Friday, April 8, 2016

Lurgio News for April 8, 2016

April 8, 2016

Dear Parents,

It’s only a few hours until the madness begins! We look forward to a great evening of over-sized bounce houses and inflatable obstacle courses in the gym. Movies will be showing all night in the dining hall for those who prefer some moments of calm during the chaos. Each year this is a fantastic night open to all our students, and we look forward a big crowd again this year.

Ed Joyce

Important Dates
Apr. 04 (Monday)
Q3 Grades Close
Apr. 08 (Friday)
Midnight Madness
Apr. 18 (Monday)
Yearbook FLASH Sale Ends
Apr. 25 (Monday) to
April 29 (Friday)
April Vacation - NO SCHOOL

RAL Cub of the Week
Each week, teachers 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 Cubs of the Week are Bethan Colangelo and Toren Coulter.  Bethan’s teachers describe her as a model of kindness and consideration.  She is always kind to her peers and goes out of her way to help them without prompting. Toren’s teachers describe him at thoughtful and inclusive as he went out of his way to welcome a new student to the Lurgio community. Congratulation to Bethan and Toren. Thank you for helping to make Lurgio a great place to be.   

Yearbook FLASH Sale
Did you forget to order a yearbook?? Well you are in luck! Yearbooks are on sale again online! Cost of each yearbook is $20, and orders can be placed online by visiting YEARBOOK FLASH SALE CLOSES MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016 AT 11:59PM

Lurgio Wins Second Straight Sportsmanship Award
For the second year in a row, the Lurgio Middle School Athletic Program won the Tri-County League Division I Sportsmanship Award. This award is voted on by the coaches and athletic directors of the other schools Lurgio competes against. This honor is a strong testament to the hard work and dedication of all coaches and athletes. Congratulations to all!

Destination Imagination
Congratulations to Team Inigo Montoya who took 1st place at the Destination Imagination State Finals in Nashua this past weekend. Emma Bechert,  Ella Weintraub, Cat Ahnen, and Ella Erwin will represent Team New Hampshire at the Global Finals in Knoxville, TN in May.

Volleyball Clinic
Courtney O’Connell, a senior who plays for the Varsity Volleyball team at Bedford High School, is hosting a volleyball clinic from April 25-27 for girls in grades 5-8 for her senior project. The camp is about improving on fundamental volleyball skills and learning more about the game, with appearances from college and club coaches! Click on the link in the flyer to sign up!!

BHS Orientation program (AKA: BASE Camp)
BHS Freshmen Orientation
August 1-5, 2016
8:30am-2:30pm @ BHS

This opportunity will allow your student to be exposed to "life at BHS" prior to the start of school.  Teachers and Counselors have created a program that is fun, effective and informative.  Topics include but are not limited to:  
-Study skills
-Note-taking & test taking strategies
-Understanding competencies & grading
-Real World Learning hours (your child can also earn these for coming)
-Digital Portfolio & graduation requirements
-Practice with locker and walk-through using their schedules
-Finding balance and managing stress

To register or for more info:

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, is a NH Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor as well as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.  She 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.


This week Detective Flemming from the Bedford Police Department has presented to both the community and the eighth grade students on the issue of internet safety. Please take this opportunity to discuss all safety concerns and subjects with your child.  The seventh grade students will be attending the same presentation on Tuesday April 12.  This article outlines strategies some families may find helpful as children develop an understanding of boundaries and increased safety necessities

Social Media Apps
Guidance Intern Sarah Demers will be posting information about social media apps that may be popular with students. Click on the link below to access links to all apps posted about so far this year. What's that App: Table of Contents

Spotlight on Special Education in Bedford
Are you the parent or guardian of a child who accesses special education services in Bedford?  Join us for an informational session to learn about special education services in our Bedford schools!  Meet representatives and gain insight into the different programming at each school through this panel presentation. Tuesday April 19th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the SAU Board Room, 103 County Road.  RSVP to Robin Palis or 472-3755 (option 2).

Parent Involvement Survey
If your child receives special education services, you are being asked to complete a survey about the district's efforts to involve parents in improving services and results for children. Paper surveys are in the mail complete with a pre-paid return envelope. If you prefer, you can go to and complete the survey online. Surveys must be completed by May 13th. Your opinions are very important, and we hope you share them.

Community-Wide Substance Abuse Discussion on Sunday April 10
You are invited to an important event entitled "It’s Time to Break the Silence!"  This community-wide discussion will be held at the Bedford Presbyterian Church on Sunday, April 10 from 6:30-8:00 PM. This is an opportunity to discuss drug and alcohol abuse and share ways to address these serious challenges.  Parents, teens, and youth from 4th to 12th grade are invited.  For more info contact John Sawyer at or 603-472-5841.

Bedford Schools Water Supply
Concerns about the water supply have been in the news recently.  We want to make sure everyone on our community knows that none of the water supplying the Bedford Schools comes from the Merrimack Village Water District. Manchester Water Works supplies Peter Woodbury and Memorial. Pennichuck Water Works supplies McKelvie, Lurgio, Bedford High School, and Riddle Brook through a Manchester water source.  

PTG Corner:

Midnight Madness Is Tonight - We Could Use More Help
Midnight Madness is tonight at Lurgio and we are all very excited!  Thank you to those parents who have already signed up to help.  This event cannot be the success that it is without the help of great parent volunteers.  That said, we are in need of parents/adults for the 9:00PM-12:00AM shift.  If you are available, or If you are already volunteering and know someone who could help, please contact me, Lynne Natale at or visit our signup at:

Thank you in advance for your help.

Lynne Natale and Sally Thomas
Bedford PTG Volunteer Team at RAL

Stand by Me:

Stand By Me brochures will be delivered to students on Monday, April 11!

The Stand By Me brochure is officially online for your viewing pleasure! Please feel free to view with your child over the weekend.  Copies of the brochure will be going home with your student on Monday, April 11th.  Accompanying the brochure, is an introduction letter and registration form.  The signed registration form is due back on Friday, April 15th.  Each student will receive only one copy of the brochure, but if it is lost, please visit our website at ( to view the online version.  A downloadable registration form and instruction letter will be posted on the website on Monday. Registration forms are handled on a first-come first-served basis so please try to get your form in early.

The BHS National Honor Society to hold Bake-Off

This Monday, April 11, from 2:35-5:30 in the BHS Library our own local National Honor Society will be holding a Bake-Off. Bakers are invited to enter their dessert goods for $2, and "judges" are invited to attend to sample all of the entrees for $5. The winner of the Bake-Off will receive a cookbook by the Barefoot Contessa. All of the proceeds collected at the Bake-Off will benefit the Joe Dambach Memorial Fund.  To enter the contest click here.