Friday, October 7, 2016

Lurgio News for October 7, 2016

October 7, 2016

Dear Parents,

What are you doing on the morning of October 29th? Please join me in running in Lurgio’s school fundraiser, the Witch Way to 5K (WW5K).  The WW5K is not just a costumed 5K run/walk, it is also a community event and fundraiser for technology at Lurgio.  This year, Lurgio will be investing in the technology of sound. Improving the sound quality in our classrooms and group presentation spaces will enhance the educational experience of all of our students.

We are extending WW5K early bird price until this Sunday at midnight. Please consider signing up and joining us as we trot around the streets of Bedford raising funds for Lurgio.  

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

Hope to see you there,


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 Noah Sussman.  Noah ensured that his friend with severe allergies had a safe place to eat in the Dining Hall. Without prompting from a staff member, Noah noticed the table was not cleaned properly, so he approached an adult for a wipe to clean off the table so his friend would not have an allergic reaction. This kind of selfless dedication to a friend is what makes Lurgio Middle School a great place to learn!

7th Annual Witch Way to the 5K - October 29
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 Sunday, October 9 to pay a discounted registration rate.

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

Book Buzz
The first Book Buzz of the year is from Meghan in 8 East:

Michael Vey is a series by Richard Paul Evans and the first in the series is called Prisoner of Cell 25.  I liked all the action, all the mystery and how it is a fiction story about kids who have electric powers because something happened to them as babies.  Now a corporation is hunting them down so they can take over the kids' powers and use the kids to rule the world.  The kids are then running from the corporation and it's Michael Vey who tells the story.  He has a learning disability and can shoot lightning bolts.  His learning disability gives him more powers.  There are six books in the series and I have read the first five.  Mrs. Snow is getting number six and and I can't wait to read it.  The book trailer is great and I love this series!

Cardigan Medication
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, prescription 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, the Lurgio School Nurse.

Yoga Club
Yoga Club will be having its final meeting on Thursday morning 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

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.

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:
Thank you to everyone that purchased a reusable shopping bag from our Bedford Hannaford stores. The PTG will receive $146 that will go right back into programming in our schools!

Our annual Gift Card Sale is coming mid-October. Gift cards make great gifts or even use them for your every day shopping. Order by November 2nd for pre-Thanksgiving delivery; order by December 2nd for pre-Christmas delivery. We offer gift cards to a wide variety of retailers (local and online) along with locally owned businesses, no expiration dates, and you receive the FULL value of your purchase while supporting the PTG. Look for order forms soon.

Volunteer Opportunities - Its Cardigan time!  We need help - please check out our signup.    
We also 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

SAVE THE DATE for our next Community Meeting on Thursday, November 3rd at 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.. Join us at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford), along with special guest Superintendent Chip McGee, for a brief overview of current happenings in the district followed by a Q&A. Light refreshments will be served and your children are welcome to attend.

Stand By Me, a day long event for all 7th grade students and their parents, will be having our first event planning meeting on Thursday, October 20th from 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Ross A. Lurgio Middle school front office. If you are interested in finding out more about Stand By Me or would like to join the event planning committee, email Shana Potvin at or simply join us on October 20th. You do NOT need to have a 7th grader to participate on the committee or as a volunteer for the event.

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

Bedford Skis Crotched Program
Registration is now open!  Go to for information about the options available.  "CMBEDFORD" is the User Name and "bsdmember" as the Password (both are case sensitive).  Rentals, lessons, and adult passes are available.  The program begins Friday, January 6, 2017, and the deadline to purchase 5+2 passes is November 15, 2016.  Contact Isabelle Grenier at with any questions.

Pat’s Peak Ski Program
Bedford students in grades 1-8 are invited to take advantage of discounted ski/snowboard lessons at Pat’s Peak Ski Area in Henniker, NH. This five week Friday night program includes 1 hour lessons and free ski time – under the lights until the 10PM closing time. Discounted lift tickets are available for students who do not need lessons. Included in the program is a free bonus day at Pat’s Peak, Gunstock, and Cranmore to be used from February 27 th to the close of the 2017 season. The 2017 Bedford Ski Program begins on Friday, January 6 th and runs for 5 weeks. The choice of lesson times are 3:30 – 4:30PM or 4:30 – 5:30PM. Parents are responsible for providing transportation or arranging carpools. Easy Online Registration is available at Click on “Learn to Ski & Ride Program” and “Register Here”. The username for bedford330 and bedford430 for the 4:30 lesson. The Password is patspeak17. More details are available at Visit our table at the Bedford Ski and Skate Sale. Contacts – Kim Ahnen – & Martha Cronin –