Marie Murphy Principal Message

August 16, 2021

Back to School Information!

I hope you are enjoying these beautiful last days of summer! Marie Murphy is quickly filling with teachers as they prepare their classrooms and materials for the return of our students. It is an exciting and busy time!


As Dr. Osburn shared, we will open school with PPE and protocols that support the safety of our students, staff, and community. With that said, I do believe the students will find that we are returning to some traditional school routines that they have missed. The biggest one to share is that students will once again move between classrooms during the day. Our new staggered class schedule allows us to keep grade levels in pods as they move through the halls, so we can make this change while maintaining our safety protocols.


Below you will find several updates for the start of school. If you need anything please send me a message at ryane@avoca37.org. I am excited to partner with you this year.


All the best,

Elena Ryan

Marie Murphy Principal

School Times and Calendar

August 25th- First day of school


Daily Schedule

7:45am Doors open to students

7:55am-3:20pm School Day


Link to the District 37 Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.

Please visit our Marie Murphy website for the online calendar.

Student Schedules

6th graders will receive their schedules at the August 24th transition event from 1:00-1:30pm at Marie Murphy.


7th and 8th graders have been sent a letter in the mail that indicates their first period teacher. On August 25th they will report to that classroom and be given their full schedule.

Welcome New Staff to Marie Murphy

Spanish Teacher- SeƱora Anne Rodas

6th grade Science- Ms. Joyce Kim

7th grade Math Long-term Substitute- Ms. Mary Pehar

Orchestra Director- Ms. Terese Parisoli

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 dropping off 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 have your child (children) to school at 7:45am or slightly before to ensure they are not tardy to school.


Bus transportation information will be available soon, and we will email when it is ready.

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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 the aisle of the parking lot for their child. 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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Lunch service information coming soon!

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, August 24th

  • 6th grade transition visit 1:00-1:30pm

Wednesday, August 25th

  • First Day of School

Wednesday, September 1st

  • Parent Orientation Night (Virtual Meeting)
  • More information to come from teams regarding start/end times

Monday, September 6th

  • No School: Labor Day

Tuesday, September 7th

  • No School: Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday, September 14th

  • Picture Day

Thursday, September 16th

  • No School: Yom Kippur

Attendance Line

If your child is going to be out for the day please call to report an absence: 847-251-3617