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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!


8/13 - Kindergarten Round Up! (Screening, Play & Picnic)

8/14 - Class Assignments Emailed (1st-5th)

8/23 - Room Parent Orientation (Positions still available)

8/27 - Teacher/Staff Back to School Lunch at MM

8/28 - School Starts 1st-8th!

8/29-30 - Kindergarten Partial Days

8/29 - Spirit Wear Sales Begin

8/29 - AW Parent Orientation Night

8/30 - MM Parent Orientation Night

8/31 - Kindergarten First Full Day!

9/13 - Ice Cream Social & Volunteer Fair

Please find more tentative dates in the "Volunteer Opportunities" tab


Call for Volunteers

**Open positions at the PTC - we would love to welcome you on board!**:

  • Room parent (2 parents per class room) - immediate need
  • Director of Volunteers (PTC Exec Board Member) - immediate need
  • Lead Volunteer Positions for all PTC events (sign up sheets also available at the Volunteer Fair)

Please contact us if you have questions or if you would like to volunteer one of the above positions during 2018/19!  (avocaptc@gmail.com)

Sign up on the Sign Up Genius! (currently inactive)

PTC Contact Info

**Get to know your PTC Exec Board!! We would love to hear from you!**

Dorothy Elfring, Co-President   

Berit Spieker, Co-President             

Sara Shepard, AW Vice President   

Emily Patten, MM Vice President    

Bingling Zhou, Treasurer                 

Eugenia Hsin, Secretary                         

Betsy Harootyan, Director of Communications

Jessica Boyle, Director of Enrichment    

Susan Lovell, Director of Fundraising     

Kellie Cunningham, Director of Membership 

OPEN, Director of Volunteers                                                                           







 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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