Save The Date: Extravaganza ’24

We invite you to join us in the glamorous world of Monte Carlo at the Embers Extravaganza on Saturday, March 23! The Extravaganza is Embers’ annual fundraising gala where our parents and supporters can enjoy an evening of friendship during this exciting and interactive event. Tickets will be available mid-February.

Moms Club Get-Together: Feb. 5th
Please join Embers Moms Club for this FREE event. Our door is open all night; join us anytime throughout the evening! RSVP to: epa@embersacademy.org.

Starting This Monday:

This week only, we will be holding a Diaper Duel between grade levels! Sparks who bring in diapers will be awarded 1 point PER diaper for their grade level. After Friday’s donations are counted, the class with the most points will win an ice cream social. Thank you for supporting families in need! For more information on Ted’s Diaper Drive, please visit Facebook: Ted’s Diaper Drive.

Daddy Daughter Dance

Our 2024 Daddy Daughter Dance will be held next Saturday, February 3. We have been very excited to see so many of our families signed up already!  There is still time to RSVP HERE.

Winter Parent/Teacher Conferences

The PickATime sign-ups for Trimester II Parent/Teacher Conferences are now available HERE

Conferences will be held in-person Thursday, February 15  from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Please note that there will be no school on Thursday, February 15 (previously an early dismissal day) so that we can provide a full day for Parent/Teacher Conferences. We hope that this new schedule will allow all families the opportunity to meet with teachers. Please contact Mrs. Reardon with any questions: kreardon@embersacademy.org.

President’s Day Break

There will be no school Friday, February 16-Monday, February 19 in recognition of President’s Day. We hope all our families enjoy a relaxing break!

Dear Families,

The Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) curriculum we teach in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade gives our students the tools they need to succeed as young writers at Embers and beyond. As the publisher puts it,

“IEW’s unique approach provides the structure that students need to develop confidence in the writing process, while gradually guiding them toward greater independence and creativity.”

Before they can begin to write well for themselves, our students first need to read and digest good writing. Appreciation and imitation naturally come before unique expression.

What better place to start than nursery rhymes and simple, lovely poems? Parents who read Mother Goose or sing nursery songs to their young children every night know the joy and love of the English language that these inspire. Similarly, the rhymes and poems memorized by our Kindergarten, First, and Second graders through IEW are my favorite part of the program.

This past fall, several First and Second Grade students proudly recited their memorized poems over the loudspeaker system during our morning announcements. We had such fun letting them showcase the fruits of their hard work that we’re going to expand the opportunity this spring. Starting now, teachers can sign their students up to recite memorized nursery rhymes and poems over the morning announcements each day.

Encourage your Sparks to share the beautiful rhymes and poetry they’ve memorized with you at home. And we’ll be sure to feature their talents in the mornings so that we can start the school day with a bit of beauty.

Christopher Goffos

A Quinlan Success Story!

Last Saturday, nearly 100 moms gathered to participate in Janet Quinlan’s insightful workshop. Many thanks to Willows Academy and Embers Parents Association for hosting this wonderful event, and a special think you to event organizer, Kate DeCanto, and the entire event committee for their hard work and enthusiasm!

Janet Quinlan Committee:

Mary Anastasi 
Kelly Beck
Mary Therese Brown 
Kate DeCanto

Colleen Gilligan

Beatriz Grey 
Maria Marta Humber 
Jamie Simon 
Alli Smith
Sarah Weiske

All Friends are Welcome

Our first open house of 2024 is next Saturday, February 3. Invite your friends and neighbors to visit our campus and learn more about what makes Embers unique. Registration is available on our website!


2024-25 Re-Enrollment: Thursday, February 1

The Re-Enrollment Period for the 2024-25 school year begins this Thursday. If you have not yet had a chance to read Mr. Goffos’s letter, please click HERE for important information regarding tuition updates, re-enrollment deposits, and tuition assistance.

Re-Enrollment for Siblings of Current Students
Admission applications for siblings of current students can be found in your family’s myEmbers! account under the Account / Resources tab. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions Manager, Julene Barder at jbarder@embersacademy.org

The Week Ahead:
Tuesday, January 30
-Little Sparks: Music & Movement Begins
Thursday, February 1
-Embers Re-Enrollment Period Begins
Friday, February 2
-Spirit Day & Virtue Assembly
Saturday, February 3
-Embers Open House (9:30-11:00 a.m.)
-EPA Daddy Daughter Dance (6:00-8:00 p.m. | Willows Academy)
Upcoming Events:
Monday, February 5
-EPA Mom’s Club (7:30-9:00 p.m. | Bahjat Home)

Saturday, February 10

-2nd Grade First Reconciliation (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Northridge)

Monday, February 12
-PreK Classes Valentine’s Day Celebrations

Tuesday, February 13

-Wear Red for Rosewood Day
-K-5 Class Valentine’s Day Celebrations


Wednesday, February 14
-Ash Wednesday
Thursday, February 15
-NO SCHOOL: Parent/Teacher Conferences (9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Last Day of the Re-Enrollment Period and the $300/ Student Deposit
Friday, February 16
-NO SCHOOL: President’s Day Break
-Rolling Admissions Contracts are Issued with a $500/Student Deposit


Monday, February 19
-NO SCHOOL: President’s Day Break

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

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

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