November Break Schedule
No School: Monday, November 20 – Friday, November 24

Thanksgiving at Embers

Pre-Thanksgiving week at Embers was full of fabulous food and plenty of fun:
  • PreK4 celebrated Thanksgiving with festive costumes and a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal. (Thank you to all our parents who prepared food for the feast!)

  • 5th Grade and Kindergarten got into the holiday spirit, sharing treats and laughter with their Mass Buddies.

  • And our 1st Graders created beautiful, colorful turkey masterpieces in Art class!

Last Call: Parent / Teacher Conferences

Conferences will be held in-person at Embers this Monday, November 20. The scheduler will close at 10:00 p.m. Sunday.

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.

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Flowers for our Sparks!
This past Wednesday, the Development Team sent home a flower kit with each student. We hope these kits serve as a fun family moment to plant seeds of happiness. We are excited to all grow together!

A special thank you to our parent volunteers who helped put together the flower kits for all 200+ of our students: Amy Kessem & Gabby Katsantones!! Your time and talent are greatly appreciated.

The Annual Fund has currently raised nearly $189,000 towards our $250,000 goal!
We would LOVE to hit $200,000 by December 1st. Have you been waiting to participate? Now is the time; send your donation in today!

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December Moms Club

Cold Weather Gear

This weekend, our teachers sent home Cold Weather bags for each student. We ask that you fill these bags with gear for snowy days: a pair of snow pants, mittens, boots, etc. These items will stay at school and students will be using them during outdoor play. The bag will be sent home after each use to be “dried out”. Please have your bags returned to school by Monday, December 4.

Fire Choir @ Chicago Wolves
Congratulations to our Fire Choir on a fantastic performance at the Wolves game this past weekend! Our Sparks were the “Stars of the Jumbotron” as they performed a patriotic medley in honor of Veterans Day. Catch a quick video of their Allstate Arena debut here!

A special thank you to all who came out in support. More than 240 tickets were purchased by Embers families to celebrate our Sparks and cheer on the Wolves. What a great afternoon for our community!

Novena at St. Mary of the Angels
Mary, with Love Beyond All Telling

To prepare for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, St. Mary of the Angels Church will once again be hosting the Novena from Thursday, November 30 – Friday, December 8. Confessions and the Rosary begin at 6:45 p.m. and Mass begins at 7:15 p.m. Embers will be helping at the Mass on Saturday, December 2. The Mass will fulfill the Sunday Obligation, and all families are welcome to attend! Embers students are encouraged to wear their uniforms to the Mass.

Welcome to our Newest Sparks

Congratulations to the Holohan and McEwen families on their recent arrivals!

Maria Pilar Holohan
Embers sibling: Joseph (1st)

Patrick Joseph McEwen
Embers siblings: Sarah (5th), John (4th), and Theodore (2nd)

And a special congratulations to 3rd Grade teacher, Mrs. Black, on the birth of her 8th grandchild!

Ia Josefia is the first child of Mrs. Black’s son, Owen, and his wife, Maria.


Uniform Updates
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 Week Ahead:
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


Upcoming Events:
Monday, November 27

Trimester II Begins

Friday, December 1

Spirit Day & All-School Virtue Assembly

Monday, December 4

Moms Club (7:30 p.m. | Bahjat Home)

Friday, December 8

Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass (8:45 a.m.)
EPA Poinsettia Pick-up

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

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