Happy Birthday,
Fr. Leo!

February 11 was Fr. Leo’s birthday! Students presented Fr. Leo with a “spiritual bouquet” consisting of prayers offered on his behalf from every Spark, faculty and staff member. 5th Grade sang Happy Birthday to him at the end of our School Mass. Fr. Leo is one of our favorite visitors, and we are so thankful for his spiritual guidance and enlightenment! Thank you to Mrs. Hastings for arranging our prayers so beautifully!

Re-enrollment Info 

On Monday, February 15, all current Embers families will receive a 2021-2022 Re-Enrollment Contract via myEmbers! Portal that every family (at least one parent) should have previously established. New families will begin enrolling on Saturday, March 20. For more information, please click HERE.

If you have not set up your myEmbers! Account, please contact Karen Reardon at kreardon@embersacademy.org.  Please expect to receive more detailed enrollment instructions on February 15.

Ash Wednesday

Fr. Leo will be out of town next week, and will be unable to join us on Ash Wednesday.  We are grateful to Fr. Emmanuel from St. Juliana’s parish for being our guest at Embers next week.  Fr. Emmanuel will celebrate Mass on Ash Wednesday and bless the ashes for all to receive!

Resources for Lent 

Click here to sign up for Lenten Lessons on the Mass by Fr. Rocky 

Pilgrimage of Faith” is an extensive 40-day virtual Lenten pilgrimage through the Holy Land. The program begins on Ash Wednesday (February 17) and will culminate in an Easter Sunday reflection on the journey.


We were so grateful to have Eucharistic Adoration for our Spirit of Embers week! 

Each class was able to spend some time with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in our new St. Josemaria Chapel.

Spirit of Embers!
Writing Showcase

All students in Grades PK – 5th were invited to ponder what makes Embers a special school and submit a drawing or written composition expressing their ideas. All of the students contributed such beautiful work, but there are a few who stood out from each grade level:

  • Kindergarten (Mrs. Nowicki): Francesca Ferrini
  • Kindergarten (Mrs. Lakowski): Zachary Theodoropolous
  • 1st Grade: John McEwen  
  • 2nd Grade: Ramona Allen:  
  • 3rd Grade: Anne Stepansky 
  • 4th Grade (Mrs. Nelson): AJ Ravago
  • 4th Grade (Mr. Covington): Angelina Panagos
  • 5th Grade: Will Hanretty 

Preschoolers received Beanie Babies
for their beautiful ‘Spirit of Embers!’ entries!

Open House 


Open House in-person sessions will be available for prospective families on the following Wednesdays:

  • February 10 and 24

  • March 10 and 24

Registration is required. Two informational presentations will be held: 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., each followed by a tour and Q&A with the Head and Asst. Head of School.


Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to attend an Open House session! Please ask them to sign up HERE to reserve a time slot.

Willows Mardi Gras

Willows Academy will once again be hosting a Mardi Gras celebration, (with health and safety protocols in place), for children! It is a tradition for many Sparks to attend.  If you will be picking your Spark up early from school this Tuesday to attend Mardi Gras, please let your child’s teacher know by Tuesday at 9 am.

Willows Open House

Baby Spark!

Congratulations to the Galluzzi Family on the birth of their new baby boy! Dominic is the newest Galluzzi to follow siblings William (3rd), Rocco (1st), Franesca (PK4), and Joseph (2 yrs. old). Welcome to the world, Dominic Anthony!

Boys Clubs

Delta Father-Son Club

The Delta Father-Son Club is open to fathers and their sons in 4th through 6th grade.  The goal of Delta Club is to help you raise your sons as men of character.  The next meeting will be February 21.  Click here for more information.

Rangers Father-Son Club

The Rangers Father-Son Club is open to fathers and their sons in 1st through 3rd grade.  Rangers helps young boys to develop virtues (fortitude, temperance, etc.) through talks and fun activities. The next meeting will be March 14.  Click here for more information.

Girls Club

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serving students in PK3 through 5th  grade

8340 N. Greenwood Avenue,  Niles, IL 60714
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