Monday, May 21, 2018

Special Note (BSD Chromebook): Important: Chromebook Insurance Renewal

Dear Parents,
You are receiving this email because you are eligible to renew the Chromebook insurance purchased with your students N21, N22 or N23 Chromebook.  Parents have the option to renew the insurance for the 18-19 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 insurance claims are processed through the district. The following are estimated costs for the typical repairs if insurance is not purchased:

Keyboard (includes trackpad) - $65
LCD Display (generic replacement) - $35
Power Connector (in Chromebook) - $21
Chassis - $36
Main Logic Board - cheaper to purchase new device.

The following options are available for payment for the extended insurance coverage.

Check
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
Attn: Sharon Goodwin
108 Liberty Hill Road
Bedford, NH 03110

Credit Card
The District uses the “Send Money To School” (http://www.sendmoneytoschool.com) service for this purpose. This is the same service that is used to deposit money into your student’s lunch account. To pay via credit card, login to your sendmoneytoschool.com account, click on the School Store and then click on the Chromebook Store to choose the 18-19 Chromebook Insurance Renewal option. Click here for the full instructions on how to pay for the Chromebook insurance via credit card. There is a $2.00 transaction fee to pay by credit card.

Thank you.
Bedford School District

Friday, May 18, 2018

Lurgio News for May 18, 2018


LURGIO NEWS
May 18, 2018
 
 
Dear Parents,

Today we held our 28th annual Stand by Me conference for seventh graders at Southern New Hampshire University. Each year this is an amazing event that helps support students, parents, and teachers learn the skills needed to navigate the adolescent years. Today’s event was no exception. I would like to extend a very special thank you to Shana Potvin and her team of Stand By Me Volunteers for giving so much of their time and energy to this program. It warmed my heart to see so many seventh grade families participating in the workshops and presentations.

Sincerely,

Ed Joyce

Important Dates

May 24 (Thursday)
6th to 7th Grade Transition Night (RAL Dining Hall 6:00 pm)
May 25 (Friday)
Teacher Workshop Day - NO SCHOOL
May 28 (Monday)
Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
June 5 (Tuesday)
8th Grade Awards Night (6:00 pm - BHS Theater)
June 7 (Thursday)
RAL Spring Concert (7:00 pm - BHS Theater)
June 8 (Friday)
8th Grade Dance (6:00 pm)
June 20 (Wednesday)
Last Day of School
 

 
New News
 

Author Donna Gephart Visits Lurgio

Many thanks to our PTG and Opportunities Reaching Kids for the chance to host the award winning author, Donna Gephart. She is the author of our all school book read "Death By Toilet Paper."  Students and teachers enjoyed her presentation in the BHS theatre and she taught Writer's Workshops for small 7th and 8th grade groups. She inspired a new generation of writers by sharing her writing journey and the power of following your dreams. Thanks again!

 

Congrats to 8th Grader Frank Zhou!

Frank won the Bicentennial Essay Contest for the entire state of New Hampshire! On Wednesday, Frank attended a recognition ceremony at the State House in Concord where he was congratulated by Governor Sununu, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, and the Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court.

Frank, left, with Gov. Sununu and Mr. Zhou

2018 Bedford High School Athletics Information

It is time to start thinking about the 2018 fall sports season at Bedford High School. On Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 3:00 p.m., coaches from BHS will come to Lurgio Middle School to meet with all current eighth grade students interested in participating in fall sports. In order to ensure that your student is ready to participate, you must do the following:

  • Register for BHS Fall Sports by May 24, 2017 - click [HERE]
  • Students must attend the coaches’ meeting on June 6, 2018 - click [HERE] for locations
  • Complete all necessary paperwork for BHS - click [HERE]
  • Return completed paperwork to BHS Athletic Office - click [HERE] for times
  • Complete a new ImPACT concussion screening - click [HERE] for the schedule
  • Complete a new C3 Logix balance screening - click [HERE] for the schedule
  • For all BHS fall sports information, click [HERE]  
If you or your student have any questions regarding Bedford High School athletics, please call the BHS Athletics Secretary Jil Romano at (603) 310-9010.

RAL DECA Team Places First

Congratulations to Raquel DeLeo, Alisha Juneja, Tracie Xie, and May Zheng for their success at the Middle School DECA Conference on Tuesday, May 15th. Thanks to all of their hard work, we are proud to say that they won first place in the Team Fast Food Business Event.

Now Accepting Bedford School District “HALL of FAME” Nominations

The Bedford School District has been recognized as one of the most exceptional school districts in the state. This recognition and distinction would not be possible without the many citizens, educators, students and volunteers that over the years have built, maintained and enhanced the mission and the values of our school district. We invite you to nominate individuals who exemplify the spirit of our district along with those who have gone above and beyond in making Bedford an extraordinary school district in all aspects.   Please go to the Bedford Hall of Fame link found on the BHS homepage for details and to nominate someone who should be recognized for their contributions! Nominations for this year’s class will be accepted through July 15, 2018.  

Our inaugural class 2017 included:

William Greiner
Dennis Pope
Anne Remus
Tim Mayes
William Whitmore
Susan Mullen

Weekly Features
 

Guidance Corner

This week's article from the Search Institute highlights "Achievement Motivation".  Encouraging your child while they gain executive functioning is essential to them developing from the inside out.  Click here to view this week’s article.

RAL Guidance Counselor, Donna LaRue, MA, MLADC, LCMHC posts a weekly, helpful parenting newsletter article, as well as other relevant material on her website. Check out Ms. LaRue’s web page for past ‘Asset Newsletters’ by clicking here.

Lurgio Tech Corner Update

Information about the BSD 1:1 Chromebook program has started to be distributed.  Purchase information for incoming 7th graders can be found here.  Information about insurance renewals as well as purchases for current 7th and 8th grade students will be sent out next week.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Donna Dennis (dennisd@sau25.net).

As always, please remind your son/daughter to bring their chromebook fully charged to school EVERY DAY!

PTG Corner

Bedford PTG Color Blast Registration Closes May 24

Our event is scheduled for Sunday, June 3 at 9:30AM at the BHS campus. Over 680 runners have registered. Don’t miss your chance to get in on the colorful fun.
Have you signed your kids up to run and are planning to be there to cheer them on? We could use your help as a volunteer! Click here for volunteer opportunities.
Check out our website for our new shorter 2 mile course and all things Color Blast!

Coffee with Superintendent Chip McGee

Join the Bedford PTG for a “Year in Review” with Superintendent McGee on Wednesday, May 30 starting at 9:30am at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Rd – behind the Town Hall). This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you have about the Bedford School District. Children always welcome to attend.

Coffee with the Principals Video Link

If you were not able to attend our Coffee with the Principals event, you can watch the presentation by following this link, https://tinyurl.com/PTG-Mtg-with-Principals5-15-18

BHS Graduation Seat Raffle

The PTG is raffling off FOUR sets of four seats in the front two center rows of the bleachers. These seats will be reserved just for you. Winners will also receive one reserved parking space on campus! $20/Entry or 6 Entries for $100 Winners will be drawn & announced on June 7th. Simply fill out the number of entries you'd like to make and return with cash or check payable to “Bedford PTG” to BHS school office by JUNE 6th.

*All funds raised through this raffle support programming & events in Bedford schools*


BHS Parking Space Raffle

$10 Donation Per Entry The PTG is raffling off TWO prime guaranteed parking spaces in the top lot for the 2018-2019 school year. You must have a valid license and a vehicle sometime during the 2018-2019 school year to be eligible to WIN! Simply fill out the number of entries you'd like to make and return with cash or check payable to “Bedford PTG” to BHS school office by June 13th. Winners will be notified before the end of the year.

*All funds raised through this raffle support programming & events in Bedford schools*

Reminders
 

8th Grade Awards Night

8th Grade Awards Night will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the BHS Theater. If you’re student is eligible to receive an award, you will receive an invitation during the week of May 21, 2018. For more information regarding criteria to receive an award, please click [HERE].

8th Grade Johns Hopkins CTY Talent Search Participants

If your 8th grader participated in the Johns Hopkins CTY Talent Search as either a 7th or 8th grader AND was invited to a Johns Hopkins awards ceremony for achieving high honor scores, please e-mail Mrs. Rockwell with your child’s name and scores at rockwella@bedfordnhk12.net.  We like to recognize this accomplishment at the 8th grade awards night and we don’t want to miss anyone!

8th Grade Dance

The 8th Grade Dance will be on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Lurgio Dining Hall. Only 8th grade students are permitted to attend and regular school dress code applies. Contrary to some circulating rumors, there is no need to “dress up”, rent tuxedos, or commission limousines. Students should wear school appropriate attire that they feel comfortable “busting a move” in!

8th Grade Parent Orientation Night

On Wednesday May 30th, BHS invites all parents and guardians of our 8th grade class to a Parent Orientation presentation.  The presentation will be held in the theater beginning at 6:00pm and should last about one hour. This event will provide parents with an overview of the High School’s academic and non-academic culture, as well as provide resources for you to further engage with the High School community.  There will be a brief session for general questions and administrators will be available following the presentation for more specific questions.

Senior Project Acting Workshop

BHS senior Brandon Jamieson is putting on an acting workshop on Wednesday, May 16 from 3:30PM - 5:15PM. If you’re student is interested in signing up, click [HERE].

Special Education Parent Involvement Survey 2018

Do you have a student with an IEP? Please complete the New Hampshire Department of Education’s annual Parent Involvement survey! Paper copies are in the mail to you, or you can complete the survey at www.NHParent.com by June 15, 2018. Share your feedback! Your responses help us continue to improve. Thank you for your time and participation!

Destination Imagination - Shoes, Bags & Belt Drive

Bedford DI are having a special drive through Ecosmith Recyclers. From now until end May, you can donate all your old shoes, bags and belts (any condition) in the marked boxes in our school lobby. This items must be placed in a special blue bag. This is a great way to get your spring cleaning under way, while helping raise funds for the teams heading to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN. Reminder, clothing, fabrics, stuffed animals etc can always be donated in the bin in the parking lot. We appreciate your support. For more info, contact bedfordrocksdi@gmail.com

“Earth Shaking” News

Through the collaborative support of the Bedford Education Foundation, the Bedford School District, and community funding, Ross A. Lurgio Middle School has the opportunity to partner with the Boston College Weston Observatory to become the Boston College Educational Seismology Project Flagship School for New Hampshire. This project will actually install a fully functioning seismograph at Lurgio. Data collected from this instrument will be used to enhance our eighth grade science curriculum. The data will also be used for research at Boston College and available for the community as well. As a community, we are currently seeking donations to support this project. If you are interested in learning more please contact Tracy Richmond, BEF fundraising chair at tracyrichmond@me.com. This project is sure to have a lasting impact on our community.

2018-19 School Calendar

The School Board has approved the 2018-19 School Calendar. Please note that there is a substantial change for 2018-19. The district will shift from tracking days to tracking hours. As a result, the last day of school for 2018-19 will be no later than June 13 and could be as early as June 6. The first five snow days, if needed, will be made up by students at the end of the year. Any snow days beyond five days will not need to be made up by students. This should bring some more predictability to the end of the year for families.

Gsuite Information for Parents

Some of our parents have asked for an explanation of our Gsuite​, the tools within Chrome our students now use for much of their school work​. Our technology​ teachers​ have developed this Gsuite Information for Parents.​ ​For parents/guardians who are interested in seeing the work of their child, just ask your son/daughter to log in with their account or provide you with their password to showcase the work completed.