Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Lurgio News for December 23, 2015

December 23, 2015

Dear Parents,

The last three days have been full of activity here at Lurgio.  While the students were busy finishing up their academic units during the first two days of the week, today was filled with pod team building.  Your student will come home today with great stories about fun pod activities, special treats, and even the appearance of a few Jedi Knights at the lunches.  That said, for me the highlight of this week was the extraordinary charity shown by students and staff in their donations to food baskets for local families in need.  Through food and cash donations, the students and staff filled 23 holiday dinner baskets complete with a turkey and a ham. Well done Lurgio!

Enjoy the vacation,

Staff members work to organize the donations.
Important Dates

Dec. 24 - Jan. 1
No School - Holiday Break

You Be The Chemist Challenge
Lurgio students have the opportunity to participate in the "You Be the Chemist" (YBTC) Challenge, organized by the Chemical Educational Foundation. The YBTC Challenge is a fun and interactive academic competition that engages grade 5–8 students in learning about important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, and laboratory safety.

To qualify for the state competition, students will take a 25-multiple-choice qualifying exam on Tuesday, February 2 at 2:35 in the media center.  The top students from Lurgio will advance to the state competition on March 5 in Nashua.  The top student from the state will win an expenses-paid trip to the National Challenge in Philadelphia in June.

If your child is interested in participating, please e-mail Mrs. Rockwell at to register.  To prepare for the exam, CEF recommends students explore all of the study materials at ChemEd, as well as other outside chemistry resources.

Adjustment to the Traffic Pattern at Bedford Middle and High School
On January 4, 2016, the traffic on the BHS/Lurgio Campus will change slightly. (Map,Explanation)​  We know that we will always have heavy traffic at the start and end of school, but we hope this change will reduce congestion during these peak times.
  • Changes
    • Reverse the direction of the Parent Pick Up and Drop Off Area so parents will not need to make left turns at the two main intersections.
    • Extend two-way traffic to the concession stand ending at the West Parking Lot so parents can exit Parent Pick Up and Drop Off that way.
    • Close the central loop area during parent pick up and drop off (except for buses and students with special needs) to reduce the places where parents are crossing traffic.
  • As before, we ask all drivers to do the following:
    • Yield to pedestrians at all times when on campus.
    • Take turns at the main intersections when congestion is high.
    • Be patient.

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.

Media Center Resources
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.

Caring  :   The next Asset Category we'll explore is Positive Values.  Positive Values is broken down into six assets.  Caring, Equality and social justice, Integrity, Honesty, Responsibility, and Restraint.  Earlier this school year I posted an article titled "Restraint".   This week you can click here for the Search Institute article titled "Caring".  Through our annual survey we ask our students if they feel they place a high value on helping other people.  

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: Down Dating

Yearbook Weekly Meeting Change
Due to the advisors schedules, yearbook will start meeting on Thursdays from 3:15-4:30 after vacation. We are always looking for new members to help take photos and with designing the yearbook. Any questions please contact Mrs. Dennis ( or Mrs. Wells (


Stand By Me

Hannaford Books Fundraiser - Proceeds to benefit Stand By Me

Got any used books to donate?  Anyone looking for a new read?  From 1/3/16 - 1/23/16 all the proceeds from the book bin at the Bedford Hannaford (Colby Court location) will be donated to the Stand By Me program.

How does it work?
Hannaford Supermarket has a book bin located at the front of the store.  People donate used books to the bin for others to purchase.  Every two weeks, Hannaford donates all of the proceeds from the book bin to a different cause.

2 ways to support us...
DONATE BOOKS ‐  Drop off books  to the bin that you would like to donate.  Both adult and children books are accepted.
PURCHASE BOOKS ‐ Please take a few minutes to browse the used books in the Hannaford Book Bin during the first two weeks of January. It is an inexpensive way to build your child’s library or to find a good book for yourself!

Thank you to Hannaford for this opportunity.
We appreciate the support!

Stand By Me: Save the Date - Friday, May 20, 2016
Stand By Me is a full day of off-campus workshops for 7th grade students and their parents/guardians. This year’s program is scheduled for Friday, May 20, 2016 (save the date!).  
Each year we look to provide engaging and relevant speakers.  Because parent input is integral to the process of speaker selection, please take a moment to complete a brief survey to let us know what topics you would be interested in (i.e. communicating with my teen, managing social media and technology, organizational strategies, etc...).  Workshops are offered as Student Only, Parent Only and Student/Parents together. Students will also have an opportunity to complete the survey during school.

Please take our Stand By Me Survey (click link below)