IMG_3424Weekly 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.

James Albright

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 2013-2014 School Year
from the Deal PTA!

 The Theme of this Coming School Year is: BUILDING COMMUNITY!

We hope you are enjoying summer and getting ready to play an active role in our school’s community. Deal’s middle school program continues to be strong! The Deal PTA plays an important role in supporting this great school by working hard to provide the “extras” that enrich our children’s educational experience.

Support the PTA!   The PTA depends on family participation and your contributions fund clubs, sports teams as well as the annual musical production.  PTA contributions also support important programs for all of our students throughout the year, from the Sixth-Grade Orientation and the annual team-building trip for our youngest students, to the Eighth-Grade Promotion ceremony.  PTA contributions provide grants to teachers to buy supplies to support classroom instruction, technology, Viking Time and other student activities.  In addition, the PTA provides funding for the Deal directory, website, newsletters, parent education workshops, books for the library and improvements to the building and grounds.  We can make so much happen, with every family’s support. 

To reach that goal in providing these important programs, activities, grants and supplies, we need to raise approximately $170,000. That amount might sound daunting but, in fact, it represents only about $15 per student per month over the upcoming school year.  This is your PTA and we ask that you support the PTA and be as generous as possible.  The suggested contribution is $150 per student and we encourage you to give more if you can; however, no contribution is too small.  It is your participation and support that ensures a great Deal and builds our sense of community for Deal’s students, parents, families, faculty, administrators and staff.

In addition to fundraising, the Deal PTA also works to provide information and to open avenues of communication among Deal parents, the school administration and the larger community. There are many ways for you to find out what’s happening at Deal:

  • Join the Email List
    This is the only way to receive Principal Albright’s indispensible Weekly Bulletin.  This will ensure that you get the PTA newsletter and all announcements via Constant Contact throughout the year.
  • Read the PTA newsletter, which is published electronically four times a year.
  • Visit the website, for current news and information.

Get involved!  This is a critical time in your child’s development and education, and middle school students are not as easily accessible as elementary students.  Unlike in elementary school, teachers are not asking for classroom volunteers or art assistants and parents are not meeting each other on the playground or at play dates. When parents volunteer for school activities at Deal, it gives them a chance to be a “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.  A list of these activities can be found HERE.

Our first PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 6:30 P.M., prior to the sixth grade parent workshops. Please plan on joining us!  Subsequent PTA meetings are planned for Wednesdays, Oct. 2nd and Nov. 20, 2013, during the first semester, and Wednesdays, March 19th and May 21, 2013, during the second semester. We will provide more detailed information about the agenda before each meeting. Every meeting gives you a chance to ask questions, make suggestions, meet and talk with other parents and hear important information about what is happening at Deal and in our community.

We look forward to a wonderful school year.  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 Co-President
Addy Schmitt, PTA Co-President


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