School Starts Tuesday

Tuesday will be our first day of school, with a half day schedule running from 8:15-11:30am. (Drop-off is from 7:55 – 8:10 am).

Please note that there is NO Extended Day Program or Homework Club on Tuesday. Before and After programs start on Wednesday, September 7th.

Join us for Coffee After Drop-off!

ALL PARENTS are invited for a Welcome Coffee immediately after drop-off until 11:30 a.m. on the first day of school. Please join us in the field across from the Breezeway Entrance.

We ask that you park in the North or West lots for this event. There is no parking in the Church lot. Thank you!

 Parent Teacher Conferences
were a Success!

We loved seeing all our families back at Embers this past Thursday for the Parent Teach Conferences and the Back-to-School Fair!

Congratulations, Fr. Leo!

Last week our chaplain, Fr. Leo, became a US citizen.

Spirit Day this Friday, September 9th

Friday, September 9th will be our first monthly Virtue Assembly & Spirit Day of the year.  Don’t forget to wear your red Embers Spirit Shirts – with casual bottoms! – to school. (Kids whose shirts are back-ordered may have a one-time exemption to wear any “Embers red” shirt.)

If you have not yet purchased a Spirit Shirts, those shirts and all uniforms can be purchased through Dennis Uniform using School Code G24GV.

Click HERE for Dennis Uniform

Uniform Delays
We are aware that there are currently some uniform delays from Dennis. If your items are on backorder, your student may wear a dress, jumper, skirt; pants (no jeans); and white collared shirt. Please no sweats, jeans or gym shoes.


Reminder: New Drop-off / Pickup Procedures

We hope you enjoyed seeing our updated lobby during Parent Teacher Conferences! Please remember that we have revised our drop-off and pickup procedures to utilize this space:

All Drop Offs and K-5 Pickups
Traffic may enter from either the Greenwood Ave or Normal Ave entrances and merge in the North Lot. Cars will then proceed to the new
Drop-off / Pickup Zone in the front circle and maintain a single lane along the curb.

PreK Half-Day Pickups
Traffic will enter and merge as above then proceed to the new Drop-off / Pickup Zone in the front circle and form a double lane along each curb. The lanes will be dismissed once all students have been loaded into their cars.

Click for Map of New Drop-Off / Pickup Zone

Full-day Preschool Pickups

Full-day preschool families will continue to park in the Church lot and walk to the West Porch to collect their students. When exiting, please use the Normal Ave. driveway.

(If your PK Full-day student has siblings in K-5th grades, they will dismiss together at the front circle through the new procedure detailed above.)

Click to view the Full-day Pre-K Pickup Map

New Faculty Email Procedure

To foster greater presence in the classroom, we will be updating our faculty email procedures as of Tuesday, September 6th. Once the school day has begun, teachers will refrain from viewing and responding to emails until the end of the school day. If you have time-sensitive communication, please contact the school office directly.

Additional Faculty Announcements

We are sad to bid farewell to Natalie Donado, Office Secretary, as she begins a new adventure after September 9. Mrs. Donado, former Embers, Willows and Northridge parent, has shared with us her many talents over the multitude of years. It goes without saying that no one can outdo the number of hats she has worn to help keep the school running like a fine machine. We are grateful for her commitment and loyal service. We will certainly miss her warm smile and “can do” attitude. We wish her all the best!

New Roles Within the School
Jeanne Henschell  Mrs. Henschell first brought her joy for teaching in 2019 as a substitute teacher. In 2020, she joined the faculty team to be 3rd Grade Co-Support Teacher during the pandemic when Embers was in-person. Mrs. Henschell joyfully offered to be one of the 5th grade teachers until Mr. Boville arrived from Spain. She has since been the Science teacher for grades 3rd – 5th. This year, she is expanding her magical mystery hands-on science experiments to include Kindergarten – 2nd. Next time you see her, you can call her Mrs. Frizzle!

Last Chance for Summer Raffles!

Encouraged Reading: K-5th grade
Complete extra reading and a small assignment to be entered into the raffle for your classroom.

Saxon Math Review Packets: 1st – 5th grade
Complete a review packet and submit it to your teacher on Tuesday, September 6 to be entered into the raffle for your classroom.

Click for More Info

Important Dates

First Day of School
Tuesday, September 6

The first day of school is a half-day with early dismissal beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Welcome Coffee 
Tuesday, September 6 (8:15 – 11:30 a.m.)

ALL PARENTS are invited for a Welcome Coffee immediately after drop-off until 11:30 a.m. on the first day of school. Please join us in the field across from the Breezeway Entrance.

Embers Back-to-School Ice Cream Social
Sunday, September 11 (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.)

Join us to celebrate the start of a new school year! Popsicles and ice cream sandwiches are on us! Punchbowl invitation to follow.

Who to Contact

Natalie Donado: School Secretary
Uniforms, school supplies, hot lunch, and general questions about the school day

Sylvia Casaletto: Office Manager
Medical and allergy forms, birth and baptismal certificates, and student records

Karen Reardon: Registrar 
Information and questions about myEmbers!


serving students in PK3 through 5th  grade

8340 N. Greenwood Avenue,  Niles, IL 60714
www.embersacademy.org    847.518.1185   info@embersacademy.org

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