The Latest 2015-2016 Avoca E-Blast Has Been Posted!

You will find it under the Parent Resources tab in the upper right-hand corner.

What is the e-blast? It is a weekly newsletter which is a collaboration between the PTC and the Avoca School District. Make sure you check it out as it contains important information.


        Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27



WHEN: Friday, Dec. 4th

Snowflake Day is a day when all the seventh-graders take a field trip and participate in activities to help make new friends and connect with old ones, while engaging with inspirational speakers who share their own experiences with substance abuse, bullying and overcoming adversity. The PTC caters breakfast and lunch for all attendees.  Two shifts of volunteers are needed to help set up, clean up and serve the meals: 7AM-9AM and 11:30PM-2PM.  Sign up for a shift HERE. For more information, contact Kim Johnson ( or Johanna Minogue (


Thank you to all of the moms, friends & family members who joined us at Bloomingdale's for our successful Sip-N-Shop event Friday night! I hope you all had as much fun socializing, shopping, winning prizes & watching the fashion show as we did. A huge thank you to Mrs. Bialk & Mila, Ms. Tramontin, & Mr. Palcer & Ellery, in addition to our moms- Ann Adams, Amber Burnett, Sharon Dodd & Karen Umlauf- for modeling those fantastic looks in the show. You were all AMAZING!
You can still support the event. For more info please contact Jennifer Pettersen at



Don’t forget that you may purchase Innisbrook products year-round by clicking HERE and orders will ship directly to your house.  Thank you for your continued support!



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Avoca Different Learners/ Moms Night Out

When:Thursday, December 3rd at 7 P.M.                                                Where: Stormy’s Tavern in Northfield                                                       Come meet other mothers of children with IEPs, 504s, ADHD, ADD, autism and other types of learning differences as we celebrate the holiday season with a social at Stormy’s Tavern. We will have a section reserved in the lounge.   Please email Louise Dechovitz ,, or Helen Lucaitis at, to let us know if you plan to attend so we can get an idea of numbers.  ALSO: Save the Date for the Different Learners Parents Panel on Transitioning to New Trier on January 28th at 6:30 P.M.  Let us know if you want to be a panelist.

Save the Date! Intercultural Dinner and Talent Show Is January 29th!

Please mark your calendars for another evening of talent and delicious meals by our district families. 

Parents: Join in on the fun of preparing your favorite dish. 

Children: Start thinking about what talent you would like to perform during the show.  Want to join the committee?  For more information, please contact,,, or


Thank you to all of the Avoca families, teachers and staff who have joined the PTC – your support is greatly appreciated! You may join in two ways: online here or by check to Avoca PTC. Dues are only $20 per family per school year.


All PTC members receive access to our new Online Directory, so if you haven’t paid your dues, please do so soon! We will still offer a paper directory to all families that will be released in October.

Thank you to all those parents and business owners that have purchased an ad. Sales are still open if anyone would like to purchase a space. Ad order forms are available from Sharon Dodd.

You should have received an email asking you to please review your data for the all new online directory and submit it. We are asking everyone to do this within a week so we can stay on schedule for our printed directory. Pro tip: the original data is from PowerSchool so this is a useful opportunity to make sure your information is correct and up to date.

For more information, please contact Sharon Dodd, Director of Membership, at:









We are looking for parents who would like to be involved in helping us plan two great events for the Avoca community.

Fun Fair: Be a part of the biggest community-building event of the year! This family friendly event transforms Avoca West into a carnival for a Sunday in February. We are looking for committee members to help with booking entertainers, food, teacher raffle, decor, signage and logistics, volunteer recruitment and marketing.

Parent's Night Out Fundraiser: This event promised to be a casual evening to socialize with other Avoca parents over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. There will also be a silent auction where we hope to feature great packages for parents to bid on and raise funds for our schools. We are looking for parents to help with logistics, soliciting merchandise/events for the silent auction, and marketing the event. Contact Devon Nelson at for more info.


The Bulletin Board at Avoca West is one of the first things parents see when they come to the school. We are looking for parent volunteers available to change the decorations on a monthly basis. The PTC will provide the information; you just need to bring your creativity! Please click on the SignUpGenius link to choose your month or type this link into your browser:

Contact Denise Kamberis-Kingwill for more information.


We need your help!  We are looking for parents & students to assist with concession sales prior to Marie Murphy home games.  We know many of your students are playing in the games and the 8th Grade committee hopes you or your students (and their friends) will help us out. Concession sales generate essential funds that help offset the cost of 8th grade graduation activities and the Class of 2016 gifts. 

All inventory is provided; we simply need help manning the table.  Set up begins at 3 P.M., sales run from 3:20-5:20 P.M. and breakdown is before 5:45 P.M..  Our goal is to capture the after-school crowd and spectators.  

Thank you so much for your consideration and HELP!  Please click the signup genius site and choose any days that you are free.  The more the merrier!



A friendly reminder regarding the streets around Avoca West.  The speed limit on Ferndale, Heatherfield, Hunter and Sherwood is 20 mph AT ALL TIMES. Anything over unnecessarily puts the children traveling to or from Avoca West in harm’s way - whether they be traveling by car, taking the bus, riding their bikes or walking.

Going faster than 20 MPH only saves seconds - better to be safe and a little late than hurting yourself or someone else! Let’s keep our kids safe!



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PTC Mission Statement

Avoca District 37 Parent Teacher Council (PTC) is a membership of parents, teachers and staff who are dedicated to fostering the educational, social and overall well-being of each student at Avoca Community Preschool, Avoca West School and Marie Murphy School. We serve these students by promoting a closer working relationship among district families, the school and the community at large.

The purpose of the PTC is to:

  • Offer a forum for ideas, concerns and information
  • Promote parent involvement
  • Provide assistance to teachers through volunteerism
  • Assist administration in communicating school information
  • Sponsor social and educational events for students, families and the community
  • Fund special school programs through a variety of fund-raising events throughout the school year.

*Annual membership dues are $20 per family and help fund programs for students.

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