Friday, May 6, 2016

Lurgio News for May 6, 2016

May 06, 2016

Dear Parents,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms of our school community. Despite the somewhat dreary forecast for the weekend, we know that you bring sunshine to the lives of our students each day. Please enjoy the day with your families.  

Speaking of bringing sunshine into the lives of others, our PTG volunteers went above and beyond this week to recognize and thank our teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week. I cannot say enough about how fortunate I feel to work in a district filled with such supportive parents and community members.


Ed Joyce

Important Dates

May 10 (Tuesday)
Substance Abuse - 7pm Bedford Public Library
May 19 (Thursday)
BHS 8th Grade Parent Info Night - BHS Theater 6-8:30pm
May 20 (Friday)
7th Grade STAND BY ME @ SNHU
May 24 (Tuesday)
High and Seek - Adults ONLY - Anti Drug Presentation
May 27 (Friday)
NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workshop Day
May 30 (Monday)
NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
June 2 (Thursday)
Spring Concert - BHS Theater
June 3 (Friday)
Eighth Grade Dance 7:00-10:00pm
June 8  (Wednesday)
Eighth Grade Awards Night - BHS Theater 6:00pm
June 15 (Wednesday)
Last Day of School

Please CLICK HERE for information about a temporary traffic plan being implemented by the town of Bedford in order to study traffic patterns at key intersections around the BHS/RAL campus and the McKelvie Intermediate School.

Bus Services
Our transportation provider, STA, is struggling to find enough qualified drivers. When we have a new or substitute driver, a bus route might be slower than normal.  Also, field trips and athletic events may be impacted if drivers are not available. Please be patient with the wonderful bus drivers we do have.  They are doing their best!    ​

Substance Abuse Talk 7PM Tuesday May 10 Bedford Public Library
Timothy Rourke, Director of Substance Use Disorders Grantmaking and Strategic Initiatives, will be speaking.  It is a community event sponsored by the Bedford Republicans.  The topic is as follows: NH’s heroin epidemic, what the state is doing to address it, and what parents and members of the community should be doing to combat the problem.

Shoes, Bags & Belts!
Bedford Destination Imagination is 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.

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
Check out Ms. LaRue’s webpage for more information about drug abuse prevention as well as past asset newsletters by clicking here.

McKelvie’s Third Annual Staff Basketball Game
Lurgio students!  McKelvie's Third-Annual Staff Basketball Game is taking place next Friday, May 13 at Bedford High School! Doors open at 5:30, game starts at 6:30.  Tickets are $5 per person or $20 for a family and all proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Come cheer on your former teachers and support a great cause!

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:

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

Attention In Writing Summer Course Registrants
Students who registered for an In Writing summer course during course registration now need to fill out the Summer School Registration form. Please register, review summer attendance policies, and note the course calendar on the Summer School tab of the BHS website. Please also note that students will not need their Chrome Books for the In Writing courses! After completing the registration process, you will receive an email with more information and payment instructions.

Spanish Summer Camp
Students entering 2nd grade-8th grade will be exposed to Spanish in fun immersive language environment on July 11th-14th from 8:00am-11:30am at Bedford High School.  There will be different themes each day taught by highly trained and certified teachers with teenaged team leaders. Students will be in appropriate age and ability groupings.  No Spanish experience is required.  Email Laura Chenette at with questions or to register, spaces are limited.   

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.

PTG Corner

A BIG thank you to all those who volunteered to make our Staff Appreciation Luncheon/Week a huge success. Our staff at Ross A. Lurgio is feeling very much appreciated!

Your Bedford PTG Volunteer Team,
Lynne Natale, Sally Thomas, and Wendy Emerson (new liaison for 2016-2017 school year)

Please join the PTG at BCTV for our annual “Year In Review” with our school principals, Monday, May 9th at 9:30a.m.. There will be a short presentation by all six schools followed by a Q & A. Light refreshments will be served and your young children are welcome to attend. We are accepting questions for the principals via email at

SNHU Waiver Form for 7th Grade Students
A Waiver has been requested by Southern New Hampshire University to be completed for each student attending the Stand By Me event being held on May 20. Your student was given a copy in homeroom today and we are attaching a copy of the waiver as well. It is very important that you fill the this out and have your student return it to their homeroom teacher on Monday, May 9. We appreciate your help with this.

Volunteers Needed - STAND BY ME - Friday, May 20th
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: ttp:// or contact Kim Kearns, Volunteer Coordinator, at