We Love Our Teachers!
Monday kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week at Embers! The EPA is providing a week of recognition for our fabulous faculty and we hope our families can participate. Full information about the week’s events can be found on the flyer HERE.
  • Monday: Thanks a Latte Day
  • Tuesday: Favorite Color Day – Sparks may come out of uniform, dressed in their teachers favorite color (see flyer at the link above).
  • Wednesday: Build a Bouquet Day – Sparks are welcome to bring a flower for their teacher and enrichment faculty.
  • Thursday: Relax and Unwind Day – Parents are welcome to donate a dessert and/or a bottle of wine for our teachers. Sign up to sponsor a faculty member HERE. Labeled items may be dropped off at the front office Thursday morning.
  • Friday: Gratitude Day – Sparks are encouraged to make a card for their teacher and enrichment faculty.

Volunteer Opportunities
To make Teacher Appreciation Week a success, we need your help! Whether you have a free hour in the morning, enjoy helping with recess, or would like to donate a tasty dessert, there are many different ways you can help.

Click for Donor and Volunteer Information!

April’s Virtue: Loyalty
Mrs. Grandinetti’s 4th Grade class presented the April virtue, loyalty, last Friday. Through their impressive skits, the class showed how being loyal to your classmates creates strength for both you and your friends.

This month’s Virtue Vista discusses many different ways to build loyalty – to our family, to our country, and to God. You can read more about these ideas and our Hero of the Month, St. Katharine Drexel, by clicking HERE.

Spring Band Concert this Friday!

On Tuesday, our K-2nd Grade Students displayed virtue in action during an impromptu campus clean-up. Working together during recess, they helped make our school shine!

First Communion: April 20

Our 2nd Grade classes will be receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion today at St. Mary of the Angels Church. Please keep our Sparks in your prayers as they celebrate this special day!

Mother-Son Bowling is on a Roll!
The EPA’s annual Mother-Son bowling outing was once again a huge success with over 110 participants gathering to bowl and play games! We loved seeing our Sparks and their moms make memories – with a healthy dose of competition.

Bet Your Bottom Dollar…
Annie is Headed to Embers!

All Embers families and friends are welcome to join us on Friday, May 10 for the Fire Choir’s performance of Annie Kids. Our students have been hard at work memorizing songs, honing their acting skills, and building beautiful set pieces. You won’t want to miss this performance!

Annie Members: Cast and Crew Shirts are available for order through TOMORROW, Sunday April 21.
Click HERE to order.

EPA Gardening Club Springs into Action!

With the arrival of spring, the EPA Gardening Club is ready to get planting! Over the next few weeks, the group will gather on select Friday afternoons to beautify our campus. All are welcome to join! Email Alli Smith for dates and times.

Little Sparks in the Park on Tuesday
Invite your friends and neighbors; all are welcome to attend!

Welcome to Our Newest Spark!

Congratulation to the Wasserman family on the birth of baby #6! Christopher Joseph was born on April 16 and is named after the martyr St. Christopher and St. Joseph, protector of the Holy Family. Christopher is warmly welcomed by all his siblings, including Embers students James (5th), Patricia (3rd) and Zelie (K).

A meal train has been organized for the family and can be found HERE.


Moms Club: Cooking Workshop
Monday, April 29 | 7:30-9:00 p.m. | Bahjat Home

Join EPA Moms Club this April and learn how to make a quick and nutritious meal, perfect for the entire family! There is a $10/person fee for this experience, which includes food and materials for all participants. RSVP by April 28 to epa@embersacadmey.org.

Literacy Week: April 29-May 4
Monday: Carnival Wheel
Tuesday: Dress as your Favorite Character
Wednesday: Read with a Buddy
Thursday: Create Your Own Carnival Story
Friday: Carnival Day!

Plus… Bookmark Contest and Reading Bingo! More information can be found HERE.

Fantastic Fridays

We’re having a fantastic end to the school year! More information can be found HERE!
  • 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 24 | 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.
  • Friday, May 31 | Last Day of School & Field Day | 11:30 Dismissal

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

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)

Upcoming Events:

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

Monday, May 6
– May Crowning (10:45 a.m.)

Friday, May 10
– Annie Kids Musical (5:00 p.m. | Paluch Hall)

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.

 Click to view the ’24-’25 School Calendar

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