Tiger Times Newsletter

Pleasantdale Middle School

11.25.18

Relaxed and Recharged...

We hope everyone is relaxed and recharged from the Thanksgiving Holiday break. Hopefully, you took a few minutes to count your blessings are remember truly how fortunate we are to have what we have and live where we live. Thanksgiving is an especially good time for this reflection, but truthfully, I continue to read about the people who are most satisfied with their lives and how they do this reflection on a consistent basis.


It was wonderful to see so many parents at Parent/Teacher Conferences partnering with us to support your child's growth and development. I especially loved to see so many students there either participating in the conferences or taking the time to work on art projects in the hallways or art room. Our school is a hub in the community and we love having you visit us.

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.

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.

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, 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.

A look ahead...

Monday, December 3


Tuesday, December 4

Winter Choir Concert, 7 p.m.


Wednesday, December 5

Winter Orchestra Concert-Rescheduled to Thursday


Thursday, December 6

Winter 6th-8th Band and Orchestra Concert


Friday, December 7

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