Tiger Times Newsletter

Pleasantdale Middle School

May 19, 2019

It's a busy (but fun) time of year!

My, how time flies when you're having fun! The kids have grown tremendously in so many ways! They're older and more mature physically, intellectually, and emotionally. It's wonderful to see! We are continuing to teach the students to respect themselves, respect their classmates, respect our staff, and respect our school. Overall, they are doing a great job and we want to continue to reinforce this during the rest of the year and into the future.


Thank you for your continued partnership and support!

Half-Day, This Friday, May 24-Noon Dismissal

This Friday is a regularly scheduled half-day of school (noon dismissal-buses will run as usual) prior to the Monday, May 27 Memorial Day holiday (no school). Please plan accordingly at home.


Here are the links to this year's school calendar (2018-2019) and a link to next year's school calendar (2019-2020).

Mark Your Calendars Now-Monday, August 19-Move Into Middle School!

On Monday, August 19, 2019, we are going to have our annual Move Into Middle School Day between the hours of 1-8 p.m. More details will be coming but this is the time for your child to move into his/her locker, get yearbook pictures taken, walk his/her schedule, turn in forms to the nurse, sign up for PTO, etc. New this year, the students will be receiving their iPads and setting up all of their logins and passwords. Please plan to stay at least an hour.

Video of the Chorus from the All School Assembly

Please click on the link below to listen to the Chorus sing one of their songs from the All School Assembly. I wanted to highlight this for three reasons:


1. The members of the chorus have worked so hard and sounded great! We continue to share the message with the students that if they work hard enough, they can do anything. I believe this and I think many of them are as well!


2. The song had an inspiring message! This is just another way that we embed our Social-Emotional Learning into what we do at the middle school. Here are some of the lyrics:


We are the future.

Help us believe.

Give us hope, my voice is calling.

Can you see, look in my eyes.

Can you feel, my hand is reaching.

Give us hope and we'll show you the way.


3. Check out the audience! It makes me so proud to be their principal! We even had the 4th graders in attendance. Almost 500 4-8th graders and during the opening lines of the song, you could hear a pin drop. Well done, Pleasantdale!

Fabulous Fifties Friday Night Live Recap

A great time was had by all! From root beer floats to poodle skirts, the kids who came had a fun time! Thank you to the student council for organizing and especially to our Student Council Sponsors Mrs. Driscoll and Mrs. Newberry! Thank you also to Mr. Ratcliff, Mrs. Ortiz, Miss August, Miss Lewellyan, and Mr. Dreher for supervising. See some pictures from the event below.

Check Out Some New Activities This Week and Next In The "This Week" and "Look Ahead" Sections Below!

Student Dress Reminder

As we are approaching the warmer weather, we are reminding the students that they need to dress appropriately for school. It is important that shorts/skirts are a modest and appropriate length for school and shirts cover students' bodies appropriately and don't contain any references to drugs or alcohol. We appreciate your help and support with this matter.

Here's the May 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, May 20

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

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

8th Grade Field Trip to Holocaust Museum

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

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

Board Games with Ms.Castaldo, 3:30-4:25 p.m., Room 25


Tuesday, May 21

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

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

5th Grade Orchestra, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Band/Orchestra Room

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

Open Music, 3:30-4:25 p.m., Room 1

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

Capture the Flag with Ms.Lewellyan, 3:30-4:25 p.m.


Wednesday, May 22

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

Student Council Meeting, 7:30 a.m., Room 25

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

5th Grade Band, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Band/Orchestra Room


Thursday, May 23-4th Graders Visit 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Band rehearsal, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room

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

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

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

Open Music, 3:30-4:25 p.m., Room 1


Friday, May 24-Half-day-Noon Dismissal

Jazz Band Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room

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

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

A look ahead...

Monday, May 27-Memorial Day-No School


Tuesday, May 28

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

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

5th Grade Orchestra, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Band/Orchestra Room (last 5th-grade orchestra)

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

Open Music, 3:30-4:25 p.m., Room 1


Wednesday, May 29

Student Council Meeting, 7:30 a.m., Room 25

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

P-Dale Seniors Visit, 3:30 p.m.


Thursday, May 30-Last day for the late bus

7th Grade Field Trip

8th Grade Overnight Trip

Band rehearsal, 7:30 a.m., Band/Orchestra Room

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

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

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

Water Fun with Ms. Lewellyan, 3:30-4:25 p.m., STEM Room


Friday, May 31

5th Grade Field Trip

7th Grade Field Trip

8th Grade Trip Concludes

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

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

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