Spooky Season has Started!

Great ready for a little bit of tricks and a whole lot of treats. The weather tomorrow will be beautiful for the EPA Trunk or Treat event, so come on over and join the fun. Last minute “drive-in”s are welcome!

B is for Box Day

Last Friday, our 5th Grade helped PK3 students learn the letter ‘B’ and let their imaginations fly during the annual Box Day. Students worked in teams to transform oversized packing boxes into all kinds of creations: castles, race cars, stoves, pirate boats – even an aquarium!

Cold Weather Gear

Monday’s sudden plunge into cold weather reminded us that winter will be here soon! Please remember to send your children to school with the appropriate cold weather gear. Students play outside any day it reaches at least 20-degrees by lunchtime. It is also common for teachers to lead an outdoor walk to encourage creativity or get some wiggles out. With your help, we can ensure that all students are prepared for a Chicago winter!

All Saints Day Mass

Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 1 (instead of Wednesday) in celebration of All Saints’ Day. Students are encouraged to ‘be a saint’ and may include with their uniform something that symbolizes a saint they would like to represent. Any clothing item must be worn over uniforms; this is not an out-of-uniform day.

All Souls Day

All Souls Day is Wednesday, November 2. Starting this week, students may bring in a picture of someone they know that has passed away in the last year. These photos will be displayed on the ofrenda in our main lobby and we will pray for the repose of their souls during the month of November.

Keeping Them on Their Toes
3rd grade gym class this week focused on teamwork, coordination and balance as they tried to keep a bevy of balloons off the ground. They were very successful (and only popped a few!).

End of Trimester Dates:
End of Trimester: Friday, November 18

Parent – Teacher Conferences: Monday, November 21,
Embers Academy, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

  • Parent-teacher conferences will be held in-person at Embers.
  • To be respectful of our teacher’s schedules, please note that conferences will only be available on Monday. Conferences will not be held on any other day.
  • If you plan to be out of town, a Zoom conference on Monday will be available.
  • Sign-ups will go out in early November
Report Cards Available: Wednesday, November 30

November Break
Students will be out of school:

  • Monday, November 21: Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Tuesday, November 22: Faculty In-Service Day
  • Wednesday, November 23 – Friday, November 25: the Thanksgiving Holiday

There will be no morning or afternoon EDP this week. Classes and EDP will resume on Monday, November 28.

Parent Seminar Leaves Participants Feeling Tech-Savvy

More than 100 parents gathered last Saturday to hear the presentation from Mr. Fagan and Dr. Williams on Technology in the Digital Age. Many highlights were covered including:
  • The effect of digital media on young brains
  • Tech equipment that helps maintain safety
  • The correct time for technology use (spoiler alert: it’s not based on a certain age!)
  • And so much more!

Mr. Fagan has provided a handout summarizing the event in the link below. We encourage all parents who are curious about – or struggling with – technology in their children’s lives to read and reflect.

A special thank you to the Embers Parents Association for sponsoring this presentation and aiding parents in tackling this tough issue!

Parenting in the Digital Age (Summary)

Our Best Ambassadors Are YOU!

Next Wednesday, Embers will be holding our first fall open house and we’d love your help in getting the word out! Invite your friends and family to visit us and see what makes our Sparks shine.

Online Registration is Available!

Savvy Moms

In October, more than 20 women came together at Embers Moms Club to enjoy a glass of wine, lively conversation, and  insight into the art of de-cluttering. New participants are always welcome! The next next event is just around the corner:

Dads Club Packs the House

Embers Dads Club had more than 60 participants for their October presentation! Don’t miss out. Mark your calendars now for the next meeting on Tuesday, November 29.


Google Calendar
The Embers school calendar is an excellent resource for staying up-to-date on school social events, parent-teacher conferences, and more! Bookmark the calendar on school website for easy reference!

Embers Calendar

Monday, October 31: Classroom Halloween Parties
Celebrate Halloween with an out of uniform day in orange and black or your favorite Halloween shirt. No costumes. Class parties will be held in the afternoon!

The Week Ahead:
Sunday, October 23 (2:30 p.m.)
EPA Trunk or Treat | Embers Academy, Parking Lot
Enter off Greenwood… if you dare!

Wednesday, October 26 (9:00 a.m.)
Embers Open House


Upcoming Events:
Monday, October 31
Halloween Classroom Parties

Tuesday, November 1 (2:15 p.m.)
All Saints Day Mass

Wednesday, November 2
All Soul’s Day

Wednesday, November 2 (9:00 a.m.)
Little Sparks | Embers Academy, Bonus Room

Friday, November 4
Virtue Assembly & Spirit Shirt Day

Monday, November 7
All-School Rosary

Monday, November 7 (7:30 p.m.)
EPA Moms Club

Wednesday, November 9
Embers Open House

Friday, November 11 (8:45 a.m.)
EPA Coffee & Convo

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
Information and questions about Extended Day Program (EDP).

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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