I hope that over the Winter Break all members of the Deal community – students, parents, Deal staff, neighbors – have an opportunity to rest, relax, reenergize, and prepare to return! These two weeks come when the nights are longest and the days are shortest, which reminds us that life is expected to slow down. For many of us, there are important traditions associated with this time of year, traditions that help center us in our identities. For others of us, this time is two weeks away from the day-to-day experiences and helps us look forward to what is to come. For all of us, the time is needed; I hope you enjoy it in a way that is best for you.
As usual, life at Deal will continue at reasonable speed until the end of the week. There is excellent teaching planned for every day and every period, and we love to have your children with us. As I noted last week, the 2nd advisory continues after the break for a few more weeks and it is essential that students get any late work in before we depart Friday afternoon. On Friday afternoon, we will have a Winter Assembly at the end of the day (although all classes will meet on Friday) to celebrate all of us in community together. (Note to the wise: it is virtually impossible to pick up your child early on Friday afternoon as they will be in the gym – please wait until after school that day!)
This last week saw a wonderful Winter Concert, A World of Tradition, and it was truly lovely. There was a great crowd and it was treated to amazing performances. Our students never disappoint when performing – looking sharp and sounding better. Ms. Myers and Mr. Lewis proved again what sterling work they do with jazz band, symphonic band, percussion ensemble, and the strings ensemble. For our newest music teacher, Ms. Suslov (A Cappella), it was a special evening as well – the All-School Choir was accompanied on the piano by Ms. Suslov’s own choir teacher from school! Special thanks to Ms. Rosenthal (string quartet) for her performance as well.
There were a couple of other interesting items of note: we had a wonderful Hour of Code on Monday pm in the media center, (thank you Ms. Wellersdick and Ms. Redekopp!). Ms. Wellersdick has been central in our efforts to add computer programming (sign up right now for Period 8!) into the life of our school; Ms. Redekopp has also spearheaded our 3-D printing effort. On the language side, Mr. Zhi met with a number of parents of students in our Chinese classes that had agreed to host our Chinese student exchange group in February, 2015. Our partnership with Yu Cai (in Beijing) will be enhanced as well when we travel to visit their school in April on the World Language trips.
In just about seven weeks, the Deal community will get together for our annual Deal Auction, organized by our wonderful Alice Deal Community Association (PTA). In today’s bulletin (below) there is an appeal for auction items – both outrageous and traditional – and I want to encourage you to donate something. There is so much that this community has to offer – whether it is associated with your work or your avocation, whether it is from a friend, or something you have at home. The Deal Auction is run a bit differently from other auctions – the ADCA sees it as an important fundraiser, but more importantly has tried to make it just a great community event (like the International Night). It is a chance for all of us to come together, break bread, talk, and then commit some money to a good cause – why we are all here anyway! If you can make sure that you are donating something, or making sure you come and buy something donated, I can continue to commit that I will work with the ADCA to use those funds to make your child’s experience at Deal all it can be. Every year we have significant challenges in this great public school – and your support helps us meet them time and time again. So, please be generous.
Have a great week.
PS – please also note the first item in Student and Parent Information regarding registering student DC One Cards. WMATA has been asking families to register their students’ DC One Card online for about six months; they are planning to have this be an expectation of student use of the DC One Card on their buses. Students would tap in to the reader at the front of the bus as they enter. I hope that you have already registered, but if not, we are going to do a registration effort at lunch for the next two days. Students just have to bring their DC One Cards (per usual) and we will have an orderly way to register them with our laptop carts.
Also note that in February there will be a change to the D routes using Military Road; there will be no interruption in service but there will be a slight detour (details coming) that will have the buses avoid the Military Road/16th Street intersection.