Three weeks until school begins on
Tuesday, September 5!

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Dear Parents,

I wanted to provide a quick update on our faculty for next year. Our remaining openings are now filled and we have a full team for the year.

We are excited to extend a warm welcome to Tina Grandinetti, who will be ​our second Fourth Grade Teacher this fall. Tina is a former parent at Embers and knows our community well. She holds a masters in education and has worked with elementary and middle school students in the Chicagoland area​, first in 2004,​ and again from 2021 to the present.

Brenda Fernandez has worn many hats at Embers​ over the last decade, having most recently been a Kindergarten aid​e, a Spanish teacher, and an Ar​t​ aide. ​We are pleased that Brenda is stepping into a new role this year as a PK3 ​Co-​Teacher, in addition to teaching 3rd-5th  Spanish and assisting in Art classes. She is multi-talented and a joy to our students!

Madeline Black is another familiar face, having been a beloved substitute teacher at Embers​ in recent years. Madeline will be our ​Teaching ​Fellow, a new position that will entail teaching ​Fifth ​Grade math and history, two subjects in which her talents will shine. Madeline is a senior, finishing her degree in elementary education at Northeastern University.

My teaching responsibility. I had originally planned on teaching Fifth Grade history myself, and I still plan to guest teach on occasion. But that class is a natural strength for Madeline, and there was an alternative option that will allow me to teach all the Embers Sparks: I will teach a new K-5 course entitled “Virtue Studies: Narnia.” Mary Kay Hastings developed C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia into a key component of an Embers education. This year, I’m designing a “mini-course,” in which I will continue the tradition of reading Narnia novels to each grade individually, K-5, and leading the students in discussions of the virtues demonstrated by the characters.

With a faculty this talented, I can’t wait to welcome them and your children back to school soon. 

I continue to be grateful for your warm welcome. And, I’m very excited to share additional enhancements at our Curriculum Night. We have a great year ahead!

Christopher Goffos


Beautified Bathrooms, Thanks to You!

A core initiative of the 2023 Extravaganza Paddle Raise was to raise funds for the much-needed renovation of our West Wing Bathrooms. Contractors have been hard at work this summer installing beautiful, clean, new facilities that will be ready for back to school. None of this would be possible without your generosity. We greatly appreciate our Embers families!

Used Uniform Sale Starts Tuesday

We will be hosting a used uniform sale in our lobby this Tuesday, August 15 – Thursday, August 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Stop by to peruse the gently used skirts, vests, and more that have been generously contributed by our families. Donations for uniform purchases are accepted by cash or check; donate what you are able!

Now is a great time to ensure that your students have proper-fitting uniform pieces. Beginning with the first day of school, students must wear the required Embers school uniform. A complete list of dress code requirements can be found here.

Cross Country Registration Open

Calling all runners! Registration for Embers’ fall cross country team is now open to students in grades 3rd-5th. Our team will once again compete in three City Suburban Catholic Conference (CSCC) meets during September at Resurrection High School. Practices begin before the school year starts, on Friday, September 1 .

See the Google Signup below for more information and to register. The first meet is a week earlier than last year, so start running now. Laps around the block make for great practice!!

Cross Country Signups

From the Business Office:

Tuition payment information is available online at Blackbaud Tuition Management. To access this site for your Smart Tuition account, visit https://parent.blackbaud.school. Please note that Blackbaud Tuition Management is a different site than myEmbers! and you will need to create a new log on to access your information.

Please email the Business office at business@embersacademy.org if you have any questions or need assistance. Thank you!

Normal Office Hours Resume

Starting Monday, our office will resume normal office hours in preparation for the school year. We look forward to assisting you:

Monday – Friday | 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Back to School Fair | Thursday, August 31 | 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
This casual, open house-style event welcomes families back to school to meet their teachers and visit our lobby “info booths”. Individual parent/teacher conferences will not be held during the Fair. Students in our PK classes are asked to attend with their parents while attendance is optional for students in grades K-5. We look forward to seeing you back on campus!

Lunch Ordering
Registration is now open for Embers’ Hot Lunch Program through Marla’s Brown Bag Lunch Program. The first hot lunch date is Wednesday, September 6th (our second day of school). For more information, see the link below.

Marla’s Registration Information

Daily Milk orders are available for students in PK (full day only) through 5th Grade at a cost of $.60/carton.  The total cost for the school year is $97.00, per child, which will be billed to your Smart Tuition account. Delivery begins Wednesday, September 5, 2023. Both 2% and Skim milk are available.

Milk Order Form

First Decisions
For more info or to register, visit: www.familyenrichmentchicago.com

The Week Ahead:
Tuesday, August 15 – Thursday, August 17
Used Uniform Sale (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, August 31
Back to School Fair (3:00-7:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, September 5
First Day of School (11:30 a.m. Dismissal)
EPA Parent Welcome Coffee (during morning dropoff)

Tuesday, September 5
All-School Mass

Friday, September 8
Track Meet (4:00 p.m., Resurrection High School)

Sunday, September 10
Ice Cream Social (2:00-4:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 15
Spirit Day & Virtue Assembly (10:45 a.m., Paluch Hall)
Track Meet (4:00 p.m., Resurrection High School)

Tuesday, September 19
Little Sparks in the Park (9:00-11:00 a.m.)

Thursday, September 21
Curriculum Night (6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 22
Track Meet (4:00 p.m., Resurrection High 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
Tuition, Billing, and Extended Day Program (EDP).

Christopher Goffos: Headmaster

serving students in PK3 through 5th grade

8340 N. Greenwood Avenue,  Niles, IL 60714
www.embersacademy.org  |  847.518.1185  |  info@embersacademy.org

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