This week, we kicked off our 2022 Annual Fund: Partnership, the Essence of Embers. It has been exciting to see so many families eagerly donating during these first first few days!

As we all know, tuition alone does not cover our annual operating costs. Nor does it allow for the curriculum enhancements and faculty education that makes our school uniquely Embers! The funding for these items – plus tuition assistance, building improvements, and more – comes from our Annual Fund collection.

It is our hope to achieve 100% participation from our current parents, faculty, and staff. Any size donation helps light the way for our Sparks to have a successful school year ahead. We hope you will join us in donating today!

Donate Today!

If you missed our Kickoff Announcement, please see  the link below:

Annual Fund Kickoff

Saintly Celebration

This week’s All Saints Day mass was a wonderful celebration of faith! Thank you to our choir and soloists for beautifully singing the Litany of the Saints.

Charcuterie for the Win

Between holiday gatherings and hungry children, a nice charcuterie board is always a winner! Join Embers’ Moms Club this Monday night as Elizabeth Flood-Grady walks us through hands-on charcuterie prep. This tasty presenation will save you time and sanity over the holidays! Please RSVP by Sunday evening to provide time for the purchase of charcuterie materials.


Artfully Created

Our Third Grade students created Leaning Towers in Art class this week that really stood out – literally! These 3D creations were very impressive.

Open House This Wednesday, November 9

This Wednesday is our final Fall Open House. Spread the word and let families know that there is still time to register! Our Open House includes a school tour, presentation from Mrs. Hanretty, and a Q&A Panel with administration and current parents.

Register Now for November 9!

Conference Signup

Sign-ups for the upcoming Parent-Teacher conferences are now available on Pick-A-Time at the link below. Conferences are each 15 minutes long. They will be held in-person at Embers on Monday, November 21, from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

To be respectful of our teacher’s schedules, please note that conferences will only be held on Monday. Conferences may not be scheduled for any other day. If you plan to be out of town, please schedule your appointment on Pick-A-Time and then contact your student’s teacher(s) to set up a virtual conference. If you do not contact your teacher, it will be assumed that you are doing an in-person conference.

Conference Sign-ups

November’s Virtue: Courtesy
For this month’s virtue activity, your students will help set the dinner table as a show of courtesy towards the family. Each week, they will bring home a sheet to “check off” as they complete this chore.

Two Weeks Only!
The Embers Parents Association’s Poinsettia fundraiser is now live! Order forms went home with each student yesterday and may be returned to the Embers front office with cash or check included.

If you would like to submit an online order, please follow the link below for a Google order form. Payment can then be summited via Zelle to: epa@embersacademy.org.

Questions? Email epa@embersacademy.org.

Online Order Form
Printable Order Form

Lookin’ Fine Starts Now!

Our students’ uniforms have been Lookin’ Fine and the reward starts now! Eligible students will be notified by their teachers and bring home an out-of-uniform slip if they have received an invitation for our ‘Lookin’ Fine, All the Time’ day in November.

As a reminder, students who successfully wear all uniform pieces each month will be invited to participate in these out-of-uniform days.

OLR Archdiocesan Event

Thank you to all our parents for your flexibility during OLR’s archdiocesan event. It was a unique opportunity to have two Bishops on campus, especially for our three Embers alter servers who assisted with mass: Luke Manio, Jasiu Predki, and Emmett Williams!

5th Grade Spooky Stories

On Monday, our Grade 5 students hosted a read-aloud to share their fall & Halloween stories with younger grades.


  • Please remember that children are always dismissed from their assigned door. The teachers assigned to these locations know which students should be there and are able to keep count on who has safely been dismissed.  If your student is going home with another family, please share your door color and location with that family.
Dismissal Doors:
  • Blue Door, Front Circle: Last Names A-B
  • Red Door, North Breezeway: Last Names C-L
  • Yellow Door, West Porch: Last Names M-S
  • White Door, South Breezeway: Last Names T-Z

The Week Ahead:
Monday, November 7
All-School Rosary

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

Wednesday, November 9 (9:00 -10:30 a.m.)
Embers Open House

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


Upcoming Events:
Wednesday, November 16
Picture Re-takes

Friday, November 18
Poinsettia Fundraiser Ends

Friday, November 18
End of Trimester

Monday, November 21 (9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
NO CLASSES: Parent – Teacher Conferences
No EDP will be available this week.

Tuesday, November 22
NO CLASSES: Faculty In-Service Day
No EDP will be available this week.

Wednesday, November 23-Friday, November 25
NO CLASSES: Thanksgiving Holiday
No EDP will be available this week.

Monday, November 28
Classes Resume. EDP Resumes.

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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