesday to pick up a permission slip.

Cheerleading Tryouts

  • Cheerleading tryouts will be held from September 10 to September 14, in the gym, from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.  Please see Ms. Baxter for a permission slip.

Monthly Faculty Meetings

  • Teachers, please add the following faculty meeting dates to your school calendar:
    • September 18
    • October 16
    • November 20
    • December 18
    • January 15, 2009
    • February 19, 2009
    • March 19, 2009
    • April 15, 2009
    • May 21, 2009
    • June 4, 2009


Before & After School Activities This Week ...
Monday AM
  •  No school - Labor Day!

Monday PM

  •  No School - Labor Day!

Tuesday AM

Tuesday PM

  •  Rugby Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Wednesday AM

  •  Concert Choir, 7:45 am, RM CG-04

Wednesday PM

  •  Cross Country practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Thursday AM

  •  Concert Choir, 7:45 am, RM CG-04

Thursday PM

  • Cross Country practice, 3:30-5 pm
  • Volleyball tryouts, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Girls' soccer tryouts, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • Boys' soccer tryouts, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Friday AM

Friday PM
  • Cross Country practice, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Volleyball tryouts, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Girls' soccer tryouts, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • Boys' soccer tryouts, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
As always, students should only be at school with parent permission!  

Food for Thought... Building a Better Middler

Excerpt from The Roller Coaster Years, by Charlene C. Giannetti & Margaret Sagarese (p. 71).

** All Alice Deal parents and teachers are encouraged to read this book!

Building a Better Middler:

The Search Institute, a nonprofit Minnesota-based organization, after nationally surveying 273,000 sixth- to twelfth-graders, discovered the difference between troubled youth and those leading productive and positive lives could be distilled into 30 developmental "building blocks."  Parents need to provide these support structures and cultivate these skills and values.  According to Peter L. Benson, PhD., Judy Galbraith, MS, and Pamela Espland, coauthors of What Kids Need to Succeed:  Proven, Practical Ways to Raise Good Kids, these assets "are resources upon which a child can draw again and again.  And they're cumulative, meaning that the more a young person has them, the better." 

As you read through the list and think about how these skills and values exist in your life and in the life of your youngster, please notice how the 15 talk specifically to how parents and school adults work to set standards and expectations for children!

The first half were external, resources found in the environment

The latter half were internal, attitudes and values the student should hold for themselves

1.      Family support

2.      Parents as social resources

3.      Parent communication

4.      Other adult resources

5.      Other adult communication

6.      Parent involvement in school

7.      Positive school climate

8.      Parental standards

9.      Parental discipline

10.  Parental monitoring

11.  Time at home

12.  Positive peer influence

13.  Music

14.  Extracurricular activities

15.  Community activities

16.  Involvement with a faith community

17.  Achievement motivation

18.  Educational aspiration

19.  School performance

20.  Homework

21.  Helping people

22.  Global concern

23.  Empathy

24.  Sexual restraint

25.  Assertiveness skills

26.  Decision-making skills

27.  Friendship-making skills

28.  Planning skills

29.  Self-esteem

30.  Hope

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