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Meet our Board

Dan Monkman-Dan was our PTA treasurer last year. He is thrilled to be our new president. He has two daughters. Shayna will be a 3rd grader this year and Addison will be going into 1st grade.

Katarina Gasevski -This will be Katarina's third year on the board as vice president. She has three children Amelia who will be in 6th grade at Walnut Creek, Maya will be in 4th grade this year and her youngest Mateo is 3 years old.

Meredith Ben-Meredith returns for her second year as vice president. She has a daughter, Madison, in 4th grade and a son Jacob, who will be in 2nd grade this year.

Karina Ortega-Karina is new to the board this year. She will be our treasurer. Karina's daughter Rebeca will be in 4th grade this year. She has a 4 year old son named Santiago.

Darlene Shamoun-We are happy to welcome Darlene to the PLE PTA as our new secretary. Darlene has three children in our school. Scarlett will be going into 3rd grade this year. Cristiano will be in 2nd grade and Johnpaul is entering kindergarten this fall.

Lisa Fenberg-Lisa has served as the PLE PTA president for the past two years. She will continue her work on the board as head of membership this year. Lisa has two boys. Justin will be going into 3rd grade and her son Luke will start Walnut Creek in 6th grade.

Aparna Yeluripati will continue to work with students doing our Reflections program. Arparna has run this program for several years at Pleasant Lake. She has a daughter, Abhiti that will be going into third grade this year.

Five Below Fundraiser

We will be holding a fundraiser with the West Bloomfield Five Below. It is located at Orchard Lake and Fourteen Mile Roads. If you still need to purchase school supplies please visit Five Below between August 8th and August 22nd. Five Below carries many other items as well. You can do more than just back to school shopping while you are there.

Five Below is all cool, all trendy, all $1-$5, all the time! (Seriously, all the time!) Their stores are jam-packed with handpicked stuff that falls under eight cool worlds: style, room, sports, tech, crafts, party, candy & now. Amazing, trendy products include sporting & fitness stuff, graphic tees, collectibles, beauty, candy, room décor, stationery, books, tech gear, seasonal and SO much more.

Five Below Flyer

You will need to print a copy of the attached flyer and take it with you when you shop. Pleasant Lake will receive 10% of all of the proceeds we earn during the week. Please share this flyer with your friends, neighbors and family too.

Help Us Win $5,000

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PTA Membership Drive

The Pleasant Lake PTA would love to have 100% of our families join the PTA this year. We will be holding a membership drive during the kindergarten meet and greet on August 23rd between 5:00 - 6:00 PM. We will also be at the general meet and greet on August 27th from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Look for our table in front of the media center. You will be able to join the PTA at this time. We will accept cash, credit cards and checks. The PTA will be giving away prizes to families who join during these two events. We will also put your family's name on our PTA sharks that will be hanging in the hallway. We hope to see you there!

Boo Hoo Breakfast

Calling all parents of incoming kindergarten students. We would like to invite you to join our PTA on August 29th from 9:15 to 10:00 am. After you drop your child off in class come grab a cup of coffee and a light breakfast. This will be an opportunity to meet other kindergarten parents and find out about some of the opportunities Pleasant Lake can offer you and your children.

Calendar of Events


Kindergarten Meet and Greet

August 23rd

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Meet and Greet

August 27th

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Boo Hoo Breakfast

August 29th

9:15 - 10:00 am


PTA Meeting

September 4

6:30 pm

Outdoor Movie Night

September 7th

7:00 - 10:00 pm


PTA Meeting

October 1

6:30 pm

Fun Run

October 5th

During school hours

Trunk or Treat

October 26th

6:00 - 8:00 pm


Restaurant Fundrasier

November 6th

Library Pub West Bloomfield (11 am - close)

PTA Meeting

October 12

6:30 pm

Pastries with Parents (Last names ending in A - L)

November 14

8:00 am

Pastries with Parents (Last names ending in M - Z)

November 15

8:00 am

Send Them In ...

We are still collecting empty Little Bites wrappers. We get money for each one we receive. Please continue to send them to school with your child. There is a collection bin in both the upper and the lower elementary hallways.

Store Rewards Programs


Once logged in to your My Way account from the 'Account" drop down menu select Cash for Education. Please add Pleasant Lake for all quarters.

Don’t forget to re-enroll by January 1st to participate in the 2018 Cash for Education program. All participants must re-enroll annually. Once registered, simply shop, provide your Busch’s MyWay phone number or key tag at the register and receive credit for Pleasant Lake PTA. It’s that easy! Just be sure to follow the below steps to participate for the New Year.

Steps to Take:

  • Sign into your MyWay account and select “Cash for Education” from the dropdown menu underneath your name to reselect Pleasant Lake Elementary PTA.
  • If you haven’t done so already, you must include a valid email and opt-in to receive emails to participate in this program. You can check this under My Account > Account Holder when logged into MyWay. Busch’s will use this email to communicate any updates or changes to the Cash for Education Program. Email is also a great way to receive information regarding weekly specials, offers and Busch’s coupons, which are sent exclusively to MyWay members.
  • Select up to four organizations that you would like to support for each quarter using the drop down menu. Purchases will be allocated equally between your chosen organizations.
  • You may now also include the student you’re supporting.
  • You may change your organizations and student at any time, but only those selected at the end of each quarter will receive credit.

Our parent volunteer in charge is Katarina Gasevski:

Thank you again for supporting our children, families and staff!

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Pleasant Lake PTA

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.