Oooh and Oooh, the Winningest Walloping Waltzing Whiz-zinger is Coming to Embers Academy! Embers Fire Choir will be performing the music from Sussical, Jr. in-concert during a one-hour vocal performance of the beloved musical. All Sparks will be attending a special dress rehearsal performance earlier in the day on Friday. Mark your calendars now to join us for this whimsical and magical musical of Seussical proportions!

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences

Sign-ups are now available for our Spring Parent-Teacher conferences, held on Wednesday, April 5, from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Conferences will be held in-person only at Embers (no Zoom options are available). There will be no school on April 5 to accommodate for these conferences. We look forward to seeing you!

Sign up for Conferences

Leapin’ Lizards – Wrong Info was Listed!
Right from the gecko our communications had the wrong information and we apologize for the confusion! Tickets for the Sparks Party: Reptile Show are $30/student, with a maximum of $75/3+ Sparks. (Not $60 per student as previously reported.) Additionally, all registration forms are due this Tuesday, March 28.

Thank you for your understanding – you are one in a chameleon!

Reptile Show Registration Form

Our March virtue is Respect. We are showing respect for human life this month by collecting donations for the Women’s Centers of Greater Chicagoland. Please see the flyer below for information on most-requested items. Donations will be accepted all week!
Respect Virtue Activity

Isn’t it Sweet: Literacy Week Ahead!

Monday marks the start of Literacy Week, the culmination of our month of literacy. Teachers will be encouraging students to read, write, and find creative ways to celebrate the gift of literacy all week long:
  • Drop Everything and Read (DEAR): Each day during Literacy Week, teachers will provide a 20-minute time slot for students to ‘DEAR’. Please make sure that your students all have a quality book to read that is appropriate for their reading level.
  • Hansel and Gretel Puppet Show: We will highlight the traditional fairy tales, characters, and themes that tie into ‘Reading is Sweet’ with a puppet show presentation of Hansel and Gretel on Monday.
  • Read-A-Thon: Our Read-A-Thon wraps up on Thursday as our Sparks race towards their final reading goals. Thank you to all who’ve been participating! Funds will go toward the enrichment of literacy education for our students. All Read-A-Thon pledge money must be turned in by Friday, March 31st.

Need More Info? Click for the Literacy Month Email

Literacy Week Book Fair
The Literacy Week Book Fair will take place this Wednesday & Thursday in our front lobby. All families are welcome to stop in during the day, before/after mass, or around their student pick-up time to peruse our awesome selection of books. Teacher wish lists will also be available if you’d like to buy an item for the classroom. At the end of the sale, Embers gets 50% back in free books!

Men, Mark Your Calendars
April’s Dads Club event is not to be missed!

The Mastermind Behind our Artists!

A warm “Thank You!” to Denise Wasserman for once again guiding our Sparks in the creation this year’s Extravaganza artwork. Mrs. Wasserman begins working with our students long before the event to create custom, priceless works of art that feature the talents of every student (and some teachers!) in grades 3-5. Her talent and passion shine through in their beautiful creations and we are forever grateful for her dedication to our Sparks!

It’s a PreK Movie Day!
Congratulations to our PreK4 class for winning Part 2 of the Extravaganza Raffle Ticket competition! This Friday was “prize day” where the class enjoyed a tasty treat and a relaxing movie morning.

Our Dreams Continue to Grow!
As the excitement of Extravaganza – followed by Spring Break – slowly returns to normal, we have a moment to reflect on how strong our community continues to be. Surpassing our goal and raising over $317,000 was not our only success! Our featured video, “Dream an Embers Dream”, was shown on Extravagana evening and spoke of Embers Academy’s role in helping fulfill the dreams of our parents and students. We continue to work towards the realization of all our Sparks’ dreams!

We invite you to enjoy: “Dream an Embers Dream”


No School: Conferences & Easter Break
There will also be no class on Wednesday, April 5 to allow for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Following, Embers will be on Easter break from Thursday, April 6 – Monday, April 10.

April Moms Club
Monday, April 3 | 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Cooking with Maria Keller: Maria will lead us through a hands on cooking demonstration featuring user friendly recipes anyone can tackle. We will prepare the various menu items as a group and the evening will culminate with a full meal for everyone to enjoy!

Please note, there will be a $10 fee to cover the cost of materials for this event. In order to best plan for the correct amount of food, please RSVP by Friday, March 31 to epa@embersacademy.org.

The Week Ahead:
Monday, March 27 – Friday, March 31: Literacy Week
– 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. – 5:30 p.m.)
– Thursday: Read-A-Thon Ends; Usborne Book Fair (11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
– Friday: Read-A-Thon money & forms due


Upcoming Events:
Monday, April 3
Moms Club (7:30 p.m.)

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

Monday, April 18
Dads Club

Friday, April 21
Coffee & Convo, Part 2 (8:45-10:30 a.m.)

Saturday, April 22
First Communion
(10:00 a.m., St. Mary of the Angels)

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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