Friday, September 16, 2016

Lurgio News for September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016

Dear Students and Parents,

On Thursday, author Sigmund Brouwer visited Lurgio and presented to both grade levels in the BHS Theater. He also enjoyed pizza with students and spent time on working with some aspiring student authors. For the second year in a row, Mr. Brouwer is our Writer-in-Residence. This wonderful program allows the Lurgio students and staff to partner with a successful author. This partnership will enhance student learning in the classrooms and continue to promote literacy among our students. Please visit our Writer-in-Residence website [HERE] for more information.


Ed Joyce

Important Dates

September 23 (Fri)
School Pictures
September 26 (Mon)
Cardigan Chaperone Night 6PM-8PM
October 28 (Fri)
First All-School Dance
October 29 (Sat)
Seventh Annual Witch Way to the 5K

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 Cub is Maya Neuman from pod 7North. Maya is a known for her thoughtfulness and kindness with her fellow students and teachers.  This week, Maya baked a delightful pink lemonade cake for all her teachers. This kind act brightened her teachers’ day. Maya is also commended for going the extra mile to support her classmates. Well done, Maya!

Cardigan Chaperone Background Check - FINAL NOTICE
All Cardigan chaperones should have already completed a background check in order to be eligible to join us on the trip. If you have signed up to be a chaperone but have not yet completed your background check, you are at risk for not be able to attend. It is very important that you complete this check as soon as possible. The process is quick and easy, so please contact Mary Cody at 472-3755 to make an appointment.

Chaperones who do not complete a background check will not be able able to attend Cardigan.

Author Sigmund Brouwer Visited Lurgio
Author Sigmund Brouwer presented to the 7th and 8th graders on Thursday. He met with students for a pizza lunch, and gave two Writer's Group presentations for a full day of literacy celebration. Through the Writer-in-Residence program started last year, Sigmund Brouwer has many of his novels available for free in an ebook version. Please click [HERE] for more information regarding the Writer-in-Residence program and to access free ebooks!  A huge thank you is extended to the PTG for sponsoring this event.

Yoga Club
Yoga Club is running for the next four weeks on Thursday mornings from 7:30-8:30 in the RAL Gym. There is limited space. Please click [HERE] if your child would like to join. If you have any questions, please contact Dalyne Villaneuve at

Cell Phone Use During Lunches
Your students may have excitedly told you about a new procedure at Lurgio Middle School: students may now use their cell phones during their lunch period. We ask that the students use their devices responsibly. Please note: State law restricts the use of photography and video recording in the school setting. Because of this and other privacy concerns, we prohibit students from using their cell phones to take pictures or video of themselves or others (students & staff) while in school. Thank you for your support in reinforcing this important practice as we expand student access to personal electronic devices.

Before School Program
The Lurgio Middle School Bedford School Program is available to all families from 7:30a.m. to 8:30a.m. daily. A one-time fee of $65.00 entitles your child to attend as often as necessary for the entire school year. Participants will be serviced by school staff in a designated area; arrangements for extra help should still be made directly with your child’s teachers.

If your child plans on attending the Before School Program regularly or only occasionally during this school year, please complete the registration form on the reverse side of this letter and return it, along with your payment to the Lurgio Middle School Main Office or the Lurgio Middle School Before School Program by Tuesday, August 26, 2014.  If there is a financial concern, please call the office at 310-9100 and it will be handled confidentially.  Click here to download the Before School Program registration form.

7th Annual Witch Way to the 5K - Save the Date!
Join us for the 7th annual Witch Way to the 5K  on Saturday, October 29, 2016.   The kids 1K race starts at 9:30am and the adult race begins at 10am at Lurgio Middle School. Stay tuned for more specific race details as well as registration information.

Guidance Corner
RAL Guidance Counselor, Donna LaRue, MA, MLADC, LCMHC posts a weekly, helpful parenting newsletter article, as well as other relevant material on her website.  This week she focuses on Developmental Asset Survey: Attitude and Behaviors.  Check out Ms. LaRue’s web page for weekly Asset newsletters by clicking here.

Executive Functioning Skills:  The “Air Traffic Control” of our brains.  These skills, which develop from infancy through our early twenties, guide us in making productive decisions in nearly every aspect of our lives, academic, social, and career.  A new curriculum is being piloted by Linnea Hilchey, Academic Support Teacher, and Claudette Stone, Behavior Specialist, this year to help students identify and strengthen these skills. Click here to learn more about the program and the skills.

Skill of the Week:  This week, we will begin introducing the Executive Functioning skill of Organization.  This is the skill that is often seen as the most important skill for success in middle school and beyond, and it involves various types of organization, from belongings, materials, and physical space, to ideas and tasks.  This will be a long unit, and practice of it will continue through the year.  Skill of the Week: Organization Part 1

Text Message Alerts
Parents - If your cell phone number is in the District's PowerSchool Information System and you wish to receive alerts via text, please text YES to 68453.

Destination Imagination - Parent Info Night
Parent Info Night for Destination Imagination in all Schools will be held on Tuesday, September 27th at the McKelvie Intermediate Cafeteria.   To learn more about the program and how to provide your child with this enrichment opportunity, please come and meet our District Coordinator, Marie Russell or email Marie at For more information and to find out what Destination Imagination is all about, click on the link.  ​
Ecosmith Recycle Bins for Destination Imagination
Did you know that every school in the district has an Ecosmith Recycle Bin?  This is a great way to donate/recycle old clothes, while helping raise funds for our teams who advance to Global Finals each year.  You can put any kind of fabrics in these bins, towels and stuffed animals too.  Ripped shirts and pants with holes are fine, as well as well worn shoes.  Bedford DI greatly appreciates your continued participation in this program.

PTG Corner:
This week the PTG Sponsored “ROCK & ROLL LITERACY” with author Sigmund Brouwer. Brouwer, author of numerous novels and non-fiction books, used humor, music and heart to cultivate reading and writing skills in our 7th & 8th grade students. He also held a writer’s workshop for each grade level. This presentation was made possible through your generous support of the PTG!! If you’d like to make a donation to support this and other programs like this, please visit

Gift Wrap is back at Lurgio! New this year, Lurgio families will be able to participate in our “Gifts, Wrap & More” fundraiser online through Meadow Farms. Look for the catalog in backpacks next week. The top three sellers in the school will receive a gift card for $100, $50, $50. This fundraiser runs Monday, September 19th - Monday, October 3rd. All monies raised go right back into our schools!

The Hannaford stores on Kilton Road and Jenkins Road in Bedford will donate $1 to the Bedford PTG for each reusable bag purchased at either of these locations for the month of September.

Wendy Emerson, Kerry Sullivan, Kira Hatem - Your PTG volunteer team at RAL
Bedford Education Foundation:
September 15th is BEF 5% Day @ Whole Foods, Bedford.  This means that 5% of each customer's purchase will be donated back to the Bedford Education Foundation!  So, please do some shopping or eating at Whole Foods anytime on September 15th!!

The Bedford Education Foundation Fall Fundraiser
Friday November 4, 2016
Manchester Country Club
Tickets available at
$50 for community members and $25 for faculty and staff in Bedford
Don’t miss this fantastic evening out for a great cause