April is Literacy Month at Embers!
This week, we kicked off Literacy Month with our inaugural Ignatius book fair! Sparks and their families had a great time browsing the new titles and discovering future favorites. Thank you to all who participated in the Book Fair and supported our new school library!

Didn’t have a chance to shop in person? Orders can still be made online by clicking HERE all year long! Embers will continue to receive a percentage of proceeds for each order placed.

The Book Fair kicked off our annual Literacy Month: “Pop Open a Good Book”

Our 5th Grade students helped the younger Sparks create their wish lists.

All our Sparks loved seeing the new book options!

Throughout the month, the Literacy Month Committee will be providing our Sparks with plenty of opportunities to explore the world of literature. Our month-long celebration will culminate in Literacy Week, which runs April 29-May 3. Highlights include:
  • Bookmark Contest: All students in grades K – 5 are invited to participate in our annual Bookmark Contest. One winner will be selected per grade and each student will receive a bookmark with their grade’s winning design! Bookmark templates and instructions will be sent home on Friday, April 26.
  • Reading Bingo: Also on Friday, April 26, students will bring home Reading Bingo cards. If a student completes any row of fun reading activities at home during Literacy Week, they will receive 5 EXTRA carnival tickets for Friday’s Carnival. 
  • Dress as your Favorite Character: On Tuesday, April 30, students may come to school dressed as their favorite book character and bring the book with them.
More Literacy Week information will be coming home this Wednesday!

Embers Experiences the Eclipse
On Monday, our Sparks experienced the rare opportunity to witness a solar eclipse in Chicagoland! After learning about eclipses and the power of the sun in the morning, students gathered outside and watched the moon cover 94% of the sun’s rays.

Fun Fact: According to NASA, the next total solar eclipse that will be visible in Illinois will occur on September 14, 2099!

Summer Uniform Begins Monday

As the weather continues to warm up, please note our spring & summer uniform guidelines:
  • Boys may wear navy uniform shorts.
  • Red sweaters & vest are optional on all days.

We’re having a fantastic end to the school year! Mark your calendars now for these Fantastic Fridays; more info to come.
  • Friday, April 26 | Band Concert | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 3 | Virtue Assembly & Spirit Day | 10:45 a.m.
  • Friday, May 10 | Annie Kids musical performed by Fire Choir | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 17 | 5th Grade Wax Museum | 1:00-3:00 p.m.* New time for 2024!
  • Friday, May 26 | Fine Arts Fair
    • Annual Spark Art Show | 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    • 4th Grade Living Art Museum | 12:30-1:30 p.m.
    • Embers Music Performance | 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Dads Club Gets Grilling!

Does planning dinner every night feel like a chore?
Join EPA Moms Club this April and learn how to make a quick and nutritious meal, perfect for the entire family! Maria will be walking our participants through an interactive cooking demonstration full of tips and tricks to help bring the fun back to dinner. Friends are always welcome to join us!

There is a $10/person fee for this experience, which includes food and materials for all participants. Feel free to bring cash or check to the event, or Zelle: epa@embersacadmey.org.

Please RSVP by April 28

Little Sparks Heads Back to the Park!

Spring Open House
Friday is our final open house of the year. If you have friends who would like to learn more about Embers, please extend an invitation!

Flyer to Share with Friends & Family!

Welcome Isabella Vargas!

Congratulations to the Vargas family on the birth of their daughter, Isabella Camilla Vargas! Isabella joins her siblings, Jeremiah (Embers PreK4) and Joanna.


Annie Set & Stage Crew
All 4th and 5th Grade Sparks (regardless of participation in Fire Choir) are welcome to join Stage Crew for Annie! Students can now register HERE for the day(s) they will be able to assist; building days begin April 13!

Embers Band Spring Concert
Friday, April 26 | 5:00 p.m. | Paluch Hall

Featuring music selections from our beginning, intermediate, and advanced bands. All families are welcome!

The Week Ahead:
Saturday, April 13
– EPA Mother-Son Bowling (
12:30 p.m. | Bowlero)

Monday, April 15
– Summer Uniform Begins

Thursday, April 18
– EPA Dads Club (7:00 p.m. | Smith Residence)

Friday, April 19
– Embers Open House (9:00-10:30 a.m.)

Saturday, April 20
– First Communion (10:30 a.m. | St. Mary of the Angels)

Upcoming Events:

Monday, April 22 – Friday, April 26
– Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday, April 23
– Little Sparks in the Park (9:00-11:00 a.m. | Greenwood Park)

Friday, April 26
– Band Concert (5:00 p.m. | Paluch Hall)

Monday, April 29 – Friday, May 3
– Literacy Week

Monday, April 29
– Moms Club (7:30 p.m. | Bahjat Home)

Friday, May 3
– Spirit Day & Virtue Assembly

Who to Contact

Christopher Goffos: Headmaster

Natalie Donado:
Office Secretary
School absences, uniforms, school supplies, hot lunch, Extended Day Program (EDP), and general questions.

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

Lelia Harig
Business Office Manager
Tuition and billing questions.

Karen Reardon: Registrar 
Information and questions about myEmbers!, report cards & school registration.

Christina Williams:
Director Parents Association
We invite all families to get involved with the EPA! Volunteer info is available here.

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