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Important Information!
Please take note of these essential dates:
  • Tuesday, December 19 is a full day of school.
  • Wednesday, December 20-Wednesday Jan 3: Christmas Break.
  • Thursday, January 4: Classes Resume.

There will be NO afternoon EDP or band class on the following dates. Morning EDP will be available.

  • Tuesday, December 19
  • Thursday, January 4
  • Friday, January 5

Christmas Spirit Days Start Monday

Monday, December 18: Accessory Day
Students may accessorize their uniform with Christmas socks, festive hats, and holiday hair accessories!

Tuesday, December 19: Red & Green Day
To celebrate our last day before break, students may dress out of uniform in red, green, or their favorite Christmas shirt!

Blessing of the Infant Jesus

On Monday, Fr. Leo will be visiting Embers to lead our Sparks in the blessing of our school’s Infant Jesus figurine. Additionally, we welcome all students to bring in the Baby Jesus figurine from their home nativity to be blessed.

Our Cozy Christmas Success

Congratulations to our K-5 Sparks on a beautiful Christmas concert! Our families packed the gym and were treated to wonderful music, spirited skits, and a surprise visitor from the North Pole. The enthusiasm was palpable and the whole event was the perfect way to celebrate Christmas!

We are excited to share with you videos and photos from the concert. Click here to access the complete Google album.

A Huge Thank You to the Concert Committee
Our concert couldn’t come together without the help of our amazing Concert Committee. Thank you to Mr. Sadlowski, Mrs. Reardon, Ms. Maloney, Mrs. Barder, and all who worked behind the scenes to make the day run so smoothly – and look so beautiful!

Additionally, thank you to Northridge for once again hosting our annual concert. We appreciate your generosity!

Our 2024 spring musical has been announced! Mark your calendars now: the beloved story of Annie will be performed by our Fire Choir students on Friday, May 10, 2024.

Participation is limited to Fire Choir members. Current Fire Choir members do not need to re-register. For new students who wish to participate, registration is open now through January 20th. Standard program fees apply.

Auditions will be held mid-January. Look for more information in the new year!

New Member Fire Choir Enrollment

New This Winter: Art Club

We are thrilled to offer Embers’ first installment of Art Club! Hosted by architectural designer and Embers mom, Mrs. Maggie Rivas, our first class is open to students in K-3rd grade. Art Fundamentals will teach students about the elements and principles of art while working on activating the right side of their brain. Registration is now open and class will be capped at 15 participants. Click to register today!

Little Sparks Music & Movement

January will also kick off a new Music & Movement program, offered by Little Sparks! This reoccurring Tuesday class for infants-5 year old children & their caregivers will feature a 30-minute music class hosted by our wonderful instructors:

  • Meredith Carpenter has participated in and led tot-focused music classes since 2019. An Embers K-2nd Grade Spanish teacher, Meredith helps students of all ages explore culture through music and song.
  • Alli Smith has a BM in Vocal Performance and experience as a soloist, voice teacher, and choir director. An Embers mother, she has participated in numerous children’s music classes and currently directs the Youth & Family Choir at St. Mary of the Angels Church.

Registration for this program is now open. Click to register!

Welcome, Sparks!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to many new students who have joined us this fall.

Poppy Ayers
PK4: Mrs. Baehl &
Mrs. del Rosario
Matthew Lazar
PK4: Mrs. Baehl &
Mrs. del Rosario
Joseph Toma
PK4: Mrs. Dabe


Annual Fund: Two Weeks Left
We are down to the final two weeks of our Annual Fund appeal and have reached an exciting milestone: 75% of our families have donated!

In total, we have raised more than $218,000! If you have not yet had a chance to donate, there is still time! Each $10, $100, and $1,000 donation brings us one step closer to helping Embers grow. Donate online today!

The Week Ahead:
Monday, December 18

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

Tuesday, December 19

-Christmas Spirit Day: Out of Uniform – Red & Green
-NO Afternoon EDP
-NO Band Class

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

-Christmas Break

Sunday, December 31

-Last day to donate to the Annual Fund

Thursday, January 4

-Classes Resume
-NO Afternoon EDP
-NO Band Class

Friday, January 5

-NO Afternoon EDP
-NO Band Class

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
www.embersacademy.org  |  847.518.1185  |  info@embersacademy.org

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