God Bless Second Grade

Congratulations to our 2nd Grade classes who made their first communion last Saturday. It was beautiful day of celebration and we were delighted to see so many of our Embers families in attendance!

Five Weeks Left of School!
It’s hard to imagine, but the end of the school year is nearly here! There are many special events happening during our last week of school:
Monday, May 29: NO SCHOOL
Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 30: 5th GRADE FAREWELL
Award Ceremony & Promotion. Students report to their classroom at 4:45 p.m. The presentation in Paluch Hall begins at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 31: PK CELEBRATION
Paluch Hall, 10:30 a.m. *Last day of school for PreK students

Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe, 8:30 a.m.
*School building closed until 9:45 a.m. All students must arrive by 10:00 a.m. for instruction.

Friday, June 2: EMBERS FIELD DAY
Last Day of School K-5th
*Out of uniform; please wear casual clothing!

All-School Family Pilgrimage

Parents, Sparks, and siblings are invited to come together as our Embers family prays the rosary in gratitude for the completion of this school year! Please arrive in time to meet at the Shrine at 8:30 a.m.

Parents, please remain with your children for the entire pilgrimage. Each family is responsible for your students’ transportation to Embers when the pilgrimage concludes.


The school building will be CLOSED until 9:45 a.m. so that all faculty and staff can attend the pilgrimage. If you choose not to join us at the Shrine, please bring your child directly to school at 9:45. All students must arrive by 10:00 a.m. for instruction.

May Crowning is Wednesday

Mass will begin at an earlier time – 2:00 p.m. – on Wednesday as we celebrate May Crowning. Families are welcome to join us as 2nd Grade honors our Blessed Virgin Mary with flowers and prayer.

Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week begins Monday! Earlier this week, information went home via your classroom WhatsApp regarding all the fun surprises we have in store for our teachers thanks to your generosity at the Trunk or Treat Raffle and Poinsettia Sale. Please contact your parent ambassador with questions.

There is still time to sign up for the Faculty luncheon on Friday, May 5. Volunteers are needed to monitor lunch or provide recess coverage so that our teachers can enjoy a leisurely catered lunch filled with adult conversation. 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

Friday, May 5:
Virtue Assembly & Spirit Day | 10:45 a.m. | Paluch Hall

Don’t forget your
red shirt and casual bottoms! 5th Grade will be presenting our May virtue, Responsibility.

4th Grade is hard at work creating their pieces for the Living Art Museum! Don’t miss their presentation during the Fine Arts Fair on Friday, May 26, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Parent volunteers are needed to help Soccer Club run smoothly. Assistance is needed in coaching, bringing kids to bathrooms, setting up, and cleaning up. No soccer experience necessary; coaches will teach you everything you need to know to help grow our soccer program! Whether you only can help once, or have weekly availability, thank you for giving your time to help our Sparks!

Sign up to Volunteer

Special Serenade

This week our Admin team was treated to a special Administrative Professionals Day, complete with flowers, treats, and singing telegram! Check out our Facebook page for a snippet of the serenade:

Video Ahead!


Please Bring in Paper Bags by Monday, May 1st.
Thank you to all who sent in large paper grocery bags for the community food drive! To make this event a success, we could still use a few more bags to distribute to the neighborhood houses.

This May, our Sparks will be showing responsibility for those in our community who do not have enough food 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.

Get Ready for Fantastic Fridays All Month!

  • Friday, May 12: Seussical, Jr. | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Paluch Hall
  • Friday, May 19: 5th Grade Wax Museum | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Paluch Hall
  • Friday, May 26: Fine Arts Fair | Enter Through Front Lobby
    • Annual Spark Art Show: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Lobby
    • 4th Grade Living Art Museum: 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Lobby
    • Embers Music Performance: 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. | Paluch Hall

The Week Ahead:
Monday, May 1 – Friday, May 5
Teacher Appreciation Week

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

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


Upcoming Events:
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)

Monday, May 29
No School: Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30
Fifth Grade Farewell (5:00 p.m., Paluch Hall)
Students to classrooms at 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday, May 31
PK Celebration (10:30 a.m., Paluch Hall)
Last day of school for PK students

Thursday, June 1
All-School Family Pilgrimage (8:30 a.m., Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe)
School building closed until 9:45 a.m. All students must arrive by 10:00 a.m. for instruction

Friday, June 2: Last Day of School K-5th
Embers Field Day: Please wear casual clothing
Dismissal 11:30 a.m. (No EDP after school)

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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