10/9 - Yom Kippur (No School)

9/21 - 8th Grade Car Wash

10/14 - Columbus Day (School In Session)

10/18 - Picture Day Retakes

10/18 - MM Halloween Celebration & Dance

10/23 - Lou Malnati’s Giveback 8th Grade Fundraiser

10/21-10/24 - Book Fair

10/23-24 - Half-Day Student Attendance/Parent Teacher Conferences

10/25 - Teacher Institute Day (No School)

10/31 - AW Halloween Class Parties & Parade




Beginning this year, the PTC will change its structure to officially form a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). We will continue to have the same website, AtoZ app, fun events and low dues. 

This decision was made mutually by the District administration and the PTC Executive Board. Since its inception, the PTC has operated under the District umbrella but as times have changed, we need to adapt as well. By moving to a PTO structure we will be able to:

·        Receive mobile payments 

·        Save on sales tax

·        Receive tax free donations  

·        Access tools and technical assistance to improve our operations

Stay tuned for more news on this endeavor. We’d love to hear from our members on this. Please contact Dorothy Elfring, PTC President, avocaptc@gmail.com with any questions or comments.


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. 

Membership gains you access to the online A-to-Z 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 2019-20 membership dues are $25 per family and help fund programs for all students.

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