Friday, October 13, 2017

Lurgio News for October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017

Dear Students and Parents,

On Wednesday, Lurgio students and staff gathered in the theater at the end of the day to celebrate the success of the Harlem Wizards game and to ramp up for the Witch Way to the 5K. In order to build spirit and encourage participation, I presented a challenge to the students.  If we have over 300 registrations from parents, staff, and students prior to race day, I will run the 5K in a school appropriate costume of their choice. Let’s just say that some of their suggestions were...interesting. That said, it was all in good fun and we are really looking forward to the event. Click here to register. We are also always looking for sponsors - for more information click here. We are also looking for volunteers to help. Click here to volunteer.

Have a great weekend,

Ed Joyce

Weekly Features

Important Dates

October 16 (Mon)
Pods 8-North & 8-West leave for Cardigan
October 18 (Wed)
Pods 8-East & 8-South leave for Cardigan
October 20 (Fri)
Stand By Me Planning Committee Mtg. 9:45 AM RAL Conference Room
October 28 (Sat)
Witch Way to the 5K Road Race
October 31 (Tue)
Basketball Concussion Screening
November 1 (Wed)
Wrestling/Spirit Concussion Screening
Nov. 2 Tthurs)
9:30 - 10:30 @ BCTV - Coffee with the Superintendent
Picture Retake Day
Nov. 3 (Fri)
School Dance 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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 Cubs are Nick Guerra, Josh Villeneuve, and Abbie DeGennaro! Each of these students went above and beyond expectations and ensured to be inclusive and friendly to other students. All three students exhibited these acts of kindness unprompted and of their own accord. Thank you to Nick, Josh, and Abbie for making Lurgio Middle School a wonderful place to learn!

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.

Guidance Corner

Our 11th annual Red Ribbon Week begins October 23rd!  This year we need help from the community to help send an alcohol and drug abuse prevention message.
This year's theme for Red Ribbon Week is:  
"Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free"

Check out this YouTube video about the 2017 Red Ribbon Community Contest

The Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) is planning a week filled with activities for our school community. Let’s bring it to the streets this year!

PTG Corner:

ATTENTION 8th GRADE PARENTS! There are a couple volunteering opportunities we need help with next week. Please consider joining us for a pizza party here. Please consider sending in either water or brownies here for the pizza parties. Thanks so much!

MEADOW FARMS GIFT WRAP FUNDRAISER - DEADLINE EXTENDED! - Thank you to all who participated in our annual Meadow Farms Gift Wrap Fundraiser. If you missed the chance to place an order, you are in luck! Online orders will be available until December 16th. As we embark on the gift-giving season, please take a moment to check out the online link for some fabulous gift ideas.   
** 40% of the sales are donated back to the schools! **

HELP THE PTG - Help the PTG continue to bring exciting programs/speakers to our schools like Eyes on Owls, Abenaki Story Tellers, T.I.G.E.R. Anti-Bullying performance, Ed Gerety Youth Speaker, and Chris Herren Motivational Speaker. These events cannot happen without the support from parents and teachers in the Bedford community. There is still time to help, simply click on the PayPal link at to make a donation or send in a check payable to Bedford PTG in an enveloped marked “PTG Support” with your name, email address and child’s school. Bedford PTG appreciates your support.

SAVE THE DATE - COFFEE WITH SUPERINTENDENT CHIP MCGEE - Thursday, November 2nd 9:30 – 10:30am.  Join us at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford), with our special guest Superintendent Chip McGee, for a brief overview of current happenings in the district followed by a Q&A. Light refreshments will be served and your children are welcome to attend.

ANNUAL GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER -  A gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion! For every gift card you buy, a percentage of the value of the card is donated by the sponsoring retailer to our schools while 100% of the value of the card that you purchased is available for you to spend! Order forms will be sent home with children in grades K-8 on October 20th.  For those students attending BHS, or for those who would like to download an order form, one will be available on our website


Stand By Me, a day long event for all 7th grade students and their parents, will be having our first event planning meeting on Friday, October 20th at 9:45 a.m. at the Ross A. Lurgio Middle school front office. If you are interested in finding out more about Stand By Me or would like to join the event planning committee, email Shana Potvin at or simply join us on October 20th. You do NOT need to have a 7th grader to participate on the committee or as a volunteer for the event.

New News

Winter Athletics

Please click [HERE] to view a letter containing important information regarding winter athletics season. Please note: Lurgio has added two more basketball teams: Division 5 boys and Division 5 girls. There will be an informational parent meeting about the Lurgio basketball program on October 31 at 4:00PM in the Media Center.

Yoga Club

We invite your kids to join the Yoga Club to help alleviate some of the stress and anxiety they face on a daily basis. Yoga can help students increase their self esteem, maintain a positive body image, practice beneficial self talk, and improve their focus. They will also gain strength, flexibility, and balance. Yoga club meets Friday mornings from 7:30-8:30 am in the BHS Mini-Gym. Please join us!

For more information contact Dalyne at or Dawn Pons at

Overuse Injuries in Student-Athletes

Click [HERE] for a note from Athletic Trainer Jenn Millen regarding overuse injuries in adolescent athletes.

8th Annual Witch Way to the 5K - REGISTRATION OPEN

Join us for the 8th annual Witch Way to the 5K  on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The kids 1K race starts at 9:30am and the adult race begins at 10am at Lurgio Middle School. Click here to register. We are also always looking for sponsors - for more information click here. We are also looking for volunteers to help us click here to volunteer.

Bedford Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Please join us as we recognize the Inaugural Class of the Bedford Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place on Homecoming Day - Saturday, October 21st at 2:00 PM - in the Bedford High School Dining Commons. For more information, and to order tickets, please click HERE.

Bedford Education Foundation

The BEF is holding their annual fundraising event on November 17th from 7pm to 10pm at the Bedford Village Inn. The theme is Nostalgic November. For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, click HERE. Questions can be directed to

Special Education Parent Focus Group

The district is looking to expand the parent volunteers in the Special Education Parent Focus Group, a formal partnership between special education parents and the school community. Parent participants represent each of the schools and encompass all grade levels. Meetings are held monthly on the third Wednesday from 9-10 AM at the SAU office. Discussion and activities support family engagement and improvements in the district special education initiatives. Please contact Chris Lassonde, Director of Special Services ( We would love to have more parents join us!

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 runsFriday, January 5, 12, 19, 26 and February 2. Rentals are available. You must provide your own transportation.
To sign up: . From the blue "Learn to Ski and Ride" box select the “REGISTER ONLINE HERE” link.
Login info:
3:30 PM lessons: bedford3302018  
4:30 PM lessons: bedford4302018

Registration deadline will be November 15th. Contact Kim Ahnen at or at 918-0110 with any questions. Join theBedford NH Pats Peak Ski and Ride 2018 Facebook page for more information.

Free Functional Movement Screens for the Athletes at Lurgio!

Welcome back!  My name is Jenn Millen and I am a physical therapist assistant and athletic trainer from Family Physical Therapy who will be working with Lurgio athletics again this year! If your child has any nagging pain or injury please feel free to contact me so I can take a look and prevent a more serious injury.

I will also be offering free Functional Movement Screens for the students at Lurgio! The Functional Movement Screen is a screen used by both the NFL and NHL that uses fundamental movements that help determine an athlete’s areas of weakness. After the screen I can give exercises to address those areas of weakness to help improve athletic performance and avoid injuries. Any questions, please contact me at

Equestrian Club Information

If you’re a Lurgio student who is interested in equestrian, please click [HERE] for more information about participating in the RAL/BHS Equestrian Club!

A Request from the School Nurse for 8th Grade Parents:

Hello 8th Grade Parents. Cardigan will be here before we know it!!  If your student requires any prescription medication  during the Cardigan trip, please bring it to school by Thursday, October 13th. I will be packing the Wed-Thurs PODS prior to my leaving on Monday with the first group of students. Prescription medication needs to be in the labeled, prescribed bottle with only those doses needed for the trip. Please bring the Medication Physician Permission Form found here, with MD signature. Tylenol and Motrin will be available for students as needed. If there are any over the counter medications needed for your student, please drop them off to the health office as well. Thank you!  If you have any questions, please contact Evelyn Chessie RAL School Nurse

Enrichment Beyond Lurgio - Johns Hopkins CTY Talent Search

The Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is a leading national center for academically talented students that identifies advanced academic talent in young people. Participation in CTY can open up new resources and a new peer network for academically minded young people worldwide. To qualify for this program, your child must’ve scored at the 95th percentile or higher on one or more subtests of the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) given last spring (click here for cutoff scores).

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please check out this informational page for further information. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Amy Rockwell at