Dress to Impress Our Audience!
Students should dress up 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! (Christmas Concert features Sparks in Grades K-5)

Christmas in the Classroom

Locate your child’s favorite red pants and reindeer headband because our Christmas spirit days are in two weeks!

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. Your students will be extra-festive for the  classroom Christmas parties!

Honesty: Our December Virtue

On Friday, our Sparks learned about December’s virtue, Honesty. Students were then challenged to perform “honest work” at home in order to earn canned good donations to help others. A flier was sent home Friday with more information. Donations will be accepted through Friday, December 16.

Get Excited for a Busy Week with…

Moms Club: Christmas Centerpieces with Art for Living for Women
Monday, December 5 | 7:30-9:00 p.m.
THIS MONTH ONLY: Home of Allison Smith, 58 Overlook Drive, Golf
Presenters Mary Pat Fahy and Sandra Checri will walk us through making our own Christmas centerpieces. $10 donation to cover the cost of materials. Bring a small container or small foil pan.
RSVP by Sunday, Dec 4 to epa@embersacademy.org

Little Sparks
Wednesday, December 7 | 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Embers Academy Bonus Room
Community-friendly playgroup for ages 0-5. Join us for a playful morning – with snacks!

Coffee & Convo: Part Three: A Roadmap to Deciphering Your Child’s Temperament
Friday, December 9 | 8:45-10:30 a.m.
Embers Academy Paluch Hall
Pascale Burns, Licensed Clinical Professional MA, LCPC Counselor, will be continuing her discussion on temperament. This month’s presentation will focus on strategies for providing affection and discipline. Previous attendance not required; all are welcome to join the discussion! Complimentary babysitting and coffee will be provided.
RSVP to epa@embersacademy.org

The Power of Water

Special guest Dan Feltes, Principal Civil Engineer with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, brought an Erosion Table to our campus on Thursday. Students in grades 2-5 were able to see first had the power of water to erode, move, and – at times – destroy!

Early Dismissal & Christmas Break

Mark your calendars for our Christmas break schedule:

  • Friday, December 16: Early Dismissal at 11:30 (K-5). PK families, please refer to your teacher’s email for dismissal instructions.
  • Monday, December 19 – Friday, December 30: NO SCHOOL, Christmas Break
  • Monday, January 2: NO SCHOOL, New Year ‘s Day Holiday
  • Tuesday, January 3: NO SCHOOL, In-Service Day
  • Wednesday, January 4: Classes Resume. EDP resumes.

Many Hands Make Light Work
We are one month into our Annual Fund campaign and motivated by the generous support of our families. While we are making strides toward our goals, we are not there yet.

A principal goal of the Annual Fund is 100% participation from parents, faculty, staff, and Board.

We are deeply confident that our community can come together as we continue to build a strong, vibrant school.

Donations of all sizes are celebrated as we work towards our goal of 100% participation. Your gift not only supports our school, but represents your confidence in Embers Academy as a whole!

Donate Today!

Poinsettia Pickup

Thank you to all the families who supported the Embers Parents Association’s Poinsettia fundraiser! Poinsettias will be available for pickup this Friday, from 2:00-2:45 p.m. and 3:15-4:30 p.m. Please note that there will be no pickup between those times to allow for dismissal.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Next week’s all-school Mass will move to Thursday, December 8 in honor of the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Families are welcome to join us at 2:15 p.m.

Welcome Caroline!

Caroline Sather joined our
4th Grade class this week. Caroline spent her first day as Mrs. Nelson’s helper, which was especially fun on classroom cooking day!

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our newest Spark!


Cold Weather Bag
Blue Cold Weather Bags have been sent home for each student. We ask that you fill these bags with gear for snowy days: a pair of snow pants, mittens, boots, etc. The students will be using these items during outdoor play and the bag will be sent home after each use to be “dried out”.  (PK families, please refer to your teacher’s email for instructions on winter outerwear.)

The Week Ahead:
Monday, December 5
All-School Rosary (10:45 a.m.)

EPA Moms Club (7:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 7
EPA Little Sparks (9:00-11:00 a.m.)

Thursday, December 8
Mass: Feast of the Immaculate Conception (2:15 p.m.)
Holy Day of Obligation

Friday, December 9
EPA Coffee & Convo (8:45-10:30 a.m.)
EPA Poinsettia Pickup (2:00-2:45 & 3:15-4:30)

Upcoming Events:
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

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

Tuesday, January 3
No School: Faculty In-Service

Wednesday, January 4
Classes Resume

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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