Tiger Times Newsletter

Pleasantdale Middle School

10.21.18

Red Ribbon Week at the Middle School

Life is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free

Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention awareness campaign celebrated in October each year. Throughout the week, kids are encouraged to make positive choices by staying away from drugs and alcohol.


Did you know? Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations (redribbon.org).


Monday-Wake up drug-free – wear your PJ's to school


Tuesday-Athletes stay away from drugs - wear your favorite jersey


Wednesday-Laugh to stay away from drugs – wear something to represent your favorite Vine (Vine was an app in which videos of 6 seconds long were recorded and shared--it no longer is in service but many of the videos can be found on youtube and some of the characters have huge followings--ask your kid if you want to know more.)


Thursday-Travel the world drug-free - wear something to celebrate your heritage or culture


Friday-Red Ribbon Celebration wear red

Ask your child about the book, Refugee

Please ask your child these questions regarding their reading of the book, Refugee:


1. Discuss the reasons that Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud’s families leave their homes. What are the situations in each of their lives that force them to flee? How are their situations similar and how are they different?


2. Why do you think the author chose to tell these three stories in alternating chapters? What is the effect on the reader of moving back and forth between the stories from different periods of history?


If you aren't reading this book with your child, I highly recommend you consider doing so. It is an engaging book for all ages and so many of the kids I've talked to are being impacted by the stories of the characters.


Questions above from Scholastic

Special Schedule on Wednesday, October 24

This coming Wednesday, October 24, we have concurrent assemblies scheduled for all grade levels. 5/6th grades are going to hear from author Aaron Renier and 7/8th grades are going to listen to the LT choirs. All assemblies begin at 1 p.m. Because all of the grade levels will be attending assemblies, we will run a unique assembly schedule on this day. The assembly schedule can be found here. You will notice that lunches are a little earlier on this day.

Parent Conference Sign Up Information

If you missed the email from Friday, October 19, that explains when (Thursday, November 1st at 10:00 a.m.) and how to sign up for parent conferences (Monday, November 19 and Tuesday, November 20), please see a copy of it here.

#RealTalk about Vaping Parent Presentation this Thursday Evening

Please consider coming to the Parent Presentation about Vaping this Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. in our cafeteria. Come early if you can and experience the "Hidden in Plain Sight" mock child's bedroom demonstrating to you where he/she could hide items he/she doesn't want you to find. For more information (or to see the dates of other presentations in the Township) and to register, please see a copy of the email that was sent home on October 11th here.

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.

The Week...

Monday, October 22-Wake up drug-free – wear your PJ’s to school

5th and 6th Grade Girls Choir, 7:30 a.m., Music Room

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

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

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

Mock Newbery Book Club, 3:30-4:25 p.m., Library

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

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


Tuesday, October 23-Athletes stay away from drugs - wear your favorite jersey

Boys Choir rehearsal, 7:30 a.m., Music Room

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, October 24-Laugh to stay away from drugs – wear something to represent your favorite Vine-Special Assembly Schedule

7th/8th Grade Girls Choir rehearsal, 7:30 a.m., Music Room

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

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

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

Author Aaron Renier visit, grades 5 & 6 @ 1:00 p.m.
LT Choir visit, grades 7 & 8 @ 1:00 p.m.

7th Grade Boys Basketball Try-outs, 3:30-5 p.m.


Thursday, October 25-Travel the world drug-free, wear something to celebrate your heritage or culture

Boys Choir rehearsal, 7:30 a.m., Music Room

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

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

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

Photography Club 3:30-4:30 p.m.

STEM Club 3:30-4:30 p.m.

8th Grade Boys Basketball Try-outs, 3:30-5 p.m.

#Realtalk about Vaping Parent Presentation by Coalition for a drug-free LT, 7-8:30 p.m., Cafeteria


Friday, October 26-Red Ribbon Celebration wear red

5th/6th/7th/8th Grade Girls Choir combined rehearsal, 7:30 a.m., Music Room

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

Yoga, 7:30-8:10 a.m., South Gym

A Look Ahead...

Monday, October 29-Spanish Club - Day of the Dead Skulls-3:30-4:25 p.m.

Tuesday, October 30

Wednesday, October 31- Halloween

Thursday, November 1 - Parent Conference Sign up begins -10:00 a.m.

Friday, November 2-Friday Night Live-6-8:00 p.m., all grades invited

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