Marie Murphy School Snowflake Workshop

The Snowflake Workshop was held on December 2nd at the Skokie Valley Baptist Church in Wilmette for the Marie Murphy School 7th grade students. Snowflake is a all day youth/adult partnership workshop providing awareness and prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, while encouraging healthy decision-making in an active community of caring.  It is also a time where students are encouraged to look at themselves and recognize their strengths as well as others’. Small group discussions were lead by Marie Murphy teachers, 8th grade Snowflake Council members, and New Trier H.S. students who formerly attended the school. There were great guest speakers throughout the day.  Breakfast and lunch were provided by the Avoca Parents & Teachers Council and served by 7th grade parent volunteers.

PTC-Sponsored Avoca Fun Fair a Success

In addition to the Avoca Fun Fair being an annual fundraiser sponsored by the Avoca Parents’ and Teachers’ Council (PTC), the popular event also provides an opportunity to bring the local community together.  This year’s Avoca Fun Fair was held on Sunday afternoon, February 27, at Avoca West Elementary School in Glenview.  A total of 117 volunteers, consisting of parents, administrators, teachers and school board members, sold over 6,000 tickets for games, food and raffles to an estimated 300 students.  The event raised $2,000 after expenses, and the PTC plans to use these funds to present a gift to both the Avoca Community Preschool and Marie Murphy School in June.

PTC-Sponsored Avoca West Book Fair Scheduled

The annual Book Fair fund-raising event is scheduled to take place November 29 through December 3 at the Avoca West Elementary School library, 235 Beech Drive, Glenview.  The hours of the Book Fair are as follows:  November 29, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; November 30 – December 2, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 -8:00 p.m.; December 3, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  The Book Fair gives parents, students, and staff the opportunity to purchase great books and encourage literacy.  The public is also invited to shop for books from the major publishers, as well as many smaller, unique publishers, in addition to purchasing Gift Certificates redeemable at the book fair.  The school librarians and parent volunteers will assist students in filling out a Wish List on their Preview Day, November 29.  Children will bring their lists home to their parents, who decide which books they want their child to buy on purchase days.  The Book Fair is sponsored by the Avoca Parents’ and Teachers’ Council (PTC) and is co-chaired by Heather Hester and Susan Geidner.

Speaker Scheduled for Avoca PTC Meeting

The Avoca Parents and Teachers Council (PTC) will hold its next meeting at Marie Murphy School’s Community Room on Tuesday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m.  Motivational and educational speaker Chris McBrien will be speaking on a number of the district’s Social and Emotional Learning Standards, including character building and anti-bullying.  Mr. McBrien’s session will run approximately 50-60 minutes, with time for questions and answers. 

Chris McBrien has 20 years of experience in public speaking.  He is a trained motivational speaker, fine-arts teacher, classically trained comic actor and variety artist with performance experience spanning the US and UK.  He attended Western Illinois University before moving to London to work with the Royal Court Theater and has an Early Childhood Education and Child Psychology background.  He has specialized in over 400 yearly character school assembly programs for primary, elementary, intermediate and middle school/junior high school.  For more information on Mr. McBrien’s program, visit