Friday, April 15, 2016

Lurgio News for April 15, 2016

April 15, 2016

Dear Parents,

Four days of testings down and two to go. Our students have been fantastic as they met the challenge of Smarter Balanced Testing head on. Parents, thank you for sending in your students well rested and ready to test.


Ed Joyce

Important Dates

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 Riley Wolfinger and Victoria Chartier.  Riley and Victoria were nominated for this award together by our guidance department.  They are described as great students who treat their fellow classmates with a great deal of respect and kindness.  Riley and Victoria go out of their way to make all students feel included and are particularly helpful to our guidance office. Their teachers describe them as AWESOME role models for others.

7-8 Course Registration
This is a reminder that we are heading into the final days for course registration for rising 8th grade students. All students moving from 7th to 8th grade must be registered by the end of the day on Monday, April 18. If you have not already done so, please review the registration information contained in this presentation [LINK] and access the PowerSchool Parent Portal [LINK] to make appropriate course selections for you child. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s guidance counselor on Monday, April 18 before the end of the day.

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 - Clothing Drive
Bedford DI are having a special drive through Ecosmith Recyclers.  From now until May 15th, you can donate all your old shoes, bags and belts (any condition) in the marked boxes in our school lobby.  This is a great way to get your spring cleaning under way, while helping raise funds for the Lurgio team heading to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN.  Remember, clothing, fabrics and stuffed animals can always be donated in the bin in the parking lot.  We appreciate your support.

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.

Heroin and Other Opiods

Please take two minutes to view this short film from Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.  I hope you will find the film appropriate to show your child and discuss the current heroin epidemic.  Many teens and pre-teens have heard about this epidemic in the news and from their peers.

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:
A BIG thank you to all those who volunteered to make our Midnight Madness event a great success!  I know that fun was had by all (even those who volunteered)!  We could not have done it without your help!

Til next year!
Lynne Natale and Sally Thomas
Bedford PTG

Stand By Me
Friday, May 20th - Volunteers and Registrations Needed!  

Now that brochures have been sent home and registrations have been submitted, it is time for the Stand By Me Committee to request volunteers to help that day.  If you are able to assist in any way, please see our signup at:

or contact Kim Kearns, Volunteer Coordinator, at

Today was the deadline to return your 7th grader's signed registration form.  Thank you to all those who took the time to register for the big event.  If you haven't submitted it yet, it is not too late!  Please send it with your child ASAP!  If you or your child lost your registration form, you may visit our website at ( to download another copy.

The Stand By Me committee would like to recognize Joey Conaton who did not appear in the brochure photo and was not listed as a student committee member. We sincerely apologize for the omission.  Joey is a wonderful addition to the student committee.  Matthew Flanagan and Gray Theodore were also missing from the brochure photo.