Friday, April 17, 2015

Lurgio News - April 17, 2015

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April 17, 2015

Stand by Me 2015: Friday, May 15th from 9:00-2:30PM
A special message to our 8th Grade Parents!

Our RAL community is abuzz about our special yearly event!  The Stand By Me program is about to celebrate it's 26th year!  As you already know, Stand By Me is run by parent volunteers with support from Lurgio Middle School staff and funded by the local community.  This special day cannot happen without the support of great volunteers. With the event being a month out, we are looking for those who would like to come back to volunteer their time.   Even if it is for only part of the day, we would love to have you join us!  Please visit our signup at:  Further questions?  Feel free to contact  Kristin Desmarais or  Lisa Nash.  

Thank you for your consideration!

Important Dates

April 24 (Friday)
- Grade 8 Course Registration Due
April 27 to May 1
- School Vacation Week
May 1 (Friday)
- Marvel Movie Marathon
May 8 (Friday)
- Last ALL School Dance
May 22 (Friday)
- No School for Students (Teacher Workshop)
June 4 (Thursday)
- 8th Grade Awards Night (5 p.m.)
- 7th Grade Cardigan Information Night (7 p.m.)
June 5 (Friday)
- 8th Grade Dance
June 17 (Wednesday)
- Tentative Last Day of School

Mexican Food and National History Day - Thursday, May 7
Join your National History Day teams as they try to raise money for their trip to the Nationals at the University of Maryland from June 14-18, 2015.  On Thursday, May 7, eat in or take out at Shorty’s Mexican Roadhouse for lunch or dinner.  Let your server know you are there supporting the NHD Fair Share Event and before you leave, drop your itemized receipt in the envelope at the host stand.  15% of proceeds will go to your NHD Lurgio team.  Your support is truly appreciated!  

Course Registration Due
Registration for 8th grade courses is due by Friday, April 24. All recommendations from teachers have been entered, and you are able to access the registration portal by clicking here.

If you need a refresher on how to navigate the course registration process, please find step-by-step instructions here.

Please remember that if your child is in band or chorus, you should register them for that class at this time as well.

New Senior Project - Non-Contact Football Clinic, May 1:
For his Senior Project, Eric Glassman will be running a Non-Contact Football Clinic for all players in grades 5-8 on May 1 from 1:30-3:30pm at Bedford High School. Click here for more information and forms to participate in this clinic.

National History Bee Regionals
Congratulations to the five Bedford School District students invited to compete in the National History Bee Regional Competition in Boston this past weekend.  Julian Chung, Ethan Cline, Tim Green, Isabella Poschmann and Will Theodore represented Bedford and New Hampshire proudly and admirably.  Special congratulations to Isabella Poschmann who, after three rounds of quizzes, had a cumulative score that qualified her to advance to the national competition in Louisville Kentucky over Memorial Day weekend.

Good luck in Louisville, Isabella!

Book Buzz!
7-South student Emma is buzzing about the memoir I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai:

Malala Yousafzai lived in Pakistan and stood up for what she believed in.  She believed that girls had the right to attend school and the right to an education even in Pakistan.  No matter where a girl lives, she has the right to go to school.  She stood up, was targeted by the Taliban, and was shot but was actually made even stronger.  Her courage, even in the hospital and not even crying once, impresses me a lot.  Kids should read this memoir to learn about other kids our age around the world.  We should learn how other kids live and experience school.  It's amazing to see how other kids, who don't have the privileges that we have, like school, have to live and manage.

Smarter Balanced Test
This is just a reminder that we sent out an informational letter about the Smarter Balanced testing a while back. If you missed that communication, please click here to view the letter.

Lurgio Wins Tri-County Athletics Sportsmanship Award
Lurgio Middle School has been awarded the Tri-County Athletics 2014-2015 Division I Sportsmanship Award. All Lurigo athletes and coaches should be very proud of how they’ve conducted themselves during their games/matches. Although it is always exciting to win championships, that feeling may be fleeting. This Sportsmanship Award shows that the Lurgio community values strong character and respect of others, two important attributes that will affect our student-athletes well into their futures. Go Lions!

Lurgio Tennis Club
The Lurgio Tennis Club meets every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday morning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. If you have any questions about the Tennis Club, please contact Coach Luby at

Bedford Crew Club
The Bedford Crew Club is once again holding a camp for current 7th and 8th graders (those who will be entering 8th and 9th grade in the fall of 2015).  The camp is open to anyone in this age group who wants to learn to row or improve his/her current skills.  Campers must be enrolled in the Bedford School District.  Campers will be broken down into groups by experience and ability, no experience is necessary.  Lots of fun and laughs are guaranteed!  It’s a great opportunity to see if rowing is what you might like to do in high school.  Or, if you know it’s what you want to do, it’s a great way to get a head start!
Or, to register, please go to,  Click on the link for summer camp registration
For more information, please email Lori Ashooh at

Guidance Corner
Youth Counselor, Donna LaRue posts a weekly, helpful parenting newsletter article, as well as other relevant material on her website.  The featured Asset Article this week is Support.

Click here for this week's newsletter titled "Support".

Check out Ms. LaRue’s webpage for past newsletters by clicking here.

Laura Urie is the Lurgio Behavioral Counselor.  Click here to access her webpage where you'll find information, strategies, and current research on parenting and working with adolescents.

PTG Corner:

If you would like to learn more about how to get involved at RAL, please contact Lynne Natale at or Sally Thomas at