Friday, November 20, 2015

Lurgio News for November 20, 2015

November 20, 2015

Dear Parents,

What are your plans for the weekend?  If you are a skier or skater, you may be interested in attending our Bedford Parent Teacher Group’s ski and skate sale tomorrow.  This very popular event promises huge savings on some great equipment and it is a great way to support a very fine organization.    

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

Drop-off equipment for consignment: Today! 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!

Have great weekend,


Important Dates

Nov. 25 - Nov. 27
No School - Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 17 (Thursday)
Winter Concert (7:00PM)
Dec. 18 (Friday)
Holiday Dance
Dec. 24 - Jan. 1
No School - Holiday Break

RAL Cub of the Week
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 is Chris Kiernan from pod 8-North. Chris took it upon himself to advocate for one of his classmates. Chris’s kindness went a long way in making another student feel like a valued member of the Lurgio Middle School community. Congratulations, Chris!

Parent Forum on ​Cyberbullying & Unwise Social Networking
​As a part of the annual NH Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference, Sameer Hinduja, the co-director of the Cyberbulling Research Center, is presenting a FREE Parent Forum titled:
Cyberbullying & Unwise Social Networking: The Role of Parents.
Date:  Monday, November 30, 2015
Time:  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Salon A, Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH

Designed for parents and community partners, this presentation provides a broad overview of adolescent technological concerns, including cyberbullying and social networking sites.  Foundational information on the way adolescents use the Internet and cell phones is provided first before examining cyberbullying, sexting, and unwise social networking in detail.  Strategies for identification, prevention, and response are then discussed in a conversational format to allow for input and Q&A from the audience.  Attendees leave equipped with an increased ability to promote safe and responsible participation in cyberspace among the youth they care for and with numerous resources to assist them towards those ends.
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Parents are asked to click here to RSVP for this FREE event by Friday, November 20th

We are excited to announce that our speaker, Dr. Sameer Hinduja, has agreed to live video stream this event so that his message may reach a broader audience across the state of New Hampshire. To participate in the live video stream you will need a computer, tablet, or smart phone with internet access and a browser. In addition you will need a Google (gmail or GAFE) email address. You may create a FREE Google email account by clicking here.
Please complete the Remote Participation Form to request your virtual invitation.
On Monday, November 30th, you will receive an email to the Google address provided with the link to view the live video stream.
Book Buzz

Lavinia and Brooke from 7 East wanted to share together:

We have to share that the Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart is amazing.  We were trying to decide what order we like best in the series.  These books are the best books.
Lavinia: Four kids with exceptional love for the truth...
Brooke: Go on an adventure to stop evil
Lavinia and Brooke: under the command of Mr. Benedict!
Brooke: They're undercover!
Lavinia: Talk about the bell!
Brooke: I like when the bell rings and they run to the top of a hill and Mr. Benedict has narcolepsy.
Lavinia:  He falls down.  Asleep!  It's funny because everyone is freaking out and here Mr. Benedict is frightened and he falls asleep!
Brooke: This series keeps you on your toes the whole time!
Lavinia: Such drama!!
Brooke: And the cliffhangers!
Lavinia: Especially at the end of chapters!!
Brooke: This is my favorite series besides Harry Potter.
Lavinia: Oh!  This is my favorite series of all time!  So my order in the series of favorites is 1st, prequel, the second one then the third.
Brooke: My order is 1st, prequel, 3rd, and then the second.

Also shared by a Happy Anonymous Books for Breakfast participant:

The Heist Society by Ally Carter. Katarina's family has been part of the family business.  This happens to be thieving!  Kat decides to leave for a normal life but a family friend wants her back.  He wants her back to help solve a mystery: a mobster's art collection has been stolen and Kat's father is the only suspect!  Kat is totally caught in the middle.  This is such a great series!

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.

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

Achievement Motivation
The first asset we'll discuss in the "Commitment to Learning Asset Category" is Achievement Motivation.  Click here for this week's newsletter.   Three ways to help your child become motivated to do well in school are described in the article.

Social Media Apps
Guidance Intern Sarah Demers will be posting information about social media apps that may be popular with students. These informational pages can be found 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:

BHS Theater Company to Present Shake It Up.
“C’mon Everybody” and join us for Bedford High School’s Fall Musical, “All Shook Up,”  starting Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bedford High School Auditorium.  This hilarious, jukebox musical features 25 of Elvis Presley’s greatest hits and tells the story of how a hip-swiveling, motorbike riding roustabout comes to a small, Midwestern town and transforms it with love and rock n’ roll.  It’s family friendly and fun for people of all ages!

Show dates are November 12, 13, and 14 @ 7 p.m.; November 15 @ 2p.m.; November 20 @ 7 p.m. and November 21 @2 p.m.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased online at or at the door.


Is there a Star Wars fan in your home?  Grab your family & friends and get ready for episode VII, The Force Awakens, by joining the PTG for a fun night out at "Star Wars night with the Manchester Monarchs”on Saturday, December 5th @ 7 p.m.  All your favorite characters will be there too! The PTG is offering discounted tickets for adults and children $20/$15 (normally from $17 - $34) AND an opportunity for any student to participate in the “ HIGH-FIVE tunnel”. *Though the PTG will be receiving a small portion of the ticket price we hope this will be a fun community event for our families.  Click here to download and print an order form (please return to your school office by December 1st).

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: Today! 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!

PTG Volunteer Request
The PTG was asked if we could find a volunteer from the 8S POD to help with copying.  The "job" entails coming in once a week to help when it is convenient for YOU.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Lynne Natale at

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

Come and join us at our next SBM Committee meeting! We will be getting together to discuss this spring’s event at 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!