Tiger Times Newsletter

Pleasantdale Middle School

January 6, 2019

Happy New Year!

From our families to yours, the entire Pleasantdale Middle School staff wishes each and everyone who reads this newsletter a very happy new year!

Choose One Word to Guide Your 2019


Recently, I have gotten into a positive habit of choosing a word at the beginning of each year that will help guide me during that year. I have found that if I place this word is a prominent location where I will see it daily (like on the bathroom mirror or on the dash of my car), it has helped me to stay focused on the word. The word I have chosen for this year is the word intentional.


I welcome you to join me in choosing a word for you for 2019 and sharing it with others through conversation or social media. If you do this and want to share your word with me, please send me an email with your word at gsonntag@d107.org.

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 7

6th, 7th, 8th Grade Orchestra, 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.

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

Volleyball Intramurals, 3:30-4:25 p.m., South Gym


Tuesday, January 8

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

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

5th Grade Orchestra, 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

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


Wednesday, January 9

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, January 10

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.

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

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


Friday, January 11

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

8th Grade Fortnightly, evening, North Gym

A look ahead...

Monday, January 14

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


Tuesday, January 15


Wednesday, January 16

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


Thursday, January 17


Friday, January 18

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