Tiger Times Newsletter

Pleasantdale Middle School

February 17, 2019

eLearning Day Tuesday in Pleasantdale SD 107!

As you have undoubtedly heard, this Tuesday, February 19 is Pleasantdale School District 107's first eLearning Day (e = engaged). As Dr. Palzet outlined in his email to the entire school community on February 8, this eLearning opportunity provides for the students to independently accomplish assignments for the day on Tuesday without having to physically come to the school. The middle school teachers will be available to support students in the afternoon if the students need it. Students should have received their assignments on Friday and can complete them any time over the long weekend (they do not have to wait until Tuesday). They should submit their assignments through Schoology or bring the completed assignments to class on Wednesday, depending on their teacher's expectation. An FAQ can be found here.


This is an exciting idea being welcomed and implemented by our teachers for our students. I want to publically thank our teachers and staff for their willingness to try this new design for making up these snow/cold days. We hope this is a successful endeavor and will allow us to make up additional snow/cold days prior to the very end of the school year in the future.

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.


Newly added--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 18

Presidents' Day - No School


Tuesday, February 19

eLearning Day - No Student Attendance for Students but assignments are due Wednesday, February 20 during class.


Wednesday, February 20

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

Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Administration Center


Thursday, February 21

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.

**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

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


Friday, February 22

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

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

Yoga, 7:30-8:10 a.m., South Gym

PTO Cultural Night in the APR/Cafeteria, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

A look ahead...

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 PAWS Breakfast, 7:45-8:15, APR/Cafeteria

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