Marie Murphy Principal Message

August 21, 2022

Final Details to Share!

Note from PE: Students will not change into PE uniforms until Friday, September 2nd.


Lunch Reminder: Add funds to your student's lunch account if they plan to buy school lunch.


Friday, August 26th: Marie Murphy students will practice our Tornado, Lockdown, and Fire Drills. If you have questions please email Principal Ryan (ryane@avoca37.org).

Welcome New Staff to Marie Murphy!

7th Grade Learning Behavior Specialist- Mrs. Connie Oshana

Preschool Teacher- Mrs. Cara Frank

Instructional Assistant & Math Student Teacher - Ms. Kai Penkava

Instructional Assistant- Mrs. Janet Fitzgerald

Transcriber- Mrs. Yolanda Herman-Pelley

MM Parent Night: Wednesday, August 31st

What? Parent Night is a time to hear from your student's teachers and learn about the year.

Where? The Marie Murphy Gym

What time? Each grade will have a different presentation time. After your teacher presentation you will be able to walk through the school.


7th Grade 6:30-7:10

8th Grade 7:10-7:50

6th Grade 7:50-8:30


More information will be shared at a later date.

NWEA Map Testing

Fall MAP will take place next week. Students will take MAP Math on August 31st and MAP Reading on September 1st. If you have questions about MAP testing, please visit the MAP Parent Toolkit (link here).


I want to remind parents that this is not an assessment for which students need to study in advance. Students are already prepared with the knowledge they need to take fall MAP.

Drop-off Traffic Pattern

The safety of our students during drop-off and pick-up relies on our ability to work together as a community and follow the traffic maps. Please familiarize yourself with the traffic maps below prior to the first day of school.


Morning Drop-off: Parents picking up a child may only use the east entrance. The west entrance is for bus use only. Please pull into the lot and immediately turn right down the first aisle. Students should be prepared to exit their car by the main door.


We know traffic will be difficult in the morning. Please arrive by 7:45am or slightly before to ensure students are not tardy to school.

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Pick-Up Traffic Pattern

Students will begin to exit Marie Murphy immediately at 3:20pm. Cars picking up a student may pull up to the front of the school or wait in 1 of the 3 rows of the parking lot. We will move traffic along as quickly as we can.


Please keep your eyes alert for children going to other cars as you drive out of the lot.

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Attendance Line

If your child is going to be out for the day please call to report an absence: 847-251-3617
School Supply Lists (click here)

The PTC sale is closed for this year. Lists can be found on the website for personal purchasing of items.

Upcoming Dates

August 23
  • 1:00-1:30 6th grade orientation

August 24

  • First day of school 7:55-3:20

August 25 and 26

  • Girls Volleyball tryouts
  • Fire Drill, Tornado Drill, Lockdown Drills
August 29
  • First day of preschool

August 31 and September 1

  • NWEA MAP Testing

August 31

  • Marie Murphy Parent Night 6:30-9:00 (times TDB for teams)