Enjoy the final days of summer!
School starts this Tuesday, September 5

We invite and encourage all parents to attend Embers’ upcoming Curriculum night. This informative evening aims to answer many of your questions and will feature exciting highlights, including:
  • Curriculum and policy updates for the 2023-24 school year, presented by Headmaster Goffos
  • Information on Embers’ newest initiatives, including Motor Lab and Love and Logic
  • Time to visit your student(s) classroom
  • The opportunity to hear from your student’s teacher about this year’s educational expectations
Please note that this is a parent-only event.

Dear Parents,
The Catholic faith is central to our program at Embers Academy, which is why we schedule our all-school Mass on Wednesday–the center of the students’ week. 
The biggest school day schedule change for this year will be a new Mass time. We are grateful to Our Lady of Ransom parish for collaborating with us to find a better time. In years past, we have found that the afternoon Mass late in the school day was not ideal for the students. Through no fault of their own, many were tired, unfocused, and not able to fully give themselves to the sacrifice of the Mass.
Our Lady of Ransom has graciously permitted us to hold our masses at 8:45 am on Wednesdays this school year. They offered to cancel their usual Mass at 8:15 am on those days, and we will welcome any parishioners to join us at the new time.
Logistically, this is a bit challenging. But our team has worked hard to ensure that students will still have the opportunity for Confession before Mass begins. We’re excited to see the fruits of a more ideal Mass time in the way it affects the lives of our students.
I look forward to seeing your children for our first day on Tuesday!

Christopher Goffos


A Fantastic Fair!

Thank you to all our families who stopped by the Back to School Fair on Thursday! We loved seeing your smiling faces back on campus.

Music Sign-ups Now Available!

Fire Choir:
Embers’ Fire Choir is open to all 2nd through 5th grade students, regardless of experience or skill. Performances include the annual Christmas Concert, Spring Musical, Fine Arts Fair, and ministry at all Holy Day Masses throughout the school year. Fire Choir rehearses on Wednesday afternoons, beginning Wednesday, September 13th. Registration is due no later than Monday, September 11th at the link below. More information on Fire Choir is available HERE.

Fire Choir Registration

Embers Band:
Band is open to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students and is comprised of three levels: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. More information on each band and their rehearsal schedules can be found HERE. Registration for all levels is required by Monday, September 11 at the link below.

Embers Band Registration

Attention New Band Students:

There will be a brief Beginning Band meeting on Thursday, September 7 at 3:05 p.m. for families who did not select their instruments at the Back to School Fair. This meeting will include parent information and a final chance to select your instrument.

Join Us This Tuesday!

Volunteers are Our Heart

Last year, the Embers Parents Association provided numerous fun, educational opportunities with the help of more than 70 amazing volunteers. We welcome all families to join the EPA as they create another year of excitement! There are many different opportunities to volunteer – from holiday events to ongoing school support. Learn more and sign up to volunteer at the link below:

EPA Volunteer Form

One special event is coming up quickly – the Back to School Ice Cream Social on Sunday, September 10! EPA is looking for a handful of parents to help with simple setup and family registration. Are you available?

Click Here to Help with the Ice Cream Social!

Embers’ sports season is heating up fast with both Soccer and Cross Country having their first day of competition this week. We invite our entire Embers community to come out and cheer on our Sparks to victory!
Thursday, September 7 at 6:15 p.m.
Game vs Brebeuf  | Golf Mill Park

Cross Country:
Friday, September 8 at 4:00 p.m.
Meet | Resurrection High School

Little Sparks in the Park

This fall, Embers Parents Association will host two Little Sparks in the Park events for our families and all their friends. Spread the word and invite your friends to join us for a beautiful morning!


Arrival and Dismissal Updates
Our full Arrival / Dismissal procedure is available on our website. Please note the following updates this year:
  • Students arriving after 8:10 a.m. must be escorted inside and signed into the front office by their parents.
  • The Blue Door (main entrance) will now be the pickup location for families with the last name A-C.
  • Pickup for students in grades K-5 is promptly at 3:05 p.m. If students are not picked up at 3:05 p.m., they will be brought to the office and parents will be called. EDP Drop-In Rates may apply.

Classroom Assignments Available
We are excited to announce the classroom rosters for 2023-24! This roster includes all students who have enrolled as of August 31.

Classroom Rosters

The Week Ahead:
Tuesday, September 5
First Day of School (11:30 a.m. Dismissal)
EPA Parent Welcome Coffee (during morning drop-off)

Wednesday, September 6
All-School Mass (8:45 a.m.)

Thursday, September 7
Band informational / instrument selection meeting (3:05 p.m.)
Embers Soccer Game vs Brebeuf (6:15 p.m. | Golf Mill Park)

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

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

Monday, September 11
All Music Registration Due
Embers Soccer Game vs Eugene (5:00 p.m. | Divine Savior)

Tuesday, September 12
Intermediate Band Begins

Wednesday, September 13
Fire Choir Begins

Thursday, September 14
Embers Soccer Game vs St. Paul of the Cross (4:30 p.m. | Ni-Ridge Park)

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

Saturday, September 16
Embers Soccer Game vs Mary, Seat of Wisdom (3:00 p.m. | Jaycee Park)

Tuesday, September 19
Little Sparks in the Park (9:00-11:00 a.m.)
Embers Soccer Game vs St. Robert Bellarmine (4:30 p.m. | Dunham Park)


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

Friday, September 22
Cross Country Meet (4:00 p.m., Resurrection High School)

Who to Contact

Natalie Donado: School Office Secretary
Uniforms, school supplies, hot lunch, Extended Day Program (EDP) 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 and billing questions.

Christopher Goffos: Headmaster

serving students in PK3 through 5th grade

8340 N. Greenwood Avenue,  Niles, IL 60714
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