November’s Virtue: Gratitude
Ms. Roy’s 4th Grade class gave a wonderful presentation last Friday on the virtue of the month: Gratitude. In addition to several catchy songs(!) they showed our Sparks how to display gratitude everyday, both in and out of the classroom. For more information on the virtue of Gratitude and our Hero of the Month, Blessed Solanus Casey, please see the Virtue Vista below!

November’s Virtue Vista


This Thursday, November 16 is the final day that orders will be accepted for EPA’s Poinsettia Fundraiser. These beautiful poinsettias are a festive way to celebrate the season and make for great gifts! Orders may be placed via the online order form here or by using the paper order form below.
Poinsettia Order Form

Picture Retakes on Tuesday

Picture retakes are scheduled for Tuesday, November 14. If you would like your child to have a new photograph taken, please notify Mrs. Donado at ndonado@embersacademy.org by this Monday, November 13.

Dads Club Focuses on Friendship
Event is this Thursday. RSVP Today! MichaelGray98@gmail.com

Click to Learn More about the Event’s Featured Spearkers!

Trimester II Uniform Updates

In an effort to make our uniforms more cohesive to the needs of our Sparks, the following uniform guidelines have been updated. These new guidelines will be enforced as of the beginning of Trimester II, Monday, November 27.
  • Girls K-3, Winter Uniform Update:
    • Leggings (optional): Fitted, navy, ankle-length leggings may be worn under the jumper throughout the day.
  • Girls 4-5, Winter Uniform Update:
    • Girls 4-5: Sweatpants (optional): Neutral color sweatpants (navy, black, grey) may be brought to school and worn during outdoor recess & gym classes.
    • Note: Sweatpants must be removed prior to entering the classroom. Leggings are not permitted in the classroom.
  • Gym Shoes K-5th:
    • Gym shoes: one pair of gym shoes will be left at school for gym days and recess.
  • Red Sweaters:
    • Sweater, cardigan, or vest is required to be worn on Mass days for boys in K-5 and girls in 4-5 Grades.
The dress code policy has been updated in the Parent Handbook and is available on our website under the Parents / Parents Handbook tab or via the link here.

November Out-of-Uniform Day
All students will have an Out-of-Uniform day on Friday, November 17 as a great way to kick off Thanksgiving Break! (Out of Uniform guidelines per the handbook apply.)

So Many Moms a Mingling!

Our first Moms Club event of the year was a huge success with more than 25 moms stopping by to mix and mingle before the holiday rush kicks in. Mark your calendars: Moms Club’s next meeting will be Monday, December 4th (more info coming soon!) and all moms are invited to attend.

The Annual Fund has currently raised over $180,000!
Over the years, Annual Fund donations have gone towards many enhancements both in and out of the classroom. With your donation to the Fund, Embers can continue this pattern of growth!

Donate Now


Parent/Teacher Conferences
Monday, November 2o | 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Trimester I ends on Friday, November 17 and Conferences will be held in-person at Embers on November 20. To be respectful of our teachers’ schedules, please note that formal conferences will only be held on Monday. If you plan to be out of town, please schedule your appointment 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.

November Break Schedule:

  • Monday, November 20: No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Tuesday, November 21-Friday November 24: No School, Thanksgiving Break

The Week Ahead:
Sunday, November 12

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

Tuesday, November 14

Picture Re-takes

Thursday, November 16

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

Friday, November 17

Out of Uniform day for All Students
Trimester I Ends


Upcoming Events:
Monday, November 20

No School: Parent/Teacher Conferences (9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, November 21-Friday, November 24

No School: Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 27

Trimester II Begins

Friday, December 1

Spirit Day & All-School Virtue Assembly

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.

Lisa Hanretty: Director of Development
Annual Fund, Extravaganza, and other donation opportunities.

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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