5/14 - Bike to School Day!

5/14 – Nathan Hale Author Visit (Funded by the PTC!)

5/27 - No School (Memorial Day)

5/29 - 4th & 5th Grade Olympics

6/6 - Field Days (1st-3rd Grades)

6/14 - Last Day of School

7/7 - Deadline for Online School Supply Orders

ONGOING: Innovation Grant Program Fund Drive

Find more information in the Programs & Events tab on the main menu bar.



VOLUNTEER FOR 4th/5th Grade Olympics! (Sign-Up Linked)

VOLUNTEER FOR 1st-3rd Grade FIELD DAY! (Sign-Up Linked)

CONGRATS to the 2019 Innovation Grant Award Winners:

1st Grade Team (Jennifer Stump, Kelly Reardon, Emily Hargadon): Seesaw recording studios

Janis Michael: 2 trail cams and accessories

Kindergarten Team (Olivia Kamysz, Erin Dowdle, Susan Walsh, Elizabeth Zebro): Sensory Path

Mary Rudzinski: Holiday Music for Community Concert

Peter Ogden: Wind energy turbines

Trista  Raczyla: Mindful Masters (singing bowls and lessons)

Jessica Bodzewski: Flexible seating


The Innovation Grant appeal is the only fundraising effort of the year designating 100% of the donations to the Innovation Grant program. Without your donations, the program will not be able to amply support the new ideas and tools our teachers want to bring into the classroom.

If you haven't sent in your donation yet, please do your part and contribute to the Innovation Grants. To every family who has donated so far, thank you for your support!  We are getting to our innovation grant goal, but we NEED YOUR HELP to do it!   

Please consider donating $25, $50 or more. In fact, if every family donated just $25 we would raise over $10,000! Help us support our teacher's innovative ideas to enrich the learning process and bring the classroom to life. Just drop a check off in the school office with PTC written on the outside – more information can be found in the original letter sent home in backpacks. Make checks payable to AVOCA PTC.


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!

Membership gains you access to the online school directory!   


Membership: Melissa Schiffman

Innovation Grants: Ann Heinz

Communications: Susan Lovell

Fundraising: Kristen Barry

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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