Friday, September 2, 2016

Lurgio News for September 2, 2016

September 2, 2016

Dear Students and Parents,

It’s been fantastic working with your children this week, and I look forward to the opportunity to meet many of you at Open House next Thursday. Please enjoy the Labor Day weekend with your families and friends. It’s a great break for our students as the workload ramps up at school. Here we go!


Ed Joyce

Important Dates

September 5 (Mon)
Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
September 6 (Tues)
Tryouts Begin for Cross-Country & Field Hockey 3:30PM
September 8 (Thur)
All School Open House 6PM-8PM
September 13 (Tue)
2-Hour Delay - Voting Day
September 23 (Fri)
School Pictures
September 26 (Mon)
Cardigan Chaperone Night 6PM-8PM

All School Open House - September 8
Please save the date for the Lurgio Middle School Open House on Thursday, September 8 from 6PM to 8PM. We look forward to meeting all of you then!

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 Brycen Catania.  Brycen is a positive, hard-working student and an all-around nice, young man.  He is commended for being especially empathic and helpful to his peers. When a fellow student spilled a number of items out of their backpack, Brycen did not hesitate to stop and help out. Congratulations Brycen!

Field Hockey & Cross-Country Tryouts Begin Tuesday
If your student is trying out for field hockey or cross-country, please take a moment to review the links below. Students must have completed a concussion test (cross-country & tennis DO NOT require a concussion test) and the digital forms in order to participate. If either is missing, the student may observe, but they will NOT be allowed to participate.
Important Athletics Links:

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.

Student Agenda Planners
Some students who requested planners but did not pay for them have not yet come to the main office to purchase and receive their planners. Because of this, we have a limited supply of additional planners that we will make available to any student beginning on Wednesday, September 7. If you requested a planner over the summer but have not yet retrieved it, please do so before September 7. Beginning on September 7, all planners that have not been pre-paid will be sold for $3 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fall Crew Club
Interested in rowing this fall?  If you’re an 8th grader and you’re interested in learning to row, consider joining Lurgio Crew.  The team will meet on Fridays from 4-6pm at the boathouse in Hooksett. Practice will start September 9 and the season will conclude with a fun race on Saturday, October 29.  For more information, please email Anne Capodilupo at Applications can be found on the website

Yoga Club Sign-Ups
The first session of the all new Lurgio Yoga Club will start on Thursday, September 8 at 7:30 a.m. Please click the [LINK] to sign-up. There is limited space available, so if the sign-up link is no longer accessible, that means we are full. Depending on the response we get, we may add future yoga sessions.

A Quick Note About Dehydration
The trainers from Family Physical Therapy Services have noticed many student-athletes having symptoms of minor dehydration. Please click the [LINK] for more information regarding proper hydration.

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.

Cardigan Chaperones Needed
We are looking for chaperones for the 42nd annual trip to Mt. Cardigan. If you are interested in an all-expenses paid hiking and camping vacation this Fall, please register to be a volunteer by completing our online volunteer form (click here).  The Cardigan trip is an essential part of the academic experience for our 8th grade students. Taking nearly 400 students up a mountain each year is no mean feat, and we could not do it without the generous support of our parent and community volunteers.

Cardigan Chaperone Background Check
Have you already signed up to join us on the mountain this year? Great! The last step in becoming a Cardigan volunteer is to complete a Criminal Records Check at the Superintendent's Office at 103 County Road. Please contact Mary Cody at 472-3755 to make an appointment. Appointments must be completed by September 16.

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 Welcome New Students.  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.

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.

PTG Corner:
Back to school greetings from the PTG! We are looking forward to another great school year full of fantastic programs and events for our students, staff and families. We are happy to announce that we are now accepting donations via PAYPAL. For more information on our programming or to make a donation online visit our website at Donations via check can be made out to Bedford PTG and returned to school with students in the PTG support envelops that have been sent home. With your support we are able to put $70,000/year in programs and events into our schools!! Enjoy the long Labor Day weekend ahead.
PTG Volunteer forms went home this week.  Please check out all the great opportunities at RAL.  If you did not receive a copy and would like one - please email Wendy Emerson at  

Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program-Hannaford Bedford stores on Kilton Road and Jenkins Road will donate $1 for every blue “Hannaford Helps” reusable bag purchased to the Bedford PTG, for the entire month of September!

Wendy Emerson, Kerry Sullivan, Kira Hatem
Your PTG volunteer team at RAL