Columbus Day Weekend
School Resumes Tuesday, October 10

Fire Choir is Headed for the Jumbotron!
Sunday, November 12, 2023
Allstate Arena, Rosemont
2:45 Performance
3:00 Game Time
Embers’ Fire Choir will be performing in a “Patriotic Medley” before the Chicago Wolves game on Sunday, November 12. Friends and family are welcome to attend the game at a special price to see our Sparks perform; we will be sitting together in a block reserved directly behind the choir. Ticket requests must be received by Friday, October 20. To purchase tickets, please print order form below and return to the school office (a paper copy of the order form will be sent home on Wednesday). We’d love to pack the stands with Embers families and friends and hope you can join us!

Ticket Order Form

Embers Academy basketball teams are open to boys & girls in 4th and 5th grades.  The basketball league has not yet set the season schedule, but we anticipate practices starting the next week.

Registration is due this Monday, October 9. For more information or to register, please see the link below.

Click for Basketball Registration

A Million Thanks
Thank you to our wonderful volunteer coaches for a successful Fall sports season. Your leadership inspired our Sparks to do great things. Thank you for giving your time and talents to our community!
  • Head soccer coach: Mr. Habib
  • Assistant soccer coaches: Mr. Gualandri & Mr. Lastovich
  • Head cross country coach: Mrs. Galluzzi
  • Assistant cross country coach: Mr. DeCanto
Soccer Game Today!!
Today is the final soccer game of the year! We’d invite all our families to come on out to Golf Mill Park at 6:15 p.m. to catch our game against
St. John Brebeuf.

Exciting New Parent Opportunities
This fall, Embers Parents Association is debuting two new volunteer opportunities for our families that focus on campus beautification. If you have a green thumb or a keen eye for decorating, we’d love if you’d share your talents with us!

Embers Parents Association always welcomes new ideas for parents to be involved! If you are passionate about a new volunteer initiative, please contact Christina Williams, Director of EPA, at cwilliams@embersacademy.org

Click to Learn More & Volunteer!

Dear Families,

You may have noticed a very slight update to the uniform and dress code policy from last year: we now ask that students bring a pair of rain boots to school (along with snow boots in the winter).

Spending time outdoors is important for our overall health and well-being. That’s why, in addition to recess, our teachers love taking their students outside for breaks throughout the day. Maybe it’s just for a quick walk around campus. Maybe it’s to pray the Rosary in the grove of trees on the West side. Maybe it’s to spend some time at the park.

Students and teachers alike relish these opportunities, and we don’t want them to miss out for not having the right footwear to walk through puddles.

But there’s a deeper, more human reason for wanting our students to bring rain boots and splash about outside. In the final book of his Space Trilogy, That Hideous Strength: A Modern Fairy-Tale for Grown-Ups, C.S. Lewis explains it best in the following scene— 

 “Everyone begins as a child by liking Weather. You learn the art of disliking it as you grow up. Noticed it on a snowy day? The grown-ups are all going about with long faces, but look at the children – and the dogs? They know what snow’s made for.”

“I’m sure I hated wet days as a child,” said Jane.

“That’s because the grown-ups kept you in,” said Camilla. “Any child loves rain if it’s allowed to go out and paddle about in it.”

At Embers, we’ll do our best to teach our students to keep liking the weather.

Christopher Goffos

PreK’s Firehouse Day

Our PreK4 classes took a special field trip on Wednesday to visit the Park Ridge Fire Department. They toured the firehouse, learned the difference between fire trucks and engines, and found out that fireman are like preschoolers: they have cubbies for their gear, they take classes, and they enjoy naps! Thank you to PRFD for hosting us!

Welcome, Lucci!


Welcome to our newest Spark, PK3 student Lucci Burke! Lucci joined Miss Perinaci’s class this past Monday and we are so happy to have her learning with us.


Registration Now Open: EPA Trunk or Treat

Sunday, October 15 | 3:00 Setup | 3:30 Trick or Treat
Join our community for this Spooktacular event. Prizes will be awarded for the best decoration! Also, don’t miss EPA’s 50/50 raffle to benefit 2024 Teacher Appreciation Week. Tickets are $5/each or 5 for $20. Cash & Zelle Accepted.

RSVP Today and Join the Fun!

Enhanced Lockdown Drill
In the morning of Thursday, October 12, 2023, we will be conducting our annual law enforcement drill. As mentioned in last week’s email, the School Safety Drill Act requires that within the first 90 days of every academic year, we conduct at least one law enforcement lockdown drill. If you do not want your child to participate in the drill, please email your request directly to Headmaster Goffos.

EPA Dads Club: Guardians of the Home
Thursday, October 26 | 6:15 p.m. | Northridge
Coach Will Rey will share his insight as a husband and father on the Four Cornerstones of Fatherhood: Servant Leadership, Protector, Mentor, and Friend. Refreshments, wine, cheese, & beer will be served.  Please RSVP to MichaelGray98@gmail.com

Winter Uniforms Begin Oct 16
Fall has arrived and soon our Winter Uniform Policy will be in effect. From October 15-April 15, students must adhere to the winter dress code which prohibits shorts and requires red sweaters/vests as outlined in the dress code. If you have any questions, please refer to the requirements listed here.

The Week Ahead:
Saturday, October 7
Embers Soccer Game vs St. John Brebeuf (6:15 p.m. | Golf Mill Park)

Monday, October 9

No School: Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 10
Advanced Band Auditions

Thursday, October 12
Advanced Band Begins

Friday, October 13
Spirit Day & Virtue Assembly (10:45 a.m.)


Upcoming Events:
Sunday, October 15

EPA Trunk or Treat (3:00-5:00 p.m.)

Monday, October 16
Winter Uniform Begins

Tuesday, October 17
Little Sparks in the Park (9:00-11:00 a.m.)

Friday, October 20
Picture Day

Thursday, October 26
EPA Dads Club (6:15 p.m. | Northridge)

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.


Christina Williams: Director Parents Association
All families are welcome to help with the EPA! More information on volunteer opportunities are available here.

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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