Friday, November 18, 2016

Lurgio News for November 18, 2016

November 18, 2016
Dear Parents,
It was great to see so many parents at Lurgio this week during our parent-teacher conference evenings. Parent-teacher conferences are an excellent time for you to check in on students’ progress with specific feedback from the teachers. The strong attendance at the conferences this this week shows how committed you are to your students and their academic success.
I want to extend special thanks to the PTG for providing dinner to our staff on Thursday evening during the conferences. The food was absolutely delicious and it bolstered the energy and spirit of our teachers. Our partnership with the PTG is indicative of the strong community we have here in Bedford.
Important Dates
November 23 (Wed)
No School - Thanksgiving Recess
November 24 (Th)
No School - Thanksgiving Recess
November 25 (Fri)
No School - Thanksgiving Recess
November 28 (Mon)
Wrestling Begins
November 29 (Tue)
Spirit Tryouts Begin
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 Marco Zachhuber from pod 8-North. Marco is a kind and thoughtful student.  Marco’s teacher noted that he has gone above and beyond to help keep the classroom organized and productive.  Congratulations Marco!  Thank you for helping to make Lurgio a great place to be.
History Bee Sign-ups
Lurgio Middle School is again offering students in grades 7 and 8 an opportunity to participate in the National History Bee. The National History Bee is an exciting academic competition designed to motivate and reward students for studying history. For more information on how to sign your child up to participate, please see our History Bee Announcement [LINK].
Spirit Tryouts & Wrestling Practices Are Coming Up
The winter athletic season is officially underway! While basketball has begun, wrestling will begin on Monday, November 28 and spirit will begin on Tuesday, November 29 (please note this is a change from a previous date). If your child is interested in participating in either spirit or wrestling, they must have the following:
  • A current physical on file with the school nurse
  • Have completed an ImPACT concussion screening
  • Completed all athletic forms
If your student missed the winter concussion screening, please call the Safe Sports Network at (603) 627-9728 to setup a time to complete a free concussion screening. If you haven’t completed the required athletic forms, please visit this [LINK] to complete those.
Lurgio Wrestling Is Back!
After a brief hiatus, the Lurgio Wrestling program is back for the 2016-2017 winter athletics season. Wrestling is a tremendous sport that offers opportunities other sports don’t. Head Coach Phil Moricone has decades of experience and brings state and New England championship experience to our program. For more information, click [HERE].
A Note About the Importance of Stretching for the Adolescent Athlete
Please follow the [LINK] for a helpful note from Family Physical Therapy Services.
Take time for School Breakfast:

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.
Yoga Club
The yoga club meets every Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. in the RAL Gymnasium. For more information, click [HERE].
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 Parents Involvement in Schooling.  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  
The Executive Functioning Skill that we are introducing to the students this week is Emotional Control. This is the ability to handle our emotions even when things are not going our way.  It paves the way for us to complete tasks, reach our goals, and manage our behaviors.  The skill of emotional control begins to develop in infancy and continues through to adolescence.  
Students exhibit stress in different ways.  We are working with students to recognize what their personal stressors are and to be able to recognize when they are stressed.  We will next share with them a few strategies to help regulate their emotions.  For more detailed information, check out this link  Skill of the Week:  Emotional Control

BHS Theater Company
Bedford High School Theatre Company presents "The Drowsy Chaperone" November 18th and 19th @ 7 PM. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors (65+) and $5 for Students. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.
Wreath and Bow Fundraiser for the BHS Freshman Class
We’re excited to announce the first fundraiser organized by my Freshman Class Officers. We are partnering with Emily's Bows and 3 Rivers Wreaths, both NH businesses, to provide holiday wreaths and bows for sale to support the Freshman Class.
Click on this link to order a wreath and bow!
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:
We want to thank everyone who donated to our grab and go teacher conference dinner.  It was a huge success!  

SKI & SKATE SALE - THIS SATURDAY at BHS, 9a.m.-2p.m.!! Get all your winter gear and delicious baked goods for the holidays, November 19th at our annual Ski & Skate sale. Consignors, volunteers and bakers wanted. Gear drop-off is Friday, November 18th 5p.m. - 8p.m. @ BHS.
Did you miss the first round of GIFT CARD ordering? Gift cards are perfect for any occasion and there is still time to order!! Orders are due November 30th. Simply print your order form and return, with payment, to school with your student. Gift cards will be delivered the week of December 12th.

It's STAR WARS NIGHT at the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday, December 3rd, at 6p.m.. Join the PTG for a community night out at the Monarchs while enjoying discounted ticket prices, family fun, and even get your picture taken with your favorite Star Wars characters! Orders are due Monday, November 28th.
**Proceeds from this event will support the "Fan Clubs" at BHS and RAL.
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 Emersonat
GET TO KNOW THE PTG. Join the PTG on Monday, November 14th at the Town Library, in the Richmond Room (lower level). Drop in at either of these two times: 9:30-10:30a.m. or 6:30-7:30p.m.  Come learn more about what the PTG brings to our schools and find out about the many opportunities available to get involved. Light Refreshments Served. Younger Children Welcomed.  Stop By & Enter for a Chance to Win a Target Gift Card.
Wendy Emerson, Kerry Sullivan, Kira Hatem - Your PTG volunteer team at RAL
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 –