Tiger Times Newsletter

Pleasantdale Middle School

February 24, 2019

I Continue To Be Impressed By These Kids (and Our Families)!

It was once sang, "I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way" (you might be able to continue the song). This is so true. The kids here at Pleasantdale Middle School, our students and your children, are growing and developing into the future citizens of our country and our world.


Case in point, Friday evening, our PTO and families across the entire district represented their cultures at our Multi-Cultural Night. It was such a great event, yet again. The way our community comes together and takes immense pride in celebrating having so many different heritages among our student body. The dress, food, and conversations provide everyone a glimpse of other cultures and customs. I learned so much and had so much fun doing it! In addition, I had numerous people tell me that they believe it is the best event of the school year. I agree that it was an amazing night. For those of you who missed it, please plan to join us next year with your child. To see a timelapse video of the event, click here.

Order Your Child's Yearbook Today

Please order your child's yearbook today for $21. See the flyer here or see the email that came home last week below:


This year, yearbook orders were not available through registration. Yearbook orders are now being taken during the month of February. 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 or log in to Skyward Family Access and select “optional fees” tab on the left-hand side, make a payment, to order online. If your family has fallen into hardship and desire a yearbook but cannot afford one, please contact me and we will see what we can do to support 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, February 27.


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.

Play 4 Pets Was a Success!

The Student Council lead a drive to collect items to support the West Suburban Humane Society. They collected money when students and staff submitted photos of their pets and also for a raffle at the game night event called Play 4 Pets. The first period classes also collected items that were on the shelter's wishlist like paper towels and pet food. The final totals of the collection were $104.50 and 54 items that were brought to the shelter this weekend. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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.


Mr. Victor Pacini, Erin's Law (sexual abuse mandate in schools), Thursday, February 28 from 7:00-8:00 p.m., Pleasantdale Middle School, APR/Cafeteria

Mr. Pacini will share the key messages of his student presentation to parents on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in our APR/Cafeteria. If you’d like to learn more about his presentation and the important ideas he is sharing with our students, please come to this evening presentation.


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 February 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, February 25
6th, 7th, 8th Grade Orchestra, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room-with Mrs. Burke subbing
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

Tuesday, February 26
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.
Gaming Club,3:30-4:25 p.m., Room 24
Girls Volleyball @ Park Red, 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, February 27
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, February 28
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

STEM Club, 3:30-4:25 p.m., STEM room
Girls Volleyball @ Westchester, 4:15 p.m.
Parent Presentation: Victor Pacini, Erin’s Law: What Parents Need to Know, APR/Cafeteria, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 1

8th Grade Field Trip to the Globe Theater
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

2nd Trimester Positive Acts Within our School (PAWS) Breakfast, 7:45-8:15, APR/Cafeteria

A look ahead...

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
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.

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
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


Saturnday, March 9

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

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