Congratulations to the Cast of Annie!
Congratulations to our Fire Choir cast who created theater magic during last Friday’s production of Annie Kids! Our audience was treated to delightful performances and engaging sets that highlighted the talents of our students. Thank you to all who volunteered their time and talent to make our musical a success!
The full album of Annie photos can be found HERE.

The Debut of Our New Sound System!
Annie also marked the debut of Ember’s new sound system. This system – which includes 12 wireless, integrated microphones – marks the completion of our 2023 Extravaganza Fund-A-Need. Your donations have generously allowed us to move the bar on our musical performances and school assemblies. Thank you!

4th Grade Contest Deadline!

4th Grade: don’t miss your chance to be featured on our 2023-24 yearbook cover! This is the chance to celebrate your favorite part of the year – sports? music? friendship? All themes are welcome!

Entries are due to the front desk by this Monday, May 20. Please click HERE for more information. We can’t wait to see your creativity!

Order Your Yearbook Today!

Orders are now being accepted for the 2023-24 Embers Yearbook. Please click HERE for more information.

Click to Order Your Yearbook!

Our Fine Arts programs will be on full display this Friday. All are welcome to join us for a lovely afternoon of art and music. More information can be found HERE.
  • Annual Spark Art Show (12:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Front Lobby)
  • 4th Grade Living Art Museum (12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Front Lobby)
  • Embers Music Performance (2:00 – 2:45 p.m. | Paluch Hall)

Our 4th Grade students have been hard at work creating living art masterpieces for you to enjoy!

Kona Ice is Headed to Embers!
Cash, credit, and Apple Pay accepted. More information can be found by clicking HERE.

Did you get the “Scoop”?
Art mini-camp, fall soccer, an EPA baseball outing, and much, much more! Did you see this past Wednesday’s Summer Scoop email? Click HERE to get the “scoop” on all things summer!

Registration Now Open:
Summer Art Mini-Camps
Each mini-camp is limited to 15 participants. More information can be found HERE.

Register for Art Mini-Camp

Registration Now Open:
Fall Soccer Team
Fall soccer is for 4th and 5th Grade Sparks and is limited to 22 participants. Click HERE for more information.

Register for Fall Soccer Team

Bishop Bartosic Mass: May 29
On Wednesday, May 29, Bishop Mark Bartosic, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will be visiting to preside over our all-school Mass at 8:45 a.m. We welcome all families to join us!

Dear Families,

As our students wrap up an awesome year at Embers, we’re already busy making plans for the 2024-2025 school year. Many parents have expressed a desire to see more extracurricular opportunities for their children. Though we have a robust after school music program, several sports teams, and this year’s new art club, there is certainly room for growth!

If you have an idea for a new club at Embers, I’d love to hear from you. Do you have a talent for the arts you’d like to share with our Sparks? Is there a hobby, like gardening or woodworking, you’d like to try your hand at teaching? Are you skilled at chess or other games of strategy? Do you excel in a team or individual sport and want to pioneer that new offering for us?

Learning goes beyond the classroom, and extracurricular activities are a great way for students to explore their talents beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic. They’re a place to further develop the virtues of courage, responsibility, and determination, not to mention build friendships with other students who have the same interests.

If you have an idea for a club you might like to lead next year, I encourage you to fill out this proposal form so that we can start a conversation about next year. I’m excited to see ideas for how our Sparks can continue to grow in joy and virtue!

Christopher Goffos

Singapore Math
Last Sunday, an All-School Announcement was sent out regarding the change to Singapore Math for the 2024-25 school year. If you have not had a chance to read that email, please do so by clicking HERE.

Little Sparks on Tuesday
Don’t miss this last chance for Little Sparks fun before Summer break!

Our PreK classes planted blooms around Mary and crowned her with a circle of flowers.


All-School Family Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Thursday, May 30 | 8:30 a.m.
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! More information can be found HERE.

Important Note: 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 at Embers no later than 10:00 a.m. for instruction.

Final Week of School Schedule:

  • Monday, May 27 | NO SCHOOL: Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 28 | 5th Grade Farewell (5:00 p.m., Paluch Hall)
    Students to report to classrooms at 4:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 29 | PreK Celebration (10:30 a.m., Paluch Hall)
    Last day of school for all PreK Sparks.
  • Thursday, May 30 | All-School Pilgrimage (8:30 a.m., Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe)
  • Friday, May 31 | Last Day of School K-5 & Field Day
    All Sparks should wear their red spirit shirts with casual bottoms.

Willows Summer Sports Camps
Registration is now open for Willows Sports Camps and Camp Soar. Don’t miss out; click below for more info!

The Week Ahead:
Tuesday, May 21

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

Friday, May 24

– Fine Arts Fair (12:00-3:00 p.m.)


Upcoming Events:
Monday, May 27

– NO SCHOOL: Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28

– 5th Grade Farewell (5:00 p.m. | Paluch Hall)

Wednesday, May 29

– PreK End of Year Celebration (10:30 a.m. | Paluch Hall)

Thursday, May 30

– All-School Pilgrimage to Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
School opens 9:45 a.m. Students to arrive no later than 10:00 a.m.

Friday, May 31

– Last Day of School: 11:30 a.m. dismissal
– Field Day:
All Sparks should wear their red spirit shirts with casual bottoms.

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

serving students in PreK3 through 5th Grade

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