Friday, September 11, 2015

Lurgio News for September 11, 2015

September 11, 2015

Important Dates

Sept. 12 (Saturday)
- Fan Club trip to Granite State Comic-Con (10AM)
Sept. 15 (Tuesday)
- Girls’ Soccer Home Opener (4PM)
Sept. 16 (Wednesday)
- Girls’ Volleyball Home Opener (4PM)
Sept. 17 (Thursday)
- Field Hockey Home Opener (4PM)
- Boys’ Soccer Home Opener (4PM)
Sept. 21 (Monday)
- Cardigan Chaperone Night (6PM)
Oct. 5 (Monday) through
Oct. 7 (Wednesday)
- 8N & 8W Cardigan
Oct. 7 (Wednesday) through
Oct. 9 (Friday)
- 8S & 8E Cardigan
Oct. 12 (Monday)
Columbus Day (No School)

Dear Parents,

Today at Lurgio we commemorated the events of September 11, 2001 by lowering our American flag to half mast and having a moment of silence to start the day.  It was fourteen years ago when the adults in our community witnessed those tragic events. Our moments of silence are filled with our own personal memories of that day. Fourteen years ago most of our students had not yet been born.  I wondered how they would respond to this call for silence.  They responded with a level of respect and reverence that was awe-inspiring. It was a great reminder of the great kids that fill our school each day.


Ed Joyce      

RAL Cub of the Week
Lurgio Middle School is starting a new tradition with the 2015/2016 academic year. Each week, teachers will 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.” The Cub will be announced in the Lurgio News.

The first ever Cub of the Week winner is Ethan van Heerden from pod 8-North for outstanding classroom leadership and compassion towards his peers. Congratulations, Ethan!

Seeking Science Professionals
Do you have a science career you want to share with students? We are looking for science professionals to run a workshop sharing their career experience with 7th grade students at our annual science career day on Friday, October 9, 2015 from 9-12.  As a guest speaker you will be asked to present to a small group of students for two rotations, each 40 minutes in length. In the workshop you will provide an overview of your profession along with an activity or demonstration for the students using the tools or materials you typically work with. Come join us for a fun-filled day and get students excited about science!

If you are interested, please contact Amy Rockwell at

BHS/RAL Traffic Pattern
Thank you to everyone for your patience as we adjust to the new traffic pattern at Bedford High School and Lurgio Middle School.  We made the change to improve safety for all students, staff, parents, and visitors, especially pedestrians.   

We ask drivers to ​follow the new rules on campus to ensure our pedestrians' safety.  ​
  • Please use the parent pick up/drop off area from ​7:30a.m.​ to 9:15​ a.m. and from 2:30​ p.m.​ to 3:45 p.m. Do not use the central loop at that time.​
  • Please yield to pedestrians at all times when on campus.
  • Please take turns at the main intersections in order to avoid delays and backups.  
In addition, we recognize that the flow of traffic has created several bottlenecks.  As we are working on ways to relieve that pressure, we are asking for two things.  
  1. Please be patient.  We will not be making any adjustments for at least two weeks as people become accustomed to the changes.
  2. Please give us your feedback.  If you have ideas or suggestions about ways to improve traffic flow, feel free to complete this brief survey.

Lurgio Visitor Parking
Because of the new parent drop-off/pick-up lanes, visitor will not be able to park in the Lurgio upper lot closest to the school during drop-off and pick-up times. This lot is closed for parking from 7:30AM-9:15AM and 2:00PM-3:40PM.

Between 9:15AM and 2:00 PM visitors are invited to park in the drop-off/pick-up lot. Please remember to park parallel to the flow of traffic and to the painted sidewalks indicated by the yellow striping.

For all visitors with disabilities, our handicapped parking has not changed. Please feel free to use the Lurgio handicapped parking spots located at the end of the parent pick-up lot at any time throughout the day.

PTG Corner
As you may or may not know, a PTG RAL volunteer form and a PTG Membership envelope were sent home with your student last week.  The Bedford PTG would like to say thank you to those who have signed up to be a member and volunteer at RAL this year.  We are excited that you would like to join us in making this a fantastic school year for your student!  For those of you who have not yet returned your envelopes and volunteer forms, it is NOT TOO LATE!   Please consider joining and signing up to help.........WE NEED YOU!  Lost your form or never received a copy from your cherub?  No worries!  Simply email Sally Thomas at and an electronic copy can be sent to you!  

Thank you again for your help and consideration!

A BIG thank you to those parents who have donated tissues and wipes to our IA teachers.  I know that they greatly appreciate it.  We did fall short, however, so if you would be so kind as to add some to this week's shopping list, we would so appreciate it!  

Thank you!!

Lynne Natale, Sally Thomas, Vivien Lin
Your PTG volunteer team at RAL

BEF Fall Fundraiser - Shake it Up for Education
Featuring Performances by the BHS Cast of Shake it Up!
Live Auction
Friday, November 6, 2015, 7 PM @ Manchester Country Club
For more information about BEF please check our our website,
For tickets to this FUNdraiser, please go to:

Educational Farm at Joppa Hill
The Educational Farm at Joppa Hill ( is offering two great opportunities for families to experience the fun and challenge of life on the Farm.

Sept 20 (2-4PM):  Preserve the Fall Harvest! Learn how to make and preserve pickles (dill and bread & butter) and bring home a jar!  All material provided. Donation: $10 per family or $5 per individual. Reserve your space by phoning 472-4724, or email to

Sept 27 (2-6 PM) Fall Fair *   Games!  Food!  Music!  Hay Rides!  Pony rides!  Bake Sale!  Good times with good people!    *Rain date: October 4

Cardigan Health Request from the School Nurse
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 between Monday, September 28th and Friday, October 2nd.  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.

Before School Program
The Lurgio Middle School Bedford School Program is available to all families from 7:30a.m. to 8:30a.m. daily. A one-time fee of $65.00 entitles your child to attend as often as necessary for the entire school year. Participants will be serviced by school staff in a designated area; arrangements for extra help should still be made directly with your child’s teachers.

If your child plans on attending the Before School Program regularly or only occasionally during this school year, please complete the registration form on the reverse side of this letter and return it, along with your payment to the Lurgio Middle School Main Office or the Lurgio Middle School Before School Program by Tuesday, August 26, 2014.  If there is a financial concern, please call the office at 310-9100 and it will be handled confidentially.  Click here to download the Before School Program registration form.

6th Annual Witch Way to the 5K - Save the Date!
Join us for the 6th annual Witch Way to the 5K  on Saturday, October 31, 2015, Halloween day!   The kids 1K race starts at 9:30am and the adult race begins at 10am at Lurgio Middle School. For more information, visit - registration is now OPEN!

Smarter Balanced Assessment Results
Last spring, schools throughout New Hampshire (and in many other states around the country) administered a new test known as "Smarter Balanced."  The tests, in language arts and math, were taken by students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11.  They are computer-based tests that replaced the annual NECAP assessment.  

We have recently learned that the public release of the assessment results will occur in November.  This is a later release date than originally announced.  The delay was caused, in part, by the need to hand score those few tests that were taken using paper and pencil.  The results will include both school and state-wide summaries and individual student level results.  We will send more information as it becomes available to us.

Extra Curriculars Are Starting
Get involved here at Lurgio - check out what clubs are meeting next week!  It’s not too late to join!!
  • Fan Club - Monday 8:00-8:30 room 226
  • Art Club - Tuesday 3:15-4:30 room 212
  • Intramurals - Tuesday & Thursday 3:15-4:00 Lurgio Gym
  • Robotics Team - Tuesday 3:15-4:30 room 145
  • SADD - Wednesday 8:00-8:30 Guidance Conference Room
  • Yearbook - Wednesday 3:15-4:30 room 145
  • Chess Club - Friday 8:00-8:30 room 220
For more information visit the Lurgio Extra Curricular page.  

Wrestling & Spirit Coaching Vacancies
Lurgio Middle School currently has two coaching vacancies for the Winter Sports season. If you are interested, or know anyone who is, please use this LINK to complete an application.

Message from the Lurgio Nurse’s Office
Welcome back to the 2015/16 school year.  If your students requires daily medications, an inhaler or an epipen, please bring them into the health office Monday August 24th or Wednesday August 25th between the hours of 9:30AM and 2:00PM.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call the health office at 310-9100 x4415.

Incoming 7th graders or any student new to the district are asked to submit a recent/current physical to the health office.  8th graders, if you have not submitted a recent physical, please do so also.

Guidance Corner
Youth Counselor, Donna LaRue, MA, LADC, LCMHC posts a weekly, helpful parenting newsletter article, as well as other relevant material on her website.

The featured Asset Article this week is on the subject of restraint. Click here to learn more about the importance of “Restraint".

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