Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lurgio News for August 1, 2017


LURGIO NEWS
August 1, 2017
 

Dear Parents,

The aisles at Target have turned over from beach towels to back-to-school specials (too soon!), and it is once again time for me to welcome all our middle school families to Lurgio. I promise not to inundate you with too much school information as you enjoy the waning days of summer, but there are a few important updates that require your attention in the coming days and weeks. So, without further ado, welcome to the first edition of the 2017-18 Lurgio News!

Best,

Ed Joyce

Important Dates

August 2 (Wednesday)
InfoSnap Registration Confirmation Opens
August 16 (Wednesday)
New to Bedford Orientation (11AM)
August 29 (Tuesday)
First Day for Students!
September 7 (Thursday)
Lurgio Open House (6PM)
 
InfoSnap
During the afternoon on August 2nd, you will receive an email from the Bedford School District regarding your child's attendance at Lurgio. The process entails confirming registration and making any changes/updates to important information regarding your child(ren). After completing the InfoSnap Registration Confirmation, you will be able to access the PowerSchool Parent Portal. When you log into the portal, you will be able to view your child's Pod assignment and classes.

Parent Portal
If you do not know how to access the Powerschool Parent Portal, click HERE. If you have difficulty with accessing the portal, please contact Denise Boyle in the Lurgio Main Office at 603-310-9100. PLEASE NOTE: The Parent Portal will not be open until late in the afternoon on August 2nd.

Pod Websites

Pod websites are currently being updated but may not be complete until the teacher workshop days at the end of August. Please know that the information about Pod teachers is accurate and up-to-date in the PowerSchool Parent Portal (available after InfoSnap registration on August 2), and we will notify you when all changes have been made to our website pages.

Supply Lists

If you are NEW to Bedford or did not purchase a PTG Supply kit, we have lists posted on our web site. Click HERE for grade 7. Click HERE for grade 8.

Friday, June 23, 2017

RAL Main Office Summer Hours

Beginning June 26, 2017 through Aug. 4, 2017 the summer hours for the Main Office at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School are 8:00am to 2:00pm.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Lurgio News for June 16, 2017


LURGIO NEWS
June 16, 2017
 

Dear Parents,

What do you get when you combine 800 middle school students, 80 staff members, and a flash mob? One of the best all school meetings ever. To end the year, Lurgio gathered in the theater this afternoon for our final all-school meeting. We watched a slideshow of our year, heard a fantastic performance from our 8th grade chorus, and had a “Thriller” of a flash mob.  All in all, it was a great time.

Enjoy the last weekend of the school year. We look forward to final day of school on Monday before the well-earned summer break.

Best,

Ed Joyce

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Important Dates

June 19 (Monday)
Last Day of School - Dismissal at 1:15PM
 

 

Cub of the Week
Each week, teachers nominate students for the Cub of the Week Award. Nominated students are those who have shown exceptional kindness, tolerance, and respect during the week. Each Friday, the Lurgio administration and guidance staff will review all nominees and will select the the “Cub of the Week.”

This week’s Cub is Sarah Jobin from pod 7-West! Sarah’s teachers wanted to recognize her kindness and selfless attitude as she has been helping a friend during her recovery from surgery. Sarah’s willingness to assist her peers is what makes Lurgio Middle School a wonderful place to learn! Thanks, Sarah!

Early Dismissal on Last Day of School
On Monday, June 19, students will be dismissed from school two hours early. Buses will still provide transportation home. Please plan accordingly. If you have any questions, please contact the Main Office at (603) 310-9100.

Cardigan 2017

Parents of 7th grade students, a Cardigan Information Packet was sent home earlier in the week with your child. However, as the flood of papers and projects arrive at your doorsteps at the end of the school year, we wanted to make sure that this important information didn’t get lost [LINK]. Please remember to sign the signature page and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher on Monday, June 19.

End of year Reminders from the School Nurse:
The last day to pick up your student's medication/inhalers/epi pens in the nursing office will be on June 19th, 2017 by 1:00 pm. After this date, all medication will be discarded.  You can also pick up forms for the following school year during this time..  If you have any questions, please call the Health Office at 310-9100 x 34415, Thank You!

Summer Reading Suggestions

Looking to get some ideas on what you or your students can read this summer? Click [HERE] for a plethora of summer reading suggestions!

Bedford Crew Information

Bedford Crew is now taking applications for Lurgio Crew to be held in the fall. This is for any Lurgio student interested in learning to row. Priority is given to 8th graders. Registration is open until August 31, 2017 or until all spots are full. To download an application, click here http://www.bedfordcrew.org/forms/ or visit our website, http://bedfordcrew.org . For more information, please email Anne Capodilupo at rccaod@hotmail.com

 

Lurgio Tech Corner Update

With the end of the school year fast approaching, we have some student chromebooks that are still out for repairs.  We will be asking students for the school loaner chromebooks back by next week.  Students will be able to check out a daily loaner if they need a chromebook while at school.  We will contact parents when the chromebook is back from repair for pickup at the Lurgio Main Office.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Dennis at dennisd@sau25.net.

CHROMEBOOK INSURANCE RENEWAL INFORMATION
Parents have the option to renew the insurance for the 17-18 school year but you must purchase this option prior to August 1st. The cost for the renewal is $27 which not only includes the accidental breakage/theft insurance but also extended manufacturer warranty.  The original manufacturer's warranty is only valid for one year. We strongly encourage parents to consider this optional insurance. All checks should be made out to the Bedford School District. Please include your student’s name and ID number on the check. The cost of the insurance is $27. One check for multiple student insurance renewals is also acceptable.  Please mail the checks to: McKelvie Intermediate School – Technology Hub or pay online via sendmoneytoschool.com.

REPLACEMENT CHROMEBOOK INFORMATION
We have received numerous inquiries from parents of students currently in grades 7 thru 11 regarding the option to purchase a new replacement chromebook device through the district for their student to use in school in the 2017-2018 school year. If you are interested in purchasing a Chromebook device through the district, please complete this form by June 19th 2017.  Optional insurance coverage will be available for parents to purchase when payment is made.

2016/2017 Yearbooks Are Here

The yearbooks are here and will be distributed to students who pre-ordered on Monday, June 12.  Good news - there are extra copies available for purchase!  Any student wishing to purchase a yearbook can bring $30 cash or check (payable to Lurgio) to Mrs. Dennis in the Tech Corner in the back of the Media Center.  Yearbooks will be available until they are sold out!

BHS Girls Summer Basketball Clinics
For more information regarding summer basketball clinics, click [HERE].

Custom Lurgio Wear Available
Did you know that you can order custom Lurgio wear in our new school colors? Check out the BedfordWear website to see all they have to choose from.

Guidance Corner
Donna LaRue, MA, MLADC, LCMHC, RAL Guidance Counselor, posts a weekly, helpful parenting newsletter article, as well as other relevant material on her website. This week she focuses on School Boundaries. Click here to learn ways you can help instill this important asset.  Check out Ms. LaRue’s web page for weekly Asset newsletters by clicking here.

Claudette Stone, RAL Behavior Specialist, posts helpful information about executive functioning skills, which are developmental, meaning that each of these skills develop with age, and not on a set schedule. Just as children learn to walk and talk at different times, it is normal for our brains to learn to organize, inhibit, and plan at different times.  More information can be found at Mrs. Stone's Website--Executive Functioning Skills

Jack Slatoff Ph.D. is a retired clinical child psychologist with over 55 years of practice in southern New Hampshire.  Specializing in therapy for adolescents and consultation with their parents, Dr. Slatoff has been a psychological consultant for the Bedford School District for 35 years.  He continues to consult weekly at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School, and he now writes a weekly column for our news: Ask Dr. Jack [LINK].

PTG Corner:
Attention 8th grade parents:  Lurgio's 8th grade feast is happening June 15th.  Please take a look at our signup here.

The first annual Bedford PTG Color Blast 5k was an amazing success and we want to extend a huge thank you to all of the participants as well as the volunteers who made the event outstanding!

As we close out another school year, the Bedford PTG would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to all of our volunteers who selflessly give their time to support our events throughout the school year.  It is due to our amazing volunteers that we can provide so many enriching programs to Bedford students.

Enjoy the summer!

UPDATED 2017-2018 School Calendar
There is one change in the calendar and the updated 2017/18 calendar is now attached 2017-18 School Calendar. The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 29.

5th Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon
​T​he 5th Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon ​will be be held on Sunday, August 13, 2017. The only event of its kind in the area, the kid’s try-athlon is designed specifically for children ages 4-15 years, in memory of Aine Phillips, who was a student at Riddle Brook School. Beginning at the Bedford town pool, participants ages 4-10 years will swim 25 yards, run 1/2 mile and bike 1 mile. Older participants ages 11-15 will swim 50 yards, run 1 mile and bike 2 miles. We are pleased to announce that this year Millennium Running will be our event partner. At the finish line, families are invited to enjoy music, jump roping, an obstacle course, water games, face painting, concessions, raffle prizes and much more! Friends of Aine is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. All proceeds from this event go toward support for grieving children. For more information, to register, volunteer or to make a donation, please visit www.friendsofaine.com or www.facebook.com/friendsofaine.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Lurgio News for June 9, 2017


LURGIO NEWS
June 9, 2017
 

Dear Parents,

It is hard to imagine that is just six short days our 2016-17 school year will conclude. After a year of diligent academic work, our students will go on their annual outings to Gunstock (7th grade) and Canobie Lake Park (8th grade) next week. The trips are a wonderful way for our students and teachers to celebrate their successful school year together.

Best,

Ed Joyce

Important Dates

June 12 (Monday)
7th Grade Gunstock Trip - Bus departs at 8:30AM
June 14 (Wednesday)
8th Grade Canobie Lake Trip (8th Grade)
June 16 (Friday)
Rain date - Canobie Lake Trip (8th Grade)
June 19 (Monday)
Last Day of School - Dismissal at 1:15PM
 

 

Cub of the Week
Each week, teachers nominate students for the Cub of the Week Award. Nominated students are those who have shown exceptional kindness, tolerance, and respect during the week. Each Friday, the Lurgio administration and guidance staff will review all nominees and will select the the “Cub of the Week.”

This week’s Cub is the entire Lurgio baseball team. For the past two years, Ben Westbrook has been the hardworking, but lighthearted manager of the baseball team. In order to say thank you to Ben, the players on the team gave Ben the gift of a new pair of Oakley sunglasses! This act of kindness was not prompted by any coach or parent, but was a rather genuine display of appreciation for all that Ben has done for the team. Congratulations to Ben and the rest of the members of the baseball team: Nicholas Asadourian, Emet Baker, Austin Bequeath, Camden Cilley, Cade Corbett, Thomas Crowley, Andrew Douthart, Zachary Fletcher, Ryan Juliano, Matthew Landry, Ethan Larochelle, Kyle Lavigne, Alexander Lobdell, Brett Niland, Todd O'Connell, Cameron O'Regan, Michael Pratte. These boys all exemplify the ideals of teamwork, generosity and kindness!

Early Dismissal on Last Day of School
On Monday, June 19, students will be dismissed from school two hours early. Buses will still provide transportation home. Please plan accordingly. If you have any questions, please contact the Main Office at (603) 310-9100.

8th Grade Canobie Trip - Late Return to School
This is a reminder to eighth grade parents that the students will arrive back to Lurgio after regular dismissal on Wednesday, June 14. Buses typically return from Canobie Lake Park by 4:30PM. Please arrange to have your child transported home from school on that day. If you have any questions, please contact your student’s homeroom teacher.

Attention 8th Grade Parents

The 2017-2018 BHS Course Schedules will be released to students and families this Monday, June 12th. Students will receive paper copies of their 2017-2018 BHS schedules during the WIN period. At that time, parents will be able to view an electronic copy via PowerSchool.

6/13-6/16  Add + Drop requests will be considered at BHS. All current 8th graders will use a form to communicate requests. Since the students are in a different building and busy with their own end of year activities at Lurgio, we have created the change request form. We realize that not all course information is available (such as what blocks courses are offered) but hope that completing as much of the form as you can will begin a dialog between yourself and the BHS school counselor. Please provide your contact information on the form and we’ll be in touch as necessary. In the meantime, simply drop your completed form off at Lurgio and BHS staff will pick them up to be distributed to the individual school counselors. Forms will be attached to the student schedules.

Any dropped courses after June 16th will be marked on the high school transcript with a "WP" to note withdraw pass (no impact to GPA). We can work together next week to make the schedules what your students need in the year ahead!

End of year Reminders from the School Nurse:
Please remind your student to bring his/her epi pens/inhalers on the 7th grade field trip to Gunstock and the 8th grade field trip to Canobie.  The weather will be very warm next week, please have your student's  bring their water bottles to school.

The last day to pick up your student's medication/inhalers/epi pens in the nursing office will be on June 19th, 2017 by 1:00 pm.  After this date, all medication will be discarded.  You can also pick up forms for the following school year during this time..  If you have any questions, please call the Health Office at 310-9100 x 34415, Thank You!

 

Lurgio Tech Corner Update

With the end of the school year fast approaching, we have some student chromebooks that are still out for repairs.  We will be asking students for the school loaner chromebooks back by next week.  Students will be able to check out a daily loaner if they need a chromebook while at school.  We will contact parents when the chromebook is back from repair for pickup at the Lurgio Main Office.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Dennis at dennisd@sau25.net.

CHROMEBOOK INSURANCE RENEWAL INFORMATION
Parents have the option to renew the insurance for the 17-18 school year but you must purchase this option prior to August 1st. The cost for the renewal is $27 which not only includes the accidental breakage/theft insurance but also extended manufacturer warranty.  The original manufacturer's warranty is only valid for one year. We strongly encourage parents to consider this optional insurance. All checks should be made out to the Bedford School District. Please include your student’s name and ID number on the check. The cost of the insurance is $27. One check for multiple student insurance renewals is also acceptable.  Please mail the checks to: McKelvie Intermediate School – Technology Hub or pay online via sendmoneytoschool.com.

REPLACEMENT CHROMEBOOK INFORMATION
We have received numerous inquiries from parents of students currently in grades 7 thru 11 regarding the option to purchase a new replacement chromebook device through the district for their student to use in school in the 2017-2018 school year. If you are interested in purchasing a Chromebook device through the district, please complete this form by June 19th 2017.  Optional insurance coverage will be available for parents to purchase when payment is made.

2016/2017 Yearbooks Are Here

The yearbooks are here and will be distributed to students who pre-ordered on Monday, June 12.  Good news - there are extra copies available for purchase!  Any student wishing to purchase a yearbook can bring $30 cash or check (payable to Lurgio) to Mrs. Dennis in the Tech Corner in the back of the Media Center.  Yearbooks will be available until they are sold out!

BHS Girls Summer Basketball Clinics
For more information regarding summer basketball clinics, click [HERE].

Book Buzz
This week, Lurgio was once again abuzz with talk about books. Here are two of our favorites:


Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard is a great mystery full of humor.  Thirteen-year-old Trav has always wondered about his dead-before-he-was-born dad. But when he heads from California to his grandmother's house in rural Minnesota, hoping to learn about his past, he gets more than he bargained for.

It turns out his dad was involved in a bank robbery right before he mysteriously disappeared, and the loot from the take is still missing. Along with Kenny and Iz, the kids next door, Trav embarks on a search for the cash. But the trio’s adventure quickly turns dangerous when it becomes clear that someone else is looking for the money—someone who won’t give up without a fight.
 


The Wild Robot by Peter Brown is for all technology fans who wonder if a robot can survive in the wilderness. When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is--but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a fierce storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island's unwelcoming animal inhabitants.

As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home--until, one day, the robot's mysterious past comes back to haunt her.
 

Custom Lurgio Wear Available
Did you know that you can order custom Lurgio wear in our new school colors? Check out the BedfordWear website to see all they have to choose from.

Guidance Corner
Donna LaRue, MA, MLADC, LCMHC, RAL Guidance Counselor, posts a weekly, helpful parenting newsletter article, as well as other relevant material on her website. This week she focuses on School Boundaries. Click here to learn ways you can help instill this important asset.  Check out Ms. LaRue’s web page for weekly Asset newsletters by clicking here.

Claudette Stone, RAL Behavior Specialist, posts helpful information about executive functioning skills, which are developmental, meaning that each of these skills develop with age, and not on a set schedule. Just as children learn to walk and talk at different times, it is normal for our brains to learn to organize, inhibit, and plan at different times.  More information can be found at Mrs. Stone's Website--Executive Functioning Skills

Jack Slatoff Ph.D. is a retired clinical child psychologist with over 55 years of practice in southern New Hampshire.  Specializing in therapy for adolescents and consultation with their parents, Dr. Slatoff has been a psychological consultant for the Bedford School District for 35 years.  He continues to consult weekly at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School, and he now writes a weekly column for our news: Ask Dr. Jack [LINK].

PTG Corner:
Attention 8th grade parents:  Lurgio's 8th grade feast is happening June 15th.  Please take a look at our signup here.

The first annual Bedford PTG Color Blast 5k was an amazing success and we want to extend a huge thank you to all of the participants as well as the volunteers who made the event outstanding!

As we close out another school year, the Bedford PTG would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to all of our volunteers who selflessly give their time to support our events throughout the school year.  It is due to our amazing volunteers that we can provide so many enriching programs to Bedford students.

Enjoy the summer!

UPDATED 2017-2018 School Calendar
There is one change in the calendar and the updated 2017/18 calendar is now attached 2017-18 School Calendar. The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 29.

5th Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon
​T​he 5th Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon ​will be be held on Sunday, August 13, 2017. The only event of its kind in the area, the kid’s try-athlon is designed specifically for children ages 4-15 years, in memory of Aine Phillips, who was a student at Riddle Brook School. Beginning at the Bedford town pool, participants ages 4-10 years will swim 25 yards, run 1/2 mile and bike 1 mile. Older participants ages 11-15 will swim 50 yards, run 1 mile and bike 2 miles. We are pleased to announce that this year Millennium Running will be our event partner. At the finish line, families are invited to enjoy music, jump roping, an obstacle course, water games, face painting, concessions, raffle prizes and much more! Friends of Aine is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. All proceeds from this event go toward support for grieving children. For more information, to register, volunteer or to make a donation, please visit www.friendsofaine.com or www.facebook.com/friendsofaine.