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Week of:
 November 30
Bell Schedule

Monday -Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I
 Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Bell III (Viking Time)
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 4
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.
Columbia Heights Educational Campus HS
Saturday, December 5 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm High School Fair.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Santiago. 
Upcoming Dates
November 30
Modernization Community Meeting, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
December 1
8th grade tour of Washington, DC - La Paz
Kevin Jennings visit to Deal, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm (library media center) 

December 2 

8th grade tour of Washington, DC - Cairo
Deficiency Notices given to homeroom teachers 
December 3
.8th grade tour of Washington, DC - Singapore
Viking Time Activities (Bell III)
New to Deal Staff Meeting, 3:30
World Language international trip information meeting, 6 pm
Deal Night, 6:30 pm
December 4
2nd Advisory Midpoint - deficiency notices due to grade-level administrator

December 5 & 6
Deal Holiday Greens Sale; 10am-4pm

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 Comes to Deal!!

The DCPS Office of Out-of-School Time and Deal MS are offering a new after school program open to all Deal students. "Explorer Time" will run from 3:30-6:15; Monday through Friday and features:
  • Participation in Deal clubs, sports, and tutoring support
  • Nutritious snacks
  • Academic Power Hour with homework help and instruction from teachers
  • A structured approach to organizing assignments and getting work done
  • Supervised fun, recreational, social, and skill building activities
  • Partnership with Latin American Youth Center  (LAYC)
Participation in the program requires a formal application and co-payment of $5 per day, with free and reduced options based on family income.  Families may enroll for a regular schedule of less than 5 days a week (e.g., Mon, Wed & Fri) however the program cannot accept students on an emergency drop-in basis.
Enrollment forms are available on the Deal website.  The program coordinator for our school is Margot Berkey, a former Deal parent with extensive knowledge of our community, as well as with managing programs for diverse groups of adolescents.  For more information, e-mail or call the school and Ms. Berkey will return your call between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.   Ms. Berkey is available to receive your enrollment application with necessary documents, and discuss payment between the hours of 3:00-6:00 pm.   Enrollment in the after school program is similar to the annual proof of residency process that you've already completed.  Have your child become a Deal Explorer!

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
"The fact that students differ may be inconvenient, but it is inescapable.  Adapting to that diversity is the inevitable price of productivity, high standards and fairness to kids."   ~Theodore Sizer
Message from Principal Kim

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  Thanks to all our students and families who improved the holiday season for others by bringing in non-perishable items to share with families across the city.

Parents, you will be receiving your conference confirmation from your team teachers this Wednesday for the parent-teacher conference next Monday (December 7th).  If you sent in your request and do not receive your time confirmation by this Wednesday, please contact your team and your grade-level assistant principal.  We look forward to connecting with you about your child's academic progress. 

Principal Kim
This week at Deal. . .
Deal Night
Deal Night is this Thursday from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.  Administrators, staff, and students will share information about the wonderful academic and extracurricular programs that make Deal MS the highest performing and most enjoyable middle school in DC. 

Deal Construction Project
Today between 5:30 and 6:30 pm, OPEFM is hosting an informal meeting about the Deal project, specifically concerning the sound issues affecting the school's neighbors.  This meeting will be held in the construction trailer at the rear of the school.  OPEFM plans to present an update about the project and will have the contractor and, possibly, the architect present to address concerns and answer questions.  OPEFM is genuinely interested in working to solve the sound problems and community concerns.

Comics as Literature with Mr. Lotts
Students who participate in Comics as Literature with Mr. Lotts should make sure they are working on their contributions to the first issue of the Deal Comic Book.  Today is the deadline for submissions to the first issue.  Contact Mr. Lotts if you need any help with ideas.

Team Nairobi students are invited for extra help on assignments after school today in Room E201 and tomorrow in Room W207. Take advantage of this opportunity to complete missing assignments.

Geoplunge Team Members
Remember to bring treats for our post-tournament celebration today after school.  Meet in Ms. Buerkle's room.
National Geographic Bee
A list of final winners must be submitted to Ms. Kinzer by COB today.  The school-wide bee will take place on December 4 during periods 1 and 2. 6th grade teams will watch participants as they compete for Deal's title.
Classroom teachers will be given a list of participants by Wednesday in order that they are excused from their classes on Friday morning.  
Special thanks to Mr. Simmons, Mr. Humes, Mr. Albright, Ms. Arnold, Ms. Wong, Ms. Buerkle, Mr. Kirschenbaum, Mr. Lotts, Ms. Wadsworth, Mr. Geremia, Ms. Mostoller, Ms. Bartels, Ms. Simpson-Wayne, Ms. Brown, Ms. Popadich, Team Addis Ababa, Team San Francisco, and Team Beijing for their support of the Bee.
Team Addis Ababa Study Hall
Team Addis Ababa Study Hall will take place today from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in Room N103. If you have any questions please email .
Meeting with Kevin Jennings, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Department of Education
On Tuesday from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education will be at Deal to talk with and hear from a group of 30 Deal students about the proposed new model for achieving positive school climates as part of the reenactment of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  Ms. Rita Foy-Moss, the wife of former principal Reginald Moss, is an organizer for the listening meetings being conducted by Mr. Jennings. We are pleased to be part of the discussion on this important topic.

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]
The International Cooking Club
The International Cooking Club will not meet on Wednesday. Group A will meet on December 9 and Group B will meet on December 16. We will be making warm German potato salad.
6th Grade Visual Art Students
Mrs. Bustos's 6th grade visual art students will need to bring in a shoebox for an upcoming architecture project by Thursday. If possible, please bring in 2 - 3 shoe boxes.

6th Grade Organization Day
Our 6th graders will take time to organize their lockers and notebooks during 1st period on Friday.
Student and Parent information...


On November 20, 2009, a Science Teacher Award was presented to Team Beijing science teacher Christopher Hyun at a luncheon of the AFCEA, DC chapter, held at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City.  Mr. Hyun is using the $1,000 award to purchase a digital projector and supporting accessories for use by the 6th grade science department, including Ms. Mason and Ms. Bordogna.  On receiving the award Mr. Hyun commented " I can't wait to show my students some of the beautiful pictures of space and of the Earth from space."  He wishes to express his gratitude to Dr. Kim and to his fellow Team Beijing teachers for allowing him to attend the mid-day banquet to accept the award.  Congratulations 6th grade science department!

Holiday Greens
Mark your calendars today!  Deal will be selling Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands from 10-4 on December 5 and 6 and 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 your tree, cut your tree and load your tree.  
If you are interested in helping, we are still looking for volunteers on both weekends.  Please contact Leah Roberts at [email protected] or Lee Coykendall at [email protected]

Check out Deal's animations!
Go to to check out Deal's 6th grade animations!  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, 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.

School Without Walls HS: December 4
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.  The deadline for School Without Walls is December 4.  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]

Staff information. . .
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.
Deficiency Notices and Progress Reports
December 4 is the midpoint for the 2nd advisory.  All teachers must give deficiency notice to homeroom teachers by COB Wednesday, December 2.  Homeroom teachers must then submit deficiency notices to their grade-level administrators by Friday, December 4.

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.
Grade-level Team Meetings
Grade-level administrators will meet with teachers on Wednesday to discuss high frequency standards/interdisciplinary lesson plans.  All teachers are encouraged to use the Resource Guide and DC-BAS data to reteach and differentiate lessons. 
Community Information...
(items on this list are not endorsed by Deal)
Deal Construction Project
This evening between 5:30 and 6:30 pm, OPEFM is hosting an informal meeting about the Deal project, specifically concerning the sound issues affecting the school's neighbors.  This meeting will be held in the construction trailer at the rear of the school.  OPEFM plans to present an update about the project and will have the contractor and, possibly, the architect present to address concerns and answer questions.  OPEFM is genuinely interested in working to solve the sound problems and community concerns.

Need a tutor?

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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...
Monday AM
Concert Choir practice, 7:45 am - RM CG17
Spanish tutoring, 8:10 am - RM C310
Beginning Band, 7:45 am - CG01 
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 practice, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, cafeteria
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
Girls' Basketball practice, 3:30 - 4:45 pm - gym 
Mathcounts, 3:30 - 4:40 pm - RM E103
Boys' Basketball practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm -gym  
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 B 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
Indoor Track practice, 3:30-5 pm - gym

Thursday AM 

6th Grade Chorus, 7:45 am -  RM CG17
Jazz/Concert Band, 7:45 am - RM CG01 
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
Ruby, 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
Girls' Basketball game vs Shaw, 3:30 pm
Boys' Basketball game vs Shaw, 4:30 pm
Photography Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM W204
Girl Power, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Cafeteria
Indoor Track practice, 3:30- 5 pm - gym
Friday AM
Peer Mediator meeting, 8:00 am, RM E103
Team Cairo tutoring with Ms. Mazzone, 8:10 am - library media center
Indoor Track practice, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, gym
Friday PM
A Little Extra Time, 3:15 - 3:30 pm - cafeteria
As always, students should have parent permission to stay after school for any activity!
Food for thought...

What Kind of Parent Involvement Is Best in Middle and High School?

            In this Education Week article, Debra Viadero reports on some recent thinking about parent involvement at the secondary level. "Having your parents involved in a field trip is not wholly consistent with what an adolescent wants," says Nancy Hill, a Harvard education professor who recently co-edited a book on the subject, Families, Schools, and the Adolescent (Teachers College Press, 2009). "When you look at parent-adolescent relationships, you see kids pushing back on decisions they want to have control of, and it's much harder for parents to call schools and find out how kids are doing holistically, because they have so many teachers and their teachers see over 100 students a day."

            Hill and her colleagues have found that a number of parent-involvement ideas that seem to work at the elementary level are less effective for secondary students - among them, helping with homework (very little impact on student achievement) and visiting the school, volunteering, and attending school events (moderate impact). What parent activities do make a difference for older students? According to Hill's research:

-       Communicating expectations for achievement;

-       Discussing learning strategies;

-       Linking school content and the child's interests to outside activities;

-       Working with the child to prepare for college;

-       Fostering career aspirations and making plans for the future.

Researchers call these types of parent involvement "academic socialization" and recommend that schools maximize them.

            However, these practices don't help all parents help their children. Hill has found that parents who didn't themselves go to college are less successful in raising their children's academic achievement, no matter how many parent-involvement activities they engage in. Schools need to guide these parents to make their efforts more effective, she says. "They should be saying, 'Here are the courses you need to take, and if your child's not ready for those courses, here is what you can do to get your child ready so the pathways lie open.'"

A chapter by Robert Crosnoe in Hill's book goes deeper on this point, addressing the slippage that often happens as students move from middle to high school - the disconnect when high-school freshmen are placed in courses that don't match with their previous preparation. This problem is most common for Latino youth. "Where high-school students start off their coursework is the best predictor of where they finish their coursework in high school," says Crosnoe, "and where they finish their coursework is the best predictor for whether they go to college and whether they stay in college."

"Researchers Explore Teens, Parents, Schools" by Debra Viadero in Education Week, Nov. 18, 2009 (Vol. 29, #12, p. 1, 14)

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