Friday, February 5, 2016

Lurgio News for February 5, 2016

February 5, 2016

Dear Parents,

During the month of February, Lurgio partners with the Bedford Parent Teacher Group (PTG) to celebrate literacy.  We kicked off the month with an all-day visit from Kate Messner, author of our all-school read, Wake Up Missing.  The day began in the theater, where Kate took all of us behind the scenes and explained her process of writing a novel.  It was fascinating and the students and staff were captivated by her presentation and writing techniques.  When Kate announced that her presentation was over, students and staff let out a disappointed sigh.  This wonderful day was funded completely by the PTG’s Opportunities Reaching Kids program.  We are very grateful.

The author visit is just the beginning of our literacy month, which includes a Barnes and Noble book purchase event and culminates in our all-school Read-a-Thon fundraiser on February 19. See the news item below for more information.



Important Dates

Feb. 9 (Tuesday)
Primary Voting Day (No School)
Feb. 10 (Wednesday)
Coed Volleyball Tryouts Begin
Barnes & Noble/Read-a-Thon Book Sale
Feb. 11 (Thursday)
Grandparent and Senior Citizens’ Day
Feb. 12 (Friday)
Lurgio Players present Wonderland (7:00 PM)
Feb. 13 (Saturday)
Lurgio Players present Wonderland (1:00 PM & 7:00 PM)
Feb. 15 (Monday) to
Feb. 19 (Friday)
Book and Sponsorship Donations Collected
for Lurgio Read-a-Thon
Feb. 19 (Friday)
Lurgio/PTG Read-a-Thon Event

Lurgio/PTG Read-a-Thon
Once again this year Lurgio has partnered with the PTG to provide students with a fantastic fundraiser that celebrates and supports literacy at Lurgio and in New England. Please consider sponsoring your child’s participation in the Read-a-Thon day of literacy that will take place on Friday, February 19. This is an all-school, all-day event in which students and staff engage in silent reading and other literacy activities while at school. Sponsorship envelopes with more information will be sent home on Friday, February 12, and we will begin collecting sponsorship donations on Monday, February 15.

In addition to raising funds to support literacy at Lurgio, we have also partnered with the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) to collect new and gently-used books for children and families in need. If you’re looking for a way to declutter your bookshelves, please consider sending in unwanted books to school beginning Monday, February 15.

New this year, Barnes & Noble in Manchester is sponsoring our Read-a-Thon by offering a special book sale on Wednesday, February 10. If you head to the Manchester store on Wednesday, mention Lurgio and the Read-a-Thon and a percentage of all your purchases will be donated to support literacy at Lurgio. Remember to stock up on good reading material for the Read-a-Thon!

Don’t forget, the Read-a-Thon Event culminates in an all-school celebration where we will be raffling off Kindles, gift cards, signed novels, and other fantastic prizes. Students earn raffle chances through book and money donations. The more the students bring in, the better their chances to win!

Coed Volleyball Tryouts Begin Wednesday, February 10
Any 7th or 8th grade student interested in trying out for coed volleyball should plan to stay after school on Wednesday, February 10 until 5:30PM. Please bring a t-shirt, a pair of shorts, and sneakers. For more information, visit the Coed Volleyball Website.

Ross A. Lurgio’s Annual Grandparents & Senior Citizen Visitation Day
sponsored by the PTG
Ross A. Lurgio’s Annual Grandparents & Senior Citizen Visitation Day is planned for Thursday, February 11th at 9:30 a.m. Guests will be treated to a dress rehearsal of the play Wonderland followed by tours of the school and a lite luncheon sponsored by the Bedford PTG will take place in the library. Pre-registration for this popular event is required, so please send in the attached registration form  or contact Judy Emmert at with your information no later than February 5th.  All seniors are welcome at this fun annual event!  A special note this year for our guests:  Please plan on arriving at or after 9 a.m. for the safety of our students.  Prior to that, traffic congestion during student drop off can be a little hectic.  Thank you!

You Be The Chemist Challenge RESCHEDULED!
The YBTC Qualifying Test has been rescheduled from Tuesday, February 2nd to Monday, February 15th at 2:30 in the Media Center.  Please make note of this date change and inform your child of the change.  If you have any questions or still want to register your child, e-mail Mrs. Rockwell at  In the meantime, your child should continue to study from the study materials listed at ChemEd.

Lurgio Yearbook Sales
The 2015-2016 yearbooks will be on sale after the February break.  Cost will be $20. Information will be shared in future issues of the Lurgio News.

Lion’s Den
Please check out the latest issue of the student-produced newspaper [LINK].

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.


In this week’s article “Responsibility” the students are encouraged to take personal responsibility while parents keep these 4 Keys in mind:  

  1. Let Your Child Do It    

  2. Expect It To Take Time  

  3. Ask, Don’t Demand  

  4. Give Consequences

Click here for a look at this week’s Search Institute Asset Newsletter.

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: Brighten

PTG Corner
The Bedford PTG at RAL is in need of your help.  Grandparent's Day is fast approaching (Thursday, February 11th) and we are in need of donations to help make lunch a success.  Please consider helping!  Visit the signup website to see what is needed:

Thank you so very much!
~ The Volunteer Team at RAL

Stand By Me - May 20, 2016
Stand By Me - Save the date - Fundraiser
On Tuesday, February 9th, there will be no school for students in the Bedford School District.  Do you want to find something fun to do with your kids on their day off?  We know a great place to go!  Sky Zone in Manchester, NH has recently opened and they have agreed to donate to our wonderful organization.  For every patron who visits the Sky Zone during the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 9, the Sky Zone will give 25% of the proceeds to Stand By Me. You must state that you are there in support of our organization.  Please visit their website for more information.

"Jump on in" and join us to support Stand By Me!
Wish Club
The Bedford High School Wish Club will be holding a fundraiser at Panera Bread in Bedford on Thursday, February 11th from 4-8.  The purpose of the Wish Club it to make wishes come true for kids with life-threatening illnesses by raising funds for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire®.  Over the last 2-1/2 years, we have raised almost $4,000!  Please come out to Panera Bread on Thursday to support a great cause!  A portion of all purchases will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.  We ask that you please print out the attached flyer and present it when you place your order.   Thank you!

Food Pantry Note
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT:  The Food Pantry at Bedford Presbyterian Church is a newly established resource for those in our community who are facing hunger or food insecurity.  The Food Pantry is a 501(c)3 organization that is a well-coordinated effort between 5 area churches, local organizations including the Bedford Lion's Club, the Boy Scouts, and individuals and families in Bedford. The Food Pantry is located at  Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Road, Bedford, and is available to all Bedford residents.  The Food Pantry will open Saturday, January 16th, and will be open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday, and the following Monday, of each month. Hours are Saturdays, 9:00 - 11:00 am, Mondays, 5:30 - 7:00PM.

If you, or someone you know in Bedford is struggling with food insecurity please call Bedford Presbyterian Church, 472-5841.