Many, many thanks to our Embers Parent Association (EPA) who have helped make this school year a success! Our EPA solely relies on the generosity of time and talent from our own school parents. We could not let this year end without giving recognition and heartfelt appreciation to the volunteers from nearly 70 families who have assisted with this year’s celebrations, lead by our passionate committee heads. Your dedication to Embers has allowed all of us – Sparks, parents, and faculty alike – to grow, play, and celebrate. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Did you know…

  • The EPA provides more than 15 free events & programs each year!
  • Our teachers receive appreciation surprises all year long, which are fully funded by the EPA’s two fundraisers.
  • All committees are completely volunteer based! This year, half of our Embers families gave the gift of their time to provide educational and social opportunities for our entire Embers community.

All great organizations have great leaders and Embers Parents Association is no exception! EPA Director Christina Williams and Parent Advisory Associate Angela Flood make sure that everything runs smoothly – from scheduling speakers and reserving rooms to brewing coffee and snuggling babies. Thank you, ladies, for giving EPA the support it needs to thrive!

Parents First! Program
Beatriz and Michael Gray
Pilar and George Holohan

Hostess Extraordinaire:
Mary Anastasi

  • Parent Seminar: Held annually, this complimentary, social evening provides informative presenters that support parents as primary educators.
  • Moms / Dads Club: Monthly gatherings featuring refreshments, presenters, and activities! Hosted for free or with a nominal charge to cover materials.
  • Coffee & Convo: A monthly daytime speaker offered at no charge, complete with coffee and babysitting.

Social Events Committee
Connie and Michael Beckman
Mary Therese and Chris Brown
Marta and Maciej Mikula

  • Ice Cream Social: Kicking off the year with free ice cream and fun!
  • Trunk or Treat: This complimentary party allows families to put their creativity to test, while enjoying music and prizes.
  • Mother-Son Bowling: This evening at the lanes is a perfect excuse for mother & son bonding!
  • Daddy-Daughter Dance: A special opportunity for all Embers dads and daughters to dance the night away.

Hospitality Committee
Kelly and Jason Beck
Kate and Christopher DeCanto

  • Welcome Coffee: This free event on the first day of school allows parents to drop off their students and celebrate the start of the new year with their Embers community.
  • Little Sparks: There is no charge for this community event which brings together moms and kids ages 0-5.
  • Hospitality Stations: Tasty treats and refreshing drinks are provided at each Open Houses and Parent/Teacher conferences, complements of EPA.
  • Fundraisers: The Trunk or Treat raffle and Poinsettia fundraiser fund 100% of the costs needed to spoil our faculty! All monies raised from these events provide Faculty and Staff with treats and recognition all year long.
  • Teacher Appreciation Week: Every May, we make sure our teachers know they are the BEST in the business by showering them with food, drink, and tokens of our appreciation.

Parent Ambassador Program
Preschool: Patsy and Sam Carter
K – 2nd grades: Maria and Howard Humber
3rd – 5th grades: Julene and Bob Barder

Parent Ambassadors:
Allison and Colton Smith (PK3), Kate and Chris DeCanto (PK4), Patsy and Sam Carter (PK4), Kathleen and Ben Foster (PK4), Louann and Stanley Mlekodaj (K), Karen and John Ostrowski (K), Marzena and Greg Sipiora (1st), Elizabeth and Jacek Predki (1st), Beth and Steve Samikkannu (2nd), Colleen and Robert Gilligan (2nd), Mona and Chris Stepansky (3rd), Kerry and Billy Whalen (3rd), Ewelina and Krzysztof Zacharwicz (4th), Sheba and Mike Sands (5th), Teresa and Shane Ayers (5th)

  • Classroom Communication: These parents wield the power of WhatsApp to keep your classroom informed!
  • Classroom Parties: The perfect way to kick off Halloween and Christmas celebrations!

Want to get involved? Contact Christina Williams at cwilliams@embersacademy.org to find out more!

serving students in PK3 through 5th  grade

8340 N. Greenwood Avenue,  Niles, IL 60714
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