Friday, October 30, 2015

Lurgio News for October 30, 2015

October 30, 2015

Dear Parents,

I can’t believe that we are on the eve of the 6th Witch Way to the 5K. I am excited about tomorrow’s event for so many reasons. We get together as a community and engage in some healthy competition to support our school. It’s such a great time and a great cause that even our own Senator Kelly Ayotte is coming out to run in support of technology at Lurgio.
The WW5K is a fantastic event, and it is only possible through the work of some fantastic people. Sincerest thanks to all who have done so much again this year to help make this race a reality.  If you have not signed up yet, you can sign up tomorrow morning prior to the race.

See you there,


Important Dates

Oct. 30 (Friday)
Qtr. 1 Ends
Oct. 31 (Saturday)
Witch Way to the 5K Road Race
Nov. 2 (Monday)
Quarter 2 Begins
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)
Nov. 16 (Monday)
Spirit Tryouts Begin
Nov. 25 - Nov. 27
No School - Thanksgiving Break

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 William Curran from pod 8 North for going out of his way to ensure that a student didn’t sit alone during lunch. Congratulations, William!

A Recall Message from the Nurse:

In case you are not aware, a recall was issued for ALL Auvi-Q epinephrine autoinjectors.  Here is the link with instructions on what to do:

Some parents have provided me with Auvi-Qs at school.  I will accept epi pen replacements with the same dosing without obtaining new orders from the doctor since most orders do not specify a particular device. In the mean time, be aware that I do have stock epi-pens in my office. Please feel free to call with any questions. Thank you, Evelyn Chessie

Reminder - New Quarter Begins
Just a reminder that Qtr. 2 will begin on Monday, November 2. We ask that students check their schedules to see what new IA they will be attending!

Book Buzz
What an awesome Books 4 Breakfast today! We had students from both grades and both the Fan Club and many staff members joined us in costume and scary music fun!  Students also helped clean up and stayed at 8:30 to Face Time with Writer-in-Residence Sigmund Brouwer.  Thank you to PTG for providing healthy snacks for us all!

Also, famed YA sports writer and commentator Mike Lupica will be presenting at Concord, NH's Gibson's Bookstore on Wednesday, November 4th at 5:30.  It is free and open to the public.  Families are invited to call and reserve copies of his books for him to autograph at the event.  Media Specialist Mary Pat Snow and Reading Specialist Kate Schoedinger will be there!

In other literary news, please enjoy the books our students are buzzing about:

Maggie/Wonder Woman from 8 East recommends Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

This is post-apocalytpic sci-fi story and giant humanoids known as Titans have wiped out humanity.  What's left of mankind is hidden is a three-walled city and people think their huge wall will protect them from the Titans.  Titans take over the world and kids have to save them.  It's a great read that is totally action packed!

Shea/Zombie in 7 South recommends Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko:

This author opens the world to autism.  The character Moose lives on Alcatraz because his father works there and his sister, Natalie, goes to a special school in San Francisco.  This is all set in the 1930's when people didn't know or understand autism much.  Moose and Natalie have a great relationship and it's fun to watch in the book.  I like how he wants to protect her and watch her grow but he also is worried for her and holds her hand because he doesn't want to let her go.

Ms. Woods/Witchy Witch in 8 North recommends The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart:

We are reading this book aloud and discovering the story together since I have not read the book!   This book is highly recommended by Mrs. Snow and Mrs. Schoedinger and it really delivers: great action and character development.  As a class we are predicting together, talking about word choice, action scenes, dialogue, and what is most visual for us.  We've met Mark and know he is sick, wants to climb a mountain, loves his dog Beau, and he runs away.  We are totally captivated by this book and I love reading it out loud to my students.  It's been wonderful to demonstrate my thinking through a book with them!

Alexis/Nerdy Student in 8 North recommends the James Patterson book Confessions of a Murder Suspect:

This is an awesome murder mystery but what I like best about it is the confession at the end of every chapter from a different character.  Tandy tries to solve a murder and she is wondering if she actually committed the murder herself.  So these end-of-chapter confessions are helping her figure things out.  But is it her?  You don't know!  Tandy doesn't remember anything!  This is a great book!

Hunter/Lumberjack from 8 South recommends Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

This is a Manga about Ninjas!  It has comedy and lots of action.  A boy wants to become the greatest Ninja that ever lived in the land.  He is totally serious.  And it's totally funny.  Read it.

Sam/Ninja from 8 South recommends This Book Loves You by PewDie Pie:

It’s is a book of funny quotes.  PewDie Pie is the most subscribed YouTuber in the world.  He has 39 million fans and more than 10 billion views.  Have fun reading this book of quotes.  It's great.

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. If a coach is not in place by Friday, November 6, Lurgio Middle School will not have a wrestling program this year.

Spirit Tryouts Date Change - Tryouts Now on November 16
Lurgio Middle School has changed Spirit tryouts from Monday, November 2 to Monday, November 16. It has come to our attention that many cheerleaders are still in the midst of their fall seasons, so we have decided to delay the start of the Lurgio Spirit season. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Watson.

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.

Within the category of Social Competencies, Interpersonal Competence is the fourth of five assets we're exploring.  With this asset in your child's life, they will exhibit empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.  The article offers these suggestions:  
  • Create a home where friends are always welcome.
  • Introduce your child to people of many different ages.
  • Allow your child to grieve when relationships turn sour or fade. Stressing that it’s not okay to just “drop” a friend.
  • Make sure your child is connecting with people in person and not just through the computer/texting.
Click here for this week's article titled “Interpersonal 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:

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:


“The State of the District with Superintendent Chip McGee” - The PTG is hosting “The State of the District with Superintendent Chip McGee” on Thursday, November 5th from 6:30-8p.m. at BCTV. This informative presentation will be followed by a Q&A from the audience. If you have a question you’d like answered feel free to send an email to Greg Girard at, all responses will be anonymous.

“Half Way to Cinco de Mayo” - Join the PTG at Shorty’s in Bedford throughout the day on Thursday November 5th to celebrate “Half Way to Cinco de Mayo”.  Shorty’s will be offering happy hour prices all day long. Let your server know you support the PTG and drop your receipt at the hostess stand. The PTG will receive a portion of the proceeds on all take out and eat in orders (alcoholic beverages excluded) that get put into the box. ole!

PTG Gift Card Sale - The holidays are just around the corner, are you looking for the perfect gift for a friend, neighbor or teacher?  The PTG Gift Card sale is now underway.  We have lots of retailers including local businesses such as The Purple Finch, Canvas Roadshow, T-Bones, Zin Zen Yoga, Copper Door and Wicked Good Butcha!  How does it work? 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!  Click here to download an order form today. ORDERS DUE: Monday, November 9, 2015 for Pre-Thanksgiving/Hanukkah Delivery. ORDERS DUE: Friday, December 4, 2015 for Pre-Christmas Delivery.

The Gift Wrap & More Fundraiser - Looking for gift wrap or other gift items?  The Gift Wrap & More fundraiser will be ongoing online through December.  Simply go to and enter code 1032028 to start shopping.

School Supply Survey - The PTG is looking for feedback on offering families the option of purchasing school supplies online.  The survey will take approximately 3 - 5 minutes to complete.  Click here to participate.  We value your feedback.  Thank you!

Bedford High School Gymnasium – Saturday, November 21st, 2015 (9:00am-2:00pm)
Save HUGE on new and used winter sports equipment & apparel!

Mark your calendar to join local vendors bringing top name brand equipment both new and used along with our tremendous consignment inventory of ski and boarding equipment, skates, and winter apparel and outfit your entire family for the upcoming season!

Whether you are in the market for new equipment or simply want to sell your own, this sale is for you.  Experts will be available to help fit the right ski, board and boots to your ability!  So grab a treat from our bake sale and have fun shopping this TREMENDOUS sale event!

Drop-off equipment for consignment: Friday November 20, 2015 (5:00pm – 8:00pm)

***VISIT for additional sale details and add your items to our sale and tag them from home using our easy online scanning system!

Go to for details!

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.​