Sparks Sports Celebration
This past Thursday, our Sparks crowded the hallways to celebrate our fall athletes with high-fives, cheers, and …bubbles! Congratulations to our Cross Country and Soccer teams on a fantastic season!

October’s Virtue: Diligence

This month, Mrs. Black’s 3rd grade class taught us about the importance of diligence. Diligence is defined as steady, earnest, and energetic effort; it is doing what needs to be done with devotion, dedication, and determination.

Our Sparks demonstrated how diligence can be practiced every day – while doing the laundry, studying for tests, and even while playing with our siblings! They gave a wonderful presentation for our student body.

Click for October’s Virtue Vista

Dear Families,

In the ancient philosopher Plato’s famous book, The Republic, Socrates lays out a vision of education that begins with music and gymnastics. Before even thinking about reading, writing, and arithmetic, students should begin a proper physical education, or gymnastic training, to develop their bodies. 

But just as essential in these early years is a music education to develop their souls. Done well, music education can be the first step in character formation.

Embers preschool teachers know the importance of music to our youngest Sparks, which is why they asked Mr. Sadlowski if he’d be willing to pilot a preschool music class this year. I attended their class on Thursday morning, and here’s what I saw: smiles, curiosity, focus, determination, and joy.

Mr. Sadlowski conducted a simple lesson in rhythm, a foundational building block of all music. Each student was given a percussion instrument–tambourines, bells, rattles, wood blocks, and other clangers. Leading the preschool Sparks in a steady four-beat pattern, Mr. Sadlowski taught them a lesson about unity.

As he summed up the lesson to them, “When we all just bang on the drum, that’s noise. But when we count together and stick to the beat, that can become music!”

We hope our music classes spark joy in the hearts of our students.

Christopher Goffos

Dads Club is Thursday!

A Sweet Success

Thank you to Embers Parents Association for hosting a spook-tacular Trunk or Treat event! Our parking lot was packed with delightful displays for our eager trick-or-treaters. Congratulations to our trunk decor winners: the Smith Family’s Mobile Laundromat and the Sather Family’s Spark Stable!

Additionally, the EPA’s 50/50 fundraiser pot soared to over $800 this year, which will help fund this spring’s Teacher Appreciation Week. Congratulations to the Miken Family who held the winning ticket!

Trunk or Treat Photo Album

Honoring the Recently Departed

In celebration of All Souls Day on Wednesday, November 1, our Spanish faculty will be building an Ofrenda in the lobby to honor our recently departed. Students may bring in a picture of someone they know who has passed away in the last year. These photos will be included in our Ofrenda and we will pray for the repose of their souls during the month of November.

Embers Open House

This past Wednesday, an Embers Open House flyer was sent home with each family. We’d love if you’d help us spread the word! Feel free to share our Open House information with your neighbors, book club, or even on the library bulletin board (with their permission, of course!)

Prefer a social share? A downloadable image is available below:

Open House Flyer

The soil is fertile and Embers Academy is poised to grow once more. We need your support to accomplish this growth together!

Donate Today!

Tomorrow: Northridge’s Open House
Northridge will be hosting their only open house of the year tomorrow, October 22. There is still time to register; don’t miss this great event!


Orange & Black Halloween Celebration
Tuesday, October 31st

Celebrate Halloween with an out of uniform day! Come to school in orange & black, or your favorite Halloween shirt. No costumes, please. Class parties will be held in the afternoon.

The Week Ahead:
Thursday, October 26

EPA Dads Club (6:15 p.m. | Northridge)

Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, October 31

Out of Uniform Orange & Black
Classroom Halloween parties


Wednesday, November 1

All Saints Day Mass (8:45 a.m.)
EPA Poinsettia Sale Begins


Friday, November 3

Spirit Day & Virtue Assembly (10:45 a.m.)

Friday, November 10

Embers Prospective Family Open House (9:00 a.m.)

Sunday, November 12

Embers Fire Choir @ Chicago Wolves Game (2:45 p.m.)

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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