Friday, September 23, 2016

Lurgio News for September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016

Dear Students and Parents,

It is hard to believe that we are already a full month into the school year.  There is much to look forward to in coming weeks. The 8th grade will be busy preparing for the Cardigan Trip, while our 7th graders will be getting amped up for their first dance.  The end of the month brings a treat (not trick) for us all as we will will host the seventh running of the Witch Way to the 5K race/walk here at Lurgio.


Ed Joyce

Important Dates

September 26 (Mon)
Cardigan Chaperone Night 6PM-8PM
October 17 (Mon)
Pods 8-North & 8-West Leave for Cardigan
October 19 (Wed)
Pods 8-South & 8-East Leave for Cardigan
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 Miles McCombs from pod 7-North. Miles, amidst a din of students in the hallway, Miles stopped to help another student pick-up a pencil case’s contents after the case tumbled out of the student’s locker and its contents spilled across the floor. The kindness of students like Miles is what makes Lurgio Middle School a special place to be!

Parent Pick-up
For the safety of all our students, please remember to follow all of the guidelines for our parent pick-up procedures [click here]. We ask that everyone take particular note of the following:
  1. Only pick up students in the designated lot (closest to the school); do not have students walk down to a different lot.
  2. Please pull all the way forward to the rear school exits on both sides of the pick-up lot.
  3. The main traffic circle is for use by students with physical restrictions and for our athletic dismissals during parent pick-up.
  4. Please do not leave a car unattended in the pick-up lot during afternoon dismissal.
Thank you for your cooperation. With everyone’s help we can make the afternoon pick-up procedure smooth and safe for all our students.

Fan Club Attends Granite State Comic Con
The Lurgio Fan Club is thriving with nearly fifty regular members attending our weekly meetings to discuss their super-fan obsessions. We had a fantastic time celebrating our pop culture interests during our second annual trip to New Hampshire’s own Granite State Comic Con.

Yoga Club
Yoga Club is running for the next three 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 External Assets.  Check out Ms. LaRue’s web page for weekly Asset newsletters by clicking here.

Executive Functioning Skills:  The “Air Traffic Control” of our brains.  RAL is piloting a new curriculum this year to help students identify and strengthen these very important “life skills.” An overview of the program is available on the Behavior Specialist’s website:   Ms. Stone, Behavior Specialist  

Skill of the Week:  Over the next few weeks, we will continue working on the skill of Organization.  We are now working on organizing our thoughts.  

When we need to communicate ideas, needs, opinions, it is important that our message is clear and can be understood as we intend it.   As students mature and the curriculum becomes more complex and abstract, the ability to frame and order our communications becomes more difficult yet more important.   A very useful, versatile, and FREE website, Lucid Chart for Education, to assist in this process can be found at Skill of the Week: Organization Part 2

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:
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. Catalogs went home in backpacks last week. Didn't get one?  You can easily log in using our school ID: 1032155 at 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!

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!

SAVE THE DATE: Community Event Hosted by the PTG. You are invited to have “Coffee with the Principals” on Thursday, September 29th at BCTV, 9:30 - 10:30. Come meet our Principals and hear what’s in store for the school year. Presentation will be followed by a Q & A. Your younger children are welcome to attend. Coffee & light refreshments will be served.

Volunteer Opportunities - We have two open PTG positions at RAL.  We are looking for a Gift Card Coordinator and a Grandparents' Day/Senior Citizens' Day Coordinator to shadow the current person this year to take over the role for next year.  These are fun positions and a great way to get in the school.  If you'd like more info please email Wendy Emerson at

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!!

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