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February message from Principal Katula

Principal Sandra Katula has updated her message to Waldo families. You can read more here.

Public invited to forum on Senate Bill 1, which would restore state funds to East Aurora

On Feb. 24, State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit will host an open forum on Senate Bill 1, which would change the school funding formula. Senate Bill 1 would restore some of the funding low-income districts lost when legislators decided to partially fund education.

    East Aurora School District 131 has lost $35 million in four years as a direct result of the state’s partial funding of education. Senate Bill 1 is related to former Senate Bill 16, which died during the previous legislative session when the General Assembly failed to vote on it.

    The Senate Bill 1 forum will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Wheatland Elementary School, 2290 Barrington Drive West, Aurora. State Senator Andy Manar, who proposed Senate Bill 1 and its predecessor, will also be in attendance.

    The new bill would still look to restore some funds to districts like East Aurora School District 131, where more than 90 percent of the students meet the state’s low-income criteria. Some of those dollars would come by shifting state money away from wealthier Districts, some who lost less than $500,000 in the state’s partial funding formula.

    “Opponents of Senate Bill 1 say that it does not go far enough to truly bring reform to education in Illinois. They go on to say that we should all rally around funding for educational adequacy and that if an education equity bill passes, it would be worse than our current situation. I disagree with those opponents,” East Aurora Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Popp said. “Our students have lost $35 million due to budget cuts at the state level. We cannot afford to wait.”

    The forum is free and open to the public. There will be an opportunity to hear more about the details of the bill, and ask questions of the legislators.

    Kifowit is a State Representative for the 84th District, which includes a significant portion of East Aurora School District 131. For more information about the forum, please contact Kifowit’s constituent service office at (630) 585-1308, or Stephanie.Kifowit@att.net, or www.ILDistrict84.com.

    Anyone who is interested in sharing their opinion of Senate Bill 1 can contact their state legislators, including those that represent East Aurora School District 131.

Governor Bruce Rauner

207 State House

Springfield, IL 62706

Phone: (217) 782-0244

State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit


Office: (630) 585-1308

State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia


Office: (630) 264-6855

State Senator Linda Holmes


Office: (630) 801-8985


“Waldo’s Outstanding Wildcats” for quarter 2 announced

Find out who's on the list of Waldo's Outstanding Wildcats for quarter 2!

Each quarter, all teams at Waldo nominate a student that displays the three PBIS Pillars: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe.

Quarter 2 nominated students received a dress code pass, a smencil, Jamba Juice Coupon for the cafeteria.

*See the attached file to view nominated students each quarter.

Help improve your school by taking the 5Essentials survey

East Aurora School District 131 is always striving to make our schools a better place for all students. The thoughts and opinions of our parents are essential in helping us give students the best educational experience. We want to hear from you!

You can share your thoughts through 5Essentials, a survey that all Illinois public schools use to gather feedback from students, parents and employees.

The free survey is voluntary and anonymous. You do not have to enter any of your own, or your students’ personal information. They survey only asks which school they attend and what grade they are in. The rest of the questions ask you to evaluate the school’s performance in several areas, including preparation and communication.

The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. It is available in English and Spanish.

There are two ways to take the 5Essentials survey:

Online: Go directly to the survey at: https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/

Or, you can find the survey through the East Aurora School District 131 webpage at www.d131.org. Click the button on the right side of the page.

Select “Parent Survey”. Type “Kane” in the county box. Then type your student’s school name in the next box.

If you contact your school’s parent liaison, they can also help you fill out the survey online through a computer at school.

On paper: Contact the parent liaison in your student’s school and they can provide a paper copy of the survey to fill out.

We’re hoping that before March 20, all our families will take a few minutes to complete a survey for each school their children attend. It is important to hear from you!

Free admission days at area museums

Looking for something to do? Check out these Free Admission Days at local museums.

Information was accurate at time of printing, please check each venue before visiting.

Art Institute of Chicago

111 S. Michigan Avenue




Free for all Illinois Residents on Thursdays from 5-8:00p with ID.

Brookfield Zoo

3300 Golf Road




Free admission in January and February on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Active Military Personnel receive free admission daily.

Chicago Childrens’ Museum

Navy Pier

700 E. Grand Ave




Target Family Free Night Thursdays from 5-8:00p

First Sunday of every month is free for kids 15 and under, $14 adults, $13 seniors, kids under 1 free

Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark Street




Illnois Resident Discount Days – free admission with ID

Jan 26-30

Feb – every weekday

March 4

July 4

Aug 18-20, 24-27, 31

Sept 1-3

Clark House Museum

1827 S. Indiana Ave




Free admission every Wednesday

DePaul Art Museum

935 W. Fullerton Ave




Free admission daily

DuSable Museum of African American History

740 E. 56th Place




Free admission every Sunday year round. Free admission for all active or non-active military duty personnel.

The Field Museum

1400 S. Lake Shore Drive




Illinois Resident Discount Days offer free general admission Feb 1-28

Glessner House Museum

1800 S. Prairie Ave




Free admission every Wednesday year round.

Lincoln Park Zoo

2001 N. Clark Street




Free admission daily

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

220 Cottage Hill Ave




Free admission every Friday. Free admission daily for active military personnel.

Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA)

820 N. Michigan Ave




Free admission every Tuesday. Free admission every day for active military personnel and their families and children 17 and under.

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art

40 Arts Circle Drive




Free admission daily

McCormick Bridgehouse and River Museum

Southwest Tower of the Bridge

376 N. Michigan Ave




Free admission on Sundays

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

3001 Central Street




Free admission every first Friday of the month.

Museum of Contemporary Art

220 E. Chicago Ave




Free every Tuesday for Illinois residents with ID. Free for military personnel and children 12 and under.

Museum of Science and Industry

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive




Illinois Resident Discount Days

Jan 26-30

Mar 2-6

Apr 22

May 21

Jun 1-5, 8

Sept 8-11, 14-18, 21-25, 28-30

Oct 5, 6

National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 W. 19th Street




Free admission daily

The Oriental Institute Museum

1155 E. 58th Street




Free admission daily with suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

2430 N. Cannon Drive



Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents with ID

Shedd Aquarium

1200 S. Lake Shore Drive




Illinois Resident Discount Days

Feb 2, 3, 9, 10, 13-17, 23, 24

Jun 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16

Sept 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

Oct 5, 6, 12, 13. 19, 20, 26, 27

Nov 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 2, 24

Smart Museum of Art

5550 S. Greenwood Ave




Free admission daily

Swedish American Museum

5211 N. Clark Street




Free admission on the second Tuesday of each month



Waldo MS Newspaper Club releases Wildcat Chronicles February edition

Waldo Middle School Newspaper Club has released the second edition of the digital newspaper, Wildcat Chronicles.

By publishing the newspaper digitally, the newspaper club can publish more issues, save on paper, and give our students access to technology.

The second issue of the Wildcat News may be found at:


East Aurora’s Black History Month celebration on Feb. 19 is open to public

   East Aurora School District 131 will celebrate Black History Month with a motivational speaker, cultural dancers and student presentations on Thursday, Feb. 19.

    The theme for the event is “Who Am I?”, an exploration of the multiple facets of African American identity.

    The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19, in the Hawks Auditorium at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora.

    The speaker for the event will be best-selling author and education expert Baruti Kafele. Additionally, there will be student presentations; performances by Ayodele, an African Drum and Dance group; and the Community Gospel Choir.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Kafele was an elementary school teacher in East Orange, New Jersey, where he was selected as the district and county Teacher of the Year. He went on to work as a middle school and high school principal, transforming four different urban schools to institutions that were recognized as some of America’s best.

    “I’m looking forward to bringing a message to East Aurora that is inspiring, informing and empowering,” Kafele said. “At the core of what I’ll be speaking about is attitude. You can’t close the achievement gap without first closing the attitude gap. You have to change the students’ and change parents’ attitudes. ”

    Kafele will be offering practical tips that families can do at home to reach students.

    Kafele was the recipient of the prestigious Miliken National Educator Award, the so-called “Oscars of Teaching”, which is given to teachers who are shaping the future. Additionally, Kafele received the National Alliance of Black School Educators Hall of Fame Award and the New Jersey Education Association Award of Excellence.

    Kafele is the author of “Closing the Attitude Gap and Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and Life”. His newest book, “The Principal 50: Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring School-wide Excellence” is scheduled to be published in March.

   To learn more about Kafele, go to: www.principalkafele.com.

   Within East Aurora schools, there are art and essay contests for all grades related to Black History Month. All participants will be honored.

   For more information, contact Director of Bilingual Services Diane Argueta at (630) 299-7300 or Dieterich Elementary Literacy Interventionist Avis Miller at (630) 294-1155.

Waldo PBIS announces Locker Mirror Fundraiser

The Waldo PBIS team will be selling locker mirrors in front of the MPR every Friday from 3:00-3:15. The cost is $2 each.

Support your PBIS Universal team by purchasing a locker mirror.

The money earned will be used to pay for many of these PBIS events:


  • End of the year Picnic
  • Holiday Dances
  • PARCC Kickoff Party
  • PBIS Treats
  • PBIS Assemblies
  • PBIS Prizes

Be sure to get yours soon!


Sandra Katula

Wilson Morales

Assistant Principal

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