Your Support Has Us Inspired!

This year’s Annual Fund drive was a resounding success. Not only did we far surpass our $250,000 goal, but a record-breaking 88 percent of our families and 100 percent of our board and full-time faculty & staff donated to this essential fundraiser. Thank you for your dedication to Embers’ continued growth. We are honored and inspired by your generous display of support!

Dear Families,

About once a week, I ask my son, Luke, what his favorite subject in school is. He likes them all, so his answer changes week to week. But on-brand for a Kindergarten boy, his most frequent response is, “Recess!”

Recess is a time for students to withdraw from the routine of classroom instruction and study, a break that is needed for both their mental and physical health. Just as importantly, during breaks like recess and lunch, students have the best opportunity to practice the virtues we emphasize as part of Embers’ commitment to character formation.

As Mr. Boville explains it, there are two kinds of choices our students make at recess. The first is practical. Shall I play soccer today? Climb on the jungle gym? Build a stick fort? Play tag? But the second kind is moral. Will I be a good teammate? Will I respect the rules of the game? Will I show kindness to other students?

As parents and teachers, we’re raising future adults, and we need to give them space to make both practical and moral choices. Sometimes they’ll make the wrong moral choices, but these are always opportunities for growth and further formation.

That’s where you come in! With our unstructured approach to recess, and as our school continues to grow, it would be wonderful to have more pairs of hands to help us both monitor and form our students. Parent volunteers are more than welcome to provide additional support.

Will you help us by volunteering to monitor recess one period a week? If you’re interested, please sign up HERE. And, as always, feel free to email Mr. Boville and me with any questions.

Christopher Goffos

An Invite to All Embers Moms!

Don’t miss your chance to meet Janet Quinlan at her Virtue-Based Parenting workshop in two weeks. Registration includes Janet’s three-hour presentation, followed by a lunch to share thoughts and ideas with your fellow attendees. We hope to see you there!


Soaring into the New Year!

This week’s featured Embers aircraft comes from the Carpenter family. Micheal – and big brother Kenobi – were airplane superstars! First, they built a fabulous looking plane, and then they dropped it from a drone, 100 feet up. Turns out that plane can REALLY fly!

We’d love to see more airplanes in action! Email your photos and videos to the email below:


Click to watch the impressive 100-foot “flight”!

Annie Kicks off This Month!

Fire Choir will begin preparations for Annie with workshops held during the regularly scheduled Wednesday practices on 1/10 and 1/17.
  • Auditions for Annie will be held on Wednesday, January 24 from 3:15-7:00 p.m. There will be no regular Fire Choir on this day. All students will need to be picked up from school at 3:05 and brought back to school for their audition time. Audition signups will be available soon.
Participation in Annie is limited to Fire Choir members. Current Fire Choir members do not need to re-register. For new students who wish to participate, registration is open now through January 20th at the link HERE. Standard program fees apply.

Calling ALL Embers parents!
Do you enjoy building? Are you great with a sound board? The Music department is looking for volunteers to help with our spring musical! Opportunities include:

Set Building | Costuming | Lighting | Sound | Makeup

Please contact Rob Sadlowski at rsadlowski@embersacademy.org if you would like to help on any of these teams. We appreciate your help in creating theater magic!

No School: Monday, January 15

Please note that there will be no school, EDP, or band on Monday, January 15 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


Our campus is alive with excitement this winter! Register today for your chance to participate in these exciting programs:

Embers Art Club: Art Fundamentals
Begins January 22 | $175/student | K-3rd Grade

  • Hosted by Embers’ mom and architectural designer, Mrs. Maggie Rivas, students will learn about art while working on exercises and projects meant to activate their brain’s right side. They will work with different mediums and become familiar with techniques that will help them to develop their own style in an art studio setting. More information & registration available HERE. Deadline to register is January 19.

Little Sparks: Music & Movement
Begins January 30 | $25/family | Infants – 5 years old

  • Music & Movement will feature interactive songs, rhythm games, and musical instruments exploration, followed by time for free play, socialization, and snacks! All activities are developmentally appropriate for children and provide an engaging musical experience. More information & registration available HERE.

The Week Ahead:
Friday, January 12

-Spirit Day & Virtue Assembly

Upcoming Events:
Monday, January 15
-NO School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Saturday, January 20

– Janet Quinlan Mother’s Workshop (8:00 a.m. | Willows Academy)

Friday, January 26
-Out of Uniform Day

Who to Contact

Natalie Donado: School Office Secretary
Uniforms, school supplies, hot lunch, Extended Day Program (EDP), and general questions about the school day.

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


Christina Williams: Director Parents Association
All families are welcome to help with the EPA! More information on volunteer opportunities are available here.

Lisa Hanretty: Director of Development
Annual Fund, Extravaganza, and other donation opportunities.

Karen Reardon: Registrar 
Information and questions about myEmbers!

Lelia Harig: Business Office Manager
Tuition and billing questions.

Christopher Goffos: Headmaster

serving students in PK3 through 5th grade

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