Tiger Times Newsletter

Pleasantdale Middle School

11.18.18

Remembering To Be Grateful For What We Have...Especially The Little Things

I just watched a video on Facebook in which a family wakes up with many gifts that are wrapped to provide many surprises. However, these were not the ordinary gifts that many people hope to receive in the coming months. These were everyday items for many of us who are so fortunate to live where we live and have what we have including a cup of coffee, food, shoes, a work bag, and even a car. The excitement and happiness this father expressed were over-the-top to the point where I found myself almost laughing out loud.


Upon reflection of this video, it did such an impactful job of making a very serious point that we all can learn from and pass on to our children--be grateful for the gifts you already have. In this age of comparison, of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) on social media, or of trying to impress others with always feeling like we have to have the latest new thing, it takes us (the parents) to model for our children and remind them how fortunate we already are. Food on the table each day, a roof over our head with heat as the weather turns, clothes, shoes, a daily shower and even the ability to go to an amazing school like Pleasantdale Middle School full of people who work extremely hard and care deeply about each and every child are all things that I am grateful for today and every day.

Tips for Positive and Productive Parent/Teacher Conferences From Teachers

As parents prepare for parent/teacher conferences on Monday and Tuesday, here's a short article providing tips for parents from teachers in the field to make these important meetings most successful. Please click here for more information.

Metra Safety Poster and Essay Contest

Metra Safety Poster and Essay Contest - For the 13th straight year, Metra asked the region's students to illustrate through posters or essays the importance of safe behaviors near railroad tracks and rail crossings. The theme for the 2018-2019 school year: “Use Your Senses" emphasizes the importance of being aware and using all your senses -- including common sense -- when around trains and railroad tracks. The contest is open to all students in grades K through 12 living or attending school in Metra’s six-county service area: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will. The deadline for all entries is Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Information on the winners of the 2017-2018 contest can be found here.

Lost and Found Reminder

Please remember to check the lost and found when you come to parent conference as items will be donated over the Thanksgiving break. The students have been reminded through our morning announcements this week!

Rescheduled Parent Education Presentation-The Technology Your Children Are Using-Rescheduled to Thursday, December 13 at 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Come to hear and ask about the technology and apps your children are using in this low-key, informative sessions led by Principal Sonntag. We'll discuss apps like Youtube, Snapchat, Instagram, Musically, and much more! In addition, some parental advice from one parent to another will be shared about how best to manage and stay on top of what your children are doing online.

End of First Trimester is November 14 and Report Cards

The end of the first trimester is Wednesday, November 14. Report cards are scheduled to be published inside your Skyward account at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 19.


The first and second-trimester report cards are published online, while the third-trimester report card will be printed and mailed home to you shortly after the school year ends in June.

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, November 19-Parent Conferences, 1-8 p.m., Middle School Book Fair, 1-8 p.m.

Tuesday, November 20-Parent Conferences, 12-7 p.m., Middle School Book Fair, 12-7 p.m.

Wednesday, November 21-No School

Thursday, November 22-Happy Thanksgiving! No School

Friday, November 23-No School

A Look Ahead...


Monday, November 26

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

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

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

STEM Club, 3:30-4:25, Stem Room

Volleyball Intramurals, 3:30-4:25, South Gym


Tuesday, November 27

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., South Gym

Boys Basketball game Vs. Gurrie, 4:15 p.m.


Wednesday, November 28

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

Boys Basketball and Cheerleading pictures after school

Boys Basketball game vs. Washington, 4:15 p.m.


Thursday, November 29

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

SAT practice session 7:30 a.m.

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

Boys Basketball game Vs. Willow @ 4:15


Friday, November 30

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

Yoga South Gym 7:30 a.m.

Positive Acts Within our School (PAWS) Breakfast 7:45-8:15 a.m.

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