Weekly Message from Principal Albright
While most are excited that the school doors are about to shut on 2013-2104, there are those few (students among them) who wistfully wish thy wouldn’t close. Count me among those. The adolescents that we (you and Deal) nurture don’t stop growing and thinking during the summer. What does change for us is the opportunity to provide an ever-more interesting array of activities. Your children are off for the summer and off from the intensity that is Deal. I am sure that each of you has plans galore for their time at home. Luckily after a bit of rest and relaxation, they will be back clamoring for interesting things to do. And we are already working on what next year looks like.
All of us need to time to recharge, of course, and summer fits the bill wonderfully. Almost all of us get excited for the end of something and the start of something else. Out there are 400+ 5th graders looking across Fort Drive and hoping that everything they have heard is true and that it is going to be great. Our current 6th and 7th graders are just like those 5th graders – wondering what the next year brings. The year ends not with a whimper but with a bang – trips, emotional events, some parties, lots of celebrations. They may wonder whether 2014-2015 will top this year – or perhaps even just be a fresh start. But they know they will be back.
The 8th graders are in a different place. They are wistful. The students who came to the dance last Friday, their last Deal dance, were almost unidentifiable in their formality. Dresses, suits, hair, shoes, purses, accessories – it was so much more than just a dance. So many photos were taken out front that it seemed they would never get inside (for even more photos). Inside, they did seem like kids – thumping DJ and jumping students – and one had to look carefully to see them as the 6th graders they once were. High heels for some were the mark of a transition to young adulthood; running around in socks and bare feet because the heels hurt so much reminded us that they weren’t that far from childhood.
On Tuesday, all of us get to bid farewell to this class of 2014. They are being promoted at the beautiful Warner Theater. They will again, briefly, strain to be young adults – quiet, eager, respectful, energetic. They probably won’t be able to contain their happiness, however. When we are gathered together, we won’t be able to contain our happiness either. These 395 young men and women are the product of a partnership between educators and parents – who they are has been affected by all of us. At the end of 8th grade we celebrate how far they have come – all of them in a different place – but also are excited because we have just begun to see who they will be.
NB. There will be at least one more bulletin (next Sunday) to wrap up the school year. During the summer we may send one or two more out depending on need (whether we have something that we think you need to know!) but the next item to look for is your summer packet, which will get to you in early August.
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