Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences

You are invited to participate in the Parent-Teacher Conferences to be held on: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 3:00-7:00 p.m.

The online registration period is: 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 10, 2014, until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

You will need to use your Registration and PowerSchool credentials to access this online registration system.  If you need help with your username and password, please contact the Marie Murphy office.

Beginning October 10th, please sign-up for conferences here!

Click here to read the letter regarding Parent Teacher Conferences from Mr. Palcer!

News from the Health Office

Avoca School District 37 is taking steps to prevent the spread of EV-D68 infections.

Health officials are warning doctors and parents to be on the alert for the rarely seen EV-D68 virus, which is sending children to the hospital with severe respiratory infections.

Avoca School District 37 is monitoring this public health concern as it develops. School nurses have been provided with information on the EV-D68 virus, and they, in turn, are sharing it with their school communities. The information they are sharing is from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) and the Cook County and Illinois Departments of Public Health. Their recommendations and other information on EV-D68 virus can be found at the following websites:  

EV-D68 infections cause mild to severe respiratory illness, especially in young children. Symptoms of this illness can include fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and body aches.

The EV-D68 virus is transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. 

There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections, and no specific antiviral medications are currently available for this purpose. 

As with all communicable diseases, it is important to prevent transmission of the EV-D68 virus. The District will be encouraging students to take the following steps to protect themselves from illness, and it encourages families to take these preventive measures at home, as well:  

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid close contact (touching and shaking hands) with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Do not share utensils 
  • Stay home when sick

Parents/guardians are required to call school to report their child’s absence. To help control the spread of illness within the classroom, parents/guardians are urged to report any communicable disease diagnosis to the school.

Health Services Department

Anne Welter R.N.
Marie Murphy

2014 Fall Sports Tryout Information


Informational Meeting
Grades 6, 7 and 8
Tuesday, Sept. 2nd - 7:30-7:50 AM

Grades 7 and 8 – Wednesday, Sept. 3rd, 3:30-5:00 PM
Grades 6, 7 and 8 – Thursday, Sept. 4th, 3:30-5:00 PM

Grades 6 and 7 – Friday, Sept. 5th, 3:30-5:00 PM

Contact: Chad Henley – henleyc@avoca37.org

Grades 6, 7 and 8 Tuesday, Sept. 2nd from 3:30-5:00 PM

JV (Grades 6 and 7) and Varsity (Grade 8)
Wednesday, Sept. 3rd 3:30-5:00 PM (JV) & 3:30-6:00 PM (V)
Friday, Sept. 5th, 3:30-5:00 PM (JV & V)

Kelli Lane, JV Coach – lanek@avoca37.org
randon Howe, Varsity Coach – howeb@avoca37.org

Viking Walk Fundraiser

Maya's Logo - Viking Walk 2014  Artwork by Maya M.

This event is sponsored by the PTC. All children at Marie Murphy received their pledge sheets during physical on Friday, May 2nd. Donald Cornelius and Ernst Cadet explained the details of the fundraiser to the kids. Pledge sheets are due on Monday, May 12th. The walk will be held on Friday, May 16th during the physical education and foreign language blocks.

Grade 6    8:57-10:19 AM
Grade 7    10:21-11:43 AM
Grade 8    12:34-1:56 PM

Prizes will be awarded for:
• individual who brings in the most money
• classroom that brings in the most money
• individual with the highest number of sponsors
  • school that brings in the most money

All students who return a pledge sheet with at least one sponsor will receive a prize.
Get busy acquiring your pledges!

Click here for extra pledge sheets.


Marie Murphy Spring Play

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The Marie Murphy Spring Play will take place on Friday, April 25 @ 7:30 pm and again on Saturday, April 26 @ 7:30 pm. Admission is free and features a double feature!

Our first play is Homework Eats Dog by Alan Haehnel, where a sadistic science teacher waits in eager anticipation of the excuses his students deliver on why they need an extension on their science projects. Will any student succeed in delivering an excuse that results in an extension? Come and find out!

The second play of the evening is reflective of pop culture’s infatuation with zombies. 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse by Don Zolidis provides a hilarious plethora of strategies to aid you in avoiding the clutches of the walking dead!

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Open Now-Online Registration for the 2014-2015 School Year! Due April 30th!

Click here to read Information about 2014-2015 registration

It is time to register your children for the 2014-2015 school year at Avoca School District 37 using our online registration process!  Please click on the above link to read all important information related to registration.

The deadline for online registration is Wednesday, April 30th.

Table Tennis Tournament


A table tennis tournament was held yesterday at Marie Murphy after school.   After some exciting competition, Brian Kerwin was named tournament champion!  Gabe Herman was the runner-up.


Sadly, President Obama & PM David Cameron were unable to attend the MM tournament.