Friday, December 4, 2015

Lurgio News for December 4, 2015

December 4, 2015

Dear Lurgio Students, Parents and Staff,

This morning in the Lurgio Media Center our Books for Breakfast group hosted one of Bedford’s newest authors, Abby Hibbard. Abby, a former Lurgio student and current senior at BHS, met with our students and staff to share her experience as a novelist. The students had many questions, and Abby wowed them with detailed answers and specific descriptions of her writing process. If you would like to read Abby’s books, you can access them for free on iBooks and for a minimal charge on Amazon.  She writes under the pen name of Devlin Richards and her first novel is Tempeste.  Lurgio is very proud of our former student and grateful for the time she spent with our aspiring middle school authors.



Important Dates

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 Maeve Jackson from Pod 7-East. Maeve’s teacher describes her as always positive, always smiling, and always helpful.  She consistently engages in lessons and encourages other students to participate. Congratulations, Maeve!  Thank you for helping Lurgio a great place to be.

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.

Hour of Code Celebration
Come celebrate Computer Science Education Week with an Hour of Code - explore what coding is all about.

​Lurgio will be having an after school Hour of Code event on Tuesday, December 8 3:15-4:30. Both teachers and students are welcome and encouraged to attend this event.  If you plan to attend, please complete the following form.​

Any questions, please contact Mrs. Dennis (

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.

Bonding to School

We are continuing to explore the asset category "Commitment to Learning."  This week's newsletter article focusses on "Bonding to School", click here to find it. How can you help your child bond to school?
1.Set up a school bulletin board in a prominent place in your home. Hang up the school calendar and school notices. Meet once a month to choose which school activities to attend as a family.
2.Subscribe to the school newspaper/ Principal Notes through the mail/ email. When it arrives, read and discuss it with your child.
3.Make supportive signs for big events.

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

Book Buzz
Books for Breakfast hosted BHS Senior Abby Hibbard today to discuss her writing process and to share her published trilogy.  Abby publishes under the pseudonym Devlin Richards. Her books are entitled Tempeste: Aubrey Rising Book 1, Zephyra: Aubrey Rising Book 2, and Mercuriel: Aubrey Rising Book 3.  

After years of hardship, fifteen year old Aubrey finally feels like she has found a life that she can be happy with.  But just when she's starting to feel like a normal teenage girl, she discovers she has budding magical powers.  And not only that, but she's been thrust into the middle of a war, with a handful of people like her fighting three sisters, Tempeste, Zephyra, and Mercurial, who want to protect the magical way of life by eliminating the entire human race.  The only hope is to find the Daughter of the Wilderness, a mystical being who they hope holds the key to defeating the three sisters.  Aubrey quickly needs to embrace her new life, because a battle is coming.  Will she be strong enough to help find the Daughter of the Wilderness and fight in the war against Tempeste, the first of the three sisters?

The Bedford PTG would like to take this time to say thank you to all those who supported us by participating in our PTG Gift Card Fundraiser. Hoping you found it easier to do a little shopping while supporting our organization and the Bedford School District!  

Wishing you and your loved ones the happiest of Holidays!

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

Our next committee meeting is scheduled for December 17, 2015 at 9:15AM. There are plenty of seats available at our table!  Please come and join us!