Embers Academy will be closed for Spring Break from Monday, March 13-Friday, March 17. We hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful break!

Final Week for Tuition Assistance

All applications for Tuition Assistance should be completed on the Blackbaud Financial Aid Management website by Friday, March 17, 2023. The Embers Finance Committee will notify applicants of award decisions via email by Friday, April 14, 2023. For information on how to file for Tuition Assistance, please refer to the Re-enrollment and Tuition Assistance email linked below.

Re-enrollment & Tuition Assistance Information

An Excellent Extravaganza!

The room was abuzz with over 200 people at Cafe la Cave last Saturday for our annual Extravaganza fundraiser. The lively evening was a wonderful opportunity for conversation, laughter, and community building as we shared our dreams for the future of Embers and all our Sparks.

We are so pleased to announce that, thanks to the generosity of our entire community, we were able to surpass our Extravaganza fundraising goal and raised over $317,000! Whether you were on hand that night to bid on our student artwork, put your name in for a sign-up party, sold some raffle tickets, or raised your paddle high to support our school, we are immensely thankful for your ongoing support. It is our pleasure to serve and support your students as they begin their educational career.

Once again, thank you to all who participated in our 2023 Extravaganza! Cafe la Cave could barely contain the exuberance of the evening (despite flashing the lights at the end of the evening), and we are already looking forward to next year’s event. 

Our Wall of Dreams showcased Spark artwork that expressed their dreams for the future.

New this year was Heads-or-Tails. Over 60 participants did their best to guess the coin toss!

Once again our Sparks outdid themselves to create show-stopping auction artwork.

The Wine Pull quickly sold out this year! Wine & a gift card is always a “win”.

The Lukens gave a heartwarming address,  reminding us of all our dreams.

Our Paddle Raise was an invigorating display of the dedication to Embers.

Spark Party: Reptile Show is Available!

If you weren’t able to make it to the Extravaganza, no worries! There are still spots available for our Spark Party: Reptile Show. This exciting, educational, and interactive event (which replaces the Hotcakes with Heads breakfast) features reptiles from around the world. But this is not like other shows – OUR students are part of the experience. Who knows, your Spark may be called on to to touch, pet, hold, and handle animals that normally live behind glass at the zoo!

JG’s Reptile Show will be held in-school on the morning of Tuesday, April 4th. The cost is $60/student with a maximum of $75 for 3+ students.

To register your students for this experience, please fill out the form below and return with payment to the front office by Friday, March 28th. All proceeds benefit the Extravaganza fundraiser.

Reptile Show Sign-Up Form

Spark’stravaganza Success

Extravaganza 2023 kicked off at home last Friday with the Spark’stravaganza! Students enjoyed an afternoon of Magic by Randy, a live performance from our Embers Band, a sneak peak at the Fire Choir music videos, and – of course – treats. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our Sparks’ Raffle Ticket success and start our celebrations!

Magic by Randy featured some funny tricks…

…hair raising tricks…

…magical tricks…

…and edge-of-your-seat entertainment!

March’s Virtue: Respect

Last Friday, our Kindergarten class taught us the importance of this month’s virtue, Respect. We are asking all students to help us show respect for human life by bringing donations for The Women’s Centers of Greater Chicagoland. Donations will be accepted after Spring Break, through the end of the month.

Click for April’s Virtue Vista

Mark Your Calendar!

Important changes and additions for your Spring 2023 Calendar:

  • March 11: Report Cards are available today
  • March 12: Spring Ahead! Clocks move ahead one hour.
  • NEW! April 3:  April Spirit Day & Virtue Assembly (date rescheduled from April 14)
  • April 18: the final Embers Dads Club meeting (the March date has been postponed to April)


We hope everyone is doing a GREAT job with their Read-A-Thon tracking. Remember to try and reach your daily goals:

  • PreK – 1st at least 1 book per day
  • Students in 2nd – 5th grade  at least 20 minutes per day.

Yesterday, students brought home their weekly tracking form for next week. Don’t forget to keep tracking over Spring Break!

Need More Info? Click for the Literacy Month Email

Coffee & Convo: New Series Starts March 24
Unleashing the Power of the 5 Love Languages
Presentation by: Pascale R. Burns, licensed clinical professional MA, LCPC Counselor

Join us for this 2-Part Series:
Part 1: Friday, March 24 | Part 2: Friday, April 28
8:45-10:30 a.m., Paluch Hall

Complimentary babysitting & coffee will be provided.
Please RSVP: epa@embersacademy.org

The Week Ahead:
Monday, March 13 – Friday, March 17
Spring Break: No School or EDP


Upcoming Events:
Friday, March 24
Coffee & Convo, Paluch Hall (8:45-10:30 a.m.)

Monday, March 27 – Friday, March 31: Literacy Week
Please make sure that your students all have a quality book to read that is appropriate for their reading level. 
– Monday: Hansel and Gretel Puppet Show
– Tuesday: Usborne Preview Day (9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
– Wednesday: Usborne Book Fair (11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
– Thursday: Read-A-Thon Ends; Usborne Book Fair (11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
– Friday: Read-A-Thon money & forms due

Monday, April 3
Moms Club

Tuesday, April 4
Spark Party: Reptile Show!

Wednesday, April 5
NO SCHOOL: Parent / Teacher Conferences

Thursday, April 6 – Monday, April 10
NO SCHOOL: Easter Break

Tuesday, April 11
Classes Resume

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

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