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Week of:
 December 7
Bell Schedule

Monday -No School
(Parent Teacher Conferences)
Tuesday - Bell I
 Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Bell I
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming High School
Open House Dates
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Friday, December 11 at 1:30 pm
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 7
Parent Teacher Conference Day 
from 12 - 3 and 4 -7
   (students not in school)

December 8
Picture Make-up Day with Blanton Studios
December 9
Buddy Day - H.D.Cooke ES 
Department Chairpersons Meeting, 3:30 pm (conference room)

December 10
Winter Concert
December 11
Buddy Day - Shepherd ES 
December 12 & 13
Final Weekend of the Deal Holiday Green Sale; 10am - 4pm
December 14
Buddy Day - Bancroft ES 

December 15
Deal Open House #2;
9 am - 3 pm
Family Math Night, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

December 17
Faculty Meeting; 3:20 pm

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

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 15
Professional Development Day (no school for students)

January 18
Martin Luther King Holiday
January 21
Viking Time Activity (Bell III)

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)
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 our feeder schools are scheduled to visit us on the following dates:

H.D. Cooke
December 9
December 11
December 14

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

Explorer Time Updates

The Explorer Time group is expanding and teachers are now working with us daily.  Enrollment remains open and interested students can pick up the enrollment forms at Ms. Berkey's office in C113.
On Friday, Dec. 11 all students and parents can learn about the Hearst Teen Club sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). Teen Club director, Malcolm Tito, and some members of the club (Deal alumni) will visit Explorer Time to share information and enrollment forms.  Stay tuned for the specific time and location of the meeting.   
The DPR Teen Club is a group of students who get together in a safe environment to make friends, participate in community service projects, and have fun.  Starting in January the group will meet every other Friday evening at the newly remodeled Hearst Recreation Center.  Student input drives the activities of the club.  In the past, the group has attended concerts and events, gone bowling, swimming, ice skating, and much more.  For more information e-mail [email protected] 

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
"Without music life would be a mistake."

  ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Message from Principal Kim

We are looking forward to seeing you during parent-teacher conferences on Monday.  Although there is no school for students on Monday, I encourage families to bring students with them to the conferences.  Students in middle school are developmentally ready to a part of the conversation about their progress, highlighting both their strengths, as well as areas for growth.

Parents, please arrive to school with enough time to park your car.  Parking is always tough on this day and the teachers have tight schedules.  We appreciate your cooperation in being prompt.  Also, you are encouraged to drop in to meet with your elective teachers while you are here.  World language, art, music, and physical education teachers are also integral parts of your child's learning experience and they are eager to meet with you.

Finally, thanks to all the parents and students who volunteered at the Holiday Greens sale this weekend, as well as to the parents who came and made purchases.  If you missed it this weekend, you still have one more chance this upcoming Saturday and Sunday!   Also, Alice Deal is running our annual phone-a-thon.  Please give as generously as you can when you receive a phone call from one of our Deal parents!  100% of the proceeds will go to support our school's programming!

Principal Kim
This week at Deal...

The Alice Deal PTA Auction Committee
The Alice Deal PTA Auction Committee invites you to a Conference Day Coffee on Monday, December 7 at 10:30 am in the first-floor conference room.  Join us for coffee, tea, and goodies.
Debate Team 
Since students are not in school on Monday our practice will be held on Wednesday this week.
Afternoon Studio Club
The Afternoon Studio Club will meet Tuesdays at 3:30-4:30 pm in room C224. Come to explore different materials and possibilities in art making! All levels of artistic skills and grade levels are welcomed! Email Mrs. Bustos for further information or questions at [email protected]
Science Fair Workshop (Team Singapore and La Paz)
Need to catch up on your science fair assignments? Need some extra help on your project?  If so, stop by the team Singapore/La Paz science fair workshop offered every Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room E301.  Mr. Roose and Ms. Epstein will help you get back on track with your science fair project.  You must bring a note from your parent/guardian giving you permission to stay after school.
8th Grade Visual Art Students
REMINDER: Your artist's research essay, power point and original artwork are due on Tuesday. Email [email protected] if you have any questions.
Deal Mural Interest Meeting
Interested in becoming a part of Deal history? Come to the Deal mural interest meeting Wednesday in room C205 with Ms. Kouri at 3:30 pm. We will talk about ideas for the Deal murals and see how many students are interested in participating after winter break.

Girls After-School Book Group
Ms. Wylegala invites 8th grade girls to join her after-school book group.  Enjoy a fabulous book and a great discussion - it's all about reading and talking -- no papers, no quizzes, no tests!   We'll meet this Wednesday at 3:30 pm in room C312 to discuss book choices for our first selection and to hand out permission slips.  All interested readers should stop by C312 Wednesday afternoon for more information. (And....8th grade boys fear not, a book group will soon be forming for you, too!).
Robotics Club
The Deal Robotics Club will meet Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in room E301.
The International Cooking Club
Group A will meet on Wednesday and Group B will meet on December 16th. We will be making warm German potatoes.
Indoor Track Team
The boys and girls track teams will travel to the PG Sports Complex on Friday to compete in the DCIAA Indoor Track & Field Developmental Meet. The meet begins at 10:30 am and ends at 3:00 pm. A list of students who will be participating will be placed in teacher's boxes. Good luck to the Vikings as they Go For The GOLD!!!

), 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]  

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

The 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 enveloped with the school name on it. 

Spring Trip to Spain
Parents who plan to send their children to the Madrid, Cordova and Sevilla trip and have not enrolled with EF Tours, please remember that deadline is soon approaching. Students who enroll now will have to pay the initial $95.00 enrollment fee, $450.00 thirty days after, and the remaining balance by December 7.  Please contact EF Tours if you have any questions or concerns at Customer Service 1-800-665-5364 ( or Mr. Santiago 202 939-2012.  Our tour number is 924196.

Band & Choir Students
It is imperative that you check with your director, Mr. Frye or Mr. Jackson to assure that your name is on the official Music Department roll and spelled correctly.

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]

Student and Parent information...

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.
Students are encouraged to stop by the Library Media Center to check out the Book Club reading selection of the month.  Read the book and come to the library (after you have eaten your lunch) for a great discussion. Staff members are welcome to attend.  Several book copies will be available through our library or can be checked out from the DC Public Library.  
Book Club discussion will take place on December 17 and the Science Fiction book choices of the month are:
6th grade - The Giver, Lois Lowr
7th Grade - A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
8th grade - The Time Machine, H.G. Wells.  
Attention 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders -GeoPlunge is now open to students of all grades!!
GeoPlunge is a fun, fast-paced geography card game that is part luck and part skill.  If you are interested, we welcome you to join us Mondays from 3:30-4:30 pm in Ms. Buerkle's room (W205).

An Evening with Deborah Roffman, Nationally Known Author and Sex Educator
PARENTS! Would you like some guidance on how to talk with your kids about sex?
Come and talk about:
  • The differences between sex and sexuality
  • How to give developmentally and age appropriate relevant information
  • How to answer hard and tricky questions
  • How to handle negative and competing influences from popular culture
  • Becoming clearer about the values you wish to convey to your children
Join us at one of the following:
Monday December 7, 6-8 pm - MacFarland Middle School Library
Monday December 14, 6-8 pm - Stuart Hobson Middle School Library
Tuesday January 5, 6-8 pm - Kelly Miller Middle School Library
Tuesday January 19, 6-8 pm - Kramer Middle School Parents Center 
For questions or to RSVP contact Andrea DeSantis at 202-442-5040 [email protected]

Holiday Greens
Mark your calendars today!  Deal will be selling Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands from 10-4 on December 12 and 13.   Please remember to purchase your holiday greens from Alice Deal and encourage your neighbors and friends to do the same.  We will help you select, cut, and load your tree.  
If you are interested in helping, we are still looking for volunteers.  Please contact Leah Roberts at [email protected] or Lee Coykendall at [email protected]

Check out Deal's Animation Projects!
Go to to check out Deal's 6th grade animation projects!  They are pretty fantastic!

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 (
Staff information. . .
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.  Thanks!
The Alice Deal PTA Auction Committee
The Alice Deal PTA Auction Committee invites teachers and staff to a Conference Day Coffee today at 10:30 am in the first-floor conference room.  Join us for coffee, tea, and goodies.

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.
6th Grade Team Meeting
All 6th grade teachers will meet with Ms. Neal at 8:10 am on Friday in room N101. 

Online Book Fair

Parents, please take advantage of the Deal PTA's online book fair and fundraiser, November 18 - January 1. The book fair is a great way to do some affordable holiday shopping, keep your kids reading, and help expand the Deal library.
Bookworm Central offers an amazing variety of fiction, reference and audio books, graphic novels and games for kids of all ages. You can explore the site and make your purchases online.
All you need to do is:
1.  Go to
2.  Click on Organizational Code and write in Alice
3.  Explore and purchase!
If you have a problem with the site, please contact Bookworm Central. You can also contact Anne Pasmanick at [email protected] or (202)236-7971.

Before & after school activities this week...


No School for Students - Parent Teacher Conferences
Tuesday AM
6th Grade Chorus, 7:45 am - RM CG17
Jazz/Concert Band, 7:45 am - RM CG01
Tuesday PM
A Little Extra Time, 3:15 - 3:30 pm - cafeteria
Drumline practice, 3:30-4:30 pm - RM CG01
Science Tutoring, 3:20-4:15 pm - RM C315
Afternoon Studio Club, 3:30-4:30 pm - RM C224
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
Concert Choir practice, 7:45 am - RM CG17 
Jazz Combo 7:45 am - RM CG01
Spanish tutoring, 8:10 am - RM C310 
Wednesday PM 
A Little Extra Time, 3:15 - 3:30 pm - cafeteria
Group A of the International Cooking Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, faculty lounge
Deal Dance Team, 3:30 - 4: 30 pm  
Show Choir 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

Debate Team, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Girls Afterschool Book Group, 3:30 pm - RM C312
Thursday PM
A Little Extra Time, 3:15 - 3:30 pm - cafeteria
Cheerleading practice, 3:30 - 5 pm, cafeteria
Team Beijing Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E103
Rugby, 3:30 - 5 pm - RM C104
Deal Dispatch, 3:30 - 4:30 - cafeteria
Team Beijing Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM E103
Team  Rome Tutoring/Homework Help, 3:30 - 4:30 pm E206
Photography Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM W204
Girl Power, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Cafeteria
Friday AM
Peer Mediator meeting, 8:00 am, RM E103
Team Cairo tutoring with Ms. Mazzone, 8:10 am - library media center

Friday PM
A Little Extra Time, 3:15 - 3:30 pm - cafeteria
Indoor Track practice, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, gym
As always, students should have parent permission to stay after school for any activity!
Food for thought... 
I know everyone is working hard.  But this is also the time of year when teachers start to become frustrated with the lack of immediate feedback that is part of the teaching and learning process.  This job would be so much easier if we saw the 'Ah-Ha!' look in students' faces every day!  But since those moments don't come often enough ... find solace in the four thoughts below and keep up the good work.

What It Takes for Teachers to Maintain High Expectations

            In this Kappan article, Berkeley (CA) Unified School District evaluation/assessment director Rebecca Cheung describes the "pervasive tension" between teachers and students in urban high schools. "Teachers want students to work harder and learn more," she says, "and students are anxious about the expectations that they must work harder and learn more. Often, students' anxiety leads to resistance to learn." Cheung says this tension causes many teachers to lower their expectations and produces a good deal of teacher burnout, but she believes the most committed and effective teachers push back in four ways:

-   Psychologically they accept the tension as a normal part of their work and maintain high expectations despite student push-back.

-   Philosophically they affirm their commitment to social justice and/or their belief that teaching involves more than classroom instruction; it includes giving extra academic support, counseling, and help to students outside of class.

-   They constantly adapt instruction in response to student learning difficulties and make a point of keeping students engaged.

-   They work closely with colleagues and may become teacher leaders.

Cheung says that school leaders play a crucial role providing the conditions that foster this kind of deep commitment - for example, addressing negative teachers, hiring upbeat team players, giving honest feedback and encouragement, being there for teachers in moments of discouragement, encouraging teacher teamwork, scheduling common planning times, and facilitating meetings.


"Tension Between Students and Teachers in Urban High Schools" by Rebecca Cheung in Phi Delta Kappan, November 2009 (Vol. 91, #3, p. 53-56)

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