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What is the Parent Teacher Council (PTC)?

The Avoca PTC transforms your school into a community! We are proud to be a resource for teachers, students and families and to offer a variety of opportunities for you to get to know your school community. The Avoca PTC includes families and staff at BOTH Avoca District 37 schools, Avoca West Elementary School (AW) and Marie Murphy Jr. High School (MM). We encourage you to join the Avoca PTC and contact us at any time to share your thoughts, concerns and questions. 

Dues are just $25/family!

PERK ALERT!! Membership gains you access to the online school directory!

Avoca D37 PTC 2018-19 Welcome Letter


11/19 - 11/23 - NO SCHOOL! Happy Thanksgiving!

12/7 - 7th Grade Snowflake

12/7 - AW Family Movie Night: Peter Rabbit (takes place at MM)

12/21 - Winter Parties at AW & MM

Please find more information in the ‘Programs & Events’ tab.


Call for Volunteers


Looking for 7th grade parents to volunteer during the school day for the Snowflake event on December 7th.  Contact Emily Patten at 312-399-3859 if interested.

PTC Contact Info

Get to know your PTC Exec Board!

**We love to hear from you!**

Dorothy Elfring, Co-President ddelfring@gmail.com 

Berit Spieker, Co-President spieker@dvm.com   

Sara Shepard, AW Vice President Eatfitchicago@gmail.com   

Emily Patten, MM Vice President  emilyjpatten@gmail.com  

Bingling Zhou, Treasurer  binglingzhou@gmail.com               

Eugenia Hsin, Secretary  eugeniachun@gmail.com                       

Betsy Harootyan, Director of Communications betsyharootyan@gmail.com

Jessica Boyle, Director of Enrichment  boylejessica@hotmail.com  

Susan Lovell, Director of Fundraising  susanloren123@gmail.com    

Kellie Cunningham, Director of Membership  cunninghamkellie@hotmail.com

Ross Friedman, Director of Volunteers  ross_friedman@yahoo.com                                                                        







 Earn money for our schools all year long! Click here to learn more and tell your friends and family!

Earn money for our schools all year long! Click here to learn more and tell your friends and family!

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 $25 per family and help fund programs for all students.

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