Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Lurgio News for November 24, 2015

November 24, 2015

Dear Lurgio Students, Parents and Staff,

Have a happy Thanksgiving holiday. As I look forward to this time with my family, I also find myself reflecting on all the things that I am thankful for here at school. I am especially grateful to be able to work with such amazing students, supportive families, and a wonderful school staff. You all make Lurgio a truly amazing school community.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!


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

Cardigan Feedback
As part of our ongoing analysis of our Cardigan program, we are inviting all 8th grade parents, chaperones, teachers and students to take a brief survey about the 2015 Cardigan experience. Please click here for the survey. The survey will be open through December 23rd.

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.
The Lurgio Fan Club Presents: Star Wars Movie Marathon!
Star Wars Fans!  Join the Lurgio Fan Club for a Star Wars Movie Marathon on Sunday, December 13, from 9:45-4:30 at the Bedford High School Theater. We will be showing the original Star Wars trilogy in anticipation of the new release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Admission is only $5.00 and drinks and concessions will be sold on site.  Please bring a bag lunch!  May the force be with you!

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.


The Search Institute has designed the Internal (20) and External (20) assets so that they each include four categories.  In the last three weeks we have examined the Internal Asset category titled "Commitment to Learning."  This week's newsletter article focusses on "Homework".  Click here to view the article. Those children who report doing at least one hour of homework on school nights also report less risk-taking and dangerous behavior.  This is an asset that can be easily accomplished with three simple steps in the family home.  
  • Develop Organizational skills
  • Develop Time management skills
  • Develop Study strategy skills

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: Ask.fm

Monarchs Game
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).

Thank You Ski and Skate Volunteers
The PTG would like to thank all those who volunteered their time to the annual Ski and Skate sale.  It is because of our great volunteers who give of their time (many year after year), that this event is such a success!  

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 lynatale@aol.com

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!