Tomorrow: Ice Cream for All!
We look forward to seeing all our Embers families tomorrow for the annual Ice Cream Social. Your RSVP is appreciated! Please click HERE to let us know how many in your family are attending.

Volunteers Still Needed: Click to Sign Up!

Dear Parents,


Any book worth reading to our children ought to be enjoyable to us parents, too. Each child of God has only one mind and one heart to form and nurture. We should choose books that are worthy of this reality, books that stir their imaginations and spark joy.

One such book I delightfully read to my own children is Just So Stories for Little Children, by Rudyard Kipling (1902). My very first professor in undergrad gave me a copy years ago. He had just begun reading it to his toddling grandchild, and he instructed me to read it to my future children, “to help them get the proper taste and sound of the English language in their mouths and ears early.”

“The Elephant’s Child” was my professor’s favorite entry in the collection, and mine. That “new” elephant “was full of ‘satiable curtiosity, and that means he asked ever so many questions. …and he filled all Africa with his ‘satiable curtiosities.” One fine morning, he asked a new question: “What does the Crocodile have for dinner?” The hilarious adventure that ensues sees the Elephant’s Child come of age in dramatic fashion.
As we begin this new school year together, we’re excited to have your curious sons and daughters back on campus. In our academic instruction and character formation, we will strive to fill their imaginations with all that is good and true.


Christopher Goffos


Welcome Back, Sparks!
We love having our students back on campus

Arrival / Dismissal Reminders
  • Dismissal 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 if parents are not available for pick-up.
  • During Arrival, please drive forward to the end of the sidewalk. Do not stop in front of the main door if there is room to pull forward.
  • After your student has left the vehicle, please pull into the driving lane on the left and exit onto Greenwood Ave.

All Music Sign-ups Due Monday

Registration for all music programs – choir and band – are due this Monday, September 11. Intermediate Band begins on Tuesday; you can find complete information about our band programs HERE. Fire Choir begins on Wednesday; you can find information on our choir program HERE. Sign-ups for both programs are available below.

Embers Band Registration
Fire Choir Registration

Spirit Day & Virtue Assembly Friday
On Friday, our new 5th grade class will lead the first Virtue Assembly for the year. All students are invited to wear their Red Embers Spirit shirts and casual bottoms, while keeping in line with our Out-of-Uniform dress code listed in the Parent Handbook.

Kicking Off the New Year
Thank you to the Embers Parents Association for hosting a wonderful back-to-school coffee reception for our parents. It was a lovely morning, allowing our families time to catch up and share their hopes for the new school year.

Congratulations to all our Spark athletes on a great week of games! Soccer brought home a win in their first game of the season Thursday, and our Boys Cross Country team finished FIRST at Friday’s meet! Mark your calendars for this week’s upcoming matches:

Monday, September 11 at 5:00 p.m.
Game vs St. Eugene  | Divine Savior

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

Cross Country:
Friday, September 15 at 4:00 p.m.
Meet | Resurrection High School

Willows Open House
We encourage our families to mark your calendars now for Willows’ October open house!


Curriculum Night
September 21 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.

We invite and encourage all parents to attend this informative evening featuring exciting highlights, including:
  • Curriculum and policy updates
  • Motor Lab and Love and Logic
  • Time to visit your student’s classroom
  • Information from your student’s teacher(s)
Please note that this is a parent-only event.

Little Sparks in the Park | Greenwood Park
Tuesday, September 19 | 9:00-11:00 a.m.
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!

Embers Parents Association Volunteers Needed!
We welcome all families to join the EPA as we begin 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

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

Monday, September 11
All Music Registration Due
Embers Soccer Game vs St. 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)

Upcoming Events:
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)

Monday, September 25
Beginning Band Begins
Embers Soccer Game vs St. Eugene (4:30 p.m. | Divine Savior)

Wednesday, September 27
Embers Soccer Game vs Mary, Seat of Wisdom (4:00 p.m. | Jaycee Park)

Friday, September 29
Embers Soccer Game vs St. Elizabeth (4:30 p.m. | Dunham Park)

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
www.embersacademy.org  |  847.518.1185  |  info@embersacademy.org

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