Friday, September 30, 2016

Lurgio News for September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016

Important Dates

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 Jacob Brisson.  Jacob is known by teachers and staff for being a conscientious, thoughtful student.  This week, Jacob went out of his way to help a fellow student in the lunchroom and brighten their day. Great job Jacob!  Your behavior is a shining examples of what makes Lurgio a great place to be.  

Cardigan Medication
Hello 8th Grade Parents.  Cardigan will be here before we know it!!  If your student requires any prescription medication  during the Cardigan trip, please bring it to school between Tuesday, October 11 and Friday, October 14. All medications need to be here prior to Monday, October 17. Prescription medication needs to be in the labeled, prescribed bottle with only those doses needed for the trip.  Please bring the Medication Physician Permission Form found here, with MD signature. Tylenol and Motrin will be available for students as needed.  If there are any over the counter medications needed for your student, please drop them off to the health office as well.  Thank you!  If you have any questions, please contact Evelyn Chessie, RAL School Nurse.

A Note from our School Cafeteria:
Eating breakfast at school helps children perform better.  Studies show that children who eat breakfast regularly are less likely to be overweight and have a better quality of nutrient intake.

We serve breakfast daily at Ross Lurgio Middle School between 8:15-8:50 am. A complete Grab N Go breakfast is offered for $1.25.  Students may use their lunch account to purchase a grab n go breakfast. Options include:  Breakfast sandwiches, whole grain muffins, bagels and pancakes,  just to name a few. All breakfasts include a variety of fresh fruit and low-fat milk

State law restricts the use of photography and video recording in the school setting, which includes our dining hall, the school grounds, and the school buses. 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 the school setting, including on their bus rides. Thank you for your support in reinforcing this important practice as we continue to educate our students about appropriate use of their personal electronic devices.

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.

Yoga Club
Yoga Club is running for the next two 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

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.  Register by midnight Friday, October 8th to pay the standard registration rate.

For more information about the race visit:
To register for the race visit:

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 Support.  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

Destination Imagination - Registration Closing Thursday, October 6th
Anyone still interested in participating in Destination Imagination this year must register their child by Thursday, October 6th with our DI Coordinator.  To learn more about the program and how to provide your child with this enrichment opportunity, please contact  Marie Russell at

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:
Help the PTG continue to bring exciting programs to our school like "ROCK & ROLL LITERACY” with author Sigmund Brouwer and many more. Programs like this cannot happen without support from parents and teachers in the Bedford community. There is still time to help, simply click on this link to make a donation via credit card or PayPal or send in a check payable to Bedford PTG in an enveloped marked “PTG Support” with your name, email address and child’s school. We sincerely appreciate your support.

DID YOU KNOW that the PTG receives 40% of the sales from our Gifts, Wrap & More Fundraiser? You will find quality wrapping paper, delicious snacks, gifts, gadgets and more through Meadow Farms. This fundraiser ends Monday, October 3rd and ALL proceeds go right back into our schools. Click Here to start shopping. Our school ID is: 1032155.    
If you’d like to support the PTG but don’t need wrapping paper feel free to make a straight donation at

YOU’RE INVITED to join the PTG at Shorty’s in Bedford on Thursday, October 6th! On the first Thursday of every month the Bedford PTG will receive 15% of all sales, beverages included, dine in or take out, all day long. Simply print or show them this flyer or just let them know to give a copy of your receipt to the hostess.

Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program-Today is the last day to purchase!!  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!

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

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

Bedford Education Foundation:

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