Friday, November 4, 2016

Lurgio News for November 4, 2016

November 4, 2016
Dear Parents,
The 7th Annual Witch Way to the 5K was a great success! With over 500 runners, we packed the campus and streets of Bedford with a galloping hord of costumed runners. Thank you to those that ran or donated to the our fundraiser.  We are very fortunate to have such a supportive community.  I also want to put out a special thank you to the Race Committee.  Their talents, dedications, and hard work are reason that the WW5K is such a successful race.
With the arrival of November, it is time to start thinking about parent conferences. This Thursday, you will receive an email with directions on how to sign up for parent conferences.  As indicated in our important dates, most pods will be holding their conferences on the 16th and 17th of November, but please double check your child’s pod availability when the sign ups are sent on Thursday.
Important Dates
November 8 (Tue)
No School- Election Day
November 9 (Wed)
Basketball Tryouts Begin
November 10 (Th)
The Lurgio Online Report Card is made available.
November 10 (Th)
Parent Conference Sign Up Emailed
November 11 (Fri)
No School- Veterans’ Day
November 14 (Mon)
Spirit Tryouts Begin
November 16 (Wed)
School-wide Parent Conferences
November 17 (Th)
School-wide Parent Conferences
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
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 Olivia Archard from pod 8-West. Olivia is a kind, helpful, and super involved  student.  Olivia’s teacher noted that her positive attitude greatly enhances their classes everyday.  She also contributes to Lurgio outside the school day as she is an active member of the Student Council and Coalition for Bedford Youth at RAL.  Congratulations Olivia!  Thank you for helping to make Lurgio a great place to be.
No Glass Bottle Please
Due to safety concerns, please do not bring drinks to school in glass bottles.
Winter Sports
Please click [HERE] for all the important information regarding winter athletics.
Safe Sports Youth Safety Week
Please click [HERE] for more information about a free CPR course and free sports physicals.
A Note About Transitioning from Fall to Winter Sports
Please follow the [LINK] for a helpful note from Family Physical Therapy Services.
Book Buzz
The week’s Book Buzz the entire Books for Breakfast group:
Our very own 7-South Science teacher Rob Dubreuil is the author of the picture book Daniel and the Harmonica.  Mr. Dubreuil read it at Books for Breakfast today and spoke about his writing process, publication process, and how it was illustrated.  Then he played the harmonica for us!  In the story, Daniel receives a harmonica for a birthday gift and the magic begins!  Read it and find the hidden science references in the book!
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
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 Family Communication.  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

Lurgio Tech Corner Update
Some of you may have questions about how to view your child’s grades.  All grades and assignments are entered so you can see them in the PowerSchool parent portal ( With the move to standards-based grading, the assignment grade details are not showing on the PowerSchool mobile app.  If you want to see the assignment grade details, you will want to use a web browser on a computer or chromebook.
BHS Theater Company
Bedford High School Theatre Company presents "The Drowsy Chaperone" November 10th, 11th and 12th @ 7 PM November 13th @ 2 PM 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.
4th Annual Empty Bowls
This year’s Empty Bowls event is happening next week. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Nov. 10, 5:30-7:30pm. Enjoy local soups and bread donated by restaurants. Afterwards go see the BHS musical "The Drowsy Chaperone" at 7:00.
Proceeds go to the New Horizons Soup kitchen and the BHS Art Dept.
Reserve your bowl today at
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:
The PTG would like to provide a pot luck dinner for our teachers during teacher conferences.  Please take a look at our signup here and consider donating.  Thank you!
GIFT CARD orders for pre-Christmas/pre-Hannukah delivery are due November 30th! Print your order form here.
Gift giving and every day shopping is easy when you order Gift Cards through the PTG. We are excited to offer gift cards to locally owned businesses along with a wide variety of local and online retailers. There is NO expiration date on the gift cards and you receive the FULL value of the gift card while the retailers will give a portion of the sale to the Bedford PTG (see order form for details).

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..
Interested in learning more about the Bedford Parent Teacher Group…Programs, Volunteering, Fundraisers, and Community Events? Want to get involved in our schools, contribute new ideas, and help students and staff? 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.

The annual SKI & SKATE SALE will be held on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at BHS. For more information about this anticipated annual event click here. Interesting in volunteering at this event? Email Maria Rocco at
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 get your picture taken with your favorite Star Wars characters! Orders due November 28th.
**Proceeds from this event will support the "Fan Clubs" at BHS and RAL.
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
BHS Senior Projects
Make Life Sweeter Candy Drive
With the help of a BHS student, we will be conducting a week long post-Halloween candy drive. All of the collections will be donated to the New Horizons Soup Kitchen in Manchester.  New Horizons gratefully uses these donations as dessert when they serve the homeless, and they also pass it along as a nighttime treat to those homeless guests staying in the shelter.  The goal of the drive is to make life a little sweeter for those less fortunate.  All donations can be placed in the marked box outside the office, starting the day after Halloween until the end of the school day on Monday, November 7th.
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 –