Tiger Times Newsletter

Pleasantdale Middle School

10.7.18

Another Great Week at the Middle School!

It was another great week of learning at the middle school this week! We kicked off our school-wide read of the book Refugee by Alan Gratz and I have heard many students excited to find out where the story goes from here. There is so much learning going on that I can't even begin to capture it in a school newsletter. If you want to know more, please ask your child. And don't just ask them, "How was your day at school?" because you already know the one-word answer you will receive. Consider some alternative questions to learn more and keep the lines of communication open with your child like in this blog post.


The students really seem to have the routines down and are progressing as they should be in their studies. Most importantly, so many of the students really enjoy coming to school (even if they won't admit it to you). This is a testament to the relationships our staff has with the students, the interesting and engaging learning opportunities that are being created for them, and your continued support from home. We greatly value the partnerships we have between home and school.

We Are Always Looking to Improve...

So, if you have a suggestion for us, please don't hesitate to reach out and share your ideas. In my many conversations with parents, there are times when I hear about something that has been frustrating the parent (or worse, the student) for in some cases a lengthy period of time. Please don't let this be you. If you hear something that doesn't sound quite right or if you see something that needs to be reviewed, please reach out to us directly to obtain the accurate information or to put a need on our radar. Together, we will create an even better Pleasantdale!

Items We Collect...

As students head to middle school, parents are sometimes looking for ways to support the school from a distance. One way is to support our collections drives throughout the year. Periodically, different student groups will organize collections for worthy causes. Because these are student-driven, we don't often know about them far in advance but want to support them nonetheless. Please keep reading this newsletter for future collections.


In the meantime, we are always collecting the following items:


  • Boxtops for education-$.10 is given back to the school (PTO in our case) to support our schools
  • Pop tabs-we collect pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities-watch this video about how one little pop tab can make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Recess donations-if you are getting rid of soccer balls, volleyballs, basketballs, kickballs or other types of balls, please consider donating them to our school for recess.

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 8

-No school, Columbus Day


Tuesday, October 9

-No school for students, Teacher Institute Day


Wednesday, October 10

-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


Thursday, October 11

-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

-Girls Basketball at Gurrie

-Cross-Country Meet at Home, 4:15 p.m., Girls race first

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

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

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

A Look Ahead...

Monday, October 15

Conference Cross Country Meet @LT South, 4:15 p.m., Girls race first


Tuesday, October 16

Girls Basketball vs. Highlands at Home, 4:15 p.m.


Wednesday, October 17


Thursday, October 18

Girls’ Basketball vs. Willow at Home, 4:15 p.m.


Friday, October 19


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