Tiger Times Newsletter

Pleasantdale Middle School

January 13, 2019

It was great to be back!

The hallways were back alive this week with the energy of the students...and it was great! The time away and the new year brought the kids back eager to learn, see their teachers, and be with their friends. The learning opportunities that are being developed by the teachers are going to continue to challenge the students and make them think about the world in which they live. Watching the growth occur, both physically as well as emotionally, is rewarding to see as an educator. Together, parents and staff members, we are having a lasting impact on these students that is helping shape them into the people they are becoming. This is exciting and I'm excited to continue to partner with each of you on this journey.

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

Winter Pep Assembly, Friday, January 18--Unique Assembly Schedule

The student council is excited to host the Winter Pep Assembly this Friday!


Winter Pep Assembly Schedule

Friday, January 18, 2019

Period Time

1 8:20-9:00 a.m.

2 9:03-9:40 a.m.

3 9:43-10:20 a.m.

4 10:23-11:00 a.m.

5 5/6th Lunch 11:03-11:43 a.m.

6 7th/8th Lunch 11:46-12:26 p.m.

7 12:29-1:06 p.m.

8 1:09-1:45 p.m.

9 1:48-2:25 p.m.

Winter Pep Assembly

2:25-3:22 p.m.

Parent and Student Evening Presentation about Stress at Gurrie Middle School this Tuesday

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.


Stress Less Presentation by NAMI, hosted at Gurrie Middle School


Please Join Us for a Wonderful Presentation for Parents AND Students to Share Together:


January 15th, 2019

Gurrie Middle School Gym

1001 South Spring Avenue LaGrange, IL 6:30-7:30 p.m.


What you will learn: Teenagers are experiencing stress at higher levels for many different reasons: school, friendships, family relationships, extracurricular activities. This presentation seeks to teach students how to identify causes of stress, develop stress management techniques, and learn mindfulness practice. Mindfulness not only reduces stress and anxiety in individuals but leads to better school performance and overall well-being. By addressing this community need, NAMI Metro Suburban hopes to teach students how to reduce stress and practice good mental health behaviors


Please RSVP and Bring Friends! The More the Merrier! RSVP at:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stress-less-life-hacks-for-school-success-tickets-54729735111https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stress-less-life-hacks-for-school-success-tickets-54729735111

"Like" (a movie) Screening at Lyons Township High School this Wednesday For Students and Parents

In today's technology-rich world, daily use of cell phones, tablets, and computers is the norm not only for most adults, but for many kids, as well. A simple fact is that the children in our school will never know a world before cell phones. We have made a commitment to supporting you and helping you navigate the world of the digital native. As such, I have a wonderful parent learning experience exclusively for parents in the Lyons Township.


The Lyons Township school districts have partnered with the Parent Community Network to bring you a community screening of LIKE a documentary about the impact of social media on our lives. This documentary explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of the film is to inspire and help equip us to self-regulate. The movie is described on the Like website as:


Technology is a tool. It's here to stay and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care, but what's really happening? Are we addicted? How do we stop? Where do we start? What do we need to know? By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives and on our civilization, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together. Our goal for this film is to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self regulate. It's not about blame. It's about looking in the mirror and empowering ourselves to create balance in our lives and to learn to be there for each other.


We hope you can join your neighbors for this important screening. The screening will take place on Wednesday, January 16 at the LTHS North Campus in the Reber Center (100 S Brainard Ave, La Grange, IL 60525) at 6:45 PM. This is a FREE event and parents are encouraged to attend with their children.


To register for this event please CLICK HERE.

CogAT Testing January 23 and 24-Grades 5-7

This is letting you know that Pleasantdale Middle School students in grades 5 – 7 will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) on Wednesday, January 23, and Thursday, January 24. We will have a special schedule on these days that will be shared in next week's Tiger Times Newsletter. This test measures general reasoning abilities in three domains: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal and is one component used in placing students into classes. Please help your child do his/her best by encouraging an early bedtime, providing a healthy breakfast, and having a conversation with him/her about always doing his/her best on classroom and standardized tests. Thank you!

5 Essentials Parent Survey

On December 17, you received an invitation from our superintendent, Dr. Dave Palzet, to complete the 5 Essentials Parent Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child's school from the perspective of parents, teachers, and students. In order to receive the most detailed reports from the survey data, we need parent participation. Personally, I have taken the survey for my kids' schools and it took me about 10 minutes. Please help us garner additional feedback by completing the survey at https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/


Thank you!

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, January 14

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

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

7th/8th Grade Author Visit-Adib Khorram, 9:00 a.m.

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

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


Tuesday, January 15

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

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

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

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

7th Grade Girls’ Volleyball Tryouts, 3:30-5 p.m., South Gym, Sports Physical Required To Tryout

Boys’ Basketball game @ Willow, 4:15 p.m.


Wednesday, January 16

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

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

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

5th Grade Outdoor Education Parent Meeting, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Cafeteria

Movie “Like” @ LTHS, 7 p.m.


Thursday, January 17

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

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

8th Grade Girls’ Volleyball Tryouts, 3:30-5 p.m., South Gym, Sports Physical Required To Tryout

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

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

Boys Basketball game @ Highlands, 4:15 p.m.


Friday, January 18

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

Winter Pep Assembly, 2:25-3:20 p.m., North Gym

8th Grade Fortnightly, 7-9 p.m., North Gym

A look ahead...

Monday, January 21

No School-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Tuesday, January 22

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, January 23

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

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

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

Cogat Testing, Grades 5-7, Special Schedule

Thursday, January 24

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

Cogat Testing, Grades 5-7, Special Schedule

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

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

Friday, January 25

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

8th Grade Fortnightly, 7-9 p.m., North Gym


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