Friday, October 23, 2015

Lurgio News for October 23, 2015

October 23, 2015

Dear Parents,

On Wednesday, October 28th at 6:30PM in the Ross A. Lurgio Media Center there will be a community presentation about drug and alcohol use in New Hampshire. Donna LaRue, the District’s Youth Counselor, will present alongside other health care and community leaders regarding the very grim and timely issue of preventing drug and alcohol use among teens in New Hampshire. The group will also answer questions and lead a discussion about how the community can address this very serious issue. As a Bedford parent and principal, I will be in attendance; please consider joining me at this event.



Drug & Alcohol Prevention: Education & Discussion
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 6:30 - 8:30pm
Ross A Lurgio Media Center
Tym Rourke - NH Charitable Foundation & Chair, Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (and Bedford resident)
Mary Forsythe Taber - Makin' It Happen - Manchester
Donna LaRue, MA, LADC - Youth Counselor, BHS and Lurgio

In attendance
Chief Bryfonski, Bedford Police Department
Bill Kassler, Chair, Bedford School Board and parent
Terry Wolf, State Representative and parent

Note: The presentation is for adults. All parents and community members are welcome.

Important Dates

Oct. 31 (Saturday)
Witch Way to the 5K Road Race
Nov. 2 (Monday)
Spirit Tryouts Begin After School
Nov. 3 (Tuesday)
Workshop Day (No School for Students)
Voting Day (Polls Open at BHS)
Nov. 9 (Monday)
Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball Tryouts Begin
Nov. 10 (Tuesday)
Nov. 11 (Wednesday)
Veteran’s Day (No School)

6th Annual Witch Way to the 5K is almost here. Join us!  

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Join us for the 6th annual Witch Way to the 5K  on Saturday, October 31, 2015, Halloween day! Register by Thursday, October 8th to get the Early Bird Registration price!!   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!

Lurgio Players Auditions
Auditions for the school musical Alice@WONDERLAND are next week on the afternoons of October 27 -29. Audition forms are in Mrs. DePerri's room  (103). Pick them up, fill them out and come and audition for a great, funny musical! Let's have a blast in WONDERLAND!

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.

This week’s Cub of the Week winner is Tori Wagner from pod 7 North for always being a conscientious and good student. She goes out of her way to be helpful to her teachers, cares about her classmates well-being, and takes the extra step to be positive and pleasant everyday! Congratulations, Tori!

Book Buzz

Jame from 7 East recommends the  Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer:

This series turns the whole fairy tale concept into an action novel and that is what is so cool.  The author uses legends and myths and combines them to create this fiction world.  It's also set on the island of Ireland.  Artemis is 12 years old, and a genius millionaire.  The big deal is he is a criminal mastermind.  Artemis kidnaps a fairy named Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit.  These fairies are armed and dangerous.  Then, things get really intense.  I love the whole Artemis Fowl series

Mrs. Schoedinger wanted to add that popular sportswriter Mike Lupica will be reading at Gibson's Bookstore in Concord, NH on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 5:30:

Mrs. Snow and I will be there to hear Mike Lupica read.  You might know his books Heat, Million Dollar Throw, and Travel Team.  His latest book is Fantasy League: "This is about 12 year old Charlie who is known as a fantasy football guru.  He becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a sports radio host.  This host just happens to play Charlie's fantasy picks for all of Los Angeles to hear.  Charlie becomes friends with the elderly owner of the L.A. Bulldogs, which is a fictional NFL team.  Now the general manager of the Bulldogs is upset with Charlie, who is now getting all kinds of attention.  But he still has homework and a friendship with feisty Anna.  Be sure to come meet Mike Lupica and hear him read from Fantasy League!"  
Fall Photos Wanted for Yearbook
Get your pictures in the yearbook! The Yearbook Staff invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you have great photos of school events or you and your friends just having fun at school, we'd like to see them. Our photographers can't be everywhere. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone will want to have.

If you have any questions or have a large number of photos you would like to contribute, please contact Mrs. Dennis ( or Mrs. Wells (

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.

Wrestling Coach Vacancy
Lurgio Middle School currently has a Wrestling Coach vacancy for the Winter Sports season. If you are interested, or know anyone who is, please use this LINK to complete an application.

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.

This week's article discusses the internal asset, Cultural Competence.  Within the article it states in part "'Cultural competence' doesn’t mean that we all have to like each other. It does mean that we treat each other with respect, tolerance, and equality. It means we strive to understand other cultures, and perhaps come to appreciate and value them." One of the five required Real World Learning requirements at Bedford High School is cultural enrichment.  Supporting our youth's healthy curiosity is essential to their development.  Modeling open-mindedness as it relates to diversity is a lifelong gift your child will appreciate as they grow independently and move on to create their own lives as adults.

Click here for this week's article titled “Cultural Competence"

Check out Ms. LaRue’s webpage for more information about drug abuse prevention as well as past asset newsletters by clicking here.

Guidance Intern Sarah Demers will be posting information about social media apps that may be popular with students. These informational pages can be found weekly in the Lurgio News; you can also find a backlog of them on the Guidance webpage. Here is a link to this week’s app of interest. What's that App: Smart Hide Calculator

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:

PTG Corner:

The Bedford PTG would like to announce the kickoff to our
2015 Holiday Gift Card Fundraiser
“2 Gifts for the Price of 1”
Finish your holiday shopping early this year by purchasing gift cards through the Bedford PTG to provide support for ALL the Bedford schools with no additional cost to you!  
How does it work? For every gift card you buy, a percentage of the value of the card is donated to ALL our schools while 100% of the value of the card that you purchased is available for you to spend!  

Order by Monday, November 9, 2015 for Pre-Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Delivery
Order by Friday, December 4th, 2015 for Pre-Christmas Delivery
Order forms were distributed to teachers this week and should be in your child's backpack.  Don't see your form?  Please email Lynne Natale at for more information.  

Stand by Me: Save the Date - Friday, May 20, 2016

Stand By Me at RAL is about to celebrate its 27th year!  

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Stand By Me, it is a program for Ross A. Lurgio 7th grade students and their parents in Bedford, NH.  It is run by parent volunteers with support from the Lurgio Middle School staff and the Bedford community.  The event provides parents (or guardians) and their 7th grade students a unique opportunity to share time together, improve communication and get a better understanding of each other.   If you would like to help out or want to learn more about the Stand By Me program, please visit us at ;or email Lisa Nash at  Better yet, come and join us at our next meeting scheduled for 9:15AM on Thursday, November 19, 2015 in the RAL Conference Room. We would love for you to come and see what we are all about!

Media Center Resouces
Lurgio’s Library Media Generalist, Mrs. Snow, invites you to visit the Digital Resources and Databases website and explore the variety of resources available to the Lurgio Middle School Community 24/7. Username and password for these resources is “lurgio”.

These databases are the kind of quality resources that the Library Media Center strives to provide the students of Lurgio Middle School as Mrs. Snow works to support the RAL curriculum, promotes information literacy and digital citizenship, and spreads the love of reading.

Ski Program - Pats Peak​
Bedford students in grades 1 – 12 are invited to take advantage of discounted ski/snowboard lessons at Pat’s Peak Ski Area in Henniker, NH.  This parent run program is geared to give kids the opportunity to learn to ski and snowboard at a ski area perfect for all levels.  This five-week Friday night program includes 1-hour lessons and free ski time until closing each week and costs less than the price of a regular lift ticket.  Discounted lift tickets are available for students who do not need lessons.  The 2016 Bedford Ski Program begins on Friday, January 8th and runs for 5 weeks.  Go  Click on “Learn to Ski & Ride Program”, “Register Here”.  The username for the 3:30 lesson is bedfordski330 and for the 4:30lesson the username is bedfordski430.  The password is “carpool”.  More details are available at  Please contact Carolyn John if you have questions.​

Ski Program - Crotched Mountain
Attention Skiers and Riders!  Registration for the Bedford Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride program is OPEN!
​To get your discounted lift passes to a mountain full of great skiing, check out Crotched’s website,, and navigate over to Groups & Clubs, then click on school programs. After logging on (using BSD Ski & Ride Club as the club name and bsdmember as the password), you can click on “go shopping” to see the options offered this year.
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IMPORTANT! Season Pass prices increase Monday, October 12, 2015!
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Club Passes increase October 31, 2015!
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The Bedford Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride program is available to anyone interested. Our program’s designated night is Fridays, beginning the first Friday after New Year’s and running for 5 consecutive Fridays. Your passes will be available for pick up in December, just in time for gift giving! For more information, contact Isabelle Grenier at  ​

​Recreational Basketball​
​This is a friendly reminder that the 2015-2016 Recreational Basketball is NOW open for registration for Boys and Girls in grades 1st through 8th.  Bedford Recreational Basketball focuses on FUNdamentals of basketball and learning through game play.  This is a great way to keep busy during the winter and allow your child to learn the great game of basketball!  To register go to:  We look forward to seeing everyone on the court!  Also be sure to check your email regarding our “clinic series” that will be hosted on Saturdays leading up to the season!  Once registered you will receive emails on clinic schedule and times.​