Early Dismissal on Friday!

Students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. this Friday, December 16.
PK families, please refer to your teacher’s email for dismissal instructions.
There will be NO EDP on Friday afternoon.

Thank you to our families who have already donated to the Annual Fund. Your gift goes a long way – including supporting the Faculty & Staff Christmas Fund! Working in education is a labor of love and the Christmas Fund is a wonderful way to say thank you to the teachers and admin who care for our Sparks throughout the year.

There is still time to contribute! Our amazing educators will receive their Christmas gifts this Friday, December 16. We encourage you to make your Annual Fund donation now and celebrate our teachers as they begin Christmas Break.

Donate Today!

Christmas Week at Embers!

Wednesday, December 14: Christmas Concert, 6:30 p.m.
Northridge Gymnasium

Students arrive at 6:15 p.m.
Join us for a jolly evening of Christmas music performed by the talented Sparks in grades K-5! Remember to dress to impress our audience. Students should be in their Christmas best: dress pants, skirts or dresses, plus festive accessories such as ties, scarves or hair bows. (Please no t-shirts, jeans, or gym shoes!)

Thursday, December 15: Christmas Accessory Day
Accessorize your uniform with Christmas socks, festive hats and holiday hair accessories.

Friday, December 16:
Red and Green Day

Dress out of uniform in red, green, or your favorite Christmas shirt.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

One very special program at Embers is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This immersive experience allows students in PK- Grade 2 the opportunity to learn about our Catholic faith in a tactile way. On Monday, a group of PK4 students spent time in our Atrium learning about Angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary. They practiced their faith by exploring the different stations.

Christmas Eve Mass

Embers families are invited to celebrate the annual Christmas Eve Mass at St. Mary of the Angels. Students and families that would like to join the choir are welcome!

Congratulations to our 5th Grade Honor Roll students for Trimester 1:
Ellie Ayers, Kassia Hadnagy, Katherine Jensen, Genevieve Lavaccare, Dylan Lukens, Vivian Macfarlane, Liam McIntire, Elena Paganis, Jasiu Predki, Jaxson Quinley, and Anne Stepansky

Moms & Dads at Embers

Thank you to the many, many moms and dads who participated in Embers Parents Association events this year!  We love seeing our parents come together to build community and knowledge. Haven’t had a chance to attend? All families are encouraged to check out EPA’s events in the new year: Dads Club, Coffee & Convo, and Little Sparks resume in January; Moms Club resumes in February.

Christmas Break

Christmas Break begins on Friday! Students will be off as follows:

  • Monday, December 19 – Friday, December 30: NO SCHOOL (Christmas Break)
  • Monday, January 2: NO SCHOOL (New Year’s Holiday)
  • Tuesday, January 3: NO SCHOOL (Faculty In-Service Day)
  • Wednesday, January 4: Classes Resume. EDP resumes.

Lookin’ Fine… On Monday!

Due to our campus closure on Friday, students who were awarded an out-of-uniform slip for “Lookin’ Fine All the Time” in November can come out of uniform on Monday.

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

Our Newest Spark!

Congratulations to the Salomon family on the birth of their daughter, Jasmine Nina, born on 11/15/22. Jasmine joins siblings Simele (1st) and George (PK4).


Honest Work Helps Others
All our students have been putting in honest work in order to earn canned goods for December’s virtue activity. Congratulations to Ms. Zavacki’s 2nd Grade who was the first class to exceed their classroom goal! There is still one week left to meet our all-school goal of 300 cans. Keep up the good work!

The Week Ahead:
Wednesday, December 14
Embers Christmas Concert (6:30 p.m.)
Students arrive at 6:15 p.m.

Thursday, December 15
Christmas Spirit Day: Accessory Day with Uniform

Friday, December 16
Christmas Spirit Day: Red & Green Day
Classroom Christmas Parties
Early Dismissal (11:30 a.m.)

December 17- December 30
No School: Christmas Break

Upcoming Events:
December 17- December 30
No School: Christmas Break

Monday, January 2
No School: New Year’s Day Holiday

Tuesday, January 3
No School: Faculty In-Service

Wednesday, January 4
Classes Resume

Friday, January 6
January Spirit Day (red shirt) & Virtue Assembly

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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