Tiger Times Newsletter

Pleasantdale Middle School

March 3, 2019

Mr. Victor Pacini, Erin's Law Assemblies For Students, Monday March 4

Here's the schedule for our Erin's Law Assemblies on Monday. We attempted to disrupt our students' schedules as little as possible. All class times and lunches are at the usual times.
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Peter Pan Performances, Friday, March 8, 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 9, 3 p.m.

Please consider coming out to see the talented students of Pleasantdale Middle School put on the musical, Peter Pan! Tell your friends, especially at the elementary school, that these shows are free and we'd love to fill all of the seats!


Peter Pan Free Performances:

Friday, March 8, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 9, 3 p.m.


We hope to see you there!

"Peter Pan" Musical Assembly Schedule, Thursday, March 7

During the morning of Thursday, March 7, our students will all get to experience this year's musical Peter Pan! Thank you to all of the students who have worked so hard to make this show amazing! Thank you in advance to our directors, Mr. Tatina and Mr. Ratcliff! I'm looking forward to seeing it!


Here's the schedule for the day--please note the changes in times for lunches and other classes.

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Last Call for Yearbook Orders!

Please order your child's yearbook today for $21. See the flyer here or see the email that came home a couple of weeks ago.


This year, yearbook orders were not available through registration. Yearbook orders are due now. Yearbooks and yearbook signing time in June is a very important time for the students. As you may or may not know, we provide the students time at the end of the year to gather together as a grade level and sign each other’s yearbook. This is a time for celebration and the kids enjoy signing (and having their yearbook signed). It is typical that more than 90% of our students’ families purchase yearbooks.


Yearbooks are being offered for $21 either by check or through the online ordering system. To order a yearbook, either print this form and send in a check with your child.


Questions? Please contact our school secretary, Mrs. Charlotte Reschke, at creschke@d107 or 708-246-3210.

Parent-Student Handbook Committee-Parent Volunteers Requested

We are planning on having our Parent/Student Handbook committee meet on Friday, March 8 from 9:00-10:30 in the middle school conference room. At this meeting, we will review suggestions for changes to our school handbooks for the 2019-2020 school year. We hope to have representation from elementary staff, middle school staff, and parents. If you are interested in being a part of this committee, please email Mr. Sonntag (gsonntag@d107.org) back by the end of the day on Wednesday, March 6.



Although we realize that this time may not be conducive for everyone's participation, we would welcome your voice through feedback about our current handbook. If interested, please read through the current handbook and send Mr. Sonntag your suggestions for improvement for the next school year by Wednesday, March 6. Our current handbook can be found on both schools' websites and is linked here: 18-19 Parent/Student Handbook


We plan to have these updates recommended to the school board at their March meeting.

Upcoming Parent Evening Presentations in the Area

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.


Dr. Michael Maniacci on Anxiety and Resistance in Youth on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. at McClure Junior High, 4225 Wolf Road, Western Springs, IL 60558

If you haven't heard Dr. Maniacci speak, you are missing out. He has a wonderful way of connecting with parents using real situations that he's encountered in his many year support youth and families. This 1-hour presentation for parents and caregivers include symptoms of anxiety and list 5 strategies to deal with anxiety.

Click here to register.

Here's the March Lunch Menu

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

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, March 4

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Orchestra, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room
Open Art, 7:30 a.m., Art Room

Mr. Victor Pacini presenting Erin’s Law to the students throughout the day (schedule above)
Open Library, 3:30-4:25 p.m., Library
Team Tigers Intramurals, 3:30-4:25 p.m., South Gym
Girls’ Volleyball @ Gurrie, 4:15 p.m.


Tuesday, March 5
6th, 7th, 8th Grade Band, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room-with Mr. Gallai
Open Art, 7:30 a.m., Art Room
Open Library,3:30-4:25 p.m.
Girls’ Volleyball @ Willow, 4:15 p.m.

3 on 3 Tournament Team Applications due today! Please turn them into the main office.

Wednesday, March 6
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

Thursday, March 7

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

“Peter Pan” Musical Assembly, 8:28-9:38 a.m., North Gym
5th Grade Band, 3:30-4:25 p.m. Band/Orchestra Room-with Mr. Gallai
Open Library, 3:30-4:25 p.m., Library
Team Tigers, 3:30-4:25 p.m., South Gym

Cooking Club, 3:30-4:25 p.m., Office

Gaming Club, 3:30-4:25 p.m., Room 24
Girls’ Volleyball @ McClure, 4:15 p.m.

Friday, March 8
Jazz Band Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room-with Mr. Gallai
Open Art, 7:30 a.m., Art Room

Yoga, 7:30 a.m., South Gym

“Peter Pan”, Student Musical, 7:00 p.m., North Gym--Free--Community Welcome


Saturday, March 9

“Peter Pan”, Student Musical, 3:00 p.m., North Gym--Free--Community Welcome

A look ahead...

Monday, March 11

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Orchestra, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room
Open Art, 7:30 a.m., Art Room

Open Library, 3:30-4:25 p.m., Library
Team Tigers Intramurals, 3:30-4:25 p.m., South Gym
3 on 3 Basketball tournament, 3:30-6:00 p.m., Gymnasiums


Tuesday, March 12
6th, 7th, 8th Grade Band, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room-with Mr. Gallai
Open Art, 7:30 a.m., Art Room

5th and 8th Grades Take Illinois Science Assessment during science classes
Open Library, 3:30-4:25 p.m., Library

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

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

Scholastic Bowl 4:00 p.m., Home meet, Library

Girls' Volleyball vs. Willow, 4:15 p.m., North Gym

Wednesday, March 13
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

Thursday, March 14

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

Cooking Club, 3:30-4:25 p.m., Office

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

Scholastic Bowl 4:00 p.m., Home meet, Library
Girls’ Volleyball vs. Highlands, 4:15 p.m.--GREEN OUT!

5th Grade Family Battle of the Books, 5:00-8:00 p.m., Library

Friday, March 15
Jazz Band Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room-with Mr. Gallai
Open Art, 7:30 a.m., Art Room

Yoga, 7:30 a.m., South Gym


Monday-Wednesday, March 18-20, 5th Grade Outdoor Ed

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