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Week of:
 December 14
Bell Schedule

Monday -Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
(Deal Open House)
 Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Bell III (Viking Time)
Friday - Bell III (Winter Assembly) 
Upcoming High School
Open House Dates
Wilson HS
Friday, December 18
Friday, January 8
Friday, January 29
Friday, February 5
Friday, February 19
Friday, March 5
Friday, April 9
Wilson's Open Houses will be held from 9:00 am - 11:00 am in the Wilson Library.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Santiago. 
Upcoming Dates

December 14
Buddy Day - Bancroft ES
Basketball game vs
Jefferson at Deal, 3:30 pm

December 15
Deal Open House #2;
9:30am - 2:30 pm
Family Math Night, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

December 17 
Viking Time (Bell 3) 
Faculty Meeting; 3:20 pm
Boys'/Girls' Basketball game vs Walker-Jones at Walker-Jones, 3:30 pm

December 18
Winter Assembly
Bell III

December 21
1st day of Winter Break

January 4
1st day back from Winter Break
January 7
Viking Time Activity (Bell III)
New to Deal Staff Meeting, 3:30
Boys'/Girls' Basketball game vs Hardy at Deal, 3:30 pm

January 9
Deal Open House #3;
9 am - 12 pm
January 12
DCBAS (Reading)
January 13
DCBAS (Math)
Department Chairpersons Meeting, 3:30 (conference room)

January 14
Boys'/Girls' Basketball game vs Francis at Deal, 3:30 pm

January 15
Professional Development Day (no school for students)

January 18
Martin Luther King Holiday
January 21
Viking Time Activity (Bell III)
Boys'/Girl's' Basketball game vs Takoma at Deal, 3:30 pm

January 22
End of 2nd advisory (students dismissed at 12:15 pm)
January 27
Team La Paz's trip
to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art
Department Chairpersons Meeting, 3:30 (conference room)
Boys'/Girls' Basketball game vs Lincoln at Lincoln, 3:30 pm
January 29
Grades due
Wilson SHS
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Student Early Dismissal Procedures
Parents, if you know that your child will be leaving school early please send a note with your child with the time that you will be picking them up.  The student will show that note to the teacher at the beginning of the class and the teacher will dismissed the student to report to the main office at the proper time.
Students who need to leave school after 3:00 pm will be called to the Welcome Center during the afternoon announcements at 3:10 pm.  Thank you for your cooperation as we work to minimize disruption.

Excessive Tardiness

Many students are arriving late to class.  First period begins at 8:45 am sharp, please make sure your child is at school by 8:30 am so that he/she will have time to go to his/her locker and get to first period on time.


Remember to keep your IB Learner Profile characteristics in mind. We want to show how caring, principled and knowledgeable we are at all times.

We are all expected to help our visiting buddies have a super positive experience.
Thank you!
Fifth grade students from Bancroft are scheduled to visit us on the following date:

December 14

6th grade teachers, please review the responsibilities of Deal buddies with all students.

Boys Basketball Team Members
Michael Ashley
Noah Bell
Scot Beumel
Andre Bowser
Christopher Cadet
Justin Carter
Mark Custer
Joseph Green Jonathon James
Terrence Jones
Martin Kelly
Michael Knapp
Jesse Lauritsen
Aidan Lomate
Lennard Long
Joshua Page
Richard Randolph
Jonathon Rucker
Nehemiah Scott
Jabril Thomas
Liam Walsh
Roderic Williams
Robert Wright
Weiyang Xiong
Basketball Team Members
Nell Bayliss
Druex Collins
Sumika Davidson
Tosca DiBella
Lyndsey Downing
Kathleen Kearns
Kyla Marrkand
Abbey Pechman
Malayasia Person
Ariel Pierce
Autumn Robinson
Victoria Smith
Gabriella Satatia
Taylor Stenhouse
Laubela Temple
Lena Washington
Kayla Waugh

The Weekly Bulletin

"Think Globally.  Listen Compassionately. Act Inclusively."
Our mission:
Alice Deal Middle School inspires excellence, curiosity, and compassion through intellectual and social engagement.
Thought for the Week
"Have a safe, happy, and restful Winter Break."

  ~Deal Administration

Message from Principal Kim

I am so pleased about the success of two recent Deal fundraising efforts.  This is the first time I have seen the Holiday Greens sale end a day early -- because we sold out of trees!  Thanks to all of the volunteers and Leah Roberts and Lee Coykendall, who were the co-chairs for tree sales.

We also received a tremendous response during the DEAL PTA Phonathon last Sunday.  Deal PTA volunteers received over $25,000 in pledges from Deal families!  The PTA is sending out letters with self-addressed envelopes to those who made pledges as well as families who could not be contacted.  Once donations are received by the PTA (at Deal MS), a confirmation letter for tax purposes will be issued.

We would like to thank our 40 parent volunteers for the time spent making calls.  We would also like to acknowledge the strong support of neighborhood businesses.  Once again, W.C & A.N. Miller Realtors, provided us with offices and telephones.  In addition, Marvelous Market (Chevy Chase) and Comet Ping Pong supplied in-kind food donations that kept our volunteers from getting hungry during hours of phone calling.

Thanks to all who are supporting our school through this very important fundraiser!  Special thanks to Joel Korn and Sherry Ettleson who co-chaired this effort.

I know I speak for the entire staff of Alice Deal in saying we are thankful for the strong support from our families.  Have a wonderful Winter Break!  We will see you again in the New Year!

Principal Kim

This Week at Deal...

host Open House on Tuesday
Deal hosts Open House again this Tuesday from 9:30 - 2:30pm.  Please  spread the word to friends and neighbors.  Thanks in advance to the teachers, student tour guides, and to the PTA volunteers, Audrey Nwanze, Maria Petaros and Amy Murphy.

Family Math Night
Family Math Night will be held on Tuesday evening from 6:30 - 8 pm. Students must attend with a parent or guardian; siblings are very welcome. Come look at math from a new perspective, estimate the number of M&M's in the jar, or hope your ticket gets picked for a door prize. Maybe you'll win a homework pass!
Afternoon Studio Club
Afternoon Studio Club will not meet this week. Have a lovely holiday.   
8th Grade Girls' Book Group
The 8th grade Girls' Book Club will meet on Wednesday at 3:30 pm in room C312.  We've chosen Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes as our first novel.  Please come join our reading and discussion of this Coretta Scott King Award winning novel.
The International Cooking Club
Group B will meet on Wednesday. We will be making warm German potato salad.
Team Nairobi will be celebrating its students' achievement in a special assembly on Thursday during period 7 in the cafeteria. Students will be recognized for their achievement in 1st advisory core courses, DC-BAS, perfect attendance and behavior.

Winter Assembly Bell Schedule

On Friday, we will be on the Bell 3 schedule for the Winter Assembly.  At the beginning of 7th Period, we will call classes to the gym.  The assembly will take place during 7th Period and the Activity Period.  Time permitting, students will report back to their 7th Period class after the assembly.

Team Addis Ababa Study Hall
Team Addis Ababa Study Hall will take place today in Room C104 and will be in room C104 for the remainder of the year. If you have any questions please email [email protected].

Student and Parent information...

Great Job Music and Art Students!

The display of talent at the Winter Concert can only be described as "amazing." Students in the Music Department and art classes, please be very proud of your work. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to our school. With your contribution, we are all outstanding!  Thank you to Ms. Bustos, Mr. Frye, Mr. Jackson, and Ms. Kouri for your dedication to our students.  Thank you to Mr. Geremia, Ms. Kinzer, Mr. McDowell, Ms. Mason, Ms. Miliken, Mr. Reich, and Mr. Simmons for your support.  Your attendance was greatly appreciated. 

National Geographic Bee
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the National Geographic Bee. We especially congratulate Caleb Merriam (1st place), Tommy Banks (2nd place), and Darcy Shevlin (3rd place). Caleb will represent our school in the city-wide bee on Friday, April 9, 2010.
A/V Audio Crew
The A/V Crew will meet twice this week. Tuesday at your usual time and Thursday after school to set up for the Winter Assembly. As always make sure your parents are aware that you will be remaining late at school on those days. If you are able to come in early on Friday to help with the pre show check out, please let Mr. Simmons know ahead of time.

6th Grade Visual Art Students
Please work on your artist research essay, power point, and original artwork over winter break. It is all due on January 5, 2010.  Email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Johns Hopkins Talented Youth Program:  SAT Prep Sessions
7th and 8th grade students who have signed up to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program will have a chance to attend the SAT Prep Sessions which will be offered here at Deal Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 5 to January 21.  Each participating student will be assigned to one of the two prep session groups.  Each group will meet twice per week from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  A detailed letter and permission slip will be given to participating students on Tuesday. 

6th grade SAT Prep Sessions will be scheduled the last week of January.  For further information, please contact Ms. Hernandez at (202) 939-2013. 

Photography Club and Viking Time: Photography
Students in both clubs are working in groups on presentations on a chosen theme and the four ways of drawing the audience's attention to their subject.
Keep working over Winter Break on your presentations. 
Remember that there's no grade involved--just pure talent and bragging ability for the group with the most coherent theme as displayed throughout all of your photographs.
Find Library Media Center Information on
A reminder from the Library Media Center to students, staff and parents that through the website, there is access to the "Media Center" link under "Weekly Bulletin" and "PTA Newsletter." Read about what is happening in the library and use the "DCPS Databases" for National History Day and Science Fair Projects.
Teachers can also plan their schedules for use of the library and computer lab through the "Calendar" or explore the Library Catalog (directly from their classrooms) to see what books are available from our library.

As part of our community and global outreach, we are collecting used tennis shoes and cleats to help eradicate poverty and support rainforest preservation. In conjunction with the Perpetual Prosperity Pumps Foundation (, our students will be collecting used (not abused) shoes for this worthy cause. Please place shoe donations in the collection bins located in front of the welcome center and by the gymnasium. We look forward to your donations. If you have questions please contact the Physical Education Department at [email protected] or Coach Downing at [email protected]  

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. . .
Faculty Holiday Events
My Favorite Things" is the theme of this year's faculty holiday celebrations. It is time to share with each other for the holiday season. There are two activities planned for all staff. The first one is a faculty meal on the afternoon of December 17. Cook your favorite dish to share with all of the administration, teachers, and staff. The second activity is "The Secret One." This is a gift giving game.  The budget of $15 is set and everyone who plays will buy a favorite gift for their secret one. You can find the forms in Mr. Jackson's mailbox. Please fill it out, put your name on it, and return it to Mr. Jackson's mailbox, no later than close of business today.
Office Requests
When requesting duplications, supplies or technology please place the correct form in Mr. Simmons mailbox. 

No Microwaves please
Teachers, please be advised that there should be no microwaves in your classrooms.  This information is in your teacher handbook.  Please use the microwaves in the Teacher's Lounge to heat your food. 
Virtual Book Fair
Teachers, the virtual book fair is up and running.
Please post your wish list on the Bookworm Central Site as soon possible.
Notes for Student Absences
Teachers this is just a reminder that all notes for student absences and early dismissals should be brought to the main office. Students cannot be excused for tardies or absences without a note. If you have any notes from students from earlier in the year, please bring them to Ms. Mills in the Welcome Center.
High School Updates .....
Wilson High School Applications
Students interested in applying to Wilson High School may pick up an application in the counseling suite from Mr. Santiago.

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Applications
The deadline to complete the online application is December 18.  Supporting documents must be received by January 11. Please visit their web site: for more information. 
High School Recommendations Letters
Mr. Santiago has given all 8th grade students a pamphlet with information on the process for requesting high school recommendation letters from their teachers.  The pamphlet also included interview techniques and a blank information form.  Students requesting recommendation letters need to complete this form and give to teachers when requesting a recommendation.

High School Application Deadlines
8th grade students should keep in mind that the deadlines for some of high school applications are approaching.

Duke Ellington HS: December 18
McKinley HS: January 22
Banneker HS: January 29

Request for transcripts should be given to Mr. Santiago for processing.   He will usually process the request by the following day.  Please keep in mind that you should make your requests with ample time for processing.  Transcript requests for private school should be accompanied with a stamped envelope with the school name on it. 
Before & after school activities this week...
Monday AM
Spanish tutoring, 8:10 am - RM C310

Monday PM
A Little Extra Time, 3:15 - 3:30 pm - cafeteria
Scrabble Club 3:30 - 4:30 pm, cafeteria
Team Addis Ababa Study Hall, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, C104
GeoPlunge, 3:25 - 4:30 pm - cafeteria
Debate Team, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E304
Run for Fun Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM  W101
National History Day Help, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM C308
Team Nairobi Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM E207
Ms. Hampton's Science Help, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - W301
Cafe con Leche Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM CG06
Tutoring with Ms. Popadich, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E105
Cheerleading (game), 3:30 pm - 5:45 pm
After School tutoring with Ms. Brown & Ms. Bruce, 3:30 to 4:30 pm  
Deal Dance Team, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Gallery
Indoor Track practice,  3:30 - 5 pm  - Gym
Mathcounts, 3:30 - 4:40 pm - RM E103
Girls' Basketball game vs Jefferson at Deal, 3:30 pm
Boys' Basketball game vs Jefferson at Deal,  4:45 pm

Tuesday PM
A Little Extra Time, 3:15 - 3:30 pm - cafeteria
Science Tutoring, 3:20-4:15 pm - RM C315
Rugby, 3:30-5 pm - RM C104
Team Nairobi Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 - RM E201
Team Athens Tutoring/Homework Help, 3:30-4:30 pm - Team Athens Hallway
Gardening, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM C309
Video-Audio Visual Club, 3:30 pm - gallery
The Ultimate Frisbee Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM C205
Tutoring with Ms. Popadich, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E105
Math tutoring with Ms. Hutter, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E307
After School tutoring with Ms. Brown & Ms. Bruce, 3:30 to 4:30 pm 
Future Educator's Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM W304
Knitting Club, 3:30-4:30 pm, RM E306
Team  Rome Tutoring/Homework Help, 3:30 - 4:30 pm E204 
Indoor Track Practice, 3:30-5 pm - gym
Team Singapore and La Paz Science Fair Workshop, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, E301
Organization Help, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM W106
Girls' Basketball practice, 3:30 - 4:45 pm - gym
Meditation Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - C206
Boys' Basketball practice 3:30 - 5:00 pm - gym
Wednesday AM

Spanish tutoring, 8:10 am - RM C310 
Wednesday PM 
A Little Extra Time, 3:15 - 3:30 pm - cafeteria
Group B of the International Cooking club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, faculty lounge
Deal Dance Team, 3:30 - 4: 30 pm 
Student Council, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E205
Ms. Washington's Homework Help, 3:30 - 4:30 pm RM C212
Team San Francisco After-School Academic Assistance, 3:30 - 4:30 pm-RM W101
Team Beijing Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E105
Science Tutoring, 3:30 - 5 pm - RM E307
Improv Club, 3:30 - 5 pm - RM E307
Alice Deal Science Olympiad Team, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E101
Golf Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM W304
Girls' Basketball practice, 3:30 - 4:45 pm
Robotics Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E301
Boys' Basketball practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm - gym
Indoor Track practice, 3:30-5 pm - gym

Thursday AM
All Instrumental Music Students (Jazz/Concert Band, Beginning Band, Jazz Combo, and Drumline), 7:45 am

Thursday PM

Girls Basketball game vs Walker-Jones @ Walker-Jones, 3:30 pm
Boys' Basketball game vs Walker-Jones @ Walker-Jones, 4:45 pm 
Friday AM
Peer Mediator meeting, 8:00 am, RM E103
Team Cairo tutoring with Ms. Mazzone, 8:10 am - library media center

As always, students should have parent permission to stay after school for any activity!

Food for thought... 
Students Getting Enough Sleep

    "Do some of your students appear sleepy, spacey, or groggy?" ask University of Missouri/Columbia professors Christi Bergin and David Bergin in this Educational Leadership article. "Do they misbehave or have lower-than-expected achievement?" It's probably because they're sleep-deprived! Studies have shown that 85 percent of adolescents are mildly sleep deprived, and 10-40 percent may have serious sleep deprivation. Many teens get into a pattern of staying up late on weeknights, sleeping a lot on weekends, and then having a "jet lag" effect the following week. Students who don't get enough sleep are more restless, irritable, and impulsive. They tend toward depression, have lower self-esteem, and do less well academically. Interestingly, sleep-deprived students may not necessarily feel sleepy; impairment shows up in other ways.
    How much sleep do kids need? The Bergins endorse the "10 for 10" rule - 10 hours of sleep for ten-year olds, more for younger children and somewhat less for teens, except during puberty, when young adolescents need 9-10 hours of sleep.
    What can schools do to help deal with sleep deprivation? The Bergins suggest the following:
Communicate basic information about sleep to parents, including the importance of a regular bedtime, with no more than a two-hour difference on weekends.
Contact parents when a student shows signs of sleep deprivation.
End school activities by 9:00 p.m. and make sure traveling sports teams and other groups keep sane hours.
Don't assign homework that requires burning the midnight oil, and give plenty of advance warning for big projects.
Advocate for a later start time for high schools; studies show that students in schools starting at around 8:40 get five hours more sleep a week and perform better.
"Parents and schools need to join forces to help students develop healthy sleep habits," conclude the Bergins. "If they do so, students' socioemotional well-being and academic achievement should improve, and educators' jobs should become easier."

"Sleep: The E-ZZZ Intervention" by Christi Bergin and David Bergin in Educational Leadership, December 2009/January 2010 (Vol. 67, #4, p. 44-47),[email protected]_The_E-ZZZ_Intervention.aspx
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