Weekly Message from Principal Albright
The holiday weekend, backed up with last Friday’s professional day, leads to another short week. It is important as families work through the busy fall months that students be supported when school schedules are disrupted by various events. Although a long month or more of uninterrupted school weeks can be exhausting for all, it does allow us to get into a bit of an academic rhythm. Everyone looks ahead to holidays, but they can be tricky for students to navigate, as their timing can get thrown off. Something to keep in mind, and make sure that you are helping them keep an eye on the calendar to avoid unpleasant surprises!
At the end of this week, our guests from the Pino Verde School in Pereyra, Colombia, come for the first round of our exchange program. These middle school students will be staying with host families here; we will return the favor when we see them in Colombia in February. This has been a new event for us, as our former Spanish Humanities teacher, Ms. Ana Cadavid, is now on faculty at Pino Verde and is managing the other side of the leg. The Colombian students will be sitting in classes for a few days, taking some classic DC trips, and in general getting to see what life is like here in the capital of the United States. They will be arriving this weekend, and staying for two weeks. Watch our twitter feed for additional updates!
This coming weekend is also our first grade-level family event, courtesy of our PTA and the 8th grade team of teachers. From 10 until 12 on Saturday, 8th grade families will be sharing food together at Deal, meeting others whose names they have heard about for three years, and generally just having fun. We think it is a good idea to get together; we hope they agree! Our 6th grade has a series of family events organized by team coming up in a few weeks; 7th grade is still in the planning stages.
On Friday, we will finally have our Picture Day, postponed from last week because of a conflict with the scheduling for the first round of our English Unit Assessments. Students will be called down during their science class, and can provide the payment envelopes at that time to the picture vendor.
Enjoy the week.
Please note that the date of the next Principal’s Coffee has been moved yet again from October 22 to October 21. Please pardon the shifting schedule!
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