Embers’ Christmas Season is Here!

Our annual Christmas concert will showcase the talents of our K-5 class choirs, Embers bands, and Embers Fire Choir! We are excited to see our students dressed in their Christmas best, plus festive accessories such as ties, scarves or hair bows. (Please no t-shirts, jeans, or gym shoes.)  Be on the lookout… there may even be a special guest appearance!

Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Friday, December 8 at 8:15 a.m.

In celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, this week’s Mass will be moved to Friday at 8:15 a.m. To provide ample time for our students to bring their coats and backpacks to their classrooms before Mass, we are asking all families to please try to arrive by 8:00 a.m.

Our school doors will be open beginning at 7:45 a.m. to accommodate for the earlier drop-off. All parents are welcome to join us for Mass!

Moms Club is Monday
Today is the last day to register! epa@embersacademy.org

Poinsettias Arrive this Friday!

Poinsettias will be available for pick-up in the main lobby on Friday, December 8th, from 11:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

NEW this Year: Curbside Pickup
If you would like to pick up your poinsettias during dismissal, we will be offering curbside pickup:

  • First, pick up your student(s) from their assigned door.
  • Drive around to the front entrance.
  • Our volunteers will take your name and deliver your poinsettia(s) to your car!

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s fundraiser!

Mark Your Calendars:
Christmas Break

Christmas break will begin on Wednesday, December 20 and run through Wednesday, January 3rd. Classes resume on Thursday, January 4th.

Please note that while we do have a full day of school on both Monday, December 18 and Tuesday, December 19, there will be no afternoon EDP on Tuesday, December 19. All students must be picked up at 3:05 p.m.

Embers Fire Choir on Air

This past October, Embers Fire Choir (along with choirs from Willows and Northridge) visited Relevant Radio to record several carols for the duration of the Advent season… which begins tomorrow, Sunday December 3rd!

Videos of Relevant Radio’s production, Carols of Comfort and Joy, will be emailed each morning to their subscriber list. To join the mailing list, please sign up at the link below.

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“Home” Sweet Home!

The Power of Science

Mr. Buggy’s Kindergarten science class explored the power of science this week, making popcorn kernels dance with baking soda and vinegar. Our Sparks tested their hypotheses on how the popcorn would move, sound, and smell!

Cold Weather Gear Reminder

Before break, 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 this Monday, December 4.

A “Sweet Treat” at Willows Academy:


 EPA Portillo’s Dine-Out
Thursday, December 14 | 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Stop by Portillo’s before the Christmas concert and dine for a good cause! Mention “Embers Academy” at checkout and 20% of all sales will benefit the EPA, funding the teacher’s annual Christmas breakfast.

The Week Ahead:
Monday, December 4

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

Thursday, December 7

Pack the Gym: Girls “Home” Basektball Game (7:00 p.m. | Willows Academy)

Friday, December 8

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

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, December 14

EPA Portillo’s Fundraiser (3:00-6:00 p.m.)
Embers Christmas Concert (6:30 p.m., Students arrive by 6:15 p.m. | Northridge)


Monday, December 18

Christmas Spirit Day: Christmas Accessories
PK Sing-along (10:00-11:30 a.m. | Paluch Hall)


Tuesday, December 19

NO afternoon EDP
Christmas Spirit Day: Out of Uniform – Red & Green


Wednesday, December 20 – Wednesday, January 3: No School

Christmas Break

Thursday, December 19

Classes Resume

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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