Waldo Wildcat News

December 2020 Issue 8

Waldo Welcomes New Staff Members

Waldo Middle School proudly welcomes the new staff to our school. All our staff cannot wait to see all the students and staff back to in person learning soon. Until then, keep being safe and keep up the hard work with remote learning.

Mrs. Hills Principal

Mrs. Manzo-Vides Spanish Teacher

Mr. Rathje Counselor

Miss Donnamario Social Studies

Ms. Fowler Resource

Mrs. Soekle Science/Social Studies Instructional Coach

Mrs. Carnana Bilingual ELA

Mrs. Leon Administrative Secretary

Street Fighter (game review by Racquel Sartain)

Street Fighter is a game that was first released in 1987 by Capcom for the arcade, and can now be found on Android, PlayStation Portable, and Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The Street Fighter series was groundbreaking in the fighter genre getting multiple articles to call it game of the year just months after it came out. Up to December 31, 2019, the Street Fighter series made an estimated 12 billion dollars. Street fighter was so popular because it introduced new features in combat such as combos, blocking, and secret techniques that the player had to find themselves instead of just mindlessly beating enemies.

I believe everyone that enjoys fighter games should play Street Fighter at least once to see what “the golden ages” were like and to embrace the origins of fighter games, combo moves, and blocking. Alas, I must admit that the game can get boring quickly after you find all the combo moves. The story is also short and a bit stale, yet competitive fighting is an option for those who enjoyed the gameplay.

Home Alone (movie review by Javier Pantoja)

Home Alone is a movie starring Macaulay Culkin and Joe Pesci. It was released in 1990. It is comedy about a boy that is mistakenly left Home Alone during the Christmas holiday when his whole family goes on vacation. This movie is very funny and if you have not seen it, you should take the time to watch it this winter break. You will not be disappointed.

The Polar Express (book review by Ms. Martin)

You may have heard of or even watched the movie called The Polar Express. But, did you know it was first a picture book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg? This beautifully illustrated and exciting book was the inspiration for the movie of the same name. If you have not heard of it, you can enjoy the book being read by Liam Neeson on you tube (see the link below). It is sure to be a favorite for you and your family.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg - narrated by Liam Neeson

Leveling Up Together!

Holiday Lights Around Town

Everyone enjoys looking at the bright light displays for the holiday season. Here are a few you and your families can see in the Aurora Area.

Aurora Festival of Lights at Philips Park - The light display has been at the park for fourteen years, the Festival of Lights in Aurora's historic Phillips Park is one of the largest free outdoor holiday light displays in northern Illinois. There are new displays every year. The Festival of Lights is an epic winter event with surprises around every curve, including animated displays like the 20-foot tall "singing" Christmas tree and Santa's Toy Factory. Donations are accepted to help the Rotary Club of Aurora to keep the Festival of Lights going each year. To donate visit aurorafestivaloflights.com/donate. The Festival of Lights takes place through Sunday, Dec. 27th, Monday to Thursday 5 to 9 PM and Friday/Saturday 5 to 10 PM.

Holiday Lights at Mooseheart - This light display has over 80 displays and is over nearly two miles long. It is one of Chicagoland's largest holiday light tours, the Holiday Lights at Mooseheart is another fabulous light display for you and your family in the Aurora Area. Mooseheart is a residential childcare facility located on 1,000 acres between North Aurora and Batavia. Mooseheart's holiday lights attract visitors from all across the U.S. over the years and is a family favorite with amazing light shows throughout the property. Moosheart Holiday Lights takes place through Thursday, Dec. 31st, the suggested donation is $20 per car.

Lehnertz Ave. Christmas Display - This display has been around for 69 years. The Lehnertz Avenue Christmas Display has been a community tradition for all the families that live on the street and the community. The free holiday drive-through tour shows the biblical Christmas story as told through a beautiful collection of illuminated books, figures representing biblical figures and a manger scene. There is also a Peanuts display at Lehnertz Ave. with Snoopy and his friends. Lehnertz Ave. will be open from Dec. 13th through Jan. 2nd from 5 to 10 PM.

Holiday Lights at Rich Harvest Farms - This holiday light show is located on one of the Top 100 U.S. golf courses. From November 25 to December 31, Rich Harvest Farms will be shining brightly with the over 40 different light displays. To find the golf course look for the little red school house near the Granart and Dugan Road Roundabout. The display will continue all the way to St. Katharine-Drexel Catholic Church. This display is a one-mile drive down Dugan Road in Sugar Grove.

January and February Events


Jan. 1st - Winter Break

Jan. 4th - No School

Jan. 18th - No School & Quarter 3 Begins


Feb. 15th - No School

Feb. 18th - Midterm

Feb. 24th - Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb. 26th - No School

You crack me up!

What did the gingerbread man put under his blankets?

A cookie sheet.

Where does a snowman keep his money?

In a snowbank.

What is every parent's favorite Christmas carol?

Silent Night.

What snack should you make for a snowman holiday party?

Ice Krispy Treats.

Why do mummies like Christmas?

Because of all of the wrapping.

Check out more jokes at: https://redtri.com/funny-christmas-jokes-for-kids/slide/1

Internet Safety Tips

Students please remember these safety tips when using the internet and social media:

1. Never give out personal information like your real name, phone number, or address.

2. Never share pictures with anyone you do not know personally.

3. Never agree to meet anyone in person that you met online.

4. Report anything that seems suspicious to your parents or teachers immediately.

5. Never do anything someone asks you to do that makes you feel uncomfortable online.

Please be safe, responsible, and respectful when using the internet.

For more information click below:


Having technology issues? Email Ms. Martin at smartin@d131.org today!

Twelve Days of Christmas

Waldo Wildcat News Staff

Jaliyah Spence - Reporter

Javier Pantoja - Reporter

Racquel Sartain - Reporter

Ms. Martin - Editor in Chief