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Week of: September 28
Bell Schedule

Monday - Bell 1 
Tuesday - Bell 1
Wednesday - Bell 1
Thursday - Bell 1
Friday - Bell 1

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.
Message from
Nurse Pringle
In an effort to maintain a healthy school environment, let us all remember to continue proper hand washing techniques with soap and water especially before eating.  If you are coughing or sneezing use a disposable tissue or the inside of your sleeve.  Parents, if your child is sick with a fever please keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours without taking medication to reduce the fever. 
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Just 1 Day Left!
    The Sally Foster catalog sale, Deal PTA's first fundraiser of the school year, ends Tuesday. 
Have you had a chance to check out the magazine selection that is a part of the Sally Foster sale this year? If you've had enough of chocolate and gift wrap, a magazine subscription or two may be just the way to support our school this year.
Remember, top sellers from each class receive a gift card of their choice. Top-selling homeroom gets a pizza party. Don't forget, order forms due Tuesday, Sept. 29.  Make checks payable to Alice Deal PTA and you don't have to pay sales tax.
Questions? Contact Anita Seline at [email protected] or 202-237-5505.

Thanks for supporting Deal!
Upcoming Dates
September  28
IB MYP Committee Meeting; 8:10 am (conference room)

September 30
Department Chairperson Meeting; 3:30 pm (conference room) 
October 1
New to Deal Teachers Meeting; 3:30 pm (room N101)
October 2
Everybody Reads; 8:00 am (cafeteria)
October 5 and 6
Vision Screening
October 8
Viking Time (Bell III) 
IB MYP Parent Information Night; 6:30 pm (cafeteria) 
October 9
Everybody Reads; 8:00 am (cafeteria)
Hispanic Heritage Assembly (Bell III)
October 12
Columbus Day Holiday, No school

October 13
Parent Education Workshop: Making a successful transition to middle school; 7-8:30 pm (cafeteria)

October 14
Team Rome's trip to the National Archives

October 15
Team Athen's trip to the National Archives
Faculty meeting; 3:20 - 4:30 pm
Deal information night @ Lafayette ES; 7 pm

October 16
Everybody Reads; 8:00 am (cafeteria)
Team Nairobi's trip to the National Archives
8th grade trip to Jamestown; 6:30 am - 7:30 pm

October 19
Team Addis Ababa to Hemlock

October 20
Team San Francisco to Hemlock
Portrait Day

October 21
Team Beijing to Hemlock

October 26
Team Rome to Hemlock

October 27
Team Athens to Hemlock

October 28
Team Nairobi to Hemlock
Deal Halloween Party 3:30 - 6pm

October 29
End of 1st Advisory, students dismissed at 12:15pm
October 30
Professional Development Day - No school for students

November 10
Deal information night @ Bancroft ES; 6:30 pm

November 11
Veteran's Day Holiday, No school

November 12
Family Math Night; 6:30 - 8pm

November 13
Report Cards Issued

November 17
Deal Open House #1; 9 - 3pm

November 19
National Junior Honor Society Assembly
Faculty meeting; 3:20pm

November 20

International Night; 7 - 9pm

November 25
Thanksgiving Assembly

November 26 & 27
Thanksgiving Holiday, No School

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MYP Parent Information Night

Please join the IB team on October 8 to learn more about the IB Middle Years Program and its implementation at Deal. This event introduces critical concepts about IB to Deal parents and give them a chance to experience a bit of IB over the course of the evening. The night starts at 6:30 in the Deal cafeteria.
Zeroes Aren't Permitted

ZAP! runs all week during all 3 lunch periods. Teachers and parents should feel free to suggest that students visit ZAP! to catch up on late homework.

ZAP! provides students a chance to get some one-on-one help, approach a problem from a new angle, or work with peers on group work. Remember to remind students that they should come directly to ZAP! with their books at the beginning of their lunch period. Students will be given a pass to get a fast lunch and then  return to ZAP! refreshed and ready to work!
Upcoming High
School Open House Dates
McKinley Technology HS
Saturday, October 17 at 10:00 am
Saturday, November 21 at 10:00 am
Duke Ellington School of the Arts 
Friday, October 9 at 1:30 pm
Friday, November 20 at 1:30 pm
Friday, December 11 at 1:30 pm
Roosevelt HS  
Thursday, October 1 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Benjamin Banneker HS 
Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Cardozo HS
Thursday, October 8 at 6:00 pm
Wilson HS                                 
Friday, October 16
Friday, November 20
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 - 11:00 am in the Wilson Library.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Santiago.
Community information...
(items on this list are not endorsed by Deal) 
Guitarist Needed
Four Deal students are forming a band and seeking a guitarist.  Band instruction is provided through Middle C Music on Wednesday evenings from 8 to 9 pm for more details, contact David Gordon at or (202) 532-3327.

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 more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."    
 -Dr. Seuss  
Message from Principal Kim

Thanks to the Student Council representatives who made Spirit Week so vibrant!

Students, last Friday we scheduled some time as a school to reorganize our lockers and binders.  Doesn't it feel good to be organized?  Often, it is not easy to keep your space well organized - we all struggle with it to some extent.  But you can make it a learned habit and behavior.  We will stress it during your time at Deal, because we believe that it will help with your future success.  I know that the few seconds it takes to put something away in your binder doesn't bring immediate gratification, but with time it will become an automatic part of your daily routine.

If you are new to Deal this year, you probably realize that this is more complex learning environment than elementary school.  Your teachers can help you find success and stay on track.  Your teachers offer times for tutoring and support - go meet with them.  They will enjoy building a relationship with you and you will do better.  I mention this today, because we are at the mid-point of your first advisory.  If you are not doing well so far, this is a great time to reach out to your teachers to develop a strategy for turning things around!
Principal Kim
This week at Deal. . .
All 6th grade Geoplunge players will meet after school today from 3:30 to 4:30 room W205. New players are always welcome!
Team Addis Ababa Study Hall
Team Addis Ababa study hall will meet today from 3:30 - 4:30. Please note that we will meet in room C104 for this week only. If you have any questions, please email .

Team Cairo
Team Cairo will be voting on their team motto and logo today.  The top three choices have been selected from student suggestions.  Thank you for your ideas.

Team Cairo will be making a push to really get organized in the next couple of weeks.  Teachers will be working with students to come to class prepared with all necessary materials and to keep their binders neat and orderly.  It is important to be organized in order to be successful, so everyone should really make a better effort to keep their binders and work in order.
Volleyball Practice
The volleyball team will practice today, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:00.  The first game will be Oct. 5.  Please continue to turn in needed documentation for eligibility.
Hometown Huddle
Dance competition practice will be Monday - Friday from 3:30-4:45.  Time is running out to learn our routine!  Abby, a Redskins cheerleader, will be helping us on Wednesday with our choreography.
Cafe con Leche Club 
Starting this week, the Cafe con Leche club will meet on Mondays in room CG06.  Please join us as we focus on the merengue for the next two weeks in preparation for the Hispanic Heritage Month Assembly.  Please talk to any Spanish teacher for more details.
The Ultimate Frisbee Club
The Ultimate Frisbee Club will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30 . Come learn about one of the fastest growing sports in the US! See Ms. Kouri in room C205 for additional information.
Afternoon Studio Club
The Afternoon Studio Club will meet Tuesday after school from 3:30 - 4:30 in room C224. Come to explore different materials and possibilities in artmaking! All levels of artistic skills and grade levels are welcomed! Email Mrs. Bustos for further information or questions at

Spanish Tutoring Schedule 
Need extra help in Spanish Class?  Please contact your Spanish teacher personally to schedule an appointment or just come to one of the following tutoring sessions:
Wednesday after school: Ms. Kelley
Thursday after school: Ms. Henderson
Monday & Friday before school: Ms. Hawkins or Ms. Cadavid
Team Beijing Adds One More Tutoring Day
Team Beijing will have after school tutoring on Wednesday in Ms. room E105 from 3:30 - 4:30 and Thursday in room E103 from 3:30 - 4:30.

International Cooking Club
The B Group of the International Cooking Club will meet after school from 3:30 - 4:30 on Wednesday in the faculty lounge (2nd floor).
Cross Country Track Meet 
The Deal Cross Country Teams will travel to Kenilworth Park on Thursday for the Woodson SHS Cross Country Invitational.  Students will be leaving before the end of school.  Please dismiss athletes upon announcement.  All athletes are responsible for seeing their teachers before the meet for missed assignments.  Thank you for your understanding.  If you have any questions see Mr. Geremia or Mr. Jenkins.
Everybody Reads!
Everybody Reads begins this Friday morning.  All 6th graders must bring an age-appropriate novel to read in the cafeteria before school.  Staff and parents are invited to join us!
Team Cairo Tutoring
Team Cairo tutoring with Ms. Mazzone will be held on Friday mornings before school in the library media center.  If you need any help with homework or getting organized, please come on by for some help!
8th Grade Field Trip Permission Slip and Payment Due Friday 
All eighth grade students should have permission slips and payments for the annual trip to Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg on file with their US History teachers by the close of business on Friday.  We must call our numbers in and send our final check this weekend. 
This exciting field trip is an annual event for the 8th grade.  Students tour Jamestown Settlement in the morning to learn about life in the first permanent English community in North America.  In the afternoon, students tour Colonial Williamsburg, a historic site re-creating life on the eve of the American Revolution.  Everyone completes assignments in science, math, English as well as history. 
The full cost is $75.00.  Checks or money orders should be made payable to Deal MS.  The trip is Friday, October 16 (6:30 am - 7:30 pm).

Student information...
Team Rome Reading and Writing Club
Are you an avid reader?  Do enjoy writing?  Would you like to be published in a newspaper?  Then join the Team Rome Reading and Writing Club! 
We are looking for students to write articles about their Deal experience.  Articles could include, new school developments, interesting assignments, and current events.  These articles will then be published in the local newspaper The Northwest Current.  Students can earn extra credit towards school, and an invitation to a monthly party for published authors.  Contact Mr. McDowell or Mr. Kirschenbaum for information.
Also, do not forget about the Rome Reading Club.  You all did a great job on your summer reading essays, so let's keep the ball rolling.  Just read a book, write a summary, and give it to Mr. McDowell.  You will then be invited to the monthly book club party to discuss what you have read!  See Mr. McDowell for more details.
Art Department Supplies
The Art Department is in need of a few items to aid in instruction:
*Blenders for the 8th grade paper art unit
*Old wooden picture frames 8 1/2 x 11 or smaller
*Screening material that is used for screen doors or windows
If you are able to donate any of these items, please contact Ms. Kouri or Mrs. Bustos at

Lost and FOUND Textbooks
Reuben Dubester - Spanish
Keron Gaines - Science
Nakfana Gidey - Social Studies
Minh Nguyen - Social Studies
Please take better care of your books - they are critical resources for our learning community!
Staff information...
Thank You Mr. Mungai
Thanks to Mr. Mungai for his creation of the DC-BAS report template!

IB MYP Meeting Today
The IB MYP Committee will meet this morning at 8:10 in the conference room.  Please be prompt. The IB MYP Committee is a group of representatives from Deal grade-level teams who champion the development of the MYP on their teams.
Department Chairperson Meeting on Wednesday
There will be a Department Chairperson Meeting on Wednesday at 3:30 in the conference room.   
New to Deal Teachers Meeting on Thursday
The "New to Deal" teachers will meet in room N101 on Thursday at 3:30.
Annual Health Screenings
It is time for the Annual Health Screenings for the fall semester.  On October 5 and 6, vision screenings will be done in the gallery for 6th and 8th graders.  Nurse Pringle will give teachers a schedule of when they should bring down their classes.  Thank you for your cooperation. 
Safety and Security
Teachers who remain at school after hours must use the center doors when leaving.  All other exits are for emergency use only.  Thanks for keeping our school secure!
Before & after school activities this week...
Monday AM
Concert Choir practice, 7:45 am - RM CG17
Beginning Band, 7:45 am - RM CG01
Spanish tutoring, 8:10 am - RM C310
Monday PM
Girls' Soccer practice, 3:30-5 pm
Cross Country practice, 3:30-5 pm
Scrabble Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, cafeteria
Team Addis Ababa Study Hall, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM N103
Volleyball practice, 3:30-5 pm - gymnasium
GeoPlunge, 3:25 - 4:30 pm - RM W205 
Debate Team, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E304
Run for Fun Club, 3:30 - 4:30 - RM W101
National History Day Help, 3:30-4:30 pm - RM C308
Team Nairobi  Tutoring, 3:30-4:30 pm - RM W207
Ms. Hampton's Science Help, 3:30-4:30 pm - W301
Dance Competition practice, 3:30 - 4:45 pm - gallery  
Cafe con Leche Club, 3:30 - 4:30 - RM CG06

Tuesday AM
6th Grade Chorus, 7:45 am - RM CG17
Jazz/Concert Band, 7:45 am - RM CG01
Tuesday PM
Drumline practice, 3:30-4:30 pm - RM CG01
Cross Country practice, 3:30-5 pm
Science tutoring, 3:20-4:15 pm - RM C315
Boys' Soccer practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
Afternoon Studio Club, 3:30-4:30 pm - RM C224
Rugby, 3:30-5 pm - RM C104
Deal Dance Team, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM W201
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
Dance Competition practice, 3:30 - 4:45 pm - cafeteria
 Team Beijing Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM E105
Wednesday AM
Concert Choir practice, 7:45 am - RM CG17  
Spanish tutoring, 8:10 am - RM C310 
Wednesday 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, 3:30-4:30pm - RM W101
Team Athens Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - Team Athens hallway
Team Beijing Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 - RM E105 
Volleyball practice, 3:30- 5 pm- gymnasium
Girls' Soccer practice, 3:30-5 pm
Show Choir practice, 3:30-4:30 pm - RM CG17
Cross Country practice, 3:30-5 pm
International Cooking Club (Group B), 3:30-4:30 pm - Teacher's Lounge (2nd floor)
Fencing Club, 3:20-5 pm- RM C217
Science Tutoring, 3:30-4:30 pm - RM C315
Improv Club, 3:30-5 pm - RM E307
Alice Deal Science Olympiad Team, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E101
Dance Competition practice, 3:30 - 4:45 pm - cafeteria  
Thursday AM
6th Grade Chorus, 7:45 am -  RM CG17
Jazz/Concert Band, 7:45 am - RM CG01 
Thursday PM
Team Beijing Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E103
 Fencing Club, 3:20-5 pm - RM C217
Volleyball practice, 3:30- 5 pm - gymnasium
Boys' Soccer practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
Cross Country Meet, Woodson SHS Invitational
Rugby, 3:30-5 pm - RM C104
Deal Dispatch, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E204
Dance Competition practice, 3:30 - 4:45 pm - cafeteria 
Team Beijing Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM E103

Friday AM
Everybody Reads; 8:00 am - cafeteria 
Peer Mediation, 8:00 am, - RM E103
Team Cairo tutoring with Ms. Mazzone, 8:10 am - library media center
Friday PM
Girls' Soccer Gams vs Macfarland, 4:00 pm
Boys' Soccer Game vs Macfarland, 5:00 pm
Dance Competition practice, 3:30 - 4:45 pm  
Food for thought...

What Makes Effective Schools Soar?
In this Kappan article, Karin Chenoweth, an author based at the Education Trust, draws on her new book, How It's Being Done: Urgent Lessons from Unexpected Schools (Harvard Education Press, 2009), to zero in on what's different in a number of highly effective urban schools she's researched:
            "They ruthlessly organize themselves around one thing: helping students learn a great deal," says Chenoweth, which means putting in place unconventional structures that support learning.
            These schools don't assume that students necessarily have certain skills and knowledge. "They begin by figuring out what children need to know and be able to do," says Chenoweth. "They assess what their students already know and are able to do; they figure out how to move students from where they are to where they need to be; and then they analyze what students have learned and whether they need further instruction. They do this systematically grade by grade, class by class, student by student, month by month, and day by day, carefully and relentlessly."
            They use the best instructional materials and approaches (including films and field trips), always looking at what's working to improve learning.
            Teachers in these schools have time blocked out every week for grade-level team meetings in which they map curriculum, look at assessment results, share best practices, and improve their craft. Teaching is public and collaborative, says Chenoweth, and "teachers who don't contribute or openly sabotage such efforts begin to stand out."
            They operate as schools, not as a collection of isolated classrooms. "This means, among other things, that they tackle such questions as discipline and teacher quality... with schoolwide responses," says Chenoweth. For example, if a school decides to have a rule against wearing hats, it's enforced in all parts of the building.

"It Can Be Done, It's Being Done, and Here's How" by Karin Chenoweth in Phi Delta Kappan, September 2009 (Vol. 91, #1, p. 38-43); this article is available for purchase at

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