Families invited to celebrate Las Posadas on Dec. 5 at East Aurora High School
East Aurora families are invited to gather on Saturday, Dec. 5, for Las Posadas, a popular, free celebration of community. Las Posadas will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Ponquinette Field House at East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane.
Las Posadas has been a tradition in East Aurora School District 131 for many years and regularly draws thousands of visitors of all ages. Las Posadas means “The Inns” in Spanish and is connected with traditional stories about visiting homes for celebration. Although Las Posadas is sometimes linked to Hispanic religious ceremonies, the East Aurora event is simply a chance to unite and celebrate the joy of being part of a supportive community.
Entrance to the event is free, but families are asked to bring a non-perishable item that will be used to re-stock the shelves of the food pantry at East Aurora High School.
This year’s celebration will feature an opening ceremony by NJROTC cadets at 3 p.m., a performance by Simply Destinee dance troupe at 4 p.m., local Christmas carol singers at 5 p.m. and dancing by Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl at 5:45 p.m. Between those times, students from several schools, including Dieterich, Oak Park, Benavides, Krug and Simmons, will perform.
Parent liaisons from all schools, as well as several high school clubs, will host tables where they will sell crafts and plenty of traditional food. The funds raised will go back to the support parent groups and high school clubs.
Las Posadas will once again feature games for younger children. Santa Claus will be available for visits and parents can take their picture with the jolly old elf.
To reach the event, enter the high school through Door 15 on the southwest side of the building.
Waldo NJHS Charity Donation Challenge Nov.18-19 UPDATE
Waldo's National Junior Honor Society is proud to announce that the students and staff met the charity challenge goal and raised over $200. The NJHS donated $100 to the Hessed House. The other $100 will be used for NJHS events and incentives. Be sure to check out Mr. Simpson and Mr. Morales in their turkey costumes by clicking here. Thank you to all who donated.
Waldo’s National Junior Honor Society is challenging all students, staff, and parents to donate at least $200.The money collected will be used for NJHS events and donated to the Hesed House. If we collect $100, Mr. Simpson and Mr. Morales will dress as turkeys for half the day on Friday, Nov. 20th. If we collect $200 or more Mr. Simpson and Mr. Morales will dress as turkeys for the entire day on Friday, Nov. 20th. Let’s show our support during this season of giving. Anyone interested in donating to this a worthy cause, contact Mr. Laben at firstname.lastname@example.org
Multiple ways to find out about East Aurora weather-related closings
As the temperatures fall, East Aurora School District 131 families are reminded that there are multiple places to check for information about weather-related closings.
Information will be released through:
- A phone message to parents in both English and Spanish.
- The District website: www.d131.org
- The District Facebook page: www.facebook.com/EASD131
- The District Twitter account: @EASD131 (twitter.com/EASD131)
- The Emergency Closing Center website: www.emergencyclosings.com
The District will only send out a notice when schools are closed. If there is no announcement, schools are open.
If schools are open, it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to determine if conditions allow for their children to attend school.
The Superintendent, in consultation with district administrators, makes the final decision whether to close school due to inclement weather. The decision is based on the ability of students to make it to and from school safely. When making his decision, the superintendent considers multiple factors including temperatures, snowfall and wind chill.
The City of Aurora has opened multiple warming centers for anyone who needs shelter during extreme weather. More information is available at: https://www.aurora-il.org/ema/planandprepare/warmcoolcenters.php
Waldo to hold book fair Nov.16-24
Waldo Middle School is holding its annual fall book fair. Students are encouraged to visit and purchase books during their Language Arts classes. The book fair will also be open during conferences for students and parents to purchase books. The schedule is: Monday, November 23, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Tuesday, November 24, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Be sure to check out the book fair flier below for a sample of books to choose from!
During this week only, students will have a competition between all grades and teams to see who can collect the most change. The team with the most money collected will earn an out of dress code pass and will use the money to purchase books for the library and their language arts’ classroom. Show your support and donate your loose change today!
Further, all purchases will be matched by Scholastic to purchase books for under-privileged students and schools.
Waldo Middle School first quarter honor roll
Waldo Middle School is proud to announce quarter 1 honor roll. Great job, Wildcats. Keep up the hard work. Students earn high honor roll by achieving a GPA of 3.75 or higher with no C's, D’s, or F’s. Students earn regular honor roll by achieving a GPA between 3.0 and 3.74 with a no D’s or F’s (one C is allowable). Click here to see the honor roll!
Waldo's Student Council to hold annual food drive November 9 to 19, 2015
Waldo’s Student Council will host their annual Food Drive for our local food pantry. From November 9th to 19th, donate non-perishable food items such as: canned or boxed foods. The academic team with the most items will win an "out of dress code day". Student council thanks you for participating in this community event.
Waldo Newspaper Club releases first issue of Wildcat Chronicles
The Waldo Middle School newspaper club is in its second year of publishing a digital version of the Wildcat Chronicle. The decision to go digital was made for a number of reasons. There is a very quick turnaround time which enables the club to publish more issues. Last year they were able to publish five issues instead of the four issues in past years. The newspaper club hopes to increase that number this year.
The digital newspaper is also cheaper than having paper copies printed. In fact, it does not cost a cent. They use the website: newscrafted.com. This website exposes our students on the newspaper staff to technology and gives them the ability to publish a colorful, professional-looking product to share with the entire school.
Be sure to check out the first edition of the Wildcat Chronicle using the link below:
Read Principal Katula's October message
Check out Principal Katula's October message here. There is information about student IDs, dress codes, assessments and report cards.