Marie Murphy Principal Message

November 27, 2021

Giving Tree Project

The Roots and Shoots club at Marie Murphy is coordinating the Giving Tree project again this year. This project provides gifts for children from our community who are in need this holiday season. We are looking for volunteers to sign up to support a person for the holidays.

Want to help? It’s simple!

  1. Sign up to sponsor a person - Use this link

  2. Receive a wishlist of what they want

  3. Go shopping for the items on your person’s wishlist

  4. You can wrap your gifts or the Roots and Shoots member will wrap them for you!

  5. Then, drop it off at Marie Murphy.

You can email Ms. Rachmiel with any questions concerning the Giving Tree project at

Principal and Parent Chats!

I am hosting "Meet the Principal" Zooms in December. If you would like to join us please complete this form. I will send the Zoom link as we get closer to the meetings.

6th and 7th grade: December 8th at 8:15-8:45am

8th grade: December 9th at 8:15-8:45am

PE Uniform Reminder for Monday!

Starting on Monday, November 29th, students should bring their Marie Murphy PE uniform shorts and shirt, clean gym shoes with laces, a pair of socks and deodorant in a canvas bag that they will use to transport their uniform to and from class on a daily basis.

NEW: Debate Team at Marie Murphy

We are starting a Debate Team at Marie Murphy. Registration will open soon! This website offers more information on this offering. Once it is updated with the MM info I will email you.

Coin Wars

Message from Student Council:

The Marie Murphy coin wars is a friendly fundraiser competition between first period classes with the goal of raising the most money for charity. Every cent from a coin placed in your class's jar is worth one point. Every cent from a bill is 1 negative point!

Remember, coins are positive, bills are negative. The class that gets the most points in the entire school gets a pizza party. The grade that gets the most points gets a donut party.

Coin Wars begins after Thanksgiving break and it goes until January.

Safe2Help Illinois

Safe2Help Illinois

District 37 is participating in a statewide school safety program called Safe2Help Illinois. This program offers students a safe and confidential way to share information that may help prevent suicides, school violence, and other threats to student safety.

When unable to talk with a trusted adult, students can use Safe2Help Illinois to share concerns about themselves or others in a confidential environment.

Safe2Help Illinois has multiple ways to be reached.

After submission, the entry will be reviewed by the Safe2Help call center. Next, the information will be shared with District 37 and/or local law enforcement depending on the nature of the report. This program is intended to encourage students to “seek help before harm,” with the goal of intervening and helping students before they harm themselves or others.

Safe2Help Illinois is available to all D37 students, families and staff. Here is a one minute child friendly video explaining Safe2Help.

Lost and Found

We have moved the lost and found to the front of the school. Send your student to check for their lost things soon. We will donate leftover items before Christmas.

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Special Message - Video of Town Hall 2 Meeting and Important Survey

As we head into the Thanksgiving Break, it could be that you have some "down time" when you could take the time to watch the video presentation from our second Town Hall meeting on November 17. The presentation covers District Facilities, Learning Spaces, and Finances.

Most important is the link to the survey at the end of the presentation. If the strategic planning committee is to gather high quality feedback to inform the new strategic plan, many more parents and guardians need to complete these customized surveys.

The video is 30 minutes, but it covers very important topics that are essential to understanding current and future states of the district. You should feel free to pause it periodically and come back to it before taking the survey.

Click here for the video with the survey link at the end

Thank you for your consideration, and please feel free to forward this link to anyone in the community.


Kaine Osburn, Superintendent (he/him/his)

Avoca School District 37


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Upcoming Dates

December 10-17

  • Marie Murphy Book Fair

December 13

  • Band Concert at 7:00pm

December 15

  • Music Assembly (students only)
  • Orchestra and Choir Concert at 7:30pm (later start due to basketball game)

January 11 and 12

  • MAP Testing (Benchmark Testing)

January 21

  • End of quarter