Mark Your Calendars Now!!

Friday, May 5 | Virtue Assembly & Spirit Day | 10:45 a.m. | Paluch Hall
Don’t forget your
red spirit shirt! 5th Grade will be presenting our May virtue, Responsibility.

Friday, May 12 | Seussical, Jr. | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Paluch Hall
Our Fire Choir will be performing the music from Seussical, Jr. during this one-hour vocal performance of the beloved musical. Students will also have an in-school presentation during the day. All families are welcome to attend the evening concert.

Friday, May 19 | 5th Grade Wax Museum | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Paluch Hall
The 5th grade students have each chosen a historical figure to portray at our annual Wax Museum. Press play and watch our Sparks come alive!

Friday, May 26 | Fine Arts Fair | Enter Through Front Lobby

  • Annual Spark Art Show | 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Our Sparks have been creating masterpieces all year with Mrs. Wasserman. Projects from grades K-5 will be on display in our school lobby.
  • 4th Grade Living Art Museum | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | The 4th grade students will be presenting living art displays of famous paintings throughout the school lobby.
  • Embers Music Performance | 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. | Each level of Embers Band will perform a selection of music and the Fire Choir will perform their Extravaganza songs in Paluch Hall.

Spring Uniform

As the weather continues to warm up, please note our spring uniform guidelines:

  • Red Vests are currently optional (as of April 15)
  • Boys may wear navy shorts starting May 1

TAW Volunteer Opportunities

Teacher Appreciation Week (TAW) starts May 1! Thanks to your generosity at the Trunk or Treat Raffle and Poinsettia Sale,  Embers Parents Association has a week of daily surprises and treats planned for our teachers. We don’t want to ruin any surprises, so check your classroom WhatsApp over the coming week for all the fun details!

Lunch Chaperones
On Friday, May 5, EPA will be treating our teachers to a catered lunch. To allow for a leisurely lunch filled with adult conversation, we are looking for parent volunteers to monitor lunch or provide coverage during recess. Please consider giving the gift of time so that our teachers can enjoy this meal together!

Sign up here to be a Lunch/Recess Chaperone

Final Coffee & Convo is Friday
Pascale Burns has treated us to a fascinating year inside the psychology of head and heart. Don’t miss her last presentation on the Power of Love Languages, this Friday!

Mathematical Masters

Congratulations to our 3rd-5th Grade students on their hard work in the recent math contest!

  • 3rd grade placed 3rd overall (out of 26 schools)
  • 4th grade placed 8th overall (out of 36 schools)
  • 5th grade placed 8th overall (out of 40 schools)

A special note of recognition to our Sparks who scored individual perfect scores:

  • 3rd Grade: Rocco Galluzzi, Sam Lukens, Teresa Whalen, Kara Gayares, Pierce Nomellini, Rose Stepansky, and Agostina Kainovic
  • 4th Grade: Cristina Roth, John Paul Bahjat, and Ramona Allen
  • 5th Grade: Katherine Jensen, Mary Claire McEwen, and Ellie Ayers

The Magic of Camouflage
Mrs. Henschell lead our first grade classes in a lesson on camouflage this week. After exploring the ability of some animals to camouflage themselves in their environment, students created their own paper moths and hid them around the classroom creating a fascinating hide and seek adventure! Can you spot their creations?

Community Food Drive Ahead:
This May, our Sparks will be showing responsibility for the people in our community who do not have enough food to eat by holding a community food drive.  Our students will be collecting food from neighborhood houses and donating the goods to the Ransom Responds food pantry at OLR.

But first we need bags!
To make this food drive a success, we are asking our Embers families to send in large paper grocery bags that can be distributed to the neighborhood houses. Students can bring in paper bags anytime between now and Monday, May 1st. Thank you for your help!

Little Sparks Heads to the Park
*Weather permitting!

Thank You from Rosewood!
Thank you to all the Sparks who wore red last Friday to raise funds for the Rosewood Foundation. Together we raised nearly $400 which will help provide students in need of additional learning support the opportunity to receive a Catholic education at Embers and Catholic schools throughout Chicagoland!


Virtue of the Month: Forgiveness
To celebrate this month’s virtue, Forgiveness, we invite our families to experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation, either by going to church as a family or by talking about the Sacrament with your children.  Celebrating the Sacrament is a beautiful display of God’s forgiveness!

Our Lady of Ransom Confession Times:

  • Tuesday: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

St Mary of the Angels Confession Times:

  • Tuesday: 9:30 – 11:00 am
  • Wednesday: 4:30 – 5:20 pm
  • Thursday: 10:00 am-12:00 pm and 4:00 – 5:20 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

The Week Ahead:
Wednesday, April 26
Little Sparks
(9:00-10:00 a.m.)

Friday, April 28
Coffee & Convo, Part 2
(8:45-10:30 a.m., Paluch Hall)


Upcoming Events:
Monday, May 1 – Friday, May 5
Teacher Appreciation Week

Wednesday, May 3
May Crowning (2:00 p.m.) *Please note earlier time

Friday, May 5
Virtue Assembly / Spirit Day:
Red shirt

Friday, May 12
Seussical, Jr  (5:00 p.m., Paluch Hall)

Friday, May 19
5th Grade Wax Museum (9:30-11:30 a.m., Paluch Hall)

Wednesday, May 24
Little Sparks  (9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Greenwood Park)

Friday, May 26
Fine Arts Fair, Enter through main lobby
– 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., Paluch Hall)

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
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