Weekly Message from Principal Albright
I hope this beautiful October weekend found you outside at some point to enjoy Washington’s always stunning fall weather. On Saturday, our inaugural 8th grade Family BBQ was a big hit – a nice turnout for an event organized just to get us all together to eat hot dogs! It was great to see almost the entire 8th grade team of teachers there, painting faces, serving food, playing games, and meeting families. Did I say painting faces? Yes, 8th graders still like to get their faces painted and, unsurprisingly, really like moon bounces! I hope we get to do this again – perhaps when the good weather returns in the spring.
If you scroll through the calendar, you are noticing family and student events (e.g., trips to adventure park) really getting underway. I have been concerned that the intense pressure on our 8th graders to perform – which they meet head-on – needs to be balanced by a sense that 8th grade isn’t just about tough academics and heading towards high school. Our 8th graders have always done Deal proud when they leave us in June; I want them to know that we, too, will miss them. There is no better way than to share adventures with them throughout the year.
This week, we will have our well-attended High School Night at 6:30 on Thursday, October 23 – the 8th grader’s first stop on the way to 9th grade. While our students may not always be aware of the great array of options they have, I am sure that most parents are. High School Night will bring our DCPS high schools to you – you will be able to meet Deal alumni and leaders from each school. (7th grade families are also invited!) Lower down in this bulletin, the “8th Grade Corner” regularly updates news and events for 8th graders – there are already a number of open houses listed. I believe that the combination of a great foundation at Deal and strong DCPS options means that your students are really going to get what they need.
On Tuesday night at 6:30 there will be a parent meeting designed primarily for 6th grade parents – explaining how the IB assessment process works, why we believe it is significantly more useful than what has gone before, and how it will be translated into DCPS grades. I hope you are planning to attend: we will, however, repeat this session as well as post much of the information on our revised IB webspace on the Deal website.
Finally, late on Saturday a group of 18 very tired (and quite polite) Colombian exchange students arrived for a two-week stay here in DC. Our sister school, Liceo Pino Verde in Pereira, Colombia, seems to be a great partner – well-organized, committed to an IB education, and full of cheerful students (and staff). Check out our Twitter feed these weeks to follow what they are doing. Students will be attending classes for several days and touring DC; in reality, they will learning what it means to be an American teenager (and that is a good thing!)
Enjoy the week.
PS – Our first ARTward Bound event of the year, the Dance Theater of Harlem, was a huge success. We purchased 25 tickets for our students (our plan is to provide tickets for many events for free to Deal students) and ended up with almost 60 students and family members at this memorable performance. Some students had never seen dance/ballet – but were really enthusiastic afterwards. Our Vikings were awesome audience members, and seemed to recognize how special the evening was. We know we gave very short notice for the event; we are going to try some different ways to fairly distribute tickets. Our goal is for your child to get to a great music, theater, or dance performance this year – so keep tuned!
Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year from the Deal PTA!
Here are few important things we’d like to share with you:
- Our first PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2014 from 6:00-6:30 PM, prior to the sixth grade parent workshops. We especially invite all new parents to attend this meeting!
- At the second PTA meeting on October 8th we will vote on the updated By-Laws inclusive of our new name: Alice Deal Community Association, Inc. Please plan to attend.
- Be an early bird… Make your Deal PTA donation by Friday, August 22, 2014 and you will be eligible to win an iPad mini! The suggested donation is $150 per child, but any amount you can give is greatly appreciated. It is your participation and support that builds our sense of community for Deal’s students, parents, families, faculty, administrators and staff. You can contribute online, or place your check in an envelope in the PTA box at school.
- During enrollment/re-enrollment you should have completed a Deal Directory sheet. If you need to, please complete the enclosed form. Seventh and eighth grade parents, please review your contact information online. If you do not want your contact information published, please make certain you indicate that option.
- Click on “Join Our Email List” in the middle of the homepage (right below the news & announcements). This is the only way to receive the principal’s vital weekly bulletin, and it will ensure that you get the quarterly PTA newsletter and announcements throughout the year. Visit the website regularly for current news and information.
Your PTA donations do so much! They fund clubs, sports teams and the annual musical production. PTA donations also support important programs for all of our students throughout the year, including the sixth grade orientation, team-building trips for all of the grades and the eighth grade promotion ceremony. PTA donations provide grants to teachers to buy supplies to support classroom instruction, technology, partial scholarships for the International travel program and other student activities. The PTA provides funding for the Deal directory, website, newsletters, parent education workshops, books for the library and improvements to the building and grounds. This past school year, the PTA provided support for Period 8, an on-line instruction program with Kelly Miller Middle School, sound equipment improvements to the auditorium and Deal Gives Back Community Service Partnerships with the National Coalition for the Homeless.
Last, but not least, get involved! This is a critical time in your child’s development and education. When parents volunteer for school activities at Deal, it gives them a chance to be the “fly on the wall,” and get an inside view into their kids’ school lives. The Deal PTA strives to provide many important opportunities to get involved.
If you have any questions, or want to get involved, please contact us. The PTA needs you! We always welcome new faces and new ideas!
Cathy House, PTA President
cell: (202) 468-3541
home: (202) 829-2934