Please note that there will be NO SCHOOL or EDP this Friday, February 17 and Monday, February 20 in celebration of President Day weekend. Classes and EDP resume on Tuesday, Feb 21.

For our second Extravaganza raffle ticket competition, we’re giving our students a chance to “go to the movies”! Our top-selling grade will win an in-class movie and popcorn party. This final competition runs now through the end of the raffle on Thursday, March 2nd.

After the first week, PK4 has taken the lead, followed closely by 3rd grade and Kindergarten. Grade placement shifts daily as our Sparks sell to friends and family. Keep up the great work!

Tickets are available now at our event website below!
(Please note: if you’d like to purchase tickets via cash or check, please contact Event Planning Director, Jacqueline Lastovich: jlastovich@embersacademy.org)


Sports and vacations and catering – oh my! Items for the Extravaganza Live Auction have been secured and you’re going to like what you see. Whether you dream of luxury club-level sports action, or a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle, we have you covered.

The 2023 Extravaganza is less than a month away! When our parents and friends come together, we advance a shared vision for the success of Embers Academy. Secure your event tickets now and join us as we work towards fulfilling the dreams for the future of Embers!

Purchase Extravaganza Tickets

Invention Convention
Our 5th Graders let their imaginations fly (sometimes literally) at the annual Invention Convention on Friday. Each student developed their invention from concept to prototype, which was then displayed for their fellow Sparks. If creativity is any indication, these students are going to go far!

February’s Virtue: Gratitude

3rd Grade kicked off our virtue of the month, Gratitude, with an inspiring assembly! They highlighted all we have for which to be grateful – and when in doubt, we can remember their cheer: “What’s your attitude? Gratitude!”

(Want to cheer along? Video is available on our Facebook page!)

View February’s Virtue Vista

Little Sparks
This Wednesday morning, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Spirit Week Preview!
Monday, February 27 – Friday, March 3

Re-Enrollment Contracts
Due February 28

Re-enrollment contracts for 2023-2024 are now available via the myEmbers! portal. Contracts for current students are due Tuesday, February 28. Interest for 2023-24 has already proven to be robust, and returning families who have not enrolled by February 28 could be placed on a waitlist.

For more detailed information, please refer to this video or document from Blackbaud Tuition Management.

During November’s virtue, we asked our Sparks to help set the table as a show of courtesy. Now, each class gets to celebrate the “sweet success” of their hard work with an ice cream treat!

February Dads Club Meeting

Outstanding Math Achievement

This past December, our 3rd-5th grade students participated in the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) Math Contest. We are very proud of their hard work and excellent scores!

  • 3rd Grade placed 4th out of 23 schools
  • 4th Grade placed 8th out of 35 schools
  • 5th Grade placed 9th out of 39 schools

In addition, we had several Sparks with individual perfect scores! Congratulations to:

  • 3rd Grade: Mick Adley, Pierce Nomellini, and Rose Stepansky
  • 4th Grade: James Anastasi, Nick Ferrini, Alena Mikan, and Cristina Roth
  • 5th Grade: Ellie Ayers, Katherine Jensen, Liam McIntire, Joe Radlinski, and Emmett Williams

Marla’s Lunch & More

We have received many requests over the last few weeks for information on how to sign up for Marla’s lunch. This document, as well as Medical forms, EPD registration, and more can all be found under the Current Families / Forms tab of our website.

Current Families / Forms


Coffee & Convo: New Series Begins
Friday, February 24 | 8:45-10:30 a.m. | Paluch Hall

Pascale Burns wowed parents with her first series on child temperament, and she’s ready to do it again! Her new series: Unleashing the Power of the 5 Love Languages kicks off at February’s Coffee and Convo meeting. Complimentary babysitting and coffee will be provided!

Please RSVP:epa@embersacademy.org

The Week Ahead:
Wednesday, February 15
Little Sparks, Bonus Room (9:00 a.m.)
First Reconciliation for 2nd Grade

Friday, February 17 – Monday, February 20
NO SCHOOL, President’s Day Holiday

Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, February 21
Dads Club, Northridge (6:15 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 22
Ash Wednesday Mass (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 24
Coffee and Convo, Paluch Hall (8:45 a.m.)

Monday, February 27 – Friday, March 4
Spirit Week

Wednesday, March 1
Last day to purchase Extravaganza tickets

Friday, March 3
Trimester II Ends
Student Spark’stravaganza Celebration

Who to Contact

Natalie Donado: School Office 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!

Lelia Harig: Business Office Manager
Information and questions about Extended Day Program (EDP).

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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