Tiger Times Newsletter

Pleasantdale Middle School

February 3, 2019

Thank you!

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your flexibility this week as the #PolarVortex2019 swept through our neighborhoods. First and foremost, our priority is to keep ensure that our students and staff are safe, and I believe we made the right decisions about when to cancel or not cancel school. We know canceling creates an added layer for you and we appreciate your flexibility and continued support as we create a community of inspired learners here in Pleasantdale.


Make it a great week! The choice is yours.

Friday Night Live--Game Night this Friday--Play-4-Pets, 6-8 p.m., Donations Accepted All Week

Students are invited to Game Night this Friday from 6:00-8:00 pm in the APR & Library sponsored by the Student Council. Help us help animals in need by bringing items or money to donate to the West Suburban Humane Shelter. There will be an Uno tournament, Kahoot, crafts, concessions and more! This event is for Pleasantdale Middle School students only. We hope all students are able to attend!
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5 Essentials Parent Survey

Please help us by completing the survey at https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/ . We are currently only at 11% and need at least 20% in order to receive valuable feedback reports. The survey closes February 15. Please take 7-10 minutes to complete the survey right now.


Thank you!

Mark Your Calendars-Make Up Days

Please make sure your calendars have both Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22 as student attendance days because of the snow/cold days we've had this year. We'll keep you informed in the future about additional makeup days.

#Realtalk Next Steps: If You Suspect Your Child Is Vaping, (or May Vape in the Future) Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Pleasantdale Middle School

#Reatalk About Your Child's/Teen's Future, Thursday, February 7, 7:00 p.m., Pleasantdale Middle School Cafeteria/APR


According to a recent survey at LTHS, 29% of freshman tried vaping. 58% of seniors have. This presentation will provide an update of new trends/ science about teen vaping. Parents will leave with tools and talking points to have a conversation with their teen. The LTHS resource/police officers will be present to answer parents concerns and the consequences of using these illegal substances.


For more information, please see the flyer here.


RSVP by emailing Cindy at ckfrymark@me.com

Upcoming Parent Evening Presentations in the Area

The Principals at the Lyons Township middle schools meet regularly to collaborate and share ideas in an effort to best meet the needs of our students, parents, and staff. One of the items that we'd like to begin doing more frequently is to share parent presentations that each of us are hosting in an effort to provide a more diverse offering and more opportunities for parents to learn together about how best to support your children.


Ending the Silence for Parents presented by NAMI on Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. at

McClure Junior High, 4225 Wolf Road, Western Springs, IL 60558

Let's begin the conversation about mental illness and end the stigma...and the silence. This 1-hour presentation for parents and primary caregivers includes information about mental health warning signs, facts and statistics, and how to talk with your child and how to work with his/her school.

Click here to register.


Detective Richard Wistocki on Social Media Safety on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. at

Gurrie Middle School, 1001 S. Spring Ave., LaGrange, IL 60525

Retired Naperville Police Detective provide straightforward and practical information for parents about how to supervise your children and keep them safe online.

Click here to register.


Dr. Michael Maniacci on Anxiety and Resistance in Youth on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. at McClure Junior High, 4225 Wolf Road, Western Springs, IL 60558

If you haven't heard Dr. Maniacci speak, you are missing out. He has a wonderful way of connecting with parents using real situations that he's encountered in his many year support youth and families. This 1-hour presentation for parents and caregivers include symptoms of anxiety and list 5 strategies to deal with anxiety.

Click here to register.

Introduce a Girl to STEM Day at LTHS for 6-8th Grade Girls-Saturday, February 23

If you have a current 6-8th grade girl, this 2nd Annual "Introduce a Girl to STEM" (IAGTSTEM) Day may be for you. It is from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at LT's South Campus!


IAGTSTEM Day is sponsored by the (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) GEMS club is an amazing experience where the aim is to develop the love of STEM in the 6th-8th grade girls in our surrounding community. Research has shown that it's in these junior high years that many young girls lose their STEM passion, and we want to change that. The event will have sessions for each aspect of STEM. The way the day is set up enables each attendee to pick two of the four STEM areas that they are most interested in and learn more in-depth about that area with our high school GEMS leaders through fun games, challenges, experiments and more! Any girls from grades 6th-8th are invited to join us to learn more about the worlds of Math, Science, Engineering and Technology and meet lots of other girls with similar interests. See the information below and on the flyer at the bottom.


In person registration: Jan. 22, 6:00-8 pm Lyons Township North Campus Vaughn Building Lobby, stair entrance across the street from the clocktower


Online registration: Opens Jan. 23 on Lyons Township High School's Web Store, under 'GEMS’


Questions can be directed to:

COMMITTEE CHAIR: Evie Anagnos at ana506230@d204.lths.net

GEMS CLUB SPONSOR: Loyola Pasiewicz at lpasiewicz@d204.lths.net


Introduce a Girl to STEM Day Flyer, Information, and Signup

Here's the February Lunch Menu

Follow Us on Twitter @Pdaleprincipal for updates and pictures of the happenings around the middle school

Tiger Tipline

While it is always best to talk directly to a staff member, we understand that sometimes this can be uncomfortable or difficult for students or parents. At Pleasantdale Middle School, we offer the Tiger Tipline as an anonymous tool for reporting unsafe, uncomfortable, or unkind behaviors and situations. We explicitly teach the students that if they ever see something or hear something that makes them feel unsafe, uncomfortable, or is unkind, either online or in person, they should tell a “trusted adult” which could be parents, school personnel, or other adults in their lives. The Tiger Tipline can be accessed here and we will post the link in Schoology and create a shortcut to the link on the student devices for easy access.

Dates for the Year

If you are like me, you want to know the dates for the year as far in advance as possible. As long as you understand that something may change due to unforeseen circumstances, I’d like to provide you access to the dates we’ve planned for the year (many of which are in the paper calendar you received in the mail). To access the middle school calendar dates, please click here.

This Week...

Monday, February 4

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Orchestra, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room-with Mr. Gallai

Open Art, 7:30 a.m., Art Room

Open Library, 3:30-4:25 p.m.

Team Tigers Intramurals, 3:30-4:25 p.m., South Gym

Middle School Pet Supply Donation week sponsored by the Student Council to benefit the West Suburban Humane Society. Donations will be collected in 1st-period classes this week and at Friday Night Live--Game Night on Friday. Items needed; paper towels, antibacterial hand soap, 6-inch paper plates, postage stamps - please click here for a full list of items needed.


Tuesday, February 5

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Band, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room-with Mr. Gallai

ACT Prep, 7:30 a.m., Room 6

Open Art, 7:30 a.m., Art Room

Open Library, 3:30-4:25 p.m.

Gaming Club,3:30-4:25 p.m., Room 24

Spirit Squad, 3:30-4:25 p.m., Room 25

Girls Volleyball vs. Gurrie, 4:15 p.m.


Wednesday, February 6

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Orchestra, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room-with Mr. Gallai

ACT Prep, 7:30 a.m., Room 6

Student Council Meeting, 7:30 a.m., Room 25

Open Art, 7:30 a.m., Art Room


Thursday, February 7

Band rehearsal, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room-with Mr. Gallai

Open Art, 7:30 a.m., Art Room

Student Council Meeting**, 7:30 a.m., Room 25

**Thursday meetings are meant for the students that cannot come on Wednesdays

ACT Prep, 7:30 a.m., Room 6

5th Grade Band, 3:30-4:25 p.m. Band/Orchestra Room-with Mr. Gallai

Open Library, 3:30-4:25 p.m.

Team Tigers, 3:30-4:25 p.m., South Gym

Cooking Club, 3:30-4:25 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs. Park Red, 4:15 p.m.

Parent Cafe, #Realtalk about Vaping--Next Steps, 7:00 p.m. in the APR


Friday, February 8

Jazz Band Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room-with Mr. Gallai

Open Art, 7:30 a.m., Art Room

Friday Night Live-- “Game Night - Play 4 Pets” 6:00-8:00 pm in the APR & Library. Help us help animals in need by bringing items or money to donate to the West Suburban Humane Shelter. There will be an Uno tournament, Kahoot, crafts, concessions and more! This event is for Pleasantdale Middle School students only.


Saturday, February 9

Science and Engineering Competition, 8-12 p.m.

A look ahead...

Monday, February 11

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Orchestra, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room-with Mr. Gallai

Open Art, 7:30 a.m., Art Room

Open Library, 3:30-4:25 p.m.

Spirit Squad, 3:30-4:25 p.m., Room 25

Team Tigers Intramurals, 3:30-4:25 p.m., South Gym


Tuesday, February 12

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Band, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room-with Mr. Gallai

Open Art, 7:30 a.m., Art Room

Open Library, 3:30-4:25 p.m.

STEM Club, 3:30-4:25 p.m., STEM room

Girls Volleyball @ Highlands, 4:15 p.m.


Wednesday, February 13

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Orchestra, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room-with Mr. Gallai

ACT Prep, 7:30 a.m., Room 6

Student Council Meeting, 7:30 a.m., Room 25

Open Art, 7:30 a.m., Art Room


Thursday, February 14

Band rehearsal, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room-with Mr. Gallai

Open Art, 7:30 a.m., Art Room

Student Council Meeting**, 7:30 a.m., Room 25

**Thursday meetings are meant for the students that cannot come on Wednesdays

ACT Prep, 7:30 a.m., Room 6

8th Grade Elective Course Registration and 8th Grade Pictures in the AM

5th Grade Band, 3:30-4:25 p.m. Band/Orchestra Room-with Mr. Gallai

Open Library, 3:30-4:25 p.m.

Team Tigers, 3:30-4:25 p.m., South Gym

Girls' Volleyball Pictures-Right after school

Girls' Volleyball vs. Park Blue, 4:15 p.m.


Friday, February 15

Jazz Band Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room-with Mr. Gallai

Questions? We're here to help!

Athletics: 708-246-7382

Mr. Mark Dreher, Athletic Director, mdreher@d107.org


Attendance notification: 708-246-3210, extension 5 or email middleattendance@d107.org before 8:20 a.m., please.


Health Office: 708-246-7619

Mrs. Denise Rende, Nurse, drende@d107.org


Main Office: 708-246-3210, extension 0

Mrs. Charlotte Reschke, Secretary, creschke@d107.org

Ms. Maria Cuevas, Clerical Aide, mcuevas@d107.org

Mrs. Brianne Malatt, Assistant Principal, bmalatt@d107.org, 708-246-7373

Mr. Griffin Sonntag, Principal, gsonntag@d107.org, 708-246-7609


Social Worker: 708-246-7505

Ms. Carrie Castaldo, social worker, ccastaldo@d107.org


All Staff Email Addresses