November 17, 2017
Dear Students and Parents,
I want to extend a huge thank you to all of our parents and PTG volunteers who put on a fantastic smorgasbord for our teachers evening during parent-teacher conferences. It’s truly heartwarming to see the tremendous support that our community has for the work that our teachers do.
Speaking of heartwarming feasts, with the Thanksgiving break coming up next week, school will only be in session Lurgio News next week. Please look for our next edition on . and . Due to the abbreviated school week, there will be no
Have a wonderful break filled with good food, friends, and family!
Spirit Tryouts Begin
(Wed, Thu, Fri)
Thanksgiving Recess - NO SCHOOL
Winter Meet the Coaches Night - - Media Center
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 John Nasr from pod 7-West. John is being recognized for being particularly empathetic and supportive of his classmates. Congratulations, John! You make Lurgio a great place to learn!
Meet the Coaches Night - - - Media Center
If your student is a member of a winter sports team at Lurgio (wrestling, basketball, or spirit) please click [HERE] for more information.
Lurgio Tech Corner Update
Over the past few weeks, we have noticed an increase in the number of students who are not being prepared with their chromebooks. Many are forgetting to charge their chromebooks or forgetting their chromebooks at home.
We would love your help! Please help your kids come up with a system/plan to charge their chromebooks every night and to bring them to school every day.
Celebrate Computer Science Week - Try an Hour of Code
Lurgio will be holding and after school Hour of Code event on Wednesday, December 6 from 3:15-4:30 in room A129 - Ms. Brunelle's room to Celebrate Computer Science Week. We are also excited to have Mitch Marchand, President of Vibe Software and 2013 BHS graduate join us to share DevKit an iOS application that he developed, that is designed to teach programming concepts and logic to aspiring software developers. Please click here to register. Any questions, please email Donna Dennis - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Friday morning our Books for Breakfast crew gets together in the media center to share their appetite for reading. This week it was an absolute feast of books in anticipation of the Thanksgiving break:
Elsie from 7-East wants to share Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper:
This is an inside account of the Ku Klux Klan in 1932 North Carolina. Author Sharon Draper, who wrote Out of My Mind, uses her own grandmother's journal as a starting point for this story. Stella and her brother witness an event that frightens and stuns them. A chain reaction of events keep this a fast moving story.
Mrs. Olejarz grabbed this book:
Nothing like a James Bond, action-packed story about an art heist! Check out Framed by James Ponti. This is the first is the Toast series where Florian Bates works for the FBI as a middle school student. His mother says he can work for the FBI as long as he gets his homework done first.
Emily from 7-South writes:
I can't wait to finish the book, Well That Was Awkward. Rachel Vail totally understands eighth grade girls, their cell phone use and how they talk about boys all the time. The first sentence of this book will stun you. That is how the author brings substance to this book. It's a great story about crushes, heartbreak, and friendship that will make you laugh and cry. Meet Gracie and all her friends and get caught up in this middle school cell phone world.
Elsie from 7-East, who is finishing Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, is continuing her spy them with WWII spy novel Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz:
This book is about an Irish boy who lives in Berlin with his parents. His dad is the Irish Ambassador to Germany. But he and his parents have a secret: all three of them are spies. "Infiltrate. Befriend. Sabotage." That is Michael O'Shaunessey's mindset now that he is a member of the Hitler Youth. He despises all the Nazis stand for but he joins the Hitler Youth to play the part and gain insider knowledge. This is a fast paced, action packed story based on true events. Short chapters keep you reading.
SKI & SKATE SALE THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH - Save HUGE on new and used winter sports equipment & apparel!
Our annual Ski and Skate Sale will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 9AM-2PM at Bedford High School. Join local vendors bringing top name brand equipment, both new and used, along with our tremendous consignment inventory of ski and boarding equipment, skates, and winter apparel and outfit your entire family for the upcoming season!
Drop off items for consignment on Friday, November 17th from 5PM - 8PM.
Visit our Ski and Skate Sale page to find out more information about the sale and how you can tag and consign your items.
If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please email BedfordPTGSkiSkate@gmail.com.
Items are needed for the bake sale (homemade or store bought), click HERE to donate a baked good.
GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER – ORDERS DUE 11/29 - A gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion! Purchasing gift cards through the PTG provides support for the Bedford schools with no additional cost to you! Final order due date is th. To download an order form please click here… Gift Card Order Form For more information about this program, click here… Gift Card Program. HAPPY SHOPPING!
MANCHESTER MONARCHS-Discount Tickets - Join the PTG at the Manchester Monarchs Ugly Sweater Holiday Game on th, at as they take on the Royals. Special discounted ticket price of $15 for child or adult! Kids will have a chance to participate in the “high five tunnel” to cheer on the Monarchs players as they take the ice. Click HERE for order form and return to your child’s school by .
SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age Documentary - Join us for a special screening on Wednesday, December 6th Lurgio. Following the movie there will be a panel of staff and guidance for a discussion and Q&A session. at
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? The film SCREENAGERS…explores struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. Visit ScreenagersMovie for more information.
PTG NIGHT AT PANERA BREAD – Take the night off from cooking and stop by Panera at Colby Court on , between , a percentage of the proceeds will be donated back to the PTG. A hardcopy of their flyer must be turned in and electronic versions not accepted. You can find a copy of the flyer here: Panera December Flyer
AmazonSmile! Did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG? Simply visit AmazonSmile and select “Bedford NH PTG” as the organization that you’d like to support. Now, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Bedford PTG.
What is Vaping?
at the Bedford Public Library
Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski, Officer “Spike” Donahue and Officer Danielle Nightingale, School Resource Officers at Bedford High School/Ross A. Lurgio Middle School and McKelvie Intermediate School respectively, will give you the facts about vaping. Can you smell it? Can people vape marijuana? Can people vape other substances? What does a vape look like? Where do people get vapes? Is it legal for kids to vape? In addition, Dr. Joseph Hou, Pulmonologist at Catholic Medical Center, will also provide clinical information on vaping. Is it addictive? Is it harmful? How does it affect young people? How does it compare to smoking? The 40 minute presentation will be followed by a 20 minute question and answer session. Get your questions about vaping answered!
Powerschool Portal Update
Improvements have been made to the PowerSchool Parent Portal. The student score sheets are now easier to read as it is no longer necessary to click the “blue triangle” to see your child’s assignment scores. Adding to the convenience of the page, each of the columns are sortable.
Two other features to note in Powerschool are the report card and missing assignments report. The report card is an up to the minute accurate report of your child’s progress in their classes. The missing assignments report is a quick way to make sure that your child has completed their assignments.
FREE Parent Forum: Bullying, Technology, Kindness, & Respect
Nationally renowned speaker, parent, and special educator Carol Todd shares her story at the third annual FREE Parent Forum offered as part of the 2017 Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference (CMTC17) on Monday, November 27, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
ScreenAgers - Growing Up in the Digital Age Screening
“I’ve Got Your Back” (IGYB) would like to invite you to join us for a special screening of ScreenAgers - Growing Up in the Digital Age on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 6pm-8pm at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School. Click here to view the flyer.
S.S. American Sets Sail on the Bedford High Stage
Anything Goes opens November 9 and runs through November 18 on the Bedford High School stage. A beloved classic of American Musical Theatre, Anything Goes delights with epic tap dancing, romance and mayhem all aboard an ocean liner bound for London. Cole Porter’s songs, including “De-Lovely,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and, of course, the great title song, “Anything Goes,” will leave the audience humming their tunes for days. Sailors, gangsters, showgirls, a wealthy Englishman, and a Wall Street tycoon are all characters brought to life by this talented Bedford High cast. Come aboard for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure! November 9th, 10th and 11th @ ; November 12th @ 2 pm; November 17th and 18th @ Tickets are $12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors (65+) and $5 for Students. and can be purchased in advance at seatyourself.biz/bedfordhigh or at the door.
Pats Peak Learn to Ski & Ride Program:
This is a five-week Learn to Ski or Snowboard series for students in grades 1-8. The program runs Friday, January 5, 12, 19, 26 and . Rentals are available. You must provide your own transportation.
To sign up: www.patspeak.com/LTSR . From the blue "Learn to Ski and Ride" box select the “REGISTER ONLINE HERE” link.
Registration deadline will be November 15th. Contact Kim Ahnen at email@example.com or at 918-0110 with any questions. Join theBedford NH Pats Peak Ski and Ride 2018 Facebook page for more information.